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    Republic Soars Most Since 2009 With Frontier Separation Set

    Post  yidiandiana on Wed Nov 09, 2011 10:42 am

    Republic Airways Holdings Inc. jumped the most since 2009 after expanding the restructuring of the Frontier Airlines unit and saying it plans to separate from the carrier acquired out of bankruptcy two years ago.

    Agreements have been reached to cut lease payments on some planes, defer cheap nfl jerseys deliveries of others and return two to lessors, the company said in a statement. Chief Executive Officer Bryan Bedford said today he expects an unspecified number of job cuts, and asset sales and new debt also are being evaluated.

    Buying Frontier moved Indianapolis-based Republic away from its traditional role of providing regional flights for carriers such as Delta Air Lines Inc. and into competition on main jet routes. Analysts surveyed by Bloomberg project the parent company will post a second straight annual loss in 2011.

    “It is time to start to separate the two businesses,” Bedford said on a conference call. Frontier “is going to be attractive either to private equity or our shareholders or possibly to strategic investors.”

    Republic gained 32 percent to $3.54 at 11:33 a.m. in New York, the biggest nfl jerseys cheap intraday advance since June 23, 2009. The shares fell 63 percent this year through yesterday.

    Bedford said Republic was hiring advisers to “begin the process of looking for shareholder-friendly options to monetize” Frontier. The turnaround effort at the unit includes parking smaller regional jets to focus on flying larger Airbus SAS and Embraer SA models.

    Cash Balance

    Absent additional action, the company’s unrestricted cash balance may wholesale soccer jerseys fall as low as $150 million by the end of this quarter, Republic said.

    The company said it achieved “substantially” all of an initial $120 million restructuring of Frontier that included concessions from employees, vendors and aircraft lessors. That set the stage for Republic to return to its roots as a commuter carrier and separate from Frontier, Bedford said.

    Third-quarter profit excluding some items fell to $20.4 million, naty or 40 cents a share, from $25.9 million, or 70 cents, a year earlier. On that basis, Republic beat the 24-cent average of seven analyst estimates compiled by Bloomberg.

    Net Income

    Including $10 million in pretax costs related to a storm in Denver and steelers jerseys cheap expenses linked to fuel-purchase contracts and fleet changes, net income declined 58 percent to $9 million, or 18 cents, from $21.2 million, or 58 cents. Revenue increased 7.9 percent to $767.9 million.

    The profit followed three consecutive quarterly losses.

    The company earlier said it would maintain a minimum unrestricted cash balance of $200 million, a goal it fell short of last quarter.

    Concessions from lessors will reduce the company’s Airbus A319 lease payments by $26 million in 2012. Republic will return four A319s in 2012’s first quarter. While Republic will accept of two Embraer E190 planes this quarter, it deferred delivery of four more E190s cheap jerseys for an unspecified time and will end leases early on two additional E190s, returning them to lessors in late 2012.

    Bedford told employees in a memo last month that an agreement with Embraer on deferring new planes would make about $20 million in cash available to Republic.
    Republic said it completed a previously announced agreement to buy 80 planes from Airbus that it expects will enter Frontier’s fleet in 2016’s second half. It also finished an accord with engine maker CFM International Inc. for a fuel-burn guarantee on the new Airbus planes that sets future spare engine pricing and reduced overhaul costs for existing Airbus engines.

    Steps under study in a second round of restructuring at Frontier, totaling about $113 million, include selling flight slots at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport valued at almost $50 million, and 10 Embraer E190 jets, for about $40 million, according to Bedford’s memo.

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