Gogo Announces Record Third Quarter 2021 Financial Results

Continued Strong Customer Demand Driving Service and Equipment Revenue Growth Raising 2021 Adjusted EBITDA and Free Cash Flow Guidance with Revenue at High End of Guidance Range

CHICAGO – Gogo Inc. (NASDAQ: GOGO) (“Gogo” or the “Company”), the world’s largest provider of broadband connectivity services for the business aviation market, today announced its financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2021.
Q3 2021 Highlights
  • Record total revenue of $87.2 million increased 31% compared to Q3 2020 and 6% compared to Q2 2021, fueled by strong growth in both service and equipment revenue.
    • Record service revenue of $66.2 million increased 24% compared to Q3 2020 and 2% compared to Q2 2021.
    • Equipment revenue of $21.0 million increased 59% compared to Q3 2020 and 19% compared to Q2 2021.
  • Total ATG aircraft online (“AOL”) reached 6,154, an increase of 10% compared to Q3 2020 and 2% compared to Q2 2021. 
    • Total AVANCE units online grew to 2,237, an increase of 46% compared to Q3 2020. AVANCE units comprised more than 36% of total AOL as of September 30, 2021, up from 27% as of September 30, 2020.
  • Average Monthly Revenue per ATG aircraft online (“ARPU”) of $3,264 increased 9% compared to Q3 2020.  Compared to Q2 2021, ARPU decreased 1% but increased 2% after excluding the $1.8 million recognition of deferred revenue related to a customer contract in Q2 2021. 
  • For the first time in the Company's history, Gogo achieved positive net income. Net income from continuing operations increased to $19.7 million, compared to a net loss from continuing operations of $8.9 million in Q3 2020.   Basic and diluted earnings per share from continuing operations for Q3 2021 was $0.18 and $0.16, respectively.
  • Record Adjusted EBITDA(1) of $40.8 million increased 35% compared to Q3 2020 and 11% compared to Q2 2021.
  • Cash from operating activities for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 was $36.4 million compared to $20.3 million for the prior year period. Free Cash Flow(1) for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 was $32.4 million compared to $14.0 million in the prior year period.
    • Total cash and cash equivalents totaled $133.2 million as of September 30, 2021 compared to $109.2 million as of June 30, 2021.
“Demand for business aviation connectivity is surging and we expect it to continue to surge for the next several years,” said Oakleigh Thorne, Chairman and CEO of Gogo. "Our Gogo team is doing a great job exceeding customers’ expectations and turning demand into top and bottom-line growth.”   
“Our record results for the quarter reflect our strong business model as we drive equipment sales and capture recurring service revenue as that equipment comes on line,” said Barry Rowan, Gogo’s Executive Vice President and CFO. “Our balance sheet also continues to strengthen with our improved operating performance and reduced interest expense."
Updating 2021 Financial Guidance
  • Total revenue at the high end of the previously announced range of $325 million to $335 million.
  • Adjusted EBITDA in the range of $140 million to $145 million versus prior guidance of at least $130 million.  Guidance excludes approximately $2 million of separation and migration costs related to the sale of the CA division.
  • Capital expenditures at the low end of the previously guided range of $20 million to $25 million, with the majority of the spend tied to Gogo 5G.
  • Free Cash Flow1 of at least $40 million, including cash interest payments of approximately $71 million, versus prior guidance of $25 million to $35 million.
Reiterating Long-Term Financial Targets
  • Revenue growth at a compound annual growth rate of approximately 15% from 2020 to 2025.
  • Annual Adjusted EBITDA margin reaching 45% in 2025.
  • Free Cash Flow of approximately $125 million in 2023, following the deployment of the Gogo 5G network in 2022, and approximately $200 million in 2025.
  1. See “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” below.
Conference Call
The Company will host its third quarter conference call on November 4, 2021, at 8:30 a.m. ET. A live webcast of the conference call, as well as a replay, will be available online on the Investor Relations section of the Company's website at https://ir.gogoair.com. Participants can access the call by dialing (844) 464-3940 (within the United States and Canada) or (765) 507-2646 (international dialers) and entering conference ID number: 3498333
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
We report certain non-GAAP financial measurements, including Adjusted EBITDA and Free Cash Flow, in the supplemental tables below. Management uses Adjusted EBITDA and Free Cash Flow for business planning purposes, including managing our business against internally projected results of operations and measuring our performance and liquidity. These supplemental performance measures also provide another basis for comparing period-to-period results by excluding potential differences caused by non-operational and unusual or non-recurring items. These supplemental performance measurements may vary from and may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies. Adjusted EBITDA and Free Cash Flow are not recognized measurements under accounting principles generally accepted in the United States, or GAAP; when analyzing our performance with Adjusted EBITDA or liquidity with Free Cash Flow, as applicable, investors should (i) evaluate each adjustment in our reconciliation to the corresponding GAAP measure, and the explanatory footnotes regarding those adjustments, (ii) use Adjusted EBITDA in addition to, and not as an alternative to, net income (loss) attributable to common stock as a measure of operating results, and (iii) use Free Cash Flow in addition to, and not as an alternative to, consolidated net cash provided by (used in) operating activities when evaluating our liquidity. No reconciliation of the forecasted range for Adjusted EBITDA for fiscal 2021, Adjusted EBITDA margin for fiscal 2025 and Free Cash Flow for fiscal 2023 and 2025 is included in this release because we are unable to quantify certain amounts that would be required to be included in the corresponding GAAP measure without unreasonable efforts and we believe such reconciliation would imply a degree of precision that would be confusing or misleading to investors.
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
Certain disclosures in this press release and related comments by our management include forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include, without limitation, statements regarding our business outlook, industry, business strategy, plans, goals and expectations concerning our market position, international expansion, future technologies, future operations, margins, profitability, future efficiencies, capital expenditures, liquidity and capital resources and other financial and operating information. When used in this discussion, the words “anticipate,” “assume,” “believe,” “budget,” “continue,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “plan,” “potential,” “predict,” “project,” “should,” “will,” “future” and the negative of these or similar terms and phrases are intended to identify forward-looking statements in this press release. Forward-looking statements reflect our current expectations regarding future events, results or outcomes. These expectations may or may not be realized. Although we believe the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, we can give you no assurance these expectations will prove to have been correct. Some of these expectations may be based upon assumptions, data or judgments that prove to be incorrect. Actual events, results and outcomes may differ materially from our expectations due to a variety of known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors. Although it is not possible to identify all of these risks and factors, they include, among others, the following: our ability to attract and retain customers and generate revenue from the provision of our connectivity and entertainment services; our reliance on our key OEMs and dealers for equipment sales; our ability to compete effectively with other current or future providers of in-flight connectivity services and other products and services that we offer, including on the basis of price and performance; the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the measures implemented to combat it; our ability to evaluate or pursue strategic opportunities; our reliance on third parties for equipment and services; our ability to recruit, train and retain highly skilled employees; the achievement of the anticipated benefits of the sale of the CA business or our ability to operate as a standalone business; the impact of adverse economic conditions; our ability to develop and deploy Gogo 5G; a revocation of, or reduction in, our right to use licensed spectrum, the availability of other air-to-ground spectrum to a competitor or the repurposing by a competitor of other spectrum for air-to-ground use; our use of open source software and licenses; the availability of additional ATG spectrum in the United States or internationally; the effects of service interruptions or delays, technology failures and equipment failures or malfunctions arising from defects or errors in our software or defects in or damage to our equipment; the impact of assertions by third parties of infringement, misappropriation or other violations; our ability to innovate and provide products and services; the impact of government regulation of the internet; our possession and use of personal information; the extent of expenses or liabilities resulting from litigation; our ability to protect our intellectual property; our substantial indebtedness, limitations and restrictions in the agreements governing our current and future indebtedness and our ability to service our indebtedness; fluctuations in our operating results; the utilization of our tax losses; and other events beyond our control that may result in unexpected adverse operating results.
Additional information concerning these and other factors can be found under the caption “Risk Factors” in our annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020 as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on March 11, 2021 and our quarterly reports on Form 10-Q as filed with the SEC on May 6, 2021 and August 5, 2021.
Any one of these factors or a combination of these factors could materially affect our financial condition or future results of operations and could influence whether any forward-looking statements contained in this report ultimately prove to be accurate. Our forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, and you should not place undue reliance on them. All forward-looking statements speak only as of the date made and we undertake no obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
About Gogo
Gogo is the world’s largest provider of broadband connectivity services for the business aviation market. We offer a customizable suite of smart cabin systems for highly integrated connectivity, inflight entertainment and voice solutions. Gogo’s products and services are installed on thousands of business aircraft of all sizes and mission types from turboprops to the largest global jets, and are utilized by the largest fractional ownership operators, charter operators, corporate flight departments and individuals.
As of September 30, 2021, Gogo reported 2,237 business aircraft flying with Gogo’s AVANCE L5 or L3 system installed, 6,154 aircraft flying with its ATG systems onboard, and 4,542 aircraft with narrowband satellite connectivity installed. Connect with us at business.gogoair.com.
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