CHICAGO, June 27, 2003 - UAL Corporation (OTCBB: UALAQ.OB), the holding company whose primary subsidiary is United Airlines, today filed its May Monthly Operating Report (MOR) with the United States Bankruptcy Court, and said that it met the requirements of its debtor-in-possession (DIP) financing for the fourth straight month. As part of its DIP financing agreements, United’s lenders required the company to achieve a cumulative EBITDAR (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization and aircraft rent) loss of no more than $738 million between December 1, 2002 and May 31, 2003.
The company reported a loss from operations of $155 million in May. The company also reported non-operating income of $219 million, which included $300 million that the company received from the U.S. government under the terms of the Emergency Wartime Supplemental Appropriations Act in recompense for costs due to the war in Iraq. These items resulted in net earnings of $64 million.
UAL again improved its cash position for the month and reported an increase in cash of approximately $456 million for May, ending the month with a cash balance of approximately $2.2 billion, which included $659 million in restricted cash (filing entities only). UAL began May with a cash balance of approximately $1.7 billion, which included $651 million in restricted cash (filing entities only). Excluding the government assistance and approximately $45 million received from large one-time asset sales, the company`s cash balance increased approximately $111 million for the month or $3.5 million per day.
United`s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Jake Brace said, “United is continuing to produce very good results in our efforts to reduce operating costs across the board. In May, our new collective bargaining agreements (CBAs) went into effect, substantially reducing salaries and labor-related costs. Combining the benefits of these new CBAs and the company`s expected 15% reduction year-over-year in capacity in the quarter, the company is on track to reduce labor costs for the second quarter year-over-year by $500 million or more. There is still much work to be done and we are now focusing on finalizing a business plan and beginning the exit financing process.”
Brace continued, “United met its cumulative EBITDAR goal for the fourth time. In addition, we are pleased to report that our EBITDAR for the month of May itself was positive for the first time since filing for Chapter 11, even excluding the $300 million in government assistance that we received in May. The company is confident that it will also meet the cumulative EBITDAR requirements for June. On the revenue side, we continue to face a difficult economic environment, but we are seeing positive signs for our business.”
United`s Executive Vice President - Customer, John P. Tague said, “Improving revenue is our foremost priority as we move to leverage the cost effectiveness that United is building into its business model. This includes customer-focused service improvements and carefully targeted marketing programs. For example, this month United became the first major U.S. carrier to announce the introduction of in-flight passenger e-mail access in our domestic market. We also introduced the `Fly Three, Fly Free` advertising and marketing campaign that has resulted in a number of registered participants that has far exceeded our expectations. We are encouraged by the steady demand against rising yields that we are currently experiencing.”
United continued its strong operational performance. The company recorded its best May performance ever, including a departure completion rate of 99.7%, on-time departures of 77% and arrivals within 14 minutes of schedule of 86%.
United operates more than 1,700 flights a day on a route network that spans the globe. News releases and other information about United may be found at the company’s website atÊ www.united.com