Gogo Aviation net income jumps 49% in first quarter

Gogo announces partners For 5G network and onboard systems

Gogo Aviation, a leader in aviation broadband connectivity, soared in the first quarter of 2024 as revenue climbed 6% year-over-year to $104.3m, fuelled by both service and equipment sales.

Service revenue hit a record high of $81.7m, reflecting a 4% growth. Equipment sales also rose 13% to $22.6m.

“Our first quarter performance was fuelled by advanced equipment revenue, which experienced a rebound from Q4 2023 and record service revenue, driven by a modest price increase and record advanced upgrades,” said Oakleigh Thorne, CEO and board chairman, Gogo Aviation in the earnings call.

Gogo is expanding its reach, with shipments of their AVANCE equipment up 16% year-over-year to 258 units. The total number of ATG aircraft online also grew slightly, reaching 7,136. Engagement with these connected aircraft remained strong, with average monthly revenue per aircraft (ARPU) rising 2% to $3,458.

Impressive financial performance wasn’t limited to the top line. Gogo’s net income surged 49% year-over-year to $30.5m, translating to diluted earnings per share of $0.23.

This strong bottom line led to a healthy cash flow position. Gogo boasted record free cash flow of $32.1m in Q1, a significant jump from the prior year’s $20.0m. The company ended the quarter with a solid cash and cash equivalents position of $152.8m.

Gearing up for their highly anticipated Gogo Galileo launch later this year, the company said it secured a key regulatory win in April 2024. The FCC granted approval for the Gogo Galileo HDX and FDX antenna terminals designed for business aircraft.

Additionally, the company said its Atlas Air Service AG is underway developing the first European Supplemental Type Certification (STC) for the Galileo HDX antenna for the Cessna CJ Series of light jet aircraft and another STC for the Embraer Phenom 300.

“We’re excited about the upcoming launches of Gogo Galileo and Gogo 5G, which will substantially increase our global addressable market and provide our customers with a step-change improvement in speed and performance,” added Thorne. “Additionally, our accelerating conversion of customers from our old Classic products to the AVANCE platform will allow customers to benefit from better LTE performance and provides a simple and cost-effective upgrade path to Galileo and 5G.”

The company also updated on its progress regarding the ongoing share repurchase. In Q1 of 2024, it repurchased 1.1m shares for $10.1m. This buyback activity adds to the over 1.6m shares repurchased in the past two quarters, totalling $15m.

In April 2024, they continued this trend with an additional 1.1m share buyback for $9.3m.