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Fly Leasing reports Q1 2021 net loss of $3.4 million

Fly Leasing reports Q1 2021 net loss of $3.4 million
Fly Leasing reports Q1 2021 net loss of $3.4 million
Written by Harry Johnson

In the quarter, FLY’s revenues and net income were again adversely impacted by the global pandemic.

  • Fly Leasing signed merger agreement to be acquired by Carlyle Aviation
  • Fly Leasing reported total revenues of $80.9 million in Q1 2021
  • At March 31, 2021, FLY’s total assets were $3.1 billion

Fly Leasing Limited, a global aircraft leasing company, today announced its financial results for the first quarter of 2021.


  • Signed merger agreement to be acquired by Carlyle Aviation for $17.05 per share
  • Total revenues of $80.9 million
  • Net loss of $3.4 million, $0.11 per share
  • Unrestricted cash and cash equivalents of $117.2 million
  • $157 million net book value of unencumbered assets

“The pending acquisition of Fly Leasing by an affiliate of Carlyle Aviation Partners is on track and is expected to close in the third quarter,” said Colm Barrington, CEO of FLY. “We believe that this transaction represents strong value for FLY shareholders with the per share cash consideration representing a premium of nearly 30% to FLY’s closing price on March 26, 2021, the last trading day prior to the merger announcement.”

“In the quarter, FLY’s revenues and net income were again adversely impacted by the global pandemic,” added Barrington. “While we are seeing improvements in some sectors of the global airline industry, particularly in U.S. and Chinese domestic traffic, there are still large parts of the world where COVID-19 is surging and both domestic and international air traffic is at a virtual standstill due to continuing travel restrictions. It now appears likely that it will be well into 2022 before global air traffic returns towards 2019 levels.”

Financial Results

FLY is reporting a net loss of $3.4 million, or $0.11 per share, for the first quarter of 2021. This compares to net income of $38.1 million, or $1.24 per share, for the same period in 2020. During the first quarter of 2021, FLY recognized $5.9 million of costs associated with the pending transaction with Carlyle Aviation.

Adjusted Net Income (Loss)

Adjusted Net Loss was $1.4 million for the first quarter of 2021, compared to Adjusted Net Income of $43.6 million for the same period in the previous year. On a per share basis, Adjusted Net Loss was $0.04 in the first quarter of 2021, compared to Adjusted Net Income of $1.42 for the first quarter of 2020.

Financial Position

At March 31, 2021, FLY’s total assets were $3.1 billion, including investment in flight equipment totaling $2.8 billion. Total cash at March 31, 2021 was $151.2 million, of which $117.2 million was unrestricted. At March 31, 2021, FLY’s net debt to equity ratio was 2.2x, reduced from 2.3x as of December 31, 2020.