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Basic Energy Services Reports Second Quarter 2008 Results
 ~ Reports diluted EPS of $0.55 before merger costs for the second quarter of
                                    2008 ~

MIDLAND, Texas, Aug. 4 /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, 2008.

Basic reported net income of $22.9 million, or $0.55 per diluted share, before merger related costs, for the second quarter of 2008, compared to $21.7 million, or $0.52 per diluted share, in the same period in 2007. Net income for the second quarter of 2008, including a $4.2 million after-tax charge related to the termination of the Grey Wolf, Inc. merger, was $18.7 million, or $0.45 per diluted share. Revenues increased 13% to $251.5 million for the second quarter of 2008 compared to $223.3 million in the second quarter of 2007.

Adjusted EBITDA (defined as net income before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, excluding pre-tax merger costs ($6.6 million in the second quarter of 2008)) for the second quarter of 2008 increased 9% to $71.6 million, or 28% of revenue, compared to EBITDA (defined as net income before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) of $65.8 million, or 29% of revenue, in the same period in 2007. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA, which are not measures determined in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"), are defined and reconciled in note 2 under the accompanying financial tables.

For the six-month period ended June 30, 2008, Basic reported net income of $42.6 million in 2008, or $1.02 per diluted share, before merger related costs, compared to $43.8 million, or $1.08 per diluted share, in the same period in 2007. Including the $4.2 million after-tax charge related to the termination of the Grey Wolf, Inc. merger, net income for the first six months of 2008 was $38.4 million, or $0.92 per diluted share. Revenues increased 14% to $481.4 million in the first six months of 2008, compared to $422.2 million in the same period of 2007.

Adjusted EBITDA (i.e., EBITDA before merger-related costs of $6.6 million in the first six months of 2008) rose 10% to $137.7 million in the first six months of 2008, or 29% of revenue, compared to $125.5 million, or 30% of revenue, during the same period in 2007.

Ken Huseman, Basic's President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "Our record level of revenue and good cost control led to strong operating margins for the quarter. We are proud of the efforts of our people throughout the organization who drove exceptional performance despite distractions from the terminated Grey Wolf merger.

"The outlook for each of our business segments continues to improve as the year progresses. Despite coming off historical highs, oil prices are well above the level required by our customers to aggressively seek opportunities to increase production and add to their reserves. Near-term weakness in gas prices should be short-lived and offset by increased activity in the Haynesville shale play where we have had a substantial presence for years, our internal growth initiatives in the Barnett Shale and the expansion of our dominant market position in the Permian Basin, which also includes the growing gas drilling activity in the Ft. Stockton area. In conjunction with this enhanced activity, we are beginning to experience an increase in pricing and utilization, making us optimistic for improved results as we progress through the remainder of 2008."


    Business Segment Results

Well Servicing

Well servicing revenues rose approximately 3% to $89.0 million during the second quarter of 2008 compared to $86.1 million in the same period last year. Sequentially, revenues for this segment rose about 11% compared to the first quarter of 2008. Basic added seven newbuild rigs, acquired eight rigs and retired one rig during the second quarter of 2008, bringing its well servicing rig count to 409 as of June 30, 2008. Weighted average number of well servicing rigs increased to 403 during the second quarter of 2008 compared to 371 during the same period in 2007, an increase of 9%. Revenue per well servicing rig hour decreased 4% to $400 during the second quarter of 2008 compared to $415 in the same period in 2007. The full-fleet well servicing rig utilization rate improved sequentially to 77% in the second quarter of 2008 compared to 72% in the first quarter of 2008 as activity levels increased due to seasonal and improved market conditions. Rig utilization rate of 77% for the second quarter of 2008 was essentially flat from the prior year.

Well servicing segment profit in the second quarter of 2008 was $33.7 million, slightly lower than $34.0 million in the second quarter of 2007, but higher than the $32.1 million in the first quarter of 2008. Segment profit margins declined to 38% of revenue in the second quarter of 2008 compared to 40% in the same period of 2007, mainly due to higher personnel and fuel-related costs.

Fluid Services

Fluid services revenues in the second quarter of 2008 increased 15% to $72.6 million compared to $63.2 million in the same period in 2007. Sequentially, revenues for this segment were up 2% compared to the first quarter of 2008. Basic added 16 new trucks, acquired 21 trucks and retired 7 trucks during the second quarter of 2008, bringing the total number of fluid services trucks to 678 as of June 30, 2008. Weighted average number of fluid services trucks increased 1% to 663 during the second quarter of 2008 compared to 657 during the same period in 2007. Average revenue per fluid services truck increased by 14% to $109,000 in the second quarter of 2008 compared to $96,000 in the same period in 2007. Segment profit in the second quarter of 2008 was $24.0 million, or 33% of revenue, compared to $22.8 million, or 36% of revenue, in the same period in 2007. The decrease in segment profit as a percent of revenue was primarily due to higher maintenance and repair and fuel-related costs.

Completion & Remedial Services

Completion and remedial services revenues during the second quarter of 2008 increased 25% to $79.6 million compared to $63.7 million in the same period in 2007. Sequentially, revenues for this segment grew about 16% compared to the first quarter of 2008. Segment profit in the second quarter of 2008 rose to $36.9 million, or 46% of revenue, compared to $30.4 million, or 48% of revenue, in the same period in 2007. The increase in revenue and segment profit was mainly due to several acquisitions made in the past year as well as internal expansion. Segment profit as a percent of revenue declined from 2007 mainly due to increased costs of the materials used in Basic's pressure pumping operations as well as higher fuel related costs. As of June 30, 2008, Basic had approximately 128,000 hydraulic horsepower of pressure pumping capacity compared to approximately 119,000 hydraulic horsepower as of June 30, 2007.

Contract Drilling

Contract drilling revenues rose slightly to $10.3 million during the second quarter of 2008 compared to $10.2 million in the comparable quarter in 2007. Sequentially, revenues for this segment increased about 9% compared to the first quarter of 2008. Segment profit in the second quarter of 2008 declined to $2.8 million versus $4.0 million last year during the second quarter of 2007, as revenue per day decreased to $14,800 in the second quarter of 2008 from $17,200 in the same period last year.

Basic operated nine drilling rigs during the second quarter of 2008, up from eight drilling rigs in the same period in 2007. Rig operating days were 699 in the second quarter of 2008 compared to 594 in the same period in 2007.

Capital Expenditures

During the first half of 2008, Basic completed four acquisitions for total consideration of $51 million in cash. Total capital expenditures that included capital leases and excluded acquisitions were $65.5 million, comprised of $21.7 million for expansion projects, $36.7 million for sustaining and replacement projects, and $7.1 million for other projects. Expansion capital spending included $6.4 million for the well servicing segment, $2.6 million for the fluid services segment and $12.7 million for the completion and remedial services segment. Other capital expenditures of $7.1 million were mainly for facilities and IT infrastructure.

Recent Events

On July 15, 2008, Basic announced that they had terminated the Agreement and Plan of Merger (the "Merger Agreement") previously entered into among Basic, Grey Wolf. Inc. ("Grey Wolf") and Horsepower Holdings, Inc. on April 20, 2008 pursuant to Section 7.1(b)(iii) of the Merger Agreement. The decision to terminate the Merger Agreement was made after Grey Wolf's stockholders did not approve the Merger Agreement at a special meeting of stockholders held on Tuesday, July 15, 2008. Basic's stockholders voted in favor of the adoption of the Merger Agreement at Basic's special meeting of stockholders also held on July 15, 2008.

On July 15, 2008, in accordance with provisions in the merger agreement, Basic received $5 million expense reimbursement from Grey Wolf that will be recognized in the third quarter of 2008. Basic expects to recognize approximately $5 million of other M&A and financing commitment fees in the same quarter. Combined with the $6.6 million of merger expenses recognized in the second quarter of 2008, total merger costs are projected to be approximately $11.6 million, exclusive of the $5 million expense reimbursement received and any subsequent termination fees to which Basic may become entitled pursuant to the merger agreement.

Outlook for 2008

The following statements are based on Basic's current expectations, which do not differ substantially from its previously announced outlook. These statements are forward-looking and actual results may differ materially. These statements do not include the potential impact of any future acquisitions or unbudgeted capital expenditures other than those previously disclosed. Any material change in market conditions in any of Basic's business segments could affect its guidance.

Basic believes that seasonally adjusted activity levels in each of its business segments will increase in the second half of 2008, which should lead to pricing improvements that will help offset the labor and fuel costs increases that it has experienced in the first half of the year. Basic also expects its remaining 12 newbuild well servicing rigs will be delivered in the second half of 2008, with six to eight of those newbuilds representing expansion units and the remainder replacing older, less efficient rigs in the fleet. The increase in expansion newbuild units from previous guidance reflects Basic's outlook for improved business activity.

Basic is reaffirming the following annual guidance for 2008 that was given in its first quarter 2008 earnings release dated May 5, 2008:

    -- G&A expense as a percent of revenue is estimated to be 11%
    -- Depreciation and amortization expense is projected to be in the range
       of $118 to $120 million
    -- Effective tax rate is estimated to be 38%

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 4,500 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 2008 results on Tuesday, August 5, 2008, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time (9:00 a.m. Central). To access the call, please dial (303) 262-2066 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 19, 2008 and may be accessed by calling (303) 590-3000 and using the pass code 11117430#. 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 for the year ended December 31, 2007 and subsequent Form 10-Q's 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.

                              -Tables to Follow-



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

                                       Three Months Ended    Six Months Ended
                                            June 30,             June 30,
                                        2008       2007       2008      2007
                                          (Unaudited)          (Unaudited)
     Revenues:
       Well servicing                  $89,018    $86,111  $169,537  $172,780
       Fluid services                   72,581     63,191   143,980   127,373
       Completion and Remedial
        Services                        79,579     63,736   148,037   109,873
       Contract drilling                10,344     10,218    19,841    12,160

           Total revenues              251,522    223,256   481,395   422,186

     Expenses:
       Well servicing                   55,293     52,084   103,759   102,178
       Fluid services                   48,554     40,379    94,987    80,481
       Completion and Remedial
        Services                        42,651     33,374    78,439    56,509
       Contract drilling                 7,529      6,184    14,589     8,998
       General and administrative (1)   26,811     25,592    52,663    48,241
       Depreciation and amortization    28,732     24,007    56,764    43,232
       (Gain) loss on disposal of
        assets                            (809)      (166)     (584)      175

           Total expenses              208,761    181,454   400,617   339,814

             Operating income           42,761     41,802    80,778    82,372

     Other income (expense):
       Interest expense                 (6,453)    (7,190)  (13,802)  (12,784)
       Interest income                     471        413     1,172       883
       Loss on early extinguishment
        of debt                            -          -         -        (230)
       Other income (expense)           (6,469)        40    (6,431)      101

     Income from continuing
      operations before income taxes    30,310     35,065    61,717    70,342

     Income tax expense                (11,597)   (13,373)  (23,348)  (26,577)
     Net income                        $18,713    $21,692   $38,369   $43,765

     Earnings per share of common
      stock:
       Basic                             $0.46      $0.54     $0.94     $1.11

       Diluted                           $0.45      $0.52     $0.92     $1.08


     Other Financial Data:
     EBITDA (2)                        $71,599    $65,849  $137,686  $125,475
     Capital expenditures:
       Acquisitions, net of cash
        acquired                        24,381     71,116    51,239   175,470
       Property and equipment           26,596     29,071    45,023    52,854


                                             As of
                                       June 30,   June 30,
                                         2008       2007
     Balance Sheet Data                   (unaudited)
     Cash and cash equivalents         $77,784    $46,504
     Net property and equipment        665,922    607,777
     Total assets                    1,208,336  1,073,791
     Total long-term debt              412,846    403,598
     Total stockholders' equity        566,683    479,018



                                           Three months       Six months
                                           Ended June 30,    Ended June 30,
    Segment Data:                          2008     2007     2008     2007

    Well Servicing
    Segment profits as a percent of
     revenue                              37.9%    39.5%    38.8%    40.9%
    Well Servicing Rigs
    Weighted average number of rigs         403      371      398      368
    Rig hours (000's)                     222.3    207.7    424.8    418.5
    Rig utilization rate                  77.1%    78.3%    74.6%    79.5%
    Revenue per rig hour                   $400     $415     $399     $413
    Well Servicing rig profit per rig
     hour                                  $152     $163     $155     $169

    Fluid Services
    Weighted average number of fluid
     services trucks                        663      657      654      655
    Revenue per fluid services truck
     (000's)                               $109      $96     $220     $194
    Segment profits per fluid services
     truck (000's)                          $36      $35      $75      $72
    Segment profits as a percent of
     revenue                              33.1%    36.1%    34.0%    36.8%

    Completion and Remedial Services
    Segment profits as a percent of
     revenue                              46.4%    47.6%    47.0%    48.6%

    Contract Drilling
    Segment profits as a percent of
     revenue                              27.2%    39.5%    26.5%    26.0%
    Drilling Rigs
    Weighted average number of rigs           9        8        9        6
    Rig operating days                      699      594    1,344      762
    Revenue per day                     $14,800  $17,200  $14,800  $16,000
    Drilling rig profit per day          $4,000   $6,900   $4,000   $4,200


    (1) Includes approximately $1,184,000 and $1,062,000 of non-cash
        compensation expense for the three months ended June 30, 2008 and
        2007, respectively.  For the six months ended June 30, 2008 and 2007,
        it includes approximately $2,264,000 and $2,155,000 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,
                                           2008     2007      2008      2007
    Reconciliation of Net Income to
     EBITDA:                                (Unaudited)        (Unaudited)
    Net Income                           $18,713  $21,692   $38,369   $43,765
       Income taxes                       11,597   13,373    23,348    26,577
       Net interest expense                5,982    6,777    12,630    11,901
       Depreciation and amortization      28,732   24,007    56,764    43,232
    EBITDA                               $65,024  $65,849  $131,111  $125,475



    The following table presents a reconciliation of net income to "Adjusted
EBITDA," which means our EBITDA excluding merger-related costs incurred by us
in 2008:



                                           Three months        Six months
                                           Ended June 30,     Ended June 30,
                                           2008     2007      2008      2007
    Reconciliation of Net Income to
     Adjusted EBITDA,                       (Unaudited)        (Unaudited)
     excluding merger-related costs:
    Net Income                           $18,713  $21,692   $38,369   $43,765
       Merger-related costs                6,575        -     6,575         -
       Income taxes                       11,597   13,373    23,348    26,577
       Net interest expense                5,982    6,777    12,630    11,901
       Depreciation and amortization      28,732   24,007    56,764    43,232
    Adjusted EBITDA, excluding merger-
     related costs                       $71,599  $65,849  $137,686  $125,475


We believe Adjusted EBITDA is useful for management and investors in connection with comparisons of EBITDA excluding the extraordinary charges represented by our 2008 merger-related costs.

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

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

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