Air Methods Reports 3Q2014 Results and 4Q2014 Update

DENVER, Nov. 6, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Air Methods Corporation (Nasdaq:AIRM) reported results for the quarter ended September 30, 2014. Revenue increased 10% to $277.8 million from $252.4 million in the year-ago quarter. For the nine-month period, revenue increased 15% to $759.4 million, up from $657.8 million in the prior-year nine-month period. For the quarter, net income decreased 5% to $33.7 million, or $0.90 per diluted share, as compared with 2013 third quarter net income of $35.6 million, or $0.91 per diluted share. Net income for the nine-month period increased 50% to $73.4 million, or $1.91 per diluted share, compared to $49.1 million, or $1.25 per diluted share, for the prior-year period. Financial results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2014 include operations associated with the Company's acquisition of Helicopter Consultants of Maui, LLC (doing business as Blue Hawaiian Helicopters) and certain of its affiliates (collectively, Blue Hawaiian), on December 13, 2013. Revenue generated from Blue Hawaiian during the quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2014 was $15.0 million and $42.5 million, respectively.

Basic and diluted earnings per share for the quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2014 were increased by $0.05 for an adjustment to the value of an equity put option related to one of our redeemable non-controlling interests in one of our consolidated subsidiaries. While net income on the consolidated statement of comprehensive income was not increased for the valuation adjustment, earnings per share are required to be calculated after increasing net income for the change in valuation.

Third Quarter Highlights

Community-based patient transports were 15,796 during the current-year quarter, compared with 14,777 in the prior-year quarter, a 7% increase. Patients transported for community bases in operation greater than one year (Same-Base Transports) decreased by 3%, or 370 transports, while weather cancellations for these same bases increased by 60 transports compared with the prior-year quarter. Community-based service requests increased by 1% for bases open greater than one year. Net revenue per patient transport remained relatively unchanged at $11,972, compared with $11,988 in the prior-year quarter. Days' sales outstanding for community-based patient transports (DSOs) increased from 100 days as of September 30, 2013 to 116 days as of September 30, 2014, based on 180-day annualized net revenue. DSOs decreased seven days compared with the end of the second quarter 2014.

Maintenance expense, excluding tourism operations, increased $0.4 million, or 2%, compared with the prior-year quarter, while flight volume for both community-based and hospital-based operations decreased by 3%. Excluding tourism operations, fuel expense increased by $0.4 million, or 6%, as compared with the prior-year quarter. Fuel expense per community-based and non-revenue flight hour decreased 2% over the prior-year quarter.

For the third quarter, Air Medical Services revenue increased by 3% to $237.6 million compared with $230.8 million in the prior-year quarter, while its segment net income remained relatively unchanged at $63.5 million compared to $63.6 million for the third quarter of 2013. Tourism revenues increased 112% to $33.9 million, compared to $16.0 million in the prior-year quarter, reflecting benefit of the Blue Hawaiian acquisition. Tourism segment net income decreased 13% to $3.3 million, compared with $3.8 million in the prior-year quarter. This decrease was primarily attributed to higher maintenance expense of $1.8 million over the prior-year third quarter associated with the Sundance Helicopters fleet. United Rotorcraft Division's external revenue increased 10% to $6.2 million compared with $5.6 million in the prior-year quarter, while its external segment net income remained relatively unchanged at breakeven.

The Company also provided an update on preliminary October 2014 flight volume. Total community-based transports increased 9% to 5,201 during October 2014, compared with 4,787 in October 2013. October 2014 Same-Base Transports decreased by 34 transports and weather cancellations decreased by 108 transports compared with October 2013.

Aaron Todd, CEO, stated, "While overall flight volume growth is reflecting benefit from base expansions and hospital conversion activity, weakness in net reimbursement per patient transport was more severe than anticipated. Reduction of privately insured patients as a percentage of total transports compared with the prior-year quarter, combined with shifts from higher-paying insurers to lower-paying insurers, resulted in lower than anticipated earnings results for the quarter. An October 1st price increase, combined with strong flight volumes in October, should help offset these factors should they continue into the fourth quarter of 2014."

The Company will discuss these results in a conference call scheduled today at 4:30 p.m. Eastern. Interested parties can access the call by dialing (855) 601-0049 (domestic) or (720) 398-0100 (international) or by accessing the web cast at A replay of the call will be available at (855) 859-2056 (domestic) or (404) 537-3406 (international), access number 24332617, for 3 days following the call and the web cast can be accessed at for 30 days. Concurrently, a financial supplement that contains operating statistics normally provided during previous earnings calls has been posted on its website,

Air Methods Corporation ( is the global leader in air medical transportation. The Air Medical Services Division is the largest provider of air medical transport services in the United States. The United Rotorcraft Division specializes in the design and manufacture of aeromedical and aerospace technology. The Tourism Division is comprised of Sundance Helicopters, Inc. and Blue Hawaiian Helicopters, which provide helicopter tours and charter flights in the Las Vegas/Grand Canyon region and Hawaii, respectively. Air Methods' fleet of owned, leased or maintained aircraft features over 400 helicopters and fixed wing aircraft.

Forward Looking Statements: Forward-looking statements in this news release are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements in this press release that are "forward-looking statements", including statements made with regard to the anticipated impact on the Company's earnings results of (i) the October 1st price increase, (ii) a reduction of privately-insured patients as a percentage of total transports, and (iii) shifts from higher-paying insurers to lower-paying insurers, and the Company's preliminary October 2014 operational results, including those related to (i) total community-based patient transports, (ii) same base transports, and (iii) weather cancellations, are based on current expectations and assumptions that are subject to risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially from those currently anticipated due to a number of factors, including but not limited to, the size, structure and growth of the Company's air medical services; the collection rates for patient transports; changes in payer mix; the final results of October 2014 flight volume and weather cancellations; weather conditions across the U.S.; development and changes in laws and regulations, including, without limitation, the impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; increased regulation of the health care and aviation industry through legislative action and revised rules and standards; and other matters set forth in the Company's filings with the SEC. The Company is under no obligation (and expressly disclaims any obligation) to update or alter its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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(Amounts in thousands)
September 30, 2014 December 31, 2013
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 16,832 9,862
Trade receivables, net 296,301 237,856
Other current assets 81,702 92,832
Total current assets 394,835 340,550
Net property and equipment 696,291 664,842
Other assets, net 244,519 247,149
Total assets $ 1,335,645 1,252,541
Current liabilities:
Notes payable related to aircraft pending long-term financing $ 2,729 2,616
Current portion of indebtedness 70,357 68,531
Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other 101,472 91,171
Total current liabilities 174,558 162,318
Long-term indebtedness 590,926 608,287
Other non-current liabilities 114,538 105,864
Total liabilities 880,022 876,469
Redeemable non-controlling interests 6,747 8,113
Total stockholders' equity 448,876 367,959
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 1,335,645 1,252,541
(Amounts in thousands, except share and per share amounts)
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
September 30, September 30,
2014 2013 2014 2013
Patient transport revenue, net $ 190,370 177,793 505,672 434,568
Air medical services contract revenue 44,278 49,750 134,829 158,743
Tourism revenue 33,941 16,002 89,709 42,385
Product operations 6,237 5,616 21,461 15,026
Other 2,992 3,224 7,754 7,097
Total revenue 277,818 252,385 759,425 657,819
Operating expenses 161,373 141,801 457,713 421,362
General and administrative 35,913 28,292 103,702 82,582
Depreciation and amortization 20,121 19,781 60,910 59,790
217,407 189,874 622,325 563,734
Operating income 60,411 62,511 137,100 94,085
Interest expense (5,341) (5,190) (16,439) (15,169)
Other, net 322 349 588 964
Income before income taxes 55,392 57,670 121,249 79,880
Income tax expense (21,552) (22,065) (47,433) (30,815)
Net income 33,840 35,605 73,816 49,065
Income attributable to redeemable non-controlling interests 123 -- 420 --
Net income attributable to Air Methods Corporation and subsidiaries $ 33,717 35,605 73,396 49,065
Income per common share:
Basic $ 0.91 0.91 1.92 1.26
Diluted $ 0.90 0.91 1.91 1.25
Weighted average common shares outstanding - basic 39,168,873 38,933,915 39,146,609 38,882,943
Weighted average common shares outstanding - diluted 39,343,405 39,194,532 39,329,121 39,228,113
(Amounts in thousands)
Nine Months Ended
September 30,
2014 2013
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net income $ 73,816 49,065
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization 60,910 59,790
Deferred income tax expense 17,926 13,780
Stock-based compensation 2,866 2,789
Tax benefit from exercise of stock options (1,779) (2,173)
Loss on disposition of assets 1,290 326
Unrealized loss on derivative instrument 70 143
Loss from equity method investee 738 --
Changes in assets and liabilities, net of effects of acquisitions (39,304) (9,905)
Net cash provided by operating activities 116,533 113,815
Cash flows from investing activities:
Acquisition of subsidiaries (3,182) (1,435)
Acquisition of property and equipment (87,965) (41,279)
Buy-out of previously leased aircraft (17,296) (51,403)
Proceeds from disposition of equipment 12,637 17,266
Increase in other assets (660) (5,206)
Net cash used in investing activities (96,466) (82,057)
Cash flows from financing activities:
Proceeds from issuance of common stock, net 1,190 1,397
Tax benefit from exercise of stock options 1,779 2,173
Net borrowings (payments) under line of credit (12,000) (47,000)
Payments for financing costs (81) (221)
Proceeds from long-term debt 54,503 120,480
Payment of long-term debt, notes payable, and capital lease obligations (58,586) (93,246)
Proceeds from non-controlling interests 98 --
Net cash used in financing activities (13,097) (16,417)
Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 6,970 15,341
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 9,862 3,818
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 16,832 19,159

CONTACT: Trent J. Carman, Chief Financial Officer (303) 792-7591

Source:Air Methods Corporation