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Basic Energy Services Reports Third Quarter 2011 Results

Third quarter revenue up 17% and Adjusted EBITDA up 27% sequentially
Earnings per diluted share of $0.66, excluding special tax item

MIDLAND, Texas, Oct. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --

Basic Energy Services, Inc. (NYSE: BAS) ("Basic") today announced its financial and operating results for the third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2011.

THIRD QUARTER 2011 HIGHLIGHTS

Third quarter net income as reported was $26.6 million, or $0.64 per diluted share, compared to net income of $16.6 million last quarter and a net loss of $9.3 million in the third quarter of 2010. The current quarter results included a $631,000 tax adjustment related to the first quarter's early extinguishment of its $225 million 11.625% Senior Secured Notes due 2014 ("2014 Notes"). Basic's effective tax rate for the next quarter will also be impacted because of the early extinguishment of the 2014 Notes. Excluding the impact related to this adjustment, third quarter operating net income was $27.2 million, or $0.66 per diluted share. This is compared to the second quarter's operating net income of $18.5 million, or $0.45 per diluted share, which included a tax adjustment of $1.9 million related to the bond redemption.

Third quarter revenue rose 17% to $346.0 million from $296.9 million in the second quarter of 2011, and increased 75% from the $197.3 million reported in the third quarter of 2010.

Adjusted EBITDA for the third quarter rose to $98.8 million, or 29% of revenue, from $77.5 million, or 26% of revenue, in the second quarter of 2011, and $32.2 million, or 16% of revenue, in the comparable quarter of 2010. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, loss on early extinguishment of debt, gain on bargain purchase, and the net gain or loss from the disposal of assets. 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, "Strong demand across our business segments and the contribution of the acquisitions closed during the quarter produced a record level of revenue and EBITDA for the company in the third quarter. Favorable operating conditions during the quarter along with good cost control and modestly improved pricing resulted in an EBITDA margin of 29%, the highest EBITDA margin since the first quarter of 2008. Each segment generated sequential increases in revenue and operating margins to support the ninth sequential increase in both of those metrics at the company level.

"Completion and Remedial Services revenue grew by 29% sequentially as we integrated the Maverick assets acquired early in the quarter, the CryoGas assets acquired at the end of the quarter and we gained the full quarter benefit of the 25,000 hydraulic horsepower ('hhp') frac spread deployed early in the second quarter in the Permian Basin. The Maverick assets, which included 60,000 hhp of pumping capacity and seven mid-range coil tubing units in the Rocky Mountain market, contributed approximately $28 million in revenue. Segment margin of 46% increased 280 basis points sequentially. We expect margins in this segment to settle in the low to mid 40% range over the next several quarters as seasonal factors increase costs and moderate utilization particularly with our greater exposure to the Rocky Mountain market.

"Our Fluid Services segment revenue increased by 7% sequentially due to activity and the addition of 33 trucks acquired in the Lone Star Anchor Trucking acquisition closed in July. Segment margin of 37% was essentially flat sequentially and is tracking the historical range for this segment. We anticipate further growth in the fleet to offset seasonal reductions in activity over the winter quarters.

"Well servicing segment utilization improved to the highest level since the third quarter of 2008 with the average rate per hour up 3% sequentially. The segment margin of 31% declined 90 basis points from the prior quarter due to continued efforts to crew and activate stacked rigs in our Permian Basin market. While margins should remain above the 30% threshold, the third quarter will be difficult to replicate in the next several quarters as utilization is reduced by shorter workdays and winter weather in the northern sections of our footprint.

"Revenue in our contract drilling segment grew by 20% in the quarter with utilization growing to 87% from 79% and dayrates improving by 7% sequentially. The segment margin of 32% should see further improvement as contract pricing allows for costs to be passed on to customers in subsequent quarters.

"Those strong third quarter results further strengthened our liquidity position. At the end of the quarter, our cash balance was approximately $72 million. We had $205 million available under our revolving credit agreement and limited cash requirements for debt service.

"Our customers are currently pursuing aggressive drilling and production programs in our oil and liquid-rich markets and we continue to experience strong demand in most of our markets. Recent volatility in oil prices and to a lesser extent, the continued weak outlook for natural gas prices, may result in lower cash flows and somewhat lower than projected capital spending programs on the part of E&P companies in 2012. As a result, we have developed a more cautious attitude regarding the amount of new capital we plan to deploy on internal growth opportunities. We are continuing to fund sustaining capital projects to maintain our existing fleet but are not currently committing significant capital for expansion.

"Confirming the uncertainty regarding 2012 E&P spending, acquisition deal flow has picked up substantially recently with a wide variety of opportunities currently in the market. We are evaluating several of those prospects and have the capability to move on those with compelling value."

2011 FIRST NINE MONTHS HIGHLIGHTS

For the nine-month period ended September 30, 2011, Basic reported net income of $24.7 million, or $0.59 per share. The reported results included the tax adjustment mentioned above, as well as a $28.3 million, or $0.70 per diluted share, after-tax ($49.4 million pre-tax) charge related to the early extinguishment of its 2014 Notes and the termination of its prior revolving credit facility. The 2011 results also include an after-tax gain of $1.5 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, related to the sale of an office complex. Excluding those items, Basic generated net income of $53.3 million, or $1.28 per diluted share.

For the nine-month period ended September 2010, Basic reported a net loss of $41.6 million, or $1.05 per share, which included a $1.8 million after-tax gain, or $.04 per share, on an acquisition's bargain purchase price. Excluding that item, Basic generated a loss of $39.8 million, or $1.09 per share, during the first nine months of 2010.

Revenues increased 72% to $888.9 million for the first nine months of 2011 compared to $515.4 million during the comparable period of 2010. Adjusted EBITDA for the first nine months of 2011 was $235.1 million, or 26% of revenue, compared to $71.0 million, or 14% of revenue, for the comparable period in 2010 (which excludes 2011's early extinguishment of debt charges and last year's gain on bargain purchase price).

Business Segment Results

Completion and Remedial Services

Completion and remedial services revenue increased 29% to $157.1 million in the third quarter of 2011 from $121.8 million in the prior quarter. In the third quarter of 2010, this segment generated $73.7 million in revenue. The increase in revenue was mainly due to the contribution from the Maverick acquisition, which was completed on July 8, 2011, as well as horsepower additions throughout our existing footprint. Segment profit in the third quarter of 2011 rose to $72.7 million compared to $53.0 million in the prior quarter. Segment margin was 46% in the 2011 third quarter, up from 44% in the previous quarter. During the third quarter of 2010, segment profit was $30.5 million, or 41% of revenue. As of September 30, 2011, Basic had approximately 269,000 hhp, up from 176,000 hhp at June 30, 2011 and 142,000 hhp at September 30, 2010.

Fluid Services

Fluid services revenue in the third quarter of 2011 increased by 7% to $87.4 million compared to $81.4 million in the prior quarter. During the third quarter of 2010, this segment produced $63.5 million in revenue. The weighted average number of fluid services trucks rose 4% to 869 during the third quarter of 2011, increasing by 32 trucks from the weighted average truck count of 837 during the second quarter of 2011. The weighted average number of fluid services trucks was 789 during the third quarter of 2010. The average revenue per fluid service truck was $101,000 in the third quarter of 2011, up 4% from $97,000 in the prior quarter and 25% compared to $80,000 in the same period in 2010. The sequential increase in revenue was primarily due to the expansion of our truck and frac tank fleets, as well as improved pricing.

Segment profit in the third quarter of 2011 was $32.7 million, or 37% of revenue, compared to $29.7 million, or 37% of revenue, in the prior quarter and $15.7 million, or 25% of revenue, in the same period in 2010.

Well Servicing

Well servicing revenue rose 7% to $89.7 million during the third quarter of 2011 compared to $83.9 million in the prior quarter. In the third quarter of 2010, revenues were $54.5 million. Revenue from the Taylor Rig manufacturing operations, which was acquired in May 2010, was $4.0 million in the third quarter of 2011 compared to $6.5 million in the second quarter of 2011. At September 30, 2011, the well servicing rig count was 417, increasing five rigs from the previous quarter end. The weighted average number of well servicing rigs was 415 during the second quarter of 2011, up 1% from 412 during the prior quarter and rising 2% from 407 during the third quarter of 2010.

Well servicing rig utilization increased to 75% in the third quarter of 2011, up from 70% in the prior quarter due to favorable weather conditions and stronger oil prices, which continued to drive activity in oil-oriented markets. Last year in the comparable quarter, the rig utilization rate was 55%. Excluding revenues associated with the rig manufacturing operations, revenue per well servicing rig hour rose 3% sequentially to $386 in the third quarter of 2011 from $376 in previous quarter, and was up 21% compared to the $319 reported in the third quarter of 2010.

Well servicing segment profit in the third quarter of 2011 was $27.5 million compared to $26.5 million in the prior quarter and $11.4 million in the same period in 2010. Segment profit margins declined slightly to 31% in the third quarter of 2011, from 32% in the previous quarter. In the comparable quarter last year, segment margins were 21%. In the third quarter of 2011, segment profit margins were down compared to the previous quarter as gains in utilization and pricing were offset by higher labor costs.

Contract Drilling

Contract drilling revenue increased 20% sequentially to $11.7 million during the third quarter of 2011 compared to $9.8 million in the second quarter. During the third quarter of 2010, this segment produced $5.5 million in revenue. Basic operated ten drilling rigs during the third quarter of 2011, the same as during the previous quarter and up from six rigs in the same period in 2010. During the third quarter of 2011, Basic benefited from the deployment of four drilling rigs purchased in late March. Revenue per drilling day in the third quarter was $14,600, up from $13,700 in the previous quarter and $10,600 in the second quarter of 2010.

Rig operating days during the third quarter of 2011 rose 12% to 802 compared to 714 in the prior quarter. The increase in drilling days was due to the ten rigs being deployed for the full quarter. Rig operating days were 523 in the comparable period in 2010. Segment profit in the third quarter of 2011 was $3.7 million, up from $2.4 million in the prior quarter and $1.4 million in the third quarter of 2010. Segment profit increased sequentially as the second quarter's results impacted by the manning, activating and deploying of the four drilling rigs during the second quarter. In the third quarter of 2011, this segment benefited from improved pricing and utilization.

G&A Expense

G&A expense in the third quarter of 2011 was $38.0 million, or 11% of total revenue, compared to $34.1 million, or 11% of total revenue, in the second quarter of 2011. The sequential increase in G&A expense was primarily due to the four acquisitions that were completed since the beginning of the second quarter, especially the Maverick Companies. In addition, increased incentive compensation, transaction costs related to acquisitions and transaction costs from the secondary offering in July also contributed to the sequential increase in G&A expense. During the third quarter of 2010, G&A expense was $27.0 million, or 14% of total revenue.

Depreciation and Amortization Expense

Depreciation and amortization expense in the third quarter of 2011 was $41.3 million compared to $34.8 million in the second quarter of 2011. The sequential increase was mainly due to the depreciation for the four acquisitions completed during the third quarter as well as amortization on the other intangible assets associated with the acquisitions.

Cash and Total Liquidity

Basic had a cash balance of $71.6 million at September 30, 2011, down from $220.9 million at June 30, 2011. During the third quarter, Basic paid $216 million for acquisitions closed in the third quarter, paid off the outstanding amount under the revolver of $22.0 million and received $80.1 million of income tax refunds.

Total liquidity was $277.1 million at the end of the third quarter of 2011, which includes $205.5 million in availability under Basic's $225 million credit facility.

Capital Expenditures

During the first nine months of 2011, our capital expenditures, including capital leases of $39 million, were approximately $206 million, comprised of $118 million for expansion projects, $77 million for sustaining and replacement projects and $11 million for other projects. Expansion capital spending included $47 million for the completion and remedial services segment, $36 million for the fluid services segment, $29 million for the contract drilling segment, and $6 million for the well servicing segment. Other capital expenditures were mainly for facilities and IT infrastructure.

Conference Call

Basic will host a conference call to discuss its third quarter 2011 results on Friday, October 21, 2011, at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time (8:00 a.m. Central). To access the call, please dial (480) 629-9771 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 November 4, 2011 and may be accessed by calling (303) 590-3030 and using the pass code 4473669#. 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&L at (713) 529-6600 or email at dmw@drg-l.com.

About Basic Energy Services

Basic Energy Services provides well site services essential to maintaining production from the oil and gas wells within its operating area. The company employs more than 5,500 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 and Appalachian regions.

Additional information on Basic Energy Services is available on the Company's website at http://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 Basic's services and any related material impact on its pricing and utilizations rates, (ii) Basic's ability to execute, manage and integrate acquisitions successfully, (iii) changes in Basic's 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, 2010 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 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&L / 713-529-6600

-Tables to Follow-


Basic Energy Services, Inc.

Consolidated Statements of Operations, Comprehensive Income and Other Financial Data

(in thousands, except per share amounts)










Three Months Ended September 30,


Nine Months Ended September 30,


2011


2010


2011


2010

Income Statement Data:

(Unaudited)


(Unaudited)


(Unaudited)


(Unaudited)

Revenues:








Completion and remedial services

$ 157,121


$ 73,725


$ 376,435


$ 180,492

Fluid services

87,444


63,451


241,204


174,399

Well servicing

89,710


54,538


242,738


145,863

Contract drilling

11,712


5,547


28,519


14,605









Total revenues

345,987


197,261


888,896


515,359









Expenses:








Completion and remedial services

84,470


43,180


208,230


110,563

Fluid services

54,731


47,790


154,647


132,155

Well servicing

62,167


43,112


168,016


111,946

Contract drilling

7,972


4,128


19,850


11,123

General and administrative (1)

38,049


27,020


103,528


78,917

Depreciation and amortization

41,348


33,971


109,112


101,319

Loss (gain) on disposal of assets

65


560


(698)


1,734









Total expenses

288,802


199,761


762,685


547,757









Operating income (loss)

57,185


(2,500)


126,211


(32,398)









Other income (expense):








Interest expense

(15,397)


(11,858)


(38,581)


(35,300)

Interest income

1,538


12


1,566


62

Loss on early extinguishment of debt

-


-


(49,366)


-

Gain on bargain purchase

-


-


-


1,772

Other income

183


178


442


370









Income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes

43,509


(14,168)


40,272


(65,494)









Income tax benefit (expense)

(16,914)


4,836


(15,620)


23,899

Net Income (loss)

$ 26,595


$ (9,332)


$ 24,652


$ (41,595)









Earnings (loss) per share of common stock:








Basic

$ 0.66


$ (0.23)


$ 0.61


$ (1.05)









Diluted

$ 0.64


$ (0.23)


$ 0.59


$ (1.05)

















Other Financial Data:








EBITDA (2)

$ 98,716


$ 31,649


$ 186,399


$ 71,063

Adjusted EBITDA (2)

98,781


32,209


235,067


71,025

Capital expenditures:








Acquisitions, net of cash acquired

215,938


-


215,948


10,312

Property and equipment

52,241


18,048


167,114


43,603








As of






September 30,


September 30,






2011


2010





Balance Sheet Data:

(unaudited)


(unaudited)





Cash and cash equivalents

$ 71,612


$ 78,626





Restricted cash

-


14,123





Net property and equipment

834,185


624,221





Total assets

1,396,401


1,017,658





Total long-term debt

742,054


471,241





Total stockholders' equity

339,958


301,968





















Three months


Nine months


Ended September 30,


Ended September 30,

Segment Data:

2011

2010



2011

2010








Completion and Remedial Services







Segment profits as a percent of revenue

46.2%

41.4%



44.7%

38.7%








Fluid Services







Weighted average number of fluid services trucks

869

789



842

792

Truck hours (000's)

563.9

475.2



1,584.3

1,375.5

Revenue per fluid services truck (000's)

$ 101

$ 80



$ 286

$ 220

Segment profits per fluid services truck (000's)

$ 38

$ 20



$ 103

$ 53

Segment profits as a percent of revenue

37.4%

24.7%



35.9%

24.2%








Well Servicing







Weighted average number of rigs

415

407



413

407

Rig hours (000's)

222.1

159.4



612.5

449.0

Rig utilization rate

74.8%

54.8%



69.1%

51.4%

Revenue per rig hour, excluding manufacturing

$ 386

$ 319



$ 374

$ 314

Well servicing rig profit per rig hour

$ 117

$ 74



$ 115

$ 77

Segment profits as a percent of revenue

30.7%

21.0%



30.8%

23.3%








Contract Drilling







Weighted average number of rigs

10

6



9

6

Rig operating days

802

523



2,038

1,470

Revenue per day

$ 14,600

$ 10,600



$ 14,000

$ 9,900

Drilling rig profit per day

$ 4,700

$ 2,700



$ 4,300

$ 2,400

Segment profits as a percent of revenue

31.9%

25.6%



30.4%

23.8%















(1) Includes approximately $2,162,000 and $1,461,000 of non-cash compensation expense for the three months ended September 30, 2011 and 2010, respectively. For the nine months ended September 30, 2011 and 2010, it includes approximately $5,920,000 and $4,050,000 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, loss on early extinguishment of debt, gain on bargain purchase, and the gain or loss on disposal of assets, 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 and Adjusted EBITDA each have 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 and Adjusted EBITDA exclude 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 reflect our gain or loss on disposal of assets;
  • Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect our gain on bargain purchase;
  • Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect our loss on early extinguishment of debt; 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

Nine months


Ended September 30,

Ended September 30,


2011

2010

2011

2010

Reconciliation of Net Income (Loss) to EBITDA:

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

Net income (loss)

$ 26,595

$ (9,332)

$ 24,652

$ (41,595)

Income taxes

16,914

(4,836)

15,620

(23,899)

Net interest expense

13,859

11,846

37,015

35,238

Depreciation and amortization

41,348

33,971

109,112

101,319

EBITDA

$ 98,716

$ 31,649

$ 186,399

$ 71,063






The following table presents a reconciliation of net income to "Adjusted EBITDA," which means our EBITDA excluding the loss on early extinguishment of debt, gain on bargain purchase, and gain or loss on disposal of assets:







Three months

Nine months


Ended September 30,

Ended September 30,


2011

2010

2011

2010

Reconciliation of Net Income (Loss) to Adjusted EBITDA:

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

Net income (loss)

$ 26,595

$ (9,332)

$ 24,652

$ (41,595)

Loss on early extinguishment of debt

-

-

49,366

-

Income taxes

16,914

(4,836)

15,620

(23,899)

Net interest expense

13,859

11,846

37,015

35,238

(Gain) loss on disposal of assets

65

560

(698)

1,734

Gain on bargain purchase price

-

-

-

(1,772)

Depreciation and amortization

41,348

33,971

109,112

101,319

Adjusted EBITDA

$ 98,781

$ 32,209

$ 235,067

$ 71,025






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