DENVER, Dec. 21, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Air Methods Corporation (Nasdaq:AIRM), the global leader in air medical transportation, announced today that it has entered into a definitive stock purchase agreement to acquire all of the outstanding shares of capital stock of Sundance Helicopters, Inc. (Sundance), a helicopter tour operator based in Las Vegas, Nevada. Sundance is a leader in helicopter tour operations, focusing primarily on Grand Canyon helicopter tours, but also providing helicopter services to support fire fighting, natural resource agency operations, vertical lifts, aerial photography/motion pictures, news gathering, and aerial surveying. Sundance operates a fleet of 22 helicopters consisting of Eurocopter AS350s and EC130s, and has 150 employees. Air Methods will acquire Sundance for an aggregate purchase price of $44 million in cash on a debt-free basis, subject to working capital and other adjustments as provided in the stock purchase agreement. Air Methods believes this acquisition will be accretive to earnings per share. Upon closing, Sundance will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Air Methods. The transaction is contingent upon certain closing conditions described in the stock purchase agreement and the aircraft sale and purchase agreement, and the transaction is expected to close December 31, 2012. Sundance generated consolidated revenue of approximately $52.3 million for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2012. The Company will fund the purchase price through its senior credit facility. Aaron Todd, the Company's chief executive officer stated, "We are excited to have this opportunity to diversify the Company's services by expanding into industries with key aviation adjacencies. Although these industries are new to Air Methods, we believe our aviation expertise, including direct operating experience with AS350s and EC130s, positions us well for success in these sectors. Air medical transport remains Air Methods' core business and expansion into these industries is expected to enhance our ability to train and recruit experienced pilots and provide pilots a more direct career path into our air medical operations."