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Superior Energy Services, Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2010 Results
Earnings of $0.42 per Diluted Share on Record Revenue from U.S. Land and International Market Areas

NEW ORLEANS, Oct 27, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --

Superior Energy Services, Inc. (NYSE: SPN) today announced net income of $33.2 million, or $0.42 per diluted share, on revenue of $435.4 million for the third quarter of 2010.

These results compare with net income of $24.4 million, or $0.31 per diluted share, on revenue of $386.5 million for the third quarter of 2009, and net income of $24.1 million, or $0.30 per share, on revenue of $424.9 million in the second quarter of 2010. Results from the third quarter of 2009 include non-cash, pre-tax charges of $6.2 million related to the Company's equity-method investments and results from the second quarter of 2010 include pre-tax management transition expenses of $16.4 million.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2010, the Company's net income was $78.8 million, or $0.99 per diluted share, on revenue of $1,224.7 million, and adjusted net income was $89.3 million, or $1.12 per diluted share, after excluding pre-tax management transition expenses of $16.4 million. For the nine months ended September 30, 2009, the Company's net income was $12.3 million, or $0.16 per diluted share, on revenue of $1,184.7 million.

David Dunlap, CEO of Superior, commented, "Our product line and geographic diversification once again benefitted our results. Strong sequential growth in U.S. domestic land activity for coiled tubing and drilling products and improved performance in the Marine segment largely offset the decline in Gulf of Mexico activity associated with the deepwater drilling moratorium and related slowdown in shallow water permitting.

"Non-Gulf of Mexico market areas generated a record $274 million in revenue, which represents a 17% sequential increase and a 67% increase year-over-year. Revenue from the domestic land market increased 31% sequentially and 121% year-over-year, as compared with increases in the average U.S. land drilling rig count of 10% sequentially and 76% year-over-year. International revenue increased 3% sequentially and 26% year-over-year, while Gulf of Mexico revenue decreased 16% sequentially and 27% year-over-year.

"We expect our 2010 earnings per share to be in a range of $1.52 to $1.56, which excludes the management transition expenses recorded in the second quarter. This implies a fourth quarter of 2010 earnings per share range of $0.40 to $0.44. Our prior 2010 earnings per share guidance range was $1.35 to $1.55."

Geographic Breakdown

For the third quarter of 2010, Gulf of Mexico revenue was approximately $161.7 million, domestic land revenue was approximately $157.6 million, and international revenue was approximately $116.1 million. The domestic land and international revenues were record highs for a quarter.

Subsea and Well Enhancement Segment

Third quarter revenue for the Subsea and Well Enhancement Segment was $289.0 million, a 14% increase from the third quarter of 2009 and a 2% increase sequentially. Income from operations was $40.0 million, or 14% of segment revenue as compared with $31.6 million, or 12% of segment revenue, in the third quarter of 2009, and $43.9 million (adjusted for management transition expenses), or 15% of segment revenue in the second quarter of 2010.

Domestic land revenue in this segment increased 31% sequentially due to increased demand for coiled tubing, cased hole wireline, well control services and hydraulic workover and snubbing services. Gulf of Mexico revenue in this segment decreased 19% sequentially primarily due to a reduction in engineering and project management services and reduced revenue from the wreck removal project as work winds down. International revenue in this segment increased 4% sequentially due to increases in subsea and well control services.

Drilling Products and Services Segment

Third quarter revenue for the Drilling Products and Services Segment was $118.7 million, 18% higher year-over-year and 2% lower sequentially. Income from operations was $15.4 million, or 13% of segment revenue, as compared with $17.9 million, or 18% of segment revenue, in the third quarter of 2009, and $25.0 million (adjusted for management transition expenses), or 21% of segment revenue, in the second quarter of 2010. Domestic land revenue increased 31% sequentially primarily due to increased rentals of accommodations, specialty tubulars and stabilization equipment. International revenue was essentially unchanged from the prior quarter, while Gulf of Mexico revenue declined 29% sequentially due to the deepwater drilling moratorium which curtailed demand for drill pipe and specialty tubulars.

Marine Segment

Marine Segment revenue was $27.6 million, 12% lower year-over-year and 44% higher sequentially. Income from operations was $5.9 million, or 21% of segment revenue, as compared with income from operations of $5.1 million, or 16% of segment revenue, in the third quarter of 2009, and a loss of $4.4 million (adjusted for management transition expenses) in the second quarter of 2010.

Average fleet utilization was 88% as compared with 62% in both the third quarter of 2009 and in the second quarter of 2010. Utilization increased sequentially across almost all classes. The high utilization for the smaller liftboat classes is primarily due to Macondo oil spill response work. This segment also benefitted from a reduction in maintenance and repairs expenses as compared with the most recent quarter.

Liftboat Average Dayrates and Utilization by Class Size

Three Months Ended September 30, 2010

($ actual)

Class


Liftboats


Average
Dayrate


Utilization

145'-155'


6


$6,810


96.9%

160'-175'


8


8,807


89.3%

200'


5


10,717


80.7%

230'-245'


3


24,253


71.0%

250'


2


31,800


97.8%

265'(1)


2


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

Conference Call Information

The Company will host a conference call at 10 a.m. Central Time on Thursday, October 28, 2010. The call can be accessed from Superior's website at www.superiorenergy.com, or by telephone at 480-629-9644. For those who cannot listen to the live call, a telephonic replay will be available through Thursday, November 4, 2010 and may be accessed by calling 303-590-3030 and using the pass code 4369171. 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 Nine Months Ended September 30, 2010 and 2009

(in thousands, except earnings per share amounts)

(unaudited)




Three Months Ended


Nine Months Ended



September 30,


September 30,



2010


2009


2010


2009










Revenues


$ 435,353


$ 386,455


$ 1,224,720


$ 1,184,725










Cost of services (exclusive of items shown separately below)


232,308


215,674


661,276


635,407

Depreciation, depletion, amortization and accretion


56,805


52,720


162,152


153,566

General and administrative expenses


84,912


63,425


248,165


188,694

Reduction in value of assets


-


-


-


92,683










Income from operations


61,328


54,636


153,127


114,375










Other income (expense):









Interest expense, net


(12,456)


(12,320)


(39,174)


(37,328)

Earnings (losses) from equity-method investments, net


3,030


(4,161)


9,185


(21,331)

Reduction in value of equity-method investment


-


-


-


(36,486)










Income before income taxes


51,902


38,155


123,138


19,230










Income taxes


18,685


13,736


44,330


6,923










Net income


$ 33,217


$ 24,419


$ 78,808


$ 12,307



















Basic earnings per share


$ 0.42


$ 0.31


$ 1.00


$ 0.16










Diluted earnings per share


$ 0.42


$ 0.31


$ 0.99


$ 0.16










Weighted average common shares used









in computing earnings per share:









Basic


78,797


78,188


78,683


78,126

Diluted


79,722


78,812


79,573


78,684

SUPERIOR ENERGY SERVICES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

SEPTEMBER 30, 2010 AND DECEMBER 31, 2009

(in thousands)








9/30/2010


12/31/2009



(Unaudited)


(Audited)






ASSETS










Current assets:





Cash and cash equivalents


$ 47,381


$ 206,505

Accounts receivable, net


494,283


337,151

Income taxes receivable


-


12,674

Prepaid expenses


27,765


20,209

Other current assets


200,750


287,024






Total current assets


770,179


863,563






Property, plant and equipment, net


1,349,396


1,058,976

Goodwill


576,774


482,480

Notes receivable


84,965


-

Equity-method investments


61,812


60,677

Intangible and other long-term assets, net


99,309


50,969






Total assets


$ 2,942,435


$ 2,516,665






LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY










Current liabilities:





Accounts payable


$ 82,708


$ 63,466

Accrued expenses


180,620


133,602

Income taxes payable


24,386


-

Current portion of decommissioning liabilities


25,804


-

Deferred income taxes


29,704


30,501

Current maturities of long-term debt


810


810






Total current liabilities


344,032


228,379






Deferred income taxes


218,904


209,053

Decommissioning liabilities


116,116


-

Long-term debt, net


879,495


848,665

Other long-term liabilities


116,413


52,523






Total stockholders' equity


1,267,475


1,178,045






Total liabilities and stockholders' equity


$ 2,942,435


$ 2,516,665

Superior Energy Services, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Segment Highlights

Three months ended September 30, 2010, June 30, 2010 and September 30, 2009

(Unaudited)

(in thousands)






Three months ended,



September 30, 2010


June 30, 2010


September 30, 2009

Revenue














Subsea and Well Enhancement


$ 289,048


$ 284,352


$ 254,335








Drilling Products and Services


118,727


121,337


100,832








Marine


27,578


19,167


31,288















Total Revenues


$ 435,353


$ 424,856


$ 386,455











Gross Profit (1)


September 30, 2010


June 30, 2010


September 30, 2009








Subsea and Well Enhancement


$ 118,231


$ 116,477


$ 94,098








Drilling Products and Services


72,659


77,578


64,621








Marine


12,155


885


12,062








Total Gross Profit


$ 203,045


$ 194,940


$ 170,781











Income from Operations (as adjusted)


September 30, 2010


June 30, 2010 (2)


September 30, 2009








Subsea and Well Enhancement


$ 40,026


$ 43,856


$ 31,563








Drilling Products and Services


15,419


25,016


17,940








Marine


5,883


(4,364)


5,133



-


-










Total Income from Operations (as adjusted)


$ 61,328


$ 64,508


$ 54,636








(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.

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)












Subsea and

Well

Enhancement


Drilling

Products

and

Services


Marine


Consolidated
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.