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Bristow files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Old 12th May 2019, 16:25
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Originally Posted by Bruce No1 View Post
The Bristow Trinidad operation was set up and running very profitably decades before any part of the company was US owned and run.

Yes 'established' is not fair to say (I know some of the people - good people on the line in Trinidad), but replacements of the old 212's and 412's didn't happen without help is what I' meant.

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Old 12th May 2019, 16:29
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The picture may be different for companies making a loss complete on their own (Eastern?) of have to pay substantial leasing sums to one of the US companies (BHL?)
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Old 12th May 2019, 18:10
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Are there any ramifications to a company or its directors for entering Chapter 11? It seems like no more than a Get Out Of Jail Free card. Run a company badly, extract as much out of it as you can, then when it all goes wrong, cry “Chapter 11!!”, bin off all those tricky contracts and debt you don’t want, and just start again.

I’m sure there’s more to it than that, but is there any downside?
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Old 12th May 2019, 19:04
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SLB - exactly what I was thinking.

To the end of March 2018, BHL posted a UK loss of £46.5m and had a net value of minus £43m (shareholders deficit) on the balance sheet, at that point in time.

Same period - Eastern posted a loss of £6.7m, but at least had a balance sheet value of £4.1m.

Does part of the Ch.11 allow for payments/support to continue being made to loss making subsidiaries, until the whole group of businesses have been reviewed?
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Old 12th May 2019, 20:01
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Mitchaa .. thanks for the info. More tough times ahead
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Old 12th May 2019, 20:59
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Within Bristow Group, the value of BHL is kept artificially low and the expenses are driven artificially high by the leasing arrangements. I think Bristow Aircraft Leasing Ltd and Bristow Aviation Holdings Ltd, both Brit registered, are two of the mechanisms. If I was a financial officer at BHL, these are amongst the first suppliers I'd be talking to about trimming the outgoings!

Avia Quest Ltd was, until a few days ago, called Bristow Helicopters Leasing Ltd, but has changed its name, directors and persons with significant control during this critical period. A bit strange, but limited value involved and probably a single aircraft.
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Old 13th May 2019, 06:48
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Originally Posted by jimf671 View Post
Within Bristow Group, the value of BHL is kept artificially low and the expenses are driven artificially high by the leasing arrangements. I think Bristow Aircraft Leasing Ltd and Bristow Aviation Holdings Ltd, both Brit registered, are two of the mechanisms. If I was a financial officer at BHL, these are amongst the first suppliers I'd be talking to about trimming the outgoings!

Avia Quest Ltd was, until a few days ago, called Bristow Helicopters Leasing Ltd, but has changed its name, directors and persons with significant control during this critical period. A bit strange, but limited value involved and probably a single aircraft.
Probably Bristow divesting itself of the Russian operation? Here's an extract from the Bristow website (now outdated):

Bristow Aviation has a 48.5% interest in Aviashelf Aviation Co. (“Aviashelf”), a Russian helicopter company. Additionally, Bristow owns 51% of two U.K. joint venture companies, Bristow Helicopters Leasing Ltd. and Sakhalin Bristow Air Services Ltd. These two U.K. companies lease aircraft to Aviashelf which holds the client contracts for Russian operations.
The major (only?) shareholder of the new Avia Quest Ltd is a Russian citizen who runs SAT Airlines, a Sakhalin based airline.
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Old 13th May 2019, 14:43
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From an SEC filing, https://investtribune.com/bristow-gr...8-k-on-may-13/

On May 10, 2019, BHL completed the sale of all of the shares of EAIL to Orient Industrial Holdings Limited (“OIHL”), an entity affiliated with Mr. Richard Lake, pursuant to a Sale and Purchase Agreement (the “EAIL Purchase Agreement”). Pursuant to the EAIL Purchase Agreement and related agreements, BHL contributed approximately £17.1 million to EAIL as working capital, OIHL acquired EAIL, BHL retained its controlling ownership of the shares in Humberside International Airport Limited that it previously held through EAIL and certain intercompany balances between BHL and EAIL were written off. As a result of the transaction, OIHL now owns and operates EAIL, which had previously operated as a separate unit within Bristow Group, and BHL maintains its controlling interest in Humberside Airport, from which BHL provides U.K. search and rescue services.
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Old 13th May 2019, 19:39
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So Bristow have paid £17 million to Richard Lake (OIHL) so that he can take ownership of Eastern?
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Old 14th May 2019, 17:33
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£17 million!? Wouldn’t have thought it was worth half of that.

RL will be laughing all the way to the bank!
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Old 15th May 2019, 01:16
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All is not lost, you can still trade Bristow shares in the OTC market. BRSWQ

$ 0.0852 (-0.2009) -70.22% Volume: 12,874,974
Low: 0.081 High: 0.2028 Year Low: 0.081 Year High: 18.91

After Hours: $ 0.0852 0.00 0.00%May 14, 2019 4:55 PMEDTVolume: 4,355,335
USDOTC PINKDELAYED PRICEMARKET CLOSEDMAY 14, 2019 3:59 PMEDT

https://stockhouse.com/companies/quote?symbol=brswq
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Old 15th May 2019, 08:47
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Logic like that and one wonders why BHL is in the dwang??
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Old 15th May 2019, 10:06
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Bristow finally achieved Target Zero, that's what the company is worth and the dishonest managers that have run it into the ground have zero chance of ever being held accountable.
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Old 15th May 2019, 16:15
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Red face COBI

To introduce COBI, amongst other things has obviously has worked great for the company as well.
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Old 16th May 2019, 07:00
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both BHL and Eastern posted losses in the year ending March 2018
You are potentially reading too much into these accounts - there's only mileage in looking at a holding company accounts. Remember that some companies like Starbucks and Amazon show near-zero profits in UK by paying a "licence fee" to the US parent company "to use the company name in the UK" and that's not so easily visible from filed statutory accounts.
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Old 31st May 2019, 00:41
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Bristow Helicopters Australia are seeking a HOO/Chief Pilot
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Old 31st May 2019, 02:28
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Bristow Helicopters Australia are seeking a HOO/Chief Pilot

Having taken a brief look at the requirements, qualifications and expectations for this position I am of the conclusion that the current board of directors, CEO’s and whatever else they call themselves must be in need of more time to sit back and enjoy their ill gotten gains and try to off load all their responsibilities to one person who will probably end up as a scapegoat when there are no improvements.

Anyone fancy the position?
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Old 31st May 2019, 04:56
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".....the current operational footprint in Australia."
It's a pretty small footprint.
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Old 31st May 2019, 12:32
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Its going to be a short term position.

Bristow has 4 aircraft remaining in Australia. 2x AW139 in Tooradin and 2x S-92 in Pt Hedland. The Hedland contract officially ends in September although may extend to December. S-92 LIMSAR and night standby will soon be taken over by Babcock 139s from Karratha which will lead to further pilot redundancies.
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Old 4th Jun 2019, 17:28
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BP - Bristows new contract

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