American Airlines on Thursday posted a $19 million profit for the last three months of 2023, topping Wall Street estimates on the top and bottom lines.
Shares of the company rose about 4% in premarket trading.
Here’s how the company performed in the last quarter of 2023 compared to Wall Street estimates compiled by LSEG, formerly known as Refinitiv:
- Earnings per share: 29 cents adjusted vs. 10 cents per share expected.
- Revenue: $13.06 billion vs. $13.02 billion expected.
For the last three months of 2023, American Airlines reported net income of $19 million, down from $803 million the year prior. Earnings per share decreased to 3 cents from $1.14 in the fourth quarter of 2022.
Adjusting for one-time items, American earned 29 cents per share.
In its third-quarter earnings report, the airline had estimated it would break even for the December period.
“The American Airlines team produced an exceptionally strong performance in 2023,” CEO Robert Isom said in a statement Thursday. We are delivering on our commitments and remain well-positioned for the future, supported by the strength of our network and travel rewards program, our young and simplified fleet, our operational reliability, and our outstanding team.
The earnings report comes on a a busy day for the airline industry, with Southwest and Alaska also reporting fourth-quarter earnings Thursday. United Airlines on Monday posted higher-than-expected earnings and revenue and a sunny forecast for 2024.
Industry eyes have been on the Boeing 737 Max 9 plane of late after that aircraft model was grounded by the Federal Aviation Administration earlier this month following an Alaska Airlines midflight incident.
American doesn’t have any of the planes in its fleet.
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