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Era Group Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2017 Results

HOUSTON, Aug. 08, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Era Group Inc. (NYSE:ERA) (the “Company”) today reported a net loss attributable to the Company of $2.8 million, or $0.13 per diluted share, for its second quarter ended June 30, 2017 (“current quarter”) on operating revenues of $57.9 million compared to net loss attributable to the Company of $5.6 million, or $0.27 per diluted share, for the quarter ended March 31, 2017 (“preceding quarter”) on operating revenues of $54.5 million.

Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”) was $11.9 million in the current quarter compared to $7.0 million in the preceding quarter. EBITDA adjusted to exclude gains on asset dispositions and special items was $7.5 million in the current quarter compared to $6.9 million in the preceding quarter. Gains on asset dispositions were $5.1 million in the current quarter compared to $0.1 million in the preceding quarter. Special items in the current quarter consisted of $0.6 million of severance-related expenses due to changes in senior management. There were no special items in the preceding quarter.

“Despite the very challenging market conditions in the second quarter, Era generated over $9 million of positive operating cash flow and continued to strengthen our balance sheet and liquidity position,” said Chris Bradshaw, President and Chief Executive Officer of Era Group Inc. “For the first time in a long while, we are experiencing an increase in customer activity in our U.S. oil and gas operations, beginning in the third quarter of 2017, which is expected to result in higher utilization of the existing contracted fleet as well as additional helicopters being placed on contract. In addition, we began a new offshore contract in Colombia in the third quarter to support a customer’s short-term drilling project.”

Sequential Quarter Results

Operating revenues in the current quarter were $3.4 million higher compared to the preceding quarter primarily due to the recognition of lease return charges on helicopters returned to us upon the conclusion of lease contracts, the start of the flightseeing season in Alaska and higher utilization in our U.S. oil and gas operations. These increases were partially offset by lower international oil and gas revenues and the end of air medical contracts.

Operating expenses were $3.6 million higher in the current quarter primarily due to increased repairs and maintenance costs related to the timing of repairs.

Administrative and general expenses were $0.5 million lower in the current quarter primarily due to lower professional services fees.

Depreciation and amortization expense was $0.4 million higher in the current quarter primarily due to new heavy helicopters placed in service.

Interest expense was $0.3 million higher in the current quarter primarily due to higher capitalized interest in the preceding quarter.

Income tax benefit was $1.4 million lower in the current quarter primarily due to a lower pre-tax loss.

Calendar Quarter Results

Operating revenues in the current quarter were $5.5 million lower compared to the quarter ended June 30, 2016 (“prior year quarter”) primarily due to lower utilization of light helicopters in our oil and gas operations, fewer search and rescue (“SAR”) subscribers and the end of air medical contracts. These decreases were partially offset by increased dry-leasing revenues due to lease return charges on helicopters returned to us upon the conclusion of lease contracts in the current quarter.

Operating expenses were $6.1 million lower in the current quarter primarily due to reduced personnel, repairs and maintenance and other operating expenses.

Administrative and general expenses were $1.8 million higher primarily due to non-routine professional services fees and severance expenses related to changes in our senior management team in the current quarter and a bad debt recovery in the prior year quarter.

Depreciation expense was $0.7 million lower in the current quarter primarily due to certain assets becoming fully depreciated and asset dispositions subsequent to the prior year quarter, partially offset by new heavy helicopters placed in service in the current quarter.

We sold or otherwise disposed of a hangar in Alaska, two helicopters and capital parts in the current quarter for proceeds of $5.6 million resulting in gains of $5.1 million. In the prior year quarter, we sold or otherwise disposed of two helicopters and related equipment for proceeds of $1.9 million resulting in gains of $1.4 million.

Foreign currency losses were $0.1 million in the current quarter compared to foreign currency gains of $0.3 million in the prior year quarter.

Income tax benefit was $0.5 million lower in the current quarter primarily due to a lower pre-tax loss, partially offset by the release of deferred state tax liabilities related to jurisdictions in which our air medical contracts ended.

Net loss attributable to the Company was $2.8 million in the current quarter compared to net income attributable to the Company of $1.9 million in the prior year quarter. During the prior year quarter, the Company and its partner in its Brazilian joint venture, Aeróleo Taxi Aero S/A (“Aeróleo”), each contributed notes payable to them by Aeróleo as a contribution of additional capital into Aeróleo. As a result of this transaction, the Company reduced total debt by the $6.3 million of notes that were contributed by its partner in Aeróleo and recorded a $6.3 million loss attributable to noncontrolling interest in subsidiary, which increased net income attributable to the Company by the same amount. Excluding the impact of this transaction, net loss attributable to the Company in the prior year quarter would have been $4.4 million.

EBITDA was $1.3 million higher in the current quarter compared to the prior year quarter. EBITDA adjusted to exclude gains on asset dispositions and special items was $1.3 million lower in the current quarter. Gains on asset dispositions were $3.7 million higher in the current quarter. Special items in the current quarter consisted of the $0.6 million of severance-related expenses noted above. Special items in the prior year quarter consisted of a $0.5 million gain on debt extinguishment related to the repurchase of a portion of our 7.750% Senior Notes.

Capital Commitments

We had unfunded capital commitments of $114.8 million as of June 30, 2017, of which $7.2 million is payable during the remainder of 2017 with the balance payable through 2019. We may terminate $110.6 million of our total commitments (inclusive of deposits paid on options not yet exercised) without further liability other than aggregate liquidated damages of $2.6 million. The noncancellable portion of our commitments payable during the remainder of 2017 is $2.8 million.

Included in these capital commitments are agreements to purchase five AW189 heavy helicopters, one S92 heavy helicopter and five AW169 light twin helicopters. The AW189 and S92 helicopters are scheduled to be delivered in 2018 and 2019. Delivery dates for the AW169 helicopters have yet to be determined. In addition, we had outstanding options to purchase up to ten additional AW189 helicopters. If these options are exercised, the helicopters would be scheduled for delivery beginning in 2019 through 2020.

Liquidity

As of June 30, 2017, we had $28.9 million in cash balances and $134.0 million of remaining availability under the senior secured revolving credit facility (the “Facility”) for total liquidity of $162.9 million. As of June 30, 2017, our senior secured leverage ratio, as defined in the Facility, was 1.2x compared to the current covenant requirement of not more than 3.25x, and our interest coverage ratio was 3.2x compared to the current covenant requirement of not less than 1.75x.

H225 Update

Due to an accident in April 2016 involving an Airbus Helicopters H225 (also known as an EC225LP) model helicopter operated by another helicopter company, the majority of the offshore oil and gas fleet of H225 and AS332 L2 model helicopters remains on operational suspension. In February and April 2017, the Accident Investigation Board Norway (“AIBN”) published additional preliminary reports that updated and expanded findings from the investigation into the accident. The AIBN’s investigation remains ongoing. In July 2017, the civil aviation authorities in each of Norway and the United Kingdom published directives that set forth the requirements with respect to the return to service of these helicopter models. Prior to a return to service, an operator must comply with an EASA directive issued on June 23, 2017 that requires the replacement of, and prescribes reduced service limits and inspections with respect to, identified parts and the installation of, and prescribes maintenance protocols with respect to, a new EASA-approved full flow magnetic plug device to support the inspection of the main gearbox oil system particle detection. In addition, an operator must develop a return to service plan for the applicable helicopter model that must be approved by the relevant regulatory authority. Such a plan would need to include a detailed safety case, outlining specific maintenance processes, tooling and training requirements.

Since the accident, we believe that H225 helicopters have only returned to service in oil and gas missions in a few countries in Asia. Any broad-based return to service of the Airbus H225 and AS332 L2 helicopter models for future oil and gas operations will be impacted by market receptivity, which will be dependent upon the confidence in the safety case relating to the operations of these helicopter models amongst oil and gas companies and the labor unions representing their employees.

We own nine H225 helicopters, including five that are currently located in the U.S., three that are currently located in Brazil and one currently located in Norway. We will not operate the H225 helicopters in our fleet unless and until we can develop a detailed safety case that demonstrates the H225 model helicopter can be operated safely. During this suspension of H225 operations, we expect to utilize other heavy and medium helicopters to service our operations. Although we do not expect the near-term impact of the suspension to be material to our financial condition or results of operations, it is too early to estimate the full extent or duration of the H225 suspension, the market receptivity of the H225 helicopter for future oil and gas operations, the potential impact on residual values of these helicopters and the impact a long-term suspension could have on our results of operations or financial condition. As of June 30, 2017, the net book value of our H225 helicopters and related inventory of parts and equipment was $156.5 million. On November 21, 2016, we filed a lawsuit in the District Court of Dallas County, Texas against Airbus Helicopters, Inc. and Airbus Helicopters S.A.S. alleging breaches of various contracts between us, fraudulent inducement and unjust enrichment in connection with the sale by Airbus of H225 model helicopters to us. We seek compensation for our monetary damages in an amount to be determined. We cannot predict the ultimate outcome of the litigation, and we may spend significant resources pursuing our legal remedies against Airbus.

Conference Call

Management will conduct a conference call starting at 10:00 a.m. ET (9:00 a.m. CT) on Wednesday, August 9, 2017, to review the results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2017. The conference call can be accessed as follows:

All callers will need to reference the access code 7339410.

Within the U.S.: Operator Assisted Toll-Free Dial-In Number: (888) 490-2771

Outside the U.S.: Operator Assisted International Dial-In Number: (719) 457-2695

Replay

A telephone replay will be available through August 23, 2017 and may be accessed by calling (888) 203-1112 for domestic callers or (719) 457-0820 for international callers. An audio replay will also be available on the Company’s website at www.erahelicopters.com shortly after the call and will be accessible through August 23, 2017. The accompanying investor presentation will be available on Wednesday, August 9, 2017, on Era’s website at www.erahelicopters.com.

For additional information concerning Era Group, contact Christopher Bradshaw at (713) 369-4644 or visit Era Group’s website at www.erahelicopters.com.

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 provides helicopters and related services to customers and third-party helicopter operators in other countries, including Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, India and Suriname. Era Group’s helicopters are primarily used to transport personnel to, from and between offshore oil and gas production platforms, drilling rigs and other installations. In addition, Era Group’s helicopters are used to perform emergency air medical, search and rescue, firefighting, utility, VIP transport and flightseeing services. Era Group also provides a variety of operating lease solutions and technical fleet support to third party operators as well as offering unmanned aerial solutions.

Forward-Looking Statements Disclosure

Certain statements discussed in this release as well as in other reports, materials and oral statements that the Company releases from time to time to the public include "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Such forward-looking statements concerning management's expectations, strategic objectives, business prospects, anticipated 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 Company’s dependence on, and the cyclical and volatile nature of, offshore oil and gas exploration, development and production activity, and the impact of general economic conditions and fluctuations in worldwide prices of and demand for oil and natural gas on such activity levels; the Company’s reliance on a small number of customers and the reduction of its customer base resulting from bankruptcies or consolidation; risks that the Company’s customers reduce or cancel contracted services or tender processes; cost savings initiatives implemented by the Company’s customers; risks inherent in operating helicopters; the Company’s ability to maintain an acceptable safety record; the impact of increased United States (“U.S.”) and foreign government regulation and legislation, including potential government implemented moratoriums on drilling activities; the impact of a grounding of all or a portion of the Company’s fleet for extended periods of time or indefinitely on the Company’s business, including its operations and ability to service customers, results of operations or financial condition and/or the market value of the affected helicopter(s); the Company’s ability to successfully expand into other geographic and aviation service markets; risks associated with political instability, governmental action, war, acts of terrorism and changes in the economic condition in any foreign country where the Company does business, which may result in expropriation, nationalization, confiscation or deprivation of the Company’s assets or result in claims of a force majeure situation; the impact of declines in the global economy and financial markets; the impact of fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates on the Company’s asset values and cost to purchase helicopters, spare parts and related services; risks related to investing in new lines of service without realizing the expected benefits; risks of engaging in competitive processes or expending significant resources for strategic opportunities, with no guaranty of recoupment; the Company’s reliance on a small number of helicopter manufacturers and suppliers; the Company’s ongoing need to replace aging helicopters; the Company’s reliance on the secondary helicopter market to dispose of older helicopters; the Company’s reliance on information technology; the impact of allocation of risk between the Company and its customers; the liability, legal fees and costs in connection with providing emergency response services; adverse weather conditions and seasonality; risks associated with the Company’s debt structure; the Company’s counterparty credit risk exposure; the impact of operational and financial difficulties of the Company’s joint ventures and partners and the risks associated with identifying and securing joint venture partners when needed; conflict with the other owners of the Company’s non-wholly owned subsidiaries and other equity investees; adverse results of legal proceedings; the Company’s ability to obtain insurance coverage and the adequacy and availability of such coverage; the Company’s ability to remediate the material weakness in its internal controls over financial reporting described in its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended June 30, 2017 and in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016; the possibility of labor problems; the attraction and retention of qualified personnel; restrictions on the amount of foreign ownership of the Company’s common stock; 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 the Company's businesses, particularly those mentioned under "Risk Factors" in Era Group's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016, in Era Group's subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and in Era Group's periodic reporting on Form 8-K (if any), which are incorporated by reference.

ERA GROUP INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(unaudited, in thousands, except share and per share amounts)
Three Months Ended
June 30,
Six Months Ended
June 30,
2017 2016 2017 2016
Operating revenues $57,878 $63,351 $112,405 $125,933
Costs and expenses:
Operating 41,335 47,396 79,092 91,703
Administrative and general 9,902 8,140 20,283 17,367
Depreciation and amortization 11,978 12,691 23,532 25,457
Total costs and expenses 63,215 68,227 122,907 134,527
Gains on asset dispositions, net 5,061 1,367 5,170 4,280
Operating loss (276) (3,509) (5,332) (4,314)
Other income (expense):
Interest income 185 403 435 704
Interest expense (3,934) (4,130) (7,523) (8,878)
Foreign currency gains (losses), net (136) 329 (108) 610
Gain on debt extinguishment 518 518
Other, net (8) 46 4 29
Total other income (expense) (3,893) (2,834) (7,192) (7,017)
Loss before income taxes and equity earnings (4,169) (6,343) (12,524) (11,331)
Income tax benefit (726) (1,232) (2,829) (2,246)
Loss before equity earnings (3,443) (5,111) (9,695) (9,085)
Equity earnings, net of tax 371 601 836 625
Net loss (3,072) (4,510) (8,859) (8,460)
Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interest in subsidiary 285 6,448 452 6,580
Net income (loss) attributable to Era Group Inc. $(2,787) $1,938 $(8,407) $(1,880)
Income (loss) per common share:
Basic $(0.13) $0.09 $(0.41) $(0.09)
Diluted $(0.13) $0.09 $(0.41) $(0.09)
Weighted average common shares outstanding:
Basic 20,789,537 20,361,533 20,650,274 20,290,735
Diluted 20,789,537 20,364,382 20,650,274 20,290,735
EBITDA $11,929 $10,676 $18,932 $22,925
Adjusted EBITDA $12,544 $10,158 $19,547 $22,407
Adjusted EBITDA excluding gains $7,483 $8,791 $14,377 $18,127


ERA GROUP INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(unaudited, in thousands, except share and per share amounts)
Three Months Ended
Jun 30,
2017
Mar 31,
2017
Dec 31,
2016
Sep 30,
2016
Jun 30,
2016
Operating revenues $57,878 $54,527 $56,289 $65,006 $63,351
Costs and expenses:
Operating 41,335 37,757 37,789 40,371 47,396
Administrative and general 9,902 10,381 9,335 9,504 8,140
Depreciation and amortization 11,978 11,554 11,339 12,519 12,691
Total costs and expenses 63,215 59,692 58,463 62,394 68,227
Gains (losses) on asset dispositions, net 5,061 109 753 (246) 1,367
Operating income (loss) (276) (5,056) (1,421) 2,366 (3,509)
Other income (expense):
Interest income 185 250 (429) 466 403
Interest expense (3,934) (3,589) (4,444) (4,003) (4,130)
Foreign currency gains (losses), net (136) 28 (570) (33) 329
Gain on debt extinguishment 518
Other, net (8) 12 6 34 46
Total other income (expense) (3,893) (3,299) (5,437) (3,536) (2,834)
Loss before income taxes and equity earnings (4,169) (8,355) (6,858) (1,170) (6,343)
Income tax expense (benefit) (726) (2,103) (1,180) 69 (1,232)
Loss before equity earnings (3,443) (6,252) (5,678) (1,239) (5,111)
Equity earnings, net of tax 371 465 30 437 601
Net loss (3,072) (5,787) (5,648) (802) (4,510)
Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interest in subsidiary 285 167 110 242 6,448
Net income (loss) attributable to Era Group Inc. $(2,787) $(5,620) $(5,538) $(560) $1,938
Income (loss) per common share:
Basic $(0.13) $(0.27) $(0.27) $(0.03) $0.09
Diluted $(0.13) $(0.27) $(0.27) $(0.03) $0.09
Weighted average common shares outstanding:
Basic 20,789,537 20,509,463 20,433,155 20,384,348 20,361,533
Diluted 20,789,537 20,509,463 20,433,155 20,384,348 20,364,382
EBITDA $11,929 $7,003 $9,384 $15,323 $10,676
Adjusted EBITDA $12,544 $7,003 $9,384 $15,323 $10,158
Adjusted EBITDA excluding gains $7,483 $6,894 $8,631 $15,569 $8,791


ERA GROUP INC.
OPERATING REVENUES BY LINE OF SERVICE
(unaudited, in thousands)
Three Months Ended
Jun 30,
2017
Mar 31,
2017
Dec 31,
2016
Sep 30,
2016
Jun 30,
2016
Oil and gas:(1)
U.S. $32,081 $30,341 $31,709 $35,961 $34,585
International 14,284 17,167 14,881 17,306 16,848
Total oil and gas 46,365 47,508 46,590 53,267 51,433
Dry-leasing 6,606 3,279 3,719 2,664 2,827
Emergency Response Services (2) 2,771 3,740 5,980 5,854 6,597
Flightseeing 2,136 3,221 2,494
$57,878 $54,527 $56,289 $65,006 $63,351


FLIGHT HOURS BY LINE OF SERVICE(3)
(unaudited)
Three Months Ended
Jun 30,
2017
Mar 31,
2017
Dec 31,
2016
Sep 30,
2016
Jun 30,
2016
Oil and gas:(1)
U.S. 5,693 5,219 6,294 7,628 7,307
International 2,205 2,636 2,477 3,005 2,535
Total oil and gas 7,898 7,855 8,771 10,633 9,842
Emergency Response Services (2) 131 481 885 1,084 1,031
Flightseeing 673 970 696
8,702 8,336 9,656 12,687 11,569

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(1) Primarily oil and gas services, but also includes revenues and flight hours from utility services such as firefighting.
(2) Includes revenues and flight hours from SAR and air medical services.
(3) Does not include hours flown by helicopters in our dry-leasing line of service.



ERA GROUP INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in thousands)
Jun 30,
2017
Mar 31,
2017
Dec 31,
2016
Sep 30,
2016
Jun 30,
2016
ASSETS (unaudited) (unaudited) (unaudited) (unaudited)
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $28,878 $26,339 $26,950 $32,144 $39,160
Receivables:
Trade, net of allowance for doubtful accounts 32,824 34,840 32,470 34,300 36,830
Tax receivables 3,000 3,166 3,461 6,011
Other 3,172 2,396 2,716 6,490 3,641
Inventories, net 24,296 25,232 25,417 26,615 27,764
Prepaid expenses 2,518 2,535 1,579 1,799 2,563
Escrow deposits 3,779 3,777 190 191
Total current assets 94,688 98,287 96,370 101,538 116,160
Property and equipment 1,164,048 1,154,835 1,154,028 1,175,131 1,172,242
Accumulated depreciation (353,830) (343,659) (332,219) (347,113) (336,722)
Net property and equipment 810,218 811,176 821,809 828,018 835,520
Equity investments and advances 29,852 29,727 29,266 29,595 29,299
Intangible assets 1,129 1,133 1,137 1,141 1,148
Other assets 5,593 6,096 6,591 11,177 12,719
Total assets $941,480 $946,419 $955,173 $971,469 $994,846
LIABILITIES, REDEEMABLE NONCONTROLLING INTEREST AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable and accrued expenses $12,884 $9,032 $8,876 $9,132 $15,473
Accrued wages and benefits 8,708 6,881 8,507 9,077 9,565
Accrued interest 527 3,365 529 3,363 612
Accrued income taxes 291 689 666 550
Accrued other taxes 1,145 1,447 2,139 2,311 2,515
Accrued contingencies 1,334 1,189 1,447 1,543 1,280
Current portion of long-term debt 2,161 2,199 1,237 1,539 1,569
Other current liabilities 2,590 2,846 2,222 2,470 2,184
Total current liabilities 29,640 27,648 25,623 29,985 33,198
Long-term debt 221,354 225,946 230,139 232,655 252,940
Deferred income taxes 222,724 223,442 225,472 227,417 227,933
Deferred gains and other liabilities 944 924 1,301 4,280 4,418
Total liabilities 474,662 477,960 482,535 494,337 518,489
Redeemable noncontrolling interest 3,769 4,054 4,221 4,331 4,573
Equity:
Era Group Inc. stockholders’ equity:
Common stock 215 215 211 211 211
Additional paid-in capital 441,595 440,164 438,489 437,291 435,714
Retained earnings 24,117 26,904 32,524 38,062 38,622
Treasury shares, at cost (2,968) (2,968) (2,899) (2,855) (2,855)
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax 90 90 92 92 92
Total equity 463,049 464,405 468,417 472,801 471,784
Total liabilities, redeemable noncontrolling interest and stockholders’ equity $941,480 $946,419 $955,173 $971,469 $994,846

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 and interest expense), Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as EBITDA further adjusted for certain items noted in the reconciliation below 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. Each of these non-GAAP measures has limitations and therefore should not be used in isolation or as a substitute for the amounts reported in accordance with GAAP.

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

Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
Jun 30,
2017
Mar 31,
2017
Dec 31,
2016
Sep 30,
2016
Jun 30,
2016
Jun 30,
2017
Jun 30,
2016
Net loss $(3,072) $(5,787) $(5,648) $(802) $(4,510) $(8,859) $(8,460)
Depreciation and amortization 11,978 11,554 11,339 12,519 12,691 23,532 25,457
Interest income (185) (250) 429 (466) (403) (435) (704)
Interest expense 3,934 3,589 4,444 4,003 4,130 7,523 8,878
Income tax expense (benefit) (726) (2,103) (1,180) 69 (1,232) (2,829) (2,246)
EBITDA $11,929 $7,003 $9,384 $15,323 $10,676 $18,932 $22,925
Special items (1) 615 (518) 615 (518)
Adjusted EBITDA $12,544 $7,003 $9,384 $15,323 $10,158 $19,547 $22,407
Losses (gains) on asset dispositions, net (5,061) (109) (753) 246 (1,367) (5,170) (4,280)
Adjusted EBITDA excluding gains $7,483 $6,894 $8,631 $15,569 $8,791 $14,377 $18,127

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(1) Special items include the following:
• In the three months ended June 30, 2017, $0.6 million of severance-related expenses due to changes in senior management; and
• In the three months ended June 30, 2016, a gain of $0.5 million on the extinguishment of debt related to the repurchase of a portion of our 7.750% Senior Notes.

The Facility requires that the Company maintain certain financial ratios on a rolling four-quarter basis. The interest coverage ratio is a trailing four-quarter quotient of (i) EBITDA (as defined in the Facility) less dividends and distributions divided by (ii) interest expense. The interest coverage ratio is not a measure of operating performance or liquidity defined by GAAP and may not be comparable to similarly titled measures presented by other companies. The senior secured leverage ratio is calculated by dividing (i) the sum of secured debt for borrowed money, capital lease obligations and guaranties of obligations of non-consolidated entities by (ii) EBITDA (as defined in the Facility). The senior secured leverage ratio is not a measure of operating performance or liquidity defined by GAAP and may not be comparable to similarly titled measures presented by other companies. EBITDA is calculated under the Facility differently than as presented elsewhere in this release.


ERA GROUP INC.
FLEET COUNTS (1)
(unaudited)
Jun 30,
2017
Mar 31,
2017
Dec 31,
2016
Sep 30,
2016
Jun 30,
2016
Heavy:
S92 3 2 2 2 2
H225 9 9 9 9 9
AW189 4 2 2 2 2
16 13 13 13 13
Medium:
AW139 36 36 36 38 38
S76 C+/C++ 5 5 6 6 6
B212 6 7 7 7 7
B412 1 1
47 48 49 52 52
Light—twin engine:
A109 7 7 7 7 7
EC135 15 15 16 17 17
EC145 3 4 5 5 5
BK117 2 2 2 3 3
BO105 3 3 3 3 3
30 31 33 35 35
Light—single engine:
A119 14 14 14 14 14
AS350 26 27 27 27 28
40 41 41 41 42
Total Helicopters 133 133 136 141 142

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(1) Includes all owned, joint ventured, leased-in and managed helicopters and excludes helicopters fully paid for and delivered but not yet placed in service as of the applicable dates.


Source:Era Group Inc.