Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)


6 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2021
Debt Disclosure [Abstract]  
Debt as of September 30 and March 31, 2021, consisted of the following (in thousands):
September 30, 2021 March 31, 2021
6.875% Senior Notes
$ 391,613  $ 391,550 
Lombard Debt 139,968  146,006 
Airnorth Debt —  5,631 
Humberside Debt 234  306 
Total debt
531,815  543,493 
Less short-term borrowings and current maturities of long-term debt
(13,180) (15,965)
Total long-term debt
$ 518,635  $ 527,528 
6.875% Senior Notes In February 2021, the Company issued $400.0 million aggregate principal amount of its 6.875% senior secured notes due March 2028 (the “6.875% Senior Notes”) and received net proceeds of $395.0 million. The 6.875% Senior Notes are fully and unconditionally guaranteed as to payment by a number of subsidiaries. Interest on the 6.875% Senior Notes is payable semi-annually in arrears on March 1st and September 1st of each year, with the first payment on September 1, 2021. The 6.875% Senior Notes may be redeemed at any time and from time to time, with sufficient notice and at the applicable redemption prices set forth in the indenture governing the 6.875% Senior Notes, inclusive of any accrued and unpaid interest leading up to the redemption date. The indenture governing the 6.875% Senior Notes contains covenants that restrict the Company’s ability to, among other things, incur additional indebtedness, pay dividends or make other distributions or repurchase or redeem the Company’s capital stock, prepay, redeem or repurchase certain debt, make loans and investments, sell assets, incur liens, enter into transactions with affiliates, enter into agreements restricting its subsidiaries’ ability to pay dividends, and consolidate, merge or sell all or substantially all of its assets. In addition, upon a specified change of control trigger event or specified asset sale, the Company may be required to repurchase the outstanding balance of the 6.875% Senior Notes. As of September 30, 2021, the Company had $8.4 million of unamortized debt issuance costs associated with the 6.875% Senior Notes.
Lombard Debt During the three and six months ended September 30, 2021, the Company made $3.3 million and $6.6 million, respectively, in principal payments on the Lombard debt.
Airnorth Debt During the three and six months ended September 30, 2021, the Company made $0.5 million and $1.1 million, respectively, in principal payments on the Airnorth debt. In August 2021, the Company made a $4.6 million payment to extinguish the debt, resulting in a loss of $0.1 million.
ABL Facility — The Company’s asset-backed revolving credit facility (as amended or modified, the “ABL Facility”) matures in April 2023, subject to certain early maturity triggers related to maturity of other material debt or a change of control of the Company. Amounts borrowed under the ABL Facility are (i) secured by certain accounts receivable owing to the borrower subsidiaries, Bristow Helicopters Limited, Bristow Norway AS, Bristow U.S. LLC and Era Helicopters, LLC (collectively, the “ABL Borrowers”), and the deposit accounts into which payments on such accounts receivable are deposited, and (ii) fully and unconditionally guaranteed as to payment by the Company, as parent guarantor, and each of the ABL Borrowers. The ABL Facility currently provides for commitments in an aggregate amount of $85.0 million. The Company retains the ability under the ABL Facility to increase the total commitments up to a maximum aggregate amount of $115.0 million, subject to the terms and conditions therein.
As of September 30, 2021, there were no outstanding borrowings under the ABL Facility nor had the Company made any draws during the three months ended September 30, 2021. Letters of credit issued under the ABL Facility in the aggregate face amount of $21.6 million were outstanding on September 30, 2021.
LIBOR Transition — In 2020, a number of regulators in conjunction with the FASB and the U.S. Federal Reserve announced their intention to begin the suspension and replacement of the use of LIBOR starting towards the end of calendar year 2021 with a complete phase-out to be undertaken by June 2023. The effects of this transition from LIBOR to an alternative reference rate may impact the Company’s current indebtedness that is tied to LIBOR, in addition to the potential overall financial market disruption as a result of this phase-out. The Company is currently evaluating the potential effects of this announcement on its underlying debt, but it does not expect the impact to be material.