IRVING, TX--(Marketwired - March 24, 2017) - CHC Group (the "Company" or "CHC") today announced that it has successfully concluded its financial restructuring and emerged from Chapter 11 as its court-confirmed Plan of Reorganization (the "Plan") went into effect on March 24, 2017.
With the support of its creditors and stakeholders, CHC completed its court-supervised financial restructuring process and emerged as a significantly stronger, better-capitalized company. CHC's competitive financial and operating structure will allow the Company to capitalize on its legacy of innovation and invest in and grow the business.
In conjunction with CHC's emergence from its court-supervised financial restructuring process and pursuant to the Plan, the Company received $300 million in new capital from its existing creditors. The Plan also provides the Company terms for restructured aircraft leases and the option for additional asset based financing commitments of $150 million from The Milestone Aviation Group Limited and its affiliates.
Karl Fessenden, President and Chief Executive Officer:
"This is a pivotal moment in CHC's history. Today marks a new beginning for CHC as we re-emerge as an economically robust and agile competitor in the global helicopter services market. Although proceeding with a restructuring is not a decision any company would take lightly, we recognized that, if we approached this process in the right way, we could transform CHC as well as change the shape of the industry moving forward. This process has allowed us to help secure CHC's long-term health, and create a streamlined, highly competitive cost structure while establishing a fleet of aircraft better aligned with our customers' businesses. All of this constructed on the bedrock of CHC -- our commitment to maintaining the highest global standards in the industry for safety."
Mr. Fessenden continued, "We would like to again thank all of our dedicated employees as well as our customers, suppliers and other business partners for their support throughout this process. We look forward to entering a new chapter for our company and being an even better partner as we continue these relationships for many years to come."
CHC's Plan and Disclosure Statement as well as other information related to the restructuring proceedings are available at www.kccllc.net/chc.
Customers, suppliers and other stakeholders can find additional information about CHC's reorganization at www.chcheli.com/restructuring.
For 70 years, CHC Helicopter has provided safe, reliable, cost-effective helicopter service in some of the most remote and challenging environments around the world. With extensive experience transporting customers in the oil and gas industry, supporting search-and-rescue and EMS contracts, and providing maintenance, repair and overhaul services, our dedication to safety and reputation for quality and innovation help our customers reach beyond what they thought possible. Visit www.chcheli.com for information.
Cautionary Note on Forward-Looking Statements
This press release and other statements that we may make contain forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical facts and include statements about our future financial condition and future business plans and expectations, the effect of, and our expectations with respect to, the operation of our business, adequacy of financial resources and commitments and operating expectations following our emergence from Chapter 11. Such forward-looking statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of our management, but are subject to risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results and/or the timing of events to differ materially from those set forth in the forward-looking statements, including, among others: our ability to operate profitably after emerging from Chapter 11 will depend on increasing our revenue, lowering our costs, and obtaining sufficient financing or other capital to operate successfully; we have substantial liquidity needs and may not be able to obtain any equity or debt financings in the capital markets on terms that are attractive or at all in the event that the cash proceeds from the issuance and sale of second-lien convertible notes pursuant to the rights offering under the Plan, together with the additional asset based financing commitments from The Milestone Aviation Group Limited and its affiliates, are insufficient to meet our liquidity needs ; we may be subject to claims that remain disputed even after emergence from Chapter 11; we have rejected and abandoned a significant portion of our helicopter fleet through our Chapter 11 proceedings, which may result in an inability to quickly respond to new opportunities and a significant loss of market share and profit margins; our consolidated financial statements going forward will be prepared on the basis of "fresh-start" accounting and thus may not be comparable with our historical consolidated financial statements; we have a history of net losses; our substantial level of indebtedness, operating lease commitments, purchase and other commitments could materially adversely affect our ability to fulfill our obligations under our debt agreements, our ability to react to changes in our business and our ability to incur additional debt to fund future needs; operating helicopters involves a degree of inherent risk and we are exposed to the risk of losses from safety incidents (with a crash most recently in Ireland in March 2017 that resulted in loss of life); if we are unable to mitigate potential losses through a robust safety management and insurance coverage program, our financial condition would be jeopardized in the event of a safety or other hazardous incident; failure to maintain standards of acceptable safety performance could have an adverse impact on our ability to attract and retain customers and could adversely impact our reputation, operations and financial performance; our operations are largely dependent upon the level of activity in the offshore oil and gas industry; the oil and gas industries on which we are largely dependent are suffering through a severe downturn, resulting in significant negative impact on demand for our services, and no assurance can be given that the downturn will not continue to be prolonged; many of the markets in which we operate are highly competitive, and if we are unable to effectively compete, it may result in a loss of market share or a decrease in revenue or profit margins; we rely on a limited number of large offshore helicopter support contracts with a limited number of customers, and if any of these are terminated early or not renewed, our revenues could decline; negative publicity may adversely impact us; our fixed operating expenses and long-term contracts with customers could adversely affect our business under certain circumstances; we depend on a small number of helicopter manufacturers and any safety issues can severely limit our ability to continue operating helicopters already in our fleet; we depend on a limited number of third-party suppliers for helicopter parts and subcontract services; restructuring of our operations and organizational structure may lead to significant costs; our business requires substantial capital expenditures, lease and working capital financing, and any further deterioration of current industry or business conditions or the capital and banking markets generally could adversely impact our business, financial condition and results of operations; we rely on the secondary used helicopter market to dispose of our older helicopters and parts due to our ongoing fleet modernization efforts; our operations are subject to extensive regulations which could increase our costs and adversely affect us; our maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) business, Heli-One, could suffer if licenses issued by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and/or governmental authorities are not renewed or we cannot obtain additional licenses; we derive significant revenue from non-wholly owned variable interest entities; and if we are unable to maintain good relations with the other owners of such non-wholly owned entities, our business, financial condition or results of operations could be adversely affected; our operations may suffer due to political, regulatory, commercial and economic uncertainty; our business in countries with a history of corruption and transactions with foreign governments increases the compliance risks associated with our international activities; we are subject to extensive federal, state, local and foreign environmental, health and safety laws, rules, regulations and ordinances that could have an adverse impact on our business; we are subject to many different forms of taxation in various jurisdictions throughout the world, which could lead to disagreements with tax authorities regarding the application of tax laws; the offshore helicopter services industry is cyclical; we are exposed to foreign currency risks; our failure to hedge exposure to fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates effectively could unfavorably affect our financial performance; we are exposed to credit risks; our customers may seek to shift risk to us; if oil and gas companies undertake cost reduction methods, there may be an adverse effect on our business; reductions in spending on helicopter services by government agencies could lead to modifications of search and rescue (SAR) and emergency medical services (EMS) contract terms or delays in receiving payments, which could adversely impact our business, financial condition and results of operations; failure to develop or implement new technologies and disruption to our systems could affect our results of operations; we rely on information technology, and if we are unable to protect against service interruptions, data corruption, cyber-based attacks or network security breaches, our operations could be disrupted and our business could be negatively affected; the loss of key personnel could affect our growth and future success; labor problems could adversely affect us; if the assets in our defined benefit pension plans are not sufficient to meet the plans' obligations, we could be required to make substantial cash contributions and our liquidity could be adversely affected; adverse results of legal proceedings could materially and adversely affect our business, financial condition or results of operations; we have not paid dividends on our ordinary shares historically and may not pay any cash distributions on our common units in the future; and other risks and uncertainties. The Company's past filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission are available at www.sec.gov. You are urged to consider these factors carefully in evaluating the forward-looking statements herein and are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. The forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made and the Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update such forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances. No assurances can be given that we will succeed in strengthening our balance sheet or increase our financial flexibility. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual outcomes may vary materially from those indicated.