Avantair, Inc. Reports Fiscal 2013 Second Quarter Financial Results

CLEARWATER, Fla., Feb. 12, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Avantair, Inc. (OTCBB:AAIR), the industry leader of fractional aircraft ownership in the light jet cabin category and the only publicly traded stand-alone private aircraft operator, today announced financial results for its fiscal 2013 second quarter and six month periods which ended December 31, 2012.

Second Quarter Fiscal 2013 Performance:                                                                                                          
  • Non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, stock-based compensation and non-recurring items of revenue or gain and expense or loss) increased by $0.8 million to approximately $2.5 million, compared to Adjusted EBITDA of $1.7 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2012.  
  • Net loss attributable to common stockholders for the second quarter ended December 31, 2012 was ($1.9) million, or ($0.06) per share, based on 32.8 million weighted average shares outstanding. This compared with a net loss attributable to common stockholders of ($1.3) million, or ($0.05) per share, based on 26.5 million weighted average shares outstanding in the second quarter of fiscal 2012.
  • Total revenue for the second quarter of fiscal 2013 of $35.5 million compared to fiscal 2012 second quarter revenue of $42.9 million.
  • Total number of revenue-generating flight hours flown for the second quarter fiscal 2013 decreased by approximately 34% to 7,538, compared with 11,453 hours flown in the fiscal 2012 second quarter.

Year-to-Date Fiscal 2013 Performance:                                                                                                    
  • Non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, stock-based compensation and non-recurring items of revenue or gain and expense or loss) increased by $3.6 million to approximately $4.7 million, compared to Adjusted EBITDA of $1.1 million in the six months ended December 31, 2011.  
  • Net loss attributable to common stockholders for the six months ended December 31, 2012 was ($3.3) million, or ($0.11) per share, based on 29.8 million weighted average shares outstanding. This compared with a net loss attributable to common stockholders of ($3.8) million, or ($0.15) per share, based on 26.4 million weighted average shares outstanding for the six months ended December 31, 2011.
  • Total revenue for the six months ended December 31, 2012 of $78.4 million compared to $85.9 million for the six months ended December 31, 2011.
  • Total number of revenue-generating flight hours flown for the six months ended December 31, 2012 decreased by approximately 17% to 18,881, compared with 22,819 hours flown in the six months ended December 31, 2011.

"The results this quarter were impacted by the voluntary stand down of our fleet," said Steven Santo, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.  "We were successful in getting our fleet operational following these measures and since then, have offered to recall all of our remaining furloughed pilots.  We also completed the process of outsourcing our maintenance and the sale of our Camarillo, California FBO operations.  We have made changes within management including adding several new members to our management team, comprised of highly experienced industry leaders and operational experts, who we believe will assist in delivering the leadership necessary to take us to the next level.  We closed on over $3.5 million of our capital raise, primarily supported by our Board of Directors and program owners. I am encouraged by these developments, as well as the improvements in our service levels, and am confident the Company will be well positioned to achieve its operating plans."

Conference Call

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Steven Santo, President Stephen Wagman and Chief Financial Officer Carla Stucky will hold a conference call with the financial community on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 5 p.m. ET to review the company's financial results and provide an update on business developments.

Interested parties may participate in the conference call by dialing: 1-888-895-5271 U.S. Toll Free or 1-847-619-6547 U.S. Toll. For international callers, dial: 1-847-619-6547. When prompted, give Confirmation Number: 34223850 or ask for "Avantair's Second Quarter Fiscal 2013 Earnings Conference Call." The live conference call will also be webcast on the company's website at www.avantair.com under the Investors section.

A telephonic replay of the conference call may be accessed approximately two hours after the call through March 13, 2013, by dialing 1-888-843-7419 U.S. Toll Free or 1-630-652-3042 U.S. Toll. For international callers, dial: 1-630-652-3042. When prompted key in the Passcode: 34223850#.

Use of Non-GAAP Measure of Performance

The following table reflects the reconciliation of net loss, prepared in conformity with GAAP to the non-GAAP financial measure of Adjusted EBITDA (in thousands):
         
  Three Months Ended December 31, Six Months Ended December 31,
  2012 2011 2012 2011
         
Net Loss  $ (1,563)  $ (916)  $ (2,532)  $ (3,096)
Add:        
Depreciation and amortization  1,137  1,148  2,588  2,078
Interest expense  815  1,240  1,806  2,296
Stock-based compensation  159  181  313  355
Employee termination and other costs  (31)  28  69  28
Loss on sale of asset  --   --   477  -- 
Voluntary stand down costs1  1,209  --   1,209  -- 
Non cash settlement2  1,056  --   1,056  -- 
Subtract:        
Interest and other income  (12)  (14)  (30)  (80)
Gain on sale of asset  (22)  --   (22)  -- 
Change in fair value of derivative liabilities  (59)  --   (59)  -- 
Gain on receipt of used share  (180)    (180)  
Gain on debt extinguishment  --   --   --   (439)
Adjusted EBITDA  $ 2,509  $ 1,667  $ 4,695  $ 1,142

1On October 25, 2012, the Company made an announcement regarding the voluntary stand down of its operations in order to complete a comprehensive review of records and supporting maintenance documentation and an inspection of its aircraft fleet. The effect of the operational stand down negatively impacted the Company's cash receipts, liquidity and retention of program participants. Separate of charter and costs associated with retention of program participants, the Company incurred approximately $1.2 million for consulting, FAA, furlough, legal, communication and other costs. The non-recurring costs related to the voluntary stand down have been added back in the calculation of Adjusted EBITDA.

2On February 6, 2013, the Company entered into a settlement with a large stockholder and its related parties. The settlement involved the Company issuing $1.1 million in senior secured convertible promissory notes and warrants to purchase approximately 4.2 million shares of common stock. During the period ended December 31, 2012, the Company accrued $1.1 million of G&A expense associated with this settlement. This settlement is for claims related to the Company not maintaining the effectiveness of its Registration Statement under a certain October 26, 2009 Registration Rights Agreement The non-recurring expense associated with the settlement has been added back in the calculation of Adjusted EBITDA. 

The company believes that the non-GAAP financial measure of Adjusted EBITDA is useful to investors as it excludes other income and expense items that do not directly reflect the underlying performance of the company's business operations. This measure is a supplement to accounting principles generally accepted in the United States used to prepare the company's financial statements and should not be viewed as a substitute for GAAP measures. In addition, the company's non-GAAP measure may not be comparable to non-GAAP measures of other companies.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act, with respect to Avantair's future financial or business performance, strategies and expectations. Forward-looking statements are typically identified by words or phrases such as "trend," "potential," "opportunity," "pipeline," "believe," "comfortable," "expect," "anticipate," "current," "intention," "estimate," "position," "assume," "outlook," "continue," "remain," "maintain," "sustain," "seek," "achieve," and similar expressions, or future or conditional verbs such as "will," "would," "should," "could," "may" and similar expressions. Avantair cautions that forward-looking statements are subject to numerous assumptions, risks and uncertainties, which change over time. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and Avantair assumes no duty to and does not undertake to update forward-looking statements. Actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in forward-looking statements and future results could differ materially from historical performance. In addition to factors previously disclosed in Avantair's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") and those as may be identified elsewhere in this press release, the following factors, among others, could cause actual results to differ materially from forward-looking statements or historical performance: general economic and business conditions in the U.S. and abroad, changing interpretations of accounting principles, generally accepted in the U.S., changes in market acceptance of the company's products, inquiries and investigations and related litigation, fluctuations in customer demand, management of rapid growth, intensity of competition. The information set forth herein should be read in light of such risks. Avantair does not assume any obligation to update the information contained in this press release.

Avantair's filings with the SEC, accessible on the SEC's website at http://www.sec.gov, discuss these factors in more detail and identify additional factors that can affect forward-looking statements.

About Avantair

Avantair, the sole North American provider of fractional shares, leases and flight hour cards in the Piaggio Avanti aircraft, and the only publicly traded stand-alone private aircraft operator, is headquartered in Clearwater, FL, with approximately 400 employees. Avantair offers private travel solutions for individuals and businesses traveling within its service area, which includes the continental U.S., Canada, the Caribbean and Mexico, at a fraction of the cost of whole aircraft ownership. The company currently manages a fleet of 56 aircraft. For more information about Avantair, please visit: www.avantair.com.

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AVANTAIR, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Amounts in Thousands, Except Share Data)
     
     
ASSETS December 31, 2012 June 30, 2012
  (Unaudited) (Audited)
     
Current Assets    
Cash and cash equivalents  $ 1,400  $ 5,302
Accounts receivable, net of allowance of $1,046 and $1,340, respectively  9,091  11,707
Inventory  111  155
Current portion of aircraft costs related to fractional share sales  3,960  8,458
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  7,075  3,830
Total current assets  21,637  29,452
     
Long-Term Assets    
Aircraft costs related to fractional share sales, net of current portion  585  1,691
Property and equipment, net  38,552  40,136
Cash - restricted  2,267  2,226
Deposits on aircraft  7,334  7,193
Goodwill  1,141  1,141
Other assets  10,052  9,443
Total long-term assets  59,931  61,830
     
Total assets  $ 81,568  $ 91,282
     
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' DEFICIT    
     
Current Liabilities    
Accounts payable  $ 9,415  $ 9,051
Accrued liabilities  10,698  6,393
Customer deposits  3,514  3,115
Short-term debt  5,679  12,000
Current portion of long-term debt  3,745  4,652
Current portion of deferred revenue related to fractional aircraft share sales  4,938  9,995
Unearned management fee, flight hour card and membership revenue  52,649  60,015
Total current liabilities  90,638  105,221
     
Long-Term Liabilities    
Long-term debt, net of current portion  16,934  13,753
Senior secured convertible promissory notes  742  -- 
Derivative liabilities  3,051  -- 
Deferred revenue related to fractional aircraft share sales, net of current portion  6,089  8,179
Deferred revenue related to membership revenue, net of current portion  31  213
Other liabilities  2,769  2,465
Total long-term liabilities  29,616  24,610
     
Total liabilities  120,254  129,831
     
COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES    
     
Series A convertible preferred stock, $.0001 par value, authorized 300,000 shares; 152,000 shares issued and outstanding  14,845  14,799
     
STOCKHOLDERS' DEFICIT    
Preferred stock, $.0001 par value, authorized 700,000 shares; none issued or outstanding  --   -- 
Common stock, Class A, $.0001 par value, 75,000,000 shares authorized, 40,903,717 and 26,497,468 shares issued and outstanding, respectively  4  3
Additional paid-in capital  60,884  57,830
Accumulated deficit  (114,419)  (111,181)
Total stockholders' deficit  (53,531)  (53,348)
     
Total liabilities and stockholders' deficit  $ 81,568  $ 91,282
         
AVANTAIR, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations 
(Amounts in Thousands, Except Share Data)
(Unaudited)
         
  Three Months Ended December 31, Six Months Ended December 31,
  2012 2011 2012 2011
         
Revenue        
Fractional aircraft shares sold  $ 2,764  $ 6,774  $ 6,824  $ 13,616
Lease revenue  1,084  596  1,982  951
Management and maintenance fees  22,079  20,994  43,697  41,267
Flight hour card and club membership revenue  5,100  8,767  13,852  17,762
Flight activity and other ancillary billing  3,460  4,611  9,467  9,435
Other revenue  1,005  1,206  2,543  2,890
         
Total revenue  35,492  42,948  78,365  85,921
         
Operating expenses        
Cost of fractional aircraft shares sold  2,313  5,808  5,841  12,415
Cost of flight operations  19,381  19,073  40,643  38,451
Cost of fuel  6,229  9,336  16,019  18,999
General and administrative expenses  6,900  5,606  12,135  11,691
Selling expenses  584  1,639  1,610  3,578
Depreciation and amortization  1,137  1,148  2,588  2,078
Employee termination and other costs  (31)  28  69  28
Gain on receipt of used share  (180)  --   (180)  
Gain on sale of asset  (22)  --   (22)  -- 
Loss on sale of asset  --   --   477  -- 
Total operating expenses  36,311  42,638  79,180  87,240
         
Income (loss) from operations  (819)  310  (815)  (1,319)
         
Other income (expenses)        
Interest and other income  12  14  30  80
Interest expense  (815)  (1,240)  (1,806)  (2,296)
Change in fair value of derivative liabilities  59  --   59  -- 
Gain on debt extinguishment  --   --   --   439
Total other income (expenses)  (744)  (1,226)  (1,717)  (1,777)
         
Net loss  (1,563)  (916)  (2,532)  (3,096)
         
Preferred stock dividend and accretion of expenses  (384)  (373)  (749)  (745)
Net loss attributable to common stockholders  $ (1,947)  $ (1,289)  $ (3,281)  $ (3,841)
         
Loss per common share:        
Basic and diluted  $ (0.06)  $ (0.05)  $ (0.11)  $ (0.15)
         
Weighted-average common shares outstanding:        
Basic and diluted 32,848,369  26,450,305 29,755,264  26,436,770
CONTACT: Avantair, Inc.         Stephen Wagman, President         727-538-7909         swagman@avantair.com                  Avantair, Inc.         Carla Stucky, Chief Financial Officer         727-538-7976         cstucky@avantair.com

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