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United Flying Higher: Fool by Numbers

On Tuesday, UAL (Nasdaq: UAUA  ) , parent of United Airlines, released Q4 2006 earnings for the period ended Dec. 31, 2006.

  • UAL's per-share earnings included $16.61 billion worth of reorganization charges. Without them, United lost $297 million, or $2.56 a share, during last year's Q4.
  • But it was United's revenue miss that investors appeared to like least. The stock was down by more than 8% as of yesterday's close.
  • That doesn't seem justified. A slimmer United improved its profitability per seat-mile and, despite notable winter weather disruptions, was able to keep its aircraft in the air longer than last year.
  • And while there was no balance sheet included with United's report, management says the carrier ended the year with $5 billion in cash.

(Figures in millions, except per-share data)

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Other Operating Metrics

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RASM = Revenue Per Available Seat Mile. CASM = Cost Per Available Seat Mile. Load Factor = the percentage of available seats used.
*Expressed in percentage points.

Related Companies:

  • AMR (NYSE: AMR  )
  • Continental (NYSE: CAL  )
  • Delta
  • Northwest
  • US Airways (NYSE: LCC  )

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