OREANDA-NEWS. August 16, 2016. Erickson Incorporated (NASDAQ:EAC) (Erickson, the Company, we, us and our), a leading global provider of aviation services, today announced second quarter 2016 financial results.

Our second quarter results were unsatisfactory. We were unable to secure material business wins in a timely manner and we were unable to reduce our costs fast enough to align with the level of revenue generation. Our backlog and pipeline did not convert to revenue quickly enough, which resulted in heightened focus on managing cash and liquidity. In light of these circumstances, we are making further reductions in general and administrative and support costs, and deferring non-critical capital expenditures into future periods, which are aimed at improving our liquidity position. These measures will provide the time needed for our cost and revenue initiatives to mature. In addition, we are making good progress with our advisory firm to address our immediate liquidity needs, as well as options with respect to our longer term capital structure and strategic alternatives, said

Jeff Roberts, President and CEO.

Recent Highlights

  • On-demand fixed wing 5 year contract for \\$13.0 million with Special Operations Command Africa, transporting personnel and equipment in the North and Western regions of Africa.
  • Completed sale of two aircraft in the second quarter for a total of \\$0.7 million. Eleven aircraft remain in held for sale category as of the end of the second quarter. 
  • Six-month extension worth \\$29.0 million of our current Fluor contract in the Global Defense and Security.
  • Two-year contract extension worth \\$24.0 million partnering with Kestrel Aviation in Australia for six S-64E aircranes providing helicopter firefighting services.
  • Five-year contract award worth an estimated \\$24.3 million to provide timber harvesting aerial services to Asiatic Heli-Logging SDN BHD and Hormat Jadi SDN BHD in Sabah, Malaysia, beginning September 2016.

Second Quarter Results
Erickson recorded net revenue of \\$50.8 million for the second quarter of 2016, compared to net revenue of \\$67.0 million for the second quarter of 2015. Second quarter 2016 loss from operations was \\$29.3 million, which included asset impairments of \\$6.1 million, a goodwill impairment of \\$4.5 million, and an acceleration of lease payments on idle leased aircraft for \\$7.8 million, compared with operating income of \\$0.2 million for the same period in 2015. These impairment charges were driven by triggering events that occurred during the quarter, including but not limited to lower than expected financial performance, and a major competitor that filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Second quarter 2016 Adjusted EBITDA was \\$0.8 million compared to Adjusted EBITDA of \\$10.3 million for the same period in 2015.

Commercial Aviation Services revenues decreased \\$13.3 million, to \\$21.0 million in the second quarter of 2016 from \\$34.3 million in the second quarter of 2015, with decreases of \\$5.9 million due to the loss of the United States Forestry Service firefighting contract, \\$5.8 million related to the oil and gas industry, and \\$3.2 million as a result of construction projects in Asia for the second quarter of 2015 that did not occur in the second quarter of 2016. Partially offsetting these decreases was an increase in firefighting activity in Greece.

Global Defense and Security revenues decreased \\$7.0 million to \\$21.4 million for the second quarter of 2016 from \\$28.4 million in the second quarter of 2015, with \\$5.0 million related to the ending of U.S. Department of Defense contracts in Afghanistan and Hawaii and \\$2.0 million related to a reduction in scope of aerial services transporting passengers and cargo in Afghanistan.

Manufacturing and MRO revenues increased by \\$4.2 million to \\$8.5 million compared to \\$4.3 million for the second quarter of 2015. This increase was driven primarily by aircraft refurbishment activity for the U.S. government, additional Aircrane component overhaul activity, and increased fire tank manufacturing for external fixed-wing customers.

Closing Comments
Commenting on the Companys results, Roberts added We are disappointed with our performance in the first half of 2016. In spite of these challenges, I am pleased that our team maintains a strong safety record. This remains our highest priority. I am also pleased with the recent contract extensions and awards as they reinforce our value proposition, unique capabilities and customer satisfaction. We will continue our restructuring activities to address our operations in all areas driving efficiencies and effectiveness and ultimately delivering profitability. As a result, we expect the second half of 2016 to reflect an incremental improvement compared to the first half of 2016.  We will continue to build on our strength in our Manufacturing and MRO segment, the momentum in Global Defense and Security, and select Commercial end markets.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
In addition to the financial measures prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), this press release contains certain non-GAAP financial measures, including EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDAR, and free cash flows. While non-GAAP financial measures are not superior to or a substitute for the comparable GAAP measures, Erickson believes certain non-GAAP information is useful to investors for historical comparison purposes and because it provides additional information on the performance of the Companys business. Erickson management also uses these non-GAAP financial measures to assess the Companys financial and operating performance and to compare that performance against results from prior periods and the performance of Ericksons competitors. Erickson management also uses this information in its financial and operating decision-making.

Conference Call

Jeff Roberts, the Companys President and Chief Executive Officer, and David Lancelot, the Companys Chief Financial Officer, will host a conference call at 4:30 p.m. ET on Monday, August 15, 2016 to discuss the results, followed by a question and answer session for the investment community. To access the call, dial toll-free 1-888-427-9411 or 1-719-457-2645 (international).

To listen to a telephonic replay of the conference call, dial toll-free 1-877-870-5176 or 1-858-384-5517 (international) and enter pass code 4056680. The replay will be available beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET on August 15, 2016 and will last through 11:59 p.m. ET on August 29, 2016.

About Erickson
Erickson is a leading global provider of aviation services specializing in government services, manufacturing and MRO, and commercial services such as firefighting, energy construction, timber harvesting, HVAC & specialty, and oil and gas. As of June 30, 2016, Ericksons fleet consisted of 69 rotary-wing (light, medium, and heavy) and fixed-wing aircraft, including 20 heavy-lift S-64 Aircranes. Founded in 1971, Erickson is headquartered in Portland, Oregon, USA, and maintains operations in North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, and Australia. For more information, please visit our Web site at http://www.ericksoninc.com 

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
Except for historical information, all of the statements, expectations and assumptions contained in this news release, including statements, expectations and assumptions about Company growth and prospects for its business units, are forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Although Erickson attempts to be accurate in making these forward-looking statements, it is possible that future circumstances might differ from the assumptions on which such statements are based. In addition, other important factors which could cause actual results to differ materially include the following: reliance on economic conditions and trends in the aerial services and MRO sectors; success in sales growth; loss or non-renewal of large contracts; reductions or delays in customer orders; competition; reliance on a small number of large customers; the impact of government spending, including reduced Department of Defense spending in Afghanistan; our substantial indebtedness and working capital deficit; our failure to obtain any required financing on favorable terms; compliance with debt obligations and covenants; risks associated with and dependence on collaborative relationships; weather and seasonal fluctuations that impact aerial services activities; our ability to keep pace with changes in technology; significant changes in demand for the fleet of aircraft we offer; hazards associated with our aerial operations, which may be uninsured; our safety record; risks associated with international operations, including doing business in developing countries and politically or economically volatile areas; the impact of product liability and product warranties; the impact of environmental and other regulations, including the FAA and similar international regulatory bodies; the ability to attract and retain qualified personnel; fluctuations in the price of fuel; the impact of changes in the value of foreign currencies; other risk factors set forth from time to time in the SEC filings for Erickson, copies of which are available free of charge upon request from the Erickson investor relations department. Erickson assumes no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect actual results, changes in assumptions, or changes in other factors affecting forward-looking information, except to the extent required by law.

(In thousands, except share and per share data)
  June 30,   December 31,
   2016    2015
Current assets:      
Cash and cash equivalents \\$ 3,283     \\$ 2,129  
Restricted cash 222     373  
Accounts receivable, net 41,861     40,520  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 6,204     5,233  
Total current assets 51,570     48,255  
Aircraft, net 144,989     155,917  
Aircraft parts, net 173,655     169,824  
Aircraft held for sale 6,200     12,348  
Property, plant and equipment, net 23,590     25,553  
Other assets 9,291     10,261  
Other intangible assets, net 14,714     15,787  
Goodwill, net 159,770     163,708  
Total assets \\$ 583,779     \\$ 601,653  
Current liabilities:      
Accounts payable \\$ 28,225     \\$ 13,660  
Current portion of long-term debt 8,421     8,205  
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 22,360     17,828  
Total current liabilities 59,006     39,693  
Credit facility 119,523     96,165  
Long-term debt, less current portion 361,357     364,782  
Other liabilities 17,949     11,720  
Total liabilities 557,835     512,360  
Erickson Incorporated:      
Common stock; \\$0.0001 par value; 110,000,000 shares authorized; 13,895,421 issued and outstanding as of June 30, 2016 and December 31, 2015 1     1  
Additional paid-in capital 181,396     181,259  
Accumulated deficit (149,883 )   (84,901 )
Accumulated other comprehensive loss, net of tax (6,543 )   (7,789 )
Total Erickson Incorporated shareholders equity 24,971     88,570  
Noncontrolling interests equity 973     723  
Total equity 25,944     89,293  
Total liabilities and equity \\$ 583,779     \\$ 601,653  
(In thousands, except share and per share data)
  Three Months Ended June 30,   Six Months Ended June 30,
  2016   2015   2016   2015
Revenues, net:              
Commercial Aviation Services \\$ 20,991     \\$ 34,319     \\$ 40,937     \\$ 60,572  
Global Defense and Security 21,371     28,391     40,440     61,266  
Manufacturing and MRO 8,476     4,309     14,290     9,143  
Total revenues 50,838     67,019     95,667     130,981  
Cost of revenues:              
Commercial Aviation Services 26,438     30,633     50,742     61,573  
Global Defense and Security 20,620     26,274     40,648     54,787  
Manufacturing and MRO 5,110     2,194     9,681     5,716  
Total cost of revenues 52,168     59,101     101,071     122,076  
Gross (loss) profit:              
Commercial Aviation Services (5,447 )   3,686     (9,805 )   (1,001 )
Global Defense and Security 751     2,117     (208 )   6,479  
Manufacturing and MRO 3,366     2,115     4,609     3,427  
Total gross (loss) profit (1,330 )   7,918     (5,404 )   8,905  
Operating expenses:              
General and administrative 6,161     5,847     12,653     12,398  
Research and development 699     583     1,330     1,461  
Selling and marketing 2,646     1,330     4,528     3,085  
Loss on idle aircraft 7,815         7,815      
Impairment of goodwill 4,523         4,523     49,823  
Impairment of other assets 6,127         6,127     7,143  
Total operating expenses 27,971     7,760     36,976     73,910  
Operating (loss) income (29,301 )   158     (42,380 )   (65,005 )
Interest expense, net (9,475 )   (9,375 )   (18,722 )   (18,587 )
Other expense, net (28 )   (331 )   (1,039 )   (1,656 )
Net loss before income tax (benefit) expense (38,804 )   (9,548 )   (62,141 )   (85,248 )
Income tax (benefit) expense (92 )   691     2,578     74  
Net loss (38,712 )   (10,239 )   (64,719 )   (85,322 )
Less: Net (income) loss related to noncontrolling interests (286 )   118     (263 )   231  
Net loss attributable to Erickson Incorporated \\$ (38,998 )   \\$ (10,121 )   \\$ (64,982 )   \\$ (85,091 )
Net loss per share attributable to Erickson Incorporated shareholdersbasic and diluted \\$ (2.81 )   \\$ (0.73 )   \\$ (4.68 )   \\$ (6.15 )
Weighted average shares outstandingbasic and diluted 13,895,421     13,831,127     13,895,421     13,827,493  
(In thousands, except share and per share data)
The following tables reconcile the non-GAAP financial measures appearing in this press release to the most directly comparable GAAP measures:
  Three Months Ended June 30,   Six Months Ended June 30,
  2016   2015   2016   2015
EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDAR Reconciliation:              
Net loss attributable to Erickson Incorporated \\$ (38,998 )   \\$ (10,121 )   \\$ (64,982 )   \\$ (85,091 )
Interest expense, net 9,475     9,375     18,722     18,587  
Tax (benefit) expense (92 )   691     2,578     74  
Depreciation and amortization 9,503     9,898     19,088     18,716  
Amortization of debt issuance costs 586     630     1,238     1,254  
EBITDA (19,526 )   10,473     (23,356 )   (46,460 )
Loss on idle aircraft 7,815         7,815      
Impairment of goodwill 4,523         4,523     49,823  
Impairment of other assets 6,127         6,127     7,143  
One time write-offs 1,148         1,148      
Restructuring costs 842     54     914     1,598  
Unrealized foreign currency exchange (gain) loss, net (104 )   (57 )   313     379  
Insurance related to aircraft held for sale 118         233      
Stock-based compensation 43     (48 )   137     97  
Interest expense related to tax contingencies 36         71      
Acquisition and integration related expenses 3         58      
Other (238 )   (76 )   (251 )   (70 )
Adjusted EBITDA 787     10,346     (2,268 )   12,510  
Aircraft lease expenses 4,073     4,122     7,977     8,639  
Adjusted EBITDAR \\$ 4,860     \\$ 14,468     \\$ 5,709     \\$ 21,149  
Free Cash Flow:              
Net cash used in operating activities         \\$ (19,309 )   \\$ (15,090 )
Add: Purchases of aircraft and property, plant and equipment         (6,085 )   (11,839 )
Free cash flow         \\$ (25,394 )   \\$ (26,929 )