Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)


3 Months Ended
Jun. 30, 2021
Organization, Consolidation and Presentation of Financial Statements [Abstract]  
Basis of Presentation
The condensed consolidated financial statements include the accounts of Bristow Group Inc. and its consolidated entities. On January 23, 2020, Era Group Inc. (“Era”), Ruby Redux Merger Sub, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Era (“Merger Sub”) and Bristow Group Inc. (“Old Bristow”) entered into an Agreement and Plan of Merger, as amended on April 22, 2020 (the “Merger Agreement”). On June 11, 2020, the merger (the “Merger”) contemplated by the Merger Agreement was consummated and Merger Sub merged with and into Old Bristow, with Old Bristow continuing as the surviving corporation and as a direct wholly owned subsidiary of Era. Following the Merger, Era changed its name to Bristow Group Inc., and Old Bristow changed its name to Bristow Holdings U.S. Inc. Unless the context otherwise indicates, in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, references to:
the “Company”, “Combined Company,” “Bristow”,  “we”, “us” and “our” refer to the entity currently known as Bristow Group Inc. and formerly known as Era Group Inc., together with all of its current subsidiaries;
“Old Bristow” refers to the entity formerly known as Bristow Group Inc. and now known as Bristow Holdings U.S. Inc., together with its subsidiaries prior to the consummation of the Merger; and
“Era” refers to Era Group Inc. (currently known as Bristow Group Inc., the parent of the Combined Company) and its subsidiaries prior to consummation of the Merger.
Pursuant to the United States (“U.S.”) generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”), the Merger was accounted for as an acquisition by Old Bristow of Era even though Era was the legal acquirer and remained the ultimate parent of the Combined Company. As a result, upon the closing of the Merger, Old Bristow’s historical financial statements replaced Era’s historical financial statements for all periods prior to the completion of the Merger, and the financial condition, results of operations, comprehensive income and cash flows of Era have been included in those financial statements since June 12, 2020. Any reference to comparative period disclosures in the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q refers to Old Bristow.
The Company’s fiscal year ends March 31, and fiscal years are referenced based on the end of such period. Therefore, the fiscal year ending March 31, 2022 is referred to as “fiscal year 2022”.
The condensed consolidated financial information for the three months ended June 30, 2021 and June 30, 2020 has been prepared by the Company in accordance with GAAP and pursuant to the rules and regulations of the SEC for interim financial information reporting on Quarterly Form 10-Q and Regulation S-X. Certain information and footnote disclosures normally included in financial statements prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP have been condensed or omitted from that which would appear in the annual consolidated financial statements. These condensed consolidated financial statements should be read in conjunction with the financial statements and related notes thereto included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2021, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on May 27, 2021.
The preparation of these financial statements and accompanying footnotes requires the Company to make estimates and assumptions; however, they include all adjustments of a normal recurring nature which, in the opinion of management, are necessary for a fair presentation of the condensed consolidated balance sheet, the condensed consolidated statements of operations and comprehensive loss, the condensed consolidated statements of cash flows and the condensed consolidated statements of changes in stockholders equity.  Operating results for the interim period presented are not necessarily indicative of the results that may be expected for the entire fiscal year. 
The condensed consolidated financial information found on this Quarterly Form 10-Q has not been audited by the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm.
Basis of Consolidation
The consolidated financial statements include the accounts of Bristow Group Inc., its wholly and majority-owned subsidiaries and entities that meet the criteria of variable interest entities (“VIEs”) of which the Company is the primary beneficiary. All significant inter-company accounts and transactions are eliminated in consolidation.
Summary of Significant Accounting Policies and Other Accounting Considerations
Reclassifications — Certain amounts reported for prior periods in the consolidated financial statements have been reclassified to conform with the current period’s presentation.
Sale of Subsidiary — During the three months ended June 30, 2021, the Company sold its 75% interest in Hauser Investments Limited (“Hauser”), which owns 100% Sicher Helicopters SAS (“Sicher”), a provider of helicopter services to Colombia’s oil and gas market. The sale resulted in a $2.0 million loss included in loss on sale of subsidiaries on the condensed consolidated statement of operations.
Investment in Unconsolidated Affiliates — The Company has a 25% economic interest in Petroleum Air Services (“PAS”), an Egyptian corporation that provides helicopter and fixed wing transportation to the offshore energy industry and other general aviation services in Egypt. During the three months ended June 30, 2021, upon evaluating its investment in PAS, the Company identified an indicator for impairment due to a decline in PAS’s performance. As a result, the Company performed a fair valuation of its investment in PAS using a market approach that relied on significant Level III inputs due to the nature of unobservable inputs that required significant judgment and assumptions. The market approach utilized two methods, each yielding similar valuation outcomes through the use of a multiple relevant to each method, derived from select guideline public companies, and an expected dividend rate or earnings of PAS. This resulted in a $16.0 million loss on impairment recorded during the three months ended June 30, 2021. As of June 30, 2021, the investment in PAS was $17.0 million and is included on the condensed consolidated balance sheets in investment in unconsolidated affiliates. PAS is a cost method investment.
Recent Accounting Pronouncements
The Company considers the applicability and impact of all accounting standard updates (“ASUs”). ASUs not listed below were assessed and determined to be either not applicable or are expected to have minimal impact on the Company’s consolidated financial position or results of operations.
In March 2020, the FASB issued ASU No. 2020-04, “Reference Rate Reform” (Topic 848). The guidance is intended to provide optional expedients and exceptions for applying GAAP to contracts, hedging relationships and other transactions to ease the financial reporting burdens related to the expected market transition from the London Interbank Offered Rate (“LIBOR”) and other interbank offered rates to alternative reference rates. The standard was effective beginning in fiscal year 2022 for the Company. Adoption of this accounting standard had no material impact to the Company’s financial statements.
In December 2019, the FASB issued ASU No. 2019-12, “Income Taxes” (Topic 740), new guidance to simplify the accounting for income taxes, which eliminates certain exceptions for recognizing deferred taxes for investments, performing intraperiod allocation and calculating income taxes in interim periods. This standard also included guidance to reduce complexity in certain areas, including recognizing deferred taxes for tax goodwill and allocating taxes to members of a consolidated group. The standard was effective beginning in fiscal year 2022 for the Company. Adoption of this accounting standard had no material impact to the Company’s financial statements.
Not Yet Adopted
In May 2021, the FASB issued ASU Update No. 2021-04, Earnings Per Share (Topic 260), Debt—Modifications and Extinguishments (Subtopic 470-50), Compensation—Stock Compensation (Topic 718), and Derivatives and Hedging—Contracts in Entity’s Own Equity (Subtopic 815-40). The purpose of this update is to clarify and reduce diversity in practice for the accounting of certain modifications or exchanges of equity written call options. Under the guidance, an issuer determines
the accounting for the modification or exchange based on whether the transaction was done to issue equity, to issue or modify debt, or for other reasons. The standard will be effective for the Company beginning in fiscal year 2023 and early adoption is permitted. The Company is currently evaluating the effect this accounting guidance will have on its consolidated financial statements.