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Era Group Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2014 Results

HOUSTON, TX -- (Marketwired) -- 08/05/14 -- Era Group Inc. (NYSE: ERA) today reported net income for its second quarter ended June 30, 2014 of $5.2 million, or $0.26 per diluted share, on operating revenues of $86.6 million compared to net income of $5.1 million, or $0.25 per diluted share, on operating revenues of $74.2 million in the prior year second quarter. Excluding a pre-tax impairment charge of $2.5 million representing a reserve against a note receivable, current quarter net income would have been $6.7 million, or $0.33 per diluted share.

Operating income for the current quarter was $13.6 million, inclusive of $3.1 million in gains on asset dispositions ("Gains"), compared to $10.8 million in the prior year quarter, which included $4.5 million in Gains. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization ("EBITDA") was $23.1 million in the current quarter, inclusive of the aforementioned Gains. Excluding the impairment charge noted above, Adjusted EBITDA was $25.5 million in the current quarter. This compares to EBITDA of $23.2 million, inclusive of $4.5 million in Gains noted above, in the prior year quarter, during which there were no special charges warranting adjustment.

Excluding the impact of Gains, current quarter Adjusted EBITDA, as adjusted for the pre-tax impairment charge of $2.5 million, was $22.4 million, representing a 19% improvement over $18.8 million of Adjusted EBITDA excluding Gains in the prior year quarter.

Second Quarter Results

Operating revenues in the quarter ended June 30, 2014 increased $12.3 million, a 17% improvement over the prior year quarter, primarily due to strong results from our U.S. Gulf of Mexico operations resulting from the resumption of operations of the EC225 heavy helicopters, higher rates for medium helicopters, and increased activity for single-engine helicopters. These increases were partially offset by a decrease in international revenues due to fewer helicopters on dry-leases compared to the prior year quarter and the conclusion of an operating contract in Uruguay in March 2014.

Operating expenses were $7.7 million higher in the current quarter primarily due to increased operating personnel costs resulting from pay scale and benefit adjustments related to a competitive labor market, increased repairs and maintenance expenses related to the resumption of the EC225 helicopter operations, as well as increased fuel and other expenses that are reimbursed by customers.

Administrative and general expenses were $0.5 million higher in the current quarter due to increased compensation costs.

Gains on asset dispositions were $1.3 million less than in the prior year quarter. During the current quarter, we sold one helicopter for a gain of $3.1 million. In the prior year quarter, we sold two helicopters and related equipment for a gain of $4.5 million.

Interest expense decreased $0.8 million primarily due to increased capitalized interest related to additional deposits on helicopter orders.

The Company recorded a $2.5 million pre-tax impairment charge in the current quarter on a note receivable from a foreign company with whom we participated in bids for contracts.

Six Months Results

The Company reported net income for the six months ended June 30, 2014 of $9.7 million, or $0.48 per diluted share, on operating revenues of $166.0 million compared to net income of $11.7 million, or $0.53 per diluted share, on operating revenues of $142.0 million in the same period a year ago. Net income for the current six months included a $2.5 million pre-tax impairment charge on a note receivable. Operating income for the current six months was $23.6 million, inclusive of $6.0 million in Gains, compared to $25.4 million in the same period a year ago, which included $15.3 million in Gains. EBITDA was $44.8 million in the current six months, inclusive of the aforementioned Gains. Excluding the aforementioned impairment charge, Adjusted EBITDA would have been $47.3 million in the current six months. This is compared to Adjusted EBITDA of $49.8 million, inclusive of Gains, in the prior six months. The decline in operating income and Adjusted EBITDA was due to $9.2 million less in gains from sales of helicopters and related equipment realized in the current six months compared to the prior year period.

Operating revenues increased $24.1 million due to strong results from our U.S. Gulf of Mexico operations. Operating expenses were $14.3 million higher due to increased operating personnel costs, increased repairs and maintenance expenses, and increased fuel and other expenses that are reimbursed by customers. Administrative and general expenses were $2.7 million higher due to increased compensation costs, including severance costs related to changes in senior management.

Sequential Quarter Results

Operating revenues in the second quarter increased $7.1 million compared to the first quarter of 2014 primarily due to normal seasonal factors, such as the start of flightseeing and firefighting activities in Alaska and longer daylight hours for oil and gas operations in Alaska and the Gulf of Mexico. The improvement in revenues from these factors was partially offset by lower international revenues and fewer SAR missions. Net income, notwithstanding the aforementioned pre-tax impairment charge of $2.5 million, improved by $0.8 million. Operating income increased $3.5 million during the second quarter, with little variance in Gains recognized in the two periods. Second quarter Adjusted EBITDA, excluding the aforementioned impairment charge, increased $3.8 million over first quarter EBITDA.

Equipment Acquisitions

During the quarter ended June 30, 2014, the Company's capital expenditures were $33.4 million, which consisted primarily of deposits on future helicopter deliveries and the final payment made on an AW139 medium helicopter. The Company records helicopter acquisitions in property and equipment and places helicopters in service once all completion work has been finalized and the helicopters are ready for use. The Company placed one new AW139 helicopter into service in June 2014 that had been delivered in the first quarter of 2014. In addition, the Company accepted delivery of one new AW139 helicopter in May 2014, which was placed into service in July 2014.

Capital Commitments

The Company's unfunded capital commitments as of June 30, 2014 consisted primarily of orders for helicopters and totaled $299.8 million, of which $66.4 million is payable during 2014 with the balance payable through 2017. The Company also had $2.3 million of deposits paid on options not yet exercised. The Company may terminate $146.3 million of its total commitments (inclusive of deposits paid on options not yet exercised) without further liability other than liquidated damages of $9.6 million in the aggregate.

Included in these capital commitments are agreements to purchase ten AW189 heavy helicopters, four S92 heavy helicopters and five AW169 light twin helicopters. The AW189 helicopters are scheduled to be delivered beginning in late 2014 through 2017. The S92 helicopters are scheduled to be delivered in 2015 through 2017. Delivery dates for the AW169 helicopters have yet to be determined. In addition, the Company had outstanding options to purchase up to an additional ten AW189 helicopters, five S92 helicopters and four AW139 helicopters. If these options are exercised, the helicopters would be scheduled for delivery beginning in 2015 through 2018.

Liquidity

As of June 30, 2014, the Company had $14.9 million in cash balances and remaining availability under its senior secured revolving credit facility of $244.3 million.

Lake Palma Sale

Effective July 24, 2014, the Company sold its 51% interest in Lake Palma, S.L. ("Lake Palma") for $9.2 million to its joint venture partner, Fumicacion Aerea Andaluza S.A ("FAASA"). Lake Palma is a joint venture that dry-leases helicopters to FAASA for firefighting operations. In connection with the transaction, the Company assigned certain debt obligations of approximately $2.9 million to Lake Palma, and the balance of the purchase price was funded in cash. The Company expects to record a gain of approximately $2.3 million in the third quarter of 2014.

Conference Call

Management will conduct a conference call starting at 10:00 a.m. ET (9:00 a.m. CT) on Wednesday, August 6, 2014, to review the results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2014. The conference call can be accessed as follows:

All callers will need to reference the access code 83283531

Within the U.S.:

Operator Assisted Toll-Free Dial-In Number: (866) 607-0535

Outside the U.S.:

Operator Assisted International Dial-In Number: (832) 445-1827

Replay

A telephone replay will be available through August 20, 2014 and may be accessed by calling (855) 859-2056 for domestic callers or (404) 537-3406 for international callers. An audio replay will also be available on the Company's website at www.eragroupinc.com shortly after the call and will be accessible for approximately 90 days.

About Era Group

Era Group 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 Group also provides helicopters and related services to third-party helicopter operators and customers in other countries, including Brazil, India, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. Era Group's helicopters are primarily used to transport personnel to, from and between offshore installations, drilling rigs and platforms.

This release includes "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 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, the Company's dependence on, and the cyclical nature of, the offshore oil and gas industry; the Company's dependence on oil and gas exploration and development activity in the areas where the Company operates; fluctuations in worldwide prices of and demand for oil and natural gas; the ability to successfully expand into other geographic and helicopter service markets; the impact of increased U.S. and foreign government regulation and legislation, including potential government implemented moratoriums on drilling activities; the requirement to engage in competitive processes or expend significant resources with no guaranty of recoupment; inherent risks in operating helicopters; the failure to maintain an acceptable safety record; the grounding of all or a portion of our fleet for extended periods of time or indefinitely; reduction or cancellation of services for government agencies; reliance on a small number of helicopter manufacturers and suppliers; political instability, governmental action, war, acts of terrorism 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 our assets or result in claims of a force majeure situation; declines in the global economy and financial markets; foreign currency exposure and exchange controls; credit risk exposure; the ongoing need to replace aging helicopters; the Company's reliance on the secondary used helicopter market to dispose of older helicopters; the Company's reliance on a small number of customers; allocation of risk between the Company and its customers; liability, legal fees and costs in connection with providing emergency response services; risks associated with the Company's debt structure; operational and financial difficulties of the Company's joint ventures and partners; conflict with the other owners of the Company's non-wholly owned subsidiaries and other equity investees; adverse results of legal proceedings; adverse weather conditions and seasonality; adequacy of insurance coverage; the attraction and retention of qualified personnel; restrictions on the amount of foreign ownership of the Company's common stock; the effect of the Spin-off, including the ability of the Company to recognize the expected benefits from the Spin-off and the Company's dependence on SEACOR's performance under various agreements; and various other matters and factors, many of which are beyond the Company's control. In addition, these statements constitute Era 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. Era Group disclaims any obligation or undertaking to provide any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statement to reflect any change in Era 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 Era Group's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013, in Era Group's subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and in Era Group's periodic reporting on Form 8-K (if any), which are incorporated by reference.

For additional information concerning Era Group, contact Christopher Bradshaw at (281) 606-4871 or visit Era Group's website at www.eragroupinc.com.

                               ERA GROUP INC.
              CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
            (in thousands, except per share amounts, unaudited)

                                  Three Months Ended     Six Months Ended
                                       June 30,              June 30,
                                 --------------------  --------------------
                                    2014       2013       2014       2013
                                 ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
Operating revenues               $  86,580  $  74,237  $ 166,023  $ 141,964
                                 ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
Costs and expenses:
  Operating                         54,679     46,945    104,319     90,061
  Administrative and general        10,065      9,545     21,399     18,679
  Depreciation                      11,425     11,431     22,712     23,092
                                 ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
                                    76,169     67,921    148,430    131,832
                                 ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
Gains on asset dispositions, net     3,139      4,476      6,030     15,277
                                 ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
Operating income                    13,550     10,792     23,623     25,409
                                 ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
Other income (expense):
  Interest income                      143        150        288        297
  Interest expense                  (3,840)    (4,613)    (7,593)    (9,345)
  SEACOR management fees                --         --         --       (168)
  Derivative gains (losses), net       (11)        21        (41)        18
  Note receivable impairment        (2,457)        --     (2,457)        --
  Foreign currency gains
   (losses), net                        21        315        (36)        56
  Other, net                            13          9         13         12
                                 ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
                                    (6,131)    (4,118)    (9,826)    (9,130)
                                 ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
Income before income tax expense
 and equity earnings (losses)        7,419      6,674     13,797     16,279
Income tax expense                   2,759      2,398      5,262      5,976
                                 ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
Income before equity earnings
 (losses)                            4,660      4,276      8,535     10,303
Equity earnings (losses), net of
 tax                                   536        674      1,035      1,236
                                 ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
Net income                           5,196      4,950      9,570     11,539
Net loss attributable to non-
 controlling interest in
 subsidiary                             25        105         96        210
                                 ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
Net income attributable to Era
 Group Inc.                          5,221      5,055      9,666     11,749
Accretion of redemption value on
 Series A preferred stock               --         --         --        721
                                 ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
Net income attributable to
 common shares                   $   5,221  $   5,055  $   9,666  $  11,028
                                 =========  =========  =========  =========

Basic earnings per common share  $    0.26  $    0.25  $    0.48  $    0.53
Diluted earnings per common
 share                           $    0.26  $    0.25  $    0.48  $    0.53

EBITDA                           $  23,077  $  23,242  $  44,849  $  49,655
Adjusted EBITDA                  $  25,534  $  23,242  $  47,306  $  49,823
Adjusted EBITDA excluding Gains  $  22,395  $  18,766  $  41,276  $  34,546



                               ERA GROUP INC.
              CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
            (in thousands, except per share amounts, unaudited)

                                          Three Months Ended
                           ------------------------------------------------
                            Jun 30,   Mar 31,   Dec 31,   Sep 30,   Jun 30,
                             2014      2014      2013      2013      2013
                           --------  --------  --------  --------  --------
Operating revenues         $ 86,580  $ 79,443  $ 75,998  $ 80,997  $ 74,237
                           --------  --------  --------  --------  --------
Costs and expenses:
  Operating                  54,679    49,640    45,213    51,338    46,945
  Administrative and
   general                   10,065    11,334    10,562     9,683     9,545
  Depreciation               11,425    11,287    11,129    11,340    11,431
                           --------  --------  --------  --------  --------
                             76,169    72,261    66,904    72,361    67,921
                           --------  --------  --------  --------  --------
Gains on asset
 dispositions, net            3,139     2,891       464     2,560     4,476
                           --------  --------  --------  --------  --------
Operating income             13,550    10,073     9,558    11,196    10,792
                           --------  --------  --------  --------  --------
Other income (expense):
  Interest income               143       145       139       155       150
  Interest expense           (3,840)   (3,753)   (4,311)   (4,394)   (4,613)
  SEACOR management fees         --        --        --        --        --
  Derivative gains
   (losses), net                (11)      (30)      (26)      (96)       21
  Note receivable
   impairment                (2,457)       --        --        --        --
  Foreign currency gains
   (losses), net                 21       (57)      233       409       315
  Other, net                     13        --        --         7         9
                           --------  --------  --------  --------  --------
                             (6,131)   (3,695)   (3,965)   (3,919)   (4,118)
                           --------  --------  --------  --------  --------
Income before income tax
 expense and equity
 earnings (losses)            7,419     6,378     5,593     7,277     6,674
Income tax expense            2,759     2,503     3,036     2,715     2,398
                           --------  --------  --------  --------  --------
  Income before equity
   earnings (losses)          4,660     3,875     2,557     4,562     4,276
  Equity earnings
   (losses), net of tax         536       499      (880)      526       674
                           --------  --------  --------  --------  --------
Net income                    5,196     4,374     1,677     5,088     4,950
Net loss attributable to
 non-controlling interest
 in subsidiary                   25        71        75       116       105
                           --------  --------  --------  --------  --------
Net income attributable to
 Era Group Inc.               5,221     4,445     1,752     5,204     5,055
Accretion of redemption
 value on Series A
 preferred stock                 --        --        --        --        --
                           --------  --------  --------  --------  --------
Net income attributable to
 common shares             $  5,221  $  4,445  $  1,752  $  5,204  $  5,055
                           ========  ========  ========  ========  ========

Basic earnings per common
 share                     $   0.26  $   0.22  $   0.09  $   0.26  $   0.25
Diluted earnings per
 common share              $   0.26  $   0.22  $   0.09  $   0.25  $   0.25

EBITDA                     $ 23,077  $ 21,772  $ 20,014  $ 23,382  $ 23,242
Adjusted EBITDA            $ 25,534  $ 21,772  $ 20,014  $ 25,427  $ 23,242
Adjusted EBITDA excluding
 Gains                     $ 22,395  $ 18,881  $ 19,550  $ 22,867  $ 18,766



                               ERA GROUP INC.
                   OPERATING REVENUES BY LINE OF SERVICE
                         (in thousands, unaudited)

                                          Three Months Ended
                           ------------------------------------------------
                            Jun 30,   Mar 31,   Dec 31,   Sep 30,   Jun 30,
                             2014      2014      2013      2013      2013
                           --------  --------  --------  --------  --------
Oil and gas:(1)
  U.S. Gulf of Mexico      $ 51,715  $ 49,141  $ 45,435  $ 40,503  $ 38,443
  Alaska                      9,305     6,197     6,885    14,003     9,398
  International                 173     1,245     1,228     1,248     1,278
                           --------  --------  --------  --------  --------
    Total oil and gas        61,193    56,583    53,548    55,754    49,119
Dry-leasing                  11,466    10,876    11,566    10,376    13,074
Search and rescue             5,095     6,152     5,417     4,614     3,466
Air medical services          3,137     3,091     3,135     3,288     3,131
Flightseeing                  2,946        --        --     4,390     2,794
Fixed Base Operations         2,858     2,842     2,434     2,671     2,782
Eliminations                   (115)     (101)     (102)      (96)     (129)
                           --------  --------  --------  --------  --------
                           $ 86,580  $ 79,443  $ 75,998  $ 80,997  $ 74,237
                           ========  ========  ========  ========  ========



                     FLIGHT HOURS BY LINE OF SERVICE(2)
                                 (unaudited)

                                           Three Months Ended
                            ------------------------------------------------
                             Jun 30,   Mar 31,   Dec 31,   Sep 30,   Jun 30,
                              2014      2014      2013      2013      2013
                            --------  --------  --------  --------  --------
Oil and gas:(1)
  U.S. Gulf of Mexico         11,065     9,447    10,304    10,003     9,676
  Alaska                       1,122       682       895     2,860     1,405
  International                   --        57        62        60        48
                            --------  --------  --------  --------  --------
    Total oil and gas         12,187    10,186    11,261    12,923    11,129
Search and rescue                258       382       305       299       208
Air medical services           1,100       951     1,059     1,224     1,016
Flightseeing                   1,080        --        --     1,744     1,134
                            --------  --------  --------  --------  --------
                              14,625    11,519    12,625    16,190    13,487
                            ========  ========  ========  ========  ========

____________________
(1) Primarily oil and gas services, but also includes revenues from activities such as firefighting and utility support.
(2) Does not include hours flown by helicopters in our dry-leasing line of service.

                               ERA GROUP INC.
                   CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
                         (in thousands, unaudited)

                   Jun 30,     Mar 31,     Dec 31,     Sep 30,     Jun 30,
                    2014        2014        2013        2013        2013
                 ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
     ASSETS
Current assets:
 Cash and cash
  equivalents    $   14,940  $   22,290  $   31,335  $   22,517  $   27,345
 Receivables:
  Trade, net of
   allowance for
   doubtful
   accounts          52,582      47,780      38,137      48,435      40,645
  Other               2,078       4,824       4,374       2,961      14,607
 Inventories,
  net                26,863      26,780      26,853      26,692      26,223
 Prepaid
  expenses and
  other               2,991       3,292       2,167       1,278       2,854
 Deferred income
  taxes               1,991       2,138       2,347       3,642       3,642
 Escrow deposits         --       3,048          --       9,900      16,010
                 ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
  Total current
   assets           101,445     110,152     105,213     115,425     131,326
                 ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
Property and
 equipment        1,116,678   1,084,199   1,066,958   1,014,907   1,012,661
  Accumulated
   depreciation    (284,547)   (273,754)   (263,306)   (255,299)   (251,613)
                 ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
  Net property
   and equipment    832,131     810,445     803,652     759,608     761,048
                 ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
Investments, at
 equity, and
 advances to 50%
 or less owned
 companies           36,053      35,433      34,986      36,113      35,529
Goodwill                352         352         352         352         352
Other assets         15,868      16,074      14,380      16,071      17,300
                 ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
Total assets     $  985,849  $  972,456  $  958,583  $  927,569  $  945,555
                 ==========  ==========  ==========  ==========  ==========

 LIABILITIES AND
  STOCKHOLDERS'
      EQUITY
Current
 liabilities:
 Accounts
  payable and
  accrued
  expenses       $   23,129  $   13,639  $   13,293  $   16,796  $   15,796
 Accrued wages
  and benefits        9,791       9,583       8,792       8,937       6,976
 Accrued
  interest              950       4,624         772       4,625         770
 Accrued income
  taxes                 236         781         613          --          --
 Derivatives            569         529         621          --          --
 Current portion
  of long-term
  debt                2,787       2,787       2,787       2,787       2,787
 Other current
  liabilities         4,258       4,171       3,267       6,894       5,253
                 ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
  Total current
   liabilities       41,720      36,114      30,145      40,039      31,582
                 ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
Deferred income
 taxes              214,117     211,479     209,574     208,483     204,487
Long-term debt      278,023     278,755     279,391     240,029     275,667
Deferred gains
 and other
 liabilities          3,120       3,476       3,412       5,343       5,947
                 ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
  Total
   liabilities      536,980     529,824     522,522     493,894     517,683
                 ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
Equity:
 Era Group Inc.
  stockholders'
  equity:
  Common stock          204         203         202         202         202
  Additional
   paid-in
   capital          425,010     423,728     421,310     420,650     420,056
  Retained
   earnings          24,346      19,125      14,680      12,928       7,724
  Treasury
   shares, at
   cost                (547)       (334)       (113)        (94)        (63)
  Accumulated
   other
   comprehensive
   income
   (loss), net
   of tax               146         175         176         108         (44)
                 ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
                    449,159     442,897     436,255     433,794     427,875
 Non-controlling
  interest in
  subsidiary           (290)       (265)       (194)       (119)         (3)
                 ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
  Total equity      448,869     442,632     436,061     433,675     427,872
                 ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
Total
 liabilities and
 stockholders'
 equity          $  985,849  $  972,456  $  958,583  $  927,569  $  945,555
                 ==========  ==========  ==========  ==========  ==========


Our management uses EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA to assess the performance and operating results of our 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 SEACOR Management Fees and certain other items that occur during the reported period. We include EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA to provide investors with a supplemental measure of our operating performance. Neither EBITDA nor Adjusted EBITDA 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 and Adjusted EBITDA 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 and Adjusted EBITDA (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.

                                          Three Months Ended
                           ------------------------------------------------
                            Jun 30,   Mar 31,   Dec 31,   Sep 30,   Jun 30,
                             2014      2014      2013      2013      2013
                           --------  --------  --------  --------  --------
                                            (in thousands)
Net Income                 $  5,196  $  4,374  $  1,677  $  5,088  $  4,950
  Depreciation               11,425    11,287    11,129    11,340    11,431
  Interest income              (143)     (145)     (139)     (155)     (150)
  Interest expense            3,840     3,753     4,311     4,394     4,613
  Income tax expense          2,759     2,503     3,036     2,715     2,398
                           --------  --------  --------  --------  --------
EBITDA                     $ 23,077  $ 21,772  $ 20,014  $ 23,382  $ 23,242
  Special items (1)           2,457        --        --     2,045        --
                           --------  --------  --------  --------  --------
Adjusted EBITDA            $ 25,534  $ 21,772  $ 20,014  $ 25,427  $ 23,242
  Gains on asset
   dispositions, net
   ("Gains")                 (3,139)   (2,891)     (464)   (2,560)   (4,476)
                           --------  --------  --------  --------  --------
Adjusted EBITDA excluding
 Gains                     $ 22,395  $ 18,881  $ 19,550  $ 22,867  $ 18,766
                           --------  --------  --------  --------  --------

____________________
(1) Special items include the following:

  • A pre-tax impairment charge of $2.5 million in the three months ended June 30, 2014 to write down the balance of a note receivable from a foreign company with whom we participated in bids for contracts; and
  • A one-time charge of $2.0 million related to operating leases on certain helicopters configured for air medical services in the three months ended September 30, 2013.

                               ERA GROUP INC.
                               FLEET COUNTS(1)
                                 (unaudited)

                                     Jun 30, Mar 31, Dec 31, Sep 30, Jun 30,
                                       2014    2014    2013    2013    2013
                                     ------- ------- ------- ------- -------
Heavy:
  EC225                                    9       9       9       9       9
                                     ======= ======= ======= ======= =======

Medium:
  AW139                                   38      37      35      36      35
  B212                                     9      10      11      11      11
  B412                                     6       6       6       6       6
  S76 A/A++                                2       2       3       3       6
  S76 C+/C++                               6       6       6       6       7
                                     ------- ------- ------- ------- -------
                                          61      61      61      62      65
                                     ======= ======= ======= ======= =======

Light--twin engine:
  A109                                     9       9       9       9       9
  BK-117                                   3       3       3       6       6
  EC135                                   20      20      20      20      20
  EC145                                    5       4       4       4       3
                                     ------- ------- ------- ------- -------
                                          37      36      36      39      38
                                     ======= ======= ======= ======= =======

Light--single engine:
  A119(2)                                 24      24      24      24      24
  AS350                                   35      35      35      35      35
                                     ------- ------- ------- ------- -------
                                          59      59      59      59      59
                                     ======= ======= ======= ======= =======
Total Helicopters                        166     165     165     169     171
                                     ======= ======= ======= ======= =======

____________________
(1) Includes all owned, joint ventured, leased-in and managed helicopters and excludes helicopters fully paid for and delivered but not yet placed in service as of the applicable dates.
(2) Effective July 24, 2014, we sold our 51% interest in Lake Palma, which owns seven of the A119 helicopters listed above.

Contact:
Christopher Bradshaw
(281) 606-4871
www.eragroupinc.com

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