CHICAGO—United Airlines reported Friday full-year 2014 net income of $1.97 billion, an increase of 89 percent year-over-year, or $5.06 per diluted share, excluding $834 million of special items. Including special items, UAL reported full-year net income of $1.13 billion, or $2.93 per diluted share. UAL reported fourth-quarter 2014 net income of $461 million, an increase of 86 percent year-over-year, or $1.20 per diluted share, excluding $433 million of special items. Including special items, UAL reported fourth-quarter 2014 net income of $28 million, or $0.07 per diluted share.
UAL earned a 12.9 percent return on invested capital in 2014.
United’s consolidated passenger revenue per available seat mile increased 1.6 percent for full-year 2014 compared to full-year 2013.
Full-year 2014 consolidated unit costs, excluding special charges, third-party business expenses, fuel and profit sharing, increased 1.3 percent year-over-year on a consolidated capacity increase of 0.3 percent. Full-year 2014 CASM, including those items, decreased 1.6 percent year-over-year.
In 2014, United returned approximately $320 million to shareholders as part of its previously announced $1 billion share buyback program. In addition, throughout the year, United spent $310 million to retire convertible debt that was convertible into approximately 5.8 million shares of UAL common stock.
Employees earned $235 million in profit sharing for full-year 2014, which will be distributed on Feb. 13.
UAL ended the year with $5.7 billion in unrestricted liquidity.
“Thanks to the good work of the United team, we reported a $2 billion profit for 2014, excluding special items,” said Jeff Smisek, UAL’s chairman, president and chief executive officer. “We’re starting 2015 as a better airline, and we expect to generate far better results. I’m excited about what we will do this year to improve our operations, our product, and our customer service, focusing on growing our core earnings and margins. For the first quarter, we expect our pre-tax margin to be between 5 and 7 percent, excluding special items. (United)