Erickson Air-Crane Inc.
) posted first quarter 2013 adjusted earnings of 1 cent per
share, ahead of the Zacks Consensus Estimate of a loss of 13
Including expenses of 14 cents per share related to the Air
Amazonia acquisition, the company reported a loss of 13 cents per
share in the first quarter of 2013.
The company has started the year on a positive note led by its
impressive Aircrane operations.
Erickson Air-Crane registered record high quarterly revenue of
$36.9 million, up 33.8% year over year. The figure also surpassed
the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $33.0 million. The top-line
increase was driven by a serious fire season in Australia, solid
growth in Erickson's infrastructure construction operation,
mainly in the oil and gas sector, and an active quarter for
In the first quarter of 2013, revenues from Aerial Services were
$35.2 million, up 40.3% year over year while the Manufacturing /
MRO segment generated revenues of $1.7 million, down 31.2% year
On the cost front, total operating expenses were $9.6 million, up
a considerable 68.4% year over year. Cost of revenues also surged
17.4% to $27.7 million from $23.6 million in the first quarter of
Adjusted EBITDA was approximately $7.0 million versus $1.7
million in the year-ago quarter. Operating income (excluding $2.3
million of acquisition-related expenses) in the reported quarter
was $1.9 million versus an operating loss of $1.7 million in the
same period last year.
Erickson ended the first quarter 2013 with cash and cash
equivalents of approximately $1.3 million, compared with $1.5
million at the end of 2012.
Long-term debt climbed to $107.9 million at the end of the
quarter from $26.7 million at 2012 end.
In the first quarter 2013, net cash used in operating activities
was $6.3 million versus $2.3 million in the first quarter of
Erickson expects its top line in the band of $325.0 million to
$335.0 million for 2013. Adjusted EBITDA is expected to be
between $93.0 million and $101.0 million.
However, considering the Evergreen Helicopters, Inc. acquisition,
the company expects 2013 revenues in the range of $385.0 million
to $395.0 million and adjusted EBITDA in the range of $108.0
million to $116.0 million.
Update on Acquisitions
In Mar 2013, Erickson entered into a stock purchase agreement
with Evergreen International Aviation, Inc. ("EIA") for the
purchase of Evergreen Helicopters, Inc. ("EHI") for $250 million.
The company wrapped up this acquisition on May 2, 2013.
The acquisition of EHI provides Erickson with an incremental
fleet of 64 aircrafts that comprise both helicopters and
fixed-wing airplanes. This diverse fleet serves a wide range of
customers which include significant passenger transport and
airlift services for the US military.
In Nov 2012, the company had announced the acquisition of Air
Amazonia from HRT Oil & Gas. The company expects to close the
Air Amazonia transaction in the second quarter of 2013.
With Air Amazonia and EHI, the combined business would
operate a diverse fleet of 100 aircrafts. These acquisitions
would bring in synergies and significant opportunities for
incremental growth in the near as well as long term. Moreover,
the combination of these businesses would diversify end markets,
regions serviced, mission capabilities and aircraft types.
Last year, the company completed the purchase of the Sun Bird
Aircraft and associated spare parts inventory and accessories
from SDG&E, a subsidiary of
). The Sun Bird is an Erickson model S-64F Aircrane that was
originally purchased by SDG&E from Erickson Air-Crane in
2009. This transaction will allow the company to take advantage
of market opportunities in 2013 and beyond in the oil-and-gas and
power line construction sectors of the business in South America
The company presently retains a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
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), both with a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).
Erickson Air-Crane Inc. manufactures and operates Erickson S-64
Aircrane (S-64) heavy-lift helicopters. The company operates
through two segments: Aerial Services and Aircraft Manufacturing
and Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (Manufacturing/MRO).
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