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Superior Energy Services Announces First Quarter 2017 Results

HOUSTON, April 25, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Superior Energy Services, Inc. (the “Company”) today announced a net loss from continuing operations for the first quarter of 2017 of $89.7 million, or $0.59 per share, on revenue of $400.9 million.  This compares to a net loss from continuing operations of $166.3 million, or $1.10 per share for the fourth quarter of 2016, on revenue of $354.4 million and a net loss from continuing operations of $84.5 million, or $0.56 per share for the first quarter of 2016, on revenue of $413.1 million

David Dunlap, President and CEO, commented, “The first quarter of 2017 marked a period of massive cyclical transition in US land markets.  The land rig count growth of approximately 25% during the first quarter resulted in rapidly accelerating supply chain activation levels, particularly as it relates to completion related services.  This led to our U.S. land revenue growing by 29% sequentially, driven by a 49% increase in pressure pumping revenue.

“Entering the quarter, a number of costs related to increasing activity levels continued to impede margin growth.  These factors included significant increases in sand pricing, costs associated with reactivation of equipment and increased hiring and training costs.  As the quarter progressed, we gained momentum in our conversations with customers which focused on balancing these higher costs with increased demand and activity levels.

“We exited the first quarter in a much more favorable position as it relates to these factors than when the quarter began.  As rig count growth slows and equipment reactivation costs are fully absorbed, transitional inefficiency should be significantly diminished.  These factors, in addition to reasonable service price increases, should put us on a path to acceptable margins. 

“Outside of U.S. land markets, we are encouraged by the non-rig related project work we have in the Gulf of Mexico and we are favorably positioned to benefit from any increases in drilling activity.  Internationally, activity levels and spending are lagging the U.S. land recovery. Our focus internationally remains on expanding into new markets and carefully monitoring investment levels in existing markets until they show signs of recovery.

“Crude oil prices are higher than they were a year ago at this time, our customers have committed to higher levels of spending and we have been proactive in preparing for market recovery.  Despite the near-term noise associated with market transition, everything we are observing from a fundamental perspective is moving in the direction necessary to create a path to increased growth and profitability.”    

First Quarter 2017 Geographic Breakdown

U.S. land revenue was $258.7 million in the first quarter of 2017, a 29% increase as compared with revenue of $200.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 and a 36% increase compared to revenue of $190.1 million in the first quarter of 2016.  Gulf of Mexico revenue was $74.9 million, a sequential increase of 5% from fourth quarter 2016 revenue of $71.6 million, and a 34% decrease from revenue of $113.4 million in the first quarter of 2016.  International revenue of $67.3 million decreased 18% as compared with $82.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 and decreased 39% as compared to revenue of $109.6 million in the first quarter of 2016.   

Drilling Products and Services Segment

The Drilling Products and Services segment revenue in the first quarter of 2017 was $68.4 million, a 1% decrease from fourth quarter 2016 revenue of $69.3 million and a 23% decrease from first quarter 2016 revenue of $88.4 million.

U.S. land revenue increased 20% sequentially to $21.2 million as land drilling activity increased throughout the quarter.  Gulf of Mexico revenue decreased 9% sequentially to $23.4 million and international revenue decreased 8% sequentially to $23.8 million.

Onshore Completion and Workover Services Segment

The Onshore Completion and Workover Services segment revenue in the first quarter of 2017 was $205.0 million, a 36% increase from fourth quarter 2016 revenue of $150.6 million and a 55% increase from first quarter 2016 revenue of $132.5 million.  Revenue increased across all product lines in this segment and was led by a 49% increase in pressure pumping revenue sequentially. 

During the quarter, the Company spent approximately $7.2 million related to reactivation of its pressure pumping fleet and fleet start-up costs.

Production Services Segment

The Production Services segment revenue in the first quarter of 2017 was $68.6 million, a 15% decrease from fourth quarter 2016 revenue of $81.0 million and a 35% decrease from first quarter 2016 revenue of $104.9 million.

U.S. land revenue increased 17% sequentially to $23.4 million due to increased coiled tubing activity.  Gulf of Mexico revenue decreased 20% sequentially to $17.8 million as hydraulic workover and snubbing, specialty rentals and electric line activity was lower during the quarter.  International revenue decreased 29% sequentially to $27.4 million due to lower levels of hydraulic workover and snubbing and well intervention activity.

Technical Solutions Segment

The Technical Solutions segment revenue in the first quarter of 2017 was $58.9 million, a 10% increase from fourth quarter 2016 revenue of $53.5 million and a 33% decrease from first quarter 2016 revenue of $87.3 million.

U.S. land revenue decreased 25% sequentially to $9.1 million as completion tools and products orders decreased.  Gulf of Mexico revenue, primarily driven by increases in completion tools and products orders, increased 43% sequentially to $33.7 million.   International revenue decreased 10% to $16.1 million, largely due to lower completion tools and products orders.

Conference Call Information

The Company will host a conference call at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Wednesday, April 26, 2017.  The call can be accessed from the Company’s website at www.superiorenergy.com or by telephone at 888-503-8172.  For those who cannot listen to the live call, a telephonic replay will be available through May 10, 2017 and may be accessed by calling 844-512-2921 and using the pin number 9702800.  

About Superior Energy Services

Superior Energy Services, Inc. (NYSE:SPN) serves major, national and independent oil and natural gas companies around the world and offers products and services with respect to the various phases of a well’s economic life cycle.  For more information, visit: www.superiorenergy.com.

The press release contains, and future oral or written statements or press releases by us and our management may contain, certain forward-looking statements within the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Generally, the words “expects,” “anticipates,” “targets,” “goals,” “projects,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “seeks” and “estimates,” variations of such words and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain these identifying words. All statements other than statements of historical fact regarding the Company’s financial position, financial performance, liquidity, strategic alternatives, market outlook, future capital needs, capital allocation plans, business strategies and other plans and objectives of our management for future operations and activities are forward-looking statements. These statements are based on certain assumptions and analyses made by our management in light of its experience and prevailing circumstances on the date such statements are made. Such forward-looking statements, and the assumptions on which they are based, are inherently speculative and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results to differ materially from such statements. Such uncertainties include, but are not limited to: the cyclicality and volatility of the oil and gas industry, including changes in prevailing levels of capital expenditures, exploration, production and development activity; changes in prevailing oil and gas prices or expectations about future prices; operating hazards, including the significant possibility of accidents resulting in personal injury or death, property damage or environmental damage for which we may have limited or no insurance coverage or indemnification rights; the effect of regulatory programs (including worker health and safety laws) and environmental matters on our operations or prospects, including the risk that future changes in the regulation of hydraulic fracturing could reduce or eliminate demand for our pressure pumping services, or that future changes in climate change legislation could result in increased operating costs or reduced commodity demand globally; counter-party risks associated with reliance on key suppliers; risks associated with the uncertainty of macroeconomic and business conditions worldwide; changes in competitive and technological factors affecting our operations; credit risk associated with our customer base;  the potential inability to retain key employees and skilled workers; challenges with estimating our oil and natural gas reserves and potential liabilities related to our oil and natural gas property; risk associated with potential changes of Bureau of Ocean Energy Management security and bonding requirements for offshore platforms; risks inherent in acquiring businesses; risks associated with cyber-attacks; risks associated with business growth during an industry recovery outpacing the capabilities of our infrastructure and workforce; political, legal, economic and other risks and uncertainties associated with our international operations; potential changes in tax laws, adverse positions taken by tax authorities or tax audits impacting our operating results; risks associated with our outstanding debt obligations and the potential effect of limiting our future growth and operations; our continued access to credit markets on favorable terms; and the impact that unfavorable or unusual weather conditions could have on our operations. These risks and other uncertainties related to our business are described in our periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  Although we believe that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, we can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. Investors are cautioned that many of the assumptions on which our forward-looking statements are based are likely to change after such statements are made, including for example the market prices of oil and gas and regulations affecting oil and gas operations, which we cannot control or anticipate. Further, we may make changes to our business strategies and plans (including our capital spending and capital allocation plans) at any time and without notice, based on any changes in the above-listed factors, our assumptions or otherwise, any of which could or will affect our results. For all these reasons, actual events and results may differ materially from those anticipated, estimated, projected or implied by us in our forward-looking statements. We undertake no obligation to update any of our forward-looking statements for any reason and, notwithstanding any changes in our assumptions, changes in our business plans, our actual experience, or other changes.  You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof.

 
 
SUPERIOR ENERGY SERVICES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Consolidated Statements of Operations
Three Months Ended March 31, 2017, 2016 and December 31, 2016
(in thousands, except earnings per share amounts)
(unaudited)
             
    Three months ended, 
    March 31, 2017   December 31, 2016   March 31, 2016
             
Revenues   $   400,936     $   354,418     $   413,133  
             
Cost of services and rentals (exclusive of items shown separately below)       321,986         321,132         285,339  
Depreciation, depletion, amortization and accretion       114,281         117,954         136,672  
General and administrative expenses       75,493         78,122         103,155  
Reduction in value of assets       -         35,961         -  
             
Loss from operations       (110,824 )       (198,751 )       (112,033 )
             
Other income (expense):            
  Interest expense, net       (24,250 )       (24,429 )       (23,806 )
  Other income       649         519         7,755  
             
Loss from continuing operations before income taxes       (134,425 )       (222,661 )       (128,084 )
             
Income taxes       (44,764 )       (56,402 )       (43,548 )
             
Net loss from continuing operations       (89,661 )       (166,259 )       (84,536 )
             
Loss from discontinued operations, net of income tax       (1,998 )       (44,982 )       (2,267 )
             
Net loss   $   (91,659 )   $   (211,241 )   $   (86,803 )
             
             
Loss per share information:            
Basic and Diluted            
Net loss from continuing operations   $   (0.59 )   $   (1.10 )   $   (0.56 )
Loss from discontinued operations       (0.01 )       (0.30 )       (0.01 )
Net loss   $   (0.60 )   $   (1.40 )   $   (0.57 )
             
Weighted average common shares used            
  in computing earnings per share:            
  Basic and diluted       152,701         151,741         151,324  
             


SUPERIOR ENERGY SERVICES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES  
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS  
March 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016  
(in thousands)  
(unaudited)  
           
    3/31/2017   12/31/2016  
ASSETS          
           
Current assets:          
  Cash and cash equivalents   $   151,766   $   187,591  
  Accounts receivable, net       329,770       297,164  
  Income taxes receivable       121,309       101,578  
  Prepaid expenses       42,976       37,288  
  Inventory and other current assets       139,631       130,772  
  Assets held for sale       27,411       27,158  
           
    Total current assets       812,863       781,551  
           
Property, plant and equipment, net        1,513,282       1,605,365  
Goodwill       804,436       803,917  
Notes receivable       57,423       56,650  
Intangible and other long-term assets, net       190,707       222,772  
           
    Total assets   $   3,378,711   $   3,470,255  
           
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY          
           
Current liabilities:          
  Accounts payable   $   102,221   $   94,831  
  Accrued expenses       236,978       218,192  
  Income taxes payable        -       694  
  Current portion of decommissioning liabilities       22,188       22,164  
  Liabilities held for sale       7,401       8,653  
           
    Total current liabilities       368,788       344,534  
           
Deferred income taxes        213,855       243,611  
Decommissioning liabilities       103,186       101,513  
Long-term debt, net       1,286,210       1,284,600  
Other long-term liabilities       193,974       192,077  
           
Total stockholders' equity       1,212,698       1,303,920  
           
    Total liabilities and stockholders' equity   $   3,378,711   $   3,470,255  
           

 

SUPERIOR ENERGY SERVICES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES  
REVENUE BY GEOGRAPHIC REGION BY SEGMENT  
THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31, 2017, DECEMBER 31, 2016 AND MARCH 31, 2016  
(in thousands)  
(unaudited)  
               
    Three months ended,   
    March 31, 2017   December 31, 2016   March 31, 2016  
U.S. land              
  Drilling Products and Services   $   21,162   $   17,703   $   19,745  
  Onshore Completion and Workover Services       204,979       150,578       132,472  
  Production Services       23,435       19,984       27,721  
  Technical Solutions       9,085       12,060       10,223  
Total U.S. land   $   258,661   $   200,325   $   190,161  
               
Gulf of Mexico              
  Drilling Products and Services       23,485       25,772       37,532  
  Onshore Completion and Workover Services       -       -       -  
  Production Services       17,746       22,256       24,417  
  Technical Solutions       33,717       23,614       51,466  
Total Gulf of Mexico   $   74,948   $   71,642   $   113,415  
               
International              
  Drilling Products and Services   $   23,784   $   25,855   $   31,145  
  Onshore Completion and Workover Services       -       -       -  
  Production Services       27,424       38,734       52,756  
  Technical Solutions       16,119       17,862       25,656  
Total International   $   67,327   $   82,451   $   109,557  
               
Total Revenues   $   400,936   $   354,418   $   413,133  
               


SUPERIOR ENERGY SERVICES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES  
SEGMENT HIGHLIGHTS  
THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31, 2017, DECEMBER 31, 2016 AND MARCH 31, 2016   
(in thousands)  
(unaudited)  
               
    Three months ended,   
Revenues   March 31, 2017   December 31, 2016   March 31, 2016  
Drilling Products and Services   $   68,431     $   69,330     $   88,422    
Onshore Completion and Workover Services       204,979         150,578         132,472    
Production Services       68,605         80,974         104,894    
Technical Solutions       58,921         53,536         87,345    
Total Revenues   $   400,936     $   354,418     $   413,133    
               
Loss from Operations              
Drilling Products and Services   $   (13,167 )   $   (29,864 )   $   (17,722 )  
Onshore Completion and Workover Services       (63,241 )       (77,681 )       (70,535 )  
Production Services       (29,212 )       (31,492 )       (23,717 )  
Technical Solutions       (5,204 )       (59,714 )       (59 )  
Total Loss from Operations   $   (110,824 )   $   (198,751 )   $   (112,033 )  
               
Adjusted Income (Loss) from Operations (1)              
Drilling Products and Services   $   (13,167 )   $   (15,935 )   $   (16,244 )  
Onshore Completion and Workover Services       (63,241 )       (74,867 )       (65,691 )  
Production Services       (29,212 )       (20,412 )       (16,606 )  
Technical Solutions       (5,204 )       (14,387 )       1,808    
Total Adjusted Income (Loss) from Operations   $   (110,824 )   $   (125,601 )   $   (96,733 )  
               
(1)  Adjusted income (loss) from operations excludes the impact of reduction in value of assets, inventory write-down and restructuring costs for the three months December 31, 2016 and March 31, 2016.  There were no adjustments for the three months ended March 31, 2017.  
               

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The following tables reconcile consolidated net loss from continuing operations and income (loss) from operations by segment, which are the directly comparable financial results determined in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), to consolidated adjusted loss from continuing operations and adjusted income (loss) from operations by segment (non-GAAP financial measures).  Consolidated adjusted loss from continuing operations and income (loss) from operations by segment exclude the impact of reduction in value of assets and restructuring costs.  These financial measures are provided to enhance investors’ overall understanding of the Company’s current financial performance. 

 
Reconciliation of As Reported Income (Loss) from Operations to Adjusted Income (Loss) From Operations
Three months ended December 31, 2016 and March 31, 2016 
(in thousands)
(unaudited)
                     
    Three months ended, December 31, 2016
    Drilling
Products
and
Services
  Onshore
Completion
and Workover
Services
  Production
Services
 
Technical
Solutions
  Consolidated
                     
Reported loss from operations   $   (29,864 )   $   (77,681 )   $   (31,492 )   $   (59,714 )   $   (198,751 )
                     
Reduction in value of assets       1,244         2,094         7,023         25,600         35,961  
Inventory write-down       -         -         1,664         19,122         20,786  
Restructuring costs       12,685         720         2,393         605         16,403  
                     
Adjusted loss from operations   $   (15,935 )   $   (74,867 )   $   (20,412 )   $   (14,387 )   $   (125,601 )
                     
    Three months ended, March 31, 2016
    Drilling
Products
and
Services
  Onshore
Completion
and Workover
Services
  Production
Services
 
Technical
Solutions
  Consolidated
                     
Reported loss from operations   $   (17,722 )   $   (70,535 )   $   (23,717 )   $   (59 )   $   (112,033 )
                     
Restructuring costs       1,478         4,844         7,111         1,867         15,300  
                     
Adjusted income (loss) from operations   $   (16,244 )   $   (65,691 )   $   (16,606 )   $   1,808     $   (96,733 )
                     
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Paul Vincent, VP of Investor Relations, (713) 654-2200

Superior Energy Services, Inc.