Air Methods Reports 2Q2012 Results and 3Q2012 Update

Aug 02, 2012

Second Quarter Fully-Diluted EPS of $2.43 Slightly Above Previously Announced Expected Range

DENVER, CO., August 2, 2012 -- Air Methods Corporation (Nasdaq: AIRM), the global leader in air medical transportation, reported financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2012 and provided an update on July 2012 community-based patient transports.  For the quarter, revenue increased 48% from $150.2 million to $222.5 million in the current-year quarter.  For the six-month period, revenue increased 47% to $413.3 million, compared with $282.1 million in the prior-year six-month period.  Financial results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2012 include operations associated with the Company’s acquisition of OF Air Holdings and its subsidiaries (together, Omniflight) effective August 1, 2011.

For the quarter, net income increased 217% to $31.4 million, or $2.43 per diluted share, as compared with prior-year second quarter net income of $9.9 million, or $0.77 per diluted share.  Net income for the six-month period increased 181% to $43.9 million, or $3.39 per diluted share, compared to $15.6 million, or $1.22 per diluted share, for the prior-year six-month period.  The current-year second quarter results include pre-tax severance expenses of $1.1 million ($0.05 per share after tax effect).

For the second quarter, community-based revenue increased 72% to $161.9 million compared to $94.1 million in the prior year, while segment net income increased 178% to $54.5 million from $19.6 million. Total community-based patient transports increased by 47% to 15,134, as compared with 10,309 in the prior-year quarter.  Community-based patient transports for bases open greater than one year and excluding Omniflight bases (Same-Base Transports) increased 3% or 296 patient transports, as compared with the prior-year quarter. Weather cancellations for these same base locations decreased by 1,070 compared with the prior-year quarter.  Net revenue per community-based transport was $10,609 for the current-year quarter, compared with $9,008 in the prior-year quarter, an 18% increase.  Hospital-based revenue increased by 9% to $53.0 million compared to $48.6 million in the prior-year period, while segment net income increased 155% to $4.6 million from $1.8 million.  External revenue within the United Rotorcraft division was unchanged at $7.5 million compared with the prior-year quarter, while external segment net income decreased by 33% to $0.9 million in the current-year quarter. Consolidated maintenance expense decreased by $0.3 million or 1%, as compared with the prior-year quarter, despite a 34% increase in flight volume.  Fuel expense per flight hour was unchanged during the quarter, compared with the prior-year period.

The Company also provided an update on preliminary July 2012 flight volume. Total community-based transports were 5,053 during July 2012, compared with 3,785 in July 2011, a 34% increase. Same-Base Transports during the month of July decreased by 157 transports, or 4%, as compared with July 2011, while weather cancellations decreased by 36, as compared with the prior-year month for these same bases.

Aaron Todd, CEO, stated, “During our second quarter, growth in Same-Base Transports attributed to milder weather, increase in net revenue per community-based transport, decrease in maintenance expense per flight hour, and the accretive financial performance of our Omniflight acquisition have combined to create strong top-line and bottom-line results.  The Company continues to enjoy solid organic growth as well.  Excluding revenue generated from Omniflight operating bases, our revenue would have grown 22%.  We remain very optimistic for continued strength in our operating results for the remainder of 2012, especially when considering that the second half of 2012 will benefit from a full six months of combined operations and the non-recurrence of transaction and severance costs associated with the Omniflight acquisition.”

The Company will discuss these results in a conference call scheduled today at 4:15 p.m. Eastern. Interested parties can access the call by dialing (877) 883-0656 (domestic) or (706) 643-8826 (international) or by accessing the web cast at www.airmethods.com. A replay of the call will be available at (855) 859-2056 (domestic) or (404) 537-3406 (international), access number 11941783, for 3 days following the call and the web cast can be accessed at www.airmethods.com for 30 days.

Air Methods Corporation (www.airmethods.com) is the global leader in air medical transportation. The Hospital Based Services Division is the largest provider of air medical transport services for hospitals. The Community Based Services Division is one of the largest community-based providers of air medical services. United Rotorcraft Division specializes in the design and manufacture of aeromedical and aerospace technology. Air Methods’ fleet of owned, leased or maintained aircraft features over 400 helicopters and fixed wing aircraft.

Forward Looking Statements: Forward-looking statements in this news release are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Statements in this press release that are “forward-looking statements” are based on current expectations and assumptions that are subject to risks and uncertainties.  Actual results could differ materially from those currently anticipated due to a number of factors, including but not limited to, the size, structure and growth of the Company's air medical services and United Rotorcraft Division; the collection rates for patient transports; the continuation and/or renewal of air medical service contracts; the ability of the Company to successfully finalize the integration of Omniflight; the anticipated synergies associated with the acquisition of Omniflight; the anticipated benefits of the Company’s internal reorganization; extreme weather conditions across the U.S.; development and changes in laws and regulations, including, without limitation, the impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; increased regulation of the health care and aviation industry through legislative action and revised rules and standards; and other matters set forth in the Company's filings with the SEC. The Company is under no obligation (and expressly disclaims any obligation) to update or alter its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

CONTACTS: Trent Carman, Chief Financial Officer, (303) 792-7591. Please contact Christine Clarke at (303) 792-7579 to be included on the Company’s fax and/or mailing list.

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