Bristow Group Reports Financial Results For Its 2013 Fiscal First Quarter Ended June 30, 2012 - FIRST QUARTER GAAP NET INCOME OF $24 MILLION ($0.65 PER DILUTED SHARE) WITH FIRST QUARTER ADJUSTED NET INCOME OF $30 MILLION ($0.81 PER DILUTED SHARE), WHICH EXCLUDES THE IMPACT OF ASSET DISPOSITIONS AND A SPECIAL ITEM

- FIRST QUARTER OPERATING REVENUE OF $321 MILLION

- FIRST QUARTER ADJUSTED EBITDAR OF $84 MILLION, WHICH EXCLUDES THE IMPACT OF ASSET DISPOSITIONS AND A SPECIAL ITEM, AND OPERATING CASH FLOW OF $55 MILLION

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

HOUSTON, Aug. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: BRS) today reported net income for the June 2012 quarter of $23.7 million, or $0.65 per diluted share, compared to net income of $21.0 million, or $0.57 per diluted share, in the same period a year ago.  Adjusted net income, which excludes asset dispositions and a special item, was $29.6 million, or $0.81 per diluted share, for the June 2012 quarter, an increase of $9.7 million, or $0.27 per diluted share, over the June 2011 quarter.

Operating revenue for the June 2012 quarter increased 12% to $320.7 million from $286.8 million in the June 2011 quarter, with revenue growth in Europe, West Africa and North America. 

Adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization and rent ("Adjusted EBITDAR"), which excludes asset dispositions and a special item, increased 26% to $84.3 million for the June 2012 quarter from $67.0 million in the same quarter a year ago.  Net cash provided by operating activities also increased, totaling $55.4 million in the June 2012 quarter compared to $52.9 million in the June 2011 quarter and $37.4 million in the March 2012 quarter.

The June 2012 quarter's GAAP net income was affected by the following items, the first two of which are not included in adjusted net income:

  • A loss on disposal of assets of $5.3 million (which includes non-cash impairment charges of $1.9 million associated with aircraft held for sale), compared with a gain on disposal of assets of $1.4 million in the June 2011 quarter,
  • A special charge of $2.2 million for severance costs related to the termination of a contract in the Southern North Sea, and
  • Compensation expense of approximately $2.0 million included in general and administrative expense related to the departure of an officer of the Company.

 

"The strong operating performance we experienced in our fiscal 2012 fourth quarter continued in the first quarter of fiscal 2013," said William E. Chiles, President and Chief Executive Officer of Bristow Group.  "We are benefitting from the strength of the deep-water markets as our results for the June 2012 quarter were driven by higher activity in the North Sea, recovery in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, higher aircraft utilization levels in Nigeria and lower costs primarily at the corporate level."

Mr. Chiles continued, "We are expecting the solid revenue growth experienced over the recent quarters to continue throughout the remainder of fiscal 2013, and anticipate strong adjusted EBITDAR margins.  The Bristow Client Promise – to provide unmatched safety, reliability and hassle-free service – is making a real difference for our clients and as a result, we are being awarded new contracts with better terms for our value proposition."

FIRST QUARTER FY2013 RESULTS

  • Operating revenue increased 12% to $320.7 million compared to $286.8 million in the same period a year ago.
  • Operating income increased 10% to $40.0 million compared to $36.4 million in the June 2011 quarter.
  • Net income increased 12% to $23.7 million, or $0.65 per diluted share, compared to $21.0 million, or $0.57 per diluted share, in the June 2011 quarter.  Adjusted net income increased 49% to $29.6 million, or $0.81 per diluted share, compared to $19.9 million, or $0.54 per diluted share, in the June 2011 quarter. 
  • Adjusted EBITDAR increased 26% to $84.3 million compared to $67.0 million in the same period a year ago.
  • Cash totaled $227.3 million and our total liquidity, which includes cash and borrowing availability on our $200 million revolving credit facility, was $387 million as of June 30, 2012.

 

There continues to be strong demand both from new and existing clients in the Northern North Sea and in Norway.  To meet this demand, we have added new large aircraft to our Europe Business Unit over the past year.  These new aircraft, as well as an overall increase in flying activity, led to a 14% increase in operating revenue and an 11% increase in adjusted EBITDAR over the June 2011 quarter.  Adjusted EBITDAR margin of 32.2% was slightly lower than the prior year quarter's margin of 33.0%.

Activity levels continue to be strong in our West Africa Business Unit, where we saw a 12% increase in flight hours over the June 2011 quarter, leading to a 27% increase in operating revenue, a 37% increase in adjusted EBITDAR and an 8% increase in adjusted EBITDAR margin. 

The addition of S-92 large aircraft to our fleet of our North America Business Unit continues to drive operating improvement in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico along with the issuance of more drilling and completion permits.  Operating revenue increased 20% resulting from the addition of the new large aircraft despite no significant change in flight hours from the June 2011 quarter.  This revenue increase, coupled with a reduction in cost structure and the leasing of new aircraft, led to an almost doubling of adjusted EBITDAR and a significant increase in adjusted EBITDAR margin to 23.2% from 14.3% in the prior year quarter.  Adjusted EBITDAR margin also improved sequentially over the March 2012 quarter performance of 19.4%.

Despite a decrease in operating revenue in our Australia Business Unit, adjusted EBITDAR improved 25% and adjusted EBITDAR margin improved 34% over the June 2011 quarter in this market.  The improvement represents the result of significant work in this market to reduce costs and better utilize our existing fleet. 

Our Other International Business Unit was negatively affected by a decline in activity in Mexico, and an increase in operating costs in Trinidad and lower than expected earnings from Líder in Brazil.  Our earnings from Líder were less than expected for the June 2012 quarter due to changes in foreign exchange rates and startup costs that were incurred for new aircraft in advance of revenue generation.  We expect Líder's contribution to our earnings to remain unpredictable over the remainder of fiscal year 2013.  The results from Mexico, Trinidad and Brazil were the primary contributors to the 25% decrease in adjusted EBITDAR margin for Other International compared with the June 2011 quarter.

CONTRACT AWARDS

We recently announced that we have secured several major new multi-year contracts for the provision of a total of 20 large aircraft that are expected to generate in excess of $2 billion in revenue in Europe, Australia and Brazil.  This contract work, with higher pricing and improved terms, comes online over the period beginning in the September 2012 quarter through fiscal year 2015, with three aircraft starting work under these contracts in the September 2012 quarter, ten aircraft in fiscal year 2014 and seven aircraft in fiscal year 2015.

DIVIDEND

On July 31, 2012, our Board of Directors declared a sixth consecutive quarterly dividend.  This dividend of $0.20 per share will be paid on September 14, 2012 to shareholders of record on August 31, 2012.  Based on shares outstanding at June 30, 2012, total dividend payments to be made during the three months ended September 30, 2012 will be approximately $7.2 million.

GUIDANCE

Bristow is reaffirming today the adjusted earnings per share guidance provided in May 2012 for the full fiscal year 2013 of $3.25 to $3.55.

"Our 2013 guidance reaffirmation is based on the results of this historically strong first quarter of our fiscal year," said Jonathan E. Baliff, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Bristow Group.  "In addition to the stronger performance and earnings per share growth year over year, we continued to generate significant operating cash flow.  This is a testament to the hard work of our global operations and commercial teams."

As a reminder, our GAAP earnings per share guidance does not include unrealized 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 and divestitures.  Changes in events or other circumstances that the Company cannot 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.

CONFERENCE CALL

Management will conduct a conference call starting at 10:00 a.m. ET (9:00 a.m. CT) on Tuesday, August 7, 2012 to review financial results for the fiscal year 2013 first quarter ended June 30, 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 2013 First 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 1-877-941-0843
  • Replay: A telephone replay will be available through August 21, 2012 and may be accessed by calling toll free 1-800-406-7325, passcode: 4552131#

 

Via Telephone outside the U.S.:

  • Live: Dial 1-480-629-9819
  • Replay: A telephone replay will be available through August 21, 2012 and may be accessed by calling 1-303-590-3030, passcode: 4552131#

 

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, 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 quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2012 and the 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

(financial tables follow)

 

BRISTOW GROUP INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

(In thousands, except per share

amounts, percentages and flight hours)

(Unaudited)

 










Three Months Ended



June 30,





2012


2011

Gross Revenue:








Operating revenue


$

320,654


$

286,761


Reimbursable revenue



41,954



34,344



Total gross revenue



362,608



321,105










Operating expense:








Direct cost



222,768



196,622


Reimbursable expense



40,172



33,134


Depreciation and amortization



21,372



22,708


General and administrative



34,977



39,645






319,289



292,109











Gain (loss) on disposal of assets 



(5,315)



1,416


Earnings from unconsolidated









affiliates, net of losses


1,989


5,993










Operating income



39,993



36,405


Interest expense, net



(8,686)



(8,784)


Other income (expense), net



(931)



204


Income before provision for income taxes



30,376



27,825


Provision for income taxes



(6,180)



(6,606)










Net income



24,196



21,219


Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests



(534)



(174)

Net income attributable to Bristow Group


$

23,662


$

21,045



















Diluted earnings per common share


$

0.65


$

0.57

Operating margin



12.5%



12.7%

Flight hours



55,128



54,056










Non-GAAP financial measures:








Adjusted operating income


$

47,470


$

34,989


Adjusted operating income margin



14.8%



12.2%


Adjusted EBITDAR


$

84,273


$

67,025


Adjusted EBITDAR margin



26.3%



23.4%


Adjusted net income


$

29,618


$

19,878


Adjusted diluted earnings per share


$

0.81


$

0.54

 

BRISTOW GROUP INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)

 








June 30,


March 31,



2012


2012

ASSETS

Current assets:








Cash and cash equivalents 


$

227,250


$

261,550


Accounts receivable from non-affiliates



287,131



280,985


Accounts receivable from affiliates



4,828



5,235


Inventories 



157,543



157,825


Assets held for sale



18,100



18,710


Prepaid expenses and other current assets 



12,239



12,168



Total current assets 



707,091



736,473

Investment in unconsolidated affiliates 



201,042



205,100

Property and equipment – at cost:








Land and buildings 



81,816



80,835


Aircraft and equipment 



2,143,073



2,099,642





2,224,889



2,180,477


Less – Accumulated depreciation and amortization 



(467,887)



(457,702)





1,757,002



1,722,775

Goodwill 



29,339



29,644

Other assets 



45,905



46,371

Total assets


$

2,740,379


$

2,740,363









LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' INVESTMENT

Current liabilities:








Accounts payable 


$

57,876


$

56,084


Accrued wages, benefits and related taxes 



42,815



44,325


Income taxes payable 



9,910



9,732


Other accrued taxes 



6,653



5,486


Deferred revenue 



12,914



14,576


Accrued maintenance and repairs 



16,182



14,252


Accrued interest 



7,950



2,300


Other accrued liabilities 



26,615



23,005


Deferred taxes 



14,963



15,070


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



16,562



14,375



Total current liabilities 



212,440



199,205

Long-term debt, less current maturities 



719,737



742,870

Accrued pension liabilities 



109,792



111,742

Other liabilities and deferred credits 



14,823



16,768

Deferred taxes 



142,388



147,954

Stockholders' investment:








Common shares



363



363


Additional paid-in capital 



705,984



703,628


Retained earnings 



1,009,952



993,435


Accumulated other comprehensive loss 



(158,934)



(159,239)


Treasury shares



(25,085)



(25,085)

Total Bristow Group Inc. stockholders' investment



1,532,280



1,513,102

Noncontrolling interests 



8,919



8,722

Total stockholders' investment



1,541,199



1,521,824

Total liabilities and stockholders' investment


$

2,740,379


$

2,740,363

 

BRISTOW GROUP INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)

 










Three Months Ended




June 30,




2012


2011




Cash flows from operating activities:



Net income


$

24,196


$

21,219

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








Depreciation and amortization



21,372



22,708


Deferred income taxes



(6,071)



2,949


Discount amortization on long-term debt



870



822


Loss (gain) on disposal of assets



5,315



(1,416)


Stock-based compensation



2,848



5,196


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



4,129



(1,393)


Tax benefit related to stock-based compensation



(404)



(101)

Increase (decrease) in cash resulting from changes in:








Accounts receivable



(10,081)



10,640


Inventories



(1,869)



(5,420)


Prepaid expenses and other assets



3,816



3,701


Accounts payable



960



(5,527)


Accrued liabilities



11,212



459


Other liabilities and deferred credits



(881)



(948)

Net cash provided by operating activities



55,412



52,889










Cash flows from investing activities:








Capital expenditures



(86,555)



(72,235)


Proceeds from asset dispositions



20,227



833


Investment in unconsolidated affiliates



(850)



Net cash used in investing activities



(67,178)



(71,402)










Cash flows from financing activities:








Proceeds from borrowings





55,000


Repayment of debt and debt redemption premiums



(21,800)



(31,274)


Partial prepayment of put/call obligation



(17)



(15)


Common stock dividends paid



(7,145)



(5,410)


Issuance of common stock



311



1,183


Tax benefit related to stock-based compensation



404



101

Net cash  provided by (used in) financing activities



(28,247)



19,585

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents



5,713



(363)

Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents



(34,300)



709

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period



261,550



116,361

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period


$

227,250


$

117,070

 

BRISTOW GROUP INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

SELECTED OPERATING DATA

(In thousands, except flight hours and percentages)

(Unaudited)

 





Three Months Ended



June 30,



2012


2011

Flight hours (excludes Bristow Academy and

unconsolidated affiliates):






Europe


17,236



14,182

West Africa


10,754



9,629

North America


20,169



20,434

Australia


2,792



3,382

Other International


4,177



6,429

Consolidated total


55,128



54,056

Operating revenue:






Europe

$

123,235


$

108,288

West Africa


66,355



52,251

North America


52,625



43,913

Australia


38,171



40,920

Other International


33,227



34,549

Corporate and other


7,420



6,847

Intrasegment eliminations


(379)



(7)

Consolidated total

$

320,654


$

286,761

Operating income (loss):






Europe

$

21,876


$

23,249

West Africa


16,131



11,231

North America


6,475



1,584

Australia


6,509



4,524

Other International


7,387



11,910

Corporate and other


(13,070)



(17,509)

Gain (loss) on disposal of assets


(5,315)



1,416

Consolidated total

$

39,993


$

36,405

Operating margin:







Europe


17.8%



21.5%

West Africa


24.3%



21.5%

North America


12.3%



3.6%

Australia


17.1%



11.1%

Other International


22.2%



34.5%

Consolidated total


12.5%



12.7%






Three Months Ended




June 30,




2012


2011

Adjusted EBITDAR:






Europe

$

39,664


$

35,700

West Africa


21,163



15,430

North America


12,200



6,267

Australia


10,325



8,281

Other International


12,014



16,624

Corporate and other


(11,093)



(15,277)

Consolidated total

$

84,273


$

67,025

Adjusted EBITDAR margin:







Europe


32.2%



33.0%

West Africa


31.9%



29.5%

North America


23.2%



14.3%

Australia


27.0%



20.2%

Other International


36.2%



48.1%

Consolidated total


26.3%



23.4%

 

BRISTOW GROUP INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

AIRCRAFT COUNT

As of June 30, 2012

(Unaudited)

 








                    Aircraft in Consolidated Fleet








                    Helicopters












Small


Medium


Large


Training


Fixed

Wing




Unconsolidated
Affiliates (3)











Total
(1)(2)



Total

Europe




15


43




58


64


122

West Africa



10


25


7



3


45



45

North America



67


22


2




91



91

Australia



2


10


16




28



28

Other International



4


40


14




58


130


188

Corporate and other






77



77



77

Total



83


112


82


77


3


357


194


551

Aircraft not currently in fleet: (4)


















    On order





17




17





    Under option




12


24




36





_________

(1)

Includes 17 aircraft held for sale and 56 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


North America   








Australia   



1


3




4


Other International   



7





7


Corporate and other  








Total   



11


6




17


















                    Leased Aircraft in Consolidated Fleet




                    Helicopters








Small


Medium


Large


Training


Fixed
Wing


Total


Europe   




8




8


West Africa   



1





1


North America   


1


11


2




14


Australia   


2



1




3


Other International   








Corporate and other  





30



30


Total   


3


12


11


30



56

(2)

The average age of our fleet, excluding training aircraft, was 12 years as of June 30, 2012.

(3)

The 194 aircraft operated by our unconsolidated affiliates do not include those aircraft leased from us.

(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 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





June 30,





2012



2011





(In thousands, except per
share amounts)
(Unaudited)


Adjusted operating income


$

47,470



$

34,989



Gain (loss) on disposal of assets



(5,315)




1,416



Severance costs for termination of a contract



(2,162)





Operating income


$

39,993



$

36,405












Adjusted EBITDAR


$

84,273



$

67,025



Gain (loss) on disposal of assets



(5,315)




1,416



Severance costs for termination of a contract



(2,162)






Depreciation and amortization



(21,372)




(22,708)



Rent expense



(16,274)




(8,953)



Interest expense



(8,774)




(8,955)



Provision for income taxes



(6,180)




(6,606)


Net income


$

24,196



$

21,219












Adjusted net income


$

29,618



$

19,878



Gain (loss) on disposal of assets



(4,234)




1,167



Severance costs for termination of a contract



(1,722)





Net income attributable to Bristow Group


$

23,662



$

21,045












Adjusted diluted earnings per share


$

0.81



$

0.54



Gain (loss) on disposal of assets



(0.12)




0.03



Severance costs for termination of a contract



(0.05)





Diluted earnings per share



0.65




0.57

 

SOURCE Bristow Group Inc.



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