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August 12, 2020 Financial No Comments Email Email

Gogo the leading global provider of broadband connectivity products and services for aviation, today announced its financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2020.

Q2 2020 Highlights

  • Consolidated revenue of $96.6 million; Net loss of $86.0 million; Adjusted EBITDA(1) of negative $15.9 million.
  • Combined engineering, design and development, sales and marketing and general and administrative expenses declined 27% from Q1 2020 and 35% from Q2 2019 reflecting aggressive cost control measures.
  • BA Reportable Segment Profit of $27.2 million with nearly 50% segment profit margin.
  • Cash and cash equivalents were $156.3 million as of June 30, 2020. This reflects $53 million of interest payments made in the second quarter and compares with total cash and cash equivalents of $214.2 million as of March 31, 2020.
  • The Company achieved break-even unlevered Free Cash Flow for the quarter.
  • The Company has retained investment bankers and is in a process to sell its CA division.

Continuing Actions in Response to COVID-19 Related Decline in Air Traffic

  • A recently announced reduction in force of 143 full-time positions predominately in the Commercial Aviation business, effective August 14, 2020. This follows our four-month furlough of over 50% of the workforce, or more than 600 employees.
  • Ongoing compensation reductions for nearly all personnel not impacted by the furlough, including 30% for the CEO and Board of Directors and 20% for the executive leadership team.
  • Continuing progress in negotiations with suppliers and customers to improve contract terms, delay aircraft equipment installations and defer capital equipment purchases.
  • Continuing implementation of cost reduction initiatives which are expected to generate savings of more than $340 million through 2021, exceeding the high end of the previous forecast.

Second Quarter 2020 Consolidated Financial Results

  • Consolidated revenue of $96.6 million declined by 55% from Q2 2019 due to the impact of COVID-19 on demand for both domestic and international air travel.
    • Service revenue of $74.3 million declined by 57% from Q2 2019, driven primarily by declines in CA-NA and CA-ROW service revenue and, to a lesser extent, BA service revenue.
    • Equipment revenue of $22.4 million declined by 44% from Q2 2019, driven by reduced shipment and installation activity across all three segments.
  • Net loss of $86.0 million increased from a net loss of $84.0 million in Q2 2019. Net loss in Q2 2019 included a loss on extinguishment of debt of $58.0 million.
  • Adjusted EBITDA decreased to negative $15.9 million, down from positive $38.0 million in Q2 2019, due to lower segment profitability across all three segments.

“While COVID-19 has significantly impaired global commercial aviation travel and our results for the second quarter, we are encouraged by the strong recovery in business aviation as well as the beginnings of a recovery in global commercial aviation which has continued into August,” said Oakleigh Thorne, Gogo’s President and CEO. “Going forward, we are focused on maintaining the strength of our franchise and realizing the value of CA through a potential sale of the division.”

“By reducing spending and maintaining tight working capital management, we achieved break even, unlevered Free Cash Flow for the quarter, despite significantly lower revenue,” said Barry Rowan, Gogo’s Executive Vice President and CFO. “Execution of our cost-control plan resulted in a 35% year-over-year reduction in expenses in the second quarter. Through these efforts, we have further enhanced our ability to maintain adequate liquidity as we continue to navigate this challenging period.”

Second Quarter 2020 Business Segment Financial Results

Business Aviation (BA)

  • Total revenue decreased to $54.6 million, down 23% from Q2 2019, driven by declines in both service and equipment revenue caused by the negative impact of COVID-19.
  • Service revenue decreased to $44 million, down 20% from Q2 2019, resulting primarily from a 17% decrease in average monthly service revenue per ATG unit online. ATG aircraft online (AOL) declined 1% over the prior year period.
  • Equipment revenue decreased to $10.6 million, down 36% from Q2 2019, due primarily to lower ATG unit shipments.
  • Combined engineering, design and development, sales and marketing and general and administrative expenses decreased to $10.9 million, down 30% from Q2 2019.
  • Reportable segment profit decreased to $27.2 million, down 13% from Q2 2019, with a reportable segment profit margin of nearly 50%.

Commercial Aviation – North America (CA-NA)

  • Total revenue decreased to $30 million, down 72% from Q2 2019.
  • Service revenue decreased to $25.5 million, down 74% from Q2 2019, due to lower average revenue per aircraft (ARPA) caused by the negative effect of COVID-19 on North American air travel and to a lesser extent to the full impact of American Airlines switching to the airline-directed model and the deinstallation of Gogo equipment from certain American Airlines aircraft during 2018 and the first half of 2019.
  • Equipment revenue decreased to $4.5 million, down 52% from Q2 2019, primarily due to fewer installations under the airline-directed model.
  • Reportable segment loss was $10.6 million compared to segment profit of $34.1 million in Q2 2019 due to lower revenue partially offset by a 47% decline in combined engineering, design and development, sales and marketing and general and administrative expenses.
  • Aircraft online increased to 2,455 as of June 30, 2020 from 2,443 as of June 30, 2019, due to an increase in 2Ku aircraft partially offset by the removal of older mainline ATG aircraft from airlines’ operating fleets.
  • Net annualized ARPA decreased to $37 thousand from $136 thousand in Q2 2019, primarily due to the impact of COVID-19.

Commercial Aviation – Rest of World (CA-ROW)

  • Total revenue decreased to $12.0 million, down 67% from Q2 2019.
  • Service revenue decreased to $4.7 million, down 79% from Q2 2019, due to lower average revenue per aircraft (ARPA) caused by the negative effect of COVID-19 on global commercial air travel partially offset by an increase in aircraft online.
  • Equipment revenue decreased to $7.3 million, down 49% from Q2 2019, primarily due to fewer installations under the airline-directed model.
  • Reportable segment loss increased to $26.7 million, a 63% increase from a loss of $16.4 million in Q2 2019, due to revenue declines and additional credit loss reserves stemming from the impact of COVID-19, reflected in an increase in general and administrative costs, partially offset by reductions in equipment, engineering, design and development, and sales and marketing expenses.
  • Aircraft online increased to 842 as of June 30, 2020, up from 691 as of June 30, 2019.
  • Net annualized ARPA of $25 thousand in Q2 2020 declined from $135 thousand in Q2 2019, due primarily to the negative effect of COVID-19 on global commercial air travel.
(1) See “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” below.

Given the continued significant impact of COVID-19 on global air travel, Gogo is not providing 2020 financial guidance in this release. Gogo is closely tracking the evolving impact of COVID-19 on global travel and its aviation partners.

Conference Call
The Company will host its second quarter conference call on August 10, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. ET. A live webcast of the conference call, as well as a replay, will be available online on the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website at Participants can access the call by dialing (844) 464-3940 (within the United States and Canada) or (765) 507-2646 (international dialers) and entering conference ID number 8194649.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures
We report certain non-GAAP financial measurements, including Adjusted EBITDA, Free Cash Flow and Unlevered Free Cash Flow in the supplemental tables below.  Management uses Adjusted EBITDA, Free Cash Flow and Unlevered Free Cash Flow for business planning purposes, including managing our business against internally projected results of operations and measuring our performance and liquidity. These supplemental performance measures also provide another basis for comparing period to period results by excluding potential differences caused by non-operational and unusual or non-recurring items. These supplemental performance measurements may vary from and may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies. Adjusted EBITDA, Free Cash Flow and Unlevered Free Cash Flow are not recognized measurements under accounting principles generally accepted in the United States, or GAAP; when analyzing our performance with Adjusted EBITDA or liquidity with Free Cash Flow or Unlevered Free Cash Flow, as applicable, investors should (i) evaluate each adjustment in our reconciliation to the corresponding GAAP measure, and the explanatory footnotes regarding those adjustments, (ii) use Adjusted EBITDA in addition to, and not as an alternative to, net loss attributable to common stock as a measure of operating results and (iii) use Free Cash Flow or Unlevered Free Cash Flow in addition to, and not as an alternative to, consolidated net cash provided by (used in) operating activities when evaluating our liquidity.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements Certain disclosures in this press release and related comments by our management include forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  These forward-looking statements include, without limitation, statements regarding our business outlook, industry, business strategy, plans, goals and expectations concerning our market position, international expansion, future technologies, future operations, margins, profitability, future efficiencies, capital expenditures, liquidity and capital resources and other financial and operating information. When used in this discussion, the words “anticipate,” “assume,” “believe,” “budget,” “continue,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “plan,” “potential,” “predict,” “project,” “should,” “will,” “future” and the negative of these or similar terms and phrases are intended to identify forward-looking statements in this press release.

Forward-looking statements reflect our current expectations regarding future events, results or outcomes. These expectations may or may not be realized. Although we believe the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, we can give you no assurance these expectations will prove to have been correct. Some of these expectations may be based upon assumptions, data or judgments that prove to be incorrect. Actual events, results and outcomes may differ materially from our expectations due to a variety of known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors. Although it is not possible to identify all of these risks and factors, they include, among others, the following: the duration for which and the extent to which the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact demand for commercial and business aviation travel globally, including as a result of governmental restrictions on business travel and social gatherings and overall economic conditions; the failure to successfully implement our cost reduction plan and other measures taken to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on our business and financial condition, including efforts to renegotiate contractual terms with certain suppliers and customers; the loss of or failure to realize the anticipated benefits from agreements with our airline partners or customers on a timely basis or any failure to renew any existing agreements upon expiration or termination, including the results of our ongoing discussions with Delta Air Lines, Inc. (“Delta”) with respect to its transition to free service, the amendment to our agreement with Delta to provide 2Ku service on certain Delta aircraft to change the contract expiration date from February 2027 with respect to all aircraft to a staggered, fleet by fleet expiration schedule under which expiration dates will occur between November 2020 and July 2022 (the “Delta amendment”) and Delta’s stated intent to pursue supplier diversification for its domestic mainline fleet; the failure to maintain airline and passenger satisfaction with our equipment or our service; any inability to timely and efficiently deploy and operate our 2Ku service or implement our technology roadmap, including developing and deploying upgrades and installations of our ATG-4,2Ku and 2Ka technologies, Gogo 5G, any technology to which our ATG or satellite networks evolve and other new technologies, for any reason, including technological issues and related remediation efforts, changes in regulations or regulatory delays affecting us, or our suppliers, some of whom are single source, or the failure by our airline partners or customers to roll out equipment upgrades or new services or adopt new technologies in order to support increased demand and network capacity constraints, including as a result of airline partners shifting to a free-to-passenger business model; the timing of deinstallation of our equipment from aircraft, including deinstallations resulting from aircraft retirements and other deinstallations permitted by certain airline contract provisions; the loss of relationships with original equipment manufacturers or dealers; our ability to make our equipment factory line-fit available on a timely basis; our ability to develop or purchase ATG and satellite network capacity sufficient to accommodate current and expected growth in passenger demand in North America and internationally as we expand; our reliance on third-party suppliers, some of whom are single source, for satellite capacity and other services and the equipment we use to provide services to commercial airlines and their passengers and business aviation customers; unfavorable economic conditions in the airline industry and/or the economy as a whole; governmental action restricting trade with China or other foreign countries; our ability to expand our international or domestic operations, including our ability to grow our business with current and potential future airline partners and customers and the effect of shifts in business models, including a shift toward airlines providing free service to passengers; an inability to compete effectively with other current or future providers of in-flight connectivity services and other products and services that we offer, including on the basis of price, service performance and line-fit availability; our ability to successfully develop and monetize new products and services, including those that were recently released, are currently being offered on a limited or trial basis, or are in various stages of development; our ability to certify and install our equipment and deliver our products and services, including newly developed products and services, on schedules consistent with our contractual commitments to customers; the failure of our equipment or material defects or errors in our software resulting in recalls or substantial warranty claims; a revocation of, or reduction in, our right to use licensed spectrum, the availability of other air-to-ground spectrum to a competitor or the repurposing by a competitor of other spectrum for air-to-ground use; our use of open source software and licenses; the effects of service interruptions or delays, technology failures and equipment failures or malfunctions arising from defects or errors in our software or defects in or damage to our equipment; the limited operating history of our CA-ROW segment; contract changes and implementation issues resulting from decisions by airlines to transition from the turnkey model to the airline-directed model or vice versa; increases in our projected capital expenditures due to, among other things, unexpected costs incurred in connection with the roll-out of our technology roadmap or our international expansion; compliance with U.S. and foreign government regulations and standards, including those related to regulation of the Internet, including e-commerce or online video distribution changes, and the installation and operation of satellite equipment and our ability to obtain and maintain all necessary regulatory approvals to install and operate our equipment in the United States and foreign jurisdictions; our, or our technology suppliers’, inability to effectively innovate; obsolescence of, and our ability to access parts, products, equipment and support services compatible with, our existing products and technologies; costs associated with defending existing or future intellectual property infringement, securities and derivative litigation and other litigation or claims and any negative outcome or effect of pending or future litigation; our ability to protect our intellectual property; breaches of the security of our information technology network, resulting in unauthorized access to our customers’ credit card information or other personal information; our substantial indebtedness, including additional borrowings pursuant to the CARES Act, if any, limitations and restrictions in the agreements governing our current and future indebtedness and our ability to service our indebtedness; our ability to obtain additional financing for operations, or financing intended to refinance our existing indebtedness on acceptable terms or at allincluding any loans pursuant to the CARES Act; fluctuations in our operating results; our ability to attract and retain customers and to capitalize on revenue from our platform; the demand for and market acceptance of our products and services; changes or developments in the regulations that apply to us, our business and our industry, including changes or developments affecting the ability of passengers or airlines to use our in-flight connectivity services; a future act or threat of terrorism, cybersecurity attack or other events that could result in adverse regulatory changes or developments, or otherwise adversely affect our business and industry; our ability to attract and retain qualified employees, including key personnelincluding in light of recent furloughs and salary reductions; the effectiveness of our marketing and advertising and our ability to maintain and enhance our brands; our ability to manage our growth in a cost-effective manner and integrate and manage acquisitions; compliance with anti-corruption laws and regulations in the jurisdictions in which we operate, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the (U.K.) Bribery Act 2010; restrictions on the ability of U.S. companies to do business in foreign countries, including, among others, restrictions imposed by the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control; difficulties in collecting accounts receivable; our ability to successfully implement improvements to systems, operations, strategy and procedures needed to support our growth and to effectively evaluate and pursue strategic opportunities; and other events beyond our control that may result in unexpected adverse operating results.

Additional information concerning these and other factors can be found under the caption “Risk Factors” in our annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on March 13, 2020, our quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2020, as filed with the SEC on May 11, 2020, and our quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2020, as filed with the SEC on August 10, 2020.

Any one of these factors or a combination of these factors could materially affect our financial condition or future results of operations and could influence whether any forward-looking statements contained in this report ultimately prove to be accurate. Our forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, and you should not place undue reliance on them. All forward-looking statements speak only as of the date made and we undertake no obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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