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FTAI Reports First Quarter 2021 Results, Dividend of $0.33 per Common Share

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NEW YORK, April 29, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Fortress Transportation and Infrastructure Investors LLC (NYSE:FTAI) (the "Company" or "FTAI") today reported financial results for the first quarter 2021. The Company's consolidated comparative financial statements and key performance measures are attached as an exhibit to this press release.

Financial Overview

(in thousands, except per share data)  
Selected Financial Results Q1'21  
Net Cash Used in Operating Activities $ (48,932 )  
Net Loss Attributable to Shareholders $ (34,540 )  
Basic and Diluted Loss per Common Share $ (0.40 )  
     
Funds Available for Distribution ("FAD") (1) $ 14,407    
Adjusted EBITDA(1) $ 47,154    

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(1) For definitions and reconciliations of non-GAAP measures, please refer to the exhibit to this press release.

For the first quarter of 2021, total FAD was $14.4 million. This amount includes $60.6 million from our aviation leasing portfolio, offset by $(3.8) million from our infrastructure business and $(42.4) million from corporate and other.

First Quarter 2021 Dividends

On April 29, 2021, the Company's Board of Directors (the "Board") declared a cash dividend on its common shares of $0.33 per share for the quarter ended March 31, 2021, payable on May 25, 2021 to the holders of record on May 14, 2021.

Additionally, on April 29, 2021, the Board declared cash dividends on its Fixed-to-Floating Rate Series A Cumulative Perpetual Redeemable Preferred Shares ("Series A Preferred Shares"), Fixed-to-Floating Rate Series B Cumulative Perpetual Redeemable Preferred Shares ("Series B Preferred Shares") and Fixed Rate Reset Series C Cumulative Perpetual Redeemable Preferred Shares ("Series C Preferred Shares") of $0.51563, $0.50000 and $0.45833 per share, respectively, for the quarter ended March 31, 2021, payable on June 15, 2021 to the holders of record on June 1, 2021.

Additional Information

For additional information that management believes to be useful for investors, please refer to the presentation posted on the Investor Relations section of the Company's website, www.ftandi.com, and the Company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-K, when available on the Company's website. Nothing on the Company's website is included or incorporated by reference herein.

Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call on Friday, April 30, 2021 at 8:00 A.M. Eastern Time. The conference call may be accessed by dialing (877) 447-5636 (from within the U.S.) or (615) 247-0080 (from outside of the U.S.) ten minutes prior to the scheduled start of the call; please reference "FTAI First Quarter 2021 Earnings Call." A simultaneous webcast of the conference call will be available to the public on a listen-only basis at www.ftandi.com.

Following the call, a replay of the conference call will be available after 12:00 P.M. on Friday, April 30, 2021 through 11:30 A.M. Friday, May 7, 2021 at (855) 859-2056 (from within the U.S.) or (404) 537-3406 (from outside of the U.S.), Passcode: 8347267.

About Fortress Transportation and Infrastructure Investors LLC

Fortress Transportation and Infrastructure Investors LLC owns and acquires high quality infrastructure and equipment that is essential for the transportation of goods and people globally. FTAI targets assets that, on a combined basis, generate strong and stable cash flows with the potential for earnings growth and asset appreciation. FTAI is externally managed by an affiliate of Fortress Investment Group LLC, a leading, diversified global investment firm.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this press release may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on management's current expectations and beliefs and are subject to a number of trends and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements, many of which are beyond the Company's control. The Company can give no assurance that its expectations will be attained and such differences may be material. Accordingly, you should not place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements contained in this press release. For a discussion of some of the risks and important factors that could affect such forward-looking statements, see the sections entitled "Risk Factors" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" in the Company's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, which are available on the Company's website (www.ftandi.com). In addition, new risks and uncertainties emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for the Company to predict or assess the impact of every factor that may cause its actual results to differ from those contained in any forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release. The Company expressly disclaims any obligation to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect any change in the Company's expectations with regard thereto or change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any statement is based. This release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities.

For further information, please contact:

Alan Andreini
Investor Relations
Fortress Transportation and Infrastructure Investors LLC
(212) 798-6128
aandreini@fortress.com

Withholding Information for Withholding Agents

This announcement is intended to be a qualified notice as provided in the Internal Revenue Code (the "Code") and the Regulations thereunder. For U.S. federal income tax purposes, the common dividend and the Series A Preferred, Series B Preferred and Series C Preferred dividends declared in April 2021 will be treated as a partnership distribution and guaranteed payments, respectively. For U.S. tax withholding purposes, the per share distribution components are as follows:

Common Distribution Components  
Non-U.S. Long Term Capital Gain $  
U.S. Portfolio Interest Income(1) $ 0.03036  
U.S. Dividend Income(2) $  
Income Not from U.S. Sources(3) $ 0.29964  
U.S. Long Term Capital Gain (4) $  
Distribution Per Share
$ 0.33000  


Series A Preferred Distribution Components  
Guaranteed Payments(5) $ 0.51563  
Distribution Per Share
$ 0.51563  


Series B Preferred Distribution Components  
Guaranteed Payments(5) $ 0.50000  
Distribution Per Share
$ 0.50000  


Series C Preferred Distribution Components  
Guaranteed Payments(5) $ 0.45833  
Distribution Per Share
$ 0.45833  


(1) Eligible for the U.S. portfolio interest exemption for any holder not considered a 10-percent shareholder under §871(h)(3)(B) of the Code.
   
(2) This income is subject to withholding under §1441 or §1442 of the Code.
   
(3) This income is not subject to withholding under §1441, §1442 or §1446 of the Code.
   
(4) U.S. Long Term Capital Gain attributable to the sale of a U.S. Real Property Holding Corporation. As a result, the gain will be treated as income that is effectively connected with a U.S. trade or business and be subject to withholding.
   
(5) Brokers and nominees should treat this income as subject to withholding under §1441 or §1442 of the Code.
   

For U.S. shareholders: In computing your U.S. federal taxable income, you should not rely on this qualified notice, but should generally take into account your allocable share of the Company's taxable income as reported to you on your Schedule K-1.


Exhibit - Financial Statements

FORTRESS TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTORS LLC
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (Unaudited)
(Dollar amounts in thousands, except per share data)

    Three Months Ended March 31,
    2021   2020
Revenues        
Equipment leasing revenues   $ 56,607       $ 86,449    
Infrastructure revenues   20,542       26,391    
Total revenues   77,149       112,840    
Expenses        
Operating expenses   24,997       33,444    
General and administrative   4,252       4,663    
Acquisition and transaction expenses   1,643       3,194    
Management fees and incentive allocation to affiliate   3,990       4,766    
Depreciation and amortization   44,535       42,197    
Asset impairment   2,100          
Interest expense   32,990       22,861    
Total expenses   114,507       111,125    
Other income (expense)        
Equity in earnings of unconsolidated entities   1,374       265    
Gain (loss) on sale of assets, net   811       (1,819 )  
Loss on extinguishment of debt         (4,724 )  
Interest income   285       41    
Other income   181       33    
Total other income (expense)   2,651       (6,204 )  
Loss from continuing operations before income taxes   (34,707 )     (4,489 )  
Provision for (benefit from) income taxes   169       (98 )  
Net loss from continuing operations   (34,876 )     (4,391 )  
Net income from discontinued operations, net of income taxes         1,331    
Net loss   (34,876 )     (3,060 )  
Less: Net loss attributable to non-controlling interests in consolidated subsidiaries   (4,961 )     (4,736 )  
Less: Dividends on preferred shares   4,625       4,539    
Net loss attributable to shareholders   $ (34,540 )     $ (2,863 )  
         
(Loss) earnings per share:        
Basic        
Continuing operations   $ (0.40 )     $ (0.05 )  
Discontinued operations   $       $ 0.02    
Diluted        
Continuing operations   $ (0.40 )     $ (0.05 )  
Discontinued operations   $       $ 0.02    
Weighted average shares outstanding:        
Basic   86,027,944       86,008,099    
Diluted   86,027,944       86,008,099    
                 

FORTRESS TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTORS LLC
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (Unaudited)
(Dollar amounts in thousands, except per share data)

    (Unaudited)    
    March 31, 2021   December 31, 2020
Assets        
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 160,252       $ 121,703    
Restricted cash   33,224       39,715    
Accounts receivable, net   111,898       91,691    
Leasing equipment, net   1,684,816       1,635,259    
Operating lease right-of-use assets, net   64,801       62,355    
Finance leases, net   13,966       6,927    
Property, plant, and equipment, net   1,000,988       964,363    
Investments   161,767       146,515    
Intangible assets, net   16,809       18,786    
Goodwill   122,735       122,735    
Other assets   220,791       177,928    
Total assets   $ 3,592,047       $ 3,387,977    
         
Liabilities        
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities   $ 101,155       $ 113,185    
Debt, net   2,077,402       1,904,762    
Maintenance deposits   140,487       148,293    
Security deposits   35,117       37,064    
Operating lease liabilities   64,231       62,001    
Other liabilities   30,003       23,351    
Total liabilities   $ 2,448,395       $ 2,288,656    
         
Commitments and contingencies        
         
Equity        
Common shares ($0.01 par value per share; 2,000,000,000 shares authorized; 85,630,753 and 85,617,146 shares issued and outstanding as of March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively)   $ 856       $ 856    
Preferred shares ($0.01 par value per share; 200,000,000 shares authorized; 13,320,000 and 9,120,000 shares issued and outstanding as of March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively)   133       91    
Additional paid in capital   1,198,386       1,130,106    
Accumulated deficit   (58,073 )     (28,158 )  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (16,283 )     (26,237 )  
Shareholders' equity   1,125,019       1,076,658    
Non-controlling interest in equity of consolidated subsidiaries   18,633       22,663    
Total equity   1,143,652       1,099,321    
Total liabilities and equity   $ 3,592,047       $ 3,387,977    
                     

FORTRESS TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTORS LLC
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (Unaudited)
(Dollar amounts in thousands, unless otherwise noted)

  Three Months Ended March 31,
  2021   2020
Cash flows from operating activities:      
Net loss $ (34,876 )     $ (3,060 )  
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:      
Equity in earnings of unconsolidated entities (1,374 )     (265 )  
Gain on sale of subsidiaries       (1,331 )  
(Gain) loss on sale of assets, net (811 )     1,819    
Security deposits and maintenance claims included in earnings (2,836 )     8,844    
Loss on extinguishment of debt       4,724    
Equity-based compensation 1,114       291    
Depreciation and amortization 44,535       42,197    
Asset impairment 2,100          
Change in deferred income taxes       3,822    
Change in fair value of non-hedge derivative (7,964 )     181    
Amortization of lease intangibles and incentives 8,108       6,867    
Amortization of deferred financing costs 2,268       2,065    
Bad debt expense (547 )     632    
Other (279 )     363    
Change in:      
Accounts receivable (19,786 )     (10,780 )  
Other assets (17,953 )     7,063    
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities (19,707 )     (46,316 )  
Management fees payable to affiliate (602 )     (20,865 )  
Other liabilities (322 )     (8,057 )  
Net cash used in operating activities (48,932 )     (11,806 )  
       
Cash flows from investing activities:      
Investment in unconsolidated entities (1,278 )     (2,452 )  
Principal collections on finance leases 395       320    
Acquisition of leasing equipment (114,781 )     (57,570 )  
Acquisition of property, plant and equipment (39,302 )     (60,402 )  
Acquisition of lease intangibles (386 )     1,161    
Purchase deposits for acquisitions (9,250 )     (3,100 )  
Proceeds from sale of leasing equipment 4,574       28,568    
Return of purchase deposit for aircraft and aircraft engines 4,600          
Return of deposit on sale of engine 1,010       2,350    
Net cash used in investing activities $ (154,418 )     $ (91,125 )  
                   

FORTRESS TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTORS LLC
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (Unaudited)
(Dollar amounts in thousands, unless otherwise noted)

  Three Months Ended March 31,
  2021   2020
Cash flows from financing activities:      
Proceeds from debt $ 171,600       $ 303,980    
Repayment of debt       (275,991 )  
Payment of deferred financing costs (563 )     (11,767 )  
Receipt of security deposits 70       130    
Return of security deposits (975 )     (3,815 )  
Receipt of maintenance deposits 8,770       13,626    
Release of maintenance deposits (11,483 )     (9,185 )  
Proceeds from issuance of preferred shares, net of underwriter's discount and issuance costs 101,180       (246 )  
Settlement of equity-based compensation (183 )        
Cash dividends - common shares (28,383 )     (28,391 )  
Cash dividends - preferred shares (4,625 )     (4,539 )  
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities $ 235,408       $ (16,198 )  
       
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash 32,058       (119,129 )  
Cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash, beginning of period 161,418       242,517    
Cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash, end of period $ 193,476       $ 123,388    
                   

Key Performance Measures

The Chief Operating Decision Maker ("CODM") utilizes Adjusted EBITDA as our key performance measure.

Adjusted EBITDA provides the CODM with the information necessary to assess operational performance, as well as make resource and allocation decisions. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income (losses) attributable to shareholders from continuing operations, adjusted (a) to exclude the impact of provision for income taxes, equity-based compensation expense, acquisition and transaction expenses, losses on the modification or extinguishment of debt and capital lease obligations, changes in fair value of non-hedge derivative instruments, asset impairment charges, incentive allocations, depreciation and amortization expense, and interest expense, (b) to include the impact of our pro-rata share of Adjusted EBITDA from unconsolidated entities, and (c) to exclude the impact of equity in earnings (losses) of unconsolidated entities and the non-controlling share of Adjusted EBITDA.

The following table sets forth a reconciliation of net loss attributable to shareholders from continuing operations to Adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020:

  Three Months Ended March 31,
(in thousands) 2021   2020
Net loss attributable to shareholders from continuing operations $ (34,540 )     $ (4,194 )  
Add: Provision for (benefit from) income taxes 169       (98 )  
Add: Equity-based compensation expense 1,114       291    
Add: Acquisition and transaction expenses 1,643       3,194    
Add: Losses on the modification or extinguishment of debt and capital lease obligations       4,724    
Add: Changes in fair value of non-hedge derivative instruments (7,964 )     181    
Add: Asset impairment charges 2,100          
Add: Incentive allocations —           
Add: Depreciation and amortization expense (1) 52,643       49,064    
Add: Interest expense 32,990       22,861    
Add: Pro-rata share of Adjusted EBITDA from unconsolidated entities (2) 2,402       (413 )  
Less: Equity in earnings of unconsolidated entities (1,374 )     (265 )  
Less: Non-controlling share of Adjusted EBITDA (3) (2,029 )     (3,350 )  
Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP) $ 47,154       $ 71,995    

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(1) Includes the following items for the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020: (i) depreciation and amortization expense of $44,535 and $42,197, (ii) lease intangible amortization of $752 and $1,132 and (iii) amortization for lease incentives of $7,356 and $5,735, respectively.
   
(2) Includes the following items for the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020: (i) net income of $1,180 and $223, (ii) interest expense of $187 and $35, (iii) depreciation and amortization expense of $1,912 and $962, (iv) acquisition and transaction expenses of $0 and $81 and (v) changes in fair value of non-hedge derivatives of $(877) and $(1,714), respectively.
   
(3) Includes the following items for the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020: (i) equity-based compensation of $198 and $47, (ii) provision for income taxes of $13 and $28, (iii) interest expense of $281 and $720, (iv) depreciation and amortization expense of $1,811 and $1,524, (v) changes in fair value of non-hedge derivative instruments of $(274) and $38 and (vi) loss on extinguishment of debt of $0 and $993 respectively.

The Company uses Funds Available for Distribution ("FAD") in evaluating its ability to meet its stated dividend policy. FAD is not a financial measure in accordance with GAAP. The GAAP measure most directly comparable to FAD is net cash provided by operating activities. The Company believes FAD is a useful metric for investors and analysts for similar purposes.

The Company defines FAD as: Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities plus principal collections on finance leases, proceeds from sale of assets, and return of capital distributions from unconsolidated entities, less required payments on debt obligations and capital distributions to non-controlling interest, and excluding changes in working capital.

The following table sets forth a reconciliation of Net Cash Used in Operating Activities to FAD for the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020:

  Three Months Ended March 31,
(in thousands) 2021   2020
Net Cash Used in Operating Activities $ (48,932 )     $ (11,806 )  
Add: Principal Collections on Finance Leases 395       320    
Add: Proceeds from Sale of Assets 4,574       28,568    
Add: Return of Capital Distributions from Unconsolidated Entities          
Less: Required Payments on Debt Obligations (1)          
Less: Capital Distributions to Non-Controlling Interest          
Exclude: Changes in Working Capital 58,370       78,955    
Funds Available for Distribution (FAD) $ 14,407       $ 96,037    

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(1) Required payments on debt obligations for the three months ended March 31, 2020 exclude repayments of $144,200 for the Series 2016 Bonds, $50,262 for the Jefferson Revolver, $45,520 for the Series 2012 Bonds and $36,009 for the FTAI Pride Credit Agreement.
   

The following tables set forth a reconciliation of Net Cash Used in Operating Activities to FAD for the three months ended March 31, 2021:

  Three Months Ended March 31, 2021
(in thousands) Equipment Leasing   Infrastructure   Corporate and Other   Total
Funds Available for Distribution (FAD) $ 60,653     $ (3,841 )     $ (42,405 )   $ 14,407    
Less: Principal Collections on Finance Leases             (395 )  
Less: Proceeds from Sale of Assets             (4,574 )  
Less: Return of Capital Distributions from Unconsolidated Entities                
Add: Required Payments on Debt Obligations                
Add: Capital Distributions to Non-Controlling Interest                
Include: Changes in Working Capital             (58,370 )  
Net Cash Used in Operating Activities             $ (48,932 )  

FAD is subject to a number of limitations and assumptions and there can be no assurance that the Company will generate FAD sufficient to meet its intended dividends. FAD has material limitations as a liquidity measure of the Company because such measure excludes items that are required elements of the Company's net cash provided by operating activities as described below. FAD should not be considered in isolation nor as a substitute for analysis of the Company's results of operations under GAAP, and it is not the only metric that should be considered in evaluating the Company's ability to meet its stated dividend policy. Specifically:

  • FAD does not include equity capital called from the Company's existing limited partners, proceeds from any debt issuance or future equity offering, historical cash and cash equivalents and expected investments in the Company's operations.
  • FAD does not give pro forma effect to prior acquisitions, certain of which cannot be quantified.
  • While FAD reflects the cash inflows from sale of certain assets, FAD does not reflect the cash outflows to acquire assets as the Company relies on alternative sources of liquidity to fund such purchases.
  • FAD does not reflect expenditures related to capital expenditures, acquisitions and other investments as the Company has multiple sources of liquidity and intends to fund these expenditures with future incurrences of indebtedness, additional capital contributions and/or future issuances of equity.
  • FAD does not reflect any maintenance capital expenditures necessary to maintain the same level of cash generation from our capital investments.
  • FAD does not reflect changes in working capital balances as management believes that changes in working capital are primarily driven by short term timing differences, which are not meaningful to the Company's distribution decisions.
  • Management has significant discretion to make distributions, and the Company is not bound by any contractual provision that requires it to use cash for distributions.

If such factors were included in FAD, there can be no assurance that the results would be consistent with the Company's presentation of FAD.


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