Today AMR, parent of American Airlines reported their first quarter results.
What is it they say — it’s all about managing expectations.
And in the case of American’s first quarter numbers that were released today, that is exactly what management did — as the airline had just recently warned Wall Street that its first quarter numbers might not be as strong as first expected.
As a result of that guidance, analyst forecasts were then lowered.
Previous to the airline’s announcement today, the analysts’ consensus forecast a loss of $1.62 a share.
So today, when the airline reported a loss of $375 million or $1.35 a share — the shares of the airline took a nice bounce, gaining 19% on the day, closing at $5.01.
The reason for the better-than-expected numbers? Operating costs were down a bit more than forecast and RASM declines were not as sharp as previously indicated.
American’s stock was not the only airline stock that picked up some ground today — comments the airline made in its earnings call helped push up other airline stocks as well, as CEO Gerard Arpey indicated that the airline is not seeing any “further deterioration” as those in the revenue world like to put it. But, just as Alaska Airlines indicated in an SEC filing last week, Arpey said that American is also looking at May and June bookings that are off noticeably from this same time last year. He said that May and June bookings are off by about 2 percentage points.
This percentage drop is more or less in line with what Alaska reported last week.
AMR ended the quarter with $3.3 billion in cash and short- term investments, including $462 million that is restricted.