Fly Leasing CEO says 'FLY continues to achieve record results'
"FLY continues to achieve record results, producing its fifth straight quarter of double-digit ROE," said Colm Barrington, FLY's CEO. "Our renewed fleet contributed to a 13% increase in operating lease rental revenue compared to the same quarter last year. Economic gains of nearly $19 million from the sale of seven aircraft helped us to achieve record Adjusted Net Income of $61.9 million, or $1.92 per share, in the quarter, and Adjusted Net Income of $109.0 million, or $3.37 per share, for the first six months of the year. Looking ahead, we expect another strong result in the third quarter." "As a result of our deleveraging strategy following last year's major fleet acquisition, we have met our leverage target a year ahead of schedule," said Barrington. "We also have been repurchasing stock, buying back 1.47 million shares in the quarter. FLY will begin taking delivery of its $1 billion of contracted A320neo family aircraft later this year, and is well positioned to add aircraft as opportunities arise." "We sold seven aircraft in the quarter at a 10% premium to book value, and in the third quarter, we have contracted to sell 14 more aircraft, also at gains, again demonstrating the value embedded in FLY's fleet," added Barrington. "Our record results have also added significantly to shareholders' equity, which is now over $24 per share and 13% above the level at the end of 2018. We continue to see great value in FLY's shares, which are trading at a 26% discount to book value. At its August meeting, FLY's board of directors authorized a new $50 million share repurchase program."