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Basic Energy Services Reports 2011 Fourth Quarter and Year End Results

Wednesday, Feb 22, 2012

MIDLAND, Texas, Feb. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Basic Energy Services, Inc. (NYSE: BAS) ("Basic") today announced its financial and operating results for the fourth quarter and twelve months endedDecember 31, 2011.

FOURTH QUARTER 2011

Fourth quarter 2011 net income as reported was $22.5 million, or $0.54 per diluted share, compared to net income of $26.6 million last quarter and a net loss of $2.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2010.  The current quarter results included a $1.3 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, tax adjustment related to the first quarter's early extinguishment of its $225 million 11.625% Senior Secured Notes due 2014 ("2014 Notes").  Excluding the impact related to this adjustment, fourth quarter 2011 operating net income was$23.8 million, or $0.58 per diluted share.  This compares to the third quarter's operating net income of$27.2 million, or $0.66 per diluted share, which excluded a tax adjustment of $631,000 related to the bond redemption of the 2014 Notes.  

Fourth quarter 2011 revenue rose 2% to $354.4 million from $346.0 million in the third quarter of 2011, and increased 66% from the $212.9 million reported in the fourth quarter of 2010.

Adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter of 2011 rose to $100.3 million, or 28% of revenue, from $98.8 million, or 29% of revenue, in the third quarter of 2011, and $43.1 million, or 20% 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 price, 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.

2011 FULL YEAR

For the year ended December 31, 2011, Basic reported net income of $47.2 million, or $1.14 per diluted share. The reported results included a $32.0 million, or $0.77 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 $30.0 million 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 $77.7 million, or $1.87 per diluted share.

For the year ended December 31, 2010, Basic reported a net loss of $43.6 million, or $1.10 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 $45.3 million, or $1.14 per share, in 2010.

Revenues increased 71% to $1.2 billion in 2011 compared to $728.2 million in 2010. Adjusted EBITDA for 2011 was $335.4 million, or 27% of revenue, compared to $114.1 million, or 16% of revenue, for the comparable period in 2010 (which excludes 2011's early extinguishment of debt charges and 2010's gain on bargain purchase price).

Ken Huseman, Basic's President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "Our fourth quarter results capped an exceptional year for the company.  Strong demand in our oil and liquids-driven markets and the impact of acquisitions and internal growth initiatives combined to produce record levels of revenue and EBITDA for the fourth quarter and the year.   Those quarterly results are particularly positive indicators for 2012 as we achieved our tenth consecutive sequential quarterly increase in both metrics despite the seasonal factors which typically result in a reduction in activity at year end.  

"Segment profit margins in each of our segments improved through the year as pricing gains offset cost increases.  Margins in the Completion and Remedial and Fluid Services segments declined modestly in the fourth quarter due to seasonal cost increases.  Sequential improvements in our Well Servicing and Contract Drilling segment margins were achieved due to lower activation and relocation costs compared to the third quarter.    

"Our established presence in the largest oil and gas markets in the U.S. allowed us to relocate a substantial amount of equipment from gas markets to oilier markets over the course of the year.  But we also invested heavily in building our positions in those oil and liquids markets adding new equipment and acquisitions in the Permian, Bakken, Eagle Ford and Niobrara markets.  We estimate our business is now more than 70% oil and liquids based with more than 40% of our revenue derived from the Permian Basin.  

"With oil prices well above the level required to support current activity, increased demand in those markets should offset continued weakness in gas related activity.   While we anticipate some further relocation of equipment and competition from gas markets, we believe we are experiencing enough demand for our services to further expand our fleet.  We have set a preliminary capital budget of $250 million in 2012, about 2/3 of which will fund expansion opportunities.   The actual amount and allocation of our expansion capital program will depend on the market conditions as the year progresses but we anticipate devoting expansion capital of $70 million to our Fluid Services segment, $70 million to our Completion and Remedial segment and $25 million to our Contract Drilling segment.  We intend to reactivate the three dozen well servicing rigs we currently have stacked so we will not need to devote substantial capital in 2012 to grow that segment.

"We also have the liquidity to consider the growing list of acquisition opportunities we anticipate becoming available over the course of the year.  Deal flow has been extremely high in the last six months.  We closed on the first deal of the year in January with the acquisition of Mayo Marrs Co., a five rig full-service P&A company that has been a major competitor for more than 30 years in the Permian Basin.  Those five rigs, added to our existing fleet of 14 full-service P&A rigs in the Permian Basin, make us the largest provider of this service in that market.

"We anticipate sequential quarterly increases in revenue and earnings through 2012 led by expectations for strong market conditions in most of our markets and the contribution from the planned growth in our fleet.   We believe we can offset cost increases to maintain margins and even see some improvement as we get past the winter months.

"I would like to congratulate our management team and thank each of our employees for their efforts in achieving the great operating and financial results we are reporting today."          

Business Segment Results

Completion and Remedial Services

Completion and remedial services revenue increased 2% to $160.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2011 from $157.1 million in the prior quarter.  In the fourth quarter of 2010, this segment generated $80.9 millionin revenue.  The increase in revenue was mainly due to strong demand for our services, including a full quarter of contribution from the assets acquired through the purchase of the Maverick Companies in the third quarter.  Segment profit in the fourth quarter of 2011 dipped slightly to $71.7 million compared to$72.7 million in the prior quarter. Segment margin was 45% in the 2011 fourth quarter, down from 46% in the previous quarter. During the fourth quarter of 2010, segment profit was $34.9 million, or 43% of revenue.  As of December 31, 2011, Basic had approximately 271,000 hydraulic horsepower (hhp), up from 269,000 hhp at September 30, 2011 and 142,000 hhp at December 31, 2010.  

Fluid Services

Fluid services revenue in the fourth quarter of 2011 increased by 4% to $90.8 million compared to $87.4 million in the prior quarter.  During the fourth quarter of 2010, this segment generated $66.8 million in revenue.  The weighted average number of fluid services trucks rose 1% to 875 during the fourth quarter of 2011, increasing by 6 trucks from the weighted average truck count of 869 during the third quarter of 2011. The weighted average number of fluid services trucks was 782 during the fourth quarter of 2010. The average revenue per fluid service truck was $104,000 in the fourth quarter of 2011, up 3% from $101,000 in the prior quarter and up 22% compared to $85,000 in the same period in 2010. The sequential increase in revenue was primarily due to improved pricing and the growth in our truck fleet.

Segment profit in the fourth quarter of 2011 was $33.5 million, or 37% of revenue, compared to $32.7 million, or 37% of revenue, in the prior quarter and $20.8 million, or 31% of revenue, in the same period in 2010.  

Well Servicing

Well servicing revenue rose slightly to $90.3 million during the fourth quarter of 2011 compared to $89.7 million in the prior quarter.  In the fourth quarter of 2010, revenues were $59.0 million. Revenue from the Taylor Rig manufacturing operations, which was acquired in May 2010, was $4.0 million in both the fourth and third quarters of 2011.  At December 31, 2011, the well servicing rig count was 417, unchanged from prior quarter end.  The weighted average number of well servicing rigs was 417 during the fourth quarter of 2011, up from 415 during the prior quarter and 407 during the fourth quarter of 2010.  

Well servicing rig utilization decreased to 73% in the fourth quarter of 2011, from 75% in the prior quarter due to the impact of the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays and reduced daylight hours. Last year in the comparable quarter, the rig utilization rate was 56%.  Excluding revenues associated with the rig manufacturing operations, revenue per well servicing rig hour rose 3% sequentially to $398 in the fourth quarter of 2011 from $386 in previous quarter, and was up 20% compared to the $331 reported in the fourth quarter of 2010.

Well servicing segment profit in the fourth quarter of 2011 rose 8% to $29.6 million from $27.5 million in the prior quarter and increased 110% from $14.1 million in the same period in 2010.  Segment profit margins increased to 33% in the fourth quarter of 2011, from 31% in the previous quarter. In the comparable quarter last year, segment margins were 24%.  In the fourth quarter of 2011, segment profit margins rose compared to the previous quarter due to improved pricing and lower costs for reactivating rigs.

Contract Drilling  

Contract drilling revenue increased 7% sequentially to $12.5 million during the fourth quarter of 2011 compared to $11.7 million in the third quarter of 2011.  During the fourth quarter of 2010, this segment produced $6.2 million in revenue.  Basic operated ten drilling rigs during the fourth quarter of 2011, the same as during the previous quarter and up from six rigs in the same period in 2010. Revenue per drilling day in the fourth quarter of 2011 was $14,700, up from $14,600 in the previous quarter and $11,500 in the fourth quarter of 2010.  

Rig operating days during the fourth quarter of 2011 rose 6% to 851 compared to 802 in the prior quarter.  The increase in drilling days reflects the robust demand in the Permian Basin where all of our drilling rigs are located.   Rig operating days were 536 in the comparable period in 2010.  Segment profit in the fourth quarter of 2011 was $4.2 million, up 13% from $3.7 million in the prior quarter and up 110% from $2.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2010.  Segment profit of 34% increased sequentially from 32% in the third quarter of 2011 due to improved pricing and utilization, despite one rig being down for repair for a portion of December.

G&A Expense

G&A expense in the fourth quarter of 2011 was $38.7 million, or 11% of total revenue, compared to $38.0 million, also 11% of total revenue, in the third quarter of 2011.  The sequential increase in G&A expense was primarily due to higher personnel costs, including incentive-based compensation.  During the fourth quarter of 2010, G&A expense was $28.9 million, or 14% of total revenue.

Depreciation and Amortization Expense/Loss on Disposal

Depreciation and amortization expense in the fourth quarter of 2011 was $45.2 million compared to $41.3 million in the third quarter of 2011. The sequential increase was mainly due to the large amount of capital additions in the fourth quarter of 2011 and a full quarter's effect of depreciation and amortization for the four acquisitions that were completed during the third quarter.  In addition, we incurred impairment charges of approximately $400,000 in the fourth quarter of 2011.

Loss on disposal of assets in the fourth quarter of 2011 was $1.1 million compared to $65,000 during the third quarter of 2011.  This increase was due to the large amount of asset retirements that occurred in the fourth quarter.

Cash and Total Liquidity

Basic had a cash balance of $78.5 million at December 31, 2011, up from $71.6 million at September 30, 2011 and $47.9 million at December 31, 2010. Total liquidity was $284.7 million at the end of 2011, which included $206.2 million in availability under Basic's $225 million credit facility.

Capital Expenditures

Total capital expenditures during 2011, including capital leases of $58 million, were approximately $280 million, comprised of $158 million for expansion projects, $109 million for sustaining and replacement projects and $13 million for other projects.  Expansion capital spending included $51 million for the Completion and Remedial Services segment, $50 million for the Fluid Services segment, $50 million for the Contract Drilling segment, and $7 million for the Well Servicing segment.  Other capital expenditures were mainly for facilities and IT infrastructure.  

SOURCE Basic Energy Services, Inc.

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