Era Group Inc. Reports First Quarter 2020 Results

HOUSTON, May 05, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Era Group Inc. (NYSE: ERA) today reported net loss attributable to the Company of $7.2 million, or $0.35 per diluted share, for its first quarter ended March 31, 2020 (“current quarter”) on operating revenues of $57.1 million compared to net loss attributable to the Company of $0.7 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, for the quarter ended December 31, 2019 (“preceding quarter”) on operating revenues of $60.4 million.  Excluding the impact of special items and foreign currency losses, as discussed below, adjusted net loss attributable to the Company (“Adjusted Net Loss”) would have been $1.3 million, or $0.06 per diluted share, in the current quarter.

Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”) was $4.1 million in the current quarter compared to $10.1 million in the preceding quarter.  EBITDA adjusted to exclude special items was $8.3 million in the current quarter compared to $13.7 million in the preceding quarter. Special items in the current quarter consisted of $4.2 million of non-routine professional services fees and other costs related to the expected merger with Bristow Group Inc. ("Bristow").  In addition, the current quarter results were adversely impacted by foreign currency losses of $1.7 million primarily due to the weakening of the Brazilian real relative to United States (“U.S.”) dollar.  Excluding the impact of these primarily non-cash foreign currency losses, EBITDA adjusted to exclude special items would have been $10.0 million the current quarter.  Special items in the preceding quarter consisted of a $1.6 million non-cash impairment charge related to the Company's last remaining H225 helicopter, a $1.0 million non-cash charge due to the impairment of an intangible asset related to the Company’s subsidiary in Colombia and $1.0 million of non-routine professional services fees related to the expected merger with Bristow.  EBITDA further adjusted to exclude gains and losses on asset dispositions, as well as the aforementioned special items, was $8.3 million in the current quarter compared to $10.6 million in the preceding quarter. Losses on asset dispositions were less than $0.1 million in the current quarter compared to gains on asset dispositions of $3.1 million in the preceding quarter.

“With the severe demand shock related to COVID-19, substantial excess supply, and the resulting significant decline in oil prices, we expect challenging conditions in the oil and gas industry for the foreseeable future,” said Chris Bradshaw, President and Chief Executive Officer of Era Group Inc. “Fortunately, with our strong balance sheet, efficient cost structure, and experience managing through industry downturns, we are well-prepared to navigate through these difficult conditions. The current industry situation further strengthens the rationale for our expected merger with Bristow. The combined company will be larger and more diversified, particularly with UK SAR revenues that are not tied to the oil markets. The expected cost savings of at least $35 million not only create substantial value for shareholders but also position the combined company to better deal with the difficult challenges the oil and gas industry is likely to experience for some time to come. We are pleased to announce that the merger process is proceeding well, and we now expect to close the merger by mid-June.”

Sequential Quarter Results

Operating revenues in the current quarter were $3.3 million lower compared to the preceding quarter primarily due to the end of emergency response services and dry-leasing contracts as well as lower oil and gas services revenues.

Operating expenses were $1.0 million lower in the current quarter primarily due to decreased personnel, repairs and maintenance and fuel costs, partially offset by higher insurance premiums and other operating expenses.

Administrative and general expenses were $1.4 million higher in the current quarter due to increased professional services fees related to the expected merger with Bristow, partially offset by lower compensation expenses.

Foreign currency losses were $1.7 million in the current quarter primarily due to the weakening of the Brazilian real relative to the U.S. dollar.

Calendar Quarter Results

Operating revenues in the current quarter were $5.8 million higher compared to the quarter ended March 31, 2019 (“prior year quarter”) primarily due to higher utilization of helicopters in U.S. oil and gas operations and the commencement of a new emergency response services contract.

Operating expenses were $1.8 million higher in the current quarter primarily due to an increase in personnel costs and other expenses related to increased activity in the current quarter, partially offset by lower repairs and maintenance costs.

Administrative and general expenses were $3.9 million higher in the current quarter primarily due to increased professional services fees and other costs related to the expected merger with Bristow.

Foreign currency losses were $1.6 million higher in the current quarter primarily due to the weakening of the Brazilian real relative to the U.S. dollar.

Net loss attributable to the Company was $7.2 million in the current quarter compared to $5.9 million in the prior year quarter.  EBITDA was $4.1 million in the current quarter compared to $4.5 million in the prior year quarter.  EBITDA adjusted to exclude special items was $8.3 million in the current quarter compared to $5.6 million in the prior year quarter.  Special items in the current quarter are discussed above.  Special items in the prior year quarter consisted of $0.2 million of non-routine professional services fees related to the expected merger with Bristow and $1.0 million of equity losses from the Company’s Dart Holding Company Ltd. (“Dart”) joint venture, which was sold in 2019.  EBITDA further adjusted to exclude losses on asset dispositions, as well as the aforementioned special items, was $8.3 million in the current quarter compared to $5.8 million in the prior year quarter.

Liquidity

As of March 31, 2020, the Company had $113.5 million in cash balances and $124.3 million of remaining availability under its Amended and Restated Senior Secured Revolving Credit Facility (the “Facility”) for total liquidity of $237.8 million. As of March 31, 2020, the Company’s senior secured leverage ratio, as defined in the Facility, was 0.3x compared to the covenant requirement of not more than 3.25x, and the Company’s interest coverage ratio was 3.2x compared to the covenant requirement of not less than 1.75x.

The Facility requires that the Company maintain certain financial ratios on a rolling four-quarter basis.  The interest coverage ratio is a trailing four-quarter quotient of (i) EBITDA (as defined in the Facility) less dividends and distributions divided by (ii) interest expense.  The interest coverage ratio is not a measure of operating performance or liquidity defined by GAAP and may not be comparable to similarly titled measures presented by other companies.  The senior secured leverage ratio is calculated by dividing (i) the sum of secured debt for borrowed money, capital lease obligations and guaranties of obligations of non-consolidated entities by (ii) EBITDA (as defined in the Facility).  The senior secured leverage ratio is not a measure of operating performance or liquidity defined by GAAP and may not be comparable to similarly titled measures presented by other companies.  EBITDA is calculated differently under the Facility than as presented elsewhere in this release.

Capital Commitments

The Company had unfunded capital commitments of $79.6 million as of March 31, 2020. The Company may terminate all of its commitments without further liability other than aggregate liquidated damages of $2.1 million.

Included in these capital commitments are agreements to purchase three AW189 heavy helicopters and five AW169 light twin helicopters. The AW189 helicopters are scheduled to be delivered in 2021.  Delivery dates for the AW169 helicopters have yet to be determined. In addition, the Company has outstanding options to purchase up to ten additional AW189 helicopters. If these options are exercised, the helicopters would be scheduled for delivery in 2021 and 2022.

Conference Call

Management will conduct a conference call starting at 10:00 a.m. ET (9:00 a.m. CT) on Wednesday, May 6, 2020, to review the results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2020. The conference call can be accessed as follows:

All callers will need to reference the access code 844510.

Within the U.S.:  Operator Assisted Toll-Free Dial-In Number: (888) 378-4398

Outside the U.S.:  Operator Assisted International Dial-In Number: (323) 701-0223

Replay

A telephone replay will be available through May 20, 2020 by dialing 888-203-1112 and utilizing the access code above.  An audio replay will also be available on the Company’s website at www.erahelicopters.com shortly after the call and will be accessible through May 20, 2020. The accompanying investor presentation will be available on May 6, 2020 on Era’s website at www.erahelicopters.com.

For additional information concerning Era, contact Jennifer Whalen at (713) 369-4636 or visit Era Group’s website at https://ir.erahelicopters.com/.

About Era Group

Era is one of the largest helicopter operators in the world and the longest serving helicopter transport operator in the U.S.  In addition to servicing its U.S. customers, Era provides helicopters and related services to customers and third-party helicopter operators in other countries, including Brazil, Chile, Colombia, India, Mexico, Spain and Suriname.  Era’s helicopters are primarily used to transport personnel to, from and between offshore oil and gas production platforms, drilling rigs and other installations. In addition, Era’s helicopters are used to perform emergency response services, firefighting, utility, VIP transport and other services.  Era also provides a variety of operating lease solutions and technical fleet support to third party operators. To learn more, visit our website at www.erahelicopters.com.

About Bristow Group

Bristow Group Inc. is the world’s leading provider of offshore oil and gas transportation, search and rescue (“SAR”) and aircraft support services to government and civil organizations worldwide. Bristow’s strategically located global fleet supports operations in the North Sea, Nigeria and the U.S. Gulf of Mexico; as well as in most of the other major offshore oil and gas producing regions of the world, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Guyana and Trinidad. Bristow provides SAR services to the private sector worldwide and to the public sector for all of the United Kingdom on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. To learn more, visit the Bristow website at www.bristowgroup.com.

Additional Information and Where to Find It

In connection with the proposed merger with Bristow Group Inc. (“Bristow”), on April 3, 2020, Era filed with the SEC a preliminary registration statement on Form S-4, as amended by Amendment No. 1 thereto filed on April 23, 2020 (the “Preliminary Registration Statement”) that included a preliminary joint proxy and consent solicitation statement of Era and Bristow that also constitutes a preliminary prospectus of Era (the “Preliminary Joint Proxy and Consent Statement/Prospectus”). Each of Era and Bristow will provide, when it is available, the definitive joint proxy and consent statement/prospectus to their respective stockholders. Era and Bristow also plan to file other relevant documents with the SEC regarding the proposed transaction. This document is not a substitute for the Preliminary Joint Proxy and Consent Statement/Prospectus, the registration statement or the definitive joint proxy and consent statement/prospectus or any other document which Era or Bristow may file with the SEC in connection with the proposed transaction. INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THE PRELIMINARY JOINT PROXY AND CONSENT STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS (INCLUDING ALL AMENDMENTS AND SUPPLEMENTS THERETO) AND OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED WITH THE SEC CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY CONTAIN AND WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION, THE PARTIES TO THE TRANSACTION AND THE RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH THE TRANSACTION. You may obtain a copy of the Preliminary Joint Proxy and Consent Statement/Prospectus, the Preliminary Registration Statement and other relevant documents filed by Era and Bristow without charge at the SEC’s website, www.sec.gov, or by directing a request when such a filing is made to (1) Era by mail at 945 Bunker Hill Rd., Suite 650, Houston, Texas 77024, Attention: Investor Relations, by telephone at (713)-369-4700, or by going to the Investor page on Era’s corporate website at www.erahelicopters.com; or (2) Bristow by mail at 3151 Briarpark Drive, Suite 700, Houston, Texas, 77042, Attention: Investor Relations, by telephone at (713) 267-7600, or by going to the Investors page on Bristow’s corporate website at www.bristowgroup.com.

Participants in Proxy Solicitation

Era, Bristow and certain of their respective directors and executive officers may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from Era and Bristow stockholders in respect of the proposed transaction under the rules of the SEC. You may obtain information regarding the names, affiliations and interests of Era’s directors and executive officers in Era’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019, which was filed with the SEC on March 6, 2020 and its Preliminary Joint Proxy and Consent Statement/Prospectus. Investors may obtain information regarding the names, affiliations and interests of Bristow’s directors and executive officers on Bristow’s website. Other information regarding the participants in the proxy solicitation and a description of their direct and indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, are contained in the Preliminary Joint Proxy and Consent Statement/Prospectus filed with the SEC and the definitive joint proxy and consent statement/prospectus and other relevant materials to be filed with the SEC regarding the proposed transaction if and when they become available. Investors should read the Preliminary Joint Proxy and Consent Statement/Prospectus and the definitive joint proxy and consent statement/prospectus (when it is available) carefully and in its entirety before making any voting or investment decisions.

No Offer or Solicitation

This communication does not constitute an offer to buy or solicitation of an offer to sell any securities or an invitation to purchase or subscribe for any securities or the solicitation of any vote in any jurisdiction pursuant to the proposed transaction or otherwise, nor shall there be any sale, issuance or transfer of securities in any jurisdiction in contravention of applicable law. Subject to certain exceptions to be approved by the relevant regulators or certain facts to be ascertained, the public offer will not be made directly or indirectly, in or into any jurisdiction where to do so would constitute a violation of the laws of such jurisdiction, or by use of the mails or by any means or instrumentality (including facsimile transmission, telephone and the internet) of interstate or foreign commerce, or any facility of a national securities exchange, of any such jurisdiction.

For additional information concerning Era Group, contact Jennifer Whalen at (713) 369-4636 or visit Era Group’s website at www.erahelicopters.com.

Forward-Looking Statements Disclosure

Certain statements discussed in this release as well as in other reports, materials and oral statements that the Company releases from time to time to the public include "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Such forward-looking statements concerning management's expectations, strategic objectives, business prospects, anticipated performance and financial condition and other similar matters involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other important factors that could cause the Company’s actual results, performance or achievements of results to differ materially from any future results, performance or achievements discussed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such risks, uncertainties and other important factors include, among others, risks related to the Company’s recently announced combination with Bristow, including: the ability of Bristow and the Company to obtain necessary shareholder approvals, the ability to satisfy all necessary conditions on the anticipated closing timeline or at all, the outcome of any legal proceedings, regulatory proceedings or enforcement matters that may be instituted relating to the Merger, conditions imposed in order to obtain required regulatory approvals for the Merger, the costs incurred to consummate the Merger, the possibility that the expected synergies from the Merger will not be realized, difficulties related to the integration of the two companies, disruption from the anticipated Merger making it more difficult to maintain relationships with customers, employees, regulators or suppliers, and the diversion of management time and attention to the anticipated combination; the Company’s dependence on, and the cyclical and volatile nature of, offshore oil and gas exploration, development and production activity, and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic (“COVID-19”) and general economic conditions and fluctuations in worldwide prices of and demand for oil and natural gas on such activity levels, including instances of below-zero prices in oil futures and concerns of an excess of oil supply for a sustained period and limitations of storage capacity for such excess oil supply; the impact of COVID-19 and supply decisions by Saudi Arabia and Russia have resulted in a decrease in the price of and demand for oil, which has caused, and may continue to cause, a decrease in the demand for the Company's services; the Company’s reliance on a limited number of customers and the reduction of its customer base resulting from bankruptcies or consolidation; risks that the Company’s customers reduce or cancel contracted services or tender processes or obtain comparable services through other forms of transportation; dependence on United States (“U.S.”) government agency contracts that are subject to budget appropriations; cost savings initiatives implemented by the Company’s customers; risks inherent in operating helicopters; the Company’s ability to maintain an acceptable safety record and level of reliability; the impact of increased U.S. and foreign government regulation and legislation, including potential government implemented moratoriums on drilling activities; the impact of a grounding of all or a portion of the Company’s fleet for extended periods of time or indefinitely on the Company’s business, including its operations and ability to service customers, results of operations or financial condition and/or the market value of the affected helicopter(s); the Company’s ability to successfully expand into other geographic and aviation service markets; risks associated with political instability, governmental action, war, acts of terrorism, trade policies and changes in the economic condition in any foreign country where the Company does business, which may result in expropriation, nationalization, confiscation or deprivation of the Company’s assets or result in claims of a force majeure situation; the impact of declines in the global economy and financial markets; the impact of fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates on the Company’s asset values and cost to purchase helicopters, spare parts and related services; risks related to investing in new lines of aviation service without realizing the expected benefits; risks of engaging in competitive processes or expending significant resources for strategic opportunities, with no guaranty of recoupment; the Company’s reliance on a small number of helicopter manufacturers and suppliers; the Company’s ongoing need to replace aging helicopters; the Company’s reliance on the secondary helicopter market to dispose of used helicopters and parts; the Company’s reliance on information technology and potential harm from cyber-security incidents; the impact of allocation of risk between the Company and its customers; the liability, legal fees and costs in connection with providing emergency response services; adverse weather conditions and seasonality; risks associated with the Company’s debt structure; the Company’s counterparty credit risk exposure; the impact of operational and financial difficulties of the Company’s joint ventures and partners and the risks associated with identifying and securing joint venture partners when needed; conflict with the other owners of the Company’s non-wholly owned subsidiaries and other equity investees; adverse results of legal proceedings; significant increases in fuel costs; the Company’s ability to obtain insurance coverage and the adequacy and availability of such coverage; the possibility of labor problems; the attraction and retention of qualified personnel; restrictions on the amount of foreign ownership of the Company’s common stock; and various other matters and factors, many of which are beyond the Company’s control. In addition, these statements constitute the Company Group's cautionary statements under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. It is not possible to predict or identify all such factors. Consequently, the foregoing should not be considered a complete discussion of all potential risks or uncertainties. The words "estimate," "project," "intend," "believe," "plan" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of the document in which they are made. the Company Group disclaims any obligation or undertaking to provide any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statement to reflect any change in the Company Group's expectations or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which the forward-looking statement is based. The forward-looking statements in this release should be evaluated together with the many uncertainties that affect the Company's businesses, particularly those mentioned under "Risk Factors" in the Company Group's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019, in the Preliminary Joint Proxy and Consent Statement/Prospectus, Form 10-Q and in the Company Group's current reporting on Form 8-K (if any). This press release reflects the views of the Company’s management as of the date hereof. Except to the extent required by applicable law, the Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement.


ERA GROUP INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(unaudited, in thousands, except share and per share amounts)
  Three Months Ended
  Mar 31,
 2020
 Dec 31,
 2019
 Sep 30,
 2019
 Jun 30,
 2019
 Mar 31,
 2019
Total revenues $57,056  $60,377  $58,909  $55,480  $51,293 
Costs and expenses:          
Operating 38,506  39,508  39,522  38,820  36,696 
Administrative and general 12,745  11,366  9,142  8,895  8,875 
Depreciation and amortization 9,507  9,337  9,312  9,520  9,450 
Total costs and expenses 60,758  60,211  57,976  57,235  55,021 
Gains (losses) on asset dispositions, net (34) 3,095  754  (68) (124)
Loss on impairment   (2,551)      
Operating income (loss) (3,736) 710  1,687  (1,823) (3,852)
Other income (expense):          
Interest income 749  845  956  934  752 
Interest expense (3,439) (3,517) (3,464) (3,432) (3,461)
Loss on sale of investments       (569)  
Foreign currency gains (losses), net (1,704) 102  (718) 270  (126)
Loss on debt extinguishment       (13)  
Other, net 10  (3) (5) (9) (11)
Total other income (expense) (4,384) (2,573) (3,231) (2,819) (2,846)
Loss before income taxes and equity earnings (8,120) (1,863) (1,544) (4,642) (6,698)
Income tax expense (benefit) (831) (1,052) 515  1,394  (1,588)
Loss before equity earnings (7,289) (811) (2,059) (6,036) (5,110)
Equity earnings (losses), net of tax       10,910  (975)
Net income (loss) (7,289) (811) (2,059) 4,874  (6,085)
Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interest in subsidiary 60  131  149  66  142 
Net income (loss) attributable to Era Group Inc. $(7,229) $(680) $(1,910) $4,940  $(5,943)
           
Basic earnings (loss) per common share $(0.35) $(0.03) $(0.09) $0.22  $(0.28)
Diluted earnings (loss) per common share $(0.35) $(0.03) $(0.09) $0.22  $(0.28)
           
Weighted average common shares outstanding, basic 20,702,670  20,652,207  20,625,408  21,448,115  21,323,312 
Weighted average common shares outstanding, diluted 20,702,670  20,653,699  20,629,328  21,448,115  21,323,312 
           
EBITDA $4,077  $10,146  $10,276  $18,286  $4,486 
Adjusted EBITDA $8,288  $13,662  $10,458  $8,112  $5,629 
Adjusted EBITDA excluding asset dispositions $8,322  $10,567  $9,704  $8,180  $5,753 


ERA GROUP INC.
REVENUES BY LINE OF SERVICE
(unaudited, in thousands)
  Three Months Ended
  Mar 31,
 2020
 Dec 31,
 2019
 Sep 30,
 2019
 Jun 30,
 2019
 Mar 31,
 2019
Oil and gas:(1)          
U.S. $37,054  $37,462  $36,226  $33,270  $32,466 
International 13,281  13,655  14,740  14,499  13,616 
Total oil and gas 50,335  51,117  50,966  47,769  46,082 
Dry-leasing 3,076  3,911  4,250  4,287  3,463 
Emergency response 3,645  5,349  3,693  3,424  1,748 
  $57,056  $60,377  $58,909  $55,480  $51,293 


FLIGHT HOURS BY LINE OF SERVICE(2)
(unaudited)
  Three Months Ended
  Mar 31,
 2020
 Dec 31,
 2019
 Sep 30,
 2019
 Jun 30,
 2019
 Mar 31,
 2019
Oil and gas:(1)          
U.S. 5,027  5,644  6,181  5,689  5,101 
International 2,531  2,396  2,599  2,548  2,224 
Total oil and gas 7,558  8,040  8,780  8,237  7,325 
Emergency response 162  120  144  110  76 
  7,720  8,160  8,924  8,347  7,401 

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  1. Primarily oil and gas services, but also includes revenues and flight hours from utility services.
  2. Does not include hours flown by helicopters in our dry-leasing line of service.


ERA GROUP INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in thousands)
  Mar 31,
 2020
 Dec 31,
 2019
 Sep 30,
 2019
 Jun 30,
 2019
 Mar 31,
 2019
ASSETS (unaudited)   (unaudited) (unaudited) (unaudited)
Current assets:          
Cash and cash equivalents $113,518  $117,366  $107,736  $88,430  $49,612 
Receivables:          
Trade, net of allowance for doubtful accounts 39,856  37,964  37,176  35,658  37,178 
Tax receivables 2,159  2,860  2,705  2,680  2,843 
Other 15,006  15,421  11,567  16,478  7,204 
Inventories, net 19,941  20,066  20,826  21,004  20,893 
Prepaid expenses 3,412  2,184  2,851  2,822  2,233 
Total current assets 193,892  195,861  182,861  167,072  119,963 
Property and equipment 893,585  895,063  901,580  918,972  918,252 
Accumulated depreciation (345,457) (338,164) (334,730) (336,825) (327,444)
Net property and equipment 548,128  556,899  566,850  582,147  590,808 
Operating lease right-of-use  8,672  9,468  9,907  8,080  8,460 
Equity investments and advances         24,427 
Intangible assets 92  96  1,094  1,098  1,102 
Other assets 1,726  2,191  6,363  6,487  21,081 
Total assets $752,510  $764,515  $767,075  $764,884  $765,841 
           
LIABILITIES, REDEEMABLE NONCONTROLLING INTEREST AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY          
Current liabilities:          
Accounts payable and accrued expenses $12,475  $12,923  $11,940  $13,467  $12,643 
Accrued wages and benefits 6,565  10,554  8,960  8,222  5,524 
Accrued interest 3,309  520  3,321  536  3,376 
Accrued income taxes 2,297  3,612  2,945  938  2,874 
Accrued other taxes 1,539  937  1,986  1,410  1,414 
Accrued contingencies 701  598  548  647  656 
Current portion of long-term debt 17,901  18,317  1,845  1,859  1,938 
Other current liabilities 3,310  3,315  2,851  2,902  3,092 
Total current liabilities 48,097  50,776  34,396  29,981  31,517 
Long-term debt 142,004  141,832  158,731  158,981  159,961 
Deferred income taxes 101,984  103,793  105,440  106,929  104,824 
Operating lease liabilities
 7,103  7,815  8,166  6,387  6,773 
Deferred gains and other liabilities 920  745  850  850  721 
Total liabilities 300,108  304,961  307,583  303,128  303,796 
           
Redeemable noncontrolling interest 2,752  2,812  2,945  3,094  3,160 
Equity:          
Era Group Inc. stockholders’ equity:          
Common stock 230  224  224  224  224 
Additional paid-in capital 452,701  452,009  451,103  449,687  448,690 
Retained earnings 7,463  14,692  15,372  17,282  12,342 
Treasury shares, at cost (10,744) (10,183) (10,152) (8,531) (2,481)
Accumulated other comprehensive income, net of tax         110 
Total equity 449,650  456,742  456,547  458,662  458,885 
Total liabilities, redeemable noncontrolling interest and stockholders’ equity $752,510  $764,515  $767,075  $764,884  $765,841 


Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Metrics

The Company’s management uses EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Net Loss to assess the performance and operating results of its business. EBITDA is defined as Earnings before Interest (includes interest income and interest expense), Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as EBITDA further adjusted for certain special items that occur during the reported period, as noted below.  Adjusted Net Loss is defined as net loss attributable to the Company adjusted for certain special items that occurred during the reported period, as noted below, and significant foreign currency changes. The Company includes EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Net Loss to provide investors with a supplemental measure of its operating performance. Neither EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA nor Adjusted Net Loss is a recognized term under generally accepted accounting principles in the U.S. (“GAAP”). Accordingly, they should not be used as an indicator of, or an alternative to, net income as a measure of operating performance. In addition, EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Net Loss are not intended to be measures of free cash flow available for management’s discretionary use, as they do not consider certain cash requirements, such as debt service requirements. Because the definitions of EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Net Loss (or similar measures) may vary among companies and industries, they may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures used by other companies.

The following table provides a reconciliation of net income, the most directly comparable GAAP measure, to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA (in thousands).

  Three Months Ended
  Mar 31,
 2020
 Dec 31,
 2019
 Sep 30,
 2019
 Jun 30,
 2019
 Mar 31,
 2019
Net income (loss) $(7,289) $(811) $(2,059) $4,874  $(6,085)
Depreciation and amortization 9,507  9,337  9,312  9,520  9,450 
Interest income (749) (845) (956) (934) (752)
Interest expense 3,439  3,517  3,464  3,432  3,461 
Income tax (benefit) expense (831) (1,052) 515  1,394  (1,588)
EBITDA $4,077  $10,146  $10,276  $18,286  $4,486 
Special items (1) 4,211  3,516  182  (10,174) 1,143 
Adjusted EBITDA $8,288  $13,662  $10,458  $8,112  $5,629 
Losses (gains) on asset dispositions, net 34  (3,095) (754) 68  124 
Adjusted EBITDA excluding asset dispositions $8,322  $10,567  $9,704  $8,180  $5,753 

(1) Special items include the following:

  Three Months Ended
  Mar 31,
 2020
 Dec 31,
 2019
 Sep 30,
 2019
 Jun 30,
 2019
 Mar 31,
 2019
Non-routine professional services fees and other costs related to the Bristow merger $4,211  $965  $182  $154  $168 
H225 impairment   1,557       
Colombia intangible asset impairment   994       
Equity (earnings) losses       (10,910) 975 
Loss (gain) on debt extinguishment       13   
Loss on sale of investment       569   
  $4,211  $3,516  $182  $(10,174) $1,143 

Free Cash Flow represents the Company’s net cash provided by operating activities plus proceeds from disposition of property and equipment, less expenditures related to purchases of property and equipment. Adjusted Free Cash Flow is Free Cash Flow adjusted to exclude professional services fees paid in relation to the expected merger with Bristow.  Management believes that the use of Adjusted Free Cash Flow is meaningful as it measures the Company’s ability to generate cash from its business after excluding cash payments for special items. Management uses this information as an analytical indicator to assess the Company’s liquidity and performance.  However, investors should note numerous methods may exist for calculating a company's free cash flow. As a result, the method used by management to calculate Adjusted Free Cash Flow may differ from the methods used by other companies to calculate their free cash flow.

The following table provides a reconciliation of net cash provided by operating activities, the most directly comparable GAAP measure, to Free Cash Flow and Adjusted Free Cash Flow (in thousands).

  Three Months Ended
  Mar 31,
 2020
 Dec 31,
 2019
 Sep 30,
 2019
 Jun 30,
 2019
 Mar 31,
 2019
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities $(2,132) $7,708  $9,970  $7,240  $2,635 
Plus: Proceeds from disposition of property and equipment   4,000  9,252     
Less: Purchases of property and equipment (400) (1,390) (2,588) (1,268) (1,312)
Free cash flow $(2,532) $10,318  $16,634  $5,972  $1,323 
Plus: Non-routine professional services fees(2) 2,591  329  237    168 
Adjusted free cash flow $59  $10,647  $16,871  $5,972  $1,491 

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(2)  Non-routine professional services fees related to the expected merger with Bristow.


ERA GROUP INC.
FLEET COUNT
(unaudited)
  Mar 31,
 2020
 Dec 31,
 2019
 Sep 30,
 2019
 Jun 30,
 2019
 Mar 31,
 2019
Heavy:          
S92 4  4  4  4  4 
H225 1  1  1  1  1 
AW189 4  4  4  4  4 
  9  9  9  9  9 
           
Medium:          
AW139 36  36  36  36  36 
S76 C+/C++ 5  5  5  5  5 
B212 3  3  5  5  5 
  44  44  46  46  46 
           
Light—twin engine:          
A109 6  7  7  7  7 
EC135 10  10  10  13  13 
BO105 3  3  3  3  3 
  19  20  20  23  23 
           
Light—single engine:          
A119 13  13  13  13  13 
AS350 17  17  17  17  17 
  30  30  30  30  30 
Total Helicopters 102  103  105  108  108 

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