Shares of United Airlines Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: UAL) were up over 3% on Wednesday. The stock has gained 25% year-to-date and 38% over the past three months. The company is slated to report its fourth quarter 2022 earnings results on Tuesday, January 17, after market close. Here’s a look at what to expect from its upcoming earnings report:
Analysts are predicting revenue of $12.2 billion for United Airlines for the fourth quarter of 2022. This compares to revenue of $10.8 billion reported in the fourth quarter of 2019. In the third quarter of 2022, the company generated total operating revenue of $12.9 billion, which was up 13% from the same period in 2019.
The company is seeing strong demand trends as leisure travel remains strong and the hybrid work model allows further flexibility for travel. United expects a strong revenue environment in the fourth quarter of 2022. The company expects TRASM in Q4 to increase 24-25% from the 2019 period on 9-10% less capacity. This is close to the third quarter number of a 25.5% increase on about 10% less capacity compared to Q3 2019.
Profits and margins
Analysts expect United to report EPS of $2.12 in Q4 2022. This compares to adjusted EPS of $2.67 in Q4 2019. In the third quarter of 2022, the company reported adjusted EPS of $2.81, which was down 31% from the same period in 2019. For the fourth quarter of 2022, United has guided for adjusted EPS of $2.00-2.25.
Adjusted operating margin was 11.5% in the third quarter of 2022. The airline expects adjusted operating margin in Q4 2022 to be about 10%, which is higher than the 9.1% reported in Q4 2019.
In the third quarter of 2022, cost per available seat mile, excluding fuel (CASM-ex) was up 14.5% from the same period in 2019. For the fourth quarter of 2022, the company expects CASM-ex to be up 11-12% compared to Q4 2019.
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