Republic Airways takes huge third-quarter loss

Indianapolis-based Republic Airways Holdings Inc.—which is in the midst of Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization—lost a whopping $366.7 million in the third quarter as costs related to the reorganization mounted.

Republic disclosed its quarterly earnings Thursday morning in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

The loss of $366.7 million translated to $7.20 per share, compared with a profit of $2.9 million, or 6 cents per share, in the same quarter of 2015.

Republic said it would have realized a profit of $18.9 million excluding the cost of the reorganization.

Total operating revenue in the latest period was $286.9 million, down from $340.5 million a year ago.

Republic said it has yet to file a full Chapter 11 plan of reorganization with the court, but intends to do so before Dec. 31.

Republic has “incurred and will continue to incur significant costs associated with [the] reorganization,” it said in Thursday’s filing. “The amount of these costs, which are being expensed as incurred, are expected to significantly affect [the] results of operations.”

Shares in Republic fell 15 percent Thursday, to 70 cents each. Two hedge funds own a quarter of Republic's stock.

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