Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)


3 Months Ended
Jun. 30, 2021
Business Combination and Asset Acquisition [Abstract]  
Era Group Inc.
On June 11, 2020, the combination of Old Bristow with Era was successfully completed in an all-stock transaction with Era having issued shares of common stock (“Combined Company Common Stock”) to Old Bristow’s stockholders in exchange for such holders shares of common stock in Old Bristow. The transaction was accounted for using the acquisition method of accounting in accordance with Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) 805, Business Combinations (“ASC 805”). In the Merger, Old Bristow merged with and into Merger Sub, a subsidiary of Era, with Old Bristow remaining as the surviving company and as a subsidiary of Era, the ultimate parent of the Combined Company. Era is one of the largest helicopter operators in the world and the longest serving helicopter transport operator in the U.S., primarily servicing offshore energy installations. The transaction was structured as an all-stock, reverse-triangular merger, whereby Era issued shares of Combined Company Common Stock to Old Bristow stockholders, allowing it to qualify as a tax free reorganization for U.S. federal income tax purposes. Following the Merger, Era changed its name to Bristow Group Inc., and the Combined Company Common Stock continued to trade on the NYSE under the new ticker symbol VTOL.
While Era was the legal acquirer in the Merger, Old Bristow was determined to be the accounting acquirer, based upon the terms of the Merger and other considerations including that: (i) immediately following completion of the Merger, Old Bristow stockholders owned approximately 77% of the outstanding shares of Combined Company Common Stock and pre-Merger holders of Era common stock (“Era Common Stockholders”) owned approximately 23% of the outstanding shares of Combined Company Common Stock and (ii) the board of directors of the Company consisted of eight directors, including six Old Bristow designees. The Merger was accounted for under the acquisition method of accounting under ASC 805, Business Combinations. The acquisition method of accounting requires, among other things, that assets acquired and liabilities assumed be recognized at their fair values as of the acquisition date. The Company completed its assessment of the fair value of assets acquired and liabilities assumed within the required one-year period from the date of acquisition. Management recorded the acquired aircraft at an aggregate fair value of $179.9 million. Based upon the illiquid state of the secondary market, relevant and reliable market data for the Era fleet was not readily available. As a result, the Company derived the fair value of the Era fleet of aircraft from the estimated enterprise value of Era, using the discounted cash flow method of the income approach. The estimated enterprise value of Era was made using principal assumptions such as forecasted revenues and discount rate. All non-aircraft acquired assets and assumed liabilities were valued at fair value, which based upon their nature were more readily determinable. After allocating fair values to all the non-aircraft acquired assets and assumed liabilities, the remaining value was attributed to the aircraft.
The acquisition date fair value of the consideration transferred consisted of the following (in thousands):
Fair value of Combined Company Common Stock issued (1)
$ 106,440 
Fair value of accelerated stock awards (2)
Fair value of exchanged stock awards (3)
Total consideration transferred $ 108,735 
Fair value of redeemable noncontrolling interest 1,501 
Total fair value of Era $ 110,236 
(1)Represents the fair value of Combined Company Common Stock retained by Era Common Stockholders based on the closing market price of Era shares on June 11, 2020, the acquisition date.
(2)Represents the fair value of restricted share awards of Combined Company Common Stock held by Era employees that were accelerated upon consummation of the Merger.
(3)Represents the fair value of restricted share awards of Combined Company Common Stock held by Era employees relating to the pre-Merger vesting period.
The following table summarizes the fair values of assets acquired and liabilities assumed as of the date of acquisition, June 11, 2020 (in thousands):
Assets acquired:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 120,236 
Accounts receivable from non-affiliates 35,079 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 17,598 
Inventories 8,826 
Property and equipment 223,256 
Right-of-use assets 8,395 
Other assets 14,792 
Total assets acquired $ 428,182 
Liabilities assumed:
Accounts payable $ 9,686 
Accrued wages, benefits and related taxes 8,319 
Income taxes payable 1,791 
Deferred revenue 236 
Current portion of operating lease liabilities 1,711 
Other accrued liabilities 18,474 
Short-term borrowings and current maturities of long-term debt 17,485 
Long-term debt, less current maturities 136,704 
Other liabilities and deferred credits 1,404 
Deferred taxes 34,198 
Long-term operating lease liabilities 6,845 
Total liabilities and redeemable noncontrolling interest assumed $ 236,853 
Net assets acquired $ 191,329 
The Merger initially resulted in a gain on bargain purchase due to the estimated fair value of the identifiable net assets acquired exceeding the purchase consideration transferred by $75.4 million; after further analysis, during the second quarter of fiscal year 2021, the Company recorded measurement period adjustments to its preliminary estimates due to additional information received primarily related to aircraft, redeemable noncontrolling interest and income taxes, resulting in an increase in bargain purchase gain of $5.7 million, for a total of $81.1 million shown as a gain on bargain purchase on the consolidated statements of operations, for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2021. The bargain purchase was a result of a combination of factors including depressed oil and gas prices and market volatility linked to the COVID-19 pandemic between the initial announcement and consummation of the Merger.
Specifically, the Era share price declined from $8.59 to $5.16 between the last trading day prior to the announcement of the Merger and the date the Merger closed. The aggregate Merger consideration was based on an exchange ratio that was fixed and did not fluctuate in the event that the value of Old Bristow’s common stock increased or Era’s common stock decreased, between the date of entry into the Merger agreement and consummation of the Merger.
The following unaudited supplemental pro forma combined financial information presents the Company’s results of operations for the three months ended June 30, 2021, as though the Merger had occurred on November 1, 2019, the effective date of Old Bristow’s emergence from the Chapter 11 Cases. The unaudited pro forma financial information is as follows (in thousands)(1):
Three Months Ended June 30, 2020
Total revenues
$ 305,390 
Net income
$ 18,547 
Net income attributable to Bristow Group Inc.
$ 18,642 
(1)As a result of the Merger, the Company was required to dispose of its investment in Líder which occurred in August 2020. The Company recorded an impairment in June 2020 of $18.7 million related to the future disposition of the investment. This impairment has been excluded from the pro forma combined Net income and Net income attributable to Bristow Group Inc. for the three months ended June 30, 2020, due to its nonrecurring nature.