Exhibit 99

 

 

 

RPC, Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2018 Financial Results

 

ATLANTA, October 24, 2018 - RPC, Inc. (NYSE: RES) today announced its unaudited results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2018. RPC provides a broad range of specialized oilfield services and equipment primarily to independent and major oilfield companies engaged in the exploration, production and development of oil and gas properties throughout the United States and in selected international markets.

 

For the quarter ended September 30, 2018, revenues were $440.0 million, a decrease of 6.6 percent, compared to $471.0 million in the third quarter of last year. Revenues decreased compared to the same period of the prior year due to lower activity levels and slightly lower pricing, primarily within RPC’s pressure pumping service line. Operating profit for the quarter was $54.6 million, a decrease of 44.0 percent, compared to operating profit of $97.4 million in the same period of the prior year. Net income for the third quarter was $50.0 million or $0.23 diluted earnings per share, including a $0.04 per share favorable discrete tax adjustment, compared to net income of $57.3 million or $0.26 diluted earnings per share in the third quarter of 2017. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) for the quarter were $97.8 million, a decrease of 28.9 percent, compared to $137.5 million in the prior year.1

 

For the nine months ended September 30, 2018, revenues increased to $1.34 billion compared to $1.17 billion last year. Net income for the nine-month period was $162.0 million, or $0.75 diluted earnings per share, compared to $104.8 million, or $0.48 diluted earnings per share in the same period last year.

 

Cost of revenues during the third quarter of 2018 was $300.9 million, or 68.4 percent of revenues, compared to $294.8 million, or 62.6 percent of revenues, during the third quarter of last year. Cost of revenues increased primarily due to higher employment costs, partially offset by lower materials and supplies expenses, which declined due to lower activity levels, particularly within our pressure pumping service line. Cost of revenues as a percentage of revenues increased due to inefficiencies caused by inconsistent activity levels and higher employment costs.

 

Selling, general and administrative expenses were $41.8 million in the third quarter of 2018 compared to $39.7 million in the third quarter of 2017. As a percentage of revenues, these expenses increased to 9.5 percent in the third quarter of 2018 compared to 8.4 percent of revenues in the third quarter of 2017, due to relatively fixed nature of these expenses during the short term. Depreciation and amortization increased to $43.0 million compared to $39.6 million in the third quarter of the prior year due to capital expenditures made during the previous four quarters.

 

 

1 EBITDA is a financial measure which does not conform to generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). Additional disclosure regarding this non-GAAP financial measure is disclosed in Appendix A to this press release.

 

 

 

 

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Discussion of Sequential Quarterly Financial Results

 

RPC’s revenues for the quarter ended September 30, 2018 decreased by $27.9 million, or 6.0 percent, compared to the second quarter of 2018. Cost of revenues during the third quarter of 2018 decreased by $11.1 million, or 3.6 percent, due to lower materials and supplies expenses and lower maintenance and repairs expense partially offset by higher employment costs. As a percentage of revenues, cost of revenues increased from 66.7 percent in the second quarter of 2018 to 68.4 percent in the third quarter of 2018. RPC’s operating profit during the third quarter was $54.6 million, a decrease of $20.5 million, or 27.3 percent, compared to operating profit of $75.0 million in the second quarter of 2018. EBITDA for the third quarter of 2018 decreased by $21.4 million compared to the prior quarter.

 

Management Commentary

 

“The average U.S. domestic rig count during the third quarter of 2018 was 1,051, an 11.1 percent increase compared to the same period in 2017, and a 1.2 percent increase compared to the second quarter of 2018,” stated Richard A. Hubbell, RPC’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “The average price of natural gas during the third quarter was $2.93 per Mcf, a 0.7 percent decrease compared to the prior year, and a 2.8 percent increase compared to the second quarter of 2018. The average price of oil during the third quarter was $69.73 per barrel, a 45.0 percent increase compared to the prior year and a 2.5 percent increase compared to the second quarter of 2018.

 

“Oilfield completion activity increased slightly during the third quarter, as stable oil prices supported our customers’ activities. However, we began to experience weakness in the pricing for our pressure pumping services as additional horsepower continued to enter the market. In addition, pressure pumping fleet efficiencies continued to improve, which has contributed to the overcapacity for this oilfield services market segment. Labor shortages also continue to be a significant issue in our industry. We have not yet experienced any direct impact from Permian Basin takeaway capacity constraints.

 

“During the third quarter, we continued our commitment to RPC’s shareholders through our dividends. Including this use of cash, as well as $49.9 million of capital expenditures, we finished the third quarter with $128.4 million in cash,” concluded Hubbell.

 

Summary of Segment Operating Performance

 

RPC manages two operating segments - Technical Services and Support Services.

 

Technical Services includes RPC’s oilfield service lines that utilize people and equipment to perform value-added completion, production and maintenance services directly to a customer’s well. These services are generally directed toward improving the flow of oil and natural gas from producing formations or to address well control issues. The Technical Services segment includes pressure pumping, downhole tools, coiled tubing, hydraulic workover services, nitrogen, surface pressure control equipment, well control and fishing tool operations.

 

 

 

 

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Support Services includes RPC’s oilfield service lines that provide equipment for customer use or services to assist customer operations. The equipment and services offered include rental of tubulars and related tools, pipe handling, inspection and storage services, and oilfield training services.

 

Technical Services revenues decreased by 7.6 percent for the quarter compared to the prior year due to lower activity levels in several of the larger service lines within this segment, as well as slightly lower pricing within our pressure pumping service line, which is the largest service line within Technical Services. On a sequential basis, Technical Services revenues decreased by 6.4 percent during the third quarter of 2018 compared to the prior quarter due to these lower activity levels. Support Services revenues increased by 22.5 percent during the quarter compared to the prior year due primarily to improved activity levels and pricing in the rental tool service line, which is the largest service line within this segment. On a sequential basis, Support Services revenues increased by 3.6 percent during the third quarter of 2018 compared to the prior quarter. Technical Services generated lower operating profit in the third quarter of 2018 than in both the prior quarter and the third quarter of last year. Support Services generated an operating profit in the third quarter of 2018 and in the prior quarter compared to a loss in the third quarter of 2017.

 

 

   Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended September 30, 
   September 30,   June 30,   September 30,         
(in thousands)  2018   2018   2017   2018   2017 
                     
Revenues:                         
Technical Services  $421,271   $449,852   $455,719   $1,290,186   $1,127,379 
Support Services   18,723    18,074    15,280    54,068    40,549 
Total revenues  $439,994   $467,926   $470,999   $1,344,254   $1,167,928 
Operating profit (loss):                         
Technical Services  $56,209   $75,624   $104,349   $196,838   $184,455 
Support Services   1,787    1,193    (2,062)   2,075    (10,622)
Corporate expenses   (3,729)   (3,598)   (5,433)   (11,992)   (13,679)
Gain on disposition of assets, net   286    1,810    503    3,459    5,779 
Total operating profit  $54,553   $75,029   $97,357   $190,380   $165,933 
Interest expense   (150)   (113)   (105)   (368)   (322)
Interest income   783    458    488    1,643    1,028 
Other income, net   287    4,104    564    9,786    2,786 
                          
Income before income taxes  $55,473   $79,478   $98,304   $201,441   $169,425 

 

RPC, Inc. will hold a conference call today, October 24, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. ET to discuss the results for the third quarter. Interested parties may listen in by accessing a live webcast in the investor relations section of RPC, Inc.’s website at www.rpc.net. The live conference call can also be accessed by calling (888) 599-8686, or (323) 994-2093 for international callers, and using conference ID number 1606007. For those not able to attend the live conference call, a replay will be available in the investor relations section of RPC, Inc.’s website beginning approximately two hours after the call.

 

RPC provides a broad range of specialized oilfield services and equipment primarily to independent and major oilfield companies engaged in the exploration, production and development of oil and gas properties throughout the United States, including the Gulf of Mexico, mid-continent, southwest, Appalachian and Rocky Mountain regions, and in selected international markets. RPC’s investor website can be found at www.rpc.net.

 

 

 

 

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Certain statements and information included in this press release constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including all statements that look forward in time or express management’s beliefs, expectations or hopes. These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of RPC to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied in such forward-looking statements. Such risks include changes in general global business and economic conditions, including volatility of oil and natural gas prices; credit risks associated with collections of our accounts receivable from customers experiencing challenging business conditions; drilling activity and rig count; risks of reduced availability or increased costs of both labor and raw materials used in providing our services; the impact on our operations if we are unable to comply with the regulatory and environmental laws; turmoil in the financial markets and the potential difficulty to fund our capital needs; the potentially high cost of capital required to fund our capital needs; the impact of the level of unconventional exploration and production activities may cease or change in nature so as to reduce demand for our services; the actions of the OPEC cartel; the ultimate impact of current and potential political unrest and armed conflict in the oil production regions of the world, which could impact drilling activity; adverse weather conditions in oil and gas producing regions, including the Gulf of Mexico; competition in the oil and gas industry; an inability to implement price increases; risks of international operations; and our reliance upon large customers. Additional discussion of factors that could cause the actual results to differ materially from management's projections, forecasts, estimates and expectations is contained in RPC's Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission for the year ended December 31, 2017.

 

For information about RPC, Inc., please contact:

 

Ben M. Palmer Jim Landers
Chief Financial Officer Vice President, Corporate Finance
(404) 321-2140 (404) 321-2162
irdept@rpc.net jlanders@rpc.net

 

 

 

 

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RPC INCORPORATED AND SUBSIDIARIES     
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (In thousands except per share data)     
Periods ended, (Unaudited)  Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended 
   September 30,
2018
   June 30,
2018
   September 30,
2017
   2018   2017 
REVENUES  $439,994   $467,926   $470,999   $1,344,254   $1,167,928 
COSTS AND EXPENSES:                         
Cost of revenues   300,947    312,079    294,820    908,631    765,078 
Selling, general and administrative expenses   41,787    42,534    39,738    128,135    117,183 
Depreciation and amortization   42,993    40,094    39,587    120,567    125,513 
Gain on disposition of assets, net   (286)   (1,810)   (503)   (3,459)   (5,779)
Operating profit   54,553    75,029    97,357    190,380    165,933 
Interest expense   (150)   (113)   (105)   (368)   (322)
Interest income   783    458    488    1,643    1,028 
Other income, net   287    4,104    564    9,786    2,786 
Income before income taxes   55,473    79,478    98,304    201,441    169,425 
Income tax provision   5,506    19,535    40,970    39,401    64,617 
NET INCOME  $49,967   $59,943   $57,334   $162,040   $104,808 
                          
EARNINGS PER SHARE                         
Basic  $0.23   $0.28   $0.26   $0.75   $0.48 
Diluted  $0.23   $0.28   $0.26   $0.75   $0.48 
                          
AVERAGE SHARES OUTSTANDING                         
Basic   214,807    215,194    216,958    215,362    217,401 
Diluted   214,807    215,194    216,958    215,362    217,401 

 

 

 

 

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RPC INCORPORATED AND SUBSIDIARIES    
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE  SHEETS    
At September 30, (Unaudited)  (In thousands) 
   2018   2017 
ASSETS        
Cash and cash equivalents  $128,373   $136,892 
Accounts receivable, net   382,755    375,418 
Inventories   128,957    113,359 
Income taxes receivable   11,578    3,141 
Prepaid expenses   6,344    5,587 
Other current assets   5,583    8,043 
Total current assets   663,590    642,440 
Property, plant and equipment, net   515,805    444,662 
Goodwill   32,150    32,150 
Other assets   34,117    29,374 
Total assets  $1,245,662   $1,148,626 
           
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY          
Accounts payable  $127,161   $121,880 
Accrued payroll and related expenses   32,140    25,254 
Accrued insurance expenses   5,903    4,224 
Accrued state, local and other taxes   7,110    7,706 
Income taxes payable   4,999    4,201 
Other accrued expenses   272    1,098 
Total current liabilities   177,585    164,363 
Long-term accrued insurance expenses   11,435    10,320 
Long-term pension liabilities   30,294    34,934 
Other long-term liabilities   3,834    3,627 
Deferred income taxes   45,913    53,529 
Total liabilities   269,061    266,773 
Common stock   21,480    21,658 
Capital in excess of par value   -    - 
Retained earnings   971,382    877,320 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (16,261)   (17,125)
Total stockholders' equity   976,601    881,853 
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity  $1,245,662   $1,148,626 

 

 

 

 

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Appendix A

 

RPC has used the non-GAAP financial measure of earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) in today's earnings release, and anticipates using EBITDA in today's earnings conference call. EBITDA should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for operating income, net income or other performance measures prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP. RPC uses EBITDA as a measure of operating performance because it allows us to compare performance consistently over various periods without regard to changes in our capital structure. We are also required to use EBITDA to report compliance with financial covenants under our revolving credit facility.

 

A non-GAAP financial measure is a numerical measure of financial performance, financial position, or cash flows that either 1) excludes amounts, or is subject to adjustments that have the effect of excluding amounts, that are included in the most directly comparable measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP in the statement of operations, balance sheet or statement of cash flows, or 2) includes amounts, or is subject to adjustments that have the effect of including amounts, that are excluded from the most directly comparable measure so calculated and presented.

 

Set forth below is a reconciliation of EBITDA with Net Income, the most comparable GAAP measure. This reconciliation also appears on RPC's investor website, which can be found on the Internet at www.rpc.net.

 

Periods ended, (Unaudited)  Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended 
(in thousands except per share data)  September 30,
2018
   June 30,
2018
   September 30,
2017
   2018   2017 
                     
Reconciliation of Net Income to EBITDA                         
Net Income  $49,967   $59,943   $57,334   $162,040   $104,808 
Add:                         
Income tax provision   5,506    19,535    40,970    39,401    64,617 
Interest expense   150    113    105    368    322 
Depreciation and amortization   42,993    40,094    39,587    120,567    125,513 
Less:                         
Interest income   783    458    488    1,643    1,028 
EBITDA  $97,833   $119,227   $137,508   $320,733   $294,232 

 

 

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