Discovery Air Inc. announces results for the quarter ended October 31, 2013

TORONTO, Dec. 15, 2013 /CNW/ - Discovery Air Inc. (the "Corporation") announced its financial and operating results for the three and nine months ended October 31, 2013.  The third quarter interim condensed consolidated financial statements and management discussion and analysis ("MD&A") will be available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and on the Corporation's website at www.discoveryair.com.

                         
Selected Financial Information Three months ended October 31   Nine months ended October 31
(thousands of Canadian dollars, except per share
amounts)
2013   2012   %
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  2013   2012   %
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Revenue  $ 64,985    $ 64,874   0%    $ 180,888    $  192,032   -6%
EBITDA*  $ 15,394    $ 15,963   -4%    $ 34,222    $ 48,122   -29%
EBITDA Margin* 24%   25%       19%   25%    
Profit  $ 3,050    $ 1,230   148%    $ 3,485    $ 11,525   -70%
Basic earnings per share  $ 0.21    $ 0.08   163%    $ 0.24    $ 0.79   -70%
Diluted earnings per share  $ 0.19    $ 0.08   138%    $ 0.24    $ 0.63   -62%
Adjusted Profit *  $ 3,624    $ 4,059   -11%    $ 2,392    $ 11,898   -80%
Basic adjusted profit per share *  $ 0.25    $ 0.28   -11%    $ 0.16    $ 0.82   -80%
Diluted adjusted profit per share *  $ 0.21    $ 0.22   -5%    $ 0.16    $ 0.64   -75%
                         
Cash from operations  $ 14,995    $ 23,133   -35%    $ 6,887    $ 22,090   -69%
Working capital  $ 34,710    $ 39,987   -13%    $ 34,710    $ 39,987   -13%
* See "Non-IFRS measures" below                      

 

Financial Highlights

  • Revenues for the quarter ended October 31, 2013 ("Current Quarter") were consistent with the comparative period at $65.0 million. Despite ongoing challenges in the mining sector in northern Canada and lower forest fire activity, the Aviation segment recorded higher revenue due to solid performance from Great Slave Helicopters Ltd. ("GSH"), which reported its strongest third quarter in its history.  Revenues for the nine month period ended October 31, 2013 ("Year-to-date") were $180.9 million decreasing by 6% from the comparative period on lower resource and forest fire management activity.

  • Current Quarter EBITDA was $15.4 million compared to EBITDA of $16.0 million reported in the comparative period, with the decrease due primarily to increased business development and acquisition related costs associated with projects at Discovery Air Defence Services Inc. ("Defence Services") (see "Recent Developments" below). Excluding these costs, EBITDA was $16.9 million in the Current Quarter.  Year-to-date EBITDA was $34.2 million compared to $48.1 million reported in the comparative period due to weaker results in the first half of the year and $3.1 million in additional business development and acquisition costs.  Year-to-date capital asset expenditures decreased to $14.4 million compared to $32.2 million in the comparative period thereby offsetting reduced cash inflows from the lower EBITDA.

  • The Corporation recorded a quarterly profit of $3.1 million ($0.21 basic earnings per share and $0.19 diluted earnings per share) compared to $1.2 million ($0.08 earnings per share - basic and diluted) in the third quarter of the comparative year. Current Quarter profit included a tax-effected impairment loss of $0.6 million. Excluding all non-cash gains, Adjusted profit was $3.6 million compared to an Adjusted profit of $4.1 million in the comparative quarter.

  • Year-to-date profit was $3.5 million ($0.24 earnings per share - basic and diluted) compared to a profit of $11.5 million ($0.79 basic earnings per share and $0.63 diluted earnings per share) in the comparative period. The Corporation's year-to-date profit includes a tax-effected impairment loss of $0.6 million, a tax-effected gain of $0.4 million from the sale of Hudson Bay Helicopters Ltd., and a non-taxable gain of $1.2 million related to the second quarter revaluation of the second installment of the contingent consideration for the purchase of Helicopters Chile. The comparative year-to-date profit reflects a tax-effected gain of $1.9 million on extinguishment of debt, a $0.2 million non-taxable gain related to a change in the fair value of the Corporation's embedded derivative that existed up to March 26, 2012, a $0.3 million non-taxable gain on the acquisition of the business of Northern Air Support Ltd., and a tax-effected impairment loss of $2.7 million. Excluding the impact of these transactions, the year-to-date Adjusted profit was $2.4 million ($0.16 earnings per share - basic and diluted) compared to $11.9 million ($0.82 basic earnings per share and $0.64 diluted earnings per share) in the comparative period. Year-to-date Adjusted profit was primarily affected by lower first quarter results.

  • The decrease in the Corporation's trailing twelve month EBITDA (primarily from lower than expected first quarter results) continues to exert pressure on the total debt leverage ratio covenant related to the secured convertible debentures. To avoid any possibility of non-compliance with this covenant, the Corporation requested and received a waiver for the fourth quarter ending January 31, 2014 (please refer to the MD&A for further information).

Recent Developments
Defence Services has undertaken several initiatives in the areas of business development and aircraft sourcing to position it to capture airborne training opportunities in select international markets.  On December 5, 2013, the Corporation announced the pending acquisition of Advanced Training Systems International, Inc. ("ATSI") by Defence Services. ATSI, which is located in Mesa, Arizona, owns a fleet of ten (10) Douglas A-4 Skyhawk aircraft and offers airborne training services similar to Defence Services, including, tactical "Red Air" services, fighter lead-in training, airborne electronic warfare training, air support training to ground forces and other air combat tactics.  Although ATSI currently has minimal operations and revenues, it has previously provided airborne training services to the U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force and the Canadian Forces, and has also provided advanced operational test and evaluation services such as air-to-air refueling trials. Their fleet of efficient, high-subsonic A-4 aircraft will be an excellent complement to Defense Services' existing fleet. The total consideration to be paid for the acquisition of ATSI is approximately US$6.6 million (subject to certain adjustments), the majority of which will be applied toward the purchase of certain outstanding indebtedness of ATSI.  The acquisition is expected to close within 30 days of the announcement.

Commenting on the financial results, Jacob Shavit, the Corporation's President and Chief Executive Officer stated, "I am pleased with our third quarter results.  In the midst of weak mining sector activity in northern Canada and depressed forest fire activity, we delivered solid financial results.  The record performance for GSH in the quarter reflects our confidence in the growth opportunities for this business.

Defence Services' pending acquisition of ATSI and its efforts to source additional aircraft should position Defence Services' well to capture opportunities for airborne training services in select international markets. We believe the potential market for global airborne training services is large, exceeding $800 million annually.   Pursuing growth in this market also provides an opportunity for Discovery Air to lessen its dependence on its more seasonal businesses.  We are very focused on securing additional financing for our growth initiatives while liquidating aircraft and related assets which do not achieve adequate returns".

Conference Call
A conference call with analysts and other interest parties to review results of the third quarter of fiscal 2014 will be held on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. (Eastern Time).  The conference call may be attended by calling 1-888-231-8191.  Please dial in 15 minutes prior to the call start time to secure a line.  The conference call will be archived for replay approximately three hours following its conclusion on Discovery Air's website at www.discoveryair.com/investors.

Forward-Looking Statements
Forward-looking information and statements are included in this earnings release.  Please refer to the statement regarding forward-looking statements contained in the Corporation's Management's Discussion and Analysis for the year ended January 31, 2013 and the third quarter ended October 31, 2013, which are incorporated herein by reference.  That statement provides an explanation as to what forward-looking statements are, and the specific factors, uncertainties and potential events that the Corporation has identified for the attention of readers.  When relying on forward-looking information and statements to make decisions, investors and others should carefully consider these factors and other uncertainties and potential events.

The Corporation's unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements and MD&A for the third quarter ended October 31, 2013, have been filed concurrently and are available on the Corporation's website at www.discoveryair.com and on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.  The reader is encouraged to review the unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements and MD&A for the quarter ended October 31, 2013 for more complete disclosure on the Corporation's financial condition and results of operations.

The Corporation's Class A common voting shares and unsecured convertible debentures trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbols DA.A and DA.DB.A, respectively.

Non-IFRS Measures
References to "EBITDA" are to net profit before finance costs, income taxes, depreciation of property and equipment and intangible assets, gains and losses on disposal of assets and extinguishment of debt, gains on acquisition and disposals, impairment losses, and gains and losses resulting from the change in fair value of financial liabilities. The EBITDA margin is EBITDA as a percentage of revenue.  Management believes EBITDA to be an important metric in measuring the performance of the Corporation's day-to-day operations. This measurement is useful in assessing the Corporation's ability to service debt and to meet other payment obligations, and as a basis for valuation. "Adjusted profit" is net profit attributable to shareholders of Discovery Air Inc. excluding non-recurring gain on extinguishment of debt gains and losses on disposal of property and equipment, gains on acquisitions and disposals, and gains and losses resulting from the change in fair value of financial liabilities and impairment loss, net of taxes.

SOURCE Discovery Air Inc.

For further information:

Sheila Venman
sheila.venman@discoveryair.com
1-866-903-3247