Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)


6 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2022
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. Unless the context otherwise indicates, any references to the “Company”, “Bristow”, “we”, “us” and “our” refer to Bristow Group Inc. and its consolidated entities.
The condensed consolidated financial information for the three and six months ended September 30, 2022 and 2021, has been prepared by the Company in accordance with United States (“U.S.”) generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) and pursuant to the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission (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. In August 2022, the Board of Directors (the “Board”) approved a change in the Company’s fiscal year from March 31st to December 31st. Notwithstanding such change, for purposes of this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, the Company’s fiscal year assumes a March 31st fiscal year end and fiscal years are referenced based on the end of such period. Therefore, the fiscal year ending March 31, 2023, is referred to as “fiscal year 2023”. 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, 2022, filed with the SEC on May 31, 2022.
The preparation of these condensed consolidated 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 statements of operations and comprehensive income, the condensed consolidated balance sheet, the condensed consolidated statements of changes in stockholders equity and the condensed consolidated statements of cash flows. Operating results for the interim period presented are not necessarily indicative of the results that may be expected for the entire fiscal year.
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 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
Maintenance and Repairs — The Company generally charges maintenance and repair costs, including major aircraft component overhaul costs, to earnings as the costs are incurred. However, certain aircraft components, such as engines and transmissions, are maintained by third-party vendors under contractual agreements also referred to as power-by-the-hour (“PBH”) maintenance agreements. Under these agreements, the Company is charged an agreed amount per hour of flying time related to maintenance, repair and overhaul of the parts and components covered. The costs charged under these contractual agreements are recognized in the period in which the flight hours occur. To the extent that the Company has not yet been billed for costs incurred under these arrangements, these costs are included in accrued maintenance and repairs on its consolidated balance sheets. From time to time, the Company receives credits from its original equipment manufacturers. The Company records these credits as a reduction in maintenance expense when the credits are utilized in lieu of cash payments for purchases or services.
In the event the Company places a helicopter in a PBH program after a maintenance period has begun, it may be necessary to pay an initial buy-in charge based on hours flown since the previous maintenance event. This buy-in charge is normally recorded as a prepaid expense and amortized as an operating expense over the remaining PBH contract period. If a helicopter is sold or otherwise removed from a program before the scheduled maintenance work is carried out, the Company may be able to recover part of its payments to the PBH provider, in which case the Company records a reduction to operating expense.
During the six months ended September 30, 2022, the Company entered into and amended two existing PBH agreements with maintenance service providers for its AW139 helicopter fleet. The terms of these agreements included a buy-in payable of approximately $55 million for the hours flown on the aircraft prior to entry into the PBH agreements. The buy-in amount for the transaction is reflected in other long-term assets with the amount due for amortization within a year reflected in prepaid expenses and other current assets on the condensed consolidated balance sheet. The balance is amortized through operating expense on the statement of operations on a straight-line basis over the contract term. As of September 30, 2022, $31.2 million of the buy-in had been paid, with the remaining $24.2 million payable due in December 2022, included on the condensed consolidated balance sheet in accrued maintenance and repairs.
During the six months ended September 30, 2022, the Company also wrote off $5.2 million of intangible assets related to legacy AW139 airframe agreements in connection with the new PBH agreements. This loss is reflected on the loss on impairment line of 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 six months ended September 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 six months ended September 30, 2021. As of September 30, 2022, 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.
Recently Adopted Accounting Standards
In November 2021, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) issued Accounting Standard Update (“ASU”) ASU 2021-10 - Government Assistance (Topic 832): Disclosures by Business Entities about Government Assistance. ASU 2021-10 applies to business entities that account for a transaction with a government by applying a grant or contribution accounting model and increases the transparency of the recognition, measurement, presentation and disclosure of government assistance received. Our adoption of this ASU, effective April 1, 2022, had no material impact to the Company’s financial statements.
In October 2021, the FASB issued ASU 2021-08 - Business Combinations (Topic 805): Accounting for Contract Assets and Contract Liabilities from Contracts with Customers. ASU 2021-08 provides specific guidance on how to recognize and measure acquired contract assets and contract liabilities from revenue contracts in business combinations. Our adoption of this ASU, effective April 1, 2022, had no material impact to the Company’s financial statements.