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Atlas Air Worldwide Reports First-Quarter 2017 Results

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Atlas Air Worldwide Reports First-Quarter 2017 Results
• Reported Income from Continuing Operations of $0.04 Million
• Adjusted Income from Continuing Operations of $8.3 Million
• Anticipate Solid Earnings Growth in 2017
• Significant New Customer Relationships

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 --   Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: AAWW) today announced income from continuing operations, net of taxes, of $0.04 million, which included an unrealized loss on financial instruments of $5.2 million related to outstanding warrants, for the three months ended March 31, 2017. Results compared with income from continuing operations, net of taxes, of $0.5 million for the three months ended March 31, 2016.

On an adjusted basis, income from continuing operations, net of taxes, in the first quarter of 2017 totaled $8.3 million compared with $7.7 million in the year-ago quarter.

Diluted earnings per share from continuing operations, net of taxes were $0.00 for the three months ended March 31, 2017 and $0.02 for the three months ended March 31, 2016. Adjusted diluted EPS from continuing operations, net of taxes, totaled $0.31 in both periods.

“We are off to an exciting start in 2017,” said President and Chief Executive Officer William J. Flynn. “We are building on our 2016 achievements and growing our earnings this year.

“We will have a full year of contribution from Southern Air and expect a positive impact on our full-year results from our service for Amazon. We placed our second 767-300 aircraft into service for Amazon in February, and just added our third and fourth aircraft in May.

“In addition to announcing our first-quarter earnings and reaffirming our full-year earnings framework today, we are very pleased to have announced the placement of two of our 747-8 freighters with Cathay Pacific Cargo on an ACMI basis, with service beginning in May.

“Cathay Pacific is a prominent global airline based in Hong Kong and a standout performer in the airfreight market. We are delighted to work with Cathay Pacific's cargo division to facilitate the strong growth of its global network.

“In addition to Cathay Pacific, we have recently announced other significant new customer agreements with Asiana Cargo, Nippon Cargo Airlines and FedEx that will all contribute to earnings growth this year.”

Mr. Flynn added: “Earnings in the first quarter were in line with our expectations and our outlook for the year.

“Consistent with our prior outlook, we anticipate that our adjusted income from continuing operations, net of taxes, will grow by a mid-single-digit to low-double-digit percentage compared with our 2016 adjusted income of $114.3 million.

“Our view reflects our expanding business base and the ongoing development of our strategic platform. It also reflects solid demand from our customers, the benefits we expect from our fleet initiatives, and the steps we have taken to align our business with the faster-growing express and e-commerce markets.”

First-Quarter Results

Higher ACMI contribution in the first quarter of 2017 was primarily driven by our acquisition of Southern Air and lower costs related to crew training, partially offset by higher heavy maintenance costs and the temporary redeployment of 747-8F aircraft to our Charter segment. Segment revenue growth benefited from an increase in block-hour volumes, partially offset by a lower average rate per block hour. Both our volumes and average rate reflected an increase in 777 and 737 CMI flying following the acquisition of Southern Air, an increase in 767 CMI flying, as well as the temporary redeployment of 747-8F aircraft to our Charter segment.

Lower Charter segment contribution during the period reflected an increase in heavy maintenance costs and lower average rates. These impacts were partially offset by an increase in military passenger and cargo demand, which drove an increase in block-hour volumes, lower costs related to crew training, and the temporary redeployment of 747-8F aircraft from our ACMI segment. Average Charter rates during the quarter primarily reflected a reduction in cost-based rates paid by the military.

In Dry Leasing, lower revenue and segment contribution resulted from a decrease in revenue from maintenance payments related to the scheduled return of a passenger aircraft in 2016, partially offset by revenue from the placement of two 767-300 converted freighter aircraft with Amazon in August 2016 and February 2017, and one 767-300 converted freighter aircraft with DHL Express in February 2016.

Higher unallocated income and expenses in the first quarter of 2017 primarily reflected the impact of the Southern Air acquisition and fleet-growth initiatives.

Reported earnings in the first quarter of 2017 included an effective income tax rate of 94.0%, due mainly to nondeductible changes in the value of outstanding warrants, partially offset by the impact of adopting amended accounting guidance for share-based compensation, which recognizes excess tax benefits associated with share-based compensation within income tax expense. As a result of adopting the guidance, we recognized $1.5 million of excess tax benefits as a reduction of income tax expense during the quarter. On an adjusted basis, our results reflected an effective income tax rate of 9.5%, primarily due to adopting the amended accounting guidance for share-based compensation.

Cash and Short-Term Investments

At March 31, 2017, our cash, cash equivalents, short-term investments and restricted cash totaled $124.2 million, compared with $142.6 million at December 31, 2016.

The change in position resulted from cash used for investing activities, partially offset by cash provided by operating and financing activities.

Net cash used for investing activities during the first quarter of 2017 primarily related to capital expenditures and payments for flight equipment and modifications, including the acquisition of 767-300 aircraft to be converted to freighter configuration.

Net cash provided by financing activities primarily reflected proceeds from our revolving credit facility, partially offset by payments on debt obligations.

Outlook

Consistent with our prior outlook, we continue to expect our adjusted income from continuing operations, net of taxes, to grow by a mid-single-digit to low-double-digit percentage compared with 2016 adjusted income of $114.3 million.

In addition, we expect adjusted income from continuing operations, net of taxes, in the second quarter of 2017 to be approximately 15% to 20% higher than second-quarter 2016 adjusted income of $20.2 million.

Our view reflects solid demand from our customers, the benefits we expect from our fleet initiatives, and the steps we have taken to align our business with the faster-growing express and e-commerce markets.

We believe the current demand, including our new services for Asiana Cargo, Cathay Pacific Cargo, FedEx, and Nippon Cargo Airlines, the initial accretion from our Amazon operations, and the first full-year of contribution from Southern Air provide a strong foundation for earnings growth this year.

Given the inherent seasonality of airfreight demand, we anticipate that results in 2017 will reflect historical patterns, with more than 70% of our adjusted income occurring in the second half.

For the full year, we expect total block hours to increase approximately 20% compared with 2016, with more than 75% of our hours in ACMI and the balance in Charter.

Aircraft maintenance expense in 2017 should total approximately $245 million, and depreciation and amortization is expected to total approximately $170 million. In addition, core capital expenditures, which exclude aircraft and engine purchases, are expected to total approximately $55to $65 million, mainly for parts and components for our fleet.

We provide guidance on an adjusted basis because we are unable to predict, with reasonable certainty, the effects of outstanding warrants and other items that could be material to our reported results.

Conference Call

Management will host a conference call to discuss Atlas Air Worldwide's first-quarter 2017 financial and operating results at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, May 3, 2017.

Interested parties are invited to listen to the call live over the Internet at www.atlasair.com (click on “Investor Information,” click on “Presentations” and on the link to the first-quarter call) or at the following Web address:

http://edge.media-server.com/m/p/khrc6h4w

For those unable to listen to the live call, a replay will be archived on the above websites following the call. A replay will also be available through May 9 by dialing (855) 859-2056 (U.S. Toll Free) or (404) 537-3406 (from outside the U.S.) and using Access Code 8110092#.

About Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement our financial statements presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP, we present certain non-GAAP financial measures to assist in the evaluation of our business performance. These non-GAAP measures include EBITDAR, as adjusted; EBITDA, as adjusted; Direct Contribution; Adjusted income from continuing operations, net of taxes; Adjusted Diluted EPS from continuing operations, net of taxes; Adjusted effective tax rate; and Free Cash Flow, which exclude certain noncash income and expenses, and items impacting year-over-year comparisons of our results. These non-GAAP measures may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for Income from continuing operations, net of taxes; Diluted EPS from continuing operations, net of taxes; Effective tax rate; and Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities, which are the most directly comparable measures of performance prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP.

Our management uses these non-GAAP financial measures in assessing the performance of the company's ongoing operations and in planning and forecasting future periods. In addition, management's incentive compensation will be determined, in part, by using Adjusted Income from continuing operations, net of taxes. We believe that these adjusted measures, when considered together with the corresponding U.S. GAAP financial measures and the reconciliations to those measures, provide meaningful supplemental information to assist investors and analysts in understanding our financial results and assessing our prospects for future performance.

About Atlas Air Worldwide:

Atlas Air Worldwide is a leading global provider of outsourced aircraft and aviation operating services. It is the parent company of Atlas Air, Inc., Southern Air Holdings, Inc. and Titan Aviation Holdings, Inc., and is the majority shareholder of Polar Air Cargo Worldwide, Inc. Our companies operate the world's largest fleet of 747 freighter aircraft and provide customers a broad array of Boeing 747, 777, 767, 757 and 737 aircraft for domestic, regional and international applications.

Atlas Air Worldwide's press releases, SEC filings and other information may be accessed through the company's home page, www.atlasair.com.

This release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that reflect Atlas Air Worldwide's current views with respect to certain current and future events and financial performance. Those statements are based on management's beliefs, plans, expectations and assumptions, and on information currently available to management. Generally, the words “will,” “may,” “should,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “plan,” “continue,” “believe,” “seek,” “project,” “estimate,” and similar expressions used in this release that do not relate to historical facts are intended to identify forward-looking statements.

Such forward-looking statements are and will be, as the case may be, subject to many risks, uncertainties and factors relating to the operations and business environments of Atlas Air Worldwide and its subsidiaries (collectively, the “companies”) that may cause the actual results of the companies to be materially different from any future results, express or implied, in such forward-looking statements.

Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the following: our ability to effectively operate the network service contemplated by our agreements with Amazon, including the cost and timing of securing any aircraft necessary to fulfill our agreements; the risk that the anticipated benefits of our agreements with Amazon will not be realized when expected, or at all; the possibility that Amazon may terminate its agreements with the companies; the effect of the announcement or pendency of the transactions contemplated by the agreements with Amazon; costs associated with the acquisition of Southern Air; failure to achieve expected synergies, accretion and other anticipated benefits of the transaction or to successfully integrate the Southern Air business; adverse reactions to the acquisition by employees, key customers, including DHL Express, suppliers or competitors of either Atlas Air Worldwide, Southern Air, or their subsidiaries; our ability to effectively operate the 777 platform or grow the business of Southern Air; the ability of the companies to operate pursuant to the terms of their financing facilities; the ability of the companies to obtain and maintain normal terms with vendors and service providers; the companies' ability to maintain contracts that are critical to their operations; the ability of the companies to fund and execute their business plan; the ability of the companies to attract, motivate and/or retain key executives and associates; the ability of the companies to attract and retain customers; the continued availability of our wide-body aircraft; demand for cargo services in the markets in which the companies operate; economic conditions; the effects of any hostilities or act of war (in the Middle East or elsewhere) or any terrorist attack; labor costs and relations; financing costs; the cost and availability of war risk insurance; our ability to maintain adequate internal controls over financial reporting; aviation fuel costs; security-related costs; competitive pressures on pricing (especially from lower-cost competitors); volatility in the international currency markets; weather conditions; government legislation and regulation; consumer perceptions of the companies' products and services; anticipated and future litigation; and other risks and uncertainties set forth from time to time in Atlas Air Worldwide's reports to the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.

For additional information, we refer you to the risk factors set forth under the heading “Risk Factors” in the most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent reports on Form 10-Q filed by Atlas Air Worldwide with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Other factors and assumptions not identified above may also affect the forward-looking statements, and these other factors and assumptions may also cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed.

Except as stated in this release, Atlas Air Worldwide is not providing guidance or estimates regarding its anticipated business and financial performance for 2017 or thereafter.

Atlas Air Worldwide assumes no obligation to update such statements contained in this release to reflect actual results, changes in assumptions or changes in other factors affecting such estimates other than as required by law.

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For more information, please contact:
Dan Loh
E-mail: Dan.Loh@atlasair.com