Please stick to the facts:
The company incurred a third-quarter loss of $542 million, or a loss per basic share of $10.05, both before special charges.
United's third quarter loss per share of $10.05 before special charges is better than the First Call consensus estimate of $10.27, as of October 31, 2001.
The special charges recorded in the third quarter total $617 million, net of tax, and include charges for aircraft impairment, reduction in force and early termination fees offset by the first grant payment from the U.S. government.
That was taken from Uniteds adhoc-news published today.
It means: The result is slightly better than the latest analyst estimates. The sheer amount does not say anything about the cashflow effects. It is said that extraordinary items come from impairment and that is not cash-relevant.
So again, please stick to the truth, the situation is bad enough!
I know it's only VfB but I like it!