Discovery Air Inc. (TSX: DA.A, DA.DB.A) Announces Strong Results for the Quarter Ended April 30, 2012

First Quarter Financial Highlights

  • Revenues increased by 42% to $52.9 million, compared to $37.2 million in the same quarter last year;

  • EBITDA* increased by 78% to $8.9 million, compared to $5.0 million in the same quarter last year.  On a trailing twelve month basis, EBITDA increased by 9% to approximately $48.2 million compared to $44.4 million in the trailing twelve months at April 30, 2011.

  • Net profit attributable to the shareholders of Discovery Air Inc. (the "Corporation") for the current quarter was $1.4 million or $0.09 per share ($0.09 diluted) compared to net loss of $2.6 million or $(0.19) per share ($(0.19) diluted) for the same period last year.

  • The current quarter profit includes a tax-effected gain related to the extinguishment of debt and the change in the fair value Corporation's embedded derivatives, which was also extinguished in the quarter.  Excluding for these items, the adjusted loss* in the current quarter was $0.8 million, representing a 69% reduction in loss compared to the same quarter last year.

  • The Corporation continued to restructure its balance sheet to extend its debt maturities at a lower cost of capital. (See details below.)

YELLOWKNIFE, NT, June 13, 2012 /CNW/ - "We started the year off strong with our highest first quarter revenues and EBITDA to date, and as we enter into our traditional peak season we are optimistic that we will be able to sustain the first quarter momentum", said Dave Jennings, President and CEO of Discovery Air Inc. "Our decisions in the fourth quarter last year to maintain and deploy resources, especially in our northern operations, to establish future revenue streams has paid off in the current quarter, and we continue to remain focused on growing our existing lines of services coupled with the incremental contribution from our Chilean operations acquired in February and Northern Air Support acquired in May."

Additional Financial Highlights

  • Effective February 1, 2012, the Corporation changed its segment reporting from Northern Services and Government Services to Aviation and Corporate Support and Other.  The Aviation segment includes Top Aces Inc. ("Top Aces"), Air Tindi Ltd. ("Air Tindi"), Great Slave Helicopters Ltd. ("Great Slave") and Discovery Air Fire Services Inc. ("Fire Services").  The Corporate Support and Other segment includes Discovery Mining Services Inc., ("Discovery Mining"), Discovery Air Technical Services Inc. ("Technical Services") and Discovery Air Innovations ("Innovations") and Corporate.

  • The Corporation's consolidated revenues were $52.9 million for the quarter ended April 30, 2012 ("Q1/13") compared to $37.2 million for the quarter ended April 30, 2011 ("Q1/12").  The increase in revenues were largely attributable to increased demand for services provided by the Aviation segment, which generated revenues of $47.7 million in Q1/13 compared to $33.2 million in Q1/12, a 44% increase.  The Aviation segment saw increased flight hour demand by the Canadian military for air combat training and special mission services, increased activity from the oil and gas-based customers, and the inclusion of revenues from Great Slave's Chilean operation, which was acquired on February 2, 2012. The Aviation Support segment accounted for $5.3 million of total consolidated revenues in Q1/13 compared to $4.0 million in Q1/12, with the increase attributable to additional demand for Discovery Mining's logistics and camp services by the mining exploration customer base in northern Canada.

  • Q1/13 EBITDA was $8.9 million compared to Q1/12 EBITDA of $5.0 million, an 78% increase.  EBITDA margin was 17% in Q1/13 compared to 13% in Q1/12.  The increase in EBITDA and EBITDA margin were attributable to increased revenue coupled with lower operating expenses increase as a percentage of revenue.

  • Following the successful set up of the Peruvian operation, the Corporation expanded its South American revenue base by acquiring a Chilean helicopter operation.  On February 2, 2012, the Corporation, through Great Slave, purchased 100% of SpA (formerly, Servicios Aèreos Ltda.) ("SAL") in Chile. SAL is a good strategic fit with Great Slave's South American operations, providing helicopter services to domestic and multinational customers in Chile's mining, power construction, and forestry sectors. SAL has two main operating bases in central and southern Chile, and operates a fleet of up to 10 intermediate and medium sized helicopters. The purchase price consisted of cash consideration of $2.5 million and contingent consideration ranging between $1.5 million and $4.5 million, payable in two installments on December 31, 2012 and on December 31, 2013. The Corporation estimates that the total purchase price will be $7 million.

  • On February 20, 2012, the Corporation entered into an asset purchase agreement to acquire the assets of Northern Air Support Ltd. ("NAS") for $9.4 million. NAS is a helicopter charter company serving the Canadian mining, forestry and oil and gas seismic sectors with bases in Kelowna, British Columbia and Rocky Mountain House, Alberta.  This acquisition was completed on May 2, 2012.

  • On March 26, 2012, the Corporation obtained new financing of $34.4 million, comprised of five new term loans totaling $29.9 million with a combined average interest rate of 5.2% at the time of close, and a 91-day $4.5 million bridge loan from a related party with an interest rate of 9.5%. The term loans mature in March 2017 and the bridge loan matures in June 2012. The new financing was primarily used to repay the $34 million term loan which was scheduled to mature in February 2013 and future draws will fund the purchase of additional aircraft.

Selected Financial Information

The unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements for Q1/13, including required comparative information, have been prepared in accordance with IFRS.

The table below summarizes selected financial information for the current and comparative periods:

(thousands of dollars, except per share amounts)     Q1/13       Q1/12
      (unaudited)       (unaudited)
Results of operations              
  Revenue   $ 52,933     $ 37,249
  Expenses   $ 44,207     $ 32,464
  Depreciation of property and equipment   $ 5,596     $ 4,503
   and intangible assets              
    $ 3,130     $ 282
  Finance costs   $ 4,322     $ 3,745
  Profit (loss) attributable to the Corporation   $ 1,360     $ (2,586)
  Basic earnings per common share   $ 0.09     $ (0.19)
  Diluted earnings per common share   $ 0.09     $ (0.19)
Financial position and liquidity              
  Total assets   $ 295,885     $ 264,740
  Total loans and borrowings   $ 140,135     $ 139,274
  Cash used in operations   $ (5,495)     $ (10,397)
  Working capital   $ 22,446     $ (28,752)
Key non-IFRS performance measures*              
  Adjusted loss   $ (765)     $ (2,586)
  EBITDAR   $ 12,956     $ 7,018
  EBITDA   $ 8,867     $ 5,014
  EBITDA Margin     17%       13%


* References to "EBITDA" are to net profit (loss) before finance costs, income taxes, depreciation of property and equipment and intangible assets, gains and losses on disposal of assets and extinguishment of debt, and gains and losses resulting from the change in fair value of financial liabilities. "EBITDAR" is EBITDA before aircraft lease cost. Beginning in Q1/13, the Corporation changed the definition of EBITDA and EBITDAR to exclude gains and losses on disposal of property. EBITDA and EBITDAR for prior periods are restated to reflect this change in their composition.  The EBITDA margin is EBITDA as a percentage of revenue.  Management believes EBITDA and EBITDAR to be important measures as they exclude the effects of items which primarily reflect the impact of long-term investment decisions from the results of the Corporation's day-to-day operations.  Management believes these measurements are useful in assessing the Corporation's ability to service debt and to meet other payment obligations, and as a basis for valuation. "Adjusted profit (loss)" is net profit (loss) attributable to shareholders of Discovery Air excluding non-cash gain on extinguishment of debt and gains and losses resulting from the change in fair value of financial liabilities.


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 Fiscal 2012 and for Q1/13 which are incorporated herein by reference. Those statements provide 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 Management's Discussion and Analysis for Q1/13 have been filed concurrently and are available on the Corporation's website at and on SEDAR at The reader is encouraged to review the unaudited financial statements and Management's Discussion and Analysis for the quarter ended April 30, 2012 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. 


SOURCE Discovery Air Inc.

For further information:

Sheila Venman, Investor Relations 

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