Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)


3 Months Ended
Jun. 30, 2020
Business Combinations [Abstract]  
Era Group Inc.
On June 11, 2020, the Merger was completed. 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 oil and gas production platforms, drilling rigs and other installations. The transaction was structured as an all-stock, reverse-triangular merger, whereby Era issued shares of common stock (“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 its 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 consists of eight directors, including six Old Bristow designees. The Merger was accounted for under the acquisition method of accounting under ASC 805, Business Combinations.
Consistent with the guidelines of ASC 805, if the initial accounting for the business combination has not concluded by the end of the reporting period in which the acquisition occurs, an estimate may be recorded. The Company may record any material adjustments to the initial amounts recorded based on new information obtained that would have existed as of the date of the acquisition within a year of the acquisition date. The Company is continuing to analyze and assess relevant information in the following areas to determine the fair value of assets acquired and liabilities assumed as of the Merger date: certain legal and
contingency-related matters and aircraft and related contract assets. Due to the recent timing and complexity of the Merger, these amounts are provisional and subject to change as our fair value assessments are finalized. The final fair value determination could result in material adjustments to the values presented in the preliminary purchase price allocation table below. The Company will reflect any such adjustments in subsequent filings in accordance with this accounting standard.
The acquisition date fair value of the consideration transferred consisted of the following (in thousands):
Fair value of Combined Company Common Stock issued (1)

Fair value of stock awards (2)

Total consideration transferred

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.
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.
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

Accounts receivable from non-affiliates

Prepaid expenses and other current assets


Property and equipment

Right-of-use assets

Other assets

Total assets acquired

Liabilities assumed:
Accounts payable

Accrued wages, benefits and related taxes

Income taxes payable

Deferred revenue

Accrued interest

Current portion of operating lease liabilities

Other accrued liabilities

Short-term borrowings and current maturities of long-term debt

Long-term debt, less current maturities

Other liabilities and deferred credits

Deferred taxes

Long-term operating lease liabilities

Total liabilities and redeemable noncontrolling interest assumed

Net assets acquired

The Merger 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 and is shown as a gain on bargain purchase on the condensed consolidated statements of operations. 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 the Merger announcement 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 increases or Era’s common stock decreases, between the date of the Merger agreement and consummation of the Merger.
The amounts of revenue and earnings of Era included in the Company’s condensed consolidated statement of operations from the acquisition date of June 11, 2020 to June 30, 2020 (Successor) are as follows (in thousands):
Total revenues

Net loss

The following unaudited supplemental pro forma combined financial information presents the Company’s results of operations for the three months ended June 30, 2020, 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

Net income

Net income attributable to Bristow Group Inc.


The Company did not have any material, nonrecurring pro forma adjustments directly attributable to the business combination included in the reported pro forma revenue and net income.