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Basic Energy Services Announces Second Quarter Results

MIDLAND, Texas, Aug. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Basic Energy Services, Inc. (NYSE: BAS) ("Basic") today announced its financial and operating results for the second quarter and six months ended June 30, 2007.

Basic reported net income of $21.7 million, or $0.52 per diluted share, for the second quarter of 2007, compared to $24.5 million, or $0.64 per diluted share, in the same period in 2006. Revenues increased 21% to $223.3 million compared to $183.8 million in the same period last year. EBITDA (defined as net income before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) for the second quarter of 2007 increased 15% to $65.8 million, or 30% of revenue, compared to $57.2 million, or 31% of revenue, in the same period in 2006. EBITDA, which is not a measure determined in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"), is defined and reconciled in note 2 under the accompanying financial tables.

For the six month period, Basic reported net income of $43.8 million in 2007, or $1.08 per diluted share, compared to $44.2 million, or $1.15 per diluted share, in the same period in 2006. Net income in 2006 included an after-tax loss of $1.7 million, or $0.05 per diluted share, associated with the early extinguishment of debt.

Year-to-date, revenues increased 25% to $422.2 million in 2007, compared to $338.1 million in the same period in 2006. EBITDA rose 20% to $125.5 million in 2007, or 30% of revenue, compared to $104.3 million, or 31% of revenue, during the same period in 2006.

Ken Huseman, Basic's President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "We are pleased with our financial results for the second quarter given the impact wet weather caused in several of our largest operating areas. Our margins moved down from the historically-high levels a year ago as our labor force and equipment were underutilized for several weeks at a time during the 2007 quarter. Underlying demand however, particularly in our oil-based markets, continues to be strong and our utilization improves markedly during dry weather.

"The year-over-year revenue increase reflects the continued growth in our three largest service lines through internal expansion and acquisitions. Most notable in the second quarter were the acquisitions of Sledge Drilling Holding Corp ("Sledge Drilling") in west Texas, which substantially expanded our contract drilling business, and Wildhorse Services, a rental tool operation that filled in a gap in our coverage in western Oklahoma.

"We are particularly pleased with the Sledge Drilling acquisition. That management team will provide the platform for building our contract drilling segment and allowed us to immediately relocate three of the four drilling rigs we previously operated in the Uintah Basin to more profitable contracts in west Texas.

"In June, anticipating lower short-term demand in the gas-oriented markets, we extended the delivery schedule for a portion of the 32 newbuild well servicing rigs remaining to be delivered under our 120-rig newbuild program, which we launched in late 2004. New rigs being put into service by our competitors and ourselves, stagnant utilization and a very tight labor market prompted us to delay delivery of 10 rigs into the first half of next year.

"We remain very positive about our position in the market, the long term demand for the services we provide and the prospects available to us for the continued growth of our business."

Business Segment Results

Well Servicing

Well servicing revenues increased approximately 19% to $96.3 million during the second quarter of 2007 compared to $81.2 million in the same period last year.

During the second quarter of 2007, we added 14 workover rigs, including 13 newbuilds, one swab rig, a drilling rig that was converted to workover status and retired one rig, bringing our workover rig count to 379 as of June 30, 2007. Revenue per workover rig hour increased 14% to $415 during the second quarter of 2007 compared to $365 in the same period in 2006. The full-fleet workover rig utilization rate declined to 78% in the second quarter of 2007 compared to 91% in the same period in 2006. The decrease in workover rig utilization from 2006 was a result of the unusually wet weather conditions in the second quarter of 2007 in most of Texas and Oklahoma that limited the Company's ability to mobilize its equipment on locations. In addition, flattening or declining drilling activity in several of the Company's markets as well as new equipment entering its markets resulted in the lower utilization from the 2006 period.

On April 2, Basic added six medium-depth drilling rigs, as a result of the Sledge Drilling acquisition, that increased Basic's drilling rig count to nine at June 30, 2007. Revenue per day and operating days were $17,200 and 594, respectively, in the second quarter of 2007 compared to $11,700 and 104, respectively, in the same period in 2006.

Well servicing operating segment profit in the second quarter of 2007 increased to $38.1 million from $35.6 million in the same period in 2006. Operating margins declined to 40% of revenue in the second quarter of 2007 compared to 44% in the same period of 2006, mainly due to lower utilization, higher personnel costs related to lower utilization, and increased maintenance and supplies costs.

Fluid Services

Fluid services revenues in the second quarter of 2007 increased 7% to $52.1 million compared to $48.9 million in the same period in 2006. During the second quarter of 2007, Basic added a net of three fluid services trucks, bringing the total number of fluid services trucks to 659 as of June 30, 2007. Average revenue per fluid services truck decreased by 8% to $79,000 in the second quarter of 2007 compared to $86,000 in the same period in 2006 due to increased competition in our markets as well as from a larger portion of the revenue of this segment being from truck services versus frac tank rentals and disposal fees in the second quarter of 2007. Operating segment profit in the second quarter of 2007 was $19.3 million, or 37% of revenue, compared to $19.5 million, or 40% of revenue, in the same period in 2006, due to higher personnel, maintenance and supplies.

Completion & Remedial Services

Please note that Basic changed the name of its "Drilling and Completion Services" segment to "Completion and Remedial Services" effective this quarter to better reflect the specialized oil and gas services that are captured in this business segment.

Completion and remedial services revenues during the second quarter of 2007 increased 56% to $63.7 million compared to $40.9 million in the same period in 2006. Operating segment profit in the second quarter of 2007 was $30.4 million, or 48% of revenue, compared to $21.8 million, or 53% of revenue, in the same period in 2006. The increase in revenue and operating profits in this segment was the result of several acquisitions in 2006 and the acquisition of JetStar in the latter part of the first quarter of 2007. As of June 30, 2007, Basic had 119,000 hydraulic horsepower of pressure pumping capacity compared to 48,250 hydraulic horsepower as of June 30, 2006.

Well Site Construction Services

Well site construction services revenues in the second quarter of 2007 declined to $11.1 million compared to $12.9 million in the same period in 2006. Operating segment profit in the second quarter of 2007 was $3.5 million, or 32% of revenue, compared to $4.1 million, or 32% of revenue, in the same period in 2006.

Capital Expenditures

During the first half of 2007, Basic invested $67 million for capital expenditures, including capital leases and excluding acquisitions. This amount included $49 million for expansion capital expenditures, including $34 million for the well servicing segment, $4 million for the fluid services segment and $7 million for the completion and remedial services segment. Maintenance capital expenditures amounted to approximately $18 million, or 4% of revenues, for the first half of 2007.

2007 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 previously disclosed. Any material change in market conditions in any of Basic's business segments could affect its guidance.

Basic currently believes that new equipment entering its markets is helping to satisfy demand in most of the markets it operates in. Pricing is stable with no significant rate increases for its services expected through the end of 2007. Annual guidance for key operating data for 2007 is as follows:

                                               Annual Guidance for 2007
    Workover Rigs (excludes drilling rigs)
       Average revenue per rig hour                  $412 - $416
       Average number of rigs                        374 - 376
    Drilling Rigs
       Average revenue per day                       $15,500
       Average number of rigs                        8
    Fluid Services
       Average revenue per fluid
        services truck                               $320,000 - $324,000
       Average number of fluid
        services trucks                              556 - 660

    Total Company
    General and administrative
     expenses as a
     % of total revenue                              10.5% - 11.5%
    Depreciation and amortization                    $92 - 94 million
    Capital expenditures                             $130 - $140 million
    EBITDA as a percent of total revenue             29% - 31%
    Effective tax rate                               37.5% - 38.5%

Basic Energy Services provides well site services essential to maintaining production from the oil and gas wells within its operating area. The company employs approximately 4,400 employees in more than 100 service points throughout the major oil and gas producing regions in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arkansas, Kansas and the Rocky Mountain states.

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

Conference Call

Basic will host a conference call to discuss its second quarter 2007 results on Thursday, August 9, 2007, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time (9:00 a.m. Central). To access the call, please dial (303) 262-2130 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 Basic's corporate website, http://www.basicenergyservices.com.

A telephonic replay of the conference call will be available until August 23, 2007 and may be accessed by calling (303) 590-3000 and using the pass code 11093394. A webcast 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. Additional important risk factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from expectations are disclosed in Item 1A of Basic's Form 10-K and Form 10-Q filed with the SEC. 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.



                         Basic Energy Services, Inc.
          Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income
                 (Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)

                                   Three Months Ended      Six Months Ended
                                        June 30,               June 30,
                                     2007      2006        2007        2006
                                      (Unaudited)            (Unaudited)
     Revenues:
       Well servicing              $96,329   $81,154     $184,940    $154,619
       Fluid services               52,111    48,861      103,745      91,982
       Completion and remedial
        services                    63,736    40,939      109,873      68,394
       Well site construction
        services                    11,080    12,879       23,628      23,144

           Total revenues          223,256   183,833      422,186     338,139

     Expenses:
       Well servicing               58,268    45,521      111,176      87,131
       Fluid services               32,835    29,343       64,644      55,648
       Completion and remedial
        services                    33,374    19,180       56,509      33,034
       Well site construction
        services                     7,544     8,820       15,837      16,463
       General and
        administrative (1)          25,592    20,144       48,241      38,149
       Depreciation and
        amortization                24,007    15,122       43,232      27,959
       (Gain) loss on disposal of
        assets                        (166)      927          175         727

           Total expenses          181,454   139,057      339,814     259,111

             Operating income       41,802    44,776       82,372      79,028

     Other income (expense):
       Interest expense             (7,190)   (4,649)     (12,784)     (7,787)
       Interest income                 413       555          883         914
       Loss on early
        extinguishment of debt          --    (2,705)        (230)     (2,705)
       Other income                     40        28          101          55

     Income from continuing
      operations before income
      taxes                         35,065    38,005       70,342      69,505

     Income tax expense            (13,373)  (13,518)     (26,577)    (25,337)

     Net income                    $21,692   $24,487     $ 43,765    $ 44,168

     Earnings per share of common
      stock:
       Basic                       $  0.54   $  0.73     $   1.11    $   1.32

       Diluted                     $  0.52   $  0.64     $   1.08    $   1.15

     Comprehensive Income:
     Net income                    $21,692   $24,487     $ 43,765    $ 44,168
         Unrealized gains (losses)
          on hedging activities         --      (236)          --        (236)
     Comprehensive Income:         $21,692   $24,251     $ 43,765    $ 43,932


     Other Financial Data:
     EBITDA(2)                     $65,849   $57,221     $125,475    $104,337
     Capital expenditures:
       Acquisitions, net of cash
        acquired                   $71,116   $11,468     $175,470    $ 98,988
       Property and equipment      $29,071   $24,015     $ 52,854    $ 48,827



                                                              As of
                                                    June 30,        June 30,
                                                      2007            2006
     Balance Sheet Data:                                  (Unaudited)
     Cash and cash equivalents                      $46,504          $37,540
     Net property and equipment                     607,777          424,720
     Total assets                                 1,073,791          685,738
     Total long-term debt                           403,598          245,037
     Total stockholders' equity                     479,018          303,939



                                              Three months        Six months
                                             Ended June 30,    Ended June 30,
    Segment Data:                            2007     2006     2007      2006

    Well Servicing
    Segment profits as a percent of
     revenue                                39.5%    43.9%    39.9%     43.6%

    Workover rigs
    Weighted average number of rigs           371      337      368       331
    Rig hours (000's)                       207.7    219.3    418.5     428.0
    Rig utilization rate                    78.3%    91.0%    79.5%     90.4%
    Revenue per rig hour                  $   415  $   365  $   413  $    357
    Workover rig profit per rig hour      $   163  $   165  $   168  $    161

    Drilling rigs
    Weighted average number of rigs             8        2        6         2
    Rig operating days                        594      104      762       119
    Revenue per day                       $17,200  $11,700  $16,000  $ 15,100
    Drilling rig profit per day           $ 6,900  $(4,900) $ 4,300  $(11,800)

    Fluid Services
    Weighted average number of fluid
     services trucks                          657      568      655       559
    Revenue per fluid services truck
     (000's)                              $    79  $    86  $   158  $    165
    Segment profits per fluid services
     truck (000's)                        $    29  $    34  $    60  $     65
    Segment profits as a percent of
     revenue                                37.0%    39.9%    37.7%     39.5%

    Completion and Remedial Services
    Segment profits as a percent of
     revenue                                47.6%    53.1%    48.6%     51.7%

    Well Site Construction Services
    Segment profits as a percent of
     revenue                                31.9%    31.5%    33.0%     28.9%


    (1) Includes approximately $1,062,000 and $875,000 of non-cash
        compensation expense for the three months ended June 30, 2007 and
        2006, respectively.  For the six months ended June 30, 2007 and 2006,
        it includes approximately $2,155,000 and $1,633,000 of non-cash
        expense, 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 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 tool 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 net income to EBITDA,
which is the most comparable GAAP performance measure, for each of the periods
indicated:

                                        Three months         Six months
                                        Ended June 30,      Ended June 30,
                                       2007     2006       2007      2006
    Reconciliation of Net Income
     to EBITDA:
                                  (unaudited)(unaudited)(unaudited)(unaudited)
    Net Income                      $21,692    $24,487   $ 43,765   $ 44,168
       Income taxes                  13,373     13,518     26,577     25,337
       Net interest expense           6,777      4,094     11,901      6,873
       Depreciation and
        amortization                 24,007     15,122     43,232     27,959
    EBITDA                          $65,849    $57,221   $125,475   $104,337

Contacts: Alan Krenek, Chief Financial Officer
Basic Energy Services, Inc.
432-620-5510

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

SOURCE Basic Energy Services, Inc.

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