CHC Helicopter Corporation
NYSE : FLI
TSX : FLY.SV.A
TSX : FLY.MV.B

CHC Helicopter Corporation

March 13, 2006 21:02 ET

CHC Announces Third Quarter Results

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - March 13, 2006) - CHC Helicopter Corporation (the "Company") (TSX:FLY.SV.A)(TSX:FLY.MV.B)(NYSE:FLI) today announced unaudited financial results for the three and nine months ended January 31, 2006.



Financial Highlights(3)
(in millions of Canadian dollars, except per share amounts)

Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
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January 31, January 31, January 31, January 31,
2006 2005 2006 2005
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Revenue(1) $ 257.5 $ 242.2 $ 760.9 $ 724.9

Operating income 27.7 31.3 92.3 82.3
Net earnings from
continuing operations 24.0 15.2 83.8 36.6
Net earnings from
discontinued operations - 7.6 - 7.2
Net earnings 24.0 22.8 83.8 43.8

Per share information(2)
Diluted
Weighted average number
of shares 46.2 46.0 46.1 46.0
Net earnings from
continuing operations $ 0.52 $ 0.33 $ 1.82 $ 0.80
Net earnings from
discontinued operations - 0.17 - 0.16
Net earnings 0.52 0.50 1.82 0.96
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(1) Comparative figures have been restated to conform to the current
period's classification of certain fuel, landing fees and other costs
recovered from customers as revenue rather than as cost reductions.
(2) Comparative share information has been adjusted to reflect the
April 2005 2-for-1 stock split.
(3) CHC Composites Inc. has been reclassified from discontinued
operations to continuing operations.


Highlights

Performance was strong in the third quarter, with increased flight hours and revenue in all operating segments excluding the negative impact of foreign exchange ("FX"). Segment EBITDAR also increased in all segments (excluding FX), despite increased expenditures related to future business activity, growth and restructuring costs and savings. Activities in the third quarter included recruitment, hiring and training of new employees; financing and deployment of new aircraft; advancement of additional deposits for new aircraft; investment in inventory and other activities related to future growth.

- Revenue increased $34.5 million or 14% compared to the third quarter of last year, excluding the impact of FX.

- Revenue, excluding FX, in all operating segments increased from the third quarter of last year.

- Segment EBITDAR increased in Global Operations by 20% from the third quarter of last year, excluding FX.

- Operating income for the third quarter was $27.7 million, an increase of $2.1 million (excluding FX) from the same period last year.

- Net earnings from continuing operations for the third quarter were $24.0 million ($0.52 per share, diluted), an increase of $8.8 million from the third quarter of last year. Major items impacting current year third quarter earnings from continuing operations are (all amounts are pre tax in millions, except per share amounts, which are after-tax):



a) Operating costs and gains on sale of investments

- Customer contract settlement payment and related costs of $1.6
million or $0.03 per share, diluted, for the failure to deliver
a specified aircraft type due to the late delivery of the aircraft
to the Company by the manufacturer.
- Costs incurred of $3.2 million or $0.05 per share, diluted, in
support of future growth including recruiting, relocation,
training, marketing and aircraft deployment costs.
- Segment support and general and administration cost savings of $2.6
million or $0.04 per share, diluted, due to current restructuring
initiatives.
- Excess and duplicate expenses including support, general and
administrative and direct costs of $1.1 million or $0.02 per share,
diluted, incurred during the restructuring process. It is expected
that these costs will be reduced or eliminated throughout fiscal 2007
as the Company's restructuring is completed.
- Restructuring expenses of $3.7 million or $0.06 per share, diluted.
- A gain of $15.7 million or $0.34 per share, diluted, from the sale of
the Company's interest in Inversiones Aereas S.L.

b) Financing costs

- Interest expense increases of $2.9 million or $0.05 per share,
diluted, primarily as a result of higher debt levels related to
investments in fleet and working capital, net of the benefit of
FX.
- The realization of $2.6 million or $0.04 per share, diluted, of
foreign exchange losses previously deferred in the Company's
currency translation adjustment account recognized as a result
of foreign currency denominated inter-company debt settled as
part of the current restructuring initiatives.
- Foreign exchange losses of $4.2 million or $0.07 per share,
diluted on foreign currency denominated monetary items.

c) FX impact
- A negative FX impact on operating income of $5.6 million or
$0.09 per share, diluted, due to the strengthening of the
Canadian dollar in relation to the functional currencies of the
Company's subsidiaries.

- Subsequent to the quarter end:
- The Company announced that its European Operations segment has
been named, by the Irish Department of Transport, the 'preferred
bidder' to continue to provide commercial search and rescue
helicopter services from four bases in Ireland commencing
July 1, 2007.
- The Company has been awarded a contract renewal from Tullow Oil
for the provision of one dedicated AgustaWestland AW139
helicopter from its base in North Denes, England, commencing in
July 2006 for a minimum of three years.
- The Company has agreed to terms for an operating lease facility
with a major European bank to finance U.S. $150.0 million of
helicopters over the next 12 months. This is in addition to the
U.S. $90.0 million facility with another major European bank
announced earlier this year. In addition to new aircraft
deliveries, the Company has identified aircraft that it
currently owns that will be leased under these facilities, which
will result in significant net cash inflows for the Company in
the fourth quarter of fiscal 2006 and in fiscal 2007.


For a complete overview of results, including Management's Discussion and Analysis, and Unaudited Consolidated Interim Financial Statements and Notes thereto, please visit the CHC website at http://www.chc.ca/investor_financialreports.php

Investor Conference Call

The Company's third quarter conference call and webcast will take place Tuesday, March 14, 2006 at 10:30 a.m. EST. To listen to the conference call, dial 416-644-3432 for local and overseas calls, or toll free 1-866-250-4665 for calls from within North America. To hear a replay of the conference call, dial 416-640-1917, or 877-289-8525 and enter passcode "21177849 followed by the number sign".

The financial results and a live webcast of the conference call will be available at www.chc.ca. The webcast is also available through Canada Newswire at www.cnxmarketlink.com.

CHC Helicopter Corporation is the world's largest provider of helicopter services to the global offshore oil and gas industry with aircraft operating in more than 30 countries.

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This document may contain projections and other forward looking statements within the meaning of the "safe harbour" provision of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. While these projections and other statements represent our best current judgment, they are subject to risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to, factors detailed in the Annual Report on Form 20-F and in other filings of the Company with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and in the Company's Annual Information Form filed with Canadian security regulatory authorities. Certain material factors or assumptions were applied in drawing the conclusions or making the forecasts or projections in the forward looking information herein, namely should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying factors assumptions prove incorrect, actual outcomes may vary materially from those indicated. The Company disclaims any intentions or obligations to update or revise any forward looking information, whether as a result of new information or otherwise, except in accordance with applicable security laws.

Contact Information

  • CHC Helicopter Corporation
    Jo Mark Zurel
    Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
    (604) 279-2494
    or
    CHC Helicopter Corporation
    Rick Davis
    Vice President, Financial Reporting
    (604) 279-2471
    or
    CHC Helicopter Corporation
    Chris Flanagan
    Director of Communications
    (604) 279-2493