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Basic Energy Services Reports Second Quarter 2010 Results
Second quarter revenue up 22% sequentially

MIDLAND, Texas, July 27, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --

Basic Energy Services, Inc. (NYSE: BAS) ("Basic") today announced its financial and operating results for the second quarter and six months ended June 30, 2010.

Basic generated revenue of $175.1 million during the second quarter of 2010, up 22% from $143.0 million in the first quarter of 2010, and rising 47% from the $118.8 million reported in the second quarter of 2009. For the second quarter of 2010, Basic generated a net loss of $12.4 million, or $0.31 per share, which excluded a $1.8 million, or $0.04 per share, after-tax gain on the bargain purchase of an acquisition. Basic reported a net loss of $21.6 million, or $0.54 per share in the first quarter of 2010 and a net loss of $21.2 million, or $0.54 per share in the second quarter of 2009. Including the impact of a $1.8 million gain on the bargain purchase of an acquisition, Basic reported a net loss of $10.7 million for the second quarter of 2010, or $0.27 per share.

Adjusted EBITDA for the 2010 second quarter was $26.9 million, or 15% of revenue, compared to $11.9 million, or 8% of revenue, in the first quarter of 2010, and $3.7 million, or 3% of revenue, in the comparable quarter of 2009. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, goodwill impairment, the net gain or loss from the disposal of assets and gain on bargain purchase. 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.

Ken Huseman, Basic's President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "Each of our business segments generated double-digit sequential gains in revenue in the second quarter driven by higher utilization and targeted rate increases. Our completion and remedial services segment provided the greatest lift to revenue as full utilization in our pumping services and higher demand for our rental and fishing services drove discounts lower.

"Sequential incremental margin improvements, which averaged 50% for all our business segments ranged from 40% in our well servicing segment where utilization in our gas oriented markets remains relatively modest to more than 60% in our fluid services segment that was driven by asset relocations to more active and less price-competitive oil driven markets. Those incremental margins reflect our continued cost control efforts but really highlight the leverage afforded by higher utilization as we more fully absorb the substantial fixed costs inherent in our businesses.

"We have relocated a significant amount of equipment within our footprint and expanded our workforce to capitalize on improved activity in several markets particularly in our core Permian Basin operating area. The bulk of that relocation and reactivation was completed early in the quarter and helped drive utilization and margins higher even in the absence of significant pricing improvements. With the exception of our well servicing segment, where we still have a substantial number of idle rigs, we do not anticipate significant additional asset relocations.

"The substantial improvement over the prior year quarter reflects the recovery in E&P spending for all types of maintenance and capital spending. Oil price stability should drive further increases in oil-directed activity and we have leadership positions in most of those markets. We expect a more broad-based gas driven increase in 2011. With that outlook and the current tight utilization across much of our fleet, we are taking advantage of opportunities to build our operations through internal growth and through attractively valued acquisitions. We have recently expended capital for additional trucks and tanks in our fluid services segment and pumping assets to support our cementing operations.

"We completed the first significant acquisition of the year in May with the purchase of the inventory, engineering blueprints, parts and services businesses of Taylor Rigs, LLC ('Taylor'), which is located in the Tulsa, Oklahoma area. This acquisition augments our established refurbishment capability, provides the assurance of ongoing service support to the 140 well servicing rigs we purchased from Taylor since late 2004 and allows further standardization of our fleet as we retire our older, less efficient rigs over the next decade. Taylor will also continue to sell and service rigs to customers in the US and several international markets under the Taylor brand."

For the six-month period ended June 2010, Basic generated a net loss of $34.0 million, or $0.85 per share, excluding a gain of $1.8 million, or $0.04 per share, for a bargain purchase on an acquisition. Net loss as reported for the 2010 six-month period was $32.3 million, or $0.81 per share. For the six-month period ended June 2009, Basic generated a net loss of $37.2 million, or $0.93 per share, excluding a $166.9 million after-tax, or $4.20 per share, ($204.0 million pre-tax) non-cash goodwill impairment charge. Net loss as reported for the 2009 six-month period was $204.1 million, or $5.13 per share. Revenues increased 16% to $318.1 million for the first six months of 2010 compared to $273.5 million in the same period in 2009. Adjusted EBITDA for the first six months of 2010 was $38.8 million, or 12% of revenue, compared to $18.6 million, or 7% of revenue, for the comparable period in 2009 (which excludes the 2009 pre-tax goodwill impairment charge).

Business Segment Results

Well Servicing

Sequentially, well servicing revenues rose 19% to $49.5 million during the second quarter of 2010 compared to $41.8 million in the prior quarter. In 2009, second quarter revenues were $36.4 million. At June 30, 2010, the well servicing rig count was 404, unchanged from the prior quarter end. The weighted average number of well servicing rigs was 404 during the second quarter of 2010 compared to 405 during the first quarter of 2010 and 414 during the second quarter of 2009.

Well servicing rig utilization rose to 53% in the second quarter of 2010, up from 47% in the first quarter reflecting increased demand for our services due to an uptick in activity in oil dominated markets and better weather conditions. Last year in the comparable quarter, the rig utilization rate was 37%. Excluding revenues associated with rig manufacturing and service, revenue per well servicing rig hour rose 3% sequentially to $316 from $308 in the first quarter of 2010, but declined by 4% from the $329 achieved during the second quarter of 2009.

Well servicing segment profit in the second quarter of 2010 was $12.8 million compared to $9.7 million in the prior quarter and $8.6 million in the same period in 2009. Segment profit margins rose to 26% in the second quarter of 2010 from 23% in the first quarter and 24% in the second quarter of 2009. Segment profit margins in the second quarter of 2010 grew due to strengthening in pricing and demand for our services.

Fluid Services

Fluid services revenues in the second quarter of 2010 increased by 13% to $58.8 million compared to $52.1 million in the prior quarter. During the comparable quarter of 2009, this segment produced $49.1 million in revenue. The weighted average number of fluid services trucks rose slightly to 797 during the second quarter of 2010, increasing by 6 trucks from the weighted average truck count of 791 during the first quarter of 2010. The weighted average number of fluid services trucks was 808 during the second quarter of 2009. The sequential increase in revenues was due to higher truck utilization, better pricing and a substantial increase in frac tank revenues.

The average revenue per fluid services truck was $74,000 in the second quarter of 2010, up 12% from $66,000 in the prior quarter and 21% compared to $61,000 in the same period in 2009. Segment profit in the second quarter of 2010 was $15.4 million, or 26% of revenue, compared to $11.2 million, or 21% of revenue, in the prior quarter and $13.7 million, or 28% of revenue, in the same period in 2009.

Completion & Remedial Services

Sequentially, completion and remedial services revenues increased 36% to $61.5 million in the second quarter of 2010 from $45.2 million in the prior quarter. In the comparable quarter of last year, this segment generated $29.4 million in revenue. Segment profit in the second quarter of 2010 rose sequentially to $23.9 million, or 39% of revenue, compared to $15.5 million, or 34% of revenue, in the prior quarter. During the second quarter of 2009, segment profit was $7.9 million, or 27% of revenue. The sequential and prior year rise in revenue and segment profit was due to the improving utilization as the quarter progressed, especially for our pumping services which exited the second quarter with essentially full utilization. Due to the increase in demand, pricing strengthened as well throughout the quarter. As of June 30, 2010, Basic had approximately 142,000 hydraulic horsepower, up 2,000 horsepower from the prior quarter and up from 139,000 horsepower at June 30, 2009.

Contract Drilling

Contract drilling revenues increased 39% to $5.3 million during the second quarter of 2010 compared to $3.8 million in the first quarter of 2010. During the second quarter of 2009, this segment produced $4.0 million in revenue. Basic operated nine drilling rigs during the second quarter of 2010, the same as in the prior quarter and in the same period in 2009. Rig operating days during the second quarter of 2010 rose 25% to 527 compared to 420 in the prior quarter. Rig operating days were 314 in the comparable period in 2009. Segment profit in the second quarter of 2010 was $1.5 million compared to $519,000 in the prior quarter and $650,000 in the second quarter of 2009. The sequential increase in revenue and profit was attributable to increased demand for our services as well as an 11% increase in revenue per day.

G&A Expense

G&A expense in the second quarter of 2010 was $26.8 million, or 15% of total revenue, compared to $25.1 million, or 17% of total revenue, in the first quarter of 2010. The sequential increase in G&A expense was due to higher quarterly cash bonus and noncash stock incentive compensation, and increased G&A from Taylor operations. During the second quarter of 2009, G&A expense was $27.4 million, or 23% of total revenue.

Capital Expenditures

During the first six months of 2010, Basic's total capital expenditures, including capital leases of $6 million, were approximately $32 million, comprised of $20 million for sustaining and replacement projects, $8 million for expansion projects and $4 million for other projects. Expansion capital spending included approximately $5 million for the fluid services segment, $2 million for the completion and remedial services segment, and $1 million for the well servicing segment. Other capital expenditures were mainly for facilities and IT infrastructure.

Based on current operating conditions, Basic now projects that capital expenditures for 2010 will be $65 million, which includes amounts for expansion and further replacements.

Conference Call

Basic will host a conference call to discuss its second quarter 2010 results on Wednesday, July 28, 2010, at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time (8:00 a.m. Central). To access the call, please dial (480) 629-9819 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 4, 2010 and may be accessed by calling (303) 590-3030 and using the pass code 4325578#. A webcast archive will be available at 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) 529-6600 or email at dmw@drg-e.com.

About Basic Energy Services

Basic Energy Services provides well site services essential to maintaining production of oil and gas wells within its operating area. The Company employs over 4,100 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.

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) changes in demand for our services and any related material impact on our pricing and utilizations rates, (ii) Basic's ability to execute, manage and integrate acquisitions successfully, (iii) changes in our expenses, including labor or fuel costs and financing costs, and (iv) regulatory changes. 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, 2009 and subsequent Form 10-Qs filed with the SEC. While Basic makes these statements and projections in good faith, neither Basic nor its management can guarantee 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.


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

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




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


                                              Three Months Ended
                                                   June 30,
                                            ----------------------
                                            2010              2009
                                            ----              ----
    Income Statement Data:               (Unaudited)       (Unaudited)
     Revenues:
       Well servicing                      $49,529           $36,399
       Fluid services                       58,801            49,088
       Completion and remedial
        services                            61,533            29,373
       Contract drilling                     5,269             3,988
                                           -------           -------

           Total revenues                  175,132           118,848
                                           -------           -------

     Expenses:
       Well servicing                       36,734            27,825
       Fluid services                       43,425            35,381
       Completion and remedial
        services                            37,660            21,484
       Contract drilling                     3,725             3,338
       General and
        administrative (1)                  26,820            27,424
       Depreciation and
        amortization                        34,250            32,413
       (Gain) loss on disposal
        of assets                              463               474
        Goodwill impairment                      -               (82)
                                           -------           -------

           Total expenses                  183,077           148,257
                                           -------           -------

             Operating income (loss)        (7,945)          (29,409)

     Other income (expense):
       Interest expense                    (11,778)           (5,974)
       Interest income                          24               173
        Gain on bargain purchase             1,772                 -
       Other income (expense)                  111               118
                                           -------           -------

     Income (loss) from
      continuing operations
      before income taxes                  (17,816)          (35,092)

     Income tax benefit
      (expense)                              7,144            13,856
                                             -----            ------
     Net income (loss)                    $(10,672)         $(21,236)
                                          ========          ========

     Earnings (loss) per
      share of common stock:
       Basic                                $(0.27)           $(0.54)
                                            ======            ======

       Diluted                              $(0.27)           $(0.54)
                                            ======            ======


     Other Financial Data:
     EBITDA (2)                            $28,188            $3,122
     Adjusted EBITDA (2)                    26,879             3,678
     Capital expenditures:
       Acquisitions, net of
        cash acquired                        9,625                40
       Property and equipment               14,463            11,403



                                              Six Months Ended
                                                   June 30,
                                          -------------------------
                                            2010             2009
                                            ----             ----
    Income Statement Data:              (Unaudited)      (Unaudited)
     Revenues:
       Well servicing                      $91,325          $85,213
       Fluid services                      110,948          114,065
       Completion and remedial
        services                           106,767           66,632
       Contract drilling                     9,058            7,626
                                           -------          -------
           Total revenues                  318,098          273,536
                                           -------          -------

     Expenses:
       Well servicing                       68,834           64,742
       Fluid services                       84,365           79,968
       Completion and remedial
        services                            67,383           47,378
       Contract drilling                     6,995            6,607
       General and
        administrative (1)                  51,897           56,503
       Depreciation and
        amortization                        67,348           65,150
       (Gain) loss on disposal
        of assets                            1,174            1,339
        Goodwill impairment                      -          204,014
                                           -------          -------

           Total expenses                  347,996          525,701
                                           -------          -------

             Operating income (loss)       (29,898)        (252,165)

     Other income (expense):
       Interest expense                    (23,442)         (11,710)
       Interest income                          50              393
        Gain on bargain purchase             1,772                -
       Other income (expense)                  192              252
                                           -------          -------

     Income (loss) from
      continuing operations
      before income taxes                  (51,326)        (263,230)

     Income tax benefit
      (expense)                             19,063           59,169
                                           -------          -------
     Net income (loss)                    $(32,263)       $(204,061)
                                          ========        =========

     Earnings (loss) per
      share of common stock:
       Basic                                $(0.81)          $(5.13)
                                            ======           ======

       Diluted                              $(0.81)          $(5.13)
                                            ======           ======


     Other Financial Data:
     EBITDA (2)                            $39,414        $(186,763)
     Adjusted EBITDA (2)                    38,816           18,590
     Capital expenditures:
       Acquisitions, net of
        cash acquired                       10,312            1,190
       Property and equipment               25,555           25,187




                                           As of
                                June 30,          June 30,
                                  2010               2009
                                  ----               ----
     Balance Sheet Data:       (unaudited)       (unaudited)
     Cash and cash
      equivalents                $73,775           $134,304
     Restricted cash              15,247                  -
     Net property and
      equipment                  633,965            714,560
     Total assets              1,011,725          1,068,393
     Total long-term debt        470,928            451,958
     Total stockholders'
      equity                     309,856            387,219





                                       Three months             Six months
                                      Ended June 30,           Ended June 30,
    Segment Data:                     2010       2009         2010       2009

    Well Servicing
    Weighted average number of
     rigs                              404        414          405        414
    Rig hours (000's)                153.9      110.5        289.6      242.8
    Rig utilization rate              53.3%      37.3%        50.0%      41.0%
    Revenue per rig hour,
     excluding manufacturing          $316       $329         $312       $351
    Well servicing rig profit
     per rig hour                      $83        $78          $78        $84
    Segment profits as a
     percent of revenue               25.8%      23.6%        24.6%      24.0%

    Fluid Services
    Weighted average number of
     fluid services trucks             797        808          794        811
    Revenue per fluid services
     truck (000's)                     $74        $61         $140       $141
    Segment profits per fluid
     services truck (000's)            $19        $17          $33        $42
    Segment profits as a
     percent of revenue               26.2%      27.9%        24.0%      29.9%

    Completion and Remedial
     Services
    Segment profits as a
     percent of revenue               38.8%      26.9%        36.9%      28.9%

    Contract Drilling
    Weighted average number of
     rigs                                9          9            9          9
    Rig operating days                 527        314          947        562
    Revenue per day                $10,000    $12,700       $9,600    $13,600
    Drilling rig profit per day     $2,900     $2,100       $2,200     $1,800
    Segment profits as a
     percent of revenue               29.3%      16.3%        22.8%      13.4%

(1) Includes approximately $1,439,000 and $1,290,000 of non-cash compensation expense for the three months ended June 30, 2010 and 2009, respectively. For the six months ended June 30, 2010 and 2009, it includes approximately $2,589,000 and $2,665,000 of non-cash expenses, 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." This earnings release also contains references to the non-GAAP financial measure of earnings (net income) before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, goodwill impairment charges, gain or loss on disposal of assets, and the gain on bargain purchase, or "Adjusted EBITDA." EBITDA and Adjusted 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 and Adjusted EBITDA are useful supplemental financial measures 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 its 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 our industry may calculate EBITDA differently than Basic does, limiting its usefulness as a comparative measure.

In addition to each of the limitations with respect to EBITDA noted above, the limitations to using Adjusted EBITDA as an analytical tool include;

  • Adjusted EBITDA does not include impairment of goodwill;
  • Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect our gain or loss on disposal of assets;
  • Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect our gain on bargain purchases; and
  • Other companies in our industry may calculate Adjusted 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,
                                  2010      2009       2010        2009
    Reconciliation of Net
     Income (Loss) to
     EBITDA:                        (Unaudited)           (Unaudited)
    Net income (loss)          $(10,672)  $(21,236)  $(32,263)   $(204,061)
       Income taxes              (7,144)   (13,856)   (19,063)     (59,169)
       Net interest expense      11,754      5,801     23,392       11,317
       Depreciation and
        amortization             34,250     32,413     67,348       65,150
                                -------------------------------------------
    Adjusted EBITDA             $28,188     $3,122    $39,414    $(186,763)
                                ===========================================

The following table presents a reconciliation of net income to "Adjusted EBITDA," which means our EBITDA excluding the goodwill impairment charge in 2009:


                                   Three months            Six months
                                   Ended June 30,         Ended June 30,
                                  2010        2009      2010         2009
    Reconciliation of Net
     Income (Loss) to
     Adjusted EBITDA:               (Unaudited)            (Unaudited)
    Net income (loss)          $(10,672)    $(21,236) $(32,263)   $(204,061)
       Goodwill impairment            -           82         -      204,014
       Income taxes              (7,144)     (13,856)  (19,063)     (59,169)
       Gain on bargain
        purchase                 (1,772)           -    (1,772)           -
       Net interest expense      11,754        5,801    23,392       11,317
       (Gain) loss on disposal
        of assets                   463          474     1,174        1,339
       Depreciation and
        amortization             34,250       32,413    67,348       65,150
                                -------------------------------------------
    Adjusted EBITDA             $26,879       $3,678   $38,816      $18,590
                                ===========================================

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