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Bristow Group Reports Financial Results For Its 2015 Fiscal Second Quarter And Six Months Ended September 30, 2014

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- SECOND QUARTER AND SIX MONTH GAAP NET INCOME OF $26.1 MILLION ($0.73 PER DILUTED SHARE) AND $70.2 MILLION ($1.96 PER DILUTED SHARE)
- SECOND QUARTER AND SIX MONTH ADJUSTED NET INCOME OF $31.1 MILLION ($0.87 PER DILUTED SHARE) AND $78.4 MILLION ($2.19 PER DILUTED SHARE)
- SECOND QUARTER RESULTS IMPACTED BY NON-CASH FOREIGN CURRENCY VOLATILITY, WHILE BRISTOW VALUE ADDED AND LIQUIDITY IMPROVED
- COMPANY REAFFIRMS GUIDANCE FOR FULL FISCAL YEAR 2015 ADJUSTED EPS OF $4.70 - $5.20

HOUSTON, Nov. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: BRS) today reported GAAP net income for the September 2014 quarter of $26.1 million, or $0.73 per diluted share, compared to net income of $110.6 million, or $3.01 per diluted share, in the same period a year ago.

Adjusted net income, which excludes special items and asset disposition effects, decreased 33% to $31.1 million, or $0.87 per diluted share, for the September 2014 quarter, compared to $46.5 million, or $1.27 per diluted share, in the September 2013 quarter.

Adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization and rent ("adjusted EBITDAR"), which also excludes special items and asset disposition effects, was $112.1 million for the September 2014 quarter, a 3% increase from $108.5 million in the same period a year ago.

Adjusted net income for the six months ended September 30, 2014 decreased 6% to $78.4 million, or $2.19 per diluted share, from $83.5 million, or $2.28 per diluted share, in the same six-month period a year ago.  However, adjusted EBITDAR improved 13% to $239.7 million in the current year-to-date period from $211.8 million in the first six months of our last fiscal year. 

"Bristow Group delivered another quarter of top line revenue growth, with a 16% increase over the same period last year," said Jonathan E. Baliff, President and Chief Executive Officer of Bristow Group.  "This revenue growth, and the continued delivery of significant positive gross cash flow from operations, combined with the sale and leaseback of 14 aircraft, drove an almost $30 million increase in Bristow Value Added ("BVA"), improved returns on capital, and $613 million of ending liquidity during the first six months of fiscal 2015. This BVA increase in the face of global macro-economic volatility demonstrates the strength of our underlying business and balance sheet, as we continue to deepen client relationships with differentiated services and reliable performance." 

"The recently announced award of new contracts and renewal of several existing contracts are proof of our ability to continue to expand client relationships through a complete and differentiated suite of point to point transportation services. In total, we have $4.3 billion of contracts being implemented on schedule and on budget starting in fiscal 2016. As we previously discussed, we manage our business on an annual basis and while our second quarter results were mainly impacted by non-operational items, we anticipate continued top line and earnings per share growth for the full fiscal year and a stronger second half of fiscal 2015."

We continue to see top line strength in our operations driving improvements in adjusted EBITDAR year-over-year, with an increase in operating revenue of 16% for the September 2014 quarter and 19% for the first six months of the fiscal year over the prior year periods. The following items contributed significantly to an increase in adjusted EBITDAR, and to a continued growth in BVA, over the second quarter and year-to-date periods of last fiscal year:

  • An increase in activity in our Europe Business Unit, including the addition of Eastern Airways in February 2014,
  • The startup of new contracts in our Australia Business Unit,
  • Improved contract terms in our West Africa Business Unit,
  • The recovery of $5.8 million in the September 2014 quarter and $12.6 million in the six-month period from an original equipment manufacturer ("OEM") provided in the form of maintenance credits resulting from a settlement for aircraft performance issues and transportation costs that benefited results in our Europe and Australia Business Units, and
  • A favorable shift in the mix to larger aircraft under contract that benefited our Gulf of Mexico operations in our North America Business Unit.
  • These increases were partially offset by delays in certain new aircraft entering our fleet.

Despite the increase in adjusted EBITDAR compared with the prior year periods, adjusted EBITDAR margin decreased from 28.7% in the September 2013 quarter to 25.4% in the September 2014 quarter and decreased from 28.7% in the prior year-to-date period to 27.3% for the six months ended September 30, 2014. This margin decrease was primarily driven by:

  • A significant decrease in earnings from unconsolidated affiliates, net of losses, resulting primarily from an unfavorable non-cash impact from changes in foreign currency exchange rates on our earnings from our investment in Líder in Brazil, included in our Other International Business Unit,
  • The addition of Eastern Airways to our Europe Business Unit, which carries a lower margin,
  • An increase in corporate overhead and information technology expenses (driven primarily by our implementation of a new enterprise resource planning ("ERP") system), and
  • Foreign currency transaction losses compared with gains in the prior year periods.

On a sequential basis compared with the June 2014 quarter, adjusted EBITDAR and adjusted EBITDAR margin decreased resulting from the same non-cash foreign currency items impacting our results in the September 2014 quarter, accelerated maintenance costs and higher corporate overhead and information technology costs related to training and other costs associated with our ERP implementation that went live in October 2014.  Many of these items were specific to the September 2014 quarter or involved the shifting of costs from future quarters into the September 2014 quarter; and we expect a recovery in adjusted EBITDAR and adjusted EBITDAR margin over the last half of the fiscal year.  Additionally, results were impacted by delays in certain new aircraft entering our fleet.

Our net income and diluted earnings per share also were impacted by changes in our aircraft leasing and effective tax rate.  Net income and diluted earnings per share, on an unadjusted and adjusted basis, were impacted by a pre-tax $12.1 million increase in rent expense over the September 2013 quarter and a pre-tax $2.3 million increase in rent expense over the June 2014 quarter, as we increased the number of leased aircraft.  On a year-over-year basis, adjusted net income and adjusted diluted earnings per share were also impacted by a higher effective tax rate in the September 2014 quarter, on an adjusted basis, resulting primarily from the benefit of a UK tax rate change in the September 2013 quarter resulting in an $0.08 lower adjusted diluted EPS than the prior year quarter.

In terms of cash generation from our business and management of our capital, net cash provided by operating activities was $101.2 million for the six months ended September 30, 2014 compared to $132.5 million for the same period a year ago.  This year-over-year decrease was primarily driven by UK Search and Rescue ("SAR") contract costs which were capitalized and our decision to accelerate payments to vendors in advance of our ERP start-up in October.  This use of cash was more than offset by cash proceeds from the sale and leaseback of 14 aircraft in the September 2014 quarter, bringing in $380.7 million and resulting in an increase in cash to $263.9 million as of September 30, 2014 from $204.3 million as of March 31, 2014.  Our total liquidity, including cash on hand and availability on our revolving credit facility, was $613.4 million as of September 30, 2014 compared to $529.9 million as of March 31, 2014. This growth in liquidity available for investment in continued growth was possible despite our use of significant cash for capital expenditures of $302.1 million and net debt pay down of $63.5 million year to date.

BUSINESS UNIT RESULTS

Europe Business Unit

Our Europe Business Unit has continued to expand with the net addition of eight Large AirCraft Equivalent ("LACE") aircraft since the September 2013 quarter.  These additional aircraft, as well as an overall increase in activity with existing clients and under new contracts, resulted in $8.5 million of increased operating revenue in the September 2014 quarter. Also, we acquired a 60% interest in Eastern Airways in February 2014, which contributed $39.5 million to the increase in operating revenue and $9.6 million in adjusted EBITDAR for the September 2014 quarter. Adjusted EBITDAR increased 26% year-over-year primarily due to a benefit from the recovery of $3.9 million in maintenance credits from an OEM during the September 2014 quarter. The improvement was partially offset by a decrease in earnings from unconsolidated affiliates of $0.5 million primarily due to the sale of the FB Entities in July 2013 and dilution from Eastern Airways margins that are lower than helicopter operation margins. Sequential quarterly adjusted EBITDAR increased to $69.5 million in the September 2014 from $68.7 million in the June 2014 quarter, while EBITDAR margins remained strong at 33.7% in September 2014 compared to 34.1% in the June 2014 quarter.

West Africa Business Unit

Improved contract terms drove revenue increases in our West Africa Business Unit, leading to a 5.5% increase in operating revenue for the September 2014 quarter compared to the September 2013 quarter.  The increases in revenue and cost control measures are reflected in the 7.9% increase in adjusted EBITDAR to $24.9 million for the September 2014 quarter compared to $23.1 million for the September 2013 quarter and sequential increase of 21.8% from $20.4 million for the June 2014 quarter.

North America Business Unit

The decrease in small aircraft on contract in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico and the planned closure of Alaska operations drove the decrease in revenue in North America year-over-year, partially offset by the increase in the number of large aircraft on contract. Although North America's adjusted EBITDAR decreased slightly to $18.1 million in the September 2014 quarter compared to $18.7 million in the September 2013 quarter, this change in the mix of fleet on contract in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico to larger aircraft resulted in an improvement in the adjusted EBITDAR margin to 32.4% in the September 2014 quarter compared to 31.0% in the September 2013 quarter.

Australia Business Unit

Operating revenue for our Australia Business Unit increased 33.6% to $47.2 million in the September 2014 quarter from $35.3 million in the September 2013 quarter due to the ramp up of new contracts, including a significant contract with INPEX. As a result of the contracts and a benefit from the recovery of $1.9 million in maintenance credits from an OEM during the September 2014 quarter, adjusted EBITDAR and adjusted EBITDAR margin increased in the September 2014 quarter to $10.7 million and 22.6%, respectively, from $7.4 million and 21.0%, respectively, in the September 2013 quarter. Negatively impacting the results for the September 2014 quarter were aircraft serviceability issues, continuing costs for returning the EC225s to service and an increase in depreciation expense due to a decrease in salvage values for some older aircraft operating in this market.

Other International Business Unit

Operating revenue for our Other International Business Unit increased in the September 2014 quarter primarily due to a contract in Tanzania that started in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2014 as well as increased activity in Trinidad, partially offset by a decline in revenue due to a contract ending in Malaysia. Adjusted EBITDAR and adjusted EBITDAR margin for the September 2014 quarter decreased to $6.6 million and 18.5%, respectively, compared to $12.6 million and 39.3%, respectively, in the September 2013 quarter, primarily due to a decrease in earnings from unconsolidated affiliates, net of losses, and the decline in activity in Malaysia, partially offset by the new contract in Tanzania and increased activity in Trinidad. The primary driver of the decrease in earnings from unconsolidated affiliates, net of losses, is a decrease in earnings from our investment in Líder in Brazil of $5.5 million in the September 2014 quarter resulting from unfavorable changes in foreign currency exchange rates compared to the September 2013 quarter.

GUIDANCE

We are reaffirming our adjusted diluted earnings per share guidance for the full fiscal year 2015 of $4.70 to $5.20, reflecting our expectation of strong operating performance to continue through our fiscal year.

"Our fiscal second quarter of 2015 was impacted by a number of costs and foreign exchange impacts, resulting in a decrease in earnings per share year over year and sequentially.  Nevertheless, our management team continues to be focused on our annual performance, and we currently expect a stronger second half of the year," said John H. Briscoe, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Bristow Group. "Our global business continues to deliver robust increases in gross cash flow returns and BVA, while growing our business and creating a balanced return to our shareholders.  Our global team is raising the bar with significant optimization and transformational efforts underway including a new global ERP system, the first phase of which went live in October.  Our dedicated employees have stepped up to the challenge, while remaining focused on safety and our clients."

As a reminder, our adjusted diluted earnings per share guidance excludes the effect of special items and asset dispositions because their timing and amounts are more variable and less predictable.  Further, this guidance is based on current foreign currency exchange rates.  In providing this guidance, we have not included the impact of any changes in accounting standards or significant acquisitions and divestitures.  Events or other circumstances that we do not currently anticipate or cannot predict, including changes in the market and industry, could result in earnings per share for fiscal year 2015 that are significantly above or below this guidance.  Factors that could cause such changes are described below under the Forward-Looking Statements Disclosure and the Risk Factors in our quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2014 and annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2014.

DIVIDEND AND SHARE REPURCHASE

On November 6, 2014, our Board of Directors approved our fifteenth consecutive quarterly dividend. This dividend of $0.32 per share will be paid on December 15, 2014 to shareholders of record on November 28, 2014. Based on shares outstanding as of September 30, 2014, the total quarterly dividend payment will be approximately $11.3 million.  Additionally, during the September 2014 quarter, we spent $23.3 million to repurchase 324,720 shares of our Common Stock.  Subsequently, in October 2014, we spent an additional $10.0 million to repurchase another 146,900 shares of our Common Stock. Since we first commenced a share repurchase program in December 2011, we have repurchased over 6% of our Common Stock. As of October 31, 2014, we had $2.4 million of repurchase authority remaining from $133.4 million that was authorized for share repurchases between November 5, 2013 and November 5, 2014. On November 6, 2014, our board of directors extended the date to repurchase shares of our Common Stock through November 5, 2015 and increased the remaining authorized repurchase amount to a total of $150 million.

CONFERENCE CALL

Management will conduct a conference call starting at 10:00 a.m. ET (9:00 a.m. CT) on Friday, November 7, 2014 to review financial results for the fiscal year 2015 second quarter ended September 30, 2014.  This release and the most recent investor slide presentation are available in the investor relations area of our web page at www.bristowgroup.com.  The conference call can be accessed as follows:

Via Webcast:

  • Visit Bristow Group's investor relations Web page at www.bristowgroup.com  
  • Live: Click on the link for "Bristow Group Fiscal 2015 Second Quarter Earnings Conference Call"
  • Replay: A replay via webcast will be available approximately one hour after the call's completion and will be accessible for approximately 90 days

Via Telephone within the U.S.:

  • Live: Dial toll free 1-877-548-7906
  • Replay: A telephone replay will be available through November 20, 2014 and may be accessed by calling toll free 1-888-203-1112, passcode: 9780350#

Via Telephone outside the U.S.:

  • Live: Dial 1-719-325-4796
  • Replay: A telephone replay will be available through November 20, 2014 and may be accessed by calling 1-719-457-0820, passcode: 9780350#

ABOUT BRISTOW GROUP INC.

Bristow Group Inc. is the leading provider of helicopter services to the worldwide offshore energy industry based on the number of aircraft operated and one of two helicopter service providers to the offshore energy industry with global operations.  The Company has major transportation operations in the North Sea, Nigeria and the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, and in most of the other major offshore oil and gas producing regions of the world, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Russia and Trinidad.  For more information, visit the Company's website at www.bristowgroup.com.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS DISCLOSURE

Statements contained in this news release that state the Company's or management's intentions, hopes, beliefs, expectations or predictions of the future are forward-looking statements.  These forward-looking statements include statements regarding earnings guidance, expected contract revenue, capital deployment strategy, operational and capital performance, shareholder return, liquidity and market and industry conditions.  It is important to note that the Company's actual results could differ materially from those projected in such forward-looking statements.  Risks and uncertainties include without limitation:  fluctuations in the demand for our services; fluctuations in worldwide prices of and demand for oil and natural gas; fluctuations in levels of oil and natural gas production, exploration and development activities; the impact of competition; actions by clients; the risk of reductions in spending on helicopter services by governmental agencies; changes in tax and other laws and regulations; changes in foreign exchange rates and controls; risks associated with international operations; operating risks inherent in our business, including the possibility of declining safety performance; general economic conditions including the capital and credit markets; our ability to obtain financing; the risk of grounding of segments of our fleet for extended periods of time or indefinitely; our ability to re-deploy our aircraft to regions with greater demand; our ability to acquire additional aircraft and dispose of older aircraft through sales into the aftermarket; the possibility that we do not achieve the anticipated benefit of our fleet investment program; availability of employees; and political instability, war or acts of terrorism in any of the countries where we operate.  Additional information concerning factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements is contained from time to time in the Company's SEC filings, including but not limited to the Company's quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2014 and annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2014.  Bristow Group Inc. disclaims any intention or obligation to revise any forward-looking statements, including financial estimates, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Linda McNeill
Investor Relations
(713) 267-7622

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BRISTOW GROUP INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

(In thousands, except per share amounts and percentages)

(Unaudited)



Three Months Ended
 September 30,


Six Months Ended
 September 30,


2014



2013



2014



2013




Gross revenue:












Operating revenue from non-affiliates

$

418,169



$

353,849



$

834,074



$

690,097


Operating revenue from affiliates

22,289



24,781



43,719



48,080


Reimbursable revenue from non-affiliates

35,178



38,698



70,381



78,080


Reimbursable revenue from affiliates







65



475,636



417,328



948,174



816,322


Operating expense:












Direct cost

305,557



256,766



599,420



512,022


Reimbursable expense

33,309



36,314



65,917



73,057


Depreciation and amortization

28,205



23,858



53,539



46,677


General and administrative

61,724



46,479



122,156



86,787



428,795



363,417



841,032



718,543














Gain (loss) on disposal of assets

127



(3,064)



737



(4,785)


Earnings from unconsolidated affiliates, net of losses

(2,904)



3,088



1,377



17,060


Operating income

44,064



53,935



109,256



110,054














Interest expense, net

(7,572)



(8,316)



(14,699)



(28,567)


Gain on sale of unconsolidated affiliate



103,924





103,924


Other income (expense), net

(2,681)



1,487



(3,920)



121


Income before provision for income taxes

33,811



151,030



90,637



185,532


Provision for income taxes

(5,986)



(41,146)



(17,809)



(48,736)


Net income

27,825



109,884



72,828



136,796


Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests

(1,743)



722



(2,637)



696


Net income attributable to Bristow Group

$

26,082



$

110,606



$

70,191



$

137,492














Earnings per common share:












Basic

$

0.74



$

3.04



$

1.98



$

3.79


Diluted

$

0.73



$

3.01



$

1.96



$

3.75


























Non-GAAP measures:












Adjusted operating income

$

49,689



$

59,087



$

118,993



$

117,752


Adjusted operating margin

11.3

%


15.6

%


13.6

%


16.0

%

Adjusted EBITDAR

$

112,069



$

108,508



$

239,692



$

211,806


Adjusted EBITDAR margin

25.4

%


28.7

%


27.3

%


28.7

%

Adjusted net income

$

31,062



$

46,504



$

78,431



$

83,544


Adjusted diluted earnings per share

$

0.87



$

1.27



$

2.19



$

2.28


 

BRISTOW GROUP INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)




September 30,
 2014


March 31,
 2014


ASSETS








Current assets:








Cash and cash equivalents


$

263,910



$

204,341



Accounts receivable from non-affiliates


287,794



292,650



Accounts receivable from affiliates


7,616



4,793



Inventories


142,814



137,463



Assets held for sale


32,088



29,276



Prepaid expenses and other current assets


51,723



53,084



Total current assets


785,945



721,607



Investment in unconsolidated affiliates


259,262



262,615



Property and equipment – at cost:








Land and buildings


154,002



145,973



Aircraft and equipment


2,443,218



2,646,150





2,597,220



2,792,123



Less – Accumulated depreciation and amortization


(510,895)



(523,372)





2,086,325



2,268,751



Goodwill


55,520



56,680



Other assets


91,345



88,604



Total assets


$

3,278,397



$

3,398,257



LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' INVESTMENT








Current liabilities:








Accounts payable


$

79,799



$

89,818



Accrued wages, benefits and related taxes


62,632



71,192



Income taxes payable


8,525



13,588



Other accrued taxes


10,849



9,302



Deferred revenue


29,698



31,157



Accrued maintenance and repairs


19,590



17,249



Accrued interest


15,459



16,157



Other accrued liabilities


45,816



45,853



Deferred taxes


12,054



12,372



Short-term borrowings and current maturities of long-term debt


13,669



14,207



Deferred sale leaseback advance


137,969



136,930



Total current liabilities


436,060



457,825



Long-term debt, less current maturities


765,865



827,095



Accrued pension liabilities


71,815



86,823



Other liabilities and deferred credits


56,255



78,126



Deferred taxes


166,654



169,519



Temporary equity


24,264



22,283



Stockholders' investment:








Common stock


375



373



Additional paid-in capital


769,891



762,813



Retained earnings


1,292,722



1,245,220



Accumulated other comprehensive loss


(166,988)



(156,506)



Treasury shares


(147,388)



(103,965)



Total Bristow Group stockholders' investment


1,748,612



1,747,935



Noncontrolling interests


8,872



8,651



Total stockholders' investment


1,757,484



1,756,586



Total liabilities and stockholders' investment


$

3,278,397



$

3,398,257



 

BRISTOW GROUP INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)







Six Months Ended
 September 30,




2014



2013



Cash flows from operating activities:








Net income


$

72,828



$

136,796



Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:








Depreciation and amortization


53,539



46,677



Deferred income taxes


(329)



7,352



Write-off of deferred financing fees


437



12,733



Discount amortization on long-term debt


2,130



1,722



(Gain) loss on disposal of assets


(737)



4,785



Gain on sale of unconsolidated affiliate




(103,924)



Impairment of inventories


3,362



2,364



Stock-based compensation


8,407



6,625



Equity in earnings from unconsolidated affiliates (in excess of) less than dividends received


2,362



(8,061)



Tax benefit related to stock-based compensation


(1,642)



(4,234)



Increase (decrease) in cash resulting from changes in:








Accounts receivable


(2,587)



28,508



Inventories


(11,865)



(438)



Prepaid expenses and other assets


(2,664)



8,940



Accounts payable


(1,794)



(2,577)



Accrued liabilities


(10,176)



5,756



Other liabilities and deferred credits


(10,104)



(10,548)



Net cash provided by operating activities


101,167



132,476



Cash flows from investing activities:








Capital expenditures


(302,119)



(339,559)



Proceeds from asset dispositions


397,644



155,603



Proceeds from sale of unconsolidated affiliate




112,210



Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities


95,525



(71,746)



Cash flows from financing activities:








Proceeds from borrowings


219,354



160,146



Debt issuance costs




(15,152)



Repayment of debt


(282,838)



(117,748)



Partial prepayment of put/call obligation


(30)



(27)



      Acquisition of noncontrolling interest


(3,170)





Repurchase of common stock


(43,423)





Common stock dividends paid


(22,689)



(18,138)



Issuance of common stock


1,398



11,550



Tax benefit related to stock-based compensation


1,642



4,234



Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities


(129,756)



24,865



Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents


(7,367)



12,303



Net increase in cash and cash equivalents


59,569



97,898



Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period


204,341



215,623



Cash and cash equivalents at end of period


$

263,910



$

313,521



 

BRISTOW GROUP INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

SELECTED OPERATING DATA

(In thousands, except flight hours and percentages)

(Unaudited)




Three Months Ended
 September 30,


Six Months Ended
 September 30,



2014



2013



2014



2013


Flight hours (excluding Bristow Academy and unconsolidated affiliates):













Europe(1)


24,224



16,871



48,262



33,165


West Africa


10,452



11,396



21,136



23,112


North America


11,346



16,419



23,166



32,341


Australia


2,681



2,263



5,526



5,057


Other International


3,604



3,633



7,395



6,998


Consolidated


52,307



50,582



105,485



100,673


Operating revenue:













Europe


$

206,274



$

156,352



$

407,955



$

293,511


West Africa


80,076



75,875



160,034



151,654


North America


55,983



60,353



113,498



118,588


Australia


47,185



35,326



93,701



73,539


Other International


35,805



32,150



71,338



65,043


Corporate and other


17,176



19,793



34,248



37,908


Intra-business unit eliminations


(2,041)



(1,219)



(2,981)



(2,066)


Consolidated


$

440,458



$

378,630



$

877,793



$

738,177


Operating income (loss):













Europe


$

39,581



$

32,958



$

79,950



$

52,979


West Africa


19,025



18,231



35,687



37,484


North America


7,923



9,164



20,469



17,287


Australia


987



2,508



3,240



5,788


Other International


2,956



8,654



13,358



27,096


Corporate and other


(26,535)



(14,516)



(44,185)



(25,795)


Gain (loss) on disposal of assets


127



(3,064)



737



(4,785)


Consolidated


$

44,064



$

53,935



$

109,256



$

110,054


Operating margin:













Europe


19.2

%


21.1

%


19.6

%


18.1

%

West Africa


23.8

%


24.0

%


22.3

%


24.7

%

North America


14.2

%


15.2

%


18.0

%


14.6

%

Australia


2.1

%


7.1

%


3.5

%


7.9

%

Other International


8.3

%


26.9

%


18.7

%


41.7

%

Consolidated


10.0

%


14.2

%


12.4

%


14.9

%

Adjusted EBITDAR:













Europe


$

69,535



$

55,190



$

138,212



$

96,682


West Africa


24,897



23,075



45,340



46,795


North America


18,142



18,692



41,002



35,715


Australia


10,687



7,413



21,695



14,187


Other International


6,639



12,648



21,347



34,833


Corporate and other


(17,831)



(8,510)



(27,904)



(16,406)


Consolidated


$

112,069



$

108,508



$

239,692



$

211,806


Adjusted EBITDAR margin:













Europe


33.7

%


35.3

%


33.9

%


32.9

%

West Africa


31.1

%


30.4

%


28.3

%


30.9

%

North America


32.4

%


31.0

%


36.1

%


30.1

%

Australia


22.6

%


21.0

%


23.2

%


19.3

%

Other International


18.5

%


39.3

%


29.9

%


53.6

%

Consolidated


25.4

%


28.7

%


27.3

%


28.7

%

 



BRISTOW GROUP INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

AIRCRAFT COUNT

As of September 30, 2014

(Unaudited)







Aircraft in Consolidated Fleet



Percentage

of Current Period

Operating

Revenue


Helicopters




Small


Medium


Large


Training


Fixed

Wing



Unconsolidated

Affiliates(4)




Total (2)(3)


Total

Europe

46

%



8


68



30


106



106

West Africa

18

%


8


29


7



3


47



47

North America

13

%


31


23


13




67



67

Australia

11

%


2


8


19




29



29

Other International

8

%



30


10




40


131


171

Corporate and other

4

%





74



74



74

Total

100

%


41


98


117


74


33


363


131


494

Aircraft not currently in fleet:(5)



















On order





7


28




35





Under option





18


30




48




























(1)

Includes flight hours for Eastern Airways beginning in February 2014 totaling 7,214 and 14,619 for the three and six months ended September 30, 2014, respectively.


(2)

Includes 14 aircraft held for sale and 110 leased aircraft as follows:

  



Held for Sale Aircraft in Consolidated Fleet



Helicopters





Small


Medium


Large


Training


Fixed

Wing


Total

Europe




5




5

West Africa



2





2

North America







Australia




2




2

Other International



4





4

Corporate and other





1



1

Total



6


7


1



14
















Leased Aircraft in Consolidated Fleet



Helicopters







Small


Medium


Large


Training


Fixed

Wing


Total

Europe



1


35



13


49

West Africa



1


1




2

North America


1


13


5




19

Australia


2


2


6




10

Other International







Corporate and other





30



30

Total


3


17


47


30


13


110

 

(3)     

The average age of our fleet, excluding training aircraft, was 10 years as of September 30, 2014.

(4)      

The 131 aircraft operated by our unconsolidated affiliates do not include those aircraft leased from us. Includes 58 helicopters (primarily medium) and 28 fixed wing aircraft owned and managed by Líder, our unconsolidated affiliate in Brazil, which is included in our Other International business unit.

(5)       

This table does not reflect aircraft which our unconsolidated affiliates may have on order or under option.

 

BRISTOW GROUP INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
GAAP RECONCILIATIONS


These financial measures have not been prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") and have not been audited or reviewed by our independent registered public accounting firm.  These financial measures are therefore considered non-GAAP financial measures.  A description of the adjustments to and reconciliations of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most comparable GAAP financial measures is as follows:

 




Three months ended

Six months ended



September 30,


September 30,



2014



2013



2014



2013




(In thousands, except

 per share amounts)

Adjusted operating income


$

49,689



$

59,087



$

118,993



$

117,752


Gain (loss) on disposal of assets


127



(3,064)



737



(4,785)


Special items


(5,752)



(2,088)



(10,474)



(2,913)


Operating income


$

44,064



$

53,935



$

109,256



$

110,054















Adjusted EBITDAR


$

112,069



$

108,508



$

239,692



$

211,806


Gain (loss) on disposal of assets


127



(3,064)



737



(4,785)


Special items


(6,781)



101,836



(12,375)



101,011


Depreciation and amortization


(28,205)



(23,858)



(53,539)



(46,677)


Rent expense


(35,441)



(23,314)



(68,557)



(46,375)


Interest expense


(7,958)



(9,078)



(15,321)



(29,448)


Provision for income taxes


(5,986)



(41,146)



(17,809)



(48,736)


Net income


$

27,825



$

109,884



$

72,828



$

136,796















Adjusted income tax expense


$

(7,933)



$

(6,476)



$

(21,644)



$

(19,191)


Tax expense (benefit) on gain (loss) on disposal of asset


(18)



626



(145)



1,005


Tax (benefit) expense on special items


1,965



(35,296)



3,980



(30,550)


Income tax expense


$

(5,986)



$

(41,146)



$

(17,809)



$

(48,736)















Adjusted effective tax rate(1)


19.5

%


12.4

%


21.1

%


18.8

%

Effective tax rate (1)


17.7

%


27.2

%


19.6

%


26.3

%














Adjusted net income


$

31,062



$

46,504



$

78,431



$

83,544


Gain (loss) on disposal of assets


109



(2,438)



592



(3,780)


Special items


(5,089)



66,540



(8,832)



57,728


Net income attributable to Bristow Group


$

26,082



$

110,606



$

70,191



$

137,492















Adjusted diluted earnings per share


$

0.87



$

1.27



$

2.19



$

2.28


Gain (loss) on disposal of assets




(0.07)



0.02



(0.10)


Special items


(0.14)



1.81



(0.25)



1.58


Diluted earnings per share


0.73



3.01



1.96



3.75






(1)

Effective tax rate is calculated by dividing income tax expense by pretax net income. Adjusted effective tax rate is calculated by dividing adjusted income tax expense by adjusted pretax net income.

 




Three Months Ended
 September 30, 2014





Adjusted

Operating

Income


Adjusted

EBITDAR


Adjusted

Net Income


Adjusted

Diluted

Earnings

Per

Share





(In thousands, except per share amounts)



North America restructuring(1)


$

(578)



$

(578)



$

(376)



$

(0.01)




CEO succession(2)


(1,812)



(1,812)



(1,178)



(0.03)




Inventory allowances(3)


(3,362)



(3,362)



(2,689)



(0.08)




Repurchase of 6 ¼% Senior Notes(4)




(1,029)



(846)



(0.02)




Total special items


$

(5,752)



$

(6,781)



$

(5,089)



(0.14)











Three Months Ended
 September 30, 2013




Adjusted

Operating

Income


Adjusted

EBITDAR


Adjusted

Net Income


Adjusted

Diluted

Earnings

Per

Share





(In thousands, except per share amounts)



Gain on sale of unconsolidated affiliate(5)


$



$

103,924



$

67,897



$

1.85




Inventory allowances(6)


(1,539)



(1,539)



(1,000)



(0.03)




North America restructuring(1)


(549)



(549)



(357)



(0.01)




Total special items


$

(2,088)



$

101,836



$

66,540



1.81










Six Months Ended
 September 30, 2014




Adjusted

Operating

Income


Adjusted

EBITDAR


Adjusted

Net Income


Adjusted

Diluted

Earnings

Per

Share





(In thousands, except per share amounts)



North America restructuring(1)


$

(1,611)



$

(1,611)



$

(1,047)



$

(0.03)




CEO succession(2)


(5,501)



(5,501)



(3,576)



(0.10)




Inventory allowances(3)


(3,362)



(3,362)



(2,689)



(0.08)




Repurchase of 6 ¼% Senior Notes(4)




(1,901)



(1,520)



(0.04)




Total special items


$

(10,474)



$

(12,375)



$

(8,832)



(0.25)











Six Months Ended
 September 30, 2013




Adjusted

Operating

Income


Adjusted

EBITDAR


Adjusted

Net Income


Adjusted

Diluted

Earnings

Per

Share





(In thousands, except per share amounts)



Gain on sale of unconsolidated affiliate(5)


$



$

103,924



$

67,897



$

1.85




Cancellation of potential financing(7)






(8,276)



(0.23)




Inventory allowances(6)


(2,364)



(2,364)



(1,536)



(0.04)




North America restructuring(1)


(549)



(549)



(357)



(0.01)






$

(2,913)



$

101,011



$

57,728



1.58



 






(1)

Relates to a charges associated with the restructuring of our North America business unit and planned closure of our Alaska operations which related primarily to employee severance and retention costs.


(2)

Relates to CEO succession cost.


(3)

During the three and six months ended September 30, 2014, we increased our inventory allowance by $3.4 million million related to excess inventory identified for an older large aircraft model we plan to remove from our operational fleet over the next two fiscal years.


(4)

Relates to premium and fees associated with the repurchase of some of our 6 ¼% Senior Notes due 2022.


(5)

Relates to a gain resulting from the sale of our 50% interest in the FB Entities for £74 million, or approximately $112.2 million.


(6)

During the six months ended September 30, 2013, we increased our inventory allowance by $2.4 million as a result of our review of excess inventory on aircraft model types we ceased ownership of or classified all or a significant portion of as held for sale; $1.5 million of this allowance was recorded during the three months ended September 30, 2013. A majority of this allowance relates to small aircraft types operating primarily in our North America business unit as we continue to move toward operating a fleet of mostly large and medium aircraft in this market.


(7)

Relates to the cancellation of potential financing.

       

SOURCE Bristow Group Inc.