Bristow Group Reports Financial Results For Its 2012 Fiscal Fourth Quarter And Year Ended March 31, 2012

- RECORD QUARTERLY AND FISCAL YEAR OPERATING REVENUE OF $319 MILLION AND $1.2 BILLION, AND RECORD FISCAL YEAR OPERATING CASH FLOW OF $231 MILLION

- FOURTH QUARTER AND FISCAL YEAR GAAP NET INCOME OF $14.2 MILLION ($0.39 PER DILUTED SHARE) AND $63.5 MILLION ($1.73 PER DILUTED SHARE)

- FOURTH QUARTER ADJUSTED NET INCOME AT RECORD LEVEL OF $44.6 MILLION ($1.22 PER DILUTED SHARE) AND FISCAL YEAR ADJUSTED NET INCOME OF $114.6 MILLION ($3.12 PER DILUTED SHARE), WHICH EXCLUDES THE IMPACT OF ASSET DISPOSITIONS AND SPECIAL ITEMS

- COMPANY INCREASES QUARTERLY DIVIDEND 33% TO $0.20 PER SHARE

- COMPANY SETS GUIDANCE RANGE FOR FULL FISCAL YEAR 2013 ADJUSTED EPS AT $3.25 - $3.55

May 23, 2012, 17:05 ET from Bristow Group Inc.

HOUSTON, May 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: BRS) today reported net income for the March 2012 quarter of $14.2 million, or $0.39 per diluted share, compared to net income of $30.9 million, or $0.84 per diluted share, in the same period a year ago.  Adjusted net income, which excludes special items and asset disposition effects, was $44.6 million, or $1.22 per diluted share, for the March 2012 quarter, an increase of $12.8 million, or $0.36 per diluted share, over the March 2011 quarter. 

Operating revenue for the March 2012 quarter increased 16% to $318.7 million from $273.7 million in the March 2011 quarter, with revenue growth across most of our business units led by Europe and West Africa. 

Adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization and rent ("Adjusted EBITDAR"), which excludes special items and asset disposition effects, was $99.5 million for the March 2012 quarter compared to $81.1 million in the same period a year ago.  Net cash provided by operating activities totaled $37.4 million for the March 2012 quarter compared to $36.0 million in the March 2011 quarter, and increased 53% to $231.3 million for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2012 from $151.4 million in the prior fiscal year.

The March 2012 quarter's GAAP net income performance was negatively affected by the following:

  • An impact of $30.7 million related to aircraft sales activities, including a loss on disposal of assets of $28.6 million (which includes non-cash impairment charges of $23.6 million associated with held for sale aircraft) and $2.1 million in direct costs associated with a sale transaction executed during the quarter involving 11 large aircraft,
  • Non-cash impairment charges related to inventory of $1.3 million and two medium aircraft of $2.7 million resulting from a review of our operational fleet,
  • A $5.1 million decrease in earnings from unconsolidated affiliates, primarily resulting from lower earnings from our investment in Brazil,
  • A $31.0 million increase in direct costs and general and administrative expenses over the same period a year ago, primarily associated with increased activity, increased rent expense associated with a shift toward the leasing of more aircraft in the latter half of the fiscal year and higher corporate compensation, and
  • A $0.8 million increase in tax expense as a result of an internal restructuring, partially offset by a reduction in tax expense from the release of a tax reserve in a foreign jurisdiction.

Excluding the gains and losses on disposals of assets and special items in the March 2012 and March 2011 quarters, adjusted EBITDAR, adjusted net income and adjusted EPS improved over the March 2011 quarter primarily due to significant revenue growth across a majority of our global operations and a lower effective tax rate.  See a break out of the special items impacting results for the March 2012 and March 2011 quarters at the end of this release.

"During fiscal year 2012, we continued to make progress in increasing our total return to shareholders," said William E. Chiles, President and Chief Executive Officer of Bristow Group.  "Our results for the March quarter exceeded our internal expectations as a result of better utilization of our fleet, cost containment, and more demand for our premium product.  The strong adjusted EPS and EBITDAR performance was driven by Bristow's Client Promise – to provide unmatched safety, reliability and hassle-free service – and resulted in stronger revenue generation in Nigeria and noteworthy sequential improvement in margins in Australia and Europe."

"Going forward, we are expecting solid revenue growth in fiscal year 2013 while maintaining adjusted EBITDAR margins at the level attained in fiscal year 2012," Mr. Chiles added.  "Bristow's record revenue and operating cash flows during this last fiscal year demonstrate our financial strength and commitment to smarter growth and a balanced return for our shareholders. This is why our Board of Directors is increasing our quarterly dividend 33% to $0.20 per share effective this quarter, reinforcing our confidence in the unique business model and investment vehicle that our company and talented employees represent."

FOURTH QUARTER FY2012 RESULTS

  • Operating revenue increased 16% to $318.7 million compared to $273.7 million in the same period a year ago.
  • Operating income decreased by 47% to $26.2 million in the March 2012 quarter compared to $49.8 million in the March 2011 quarter, significantly impacted by non-cash impairment charges of $27.6 million.
  • Net income decreased by 54% to $14.2 million, or $0.39 per diluted share, compared to $30.9 million, or $0.84 per diluted share, in the March 2011 quarter.  Adjusted net income increased 41% to $44.6 million, or $1.22 per diluted share, compared to $31.7 million, or $0.86 per diluted share, in the March 2011 quarter. 
  • Adjusted EBITDAR, which excludes special items and asset disposition effects, increased 23% to $99.5 million for the March 2012 quarter compared to $81.1 million in the same period a year ago.
  • Cash as of March 31, 2012 totaled $262 million, up 125% from $116 million as of March 31, 2011.  Our total liquidity, including cash on hand and unused amounts on our revolving credit facility, was $402 million as of March 31, 2012, up 54% from $261 million as of March 31, 2011. 

Our Europe Business Unit experienced an increase in flying activity in the Northern North Sea in the U.K. and in Norway, which led to a 20% increase in operating revenue and improved adjusted EBITDAR margin to 36.1% from 34.4% in the prior year quarter.   

Our West Africa Business Unit saw increased flying activity over the prior year quarter from new and existing contracts plus ad hoc flying, which led to a 30% increase in operating revenue and improved adjusted EBITDAR margin to 36.6% from 34.3% in the prior year quarter. 

Our North America Business Unit continues to benefit from an increase in activity in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico as more drilling and completion permits are being issued and new large aircraft are operating in this market.  Operating revenue increased 7% resulting from the addition of new large aircraft during fiscal year 2012 despite a decrease in flight hours from the March 2011 quarter.  This revenue increase, coupled with a reduction in cost structure and the leasing of new aircraft, led to a more than doubling of adjusted EBITDAR margin to 19.4% from 8.5% in the prior year quarter.

Our Australia Business Unit saw an increase in revenue over the prior year quarter resulting from new contract work offsetting the loss of a major contract in May 2011.  We saw a turnaround in this market in the second half of fiscal year 2012.  The March 2012 quarter saw a sequential improvement with operating revenue of $43.4 million and adjusted EBITDAR margin of 35.6%, compared to $33.5 million and 23.5%, respectively, for the December 2011 quarter.  The second half of fiscal year 2012 saw operating revenue of $76.9 million, 8% higher than the first half of the year, and adjusted EBITDAR margin of 30.4% compared to 17.8% in the first half.

We continue to see substantial growth opportunity in our Other International Business Unit as new aircraft commence work in a number of locations.  However, our quarterly results were impacted negatively by earnings from Lider in Brazil due to a decline in aircraft utilization as certain aircraft were offline for maintenance, start up costs incurred in advance of revenue generation from new aircraft and changes in foreign currency exchange rates.  We expect Lider's results to improve over the remainder of calendar 2012, with the second half of the year being stronger than the first half as aircraft return to operations and new aircraft begin operating.  As a result of lower earnings from Lider in the March 2012 quarter, our adjusted EBITDAR margin for Other International decreased to 42.9% from 59.4% in the March 2011 quarter.

FISCAL YEAR 2012 RESULTS

  • Operating revenue increased 8% to just under $1.2 billion compared to just over $1.1 billion a year ago.
  • Operating income decreased 39% to $115.8 million compared to $189.7 million in fiscal year 2011, significantly impacted by non-cash impairment charges of $57.6 million.
  • Net income decreased 52% to $63.5 million, or $1.73 per diluted share, compared to $132.3 million, or $3.60 per diluted share, for fiscal year 2011.  Adjusted net income increased slightly to $114.6 million, or $3.12 per diluted share, compared to $113.0 million, or $3.08 per diluted share, for fiscal year 2011.
  • Adjusted EBITDAR, which excludes special items and asset disposition effects, was $319.5 million compared to $297.7 million for fiscal year 2011.

FLEET MANAGEMENT AND LEASING STRATEGY

In fiscal year 2012, we fully implemented our new Bristow Value Added ("BVA") financial management framework — which replaced Return on Capital Employed ("ROCE") — to enhance our focus on the returns we deliver above our capital costs.  The BVA framework has yielded excellent results leading to a number of value-enhancing transactions.

In March 2012, we completed the sale of eleven large AS332L aircraft with cash proceeds of $28.9 million received in March relating to the first nine of these aircraft sold.  The final two aircraft will be sold in fiscal year 2013.  While resulting in a GAAP loss, this transaction allowed for the removal of older aircraft from our fleet that generated negative BVA and the reinvestment into newer, larger aircraft to generate positive BVA.

Also as a part of our BVA implementation, management commenced a new financing strategy in the December 2011 quarter whereby we will be using operating leases to a greater extent than in the past.  As part of this strategy, during the period from December 2011 through March 2012 we received $171.2 million for the sale of nine existing and in-construction aircraft that we subsequently leased back.

"We continue to see success in implementing BVA, with a 53% increase in operating cash flow combined with low-cost, capital-efficient operating leases in fiscal year 2012," said Jonathan E. Baliff, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Bristow Group.  "We expect to enter into more operating leases in future periods, with an initial aim for these leases to account for 20% to 30% of our Large Aircraft Equivalent ("LACE") aircraft."

DIVIDEND

In May 2011, our Board of Directors initiated a dividend of $0.15 per share of our common stock and then subsequently declared dividends at the same level for the remaining three quarters of fiscal year 2012.  On May 18, 2012, our Board of Directors declared a dividend of $0.20 per share, a 33% increase from the previous level, reflecting management's confidence in our cash generation ability and commitment to return value to our shareholders while we continue to grow globally. 

This dividend will be paid on June 15, 2012 to shareholders of record on June 5, 2012.  Based on shares outstanding at March 31, 2012, total dividend payments to be made during the three months ended June 30, 2012 will be approximately $7.2 million.

GUIDANCE

Bristow is issuing diluted earnings per share guidance for the full fiscal year 2013 that began on April 1, 2012 of $3.25 to $3.55, reflecting our expectation for continued growth, operational and capital efficiency, and the benefit of the Bristow Client Promise initiative across our business units.

As a reminder, our GAAP earnings per share guidance does not include gains and losses on disposals of assets as well as special items because their timing and amounts are more variable and less predictable.  This guidance is based on current foreign currency exchange rates.  In providing this guidance, the Company has not included the impact of any changes in accounting standards and any impact from significant acquisitions or divestitures.  Changes in events or other circumstances that the Company does not currently anticipate or predict could result in earnings per share for fiscal year 2013 that are significantly above or below this guidance.  Factors that could cause such changes are described below under Forward-Looking Statements Disclosure.

"Our dedication to the Bristow Client Promise: to provide unmatched safety, reliability and hassle-free service, has the company positioned for continued success in fiscal year 2013." Mr. Baliff added, "Fiscal year 2013 EPS growth, when combined with our financial strength and commitment to a balanced return for investors, can deliver that success to our shareholders."

CONFERENCE CALL

Management will conduct a conference call starting at 10:00 a.m. ET (9:00 a.m. CT) on Thursday, May 24, 2012 to review financial results for the fiscal year 2012 fourth quarter ended March 31, 2012.  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 2012 Fourth 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 1-877-941-8609
  • Replay: A telephone replay will be available through June 7, 2012 and may be accessed by calling toll free 1-800-406-7325, passcode: 4533630#

Via Telephone outside the U.S.:

  • Live: Dial 1-480-629-9692
  • Replay: A telephone replay will be available through June 7, 2012 and may be accessed by calling 1-303-590-3030, passcode: 4533630#

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 Alaska, Australia, Brazil, 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, capital allocation strategy, revenue growth, margins, the impact of activity levels, business performance, and other 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.  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 annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2012.  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)

(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended

Fiscal Year Ended

March 31,

March 31,

2012

2011

2012

2011

Gross revenue:

Operating revenue from non-affiliates

$

313,642

$

263,118

$

1,170,299

$

1,051,829

Operating revenue from affiliates

5,067

10,625

28,928

63,067

Reimbursable revenue from non-affiliates 

39,557

36,452

142,088

117,366

Reimbursable revenue from affiliates 

105

(53)

488

546

358,371

310,142

1,341,803

1,232,808

Operating expense:

Direct cost

210,188

188,842

810,728

748,053

Reimbursable expense

37,760

34,542

136,922

114,288

Impairment of inventories

1,309

25,919

Depreciation and amortization

25,296

27,740

96,144

89,377

General and administrative

34,617

25,013

135,333

120,145

309,170

276,137

1,205,046

1,071,863

Gain (loss) on disposal of assets

(28,610)

5,096

(31,670)

8,678

Earnings from unconsolidated affiliates, net of losses

5,622

10,746

10,679

20,101

Operating income

26,213

49,847

115,766

189,724

Interest income

107

215

560

1,092

Interest expense

(9,960)

(9,924)

(38,130)

(46,187)

Other income (expense), net

638

(1,842)

1,246

(4,230)

Income before provision for income taxes

16,998

38,296

79,442

140,399

Provision for income taxes

(2,422)

(7,071)

(14,201)

(7,104)

Net income

14,576

31,225

65,241

133,295

Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests

(334)

(357)

(1,711)

(980)

Net income attributable to Bristow Group

$

14,242

$

30,868

$

63,530

$

132,315

Earnings per common share:

Basic

$

0.40

$

0.85

$

1.76

$

3.67

Diluted

$

0.39

$

0.84

$

1.73

$

3.60

Adjusted EBITDAR

$

99,458

$

81,055

$

319,488

$

297,714

Adjusted operating income

$

60,964

$

50,057

$

180,864

$

182,852

Adjusted net income

$

44,558

$

31,711

$

114,641

$

113,045

Adjusted earnings per share

$

1.22

$

0.86

$

3.12

$

3.08

 

BRISTOW GROUP INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)

March 31,

March 31,

2012

2011

ASSETS

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

261,550

$

116,361

Accounts receivable from non-affiliates

280,985

247,135

Accounts receivable from affiliates

5,235

15,384

Inventories

157,825

196,207

Assets held for sale

18,710

31,556

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

12,168

22,118

Total current assets

736,473

628,761

Investment in unconsolidated affiliates

205,100

208,634

Property and equipment – at cost:

Land and buildings

80,835

98,054

Aircraft and equipment

2,099,642

2,116,259

2,180,477

2,214,313

Less – Accumulated depreciation and amortization

(457,702)

(446,431)

1,722,775

1,767,882

Goodwill

29,644

32,047

Other assets

46,371

38,030

Total assets

$

2,740,363

$

2,675,354

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' INVESTMENT

Current liabilities:

Accounts payable

$

56,084

$

56,972

Accrued wages, benefits and related taxes

44,325

34,538

Income taxes payable

9,732

15,557

Other accrued taxes

5,486

4,048

Deferred revenues

14,576

9,613

Accrued maintenance and repairs

14,252

16,269

Accrued interest

2,300

2,279

Other accrued liabilities

23,005

19,613

Deferred taxes

15,070

12,176

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

14,375

8,979

Total current liabilities

199,205

180,044

Long-term debt, less current maturities

742,870

698,482

Accrued pension liabilities

111,742

99,645

Other liabilities and deferred credits

16,768

30,109

Deferred taxes

147,954

148,299

Stockholders' investment:

Common stock

363

363

Additional paid-in capital

703,628

689,795

Retained earnings

993,435

951,660

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(159,239)

(130,117)

Treasury shares

(25,085)

Total Bristow Group Inc. stockholders' investment

1,513,102

1,511,701

Noncontrolling interests

8,722

7,074

Total stockholders' investment

1,521,824

1,518,775

Total liabilities and stockholders' investment

$

2,740,363

$

2,675,354

 

BRISTOW GROUP INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)

Fiscal Year ended

March 31,

2012

2011

Cash flows from operating activities:

Net income

$

65,241

$

133,295

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

Depreciation and amortization

96,144

89,377

Deferred income taxes

(16,288)

3,617

Discount amortization on long-term debt

3,380

3,176

(Gain) loss on disposal of assets

31,670

(8,678)

Gain on sale of joint ventures

(572)

Impairment of inventories

25,919

Impairment of Heliservicio investment

2,445

Stock-based compensation

11,510

12,601

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

dividends received

5,486

(6,221)

Tax benefit related to stock-based compensation

(354)

(512)

Increase (decrease) in cash resulting from changes in:

Accounts receivable

(12,847)

(53,445)

Inventories

7,364

(4,718)

Prepaid expenses and other assets

1,926

4,475

Accounts payable

2,675

4,819

Accrued liabilities

14,607

(10,573)

Other liabilities and deferred credits

(5,086)

(17,731)

Net cash provided by operating activities

231,347

151,355

Cash flows from investing activities:

Capital expenditures

(326,420)

(145,518)

Deposits on assets held for sale

200

4,021

Proceeds from sale of joint ventures

1,291

Proceeds from asset dispositions

239,843

27,364

Investment in unconsolidated affiliates

(2,378)

Net cash used in investing activities

(88,755)

(112,842)

Cash flows from financing activities:

Proceeds from borrowings

159,993

253,013

Debt issuance costs

(871)

(3,339)

Repayment of debt and debt redemption premiums

(113,419)

(266,105)

Distributions to noncontrolling interest owners

(638)

Partial prepayment of put/call obligation

(63)

(59)

Acquisition of noncontrolling interests

(262)

(800)

Repurchase of common stock

(25,085)

Common stock dividends paid

(21,616)

Issuance of common stock

5,293

1,953

Tax benefit related to stock-based compensation

354

512

Net cash provided by financing activities

4,324

(15,463)

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

(1,727)

15,518

Net increase in cash and cash equivalents

145,189

38,568

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

116,361

77,793

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

$

261,550

$

116,361

 

BRISTOW GROUP INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

SELECTED OPERATING DATA

(In thousands, except flight hours and percentages)

(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended

Fiscal Year Ended

March 31,

March 31,

2012

2011

2012

2011

Flight hours (excludes Bristow Academy and unconsolidated affiliates) :

Europe

15,974

13,388

59,506

54,463

West Africa

10,454

9,173

41,737

38,390

North America

15,447

16,741

74,348

81,503

Australia

2,945

3,825

11,131

13,618

Other International

3,280

10,423

22,288

45,894

48,100

53,550

209,010

233,868

Operating revenue:

Europe

$

121,027

$

101,236

$

449,854

$

384,927

West Africa

66,156

50,813

246,349

217,256

North America

42,342

39,640

176,545

191,411

Australia

43,389

40,799

148,268

146,722

Other International

34,557

36,263

141,504

146,020

Corporate and other

11,904

7,405

38,447

32,803

Intrasegment eliminations

(666)

(2,413)

(1,740)

(4,243)

Consolidated total

$

318,709

$

273,743

$

1,199,227

$

1,114,896

Operating income (loss):

Europe

$

26,650

$

23,939

$

94,277

$

89,320

West Africa

18,288

13,262

63,768

62,051

North America

2,389

(1,602)

8,378

14,527

Australia

11,601

9,312

19,840

30,497

Other International

9,890

17,076

36,343

42,038

Corporate and other

(13,995)

(17,235)

(75,170)

(57,387)

Gain (loss) on disposal of other assets

(28,610)

5,095

(31,670)

8,678

Consolidated total

$

26,213

$

49,847

$

115,766

$

189,724

Operating margin:

Europe

22.0

%

23.6

%

21.0

%

23.2

%

West Africa

27.6

%

26.1

%

25.9

%

28.6

%

North America

5.6

%

(4.0)

%

4.7

%

7.6

%

Australia

26.7

%

22.8

%

13.4

%

20.8

%

Other International

28.6

%

47.1

%

25.7

%

28.8

%

Consolidated total

8.2

%

18.2

%

9.7

%

17.0

%

Adjusted EBITDAR:

Europe

$

43,678

$

34,801

$

147,870

$

125,843

West Africa

24,223

17,432

86,158

76,411

North America

8,226

3,379

30,609

35,469

Australia

15,463

12,691

36,026

43,053

Other International

14,828

21,540

55,960

57,385

Corporate and other

(6,960)

(8,788)

(37,135)

(40,447)

Consolidated total

$

99,458

$

81,055

$

319,488

$

297,714

Adjusted EBITDAR margin:

Europe

36.1

%

34.4

%

32.9

%

32.7

%

West Africa

36.6

%

34.3

%

35.0

%

35.2

%

North America

19.4

%

8.5

%

17.3

%

18.5

%

Australia

35.6

%

31.1

%

24.3

%

29.3

%

Other International

42.9

%

59.4

%

39.5

%

39.3

%

Consolidated total

31.2

%

29.6

%

26.6

%

26.7

%

 

BRISTOW GROUP INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

AIRCRAFT COUNT

As of March 31, 2012

(Unaudited)

Aircraft in Consolidated Fleet

Helicopters

Small

Medium

Large

Training

Fixed   Wing

Total

(1)

Unconsolidated Affiliates (2) (3)

Total

Europe

15

41

56

64

120

West Africa

10

25

7

4

46

46

North America

67

23

2

92

92

Australia

2

10

17

29

29

Other International

4

43

15

62

131

193

Corporate and other

76

76

76

Total

83

116

82

76

4

361

195

556

Aircraft not currently in fleet:(4)

On order

15

15

Under option

12

28

40

(1)

Includes 19 aircraft held for sale and 57 leased aircraft as follows:

Held for Sale Aircraft in Consolidated Fleet

Helicopters

Small

Medium

Large

Training

Fixed Wing

Total

Europe

2

3

5

West Africa

1

1

Australia

1

3

4

Other International

6

1

7

Corporate and other

2

2

Total

10

7

2

19

Leased Aircraft in Consolidated Fleet

Helicopters

Small

Medium

Large

Training

Fixed Wing

Total

Europe

9

9

West Africa

1

1

2

North America

1

11

2

14

Australia

2

1

3

Other International

1

1

Corporate and other

28

28

Total

3

12

13

28

1

57

(2)

The 195 aircraft operated by our unconsolidated affiliates do not include those aircraft leased from us

(3)

Includes 53 helicopters (primarily medium) and 33 fixed wing aircraft owned by Lider, our unconsolidated affiliate in Brazil, included in our Other International business unit

(4)

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 auditor.  These financial measures are therefore considered non-GAAP financial measures.  Adjusted EBITDAR is calculated by taking our net income and adjusting for interest expense, depreciation and amortization, rent expense, benefit (provision) for income taxes, gain (loss) on disposal of assets and special items, if any.  Adjusted operating income, adjusted net income and adjusted diluted earnings per share are each adjusted for gain (loss) on disposal of assets and special items, if any, during the reported periods.  Management believes these non-GAAP financial measures provide meaningful supplemental information regarding our results because they exclude amounts that management does not consider part of our normal and recurring operations when assessing and measuring the operational and financial performance of the organization.  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

Fiscal Year Ended

March 31,

March 31,

2012

2011

2012

2011

 (In thousands, except per share amounts)

(Unaudited)

Adjusted EBITDAR

$

99,458

$

81,055

$

319,488

$

297,714

Gain (loss) on disposal of assets

(28,610)

5,096

(31,670)

8,678

Special items

(3,451)

(2,445)

(28,061)

(1,245)

Rent expense

(15,143)

(7,746)

(46,041)

(29,184)

Interest expense

(9,960)

(9,924)

(38,130)

(46,187)

Depreciation and amortization

(25,296)

(27,740)

(96,144)

(89,377)

Benefit (provision) for income taxes

(2,422)

(7,071)

(14,201)

(7,104)

Net income

$

14,576

$

31,225

$

65,241

$

133,295

Adjusted operating income

$

60,964

$

50,057

$

180,864

$

182,852

Gain (loss) on disposal of assets

(28,610)

5,096

(31,670)

8,678

Special items

(6,141)

(5,306)

(33,428)

(1,806)

Operating income

$

26,213

$

49,847

$

115,766

$

189,724

Adjusted net income

$

44,558

$

31,711

$

114,641

$

113,045

Gain (loss) on disposal of assets

(24,533)

4,195

(26,008)

7,145

Special items

(5,783)

(5,038)

(25,103)

12,125

Net income attributable to Bristow Group

$

14,242

$

30,868

$

63,530

$

132,315

Adjusted earnings per share

$

1.22

$

0.86

$

3.12

$

3.08

Gain (loss) on disposal of assets

(0.67)

0.11

(0.71)

0.19

Special items

(0.16)

(0.13)

(0.68)

0.34

Earnings per share

0.39

0.84

1.73

3.60

Three Months Ended

March 31, 2012

Adjusted

Operating

Income

Adjusted

EBITDAR

Adjusted

Net Income

Adjusted

Diluted Earnings

Per Share

 (In thousands, except per share amounts)

(Unaudited)

Impairment of inventories(1)

$

(1,309)

$

(1,309)

$

(934)

$

(0.03)

Impairment of aircraft(2)

(2,690)

(2,661)

(0.07)

AS332L sale costs(3)

(2,142)

(2,142)

(1,393)

(0.04)

Tax items(4)

(795)

(0.02)

Total special items

$

(6,141)

$

(3,451)

$

(5,783)

(0.16)

Three Months Ended

March 31, 2011

Adjusted

Operating

Income

Adjusted

EBITDAR

Adjusted

Net Income

Adjusted

Diluted Earnings

Per

Share

 (In thousands, except per share amounts)

(Unaudited)

Impairment of IT system(5)

$

(5,306)

$

$

(3,449)

$

(0.09)

Impairment of investment in affiliate(6)

(2,445)

(1,589)

(0.04)

Total special items

$

(5,306)

$

(2,445)

$

(5,038)

(0.13)

Fiscal Year Ended

March 31, 2012

Adjusted

Operating

Income

Adjusted

EBITDAR

Adjusted

Net Income

Adjusted

Diluted Earnings

Per Share

 (In thousands, except per share amounts)

(Unaudited)

Impairment of inventories(1)

$

(25,919)

$

(25,919)

$

(18,514)

$

(0.50)

Impairment of aircraft(2)

(2,690)

(2,661)

(0.07)

Impairment of assets in Creole,  

   Louisiana(7)

(2,677)

(1,740)

(0.05)

AS332L sale costs(3)

(2,142)

(2,142)

(1,393)

(0.04)

Tax items(4)

(795)

(0.02)

Total special items

$

(33,428)

$

(28,061)

$

(25,103)

(0.68)