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Is American Airlines Group, Inc. (AAL) a Hot Buy?

May 26
09:57 2023

Amidst lingering macroeconomic headwinds, leading carrier American Airlines Group Inc. (AAL) has made significant strides in its financial performance. After four years of challenges, the company recently reported a profit for the first quarter of 2023, driven by robust demand for air travel.

In this article, I will discuss the recent financials and key factors influencing AAL’s performance to shed light on the investment prospects of this airline giant. But before that, let’s take a look at the outlook for the US airline industry this year.

According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the global aviation industry is anticipated to achieve a net profit of $4.70 billion in the current year, accompanied by a significant surge in passenger numbers, exceeding 4 billion travelers. The gradual relaxation of travel restrictions has unleashed a wave of pent-up demand, further propelling the industry’s recovery.

AAL generated record operating and free cash flow of $3.30 billion and $3 billion in the fiscal first quarter. Moreover, strengthening the balance sheet continues to be a top priority for the company. AAL is approximately 60% of the way to its goal of reducing total debt by $15 billion by the end of 2025.

In addition, based on demand trends and the current fuel price forecast, AAL expects its second-quarter 2023 adjusted earnings per share to be between $1.20 and $1.40. The company expects its full-year 2023 adjusted earnings per share to be between $2.50 and $3.50.

The stock has soared 8.5% year-to-date and 3.6% over the past month to close its last trading session at $13.80.

Here’s what could influence AAL’s performance in the upcoming months:

Robust Financial Performance

AAL’s passenger and other operating revenues rose 42% and 20.4% year-over-year to $ 11.10 billion and $863 million, respectively, in the fiscal first quarter that ended March 31, 2023. As a result, the company’s total operating revenue grew 37% year-over-year to $12.19 billion. Its operating income stood at $438 million, compared to an operating loss of $1.72 billion in the same quarter the previous year.

Moreover, excluding net special items, AAL reported a net income of $33 million, or $0.05 per share, compared to a net loss excluding net special items of $1.51 billion or $2.32 per share in the previous-year quarter.

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