|12 Months Ended|
Dec. 31, 2017
|Debt Disclosure [Abstract]|
The Company’s borrowings as of December 31, 2017 and 2016 were as follows (in thousands):
The Company’s scheduled long-term debt maturities as of December 31, 2017 were as follows (in thousands):
7.750% Senior Notes. On December 7, 2012, Era Group issued $200.0 million aggregate principal amount of its 7.750% senior unsecured notes due December 15, 2022 (the “7.750% Senior Notes”) and received net proceeds of $191.9 million. Interest on the 7.750% Senior Notes is payable semi-annually in arrears on June 15 and December 15 of each year. The 7.750% Senior Notes may be redeemed at any time and from time to time on or after December 15, 2017 at the applicable redemption prices set forth in the indenture governing the 7.750% Senior Notes, plus accrued and unpaid interest, if any, to the redemption date. The indenture contains covenants that restrict Era Group’s ability to, among other things, incur additional indebtedness, pay dividends or make other distributions or repurchase or redeem its 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 their assets. In addition, upon a specified change of control trigger event or specified asset sale, Era Group may be required to offer to repurchase the 7.750% Senior Notes.
Era Group’s payment obligations under the 7.750% Senior Notes are fully and unconditionally guaranteed by all of its wholly owned existing U.S. subsidiaries that are guarantors under the Revolving Credit Facility. The net proceeds of the offering were used to repay $190.0 million of borrowings outstanding under the Company’s prior, $200.0 million senior secured revolving credit facility (the “Prior Credit Facility”).
During the year ended December 31, 2016, the Company repurchased a total of $5.0 million of the 7.750% Senior Notes at a price of 86.63 of par for total cash of $4.5 million, including accrued interest of $0.2 million. The Company recognized gains of $0.5 million on the repurchases. The Company did not repurchase any of its 7.75% Senior Notes during the year-ended 2017.
Revolving Credit Facility. On March 31, 2014, Era Group entered into the Revolving Credit Facility through an amendment to the Prior Credit Facility. Advances under the Revolving Credit Facility at the closing were used to refinance indebtedness incurred under the Prior Credit Facility. On October 27, 2016, the Company entered into the Consent and Amendment No. 3 to the Company’s Revolving Credit Facility that, among other things, revised our maintenance covenants to provide additional flexibility, reduced the aggregate principal amount of the revolving loan commitments and added a condition to borrowing and a repayment mechanism in connection with excess cash amounts.
The Revolving Credit Facility provides the Company with the ability to borrow up to $200.0 million with a sub-limit of up to $50.0 million for letters of credit and includes an “accordion” feature which, if exercised and subject to agreement by the lenders and the satisfaction of certain conditions, would increase total commitments by up to $100.0 million. Availability under the Revolving Credit Facility may be limited by the terms of the 7.750% Senior Notes. The Revolving Credit Facility matures in March 2019.
Borrowings under the Revolving Credit Facility bear interest at a rate per annum equal to, at Era Group’s election, either a base rate or LIBOR, each as defined, plus an applicable margin. The applicable margin is based on the Company’s ratio of funded debt to EBITDA, as defined, and ranges from 75 to 200 basis points on the base rate margin and 175 to 300 basis points on the LIBOR margin. The applicable margin as of December 31, 2017 was 200 basis points on the “base rate” margin and 300 basis points on the LIBOR margin. In addition, Era Group is required to pay a quarterly commitment fee based on the average unfunded portion of the committed amount at a rate based on the Company’s ratio of funded debt to EBITDA, as defined, that ranges from 37.5 to 50 basis points. As of December 31, 2017, the commitment fee was 50 basis points.
The obligations under the Revolving Credit Facility are secured by a portion of the Company’s helicopter fleet and other tangible assets and are guaranteed by Era Group’s wholly owned U.S. subsidiaries. The Revolving Credit Facility contains various restrictive covenants including that we maintain a maximum senior secured leverage ratio, as defined, a minimum interest coverage ratio and a minimum ratio of the sum of the fair market value of mortgaged helicopters, accounts receivable and inventory to committed amounts under the Revolving Credit Facility as well as other customary covenants including certain restrictions on the Company’s ability to enter into certain transactions, including those that could result in the incurrence of additional indebtedness and liens, the making of loans, guarantees or investments, sales of assets, payments of dividends or repurchases of capital stock, and entering into transactions with affiliates. As of December 31, 2017, we are in compliance with all debt covenants.
As of December 31, 2017, Era Group had $39.0 million of outstanding borrowings under the Revolving Credit Facility, and the remaining availability was $75.8 million based on the borrowing base of such date, net of issued letters of credit of $1.3 million. The availability under the Revolving Credit Facility is subject to the Company’s ability to maintain compliance with the financial ratios discussed above. In connection with Amendment No. 3 to the Revolving Credit Facility, which reduced the total commitment amount of the facility to $200.0 million, Era Group wrote off previously incurred debt issuance costs of $0.5 million and incurred additional debt issuance costs of $0.9 million in 2016. The additional debt issuance costs are included in other assets on the consolidated balance sheets and are amortized to interest expense in the consolidated statements of operations over the life of the Revolving Credit Facility.
On March 7, 2018, Era Group entered into a Consent and Amendment No. 4 to the Amended and Restated Senior Secured Revolving Credit Facility Agreement that, among other things, (a) reduced the aggregate principal amount of revolving loan commitments from $200.0 million to $125.0 million, (b) extended the agreement’s maturity until March 31, 2021, (c) revised the definition of EBITDA to permit an add-back for ongoing litigation expenses related to the H225 helicopters, and (d) adjusted the covenant requirement to maintain an interest coverage ratio of not less than 1.75:1:00 and a senior secured leverage ratio of not more than 3.25:100. The applicable margin is based on the Company’s ratio of funded debt to EBITDA, and has increased by 50 basis points at each tier from the previous amendment.
Promissory Notes. On December 23, 2010, the Company entered into a promissory note for $27.0 million to purchase a heavy helicopter. Upon maturity of the note on December 20, 2015, the Company refinanced the then outstanding balance of $19.0 million. The new note is secured by a helicopter and bears interest at the one-month LIBOR rate plus 181 basis points. The interest rate resets monthly and at December 31, 2017 was 2.47%. The note requires monthly principal and interest payments of $0.1 million with a final payment of $12.8 million due in December 2020.
On November 24, 2010, the Company entered into a promissory note for $11.7 million to purchase a medium helicopter. Upon maturity of the note on December 1, 2015, the Company refinanced the then outstanding balance of $5.9 million. The new note is secured by a helicopter and bears interest at the one-month LIBOR rate plus 181 basis points. The interest rate resets monthly and at December 31, 2017 was 2.43%. The note requires monthly principal and interest payments of less than $0.1 million with a final payment of $4.0 million due in December 2020.
In connection with the refinancing, the Company paid a total of $0.1 million in debt issuance costs in 2015. During 2016, the notes were amended to, among other things, provide for cross-collateralization such that each helicopter now secures both promissory notes.
Aeróleo Debt. In connection with the transfer of partnership interests discussed in Note 5, the Company’s former partner assigned two existing notes receivable from Aeróleo totaling $8.3 million to the Company’s new partner. In June 2016, the Company and its partner in Aeróleo each contributed notes payable to them by Aeróleo, including these two notes, as a contribution of additional capital into Aeróleo. As a result, $6.3 million of debt due to the Company’s partner in Aeróleo was recorded in net loss attributable to noncontrolling interest in subsidiaries on the consolidated statements of operations.
In addition, on October 1, 2015, Aeróleo had an existing loan from a third party with a balance of $1.4 million. The note was payable in Brazilian reals, bore interest at a rate of 19.0% per annum and called for equal monthly payments of principal and interest with the final payment due in September 2016. In June 2016, the Company prepaid principal and interest of $1.5 million to settle the note in full.
The Company has also settled certain tax disputes in Brazil totaling $3.0 million under the PERT Program and has agreed to make installment payments on the amounts due to the applicable taxing authorities. The installments are payable in Brazilian reals and bear interest at a rate equal to the overnight rate as published by the Central Bank of Brazil and will be paid over the next 19 to 63 months as of December 31, 2017. Such amounts are included in the schedule of long-term debt maturities noted above.
The entire disclosure for long-term debt.
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