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Superior Energy Services Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2017 Results

HOUSTON, Feb. 19, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Superior Energy Services, Inc. (the “Company”) today announced net income from continuing operations for the fourth quarter of 2017 of $21.9 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, on revenue of $497.0 million.  This compares to a net loss from continuing operations of $57.2 million, or $0.37 per share for the third quarter of 2017, on revenue of $506.0 million and 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

The Company recorded a provisional income tax benefit of $76.5 million during the fourth quarter due to the enactment of the U.S. Tax Cuts & Jobs Act of 2017.  Additionally, the Company recorded a pre-tax charge of $4.2 million in reduction in value of assets.  The resulting adjusted net loss from continuing operations for the fourth quarter of 2017 was $51.2 million, or $0.33 per share.  This compares to an adjusted net loss from continuing operations of $50.5 million, or $0.33 per share for the third quarter of 2017, and an adjusted net loss from continuing operations of $111.6 million, or $0.74 per share for the fourth quarter of 2016.

For the year ended December 31, 2017, the Company’s net loss from continuing operations was $187.0 million, or $1.22 per share, on revenue of $1,874.1 million as compared with a net loss from continuing operations of $833.3 million, or $5.50 per share, on revenue of $1,450.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2016.

“The U.S. land market experienced dramatic expansion in 2017,” said David Dunlap, President and CEO.  “This expansion caused us to absorb costs associated with activating idle equipment and hiring field personnel throughout the year.  During the fourth quarter, these costs began to abate and our profitability improved.  Industry inefficiencies related to transportation of proppant and reliability of supplies have also impacted profitability throughout the year.  These types of inefficiencies were to be expected as activity growth increased sharply as measured by the U.S. land rig count expanding by almost 140% between June of 2016 and the end of 2017.  As activity growth moderates, these inefficiencies will diminish and we believe that our profitability will continue to improve.

“We remain confident that dedicating high quality hydraulic fracturing assets to operators with the most efficient completion operations is the best model for our hydraulic fracturing business.  This business realized improvement in profitability throughout the year, which increased sharply in the fourth quarter.  During the course of the fourth quarter, we also observed an increase in the percentage of our customers who are now sourcing their own proppant, continuing a broader industry trend.  Historically, many of our customers have sourced their own proppant and proppant sales have generally been associated with low margins.  As a result, we sold less proppant during the quarter, which impacted our revenue, but this change in behavior did not impact our profitability to the same degree.

“The value of our diversified business model was also apparent as several other product lines across U.S. land markets, led by coiled tubing and pressure control, experienced higher levels of demand and pricing during the quarter.  

“Revenue was lower in the Gulf of Mexico, primarily due to lower completion services activity.  A large sand control project peaked during the third quarter and was substantially less active in the fourth quarter.  Also, a Gulf of Mexico subsea well intervention project was suspended after a subcontracted control system failed.  An alternative control system is being prepared and we expect to resume commercial operations during the second half of 2018.

“Internationally, there has been a gradual increase in spending and activity levels in certain land markets, primarily in Latin America.  We remain cautious about signaling a widespread international recovery as a number of market areas have yet to show signs of increasing activity, but we do see signs that a gradual upward trend, supported by higher oil prices, may continue.

“Looking back at 2017, it is amazing how fast our industry has returned to work.  There are just as many challenges to manage during a recovery as there are in a downturn, but we have assembled an impressive workforce with the skills and experience to meet them.  Looking ahead to 2018, I am confident that an improved oil price environment and economic outlook can lead to better than expected results and improving margins as our operating efficiency continues to improve.”

Fourth Quarter 2017 Geographic Breakdown

U.S. land revenue was $331.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2017, unchanged as compared with revenue of $331.4 million in the third quarter of 2017 and a 65% increase compared to revenue of $200.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2016.  Gulf of Mexico revenue was $76.4 million, a sequential decrease of 17% from third quarter 2017 revenue of $91.7 million, and a 7% increase from revenue of $71.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2016.  International revenue of $89.6 million increased 8% as compared with $82.9 million in the third quarter of 2017 and increased 9% as compared to revenue of $82.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2016.

Drilling Products and Services Segment

The Drilling Products and Services segment revenue in the fourth quarter of 2017 was $79.2 million, a 3% increase from third quarter 2017 revenue of $77.2 million and a 14% increase from fourth quarter 2016 revenue of $69.3 million.

U.S. land revenue increased 4% sequentially to $35.1 million, Gulf of Mexico revenue decreased 3% sequentially to $22.5 million and international revenue increased 7% sequentially to $21.6 million.

Onshore Completion and Workover Services Segment

The Onshore Completion and Workover Services segment revenue in the fourth quarter of 2017 was $232.7 million, a 6% decrease from third quarter 2017 revenue of $248.4 million, and a 55% increase from fourth quarter 2016 revenue of $150.6 million.

During the fourth quarter, the Company’s pressure pumping business sold less proppant than in the third quarter resulting from a greater number of its customers sourcing their own proppant.  This change in customer behavior resulted in sequential revenue being approximately $18.9 million lower. 

Production Services Segment

The Production Services segment revenue in the fourth quarter of 2017 was $118.2 million, a 21% increase from third quarter 2017 revenue of $97.3 million and a 46% increase from fourth quarter 2016 revenue of $81.0 million.

U.S. land revenue increased 37% sequentially to $55.0 million due to higher demand for most service lines, particularly coiled tubing and pressure control.  Gulf of Mexico revenue increased 21% sequentially to $19.9 million due primarily to increased coiled tubing activity.  International revenue increased 6% sequentially to $43.3 million due to higher levels of well intervention work in Latin America.

Technical Solutions Segment

The Technical Solutions segment revenue in the fourth quarter of 2017 was $66.9 million, a 19% decrease from third quarter 2017 revenue of $83.1 million and a 25% increase from fourth quarter 2016 revenue of $53.5 million.

U.S. land revenue decreased 10% sequentially to $8.2 million.  Gulf of Mexico revenue decreased 35% sequentially to $34.0 million as completion tools activity was lower after a large scale project peaked in the third quarter.  International revenue increased 12% to $24.7 million.

Conference Call Information

The Company will host a conference call at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, February 20, 2018.  The call can be accessed from the Company’s website at www.superiorenergy.com or by telephone at 800-239-9838.  For those who cannot listen to the live call, a telephonic replay will be available through March 6, 2018 and may be accessed by calling 844-512-2921 and using the pin number 8365798.  

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  
(in thousands, except earnings per share amounts)  
(unaudited)  
           
    Three Months Ended   Twelve Months Ended  
    December 31,   September 30,   December 31,  
      2017       2016       2017       2017       2016    
                       
Revenues   $ 497,043     $ 354,418     $ 506,029     $ 1,874,076     $ 1,450,047    
                       
Cost of services and rentals (exclusive of depreciation, depletion, amortization and accretion)     356,628       321,132       368,279       1,398,695       1,123,274    
Depreciation, depletion, amortization and accretion     107,565       117,954       108,751       438,716       509,971    
General and administrative expenses     68,934       78,122       74,372       295,507       346,606    
Reduction in value of assets     4,202       35,961       9,953       14,155       500,405    
                       
Loss from operations     (40,286 )     (198,751 )     (55,326 )     (272,997 )     (1,030,209 )  
                       
Other income (expense):                      
Interest expense, net     (24,776 )     (24,429 )     (29,096 )     (101,455 )     (92,753 )  
Other income (expense)     (822 )     519       (970 )     (3,299 )     22,621    
                       
Loss from continuing operations before income taxes     (65,884 )     (222,661 )     (85,392 )     (377,751 )     (1,100,341 )  
                       
Income taxes     (87,762 )     (56,402 )     (28,203 )     (190,740 )     (267,001 )  
                       
Net income (loss) from continuing operations     21,878       (166,259 )     (57,189 )     (187,011 )     (833,340 )  
                       
Loss from discontinued operations, net of income tax     (13,285 )     (44,982 )     (1,860 )     (18,910 )     (53,559 )  
                       
Net income (loss)   $ 8,593     $ (211,241 )   $ (59,049 )   $ (205,921 )   $ (886,899 )  
                       
                       
Basic earnings (losses) per share:                      
Net income (loss) from continuing operations   $ 0.14     $ (1.10 )   $ (0.37 )   $ (1.22 )   $ (5.50 )  
Loss from discontinued operations     (0.08 )     (0.30 )     (0.02 )     (0.13 )     (0.35 )  
Net income (loss)   $ 0.06     $ (1.40 )   $ (0.39 )   $ (1.35 )   $ (5.85 )  
                       
Diluted earnings (losses) per share:                      
Net income (loss) from continuing operations   $ 0.14     $ (1.10 )   $ (0.37 )   $ (1.22 )   $ (5.50 )  
Loss from discontinued operations     (0.08 )     (0.30 )     (0.02 )     (0.13 )     (0.35 )  
Net income (loss)   $ 0.06     $ (1.40 )   $ (0.39 )   $ (1.35 )   $ (5.85 )  
                       
Weighted average common shares:                      
Basic     153,085       151,741       153,082       152,933       151,558    
Diluted     154,277       151,741       153,082       152,933       151,558    
                       

 

   
SUPERIOR ENERGY SERVICES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES  
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS  
(in thousands)  
(unaudited)  
           
    12/31/2017   12/31/2016  
ASSETS          
           
Current assets:          
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 172,000   $ 187,591  
Accounts receivable, net     398,056     297,164  
Income taxes receivable     959     101,578  
Prepaid expenses     42,128     37,288  
Inventory and other current assets     134,032     130,772  
Assets held for sale     13,644     27,158  
           
Total current assets     760,819     781,551  
           
Property, plant and equipment, net     1,316,944     1,605,365  
Goodwill     807,860     803,917  
Notes receivable     60,149     56,650  
Intangible and other long-term assets, net     164,453     222,772  
           
Total assets   $ 3,110,225   $ 3,470,255  
           
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY          
           
Current liabilities:          
Accounts payable   $ 119,716   $ 94,831  
Accrued expenses     221,757     218,192  
Income taxes payable     -     694  
Current portion of decommissioning liabilities     27,261     22,164  
Liabilities held for sale     6,463     8,653  
           
Total current liabilities     375,197     344,534  
           
Deferred income taxes     61,058     243,611  
Decommissioning liabilities     103,136     101,513  
Long-term debt, net     1,279,771     1,284,600  
Other long-term liabilities     158,634     192,077  
           
Total stockholders' equity     1,132,429     1,303,920  
           
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity   $ 3,110,225   $ 3,470,255  
           

 

   
SUPERIOR ENERGY SERVICES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES  
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS  
YEARS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2017 AND 2016  
(in thousands)  
(unaudited)  
      2017       2016    
           
Cash flows from operating activities:          
Net loss   $ (205,921 )   $ (886,899 )  
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by operating activities:          
Depreciation, depletion, amortization and accretion     438,716       509,971    
Reduction in value of assets     14,155       500,405    
Other noncash items     (135,464 )     (38,685 )  
Changes in working capital and other     (7,642 )     (23,540 )  
Net cash provided by operating activities     103,844       61,252    
           
Cash flows from investing activities:          
Payments for capital expenditures     (164,933 )     (80,548 )  
Other     58,869       6,309    
Net cash used in investing activities     (106,064 )     (74,239 )  
           
Cash flows from financing activities:          
Net repayments of long-term debt     -       (337,576 )  
Other     (17,025 )     (17,904 )  
Net cash used in financing activities     (17,025 )     (355,480 )  
           
Effect of exchange rate changes in cash     3,654       (7,959 )  
           
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents     (15,591 )     (376,426 )  
           
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period     187,591       564,017    
           
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period   $ 172,000     $ 187,591    
           

 

   
SUPERIOR ENERGY SERVICES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES  
REVENUE BY GEOGRAPHIC REGION BY SEGMENT  
(in thousands)  
(unaudited)  
               
    Three months ended,  
    December 31, 2017   September 30, 2017   December 31, 2016  
U.S. land              
Drilling Products and Services   $ 35,146   $ 33,779   $ 17,703  
Onshore Completion and Workover Services     232,720     248,405     150,578  
Production Services     55,010     40,123     19,984  
Technical Solutions     8,161     9,118     12,060  
Total U.S. land   $ 331,037   $ 331,425   $ 200,325  
               
Gulf of Mexico              
Drilling Products and Services     22,521     23,234     25,772  
Onshore Completion and Workover Services     -     -     -  
Production Services     19,864     16,487     22,256  
Technical Solutions     34,027     51,991     23,614  
Total Gulf of Mexico   $ 76,412   $ 91,712   $ 71,642  
               
International              
Drilling Products and Services   $ 21,559   $ 20,193   $ 25,855  
Onshore Completion and Workover Services     -     -     -  
Production Services     43,363     40,723     38,734  
Technical Solutions     24,672     21,976     17,862  
Total International   $ 89,594   $ 82,892   $ 82,451  
               
Total Revenues   $ 497,043   $ 506,029   $ 354,418  
               

 

   
SUPERIOR ENERGY SERVICES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES  
SEGMENT HIGHLIGHTS  
(in thousands)  
(unaudited)  
               
    Three months ended,  
Revenues   December 31, 2017   September 30, 2017   December 31, 2016  
Drilling Products and Services   $ 79,226     $ 77,206     $ 69,330    
Onshore Completion and Workover Services     232,720       248,405       150,578    
Production Services     118,237       97,333       80,974    
Technical Solutions     66,860       83,085       53,536    
Total Revenues   $ 497,043     $ 506,029     $ 354,418    
               
Adjusted Income (Loss) from Operations (1) (2)              
Drilling Products and Services   $ 340     $ 1,165     $ (10,640 )  
Onshore Completion and Workover Services     (9,888 )     (20,879 )     (63,311 )  
Production Services     (6,464 )     (12,770 )     (14,215 )  
Technical Solutions     3,176       12,995       (10,307 )  
Corporate and other     (23,248 )     (25,884 )     (27,128 )  
Total Adjusted Income (Loss) from Operations   $ (36,084 )   $ (45,373 )   $ (125,601 )  
               
Adjusted EBITDA (1) (2)              
Drilling Products and Services   $ 31,547     $ 33,004     $ 24,616    
Onshore Completion and Workover Services     41,311       27,252       (13,374 )  
Production Services     12,420       6,563       7,901    
Technical Solutions     8,022       21,024       (1,152 )  
Corporate and other     (21,819 )     (24,465 )     (25,638 )  
Total Adjusted EBITDA   $ 71,481     $ 63,378     $ (7,647 )  
               
(1) Adjusted income (loss) from operations and adjusted EBITDA exclude the impact of reduction in value of assets and other items.  
               
(2) Effective as of the fourth quarter of 2017, the Company changed the measurement used to evaluate the performance of its reportable segments to income (loss) from operations excluding allocated corporate expenses.  
               

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The following tables reconcile net loss from continuing operations on a consolidated basis and by segment, which are the directly comparable financial results determined in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), to adjusted income/loss from operations and adjusted EBITDA on a consolidated basis and by segment (non-GAAP financial measures).  These financial measures are provided to enhance investors’ overall understanding of the Company’s current financial performance. 

 
Consolidated Adjusted Net Loss From Continuing Operations Reconciliation
(in thousands)
(unaudited)
                         
    Three months ended,
    December 31, 2017   September 30, 2017   December 31, 2016
    Consolidated   Per Share   Consolidated   Per Share   Consolidated   Per Share
                         
Reported net income (loss) from continuing operations   $ 21,878     $ 0.14     $ (57,189 )   $ (0.37 )   $ (166,259 )   $ (1.10 )
                         
Reduction in value of assets and other items     4,202       0.02       9,953       0.06       73,150       0.48  
Income taxes     (716 )     -       (3,287 )     (0.02 )     (18,529 )     (0.12 )
US Tax Reform (1)     (76,529 )     (0.49 )     -       -       -       -  
                         
Adjusted net loss from continuing operations   $ (51,165 )   $ (0.33 )   $ (50,523 )   $ (0.33 )   $ (111,638 )   $ (0.74 )
                         
(1)  Recorded in Income Taxes in the consolidated statement of operations.
                         

 

   
Reconciliation of Adjusted Income (Loss) from Operations and Adjusted EBITDA by Segment  
(in thousands)  
(unaudited)  
                           
    Three months ended, December 31, 2017  
    Drilling
Products and
Services
  Onshore
Completion
and Workover
Services
  Production
Services
 
Technical
Solutions
  Corporate and Other   Consolidated
 
                           
Reported net income (loss) from continuing operations   $ (1,016 )   $ (12,734 )   $ (6,464 )   $ 4,116     $ 37,976     $ 21,878    
Reduction in value of assets and other items     1,356       2,846       -       -       -       4,202    
Interest expense, net     -       -       -       (940 )     25,716       24,776    
Other expense     -       -       -       -       822       822    
Income taxes     -       -       -       -       (87,762 )     (87,762 )  
Adjusted income (loss) from operations   $ 340     $ (9,888 )   $ (6,464 )   $ 3,176     $ (23,248 )   $ (36,084 )  
Depreciation, depletion, amortization
  and accretion
    31,207       51,199       18,884       4,846       1,429       107,565    
Adjusted EBITDA   $ 31,547     $ 41,311     $ 12,420     $ 8,022     $ (21,819 )   $ 71,481    
                           
                           
    Three months ended, September 30, 2017  
    Drilling
Products and
Services
  Onshore
Completion
and Workover
Services
  Production
Services
 
Technical
Solutions
  Corporate and Other   Consolidated
 
                           
Reported net income (loss) from continuing operations   $ 1,165     $ (22,717 )   $ (12,770 )   $ 5,806     $ (28,673 )   $ (57,189 )  
Reduction in value of assets and other items     -       1,838       -       8,115       -       9,953    
Interest expense, net     -       -       -       (926 )     30,022       29,096    
Other expense     -       -       -       -       970       970    
Income taxes     -       -       -       -       (28,203 )     (28,203 )  
Adjusted income (loss) from operations   $ 1,165     $ (20,879 )   $ (12,770 )   $ 12,995     $ (25,884 )   $ (45,373 )  
Depreciation, depletion, amortization
  and accretion
    31,839       48,131       19,333       8,029       1,419       108,751    
Adjusted EBITDA   $ 33,004     $ 27,252     $ 6,563     $ 21,024     $ (24,465 )   $ 63,378    
                           
                           
    Three months ended, December 31, 2016  
    Drilling
Products and
Services
  Onshore
Completion
and Workover
Services
  Production
Services
 
Technical
Solutions
  Corporate and Other   Consolidated
 
                           
Reported net income (loss) from continuing operations   $ (24,501 )   $ (66,032 )   $ (25,240 )   $ (54,689 )   $ 4,203     $ (166,259 )  
Reduction in value of assets and other items     13,861       2,721       11,012       45,266       290       73,150    
Interest expense, net     -       -       13       (884 )     25,300       24,429    
Other expense     -       -       -       -       (519 )     (519 )  
Income taxes     -       -       -       -       (56,402 )     (56,402 )  
Adjusted income (loss) from operations   $ (10,640 )   $ (63,311 )   $ (14,215 )   $ (10,307 )   $ (27,128 )   $ (125,601 )  
Depreciation, depletion, amortization
  and accretion
    35,256       49,937       22,116       9,155       1,490       117,954    
Adjusted EBITDA   $ 24,616     $ (13,374 )   $ 7,901     $ (1,152 )   $ (25,638 )   $ (7,647 )  
                           

 

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Paul Vincent, VP of Investor Relations, (713) 654-2200

Superior Energy Services, Inc.