Erickson Reports First Quarter 2016 Financial Results

  • Revenue and EBITDA down while Cash Flow from Operations improves
    • Revenue of $46.8 million, down $19.3 million compared to first quarter 2015
    • Adjusted EBITDA loss of $3.1 million compared to first quarter 2015 Adjusted EBITDA of $2.2 million
    • Improvement in operating cash flow of $6.6 million compared to first quarter 2015
  • Secured a credit facility amendment providing incremental liquidity and flexibility
  • Growing backlog as a result of multiple contract wins in India, Peru, Alaska and with the U.S. Navy

PORTLAND, Ore., May 05, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Erickson Incorporated (NASDAQ:EAC) (“Erickson,” the “Company,” “we,” “us” and “our”), a leading global provider of aviation services, today announced first quarter 2016 financial results.

“The first quarter was largely consistent with our expectations. Revenue for our services continues to be disappointing as we were unable to replace certain defense, and oil and gas contracts we had last year. Despite a $19 million decline in revenue, we were pleased to deliver a $7 million improvement in operating cash flow compared to the first quarter of 2015. We are also pleased that our pipeline continues to grow, and we are starting to see some improvement in our backlog. During the quarter we delivered some important contract wins including a Vertrep contract with the U.S. Navy, and a contract in India for the first time in our company’s history. While it is difficult to predict the timing of contract wins, our growing pipeline is encouraging, and we look forward to contract awards in the coming months,” said Jeff Roberts, President and CEO.

First Quarter 2016 Highlights

  • Awarded two 5-year Vertrep contracts with the U.S. Navy’s military sealift command to provide aerial re-supply for U.S. Navy detachments while at sea
  • Contract win with Sterlite Grid in India for precision lift installation of power line towers using an S-64E Aircrane
  • Two exclusive-use one-year contract wins each with four additional option years with the State of Alaska’s Department of Natural Resources for wildfire suppression. Erickson to provide two medium-lift helicopters
  • Sale of two B-212 helicopters for a total of $2.0 million in furtherance of our fleet rationalization plan

Recent Highlights

  • Heavy lift contract win in Peru to provide one S-64F Aircrane with related support for year round use with an oil and gas operator in the Amazon region
  • Contract win with Rokstad Power to provide heavy-lift precision placement services to Brucejack Mine in Stewart, British Columbia, using an S-64F Aircrane. Contract duration of 4 months with possible extensions

First Quarter Results
Erickson recorded net revenue of $46.8 million for the first quarter of 2016, compared to net revenue of $66.2 million for the first quarter of 2015. First quarter 2016 loss from operations was $13.1 million, an improvement of $52.1 million compared with $65.2 million for the same period in 2015, which included goodwill and asset impairments of $57.0 million. First quarter 2016 Adjusted EBITDA was a loss of $3.1 million compared to Adjusted EBITDA of $2.2 million for the same period in 2015.

Commercial Aviation Services revenues decreased $6.3 million, to $19.9 million in the first quarter of 2016 from $26.3 million in the first quarter of 2015 primarily due to the overall decline in global oil and gas exploration combined with lower firefighting activity in Australia, which experienced a milder fire season. We did however see improvements in timber harvesting activity in Canada, as well as higher revenues generated from a European firefighting contract that was not in place during the first quarter of 2015. Infrastructure construction revenues were relatively flat on a year-over-year basis.

Global Defense and Security revenues decreased $13.8 million to $19.1 million for the first quarter of 2016 from $32.9 million in the first quarter of 2015 due to contracts ending and, to a lesser degree, a reduction in scope of U.S. Department of Defense activity.

Manufacturing and MRO revenues increased by $0.8 million to $7.8 million compared to $7.0 million for the first quarter of 2015. This increase was primarily driven by revenue derived from the refurbishment of two MH-53E Sea Dragons for the U.S. Navy.

Closing Comments
“The transformation program we have initiated and the subsequent work to turn around our business continues. The initiatives we put in place to manage cash and liquidity have served us well. Our business development and sales efforts remain concentrated on uncovering new opportunities that will develop into revenue, and we are maintaining our focus on exceeding customer expectations and upholding stringent safety standards. We are working hard to improve efficiencies from a cost standpoint, which includes the ongoing fleet rationalization process. These efforts will help lead our transition to a growing, profitable enterprise,” concluded Jeff Roberts.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
In addition to the financial measures prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), this press release contains certain non-GAAP financial measures, including EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDAR, and free cash flows. While non-GAAP financial measures are not superior to or a substitute for the comparable GAAP measures, Erickson believes certain non-GAAP information is useful to investors for historical comparison purposes and because it provides additional information on the performance of the Company’s business. Erickson management also uses these non-GAAP financial measures to assess the Company’s financial and operating performance and to compare that performance against results from prior periods and the performance of Erickson’s competitors. Erickson management also uses this information in its financial and operating decision-making.

Conference Call
Jeff Roberts, the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer, and Eric Struik, the Company’s Chief Financial Officer, will host a conference call at 11:00 a.m. ET on Thursday, May 5, 2016 to discuss the results, followed by a question and answer session for the investment community. To access the call, dial toll-free 1-888-329-8877 or 1-719-457-2664 (international).

To listen to a telephonic replay of the conference call, dial toll-free 1-877-870-5176 or 1-858-384-5517 (international) and enter pass code 4024627. The replay will be available beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET on May 5, 2016 and will last through 11:59 p.m. ET on May 19, 2016.

About Erickson
Erickson is a leading global provider of aviation services specializing in government services, manufacturing and MRO, and commercial services such as firefighting, energy construction, timber harvesting, HVAC & specialty, and oil and gas. As of March 31, 2016, Erickson’s fleet consisted of 74 rotary-wing (light, medium, and heavy) and fixed-wing aircraft, including 20 heavy-lift S-64 Aircranes. Founded in 1971, Erickson is headquartered in Portland, Oregon, USA, and maintains operations in North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, and Australia. For more information, please visit our Web site at

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
Except for historical information, all of the statements, expectations and assumptions contained in this news release, including statements, expectations and assumptions about Company growth and prospects for its business units, are forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Although Erickson attempts to be accurate in making these forward-looking statements, it is possible that future circumstances might differ from the assumptions on which such statements are based. In addition, other important factors which could cause actual results to differ materially include the following: reliance on economic conditions and trends in the aerial services and MRO sectors; success in sales growth; loss or non-renewal of large contracts; reductions or delays in customer orders; competition; reliance on a small number of large customers; the impact of government spending, including reduced Department of Defense spending in Afghanistan; our substantial indebtedness and working capital deficit; our failure to obtain any required financing on favorable terms; compliance with debt obligations and covenants; risks associated with and dependence on collaborative relationships; weather and seasonal fluctuations that impact aerial services activities; our ability to keep pace with changes in technology; significant changes in demand for the fleet of aircraft we offer; hazards associated with our aerial operations, which may be uninsured; our safety record; risks associated with international operations, including doing business in developing countries and politically or economically volatile areas; the impact of product liability and product warranties; the impact of environmental and other regulations, including the FAA and similar international regulatory bodies; the ability to attract and retain qualified personnel; fluctuations in the price of fuel; the impact of changes in the value of foreign currencies; other risk factors set forth from time to time in the SEC filings for Erickson, copies of which are available free of charge upon request from the Erickson investor relations department. Erickson assumes no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect actual results, changes in assumptions, or changes in other factors affecting forward-looking information, except to the extent required by law.

(In thousands. except share and per share data)
  March 31,
  December 31,
Current assets:      
Cash and cash equivalents $ 3,291     $ 2,129  
Restricted cash 228     373  
Accounts receivable, net 34,983     40,520  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 3,784     5,233  
Total current assets 42,286     48,255  
Aircraft, net 185,746     186,132  
Aircraft parts, net 140,068     139,609  
Aircraft held for sale 10,465     12,348  
Property, plant and equipment, net 25,163     25,553  
Other assets 9,320     10,261  
Other intangible assets, net 15,250     15,787  
Goodwill, net 164,111     163,708  
Total assets $ 592,409     $ 601,653  
Current liabilities:      
Accounts payable $ 13,742     $ 13,660  
Current portion of long-term debt 8,294     8,205  
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 25,720     17,828  
Total current liabilities 47,756     39,693  
Credit Facility 105,064     96,165  
Long-term debt, less current portion 362,088     364,782  
Other liabilities 13,327     11,720  
Total liabilities 528,235     512,360  
Erickson Incorporated:      
Common stock; $0.0001 par value; 110,000,000 shares authorized; 13,895,421 issued and outstanding as of March 31, 2016 and December 31, 2015 1     1  
Additional paid-in capital 181,353     181,259  
Accumulated deficit (110,885 )   (84,901 )
Accumulated other comprehensive loss, net of tax (7,012 )   (7,789 )
Total Erickson Incorporated shareholders’ equity 63,457     88,570  
Noncontrolling interests’ equity 717     723  
Total equity 64,174     89,293  
Total liabilities and equity $ 592,409     $ 601,653  

(In thousands, except share and per share data)
  Three Months Ended March 31,
  2016   2015
Revenues, net:      
Commercial Aviation Services $ 19,946     $ 26,253  
Global Defense and Security 19,069     32,875  
Manufacturing and MRO 7,814     7,034  
Total revenues 46,829     66,162  
Cost of revenues:      
Commercial Aviation Services 24,304     30,940  
Global Defense and Security 20,028     28,513  
Manufacturing and MRO 6,571     5,335  
Total cost of revenues 50,903     64,788  
Gross profit (loss):      
Commercial Aviation Services (4,358 )   (4,687 )
Global Defense and Security (959 )   4,362  
Manufacturing and MRO 1,243     1,699  
Total gross profit (loss) (4,074 )   1,374  
Operating expenses:      
General and administrative 6,492     6,938  
Research and development 631     878  
Selling and marketing 1,882     1,755  
Impairment of goodwill     49,823  
Impairment of other assets     7,143  
Total operating expenses 9,005     66,537  
Operating loss (13,079 )   (65,163 )
Interest expense, net (9,247 )   (9,212 )
Other expense, net (1,011 )   (1,325 )
Net loss before income tax expense (benefit) (23,337 )   (75,700 )
Income tax expense (benefit) 2,670     (617 )
Net loss (26,007 )   (75,083 )
Less: Net loss related to noncontrolling interests 23     113  
Net loss attributable to Erickson Incorporated $ (25,984 )   $ (74,970 )
Net loss per share attributable to Erickson Incorporated shareholders—Basic and Diluted $ (1.87 )   $ (5.42 )
Weighted average shares outstanding—Basic and Diluted 13,895,421     13,823,818  

(In thousands)
  Three Months Ended March 31,
  2016   2015
Cash flows from operating activities:      
Net loss $ (26,007 )   $ (75,083 )
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:      
Depreciation and amortization 9,585     8,818  
Impairment of goodwill     49,823  
Impairment of other assets     7,143  
Deferred income taxes 2,166     (1,418 )
Amortization of debt issuance costs 602     624  
Amortization of debt discount 149     177  
Stock-based compensation 94     145  
Other non-cash (income) expense, net (10 )   6  
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:      
Accounts receivable 5,751     (8,059 )
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 1,463     39  
Aircraft parts, net (3,871 )   (1,320 )
Aircraft held for sale 2,012      
Other assets 963     2,390  
Accounts payable 41     (2,205 )
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 7,387     12,323  
Other liabilities (466 )   (144 )
Net cash used in operating activities (141 )   (6,741 )
Cash flows from investing activities:      
Purchases of aircraft and property, plant and equipment (4,774 )   (5,674 )
Restricted cash 155     (51 )
Net cash used in investing activities (4,619 )   (5,725 )
Cash flows from financing activities:      
Credit facility borrowings 31,071     48,797  
Credit facility payments (22,355 )   (34,211 )
Long-term debt payments, including capital lease payments (3,169 )   (2,140 )
Other long-term payments     (48 )
Debt issuance costs     (70 )
Net cash provided by financing activities 5,547     12,328  
Effect of foreign currency exchange rates on cash and cash equivalents 375     (2,085 )
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 1,162     (2,223 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 2,129     5,097  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 3,291     $ 2,874  

(In thousands, except share and per share data)
The following tables reconcile the non-GAAP financial measures appearing in this press release to the most directly comparable GAAP measures:
  Three Months Ended March 31,
  2016   2015
EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDAR Reconciliation:
Net loss attributable to Erickson Incorporated $ (25,984 )   $ (74,970 )
Interest expense, net 9,247     9,212  
Tax expense (benefit) 2,670     (617 )
Depreciation and amortization 9,585     8,818  
Amortization of debt issuance costs 602     624  
EBITDA (3,880 )   (56,933 )
Unrealized foreign currency exchange losses 417     436  
Insurance related to aircraft held for sale 114      
Stock-based compensation 94     145  
Restructuring costs 71     1,545  
Acquisition and integration related expenses 51      
Interest expense related to tax contingencies 35      
Impairment of goodwill     49,823  
Impairment of other assets     7,143  
Other (10 )   6  
Adjusted EBITDA (3,108 )   2,165  
Aircraft lease expenses 3,904     4,517  
Adjusted EBITDAR $ 796     $ 6,682  
Free Cash Flow:      
Net cash used in operating activities $ (141 )   $ (6,741 )
Add: Purchases of aircraft and property, plant and equipment (4,774 )   (5,674 )
Free cash flow $ (4,915 )   $ (12,415 )


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