FTAI Reports Third Quarter 2020 Results, Dividend of $0.33 per Common Share

NEW YORK, Oct. 29, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Fortress Transportation and Infrastructure Investors LLC (NYSE:FTAI) (the “Company” or “FTAI”) today reported financial results for the third quarter 2020. The Company’s consolidated comparative financial statements and key performance measures are attached as an exhibit to this press release.

Financial Overview

(in thousands, except per share data)
Selected Financial ResultsQ3’20
Net Cash Used in Operating Activities$(16,259)
Net Loss Attributable to Shareholders$(25,958)
Basic and Diluted Loss per Common Share$(0.30)
  
Funds Available for Distribution (“FAD”) (1)$39,856 
Adjusted EBITDA(1)$58,636 

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(1)  For definitions and reconciliations of non-GAAP measures, please refer to the exhibit to this press release.

For the third quarter of 2020, total FAD was $39.9 million. This amount includes $74.5 million from our aviation leasing portfolio, offset by $(0.3) million from our infrastructure business and $(34.3) million from corporate and other.

Third Quarter 2020 Dividends

On October 29, 2020, the Company’s Board of Directors (the “Board”) declared a cash dividend on its common shares of $0.33 per share for the quarter ended September 30, 2020, payable on November 30, 2020 to the holders of record on November 16, 2020.

Additionally, on October 29, 2020, the Board declared cash dividends on its Fixed-to-Floating Rate Series A Cumulative Perpetual Redeemable Preferred Shares (“Series A Preferred Shares”) and Fixed-to-Floating Rate Series B Cumulative Perpetual Redeemable Preferred Shares (“Series B Preferred Shares”) of $0.51563 and $0.50000 per share, respectively, for the quarter ended September 30, 2020, payable on December 15, 2020 to the holders of record on December 1, 2020.

Additional Information

For additional information that management believes to be useful for investors, please refer to the presentation posted on the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website, www.ftandi.com, and the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, when available on the Company’s website. Nothing on the Company’s website is included or incorporated by reference herein.

Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call on Friday, October 30, 2020 at 8:00 A.M. Eastern Time. The conference call may be accessed by dialing (877) 447-5636 (from within the U.S.) or (615) 247-0080 (from outside of the U.S.) ten minutes prior to the scheduled start of the call; please reference "FTAI Third Quarter 2020 Earnings Call." A simultaneous webcast of the conference call will be available to the public on a listen-only basis at www.ftandi.com.

Following the call, a replay of the conference call will be available after 12:00 P.M. on Friday, October 30, 2020 through 10:30 A.M. Friday, November 6, 2020 at (855) 859-2056 (from within the U.S.) or (404) 537-3406 (from outside of the U.S.), Passcode: 8578125.

About Fortress Transportation and Infrastructure Investors LLC

Fortress Transportation and Infrastructure Investors LLC owns and acquires high quality infrastructure and equipment that is essential for the transportation of goods and people globally. FTAI targets assets that, on a combined basis, generate strong and stable cash flows with the potential for earnings growth and asset appreciation. FTAI is externally managed by an affiliate of Fortress Investment Group LLC, a leading, diversified global investment firm.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this press release may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  These statements are based on management's current expectations and beliefs and are subject to a number of trends and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements, many of which are beyond the Company’s control. The Company can give no assurance that its expectations will be attained and such differences may be material. Accordingly, you should not place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements contained in this press release. For a discussion of some of the risks and important factors that could affect such forward-looking statements, see the sections entitled “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” in the Company’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, which are available on the Company’s website (www.ftandi.com). In addition, new risks and uncertainties emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for the Company to predict or assess the impact of every factor that may cause its actual results to differ from those contained in any forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release. The Company expressly disclaims any obligation to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect any change in the Company's expectations with regard thereto or change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any statement is based. This release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities.

For further information, please contact:

Alan Andreini
Investor Relations
Fortress Transportation and Infrastructure Investors LLC
(212) 798-6128
aandreini@fortress.com

Withholding Information for Withholding Agents

This announcement is intended to be a qualified notice as provided in the Internal Revenue Code (the “Code”) and the Regulations thereunder. For U.S. federal income tax purposes, the common dividend and the Series A Preferred and Series B Preferred dividends declared in October 2020 will be treated as a partnership distribution and guaranteed payments, respectively.  For U.S. tax withholding purposes, the per share distribution components are as follows:

Common Distribution Components 
Non-U.S. Long Term Capital Gain$ 
U.S. Portfolio Interest Income(1)$0.10809 
U.S. Dividend Income(2)$ 
Income Not from U.S. Sources(3)$0.22191 
U.S. Long Term Capital Gain (4)$ 
Distribution Per Share
$0.33000 


Series A Preferred Distribution Components 
Guaranteed Payments(5)$0.51563 
Distribution Per Share
$0.51563 


Series B Preferred Distribution Components 
Guaranteed Payments(5)$0.50000 
Distribution Per Share
$0.50000 
    

(1) Eligible for the U.S. portfolio interest exemption for any holder not considered a 10-percent shareholder under §871(h)(3)(B) of the Code.

(2) This income is subject to withholding under §1441 or §1442 of the Code.

(3) This income is not subject to withholding under §1441, §1442 or §1446 of the Code.

(4) U.S. Long Term Capital Gain attributable to the sale of a U.S. Real Property Holding Corporation. As a result, the gain will be treated as income that is effectively connected with a U.S. trade or business and be subject to withholding.          

(5) Brokers and nominees should treat this income as subject to withholding under §1441 or §1442 of the Code.

For U.S. shareholders: In computing your U.S. federal taxable income, you should not rely on this qualified notice, but should generally take into account your allocable share of the Company’s taxable income as reported to you on your Schedule K-1.


Exhibit - Financial Statements

 
FORTRESS TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTORS LLC
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (Unaudited)
(Dollar amounts in thousands, except per share data)
     
  Three Months Ended September 30, Nine Months Ended September 30,
  2020 2019 2020 2019
Revenues        
Equipment leasing revenues $69,799  $87,259  $236,082  $238,911 
Infrastructure revenues 13,910  65,441  54,776  178,531 
Total revenues 83,709  152,700  290,858  417,442 
Expenses        
Operating expenses 23,128  82,719  81,144  222,812 
General and administrative 4,241  5,535  13,292  13,270 
Acquisition and transaction expenses 2,442  5,343  9,297  9,125 
Management fees and incentive allocation to affiliate 4,591  7,378  14,113  16,926 
Depreciation and amortization 42,626  43,265  126,543  124,180 
Asset impairment 3,915    14,391   
Interest expense 26,904  25,190  71,559  71,318 
Total expenses 107,847  169,430  330,339  457,631 
Other (expense) income        
Equity in losses of unconsolidated entities (2,501) (974) (5,445) (1,527)
(Loss) gain on sale of assets, net (1,114) 37,060  (2,165) 61,400 
Loss on extinguishment of debt     (4,724)  
Interest income 58  121  121  452 
Other income   1,131  32  3,465 
Total other (expense) income (3,557) 37,338  (12,181) 63,790 
(Loss) income from continuing operations before income taxes (27,695) 20,608  (51,662) 23,601 
(Benefit from) provision for income taxes (2,486) 872  (6,334) (1,189)
Net (loss) income from continuing operations (25,209) 19,736  (45,328) 24,790 
Net income from discontinued operations, net of income taxes   940  1,331  1,883 
Net (loss) income (25,209) 20,676  (43,997) 26,673 
Less: Net (loss) income attributable to non-controlling interests in consolidated subsidiaries:        
Continuing operations (3,876) (5,111) (12,724) (13,051)
Discontinued operations   116    101 
Dividends on preferred shares 4,625    13,243   
Net (loss) income attributable to shareholders $(25,958) $25,671   $(44,516) $39,623  
         
(Loss) earnings per share:        
Basic        
Continuing operations $(0.30) $0.29  $(0.53) $0.44 
Discontinued operations $  $0.01  $0.02  $0.02 
Diluted        
Continuing operations $(0.30) $0.29  $(0.53) $0.44 
Discontinued operations $  $0.01  $0.02  $0.02 
Weighted average shares outstanding:        
Basic 86,022,302  85,996,067  86,013,485  85,990,131 
Diluted 86,022,302  86,005,604  86,013,485  86,013,539 
             


 
FORTRESS TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTORS LLC
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (Unaudited)
(Dollar amounts in thousands, except per share data)
     
  (Unaudited)  
  September 30, 2020 December 31, 2019
Assets    
Cash and cash equivalents $119,799  $226,512 
Restricted cash 43,607  16,005 
Accounts receivable, net 78,054  49,470 
Leasing equipment, net 1,703,498  1,707,059 
Operating lease right-of-use assets, net 62,588  37,466 
Finance leases, net 13,189  8,315 
Property, plant, and equipment, net 917,872  732,109 
Investments 158,215  180,550 
Intangible assets, net 21,142  27,692 
Goodwill 122,735  122,639 
Other assets 134,631  129,105 
Total assets $3,375,330  $3,236,922 
     
Liabilities    
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities $88,050  $144,855 
Debt, net 1,801,573  1,420,928 
Maintenance deposits 154,661  208,944 
Security deposits 35,836  45,252 
Operating lease liabilities 62,209  36,968 
Other liabilities 32,154  41,118 
Total liabilities $2,174,483  $1,898,065 
     
Commitments and contingencies    
     
Equity    
Common shares ($0.01 par value per share; 2,000,000,000 shares authorized; 85,617,146 and 84,917,448 shares issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively) $856  $849 
Preferred shares ($0.01 par value per share; 200,000,000 shares authorized; 9,120,000 and 8,050,000 shares issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively) 91  81 
Additional paid in capital 1,130,121  1,110,122 
Retained earnings 60,760  190,453 
Accumulated other comprehensive (loss) income (16,450) 372 
Shareholders' equity 1,175,378  1,301,877 
Non-controlling interest in equity of consolidated subsidiaries 25,469  36,980 
Total equity 1,200,847  1,338,857 
Total liabilities and equity $3,375,330  $3,236,922 
         


 
FORTRESS TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTORS LLC
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (Unaudited)
(Dollar amounts in thousands, unless otherwise noted)
  
 Nine Months Ended September 30,
 2020 2019
Cash flows from operating activities:   
Net (loss) income$(43,997) $26,673 
Adjustments to reconcile net (loss) income to net cash provided by operating activities:   
Equity in losses of unconsolidated entities5,445  1,527 
Gain on sale of subsidiaries(1,331)  
Loss (gain) on sale of assets, net2,165  (61,416)
Security deposits and maintenance claims included in earnings(12,275) (3,863)
Loss on extinguishment of debt4,724   
Equity-based compensation1,323  1,604 
Depreciation and amortization126,543  125,877 
Asset impairment14,391   
Change in current and deferred income taxes(7,374) (1,906)
Change in fair value of non-hedge derivative181  4,130 
Amortization of lease intangibles and incentives23,394  24,008 
Amortization of deferred financing costs6,156  5,995 
Bad debt expense1,997  3,139 
Other1,152  748 
Change in:   
Accounts receivable(43,014) (16,002)
Other assets1,253  (15,128)
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities(32,415) 2,101 
Management fees payable to affiliate(20,965) 8,961 
Other liabilities1,040  (13,735)
Net cash provided by operating activities28,393  92,713 
    
Cash flows from investing activities:   
Investment in unconsolidated entities(4,407) (13,500)
Principal collections on finance leases7,001  13,094 
Acquisition of leasing equipment(252,859) (287,508)
Acquisition of property, plant and equipment(209,662) (243,707)
Acquisition of lease intangibles1,997  (101)
Purchase deposits for acquisitions(5,320) (45,852)
Proceeds from sale of leasing equipment53,707  166,290 
Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment  7 
Return of capital distributions from unconsolidated entities  1,424 
Return of deposit on sale of engine2,350   
Net cash used in investing activities$(407,193) $(409,853)
      
Cash flows from financing activities:   
Proceeds from debt$883,981  $568,704 
Repayment of debt(495,991) (218,934)
Payment of deferred financing costs(20,416) (31,585)
Receipt of security deposits1,564  5,802 
Return of security deposits(3,815) (368)
Receipt of maintenance deposits25,102  49,356 
Release of maintenance deposits(12,429) (23,822)
Proceeds from issuance of preferred shares, net of underwriter's discount and issuance costs20,223  82,888 
Purchase of non-controlling interest(110)  
Cash dividends - common shares(85,177) (85,154)
Cash dividends - preferred shares(13,243)  
Net cash provided by financing activities$299,689  $346,887 
    
Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash(79,111) 29,747 
Cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash, beginning of period242,517  120,837 
Cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash, end of period$163,406  $150,584 
        

Key Performance Measures

The Chief Operating Decision Maker (“CODM”) utilizes Adjusted EBITDA as our key performance measure.

Adjusted EBITDA provides the CODM with the information necessary to assess operational performance, as well as make resource and allocation decisions. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income (losses) attributable to shareholders from continuing operations, adjusted (a) to exclude the impact of provision for income taxes, equity-based compensation expense, acquisition and transaction expenses, losses on the modification or extinguishment of debt and capital lease obligations, changes in fair value of non-hedge derivative instruments, asset impairment charges, incentive allocations, depreciation and amortization expense, and interest expense, (b) to include the impact of our pro-rata share of Adjusted EBITDA from unconsolidated entities, and (c) to exclude the impact of equity in earnings (losses) of unconsolidated entities and the non-controlling share of Adjusted EBITDA.

The following table sets forth a reconciliation of net (loss) income attributable to shareholders from continuing operations to Adjusted EBITDA for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020 and 2019:

 Three Months Ended
September 30,
 Nine Months Ended
September 30,
(in thousands)2020 2019 2020 2019
Net (loss) income attributable to shareholders from continuing operations$(25,958) $24,847  $(45,847) $37,841 
Add: (Benefit from) provision for income taxes(2,486) 872  (6,334) (1,189)
Add: Equity-based compensation expense621  405  1,323  1,166 
Add: Acquisition and transaction expenses2,442  5,343  9,297  9,125 
Add: Losses on the modification or extinguishment of debt and capital lease obligations    4,724   
Add: Changes in fair value of non-hedge derivative instruments  4,380  181  4,130 
Add: Asset impairment charges3,915    14,391   
Add: Incentive allocations  3,736    6,109 
Add: Depreciation and amortization expense (1)52,532  49,985  149,937  148,188 
Add: Interest expense26,904  25,190  71,559   71,318 
Add: Pro-rata share of Adjusted EBITDA from unconsolidated entities (2)120  (801) (167) (895)
Less: Equity in losses of unconsolidated entities2,501  974  5,445  1,527 
Less: Non-controlling share of Adjusted EBITDA (3)(1,955) (2,928) (7,406) (7,866)
Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP)$58,636  $112,003  $197,103  $269,454 

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(1) Includes the following items for the three months ended September 30, 2020 and 2019: (i) depreciation and amortization expense of $42,626 and $43,265, (ii) lease intangible amortization of $953 and $1,072 and (iii) amortization for lease incentives of $8,953 and $5,648, respectively. Includes the following items for the nine months ended September 30, 2020 and 2019: (i) depreciation and amortization expense of $126,543 and $124,180, (ii) lease intangible amortization of $3,016 and $5,736 and (iii) amortization for lease incentives of $20,378 and $18,272, respectively.

(2) Includes the following items for the three months ended September 30, 2020 and 2019: (i) net loss of $(2,590) and $(1,096), (ii) interest expense of $367 and $30, (iii) depreciation and amortization expense of $1,389 and $265, (iv) acquisition and transaction expenses of $(79) and $0 and (v) changes in fair value of non-hedge derivatives of $1,033 and $0, respectively. Includes the following items for the nine months ended September 30, 2020 and 2019: (i) net loss of $(5,593) and $(1,793), (ii) interest expense of $848 and $101, (iii) depreciation and amortization expense of $3,797 and $797, (iv) acquisition and transaction expenses of $533 and $0 and (v) changes in fair value of non-hedge derivatives of $248 and $0, respectively.

(3) Includes the following items for the three months ended September 30, 2020 and 2019: (i) equity-based compensation of $97 and $57, (ii) provision for income taxes of $1 and $12, (iii) interest expense of $322 and $813, (iv) depreciation and amortization expense of $1,535 and $1,261 and (v) changes in fair value of non-hedge derivative instruments of $0 and $785, respectively. Includes the following items for the nine months ended September 30, 2020 and 2019: (i) equity based compensation of $196 and $176, (ii) provision for income taxes of $44 and $38, (iii) interest expense of $1,553 and $2,758, (iv) depreciation and amortization expense of $4,583 and $3,633, (v) changes in fair value of non-hedge derivative instruments of $38 and $1,261 and (vi) loss on extinguishment of debt of $992 and $0, respectively.

The Company uses Funds Available for Distribution (“FAD”) in evaluating its ability to meet its stated dividend policy. FAD is not a financial measure in accordance with GAAP. The GAAP measure most directly comparable to FAD is net cash provided by operating activities. The Company believes FAD is a useful metric for investors and analysts for similar purposes.

The Company defines FAD as: Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities plus principal collections on finance leases, proceeds from sale of assets, and return of capital distributions from unconsolidated entities, less required payments on debt obligations and capital distributions to non-controlling interest, and excluding changes in working capital.

The following table sets forth a reconciliation of Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities to FAD for the nine months ended September 30, 2020 and 2019:

 Nine Months Ended September 30,
(in thousands)2020 2019
Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities$28,393   $92,713 
Add: Principal Collections on Finance Leases7,001   13,094 
Add: Proceeds from Sale of Assets53,707   166,297 
Add: Return of Capital Distributions from Unconsolidated Entities—   1,424 
Less: Required Payments on Debt Obligations (1)—   (29,513)
Less: Capital Distributions to Non-Controlling Interest—    
Exclude: Changes in Working Capital94,101   33,803 
Funds Available for Distribution (FAD)$183,202   $277,818 

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(1) Required payments on debt obligations for the nine months ended September 30, 2020 exclude repayments of $220,000 for the Revolving Credit Facility, $144,200 for the Series 2016 Bonds, $50,262 for the Jefferson Revolver, $45,520 for the Series 2012 Bonds and $36,009 for the FTAI Pride Credit Agreement and for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 exclude repayments of $175,000 for the Revolving Credit Facility and $14,421 for the CMQR Credit Agreement.

The following tables set forth a reconciliation of Net Cash Used in Operating Activities to FAD for the three months ended September 30, 2020:

 Three Months Ended September 30, 2020
(in thousands)Equipment
Leasing
 Infrastructure Corporate and
Other
 Total
Funds Available for Distribution (FAD)$74,521  $(297)  $(34,368) $39,856 
Less: Principal Collections on Finance Leases      (3,681)
Less: Proceeds from Sale of Assets      (16,020)
Less: Return of Capital Distributions from Unconsolidated Entities       
Add: Required Payments on Debt Obligations       
Add: Capital Distributions to Non-Controlling Interest       
Include: Changes in Working Capital      (36,414)
Net Cash Used in Operating Activities      $(16,259)
          

The following tables set forth a reconciliation of Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities to FAD for the nine months ended September 30, 2020:

 Nine Months Ended September 30, 2020
(in thousands)Equipment
Leasing
 Infrastructure Corporate and
Other
 Total
Funds Available for Distribution (FAD)$277,917  $(5,275)  $(89,440) $183,202 
Less: Principal Collections on Finance Leases      (7,001)
Less: Proceeds from Sale of Assets      (53,707)
Less: Return of Capital Distributions from Unconsolidated Entities       
Add: Required Payments on Debt Obligations       
Add: Capital Distributions to Non-Controlling Interest       
Include: Changes in Working Capital      (94,101)
Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities      $28,393 
          

FAD is subject to a number of limitations and assumptions and there can be no assurance that the Company will generate FAD sufficient to meet its intended dividends. FAD has material limitations as a liquidity measure of the Company because such measure excludes items that are required elements of the Company’s net cash provided by operating activities as described below. FAD should not be considered in isolation nor as a substitute for analysis of the Company’s results of operations under GAAP, and it is not the only metric that should be considered in evaluating the Company’s ability to meet its stated dividend policy. Specifically:

  • FAD does not include equity capital called from the Company’s existing limited partners, proceeds from any debt issuance or future equity offering, historical cash and cash equivalents and expected investments in the Company’s operations.
  • FAD does not give pro forma effect to prior acquisitions, certain of which cannot be quantified.
  • While FAD reflects the cash inflows from sale of certain assets, FAD does not reflect the cash outflows to acquire assets as the Company relies on alternative sources of liquidity to fund such purchases.
  • FAD does not reflect expenditures related to capital expenditures, acquisitions and other investments as the Company has multiple sources of liquidity and intends to fund these expenditures with future incurrences of indebtedness, additional capital contributions and/or future issuances of equity.
  • FAD does not reflect any maintenance capital expenditures necessary to maintain the same level of cash generation from our capital investments.
  • FAD does not reflect changes in working capital balances as management believes that changes in working capital are primarily driven by short term timing differences, which are not meaningful to the Company’s distribution decisions.
  • Management has significant discretion to make distributions, and the Company is not bound by any contractual provision that requires it to use cash for distributions.

If such factors were included in FAD, there can be no assurance that the results would be consistent with the Company’s presentation of FAD.

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