SOURCE: Era Group Inc.

Era Group Inc.

March 17, 2014 19:22 ET

Era Group Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2013 Results

HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwired - Mar 17, 2014) - Era Group Inc. (NYSE: ERA)

  • Full year 2013 net income of $18.7 million on operating revenues of $299.0 million compared to net income of $7.8 million on operating revenues of $272.9 million in 2012
  • Fourth quarter net income of $1.8 million on operating revenues of $76.0 million compared to net income of $3.6 million on operating revenues of $70.9 million in the prior year quarter
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $95.3 million in full year 2013 compared to $78.8 million in 2012
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $20.0 million in fourth quarter 2013 compared to $21.2 million in the prior year quarter
  • In the fourth quarter, higher revenues due to the EC225 heavy helicopters resuming operations, increased utilization and rates for single engine helicopters in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico and new search and rescue customers were offset by lower dry-leasing revenues, an increase in headcount and compensation expenses and losses on equity investments
  • The increase in headcount, compensation expense and other administrative and general expenses is related to being an independent public company, which was not the case in the fourth quarter of 2012
  • As of December 31, 2013, unfunded capital commitments totaled $341.7 million of which $98.7 million is payable during 2014
  • Total long-term debt was $279.4 million as of December 31, 2013
  • As of December 31, 2013, cash balances were $31.3 million and remaining availability under our revolving credit facility was $136.1 million

Era Group Inc. today reported net income for its fourth quarter ended December 31, 2013 of $1.8 million on operating revenues of $76.0 million compared to net income of $3.6 million on operating revenues of $70.9 million in the prior year quarter. The Company also reported net income for its fiscal year ended December 31, 2013 of $18.7 million on operating revenues of $299.0 million compared to net income of $7.8 million on operating revenues of $272.9 million in the prior fiscal year.

Operating income for the current quarter was $9.6 million compared to $9.7 million in the prior year quarter. Operating income for fiscal year 2013 was $46.2 million compared to $32.1 million in the prior fiscal year. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization ("EBITDA") was $20.0 million in the current quarter compared to $20.7 million in the prior year quarter. EBITDA for fiscal year 2013 was $93.1 million compared to $67.3 million in the prior fiscal year. Fourth quarter and full year 2013 results included $0.5 million and $18.3 million in gains on asset dispositions, respectively, compared to $0.2 million and $3.6 million of gains in the fourth quarter and full year 2012.

Adjusted EBITDA for fiscal year 2013, which excludes a one-time charge of $2.0 million related to operating leases on certain helicopters configured for air medical services, was $95.3 million. Adjusted EBITDA for fiscal year 2012, which excludes an impairment charge of $5.9 million on our Brazilian joint venture, $2.9 million of expenses related to non-prosecution of our initial public offering, $2.0 million in SEACOR Management Fees, and $0.7 million in severance expense related to prior changes in executive management, was $78.8 million. The $16.4 million increase in Adjusted EBITDA in fiscal year 2013 is primarily due to the $14.7 million increase in gains on asset dispositions compared to fiscal year 2012.

"2013 was a record year for Era. Operating revenues and Adjusted EBITDA increased by 10% and 21%, respectively, over the prior fiscal year. This record financial performance was achieved despite the suspension of flight operations of the EC225 heavy helicopters for more than half the year, which represent almost 25% of our fleet value," said Sten Gustafson, Chief Executive Officer of Era Group. "The significant gains recognized from asset dispositions during the year not only represent a continuation of our returns-focused strategy to deliver value for our shareholders but also further validate our strategy of owning our equipment. We have continued to deploy capital to selectively expand and upgrade our helicopter fleet as evidenced by our orders for new S92 and AW189 heavy helicopters and AW139 medium helicopters."

"Operating revenues of $76.0 million were also a record for the fourth quarter, representing a 7% increase over the prior year quarter. Fourth quarter Adjusted EBITDA of $20.0 million represented a decrease of $1.2 million from the prior year quarter. Our policy of recognizing revenue from our Brazilian joint venture and our customer in India only when cash is remitted resulted in a $2.8 million negative impact to revenues and EBITDA in the fourth quarter of 2013 compared to the fourth quarter of 2012."

Fourth Quarter Results

Operating revenues in the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2013 increased $5.1 million over the prior year quarter primarily due to the resumption of operations of the EC225 helicopters, increased utilization and higher rates for single engine helicopters in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, and new search and rescue customers. These increases were partially offset by a decrease in dry-leasing revenues primarily due to lower cash receipts from our Brazilian joint venture and our customer in India and dry-leases that ended since the prior year quarter when the helicopters were sold or reassigned to our oil and gas operations. We collected cash receipts of $6.4 million from our Brazilian joint venture and our customer in India in the fourth quarter of 2013, which represents a $2.8 million decrease from the $9.2 million of cash collected in the prior year quarter.

Operating expenses were $2.9 million higher in the current quarter. Repairs and maintenance expenses were $1.6 million higher primarily due to the timing of repairs and an increase in power-by-hour expense as a result of an increase in flight hours and the resumption of the EC225 helicopter operations. Personnel costs increased $1.2 million primarily due to an increase in personnel to support the increased activity with oil and gas customers.

Administrative and general expenses were $3.0 million higher in the current quarter. Compensation and employee costs were $1.8 million higher primarily due to an increase in personnel, management bonus awards and share-based compensation related to incentive equity awards granted following our spin-off from SEACOR Holdings Inc. ("SEACOR"). Legal, professional and other expenses increased $0.6 million as a result of being an independent public company. Allowance for doubtful accounts increased $0.5 million due to collection issues related to a note with a customer that purchased parts in a previous year.

Depreciation expense was $11.1 million in the current quarter, a decrease of $0.3 million, primarily due to helicopters and related parts sold in 2013.

Losses from equity investments were $0.9 million in the current year quarter, which was $0.8 million lower than in the prior year quarter.

Sequential Quarter Results

Fourth quarter operating revenues decreased $5.0 million compared to the third quarter ended September 30, 2013, primarily due to the end of seasonal activities. Fourth quarter net income decreased $3.5 million. Operating income and Adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter decreased by $1.6 million and $5.4 million, respectively. In addition to the impact of seasonality factors, the decreases in net income, operating income and Adjusted EBITDA in the fourth quarter were also due to lower gains on asset dispositions and losses from equity investments.

Full Year Results

Operating revenues in 2013 increased $26.0 million compared to 2012 primarily due to higher utilization of medium helicopters related to an increase in oil and gas activities in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico and Alaska, the commencement of international oil and gas operations in 2013, and an increase in search and rescue activities. These increases were partially offset by a decrease in dry-leasing and air medical revenues.

Operating expenses were $19.4 million higher in 2013 compared to 2012. Repairs and maintenance expenses increased $12.9 million primarily due to the timing of repairs and the prior year benefit from vendor credits. Personnel costs increased $4.4 million primarily due to increased headcount to support the increase in oil and gas activities discussed above. In addition, lease expense was $1.5 million higher in the current year due to a one-time charge related to operating leases on certain air medical helicopters.

Administrative and general expenses increased $4.1 million in 2013 compared to 2012 primarily due to an increase in compensation and employee costs and expenses related to being an independent public company. Depreciation expense was $3.1 million higher in the current year primarily due to the addition of new and higher cost helicopters.

Gains on asset dispositions were $18.3 million in fiscal year 2013, a $14.7 million increase from the prior year.

Interest expense increased $7.4 million primarily due to the placement of the Company's 7.75% Senior Notes in December 2012. Income tax expense increased $4.4 million due to higher income before taxes and equity earnings in the current year.

Earnings from equity investments were $0.9 million in the current year, an increase of $6.4 million compared to the prior year loss of $5.5 million, primarily due to the recognition of a loss of $0.6 million and an impairment charge of $5.9 million, net of tax, on our investment in our Brazilian joint venture in the first quarter of 2012.

Equipment Acquisitions

During the quarter ended December 31, 2013, the Company's capital expenditures were $61.9 million, which consisted primarily of deposits on future helicopter deliveries. The Company records helicopter acquisitions in property and equipment and places helicopters in service once all completion work has been finalized and the helicopters are ready for use. The Company accepted delivery of two new AW139 helicopters in January 2014, and placed both of them into service in late February.

Capital Commitments

The Company's unfunded capital commitments as of December 31, 2013 consisted primarily of orders for helicopters and totaled $341.7 million, of which $98.7 million is payable during 2014 with the balance payable through 2017. The Company also had $2.3 million of deposits paid on options not yet exercised. The Company may terminate $164.4 million of its total commitments (inclusive of deposits paid on options not yet exercised) without further liability other than liquidated damages of $11.1 million in the aggregate. 

Included in these capital commitments are agreements to purchase ten AW189 heavy helicopters, four S92 heavy helicopters, two AW139 medium helicopters, and five AW169 light twin helicopters. The AW189 helicopters are scheduled to be delivered beginning in late 2014 through 2017. The S92 helicopters are scheduled to be delivered in 2016 and 2017. The AW139 helicopters are scheduled to be delivered in 2014. Delivery dates for the AW169 helicopters have yet to be determined. In addition, we had outstanding options to purchase up to an additional ten AW189 helicopters, five S92 helicopters and four AW139 helicopters.

Liquidity Update

As of December 31, 2013, the Company had a cash balance of $31.3 million and remaining availability under its senior secured revolving credit facility of $136.1 million.

Brazilian Joint Venture

On February 15, 2014, definitive agreements were executed with respect to the transfer to a third party of the 50% economic interest and 80% voting interest held by the Company's partner in Aeróleo Taxi Aero S/A ("Aeróleo"), its Brazilian joint venture. As consideration for the transfer of interests and the other terms and conditions of the transaction, Aeróleo will be required to make payment to affiliates of the transferring partner in the form of severance and partial repayment of shareholder loans that will likely require a capital infusion by the Company of approximately $2 million. The transaction remains subject to customary closing conditions, including receipt of required local regulatory approval, and is expected to close in the second half of 2014. On February 19, 2014, in connection with execution of the definitive agreements, the Company and its partner filed a joint motion to dismiss their ongoing arbitration.

As a result of the transaction, the Company may be required to consolidate the financial results of Aeróleo in its financial statements following the consummation of the transactions.

Conference Call

Management will conduct a conference call starting at 10:00 a.m. ET (9:00 a.m. CT) on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, to review the results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2013. The conference call can be accessed as follows:

All callers will need to reference the access code 12521582

Within the U.S.:
Operator Assisted Toll-Free Dial-In Number: (866) 607-0535

Outside the U.S.:
Operator Assisted International Dial-In Number: (832) 445-1827

Replay
A telephone replay will be available through March 31, 2014 and may be accessed by calling (855) 859-2056 for domestic callers or (404) 537-3406 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 for approximately 90 days.

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 also provides helicopters and related services to third-party helicopter operators and customers in other countries, including Brazil, Canada, India, Mexico, Norway, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom and Uruguay. Era Group's helicopters are primarily used to transport personnel to, from and between offshore installations, drilling rigs and platforms.

This release includes "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements concerning management's expectations, strategic objectives, business prospects, anticipated economic 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 effect of the Spin-off, including the ability of the Company to recognize the expected benefits from the Spin-off and the Company's dependence on SEACOR's performance under various agreements; decreased demand and loss of revenues resulting from developments that may adversely impact the offshore oil and gas industry, including the issuance of new safety and environmental guidelines or regulations that could increase the costs of exploration and production, reduce the area of operations and result in permitting delays, U.S. government implemented moratoriums directing operators to cease certain drilling activities and any extension of such moratoriums that may result in unplanned customer suspensions, cancellations, rate reductions or non-renewals of aviation equipment contracts or failures to finalize commitments to contract aviation equipment; safety issues experienced by a particular helicopter model that could result in customers refusing to use that helicopter model or a regulatory body grounding that helicopter model, which could also permanently devalue that helicopter model; the cyclical nature of the oil and gas industry; increased U.S. and foreign government legislation and regulation, including environmental and aviation laws and regulations, and the Company's compliance therewith and the costs thereof; dependence on the activity in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico and Alaska and the Company's ability to expand into other markets; liability, legal fees and costs in connection with providing emergency response services; decreased demand for the Company's services as a result of declines in the global economy; declines in valuations in the global financial markets and a lack of liquidity in the credit sectors, including, interest rate fluctuations, availability of credit, inflation rates, change in laws, trade barriers, commodity prices and currency exchange fluctuations; activity in foreign countries and changes in foreign political, military and economic conditions; the failure to maintain an acceptable safety record; the dependence on small number of customers; consolidation of the Company's customer base; the ongoing need to replace aging aircraft; the Company's dependence on the used aircraft market; industry fleet capacity; restrictions imposed by the U.S. federal aviation laws and regulations on the amount of foreign ownership of the Company's common stock; operational risks; risks associated with our debt structure; operational and financial difficulties of our joint ventures, partners and customers; effects of adverse weather conditions and seasonality; adequacy of insurance coverage; the attraction and retention of qualified personnel; 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 that affect Era Group's businesses, particularly those mentioned under "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012, in our subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and in our periodic reporting on From 8-K (if any), which are incorporated by reference.

For additional information concerning Era Group, contact Christopher Bradshaw at (281) 606-4871 or visit Era Group's website at www.eragroupinc.com.

   
ERA GROUP INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(in thousands, except per share amounts, unaudited)
 
   
    Three Months Ended December 31,     Year Ended
December 31,
 
    2013     2012     2013     2012  
Operating Revenues   $ 75,998     $ 70,895     $ 298,959     $ 272,921  
Costs and Expenses:                                
  Operating     45,213       42,282       186,612       167,195  
  Administrative and general     10,562       7,575       38,924       34,785  
  Depreciation     11,129       11,471       45,561       42,502  
      66,904       61,328       271,097       244,482  
Gains on Asset Dispositions, Net     464       157       18,301       3,612  
Operating Income     9,558       9,724       46,163       32,051  
Other Income (Expense):                                
  Interest income     139       145       591       910  
  Interest expense     (4,311 )     (3,757 )     (18,050 )     (10,648 )
  SEACOR management fees     --       (500 )     (168 )     (2,000 )
  Derivative (losses) gains, net     (26 )     2       (104 )     (490 )
  Foreign currency gains, net     233       87       698       720  
  Other, net     --       --       19       30  
      (3,965 )     (4,023 )     (17,014 )     (11,478 )
Income Before Income Tax Expense and Equity In Earnings (Losses) of 50% or Less Owned Companies     5,593       5,701       29,149       20,573  
Income Tax Expense     3,036       2,086       11,727       7,298  
Income Before Equity in Earnings (Losses) of 50% or Less Owned Companies     2,557       3,615       17,422       13,275  
Equity in Earnings (Losses) of 50% or Less Owned Companies, Net of Tax     (880 )     (84 )     882       (5,528 )
Net Income     1,677       3,531       18,304       7,747  
Net Loss Attributable to Noncontrolling Interest in Subsidiary     75       40       401       40  
Net Income Attributable to Era Group Inc.     1,752       3,571       18,705       7,787  
Accretion of Redemption Value on Series A Preferred Stock     --       2,135       721       8,469  
Net Income (Loss) Attributable to Common Shares   $ 1,752     $ 1,436     $ 17,984     $ (682 )
                                 
Basic Earnings (Loss) Per Common Share   $ 0.09     $ 0.06     $ 0.88     $ (0.03 )
Diluted Earnings (Loss) Per Common Share   $ 0.09     $ 0.06     $ 0.88     $ (0.03 )
                                 
EBITDA   $ 20,014     $ 20,700     $ 93,051     $ 67,285  
Adjusted EBITDA   $ 20,014     $ 21,200     $ 95,264     $ 78,837  
                                 
                                 
ERA GROUP INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(in thousands, except per share amounts, unaudited)
 
   
    Three Months Ended  
    Dec. 31,     Sep. 30,     Jun. 30,     Mar. 31,     Dec. 31,  
    2013     2013     2013     2013     2012  
Operating Revenues   $ 75,998     $ 80,997     $ 74,237     $ 67,727     $ 70,895  
Costs and Expenses:                                        
  Operating     45,213       51,338       46,945       43,116       42,282  
  Administrative and general     10,562       9,683       9,545       9,134       7,575  
  Depreciation     11,129       11,340       11,431       11,661       11,471  
      66,904       72,361       67,921       63,911       61,328  
Gains on Asset Dispositions, Net     464       2,560       4,476       10,801       157  
Operating Income     9,558       11,196       10,792       14,617       9,724  
Other Income (Expense):                                        
  Interest income     139       155       150       147       145  
  Interest expense     (4,311 )     (4,394 )     (4,613 )     (4,732 )     (3,757 )
  SEACOR management fees     --       --       --       (168 )     (500 )
  Derivative (losses) gains, net     (26 )     (96 )     21       (3 )     2  
  Foreign currency gains (losses), net     233       409       315       (259 )     87  
  Other, net     --       7       9       3       --  
      (3,965 )     (3,919 )     (4,118 )     (5,012 )     (4,023 )
Income Before Income Tax Expense and Equity In Earnings (Losses) of 50% or Less Owned Companies     5,593       7,277       6,674       9,605       5,701  
Income Tax Expense     3,036       2,715       2,398       3,578       2,086  
Income Before Equity in Earnings (Losses) of 50% or Less Owned Companies     2,557       4,562       4,276       6,027       3,615  
Equity in Earnings (Losses) of 50% or Less Owned Companies, Net of Tax     (880 )     526       674       562       (84 )
Net Income     1,677       5,088       4,950       6,589       3,531  
Net Loss Attributable to Noncontrolling Interest in Subsidiary     75       116       105       105       40  
Net Income Attributable to Era Group Inc.     1,752       5,204       5,055       6,694       3,571  
Accretion of Redemption Value on Series A Preferred Stock     --       --       --       721       2,135  
Net Income Attributable to Common Shares   $ 1,752     $ 5,204     $ 5,055     $ 5,973     $ 1,436  
                                         
Basic Earnings Per Common Share   $ 0.09     $ 0.26     $ 0.25     $ 0.28     $ 0.06  
Diluted Earnings Per Common Share   $ 0.09     $ 0.25     $ 0.25     $ 0.28     $ 0.06  
                                         
EBITDA   $ 20,014     $ 23,382     $ 23,242     $ 26,413     $ 20,700  
Adjusted EBITDA   $ 20,014     $ 25,427     $ 23,242     $ 26,581     $ 21,200  
                                         
                                         
ERA GROUP INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in thousands, unaudited)
 
   
    Dec. 31,     Sep. 30,     Jun. 30,     Mar. 31,     Dec. 31,  
    2013     2013     2013     2013     2012  
ASSETS                              
Current Assets:                                        
  Cash and cash equivalents   $ 31,335     $ 22,517     $ 27,345     $ 25,032     $ 11,505  
  Receivables:                                        
    Trade, net of allowance for doubtful accounts     38,137       48,435       40,645       41,044       48,810  
    Other     4,374       2,961       14,607       16,133       4,430  
  Inventories, net     26,853       26,692       26,223       26,696       26,650  
  Prepaid expenses and other     2,167       1,278       2,854       2,715       1,803  
  Deferred income taxes     2,347       3,642       3,642       3,642       3,642  
  Escrow deposits     --       9,900       16,010       --       --  
    Total current assets     105,213       115,425       131,326       115,262       96,840  
Property and Equipment     1,066,958       1,014,907       1,012,661       1,021,453       1,030,276  
    Accumulated depreciation     (263,306 )     (255,299 )     (251,613 )     (246,498 )     (242,471 )
    Net property and equipment     803,652       759,608       761,048       774,955       787,805  
Investments, at Equity, and Advances to 50% or Less Owned Companies     34,986       36,113       35,529       34,705       34,696  
Goodwill     352       352       352       352       352  
Other Assets     14,380       16,071       17,300       17,830       17,871  
Total Assets   $ 958,583     $ 927,569     $ 945,555     $ 943,104     $ 937,564  
                                         
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY                                        
Current Liabilities:                                        
  Accounts payable and accrued expenses   $ 12,946     $ 16,606     $ 15,585     $ 13,126     $ 15,703  
  Accrued wages and benefits     8,792       8,937       6,976       7,662       4,576  
  Accrued interest     772       4,625       770       5,213       1,401  
  Accrued income taxes     613       --       --       --       --  
  Derivatives     621       --       --       --       --  
  Due to SEACOR     347       190       211       270       --  
  Current portion of long-term debt     2,787       2,787       2,787       2,787       2,787  
  Other current liabilities     3,267       6,894       5,253       4,309       5,232  
    Total current liabilities     30,145       40,039       31,582       33,367       29,699  
Deferred Income Taxes     209,574       208,483       204,487       203,343       203,536  
Long-Term Debt     279,391       240,029       275,667       276,307       276,948  
Deferred Gains and Other Liabilities     3,412       5,343       5,947       8,164       7,864  
    Total liabilities     522,522       493,894       517,683       521,181       518,047  
Preferred Stock:                                        
  Series A Preferred Stock     --       --       --       --       144,232  
  Series B Preferred Stock     --       --       --       --       --  
    Total preferred stock     --       --       --       --       144,232  
Equity:                                        
  Era Group Inc. Stockholders' Equity:                                        
    Common stock     202       202       202       201       --  
    Class B common stock     --       --       --       --       245  
    Additional paid-in capital     421,310       420,650       420,056       419,036       278,838  
    Retained earnings (accumulated deficit)     14,680       12,928       7,724       2,669       (4,025 )
    Treasury shares, at cost     (113 )     (94 )     (63 )     --       --  
    Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax     176       108       (44 )     (85 )     20  
      436,255       433,794       427,875       421,821       275,078  
  Noncontrolling interest in subsidiary     (194 )     (119 )     (3 )     102       207  
    Total equity     436,061       433,675       427,872       421,923       275,285  
Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity   $ 958,583     $ 927,569     $ 945,555     $ 943,104     $ 937,564  
                                         

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, interest expense and interest expense on advances from SEACOR), Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as EBITDA further adjusted for SEACOR Management Fees and certain other items 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.

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

             
    Three Months Ended     Year Ended
December 31,
 
    Dec. 31,     Sep. 30,     Jun. 30,     Mar. 31,     Dec. 31,              
    2013     2013     2013     2013     2012     2013     2012  
    (in thousands)  
Net Income   $ 1,677     $ 5,088     $ 4,950     $ 6,589     $ 3,531     $ 18,304     $ 7,747  
  Depreciation     11,129       11,340       11,431       11,661       11,471       45,561       42,502  
  Interest Income     (139 )     (155 )     (150 )     (147 )     (145 )     (591 )     (910 )
  Interest Expense     4,311       4,394       4,613       4,732       3,757       18,050       10,648  
  Income Tax Expense     3,036       2,715       2,398       3,578       2,086       11,727       7,298  
EBITDA   $ 20,014     $ 23,382     $ 23,242     $ 26,413     $ 20,700     $ 93,051     $ 67,285  
  SEACOR Management Fees     --       --       --       168       500       168       2,000  
  Special Items (1)     --       2,045       --       --       --       2,045       9,552  
Adjusted EBITDA   $ 20,014     $ 25,427     $ 23,242     $ 26,581     $ 21,200     $ 95,264     $ 78,837  
  Gains on Asset Dispositions, Net ("Gains")     (464 )     (2,560 )     (4,476 )     (10,801 )     (157 )     (18,301 )     (3,612 )
Adjusted EBITDA Excluding Gains   $ 19,550     $ 22,867     $ 18,766     $ 15,780     $ 21,043     $ 76,963     $ 75,225  
                                                         
                                                         

(1) Special items include the following:

  • Severance expense of $0.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2012, due to prior changes in executive management;
  • Expenses incurred in connection with our abandoned initial public offering of $2.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2012;
  • An impairment charge of $5.9 million, net of tax, for the year ended December 31, 2012, on our investment in Aeróleo Taxi Aéreo S/A; and
  • A one-time charge of $2.0 million related to operating leases on certain air medical helicopters for the three months ended September 30, 2013 and the year ended December 31, 2013.
 
ERA GROUP INC.
FLEET COUNTS
(1)
(unaudited)
 
    Dec. 31,   Sep. 30,   Jun. 30,   Mar. 31,   Dec. 31,
    2013 (2)   2013   2013   2013   2012
Heavy:                    
  EC225   9   9   9   9   10
                     
Medium:                    
  AW139   35   36   35   35   33
  B212   11   11   11   11   13
  B412   6   6   6   6   6
  S76 A/A++   3   3   6   6   7
  S76 C+/C++   6   6   7   9   10
    61   62   65   67   69
                     
Light--twin engine:                    
  A109   9   9   9   9   9
  BK-117   3   6   6   6   6
  EC135   20   20   20   20   19
  EC145   4   4   3   3   3
    36   39   38   38   37
                     
Light--single engine:                    
  A119   24   24   24   24   24
  AS350   35   35   35   35   35
    59   59   59   59   59
Total Helicopters   165   169   171   173   175
                     

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(1) Includes all owned, joint ventured, leased-in and managed helicopters.
(2) The Company accepted delivery of two new AW139 helicopters in January 2014, and placed both of them into service in late February.

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