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Air Methods Reports 3Q2008 Results and 4Q2008 Update

Fully-Diluted Earnings Per-Share of $0.67 In Line with Previously Announced


DENVER, Nov. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Air Methods Corporation (Nasdaq: AIRM) reported results for the quarter ended September 30, 2008. Revenue increased 32% to $133.8 million from $101.5 million in the year-ago quarter. For the nine-month period, revenue increased 39% to $379.9 million, up from $273.7 million in the prior-year nine-month period.

For the quarter, net income decreased 25% to $8.4 million, or $0.67 per diluted share, as compared with prior-year quarter net income of $11.2 million, or $0.89 per diluted share. Net income for the nine-month period was $15.5 million, or $1.23 per diluted share, compared to $22.7 million, or $1.82 per diluted share, for the prior-year period. The current-year and prior-year quarters included a $1.1 million and $1.2 million pre-tax net gain on disposition of assets, respectively, while the prior-year quarter included a $0.8 million pre-tax loss on early extinguishment of debt.

The third quarter 2007 financial results do not reflect any operations of FSS Airholdings, Inc., the parent company of CJ Systems Aviation Group, Inc. (CJ), since the acquisition was not completed until October 1, 2007.

Third Quarter Highlights

Community-Based Services: Revenue from community-based services increased 19% to $82.6 million from $69.3 million, and segment net income decreased 15% to $17.5 million during the third quarter, as compared with segment net income of $20.5 million in the prior-year quarter. As previously reported, the decrease in segment net income was primarily attributed to decreases in patients transported for community bases in operation greater than one year and excluding bases acquired from CJ (Same-Base Transports). Same-Base Transports decreased 1,552 transports, or 16%, while weather cancellations for these same bases increased 422 transports compared with the prior-year quarter. The decrease in revenue from reduction in Same-Base Transports was partially offset by $7.3 million in revenue generated from hurricane response activities during the quarter, as well as from a 7% increase in net revenue per community-based transport to $7,047 from $6,560 in the prior year quarter. Segment net income also reflects a $0.7 million, or 12%, increase in maintenance expenditures over the prior-year quarter, excluding aircraft added since July 1, 2007. In addition, fuel expense increased 56% per hour flown as compared with the prior-year quarter, which increased fuel expense by $1.8 million. Revenue generated from bases added in the CJ acquisition was $10.8 million during the current-year quarter.

Hospital-Based Services: Revenue from hospital-based services increased by 65% to $48.6 million from $29.4 million, while segment net income decreased to $0.4 million in the current-year quarter from $2.0 million during the prior-year third quarter. The increase in revenue is primarily attributed to $15.9 million generated during the current-year quarter from the assumption of CJ hospital-based contracts. This increased revenue was partially offset by an 11% decrease in flight volume, excluding locations added or closed since July 1, 2007, which decreased flight revenues by approximately $1.2 million. The net decrease in segment earnings is primarily attributed to an increase in maintenance expense. Maintenance expense for the quarter increased by $2.1 million, or 24%, excluding aircraft added since July 1, 2007.

Products Division: Revenue, excluding revenue generated from internal projects, decreased slightly from $2.9 million to $2.7 million in the current-year quarter. Segment net income, excluding internal projects, was unchanged at $0.7 million.

The Company also provided an update on October 2008 flight volume. Total community-based transports during October 2008 were 3,495 compared with 3,796 during October 2007. Patient transports for community bases in operation greater than one year, including CJ bases added October 1, 2007, decreased 163 transports or 5%, while weather cancellations for these same bases decreased by 297 transports.

Aaron Todd, Chief Executive Officer, stated, "We are pleased with the strength of our earnings considering the weaker flight volume and higher maintenance and fuel expenses incurred during the quarter. We are also pleased that October volume was favorably impacted by more moderate weather cancellation levels. Recent significant decreases in fuel prices and expected lower weather cancellations compared to the severe weather in previous winter and spring periods should help to offset any continued softness in overall demand for air medical services. In addition, continued improvement in net revenue per transport supports our current plans for continued price increases to keep pace with inflation in cost per transport. Air Methods continues to enjoy strong positive cash flow having generated over $44.3 million in cash from operations during the first nine months of 2008. We have used this excess cash to reduce debt levels, increase the size of our unencumbered fleet, and engage in stock repurchase activities. While the current economic environment creates certain operational uncertainties, we continue to have a positive outlook for our future periods given recent trends in reduced fuel costs, moderating weather, improved reimbursement, and strong cash flows."

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 A replay of the call will be available at (800) 642-1687 (domestic) or (706) 645-9291 (international), access number 70416153, for 3 days following the call and the web cast can be accessed at for 30 days.

Air Methods Corporation ( is a leader in emergency air medical transportation and medical services. 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. The Products Division specializes in the design and manufacture of aeromedical and aerospace technology. The Company's fleet of owned, leased or maintained aircraft features over 320 helicopters and fixed wing aircraft.

Forward Looking Statements: This news release includes certain forward-looking statements, which are subject to various risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially from those currently anticipated due to a number of factors, including but not limited to the integration of CJ into our existing operations, the size, structure and growth of the Company's air medical services and products markets; the collection rates for patient transports; the continuation and/or renewal of air medical service contracts; the acquisition of profitable Products Division contracts and other flight service operations; the successful expansion of the community-based operations; and other matters set forth in the Company's public filings.

CONTACTS: Aaron D. Todd, Chief Executive Officer,(303) 792-7413.

Please contact Christine Clarke at (303) 792-7579 to be included on the

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(Amounts in thousands)

September 30, December 31,

2008 2007


Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents $9,171 5,134

Trade receivables, net 140,584 135,633

Other current assets 61,422 74,090

Total current assets 211,177 214,857

Net property and equipment 129,924 114,746

Other assets, net 41,097 39,949

Total assets $382,198 369,552


Current liabilities:

Notes payable related to assets held

for sale $22,831 24,203

Current portion of indebtedness 18,356 18,350

Accounts payable, accrued expenses

and other 64,057 59,546

Total current liabilities 105,244 102,099

Long-term indebtedness 66,293 76,751

Other non-current liabilities 52,708 48,682

Total liabilities 224,245 227,532

Total stockholders' equity 157,953 142,020

Total liabilities and stockholders'

equity $382,198 369,552



(Amounts in thousands, except share and per share amounts)

Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended

September 30, September 30,

2008 2007 2008 2007


Flight operations $131,079 98,587 370,298 267,443

Product operations 2,753 2,962 9,592 6,297

Total revenue 133,832 101,549 379,890 273,740


Operating expenses 100,141 66,151 290,924 185,561

General and administrative 15,947 12,861 50,671 37,579

Gain on disposition of

assets, net (1,130) (1,201) (2,568) (1,546)

Depreciation and

amortization 4,328 3,395 12,628 10,285

119,286 81,206 351,655 231,879

Operating income 14,546 20,343 28,235 41,861

Interest expense (1,270) (1,169) (3,943) (3,909)

Loss on early

extinguishment of debt - (757) - (757)

Other, net 928 612 2,180 1,558

Income before income taxes 14,204 19,029 26,472 38,753

Income tax expense (5,835) (7,838) (10,939) (16,039)

Net income $8,369 11,191 15,533 22,714

Income per common share:

Basic $0.69 0.94 1.28 1.91

Diluted $0.67 0.89 1.23 1.82

Weighted average common

shares outstanding:

Basic 12,179,714 11,954,332 12,170,980 11,906,211

Diluted 12,522,932 12,542,816 12,590,252 12,448,801

SOURCE Air Methods Corporation
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