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Basic Energy Services Announces First Quarter Results
                       Revenues Up 65% to $154 Million

                             EPS Up 194% to $0.53

MIDLAND, Texas, May 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Basic Energy Services, Inc. (NYSE: BAS) ("Basic") today announced results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2006.

Basic reported net income of $19.7 million, or $0.53 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2006, compared to $5.8 million, or $0.18 per diluted share, in the same period in 2005. During the first quarter of 2006, revenues increased 65% to $154.3 million compared to $93.8 million in the same period in 2005. EBITDA (defined as net income before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) for the first quarter of 2006 was $47.1 million, or 30.5% of revenue, compared to $20.3 million, or 21.6% of revenue, in the same period in 2005. EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure that is defined and reconciled in note 2 under the accompanying financial tables.

The strong performance in the first quarter was driven by robust market conditions, increased utilization rates and improved pricing environment, as well as the effective integration of acquired companies and assets. The Company's largest business segments reflected improved performance during the first quarter.

Ken Huseman, Basic's President and Chief Executive Officer stated, "We continued to benefit from strong demand for our services in the first quarter. Prior investments we made in capital equipment and acquired businesses are generating desired returns as our pricing and utilization rates continue their upward pace. We continue to invest in additional equipment in each of our service lines to support our customers' demand for more equipment to handle their increased activity levels. In our well servicing segment particularly, we have outpaced our larger competitors in adding new equipment to meet growing demand and now operate one of the newest fleets in the industry. During the first quarter, we took delivery of ten newbuild well servicing rigs, bringing our total well servicing rig count to 332 at March 31, 2006, and we have taken delivery of a total of 45 rigs as part of our 102-rig newbuild program since October 2004.

"During the first quarter, we purchased substantially all of the assets of G & L Tool ('G&L'), acquired LeBus Oil Field Service Company ('LeBus') and purchased substantially all of the assets of Arkla Cementing, Inc. As we continue our efforts to grow internally and through acquisitions, we have also focused on maintaining a strong balance sheet. In April, we successfully completed an issuance of $225 million of 7.125% Senior Notes due 2016. We used the proceeds of this offering to repay all of our Term B loans and to repay current borrowings under our revolving credit facility, ensuring us an attractive fixed rate for the term of these notes in a rising interest rate environment and giving us additional borrowing capacity under our revolving credit facility for future needs," added Mr. Huseman.

Business Segment Results

Well Servicing

Well servicing revenues during the first quarter of 2006 increased 64% to $73.5 million compared to $44.8 million in the same period in 2005. During the first quarter of 2006, Basic added ten newbuild rigs and retired one rig, bringing its well servicing rig count to 332 as of March 31, 2006. Revenue per rig hour increased 38% to $352 during the first quarter of 2006 compared to $255 in the same period in 2005. Full-fleet rig utilization rates increased to 89.4% in the first quarter of 2006 compared to 84.3% in the same period in 2005. Operating segment profit in the first quarter of 2006 was $31.9 million, or 43.4% of revenue, compared to $16.6 million, or 37.1% of revenue, in the same period in 2005.

Fluid Services

Fluid services revenues in the first quarter of 2006 increased 47% to $43.1 million compared to $29.3 million in the same period in 2005. During the 2006 quarter, Basic added a net of 77 fluid services trucks, including 57 acquired from LeBus, bringing the total number of fluid services trucks to 554 as of March 31, 2006. Average revenue per fluid services truck increased by 22% to $82,000 in the first quarter of 2006 compared to $67,000 in the same period in 2005. Operating segment profit in the first quarter of 2006 was $16.8 million, or 39.0% of revenue, compared to $10.1 million, or 34.3% of revenue, in the same period in 2005.

Drilling & Completion Services

Drilling and completion services revenues during the first quarter of 2006 increased 155% to $27.5 million compared to $10.8 million in the same period in 2005. Operating segment profit in the first quarter of 2006 was $13.6 million, or 49.5% of revenue, compared to $4.9 million, or 45.6% of revenue, in the same period in 2005. The year-over-year improvements were the results of internal expansion, the asset purchase of G&L, and better utilization and pricing.

Well Site Construction Services

Well site construction services revenues in the first quarter of 2006 increased 15% to $10.3 million compared to $8.9 million in the same period in 2005. Operating segment profit in the first quarter of 2006 was $2.6 million, or 25.5% of revenue, compared to $1.8 million, or 20.6% of revenue, in the same period in 2005.

Capital Expenditures

During the first quarter of 2006, Basic invested $30.0 million for capital expenditures, including capital leases and excluding acquisitions. This amount included $22.0 million for expansion capital expenditures, including $14.3 million for the well servicing segment and $3.9 million for the fluid services segment. Maintenance capital expenditures amounted to approximately $8.0 million for the first quarter of 2006.

Recent Events

On April 12, 2006, Basic closed its private offering of $225 million of 7.125% Senior Notes due 2016. The proceeds of the offering were used to retire the outstanding balance of $90 million of Term B loans, to repay current borrowings under its revolving credit facility (approximately $96 million as of March 31, 2006 including amounts borrowed during 2006 in connection with acquisitions) and the remainder for general corporate uses.

2006 Outlook

The following statements are based on Basic's current expectations. These statements are forward-looking and actual results may differ materially. These statements do not include the potential impact of any future acquisitions other than those that have previously been disclosed. In addition, the company's guidance is based on the assumption that current market conditions in Basic's business segments will continue through the end of 2006. Any material change in market conditions in any of Basic's business segments could affect its guidance.

Basic currently believes that demand for its services will continue to remain strong throughout 2006 and that the guidance given in its prior earnings press release remains accurate in all material respects. In connection with the Company's adoption of Statement of Financial Accounting Standard No. 123R - "Share-Based Payment" in January 2006, which requires companies to begin expensing the estimated cost of equity-based awards, the Company recorded pre-tax stock based compensation expense of $48,000 during the first quarter related to an issuance of stock options in March 2006. We expect a full-year pre-tax stock based compensation expense related to these stock option grants to be approximately $1.2 million.

Basic Energy Services, with a fleet of more than 330 well servicing rigs, provides a range of well site services to oil and gas drilling and producing companies throughout the major oil and gas regions in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico and the Rocky Mountain States. Basic is headquartered in Midland, Texas, and is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol BAS.

For more information, please visit Basic's website at http://www.basicenergyservices.com .

Conference Call

Basic will host a conference call to discuss its first quarter 2006 results on Wednesday, May 10, 2006, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time (9:00 a.m. Central). To access the call, please dial (303) 262-2191 and ask for the "Basic Energy Services" call at least 10 minutes prior to the start time. The conference call will also be broadcast live via the Internet and can be accessed through the investor relations section of the Basic's corporate website, http://www.basicenergyservices.com .

A telephonic replay of the conference call will be available until May 17, 2006 and may be accessed by calling (303) 590-3000 and using the pass code 11059463. A web cast archive will be available at http://www.basicenergyservices.com shortly after the call and will be accessible for approximately 30 days. For more information, please contact Donna Washburn at DRG&E at (713) 529-6000 or email at dmw@drg-e.com .

Safe Harbor Statement

This release includes forward-looking statements and projections, made in reliance on the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Basic has made every reasonable effort to ensure that the information and assumptions on which these statements and projections are based are current, reasonable, and complete. However, a variety of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the projections, anticipated results or other expectations expressed in this release, including (i) Basic's ability to successfully execute, manage and integrate acquisitions, (ii) changes in demand for services and any related material impact on our pricing and utilizations rates and (iii) changes in our expenses, including labor or fuel costs. While Basic makes these statements and projections in good faith, neither Basic nor its management can guarantee that the transactions will be consummated or that anticipated future results will be achieved. Basic assumes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements made herein or any other forward-looking statements made by Basic, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

                              -Tables to Follow-



                         Basic Energy Services, Inc.
                      Consolidated Statements of Income
                    (in thousands, except per share data)

                                                         Three months
                                                        Ended March 31,
    Statement of Operations Data:                     2006           2005
    Revenue:                                       (unaudited)    (unaudited)
      Well servicing                                 $73,465        $44,798
      Fluid services                                  43,121         29,303
      Drilling and completion services                27,455         10,764
      Well site construction services                 10,265          8,948
        Total revenues                               154,306         93,813
    Expenses:
      Well servicing                                  41,610         28,191
      Fluid services                                  26,305         19,238
      Drilling and completion services                13,854          5,860
      Well site construction services                  7,643          7,108
      General and administrative (1)                  18,005         13,091
      Depreciation and amortization                   12,837          8,047
      (Gain) loss on disposal of assets                 (200)           102
        Total expenses                               120,054         81,637
    Operating income                                  34,252         12,176
    Net interest expense                              (2,779)        (2,960)
    Other income                                          27             75
    Income from continuing operations before
     income taxes                                     31,500          9,291
    Income tax expense                               (11,819)        (3,490)
    Net income                                       $19,681         $5,801

    Net income per common share:
      Basic                                            $0.59          $0.21
      Diluted                                          $0.53          $0.18

    Other Financial Data:
    EBITDA (2)                                       $47,116        $20,298
    Capital expenditures:
      Acquisitions, net of cash acquired             $87,520         $3,909
      Property and equipment                         $24,812        $16,083



                                                             As of
                                                    March 31,     December 31,
                                                      2006           2005
    Balance Sheet Data:                            (unaudited)
    Cash and cash equivalents                        $19,953        $32,845
    Net property and equipment                       399,865        309,075
    Total assets                                     616,787        496,957
    Total long-term debt                             201,488        119,241
    Total stockholders' equity                       278,241        258,575



                                                           Three months
                                                          Ended March 31,
    Segment Data:                                      2006           2005

    Well Servicing
    Weighted average number of rigs                      327            291
    Rig hours (000's)                                  209.0          175.3
    Rig utilization rate                               89.4%          84.3%
    Revenue per rig hour                                $352           $255
    Segment profits per rig hour                        $152            $94
    Segment profits as a percent of revenue            43.4%          37.1%

    Fluid Services
    Weighted average number of fluid services trucks     529            435
    Revenue per fluid services truck (000's)             $82            $67
    Segment profits per fluid services truck (000's)     $32            $24
    Segment profits as a percent of revenue            39.0%          34.3%

    Drilling and Completion Services
    Segment profits as a percent of revenue            49.5%          45.6%

    Well Site Construction Services
    Segment profits as a percent of revenue            25.5%          20.6%

     (1)  Includes approximately $758,000 and $591,000 of non-cash
          compensation expense for the three months ended March 31, 2006 and
          2005, respectively.

     (2)  This earnings release contains references to the non-GAAP financial
          measure of earnings (net income) before interest, taxes,
          depreciation and amortization or EBITDA.  EBITDA should not be
          considered in isolation or as a substitute for operating income, net
          income or loss, cash flows provided by operating, investing and
          financing activities, or other income or cash flow statement data
          prepared in accordance with GAAP.  However, Basic believes EBITDA is
          a useful supplemental financial measure used by its management and
          directors and by external users of its financial statements, such as
          investors, to assess:

          *  The financial performance of its assets without regard to
             financing methods, capital structure or historical cost basis;
          *  The ability of its assets to generate cash sufficient to pay
             interest on our indebtedness; and
          *  Its operating performance and return on invested capital as
             compared to those of other companies in the well servicing
             industry, without regard to financing methods and capital
             structure.

          EBITDA has limitations as an analytical tool and should not be
          considered an alternative to net income, operating income, cash flow
          from operating activities or any other measure of financial
          performance or liquidity presented in accordance with generally
          accepted accounting principles (GAAP).  EBITDA excludes some, but
          not all, items that affect net income and operating income, and
          these measures may vary among other companies.  Limitations to using
          EBITDA as an analytical too include:
          *  EBITDA does not reflect its current or future requirements for
             capital expenditures or capital commitments;
          *  EBITDA does not reflect changes in, or cash requirements
             necessary to service interest or principal payments on, its debt;
          *  EBITDA does not reflect income taxes;
          *  Although depreciation and amortization are non-cash charges, the
             assets being depreciated and amortized will often have to be
             replaced in the future, and EBITDA does not reflect any cash
             requirements for such replacements; and
          *  Other companies in its industry may calculate EBITDA differently
             than Basic does, limiting its usefulness as a comparative
             measure.

    The following table presents a reconciliation of EBITDA to net income,
which is the most comparable GAAP liquidity measure, for each of the periods
indicated:

                                                         Three months
                                                        Ended March 31,
                                                    2006              2005
    Reconciliation of EBITDA to Net Income:      (unaudited)       (unaudited)
    Net Income                                     $19,681            $5,801
      Income taxes                                  11,819             3,490
      Net interest expense                           2,779             2,960
      Depreciation and amortization                 12,837             8,047
    EBITDA                                         $47,116           $20,298

Contacts: Alan Krenek, Chief Financial Officer
Basic Energy Services, Inc.
432-620-5500

Jack Lascar/Sheila Stuewe
DRG&E / 713-529-6600

SOURCE Basic Energy Services, Inc.

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