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Superior Energy Services, Inc. Announces Third Quarter 2005 Results

BROUSSARD, La.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 3, 2005--Superior Energy Services, Inc. (NYSE: SPN) today announced results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2005. For the quarter, revenues were $184.1 million, resulting in net income of $9.4 million or $0.12 diluted earnings per share, as compared to revenues of $152.5 million and net income of $11.3 million or $0.15 diluted earnings per share for the third quarter of 2004.

The company recorded $2.0 million in after-tax charges ($3.2 million pre-tax) for the reduction in value of oil and gas reserves and assets in the other oilfield services segment. The company took a $1.3 million charge ($2.1 million pre-tax) for the reduction in value of two of its mature properties. Earlier this year the company successfully restored production from wells at the properties after years of being shut-in. However, it was deemed uneconomical to perform additional production enhancement work to maintain production. The company also reduced the value of assets in the other oilfield services segment by $0.7 million ($1.1 million pre-tax) as a result of its decision to close its oil spill containment boom facility due to hurricane-related damage.

Net income without these charges would have been $11.4 million, or $0.14 diluted earnings per share for the third quarter ended September 30, 2005.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2005, revenues were $547.3 million and net income was $51.6 million or $0.65 diluted earnings per share, as compared to revenues of $406.5 million and net income of $23.6 million or $0.31 diluted earnings per share for the nine months ended September 30, 2004.

Third-party demand for most products and services was strong prior to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Despite the hurricanes, third quarter revenues increased over the second quarter for the well intervention, marine and rental tools segments. The company estimates the hurricane season resulted in deferred revenue opportunity in the range of $32.0 million and $35.0 million.

The company incurred approximately $6.5 million in hurricane-related expenses, including $2.0 million in relief aid for more than 560 employees; $2.0 million in equipment and facility losses and repairs; $1.5 million in storm-related payroll expenses, temporary lodging and miscellaneous and third-party expenses; and $1.0 million in repairs to oil and gas platforms. The company anticipates an additional $5.0 million to $6.0 million in hurricane-related expenses in the fourth quarter, mainly to complete repairs on the company's oil and gas platforms.

The company estimates the overall impact of the hurricane season was a reduction in net income for the third quarter in the range of $0.20 to $0.22 diluted earnings per share.

CEO Terry Hall Comments

CEO Terry Hall commented, "The hurricanes adversely impacted what would have been a record third quarter for revenues and net income. Prior to the storms, production-related services, liftboats and rental tools in the Gulf of Mexico enjoyed stronger activity levels than the second quarter. Our oil and gas properties were producing on average 7,500 barrels of oil equivalent ("boe") per day on days unaffected by hurricanes, including several days above 8,000 boe. In addition, our rental businesses grew as our international and domestic land activity increased.

"Our earnings power remains strong, but for different market-driven factors. Our focus is now on assisting our customers restore and revive their Gulf of Mexico oil and gas production. Activity levels across our segments are gradually increasing as some customers move from the damage assessment phase to platform and well work, including salvage, repairs and recovery. As we move through the fourth quarter, our oil and gas production should slowly resume as third party pipelines and refineries come on-line.

"In 2006, the Gulf of Mexico market should be very active with a combination of hurricane recovery projects and the resumption of pre-storm, production-related work and drilling activity. In addition, we expect continued market penetration on land and internationally for rental tools and well intervention services."

Well Intervention Group Segment

Third quarter revenues for the Well Intervention Group segment were $63.4 million, a 6 percent increase from the third quarter of 2004 and a 4 percent increase from the second quarter of 2005. Coiled tubing, pumping and stimulation, hydraulic workover and structure removal services all showed sequential revenue increases. The segment's gross profit percentage was lower sequentially due to a change in business mix as a result of less high-margin well control work and higher repair and maintenance expenses, labor costs and third party services.

Demand for production-related and decommissioning services is increasing as the industry moves to well recovery work. Activity has already returned to pre-storm levels for coiled tubing, hydraulic workover, well control, engineering and pumping and stimulation services.

Rental Tools Segment

Revenues for the Rental Tools segment were $61.7 million, 45 percent higher than the third quarter of 2004 and 1 percent higher than the second quarter of 2005. The small sequential improvement was due primarily to an increase in international rentals of drilling-related tools and on-site accommodations and accessories which offset the decline in Gulf of Mexico rentals. International rental revenues were approximately $15.4 million as compared to approximately $11.8 million in the second quarter of 2005.

Gulf of Mexico demand for drilling-related rentals such as drill pipe, stabilizers and specialty tubulars is increasing slowly, and the company believes demand will return to pre-storm levels by the end of the year as customers resume their drilling programs. Rentals of on-site accommodations are exceeding pre-storm levels.

Marine Segment

Superior's marine revenues were $18.5 million, a 2 percent increase as compared to the third quarter of 2004 and a 1 percent increase as compared to the second quarter of 2005. Average fleet utilization was 76 percent as compared to 69 percent for the third quarter of 2004 and 73 percent for the second quarter of 2005. Average daily revenue in the third quarter was approximately $200,730, inclusive of subsistence revenue.

In October, liftboat activity has increased dramatically with every available liftboat currently working and dayrates above 2001 peak rates for all classes. Average daily revenue in October was approximately $321,000.

        Liftboat Average Dayrates and Utilization by Class Size
 Three Months Ended September 30, 2005 and One Month Ended October 31,
                                 2005
                              ($ actual)

                               3rd Quarter 2005      October 2005
                              ------------------- -------------------
       Class                  Average             Average
                    Liftboats Dayrate Utilization Dayrate Utilization
------------------- --------- ------------------- -------------------
          145-155'        11  $6,270        77.6% $8,511        84.2%
         160'-175'         6   8,199        45.3% 11,988        94.6%
              200'         4  10,228        91.0% 14,173       100.0%
         230'-245'         3  13,993        94.2% 22,711       100.0%
              250'         2  17,805        97.8% 25,017        98.4%

Other Oilfield Services Segment

Revenues in this segment were $22.5 million, a 10 percent increase as compared to the third quarter of 2004 and an 8 percent decrease as compared to the second quarter of 2005. Lower revenue is attributable to storm-related activity declines, especially a decline in drilling-related environmental services such as rig cleaning and non-hazardous oilfield waste treatment.

Demand for environmental services will be driven in large part by drilling activity, which is slowly increasing. Contract operations activity is returning to pre-storm levels as customers require personnel to assist in platform recovery and clean-up work.

Oil and Gas Segment

Oil and gas revenues were $21.8 million, a 53 percent increase as compared to the third quarter of 2004 and a 26 percent decrease from the second quarter of 2005. Third quarter production from SPN Resources was approximately 427,000 barrels of oil equivalent, net (boe) as compared to approximately 336,000 boe in the third quarter of 2004 and approximately 662,000 boe in the second quarter of 2005. Third quarter production was lower due to production deferral of approximately 220,500 boe as a result of the hurricanes.

Production at fields where third-party pipelines can accept product started on October 5, at which point the company was producing approximately 200 boe per day. On November 1, 2005, production was approximately 775 boe per day. Repairs continue at South Pass 60 and Ship Shoal 253, and with the exception of one platform at South Pass 60 contributing approximately 600 boe per day, the company expects to have all production on-line by year end.

The Company will host a conference call at 10 a.m. Central Time today. The call can be accessed from Superior's website at www.superiorenergy.com, or by telephone at 800-763-5557. The replay telephone number is 800-642-1687 and the replay passcode is 1567588. The replay is available beginning two hours after the call and ending November 10, 2005.

Superior Energy Services, Inc. is a leading provider of specialized oilfield services and equipment focused on serving the production-related needs of oil and gas companies primarily in the Gulf of Mexico and the drilling-related needs of oil and gas companies in the Gulf of Mexico and select international market areas. The company uses its production-related assets to enhance, maintain and extend production and, at the end of an offshore property's economic life, plug and decommission wells. Superior also owns and operates mature oil and gas properties in the Gulf of Mexico.

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 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.

           SUPERIOR ENERGY SERVICES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
                Consolidated Statements of Operations
       Three and Nine Months Ended September 30, 2005 and 2004
          (in thousands, except earnings per share amounts)
                             (unaudited)

                              Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
                                 September 30,       September 30,
                              ------------------- -------------------
                                2005      2004      2005      2004
                              --------- --------- --------- ---------
Oilfield service and rental
 revenues                     $162,337  $138,310  $470,151  $380,958
Oil and gas revenues            21,764    14,190    77,197    25,546
                              --------- --------- --------- ---------
Total revenues                 184,101   152,500   547,348   406,504
                              --------- --------- --------- ---------

Cost of oilfield services and
 rentals                        90,029    75,871   243,203   212,990
Cost of oil and gas sales       11,368     6,540    35,264    13,270
                              --------- --------- --------- ---------
Total cost of services and
 sales                         101,397    82,411   278,467   226,260
                              --------- --------- --------- ---------

Depreciation, depletion,
 amortization and accretion     22,883    17,795    68,860    48,446
General and administrative
 expenses                       37,583    29,637   103,133    79,625
Reduction in value of assets     3,244         -     3,244         -
Gain on sale of liftboats            -         -     3,269         -
                              --------- --------- --------- ---------

Income from operations          18,994    22,657    96,913    52,173

Other income (expense):
  Interest expense              (5,437)   (5,651)  (16,530)  (16,724)
  Interest income                  739       467     1,470     1,365
  Equity in income of
   affiliates                      558       588     1,336       892
  Reduction in value of
   investment in affiliate           -         -    (1,250)        -
                              --------- --------- --------- ---------

Income before income taxes      14,854    18,061    81,939    37,706

Income taxes                     5,496     6,773    30,318    14,140
                              --------- --------- --------- ---------

Net income                      $9,358   $11,288   $51,621   $23,566
                              ========= ========= ========= =========


Basic earnings per share         $0.12     $0.15     $0.66     $0.32
                              ========= ========= ========= =========

Diluted earnings per share       $0.12     $0.15     $0.65     $0.31
                              ========= ========= ========= =========

Weighted average common
 shares used in computing
  earnings per share:
    Basic                       78,707    74,717    77,936    74,469
                              ========= ========= ========= =========
    Diluted                     80,168    75,686    79,423    75,212
                              ========= ========= ========= =========


            SUPERIOR ENERGY SERVICES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
                      CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
               SEPTEMBER 30, 2005 AND DECEMBER 31, 2004
                            (in thousands)

                                               9/30/2005  12/31/2004
                                              (unaudited)  (audited)
                                              ----------- -----------
ASSETS

Current assets:
  Cash and cash equivalents                      $81,391     $15,281
  Accounts receivable - net                      182,416     156,235
  Income taxes receivable                              -       2,694
  Notes receivable                                 4,017       9,611
  Prepaid insurance and other                     33,482      28,203
                                              ----------- -----------

        Total current assets                     301,306     212,024
                                              ----------- -----------

Property, plant and equipment - net              522,570     515,151
Goodwill - net                                   224,382     226,593
Notes receivable                                  28,798      29,131
Investments in affiliates                         14,581      14,496
Other assets - net                                 7,144       6,518
                                              ----------- -----------

        Total assets                          $1,098,781  $1,003,913
                                              =========== ===========

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

Current liabilities:
  Accounts payable                               $39,209     $36,496
  Accrued expenses                                69,297      56,796
  Income taxes payable                             9,167           -
  Fair value of commodity derivative
   instruments                                    17,588       2,018
  Current portion of decommissioning
   liabilities                                    10,084      23,588
  Current maturities of long-term debt            11,810      11,810
                                              ----------- -----------

        Total current liabilities                157,155     130,708
                                              ----------- -----------

Deferred income taxes                             93,175     103,372
Decommissioning liabilities                      107,646      90,430
Long-term debt                                   236,251     244,906
Other long-term liabilities                        1,353         618

Total stockholders' equity                       503,201     433,879
                                              ----------- -----------

        Total liabilities and stockholders'
         equity                               $1,098,781  $1,003,913
                                              =========== ===========


            Superior Energy Services, Inc. and Subsidiaries
                          Segment Highlights
       Three months ended September 30, 2005, June 30, 2005 and
                          September 30, 2004
                              (Unaudited)
                            (in thousands)

                                             Three months ended,
                                        ------------------------------
Revenue                                 September  June 30, September
                                         30, 2005    2005    30, 2004
                                        --------- --------- ---------

Well Intervention                        $63,361   $60,652   $59,861

Rental tools                              61,686    61,122    42,530

Marine                                    18,467    18,285    18,049

Other Oilfield Services                   22,487    24,367    20,354

Oil and Gas                               21,764    29,478    14,190

  Less: Oil and Gas Eliminations (2)      (3,664)   (3,904)   (2,484)
                                        --------- --------- ---------

Total Revenues                          $184,101  $190,000  $152,500
                                        ========= ========= =========


                                             Three months ended,
                                        ------------------------------
Gross Profit (1)                        September June 30,  September
                                         30, 2005    2005    30, 2004
                                        --------- --------- ---------

Well Intervention                        $21,501   $26,789   $25,519

Rental tools                              39,694    42,245    27,186

Marine                                     6,628     5,819     5,856

Other Oilfield Services                    4,485     6,108     3,878

Oil and Gas                               10,396    18,387     7,650
                                        --------- --------- ---------

Total Gross Profit                       $82,704   $99,348   $70,089
                                        ========= ========= =========

    (1) Gross profit is calculated by subtracting cost of services
        from revenue for each of the Company's five segments.

    (2) Oil and gas eliminations represent products and services from
        the company's segments provided to the Oil and Gas Segment.

    CONTACT: Superior Energy Services Inc.
             Terence Hall, Robert Taylor, or Greg Rosenstein
             504-362-4321

    SOURCE: Superior Energy Services Inc.