PHI, Inc. (The Nasdaq Global Market: PHII (voting) PHIIK (non-voting)) today reported financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2010.
During the quarter ended September 30, 2010, we issued $300 million of 8.625% Senior Notes (“8.625% Senior Notes”) due October 15, 2018, in private placements under the Securities Act of 1933. Proceeds were $295.5 million, net of underwriting fees and expenses, and were used to retire $189.5 million of our existing 7.125% Senior Notes (“7.125% Senior Notes”) pursuant to a tender offer, at a total cost of $199.0 million including the tender premium and accrued interest. We subsequently redeemed the remaining $10.5 million of 7.125% Senior Notes outstanding on October 25, 2010, at a redemption price of 103.563% of the face amount plus accrued interest. As a result of the early redemption of the 7.125% Senior Notes, we recorded a pretax charge of $9.5 million in the quarter ended September 30, 2010, which consisted of a $7.6 million premium and $1.9 million of unamortized issuance costs, resulting in a tax benefit of $3.8 million. During the quarter, we recorded a $1.5 million charge to tax expense primarily related to an increase in our valuation allowance for foreign tax credits. Anticipated aircraft purchases that would occur using the net proceeds of the 8.625% Senior Notes would increase our tax depreciation and our net operating loss carryforwards, reducing the likelihood that we will be able to use these tax credits before they expire.
After the repurchase and redemption of all of our 7.125% Senior Notes, we had remaining net proceeds of approximately $82.0 million. We intend to use these proceeds for general corporate purposes, including the purchase of aircraft.
In April 2010, the Deepwater Horizon rig, engaged in deepwater drilling operations at BP’s Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico, sank after a blowout, resulting in the discharge of substantial amounts of oil until mid-July 2010, when the flow of oil was stopped. On May 28, 2010, the Department of Interior imposed a six-month moratorium on offshore deepwater drilling operations, the enforcement of which was preliminarily enjoined, and on July 12, 2010, the Department of Interior imposed another similar moratorium which was set to expire November 30, 2010. As a result, deepwater drilling operations in the Gulf of Mexico were suspended. On October 12, 2010, the Department of Interior lifted the moratorium on deepwater drilling. It is not possible to estimate whether or when drilling operations in the Gulf of Mexico will return to normal activity levels, due to uncertainties surrounding the timing of issuance of drilling permits by the Department of Interior and new regulations related to drilling operations. BP is one of our major customers and accounted for approximately 14% of our total revenues in 2009.