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Superior Energy Services, Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2010 Results
Core Earnings of $0.43 Per Diluted Share Before Management Transition Expenses on Record Revenue from Non-Gulf of Mexico Markets

NEW ORLEANS, July 28, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --

Superior Energy Services, Inc. (NYSE: SPN) today announced net income of $24.1 million, or $0.30 per diluted share on revenue of $424.9 million for the second quarter of 2010, and adjusted net income of $34.6 million, or $0.43 per diluted share, after excluding pre-tax management transition expenses of $16.4 million.

These results are compared with net income of $21.5 million, or $0.27 per diluted share on revenue of $364.5 million in the first quarter of 2010, and a net loss of $68.9 million, or $0.88 per share on revenue of $361.2 million in the second quarter of 2009. Last year's second quarter results include $129.2 million of non-cash, pre-tax impairment charges.

For the six months ended June 30, 2010, the Company's net income was $45.6 million, or $0.57 per diluted share on revenue of $789.4 million, and adjusted net income was $56.1 million, or $0.71 per diluted share, after excluding pre-tax management transition expenses of $16.4 million. For the six months ended June 30, 2009, the Company's net loss was $12.1 million, or $0.16 per share on revenue of $798.3 million.

David Dunlap, CEO of Superior, commented, "This quarter's improved results reflect the continued execution of the Company's geographic diversification strategy. Collectively, non-Gulf of Mexico market areas generated about $233 million in revenue, the highest quarterly revenue from those markets in the Company's history. This accomplishment was achieved due in part to a 29% sequential increase and a 61% year-over-year quarterly increase in revenue from the domestic land markets primarily as a result of higher activity levels for our coiled tubing, cased hole wireline and well control services, and our stabilization and accommodations rentals.

"Our international revenue grew 4% sequentially and 60% year-over-year as a result of the contribution from Hallin Marine and our ongoing expansion efforts in Brazil.

"Gulf of Mexico revenue grew 18% sequentially, but was down 11% year-over-year. The sequential growth was due to seasonal increases for production-related and decommissioning services, higher liftboat utilization, and a full quarter contribution from Bullwinkle, while the year-over-year decline reflects less work performed on the wreck removal project as it is in the wind-down phase.

"During the second quarter, we benefitted from well control, accommodations, liftboats and environmental services involved in oil spill response work in the Gulf of Mexico and we anticipate that some of this work will continue in the third quarter. While uncertainty remains regarding the pace at which drilling activity will return to the deepwater, the majority of our Gulf of Mexico assets are focused on shallow water production-related and decommissioning services. Nonetheless, we are in the process of redeploying some of our drilling products and services from the deepwater Gulf of Mexico to domestic land and international market areas.

"In terms of guidance, we expect our full year earnings for 2010 to be in the range of $1.35 and $1.55. This guidance takes into account the expected impact of the previously announced drilling moratorium on our Gulf of Mexico deepwater businesses, partially offset by an expectation that demand for drilling products and services and well enhancement services will continue to grow in the domestic land and international markets during the remainder of the year. The full-year guidance excludes the management transition expenses recorded in the second quarter results."

Geographic Breakdown

For the second quarter of 2010, Gulf of Mexico revenue was approximately $191.9 million, domestic land revenue was approximately $119.9 million, and international revenue was approximately $113.1 million.

Subsea and Well Enhancement Segment

Second quarter revenue for the Subsea and Well Enhancement Segment was $284.4 million, a 23% increase from the second quarter of 2009 and a 22% increase sequentially. Adjusted income from operations was $43.9 million, or 15% of segment revenue as compared with $27.6 million, or 12% of segment revenue, in the second quarter of 2009, and $23.7 million, or 10% of segment revenue in the first quarter of 2010.

Domestic land revenue in this segment increased 28% sequentially due to increased demand for coiled tubing, cased hole wireline and well control services. Gulf of Mexico revenue in this segment increased 27% sequentially due to seasonal increases in plug and abandonment and coiled tubing activity, well control and environmental services utilized in response to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, and a full quarter contribution from the Bullwinkle platform. These more than offset a decline in segment revenue from the wreck removal project as work winds down. International revenue in this segment increased 9% sequentially due to a full quarter contribution from Hallin Marine.

Drilling Products and Services Segment

Second quarter revenue for the Drilling Products and Services Segment was $121.3 million, 18% higher year-over-year and 6% higher sequentially. Adjusted income from operations was $25.0 million, or 21% of segment revenue, as compared with $20.1 million, or 20% of segment revenue, in the second quarter of 2009, and $23.9 million, or 21% of segment revenue, in the first quarter of 2010. The primary factor driving the higher sequential revenue was a 33% increase in domestic land revenue resulting from increased rentals of accommodations, stabilizers and specialty tubulars. This more than offset a 3% decline in Gulf of Mexico revenue and essentially no change in international revenue.

Marine Segment

Marine Segment revenue was $19.2 million, 30% lower year-over-year and 10% higher sequentially. The adjusted loss from operations was $4.4 million as compared with income from operations of $4.9 million in the second quarter of 2009, and a loss of $4.0 million in the first quarter of 2010.

Average fleet utilization was 62% as compared with 53% in the second quarter of 2009 and 47% in the first quarter of 2010. The loss from operations was higher than the most recent quarter due to regularly scheduled U.S. Coast Guard inspections and associated maintenance and repair expenses for the 250-foot class liftboats. Those vessels were out of service for 82 days during the second quarter, but have since returned to service and are currently working.


         Liftboat Average Dayrates and Utilization by Class Size
               Three Months Ended June 30, 2010
                          ($ actual)

                                  Average
    Class        Liftboats        Dayrate      Utilization
    -----        ---------        -------     -----------
    145'-155'           6         $6,107            38.5%
    160'-175'           8          7,934            65.2%
    200'                5          9,946            75.4%
    230'-245'           3         24,148            87.2%
    250'                2         29,372            53.9%
    265'(1)             2             --              --

    (1) Out of service for repairs during the quarter.

Conference Call Information

The Company will host a conference call at 11 a.m. Central Time on Thursday, July 29, 2010. The call can be accessed from Superior's website at www.superiorenergy.com, or by telephone at 480-629-9724. For those who cannot listen to the live call, a telephonic replay will be available through Thursday, August 6, 2010 and may be accessed by calling 303-590-3030 and using the pass code 4329137. An archive of the webcast will be available after the call for a period of 60 days on http://www.superiorenergy.com.

Superior Energy Services, Inc. serves the drilling and production-related needs of oil and gas companies worldwide through its brand name rental tools and its integrated well intervention services and tools, supported by an engineering staff who plan and design solutions for customers. Offshore projects are delivered by the Company's fleet of modern marine assets.

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 which involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors. Among the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially are volatility of the oil and gas industry, including the level of exploration, production and development activity; risks associated with the uncertainty of macroeconomic and business conditions worldwide, as well as the global credit markets; risks associated with the Company's rapid growth; changes in competitive factors and other material factors that are described from time to time in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Actual events, circumstances, effects and results may be materially different from the results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Consequently, the forward-looking statements contained herein should not be regarded as representations by Superior or any other person that the projected outcomes can or will be achieved.


    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
    David Dunlap, CEO; Robert Taylor, CFO;
    Greg Rosenstein, VP of Investor Relations, (504) 587-7374



                SUPERIOR ENERGY SERVICES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
                     Consolidated Statements of Operations
               Three and Six Months Ended June 30, 2010 and 2009
               (in thousands, except earnings per share amounts)
                                 (unaudited)

                                    Three Months Ended  Six Months Ended
                                         June 30,           June 30,
                                      2010     2009      2010     2009
                                      ----     ----      ----     ----

    Revenues                        $424,856 $361,161  $789,367 $798,270
                                    -------- --------  -------- --------

    Cost of services (exclusive of
     items shown separately below)   229,916  197,268   428,968  419,733
    Depreciation, depletion,
     amortization and accretion       54,299   50,978   105,347  100,846
    General and administrative
     expenses                         92,529   60,283   163,253  125,269
    Reduction in value of assets           -   92,683         -   92,683

    Income (loss) from operations     48,112  (40,051)   91,799   59,739

    Other income (expense):
      Interest expense, net         (12,680)  (11,720) (26,718)  (25,008)
      Earnings (losses) from
       equity-method
       investments, net                2,170  (19,426)    6,155  (17,170)
      Reduction in value of equity-
       method investment                   -  (36,486)        -  (36,486)

    Income (loss) before income
     taxes                            37,602 (107,683)   71,236  (18,925)

    Income taxes                      13,537  (38,766)   25,645   (6,813)
                                      ------  -------    ------   ------

    Net income (loss)                $24,065 $(68,917)  $45,591 $(12,112)
                                     ======= ========   ======= ========


    Basic earnings (loss) per share    $0.31   $(0.88)    $0.58   $(0.16)
                                       =====   ======     =====   ======

    Diluted earnings (loss) per
     share                             $0.30   $(0.88)    $0.57   $(0.16)
                                       =====   ======     =====   ======

    Weighted average common shares
     used in computing earnings per
     share:
        Basic                         78,716   78,153    78,625   78,093
                                      ======   ======    ======   ======
        Diluted                       79,601   78,153    79,499   78,093
                                      ======   ======    ======   ======


                SUPERIOR ENERGY SERVICES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
                          CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
                      JUNE 30, 2010 AND DECEMBER 31, 2009
                                 (in thousands)

                                                       6/30/2010 12/31/2009
                                                       --------- ----------
                                                      (Unaudited) (Audited)

    ASSETS

    Current assets:
      Cash and cash equivalents                          $64,049   $206,505
      Accounts receivable, net                           397,801    337,151
      Income taxes receivable                                755     12,674
      Prepaid expenses                                    26,408     20,209
      Other current assets                               219,927    287,024
                                                         -------    -------

            Total current assets                         708,940    863,563
                                                         -------    -------

    Property, plant and equipment, net                 1,275,294  1,058,976
    Goodwill                                             575,004    482,480
    Notes receivable                                      83,622          -
    Equity-method investments                             59,720     60,677
    Intangible and other long-term
     assets, net                                          84,668     50,969

            Total assets                              $2,787,248 $2,516,665
                                                      ========== ==========

    LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

    Current liabilities:
      Accounts payable                                   $91,070    $63,466
      Accrued expenses                                   152,123    133,602
      Current portion of decommissioning
       liabilities                                        22,232          -
      Deferred income taxes                               41,856     30,501
      Current maturities of long-term debt                   810        810
                                                             ---        ---

            Total current liabilities                    308,091    228,379
                                                         -------    -------

    Deferred income taxes                                218,945    209,053
    Decommissioning liabilities                          107,686          -
    Long-term debt, net                                  820,581    848,665
    Other long-term liabilities                          113,479     52,523

    Total stockholders' equity                         1,218,466  1,178,045
                                                       ---------  ---------

            Total liabilities and stockholders'
             equity                                   $2,787,248 $2,516,665
                                                      ========== ==========


                Superior Energy Services, Inc. and Subsidiaries
                              Segment Highlights
        Three months ended June 30, 2010, March 31, 2010 and June 30, 2009
                                 (Unaudited)
                                (in thousands)

                                          June 30,    March 31,    June 30,
    Revenue                                 2010        2010        2009
                                        ---------   ----------   ---------

    Subsea and Well Enhancement           $284,352     $232,766   $231,121
    Drilling Products and Services         121,337      114,277    102,533
    Marine                                  19,167       17,468     27,507

    Total Revenues                        $424,856     $364,511   $361,161
                                          ========     ========   ========


                                         June 30,    March 31,    June 30,
    Gross Profit (1)                        2010        2010        2009
                                        ---------   ----------   ---------

    Subsea and Well Enhancement           $116,477      $89,897    $83,607
    Drilling Products and Services          77,578       74,182     69,231
    Marine                                     885        1,380     11,055
    Total Gross Profit                    $194,940     $165,459   $163,893
                                          ========     ========   ========


    Income (Loss) from Operations (as    June 30,    March 31,    June 30,
     adjusted)                           2010 (2)    2010           2009 (3)
                                        ---------   ----------   ---------

    Subsea and Well Enhancement            $43,856      $23,697    $27,589
    Drilling Products and Services          25,016       23,947     20,123
    Marine                                  (4,364)      (3,957)     4,920
                                                 -            -
                                               ---          ---

    Total Income (Loss) from Operations
     (as adjusted)                         $64,508      $43,687    $52,632
                                           =======      =======    =======

    (1) Gross profit is calculated by subtracting cost of services (exclusive
     of depreciation, depletion, amortization and accretion) from revenue for
     each of the Company's segments.
    (2) Excludes management transition expenses of $16.4 million recorded in
    general and administrative expenses. Income from Operations is $48.1
    million with the management transition expenses included.
    (3) Excludes a reduction in value of long-lived intangible assets of $92.7
     million in the Subsea and Well Enhancement Segment for the three months
     ended June 30, 2009. Inclusive of this, the Loss from Operations was
     $40.1 million for the Company and $65.1 million in the Subsea and Well
    Enhancement Segment.

NON-GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION

We report our financial results in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). However, the Company provides non-GAAP financial information because these adjustments are customarily excluded by analysts in published estimates and management believes, for purposes of comparability to financial performance in other periods and to evaluate the Company's trends, that it is appropriate for these items to be excluded. Management uses this adjusted financial information to evaluate the Company's operational trends and historical performance on a consistent basis. The adjusted financial information are not measures of financial performance under GAAP.

A reconciliation of these adjustments is below. In making any comparisons to other companies, investors need to be aware that the non-GAAP financial measures used by the Company may be calculated differently from, and therefore may not be directly comparable to, similarly titled measures used by other companies. Investors should pay close attention to the specific definition being used and to the reconciliation between such measures and the corresponding GAAP measures provided by each company under applicable SEC rules. Non-GAAP financial measures should be viewed in addition to, and not as an alternative for, or superior to, the Company's reported results prepared in accordance with GAAP.


    Non-GAAP Reconciliation Excluding Management Transition Expenses
    For the three months ended June 30, 2010
    (in thousands)

                                         Drilling
                             Subsea and  Products
                                Well        and           Consolidated
                             Enhancement Services  Marine     Total
                             ----------- --------- ------     -----

    Income (loss) from
     operations                 $32,882   $20,334 $(5,104)   $48,112
    Add:
      Management transition
       expenses                  10,974     4,682     740     16,396
                                 ------     -----     ---     ------
    Pre-tax income (loss)
     from operations as
     adjusted                   $43,856   $25,016 $(4,364)   $64,508
                                =======   ======= =======    =======


SOURCE Superior Energy Services, Inc.