Era Group Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2016 Results, Amendment To Credit Facility And Fleet Update

HOUSTON, Nov. 01, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Era Group Inc. (NYSE:ERA) (the "Company") today reported a net loss attributable to the Company of $0.6 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, for its third quarter ended September 30, 2016 ("current quarter") on operating revenues of $65.0 million compared to net income attributable to the Company of $0.9 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, for the quarter ended September 30, 2015 ("prior year quarter") on operating revenues of $69.7 million.

Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization ("EBITDA") was $15.3 million in the current quarter compared to $17.1 million in the prior year quarter.  EBITDA adjusted to exclude gains and losses on asset dispositions was $15.6 million in the current quarter compared to $15.3 million in the prior year quarter.  Losses on asset dispositions were $0.2 million in the current quarter compared to gains of $1.8 million in the prior year quarter.

On October 27, 2016, we entered into the third amendment to our Amended and Restated Senior Secured Revolving Credit Facility (the "Facility") that, among other things, revised our maintenance covenants to provide additional flexibility, reduced the aggregate principal amount of the revolving loan commitments under the Facility from $300.0 million to $200.0 million and added a condition to borrowing and a repayment mechanism in connection with cash amounts held in excess of $40.0 million (with customary carve-outs).

We took delivery of one new AW189 heavy helicopter in October and, pursuant to a contractual agreement, expect to take delivery of another new AW189 helicopter before year end, which will increase our AW189 fleet to four helicopters.  We sold two medium helicopters in October and, pursuant to a contractual agreement, expect to sell another medium helicopter before year end.

"Given the uncertainty regarding the timing of a recovery in offshore helicopter demand, we worked closely with our bank group to amend our credit facility to ensure that we continue to have access to ample liquidity for the duration of the downturn," said Chris Bradshaw, President and Chief Executive Officer of Era Group Inc.  "We generated $18 million of cash flows from operations in the third quarter, and we continued to strengthen our balance sheet by paying down $20 million of debt.  At the same time, we believe we are making prudent investments to improve our competitive position for the eventual recovery.  The combination of our helicopter deliveries and divestitures will allow us to continue to upgrade and diversify our fleet with negligible, if any, incremental cash expenditure."

Third Quarter Results

Operating revenues in the current quarter were $4.7 million lower compared to the prior year quarter primarily due to lower utilization and lower average rates in the U.S. and the end of certain dry-leasing contracts.  These decreases were partially offset by the consolidation of our Brazilian subsidiary, Aeróleo Taxi Aero S/A ("Aeróleo"), and new contracts in Suriname.

Operating expenses were $2.6 million lower in the current quarter primarily due to $5.7 million of credits resulting from the removal of our H225 heavy helicopters from power-by-the-hour ("PBH") programs, additional reductions in repairs and maintenance expenses due to the timing of repairs and reduced personnel and fuel expenses in the U.S.  These decreases were partially offset by the consolidation of Aeróleo.

Administrative and general expenses were $1.7 million lower in the current quarter primarily due to reduced headcount and compensation expense in the U.S. and reduced professional services expenses, partially offset by the consolidation of Aeróleo.

Interest expense was $0.9 million higher in the current quarter primarily because we ceased capitalizing interest on helicopter deposits, partially offset by savings resulting from the cumulative repurchases of a portion of our 7.750% senior unsecured notes (the "7.750% Senior Notes") and reduced borrowings on our Facility.

Equity earnings were $0.4 million in the current quarter compared to losses of $0.4 million in the prior year quarter primarily due to improved earnings from our Dart Holding Company Ltd. ("Dart") joint venture.

Sequential Quarter Results

Operating revenues in the current quarter were $1.7 million higher compared to the quarter ended June 30, 2016 ("preceding quarter") primarily due to normal seasonal activities in Alaska and increased international oil and gas revenues, partially offset by the loss of a search and rescue ("SAR") subscriber.

Operating expenses were $7.0 million lower in the current quarter primarily due to $5.7 million of credits resulting from the removal of our H225 helicopters from PBH programs, additional reductions in repairs and maintenance expenses due to the timing of repairs and certain non-recurring costs that occurred in the preceding quarter.  These decreases were partially offset by increased cost of part sales and fuel expenses.

Administrative and general expenses were $1.4 million higher in the current quarter primarily due to the collection of a previously reserved receivable in the preceding quarter and an increase in bad debt reserves in the current quarter.

EBITDA was $4.6 million higher compared to the preceding quarter.  EBITDA adjusted to exclude special items and gains on asset dispositions was $6.8 million higher.  Special items in the preceding quarter consisted of a $0.5 million gain on debt extinguishment.  Losses on asset dispositions were $0.2 million in the current quarter compared to gains of $1.4 million in the preceding quarter.

Net income was $2.5 million lower compared to the preceding quarter.  Excluding the impact of the Aeróleo notes payable contribution in the preceding quarter, which is further discussed below, net income would have been $3.9 million higher in the current quarter.

Nine Months Results

The Company reported a net loss of $2.4 million, or $0.12 per diluted share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2016 ("current nine months") on operating revenues of $190.9 million compared to net income of $12.2 million, or $0.59 per diluted share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 ("prior year period") on operating revenues of $207.9 million.

During the second quarter of 2016, the Company and its partner in Aeróleo each contributed notes payable to them by Aeróleo as a contribution of additional capital into Aeróleo.  As a result of this transaction, the Company reduced total debt by the $6.3 million of notes that were contributed by its partner in Aeróleo and recorded a $6.3 million loss attributable to noncontrolling interest in a subsidiary, which increased net income attributable to the Company by the same amount.  Excluding the impact of this transaction, net loss attributable to the Company would have been $8.8 million, or $0.43 per diluted share, in the current nine months. 

EBITDA was $38.2 million in the current nine months compared to $64.9 million in the prior year period.  EBITDA adjusted to exclude special items and gains on asset dispositions was $33.7 million in the current nine months compared to $46.7 million in the prior year period.  Special items in the current nine months consisted of a gain on debt extinguishment of $0.5 million.  Special items in the prior year period consisted of a gain on the sale of our fixed base operations ("FBO") in Alaska of $12.9 million and gains on debt extinguishment of $0.2 million.  Gains on asset dispositions were $4.0 million in the current nine months compared to $5.0 million in the prior year period. 

Operating revenues in the current nine months were $17.0 million lower than the prior year period primarily due to lower utilization and lower average rates in the U.S., the end of certain dry-leasing contracts and the sale of the FBO, partially offset by the consolidation of Aeróleo and the start of new contracts in Suriname.

Operating expenses were $5.7 million higher in the current nine months primarily due to the consolidation of Aeróleo, partially offset by reductions due to credits resulting from the removal of our H225 helicopters from PBH programs, lower headcount and other cost control measures in the U.S.

Administrative and general expenses were $4.9 million lower in the current nine months primarily due to reduced headcount and compensation expense in the U.S., decreased professional services fees and the recovery of a previously reserved receivable, partially offset by the consolidation of Aeróleo.

Depreciation and amortization expense was $2.8 million higher in the current nine months due to the addition of new helicopters, a base expansion project and investments in additional information technology infrastructure. 

Interest expense was $3.3 million higher in the current nine months primarily because we ceased capitalizing interest on helicopter deposits, partially offset by savings resulting from the cumulative repurchases of a portion of our 7.750% Senior Notes. 

Foreign currency gains were $0.6 million in the current nine months primarily due to the strengthening of the Brazilian real resulting in gains on our real-denominated balances.  Foreign currency losses were $2.3 million in the prior year period primarily due to the settlement of forward currency contracts and the weakening of the euro resulting in losses on our euro-denominated balances.

Equity earnings were $1.1 million in the current nine months compared to a loss of $0.7 million in the prior year period primarily due to improved earnings from our Dart joint venture.

Fleet Update

We continue to experience excess capacity in our medium and heavy helicopters.  Excess helicopters include our helicopters other than those under customer contracts, undergoing maintenance, dedicated for charter activity or models subject to operational suspension. We are focused on maximizing the utilization of our fleet and reducing the excess capacity in our medium and heavy helicopters through fleet management initiatives, participation in competitive bids and the pursuit of other opportunities. In addition, we may sell certain helicopters on an opportunistic basis consistent with our long-standing strategy.

Due to an accident in April 2016 involving an Airbus Helicopters H225 (also known as a EC225LP) model helicopter operated by another helicopter company, the civilian fleet of H225 and AS332 L2 model helicopters remains on operational suspension. We own nine H225 helicopters, including five that are currently located in the U.S., three that are currently located in Brazil and one that is currently located in Norway.  As of September 30, 2016, the net book value of our H225 helicopters and related inventory of parts and equipment was $162.4 million.  During this suspension of H225 operations, we expect to utilize other heavy and medium helicopters to service our operations. Although we do not expect the near-term impact of the suspension to be material to our financial condition or results of operations, it is too early to estimate the full extent or duration of the H225 suspension, the market receptivity of the H225 helicopter for future oil and gas operations, the potential impact on residual values of these helicopters and the impact a long-term suspension could have on our results of operations or financial condition.

Capital Commitments

We had unfunded capital commitments of $150.3 million as of September 30, 2016, of which $35.6 million is payable during the remainder of 2016 with the balance payable through 2018.  We may terminate $107.7 million of our total commitments (inclusive of deposits paid on options not yet exercised) without further liability other than aggregate liquidated damages of $2.5 million.  The noncancellable portion of our commitments payable during the fourth quarter of 2016 is $29.1 million. 

Included in these capital commitments are agreements to purchase seven AW189 heavy helicopters, two S92 heavy helicopters and five AW169 light twin helicopters.  The AW189 and S92 helicopters are scheduled to be delivered beginning in 2016 through 2018.  Delivery dates for the AW169 helicopters have yet to be determined.  In addition, we had outstanding options to purchase up to ten additional AW189 helicopters. If these options are exercised, the helicopters would be scheduled for delivery beginning in 2017 through 2018.

We decided to take delivery of two AW189 helicopters during the fourth quarter of 2016, which accounts for $19.8 million of the noncancellable commitments noted above.  After giving effect to these deliveries, our remaining agreements to purchase AW189 helicopters are reduced from seven to five helicopters.  We also decided to sell three medium helicopters in the fourth quarter of 2016, and the aggregate cash proceeds from these asset sales are expected to offset the $19.8 million of expenditures noted above.

Liquidity

As of September 30, 2016, we had $32.1 million of cash and $124.3 million of remaining availability under the Facility for total liquidity of $156.4 million.  After giving effect to the amendment of the Facility on October 27, 2016, we had $128.8 million of remaining availability, and, based on operating results as of September 30, 2016, our senior secured leverage and interest coverage ratios, as defined in the Facility, would have been 1.2x and 3.6x, respectively.  The current covenant requirements for the senior secured leverage and interest coverage ratios, as defined in the Facility (as amended), are not more than 3.0x and not less than 1.75x, respectively.  A description of these metrics is included in the financial tables in this release.

The third amendment to the Facility (a) replaced the total leverage maintenance covenant with a senior secured leverage ratio maintenance covenant, (b) reduced the minimum interest coverage ratio, (c) changed the asset coverage ratio, (d) revised the definition of EBITDA to permit an add-back for non-cash expenses and limit the add-back for proceeds from asset sales, (e) reduced the aggregate principal amount of loan commitments from $300.0 million to $200.0 million, and (f) added a provision that requires cash and cash equivalents in excess of $40.0 million (with customary carve-outs) be applied to any outstanding borrowing under the Facility, among other items.

Conference Call

Management will conduct a conference call starting at 10:00 a.m. ET (9:00 a.m. CT) on Wednesday, November 2, 2016, to review the results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2016. The conference call can be accessed as follows:

All callers will need to reference the access code 7739536.

Within the U.S.:  Operator Assisted Toll-Free Dial-In Number: (800) 211-3767

Outside the U.S.:  Operator Assisted International Dial-In Number: (719) 325-2356

Replay

A telephone replay will be available through November 17, 2016 and may be accessed by calling (888) 203-1112 for domestic callers or (719) 457-0820 for international callers.  An audio replay will also be available on the Company's website at www.eragroupinc.com shortly after the call and will be accessible through November 17, 2016.

For additional information concerning Era Group, contact Andrew Puhala at (713) 369-4646 or visit Era Group's website at www.eragroupinc.com.

About Era Group

Era Group is one of the largest helicopter operators in the world and the longest serving helicopter transport operator in the U.S.  In addition to servicing its U.S. customers, Era Group provides helicopters and related services to customers and third-party helicopter operators in other countries, including Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, India, Suriname and the United Kingdom.  Era Group's helicopters are primarily used to transport personnel to, from and between offshore oil and gas production platforms, drilling rigs and other installations.

Forward-Looking Statements Disclosure

Certain statements discussed in this release as well as in other reports, materials and oral statements that the Company releases from time to time to the public include "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Such forward-looking statements concerning management's expectations, strategic objectives, business prospects, anticipated performance and financial condition and other similar matters involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other important factors that could cause the actual results, performance or achievements of results to differ materially from any future results, performance or achievements discussed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such risks, uncertainties and other important factors include, among others, the Company's dependence on, and the cyclical and volatile nature of, offshore oil and gas exploration, development and production activity, and the impact of general economic conditions and fluctuations in worldwide prices of and demand for oil and natural gas on such activity levels; the Company's reliance on a small number of customers and the reduction of its customer base resulting from consolidation; cost-saving initiatives implemented by the Company's customers; risks inherent in operating helicopters; the Company's ability to maintain an acceptable safety record; the Company's ability to successfully expand into other geographic and helicopter service markets; the impact of increased U.S. and foreign government regulation and legislation, including potential government implemented moratoriums on drilling activities; risks of engaging in competitive processes or expending significant resources with no guaranty of recoupment; risks of a grounding of all or a portion of the Company's fleet for extended periods of time or indefinitely; risks that the Company's customers reduce or cancel contracted services or tender processes; the Company's reliance on a small number of helicopter manufacturers and suppliers; risks associated with political instability, governmental action, war, acts of terrorism and changes in the economic condition in any foreign country where the Company does business, which may result in expropriation, nationalization, confiscation or deprivation of the Company's assets or result in claims of a force majeure situation; the impact of declines in the global economy and financial markets; the impact of fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates on the Company's cost to purchase helicopters, spare parts and related services and on asset values; the Company's credit risk exposure; the Company's ongoing need to replace aging helicopters; the Company's reliance on the secondary helicopter market to dispose of older helicopters and related equipment; the Company's reliance on information technology; the impact of allocation of risk between the Company and its customers; the liability, legal fees and costs in connection with providing emergency response services; risks associated with the Company's debt structure; the impact of operational and financial difficulties of the Company's joint ventures and partners; conflict with the other owners of the Company's non-wholly owned subsidiaries and other equity investees; adverse results of legal proceedings; adverse weather conditions and seasonality; the Company's ability to obtain insurance coverage and the adequacy and availability of such coverage; the possibility of labor problems; the attraction and retention of qualified personnel; restrictions on the amount of foreign ownership of the Company's common stock; and various other matters and factors, many of which are beyond the Company's control.  In addition, these statements constitute Era Group's cautionary statements under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. It is not possible to predict or identify all such factors. Consequently, the foregoing should not be considered a complete discussion of all potential risks or uncertainties. The words "estimate," "project," "intend," "believe," "plan" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of the document in which they are made. Era Group disclaims any obligation or undertaking to provide any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statement to reflect any change in Era Group's expectations or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which the forward-looking statement is based. The forward-looking statements in this release should be evaluated together with the many uncertainties and risks that affect the Company's businesses, particularly those mentioned under "Risk Factors" in Era Group's Annual Report on Form 10-K/A for the year ended December 31, 2015, in Era Group's subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and in Era Group's current reporting on Form 8-K (if any), which are incorporated by reference.

 

ERA GROUP INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(unaudited, in thousands, except share and per share amounts)
 
    Three Months Ended  September 30,   Nine Months Ended  September 30,
    2016   2015   2016   2015
Operating revenues   $ 65,006     $ 69,741     $ 190,939     $ 207,894  
Costs and expenses:                
Operating   40,371     43,007     132,074     126,396  
Administrative and general   9,504     11,238     26,871     31,760  
Depreciation and amortization   12,519     12,186     37,976     35,186  
Total costs and expenses   62,394     66,431     196,921     193,342  
Gains (losses) on asset dispositions, net   (246 )   1,813     4,034     4,959  
Operating income (loss)   2,366     5,123     (1,948 )   19,511  
Other income (expense):                
Interest income   466     232     1,170     800  
Interest expense   (4,003 )   (3,121 )   (12,881 )   (9,547 )
Derivative gains (losses), net       8         (14 )
Foreign currency gains (losses), net   (33 )   146     577     (2,271 )
Gain (loss) on debt extinguishment       (16 )   518     248  
Gain on sale of FBO               12,946  
Other, net   34         63     (9 )
Total other income (expense)   (3,536 )   (2,751 )   (10,553 )   2,153  
Income (loss) before income taxes and equity earnings   (1,170 )   2,372     (12,501 )   21,664  
Income tax expense (benefit)   69     1,343     (2,177 )   9,426  
Income (loss) before equity earnings   (1,239 )   1,029     (10,324 )   12,238  
Equity earnings (losses), net of tax   437     (376 )   1,062     (719 )
Net income (loss)   (802 )   653     (9,262 )   11,519  
Net loss attributable to non-controlling interest in subsidiary   242     208     6,822     633  
Net income (loss) attributable to Era Group Inc.   $ (560 )   $ 861     $ (2,440 )   $ 12,152  
                 
Income (loss) per common share, basic   $ (0.03 )   $ 0.04     $ (0.12 )   $ 0.59  
Income (loss) per common share, diluted   $ (0.03 )   $ 0.04     $ (0.12 )   $ 0.59  
                 
Weighted average common shares outstanding, basic   20,384,348     20,260,514     20,322,167     20,243,653  
Weighted average common shares outstanding, diluted   20,384,348     20,287,069     20,322,167     20,292,782  
                 
EBITDA   $ 15,323     $ 17,071     $ 38,248     $ 64,878  
Adjusted EBITDA   $ 15,323     $ 17,087     $ 37,730     $ 51,684  
Adjusted EBITDA excluding gains   $ 15,569     $ 15,274     $ 33,696     $ 46,725  
                                 

ERA GROUP INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(unaudited, in thousands, except share and per share amounts)
 
    Three Months Ended
    Sep 30,  2016   Jun 30,  2016   Mar 31,  2016   Dec 31,  2015   Sep 30,  2015
Operating revenues   $ 65,006     $ 63,351     $ 62,582     $ 73,943     $ 69,741  
Costs and expenses:                    
Operating   40,371     47,396     44,307     45,085     43,007  
Administrative and general   9,504     8,140     9,227     11,052     11,238  
Depreciation and amortization   12,519     12,691     12,766     12,151     12,186  
Total costs and expenses   62,394     68,227     66,300     68,288     66,431  
Gains (losses) on asset dispositions, net   (246 )   1,367     2,913     994     1,813  
Goodwill impairment               (1,866 )    
Operating income (loss)   2,366     (3,509 )   (805 )   4,783     5,123  
Other income (expense):                    
Interest income   466     403     301     391     232  
Interest expense   (4,003 )   (4,130 )   (4,748 )   (3,979 )   (3,121 )
Derivative gains (losses), net               (4 )   8  
Foreign currency gains (losses), net   (33 )   329     281     (319 )   146  
Gain (loss) on debt extinguishment       518         1,369     (16 )
Other, net   34     46     (17 )   54      
Total other income (expense)   (3,536 )   (2,834 )   (4,183 )   (2,488 )   (2,751 )
Income (loss) before income taxes and equity earnings   (1,170 )   (6,343 )   (4,988 )   2,295     2,372  
Income tax expense (benefit)   69     (1,232 )   (1,014 )   4,691     1,343  
Income (loss) before equity earnings   (1,239 )   (5,111 )   (3,974 )   (2,396 )   1,029  
Equity earnings (losses), net of tax   437     601     24     (1,224 )   (376 )
Net income (loss)   (802 )   (4,510 )   (3,950 )   (3,620 )   653  
Net loss attributable to non-controlling interest in subsidiary   242     6,448     132     173     208  
Net income (loss) attributable to Era Group Inc.   $ (560 )   $ 1,938     $ (3,818 )   $ (3,447 )   $ 861  
                     
Earnings (loss) per common share, basic   $ (0.03 )   $ 0.09     $ (0.19 )   $ (0.17 )   $ 0.04  
Earnings (loss) per common share, diluted   $ (0.03 )   $ 0.09     $ (0.19 )   $ (0.17 )   $ 0.04  
                     
Weighted average common shares outstanding, basic   20,384,348     20,361,533     20,219,937     20,183,027     20,260,514  
Weighted average common shares outstanding, diluted   20,384,348     20,364,382     20,219,937     20,183,027     20,287,069  
                     
EBITDA   $ 15,323     $ 10,676     $ 12,249     $ 16,810     $ 17,071  
Adjusted EBITDA   $ 15,323     $ 10,158     $ 12,249     $ 17,307     $ 17,087  
Adjusted EBITDA excluding gains   $ 15,569     $ 8,791     $ 9,336     $ 16,313     $ 15,274  
                                         

ERA GROUP INC.
OPERATING REVENUES BY LINE OF SERVICE
(unaudited, in thousands)
 
    Three Months Ended
    Sep 30,  2016   Jun 30,  2016   Mar 31,  2016   Dec 31,  2015   Sep 30,  2015
Oil and gas: (1)                    
U.S. Gulf of Mexico   $ 33,638     $ 33,312     $ 36,812     $ 40,368     $ 42,132  
Alaska   2,323     1,273     932     3,309     5,429  
International   17,306     16,848     14,054     18,865     60  
Total oil and gas   53,267     51,433     51,798     62,542     47,621  
Dry-leasing   2,664     2,827     3,995     4,643     11,925  
Search and rescue   3,877     4,590     4,891     4,955     4,418  
Air medical services   1,977     2,007     1,898     1,803     1,854  
Flightseeing   3,221     2,494             3,923  
    $ 65,006     $ 63,351     $ 62,582     $ 73,943     $ 69,741  
                                         

FLIGHT HOURS BY LINE OF SERVICE (2)
(unaudited)
 
    Three Months Ended
    Sep 30,  2016   Jun 30,  2016   Mar 31,  2016   Dec 31,  2015   Sep 30,  2015
Oil and gas: (1)                    
U.S. Gulf of Mexico   7,266     7,153     7,290     8,255     9,435  
Alaska   151     78     77     380     797  
International   3,005     2,535     2,332     3,055     22  
Total oil and gas   10,422     9,766     9,699     11,690     10,254  
Search and rescue   177     199     201     275     265  
Air medical services   907     832     618     748     949  
Flightseeing   970     679             1,502  
    12,476     11,476     10,518     12,713     12,970  

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(1)  Primarily oil and gas services, but also includes revenues from activities such as firefighting, utility support and unmanned aerial solutions.(2)  Does not include hours flown by helicopters in our dry-leasing line of service.

 
ERA GROUP INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(unaudited, in thousands)
 
    Sep 30,  2016   Jun 30,  2016   Mar 31,  2016   Dec 31,  2015   Sep 30,  2015
ASSETS                    
Current assets:                    
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 32,144     $ 39,160     $ 30,803     $ 14,370     $ 13,808  
Receivables:                    
Trade, net of allowance for doubtful accounts   34,300     36,830     36,980     48,639     39,498  
Tax receivables       6,011     6,068     6,085     114  
Other   6,490     3,641     3,707     3,305     2,399  
Inventories, net   26,615     27,764     27,744     27,994     24,932  
Prepaid expenses   1,799     2,563     3,274     1,963     3,055  
Deferred income taxes                   2,276  
Other current assets   190     191     191     191     2,297  
Total current assets   101,538     116,160     108,767     102,547     88,379  
Property and equipment   1,175,131     1,172,242     1,171,271     1,175,909     1,175,693  
Accumulated depreciation   (347,113 )   (336,722 )   (325,363 )   (316,693 )   (311,070 )
Net property and equipment   828,018     835,520     845,908     859,216     864,623  
Equity investments and advances   29,595     29,299     28,795     28,898     30,256  
Goodwill                   1,589  
Intangible assets   1,141     1,148     1,153     1,158     1,411  
Other assets   11,177     12,719     12,850     12,532     9,164  
Total assets   $ 971,469     $ 994,846     $ 997,473     $ 1,004,351     $ 995,422  
                     
LIABILITIES, REDEEMABLE NONCONTROLLING INTEREST AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY                    
Current liabilities:                    
Accounts payable and accrued expenses   $ 9,132     $ 15,473     $ 10,119     $ 12,000     $ 12,037  
Accrued wages and benefits   9,077     9,565     6,244     9,012     7,861  
Accrued interest   3,363     612     3,491     562     3,992  
Accrued income taxes   550                 7,415  
Derivative instruments                   71  
Accrued other taxes   2,311     2,515     1,905     2,520     1,259  
Accrued contingencies   1,543     1,280     2,851     2,410      
Current portion of long-term debt   1,539     1,569     2,291     3,278     25,335  
Other current liabilities   2,470     2,184     1,775     2,300     3,476  
Total current liabilities   29,985     33,198     28,676     32,082     61,446  
Long-term debt   232,655     252,940     263,590     263,698     239,515  
Deferred income taxes   227,417     227,933     229,083     229,848     213,998  
Deferred gains and other liabilities   4,280     4,418     2,855     2,616     1,956  
Total liabilities   494,337     518,489     524,204     528,244     516,915  
                     
Redeemable noncontrolling interest   4,331     4,573     4,672     4,804     4,783  
Equity:                    
Era Group Inc. stockholders' equity:                    
Common stock   211     211     211     207     207  
Additional paid-in capital   437,291     435,714     434,460     433,175     432,774  
Retained earnings   38,062     38,622     36,684     40,502     43,949  
Treasury shares, at cost   (2,855 )   (2,855 )   (2,850 )   (2,673 )   (2,632 )
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax   92     92     92     92     92  
Total Era Group Inc. stockholders' equity   472,801     471,784     468,597     471,303     474,390  
Non-controlling interest                   (666 )
Total equity   472,801     471,784     468,597     471,303     473,724  
Total liabilities, redeemable noncontrolling interest and stockholders' equity   $ 971,469     $ 994,846     $ 997,473     $ 1,004,351     $ 995,422  
                                         

Our management uses EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA to assess the performance and operating results of our business. EBITDA is defined as Earnings before Interest (includes interest income and interest expense), Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as EBITDA further adjusted for certain items noted in the reconciliation below that occur during the reported period. We include EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA to provide investors with a supplemental measure of our operating performance. Neither EBITDA nor Adjusted EBITDA is a recognized term under generally accepted accounting principles in the U.S. ("GAAP"). Accordingly, they should not be used as an indicator of, or an alternative to, net income as a measure of operating performance. In addition, EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are not intended to be measures of free cash flow available for management's discretionary use, as they do not consider certain cash requirements, such as debt service requirements. Because the definitions of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA (or similar measures) may vary among companies and industries, they may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures used by other companies.  Each of these non-GAAP measures has limitations and therefore should not be used in isolation or as a substitute for the amounts reported in accordance with GAAP.

The following table provides a reconciliation of Net Income, the most directly comparable GAAP measure, to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA (in thousands).

         
    Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
    Sep 30,   Jun 30,   Mar 31,   Dec 31,   Sep 30,   Sep 30,   Sep 30,
2016 2016 2016 2015 2015 2016 2015
Net Income (loss)   $ (802 )   $ (4,510 )   $ (3,950 )   $ (3,620 )   $ 653     $ (9,262 )   $ 11,519  
Depreciation and amortization   12,519     12,691     12,766     12,151     12,186     37,976     35,186  
Interest income   (466 )   (403 )   (301 )   (391 )   (232 )   (1,170 )   (800 )
Interest expense   4,003     4,130     4,748     3,979     3,121     12,881     9,547  
Income tax expense (benefit)   69     (1,232 )   (1,014 )   4,691     1,343     (2,177 )   9,426  
EBITDA   $ 15,323     $ 10,676     $ 12,249     $ 16,810     $ 17,071     $ 38,248     $ 64,878  
Special items (1)       (518 )       497     16     (518 )   (13,194 )
Adjusted EBITDA   $ 15,323     $ 10,158     $ 12,249     $ 17,307     $ 17,087     $ 37,730     $ 51,684  
Losses (gains) on asset dispositions, net   246     (1,367 )   (2,913 )   (994 )   (1,813 )   (4,034 )   (4,959 )
Adjusted EBITDA excluding gains   $ 15,569     $ 8,791     $ 9,336     $ 16,313     $ 15,274     $ 33,696     $ 46,725  

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(1)  Special items include the following:

  • In the three months ended June 30, 2016, a gain of $0.5 million on the extinguishment of debt related to the repurchase of a portion of our 7.750% Senior Notes;
  • In the three months ended December 31, 2015, a pre-tax gain of $1.4 million on the extinguishment of debt related to the repurchase of a portion of our 7.750% Senior Notes and a pre-tax charge of $1.9 million on the impairment of our goodwill;
  • In the three months ended September 30, 2015, a pre-tax loss of less than $0.1 million on the extinguishment of debt related to the repurchase of a portion of our 7.750% Senior Notes; and
  • In the nine months ended September 30, 2015, a pre-tax gain of $12.9 million on the sale of the FBO and a gain of $0.2 million on the extinguishment of debt related to the repurchase of a portion of our 7.750% Senior Notes.

The Facility requires that the Company maintain certain financial ratios on a rolling four-quarter basis.  The interest coverage ratio is a trailing four-quarter quotient of (i) EBITDA (as defined in the Facility) less dividends and distributions divided by (ii) interest expense.  The interest coverage ratio is not a measure of operating performance or liquidity defined by GAAP and may not be comparable to similarly titled measures presented by other companies.  The senior secured leverage ratio is calculated by dividing (i) the sum of secured debt for borrowed money, capital lease obligations and guaranties of obligations of non-consolidated entities by (ii) EBITDA (as defined in the Facility).  The senior secured leverage ratio is not a measure of operating performance or liquidity defined by GAAP and may not be comparable to similarly titled measures presented by other companies.  EBITDA is calculated under the Facility differently than as presented elsewhere in this release.
 
ERA GROUP INC.
FLEET COUNTS (1)
(unaudited)
 
    Sep 30,  2016   Jun 30,  2016   Mar 31,  2016   Dec 31,  2015   Sep 30,  2015
Heavy:                    
H225   9     9     9     9     9  
S92   2     2     2     2      
AW189   2     2     2     2      
    13     13     13     13     9  
                     
Medium:                    
AW139   38     38     38     38     39  
S76 C+/C++   6     6     6     6     6  
S76 A++               2     2  
B212   7     7     8     8     8  
B412   1     1     1     1     2  
    52     52     53     55     57  
                     
Light—twin engine:                    
A109   7     7     7     7     7  
EC135   17     17     17     17     17  
EC145   5     5     5     5     5  
BK117   3     3     3     3     3  
BO105   3     3     3     3     3  
    35     35     35     35     35  
                     
Light—single engine:                    
A119   14     14     14     14     16  
AS350   27     28     29     29     31  
    41     42     43     43     47  
Total Helicopters   141     142     144     146     148  

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  1. Includes all owned, joint ventured, leased-in and managed helicopters and excludes helicopters fully paid for and delivered but not yet placed in service as of the applicable dates.

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