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Kirby Corporation Announces Record 2011 Fourth Quarter and Year Results

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Kirby Corporation Announces Record 2011 Fourth Quarter and Year Results18:00 EST Thursday, February 02, 2012- 2011 fourth quarter earnings per share were $1.00 compared with $.59 earned in the 2010 fourth quarter - 2011 year earnings per share were $3.33 compared with $2.15 for 2010 - 2012 first quarter earnings per share guidance is $.86 to $.93 compared with $.60 earned in 2011 first quarter - 2012 year earnings per share guidance is $3.85 to $4.05 compared with $3.33 earned in 2011HOUSTON, Feb. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Kirby Corporation ("Kirby") (NYSE: KEX) today announced record net earnings attributable to Kirby for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2011 of $56.2 million, or $1.00 per share, compared with $31.6 million, or $.59 per share, for the 2010 fourth quarter.  Consolidated revenues for the 2011 fourth quarter were a record $550.1 million compared with $286.3 million reported for the 2010 fourth quarter.  The 2011 fourth quarter results included a $2.7 million before taxes, or $.03 per share, multi-year income tax refund, a $1.25 million before taxes, or $.01 per share, severance charge associated with the integration of K-Sea Transportation Partners LLC ("K-Sea") into Kirby, and a $3.7 million before taxes, or $.04 per share, charge associated with increasing the fair value of United Holdings LLC's ("United") contingent earnout liability.  Joe Pyne, Kirby's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "Our record fourth quarter results were a reflection of continued favorable United States petrochemical production levels and a continued strong export market, all leading to high inland tank barge utilization levels and favorable term and spot contract pricing.  K-Sea, our coastwise transportation company acquired on July 1, 2011, as anticipated, had its results impacted by a seasonal decline in refined products demand, winter weather operating conditions and the severance charge."   Mr. Pyne continued, "Our record fourth quarter results also reflected record earnings from  United, our land-based distributor and service provider of engine and transmission related products and manufacturer of oilfield equipment, acquired on April 15, 2011.  United's operating results reflect a continued strong market for the manufacture of oilfield equipment used in the hydraulic fracturing of shale formations, and the sale and service of transmissions and engines."  Kirby reported net earnings attributable to Kirby for the 2011 year of $183.0 million, or $3.33 per share, compared with $116.2 million, or $2.15 per share for 2010.  Consolidated revenues for 2011 were $1.85 billion compared $1.11 billion for 2010.Segment Results ? Marine Transportation Marine transportation revenues for the 2011 fourth quarter were $335.1 million, a 44% increase compared with the 2010 fourth quarter, and operating income was $73.0 million, a 48% increase compared with the 2010 fourth quarter.  The fourth quarter results reflected continued strong inland petrochemical and black oil products tank barge utilization levels in the low to mid 90% range. The United States petrochemical industry benefited from low natural gas prices and its positive impact on the industry's global competitiveness, leading to continued favorable production volumes for both domestic and foreign destinations.  The black oil products fleet benefited from the continued exportation of heavy fuel oils and demand for the transportation of crude oil principally from the Eagle Ford shale formations in South Texas and from the Midwest to the Gulf Coast.  The strong utilization levels in both the petrochemical and black oil products fleets led to higher term and spot contract pricing during the 2011 fourth quarter.  Diesel fuel prices for the 2011 fourth quarter increased 37% compared with the 2010 fourth quarter, thereby positively impacting marine transportation revenues since fuel price increases are covered by fuel escalation and de-escalation clauses in term contracts.  K-Sea generated approximately 20% of the marine transportation segment's 2011 fourth quarter revenues.  Normal fourth quarter seasonality of the refined products market, winter weather conditions and seasonal Alaska and Great Lakes market closures negatively impacted K-Sea's fleet utilization levels and operating results.  K-Sea's operating results also included a $1.25 million severance charge associated with the integration of K-Sea into Kirby.  K-Sea's fleet utilization level averaged in the 75% to 80% range.  The marine transportation operating margin for the 2011 fourth quarter was 21.8% compared with 21.2% for the 2010 fourth quarter, reflecting the strong inland petrochemical and black oil products markets, the resulting strong equipment utilization levels and higher term and spot contract pricing, partially offset by a lower K-Sea operating margin, including the $1.25 million severance charge.  Segment Results ? Diesel Engine ServicesDiesel engine services revenues for the 2011 fourth quarter were $215.0 million compared with $53.9 million for the 2010 fourth quarter, and operating income was $22.7 million compared with $6.9 million for the 2010 fourth quarter.  United's continued strong land-based market for the manufacture of oilfield equipment used in the hydraulic fracturing of shale formations, and continued strong sale and service of diesel engines, transmissions and compression systems were the primary contributors to the significantly higher revenues and operating income.  United contributed approximately 75% of the 2011 fourth quarter diesel engine services segment's revenues.  The segment also benefited from more favorable service work and direct parts sales from its medium-speed and high-speed marine markets, a reflection of the improved inland marine transportation market.  Service and direct parts sales in both the medium-speed and high-speed Gulf Coast oil services market generally remained weak and competitive.   The diesel engine services 2011 fourth quarter and year operating results included a charge to selling, general and administrative expense of $3.7 million, or $.04 per share, and $6.3 million, or $.07 per share, respectively, increasing the fair value of the contingent earnout liability associated with the April 2011 acquisition of United.  As part of the United acquisition, United's former owners are eligible to receive a three-year earnout provision for up to an additional $50 million payable in 2014, dependent on achieving certain financial targets.  The estimated fair value of the earnout to be paid to the former owners is recorded as a contingent liability on Kirby's balance sheet. The estimated fair value of the earnout is based on probability weighting and discounting various potential payments.  Any change in the fair value of the contingent liability during a quarter is included in earnings until the earnout is settled.  As of December 31, 2011, the Company had recorded a contingent earnout liability of $22.6 million. The diesel engine services operating margin for the 2011 fourth quarter was 10.6%, reflecting the continued strong land-based markets and favorable inland marine market.  General Corporate ExpensesGeneral corporate expenses for the 2011 fourth quarter and year were $2.7 million and $17.9 million compared with $2.6 million and $13.2 million for the 2010 fourth quarter and year, respectively.  The year over year increase of $4.7 million primarily reflected United and K-Sea acquisition related transaction fees and other expenses.Provision for Taxes on IncomeThe provision for taxes on income for the 2011 fourth quarter was 35% compared with 38% for the first three quarters of 2011 and the 2010 fourth quarter.  The reduction reflects a multi-year income tax refund of $2.7 million, $1.8 million after tax, or $.03 per share.Cash GenerationCash flow generation remained strong throughout 2011, with EBITDA of $436.2 million.  The cash flow was used in part to fund capital expenditures of $226.2 million, including $114.7 million for new inland tank barge and towboat construction, $33.3 million for progress payments on two offshore dry-bulk barge and tug units scheduled for completion in 2012, and $78.2 million primarily for upgrades to the existing inland and coastwise fleets.  Total debt as of December 31, 2011 was $802 million, consisting primarily of a $540 million bank term loan issued in July 2011 to finance the K-Sea acquisition with a current balance of $507 million, a $200 million private placement loan that matures in February 2013 and $95 million outstanding under Kirby's $250 million revolving credit facility.  Kirby's debt-to-capitalization ratio was 35.5% at December 31, 2011 compared with 36.0% at September 30, 2011 and 14.7% as of December 31, 2010.  Acquisition of Seaboats, Inc.On December 15, 2011, Kirby purchased the coastwise tank barge fleet of Seaboats, Inc. and affiliated companies, consisting of three 80,000 barrel coastwise tank barge and tug units for $42.7 million in cash.  The three coastwise tank barge and tug units operate along the East Coast and have an average age of five years.  Financing of the purchase was through Kirby's $250 million revolving credit facility.  OutlookCommenting on the 2012 full year and first quarter market outlook and guidance, Mr. Pyne said, "Our 2012 full year earnings guidance is $3.85 to $4.05 per share, excluding any potential changes to the United contingent earnout liability."  Regarding the United contingent earnout liability, Kirby will perform a fair value assessment each quarter of the contingent liability using a probability weighted and discounted valuation with any change to the earnout recorded in earnings.Mr. Pyne continued, "While the United States economy has shown signs of a slow recovery during 2011, a significant amount of uncertainty still exists in the United States and world economies as we move into 2012.  This uncertainty is reflected in our 2012 full year earnings guidance. The low end guidance of $3.85 assumes marine transportation inland and coastwise equipment utilization levels will be consistent with the last half of 2011, inland term and spot contract renewals will be consistent with 2011 average rate increases and coastwise pricing will be neutral.  For the diesel engine services segment, our low end guidance assumes our land-based oil services market will not be as robust as 2011, with some softness in the manufacture of oilfield equipment used in hydraulic fracturing, and our marine and power generation markets will perform similarly to 2011, with some minor improvement in the Gulf Coast oil services market.  Our high end guidance of $4.05 assumes both inland and coastwise marine transportation utilization levels will improve modestly, leading to higher term and spot contract pricing.  For the diesel engine services segment, our high end guidance assumes our land-based oil services market will be similar to 2011 with continued strong manufacturing and new remanufacturing of oilfield equipment, as well as stronger service levels in land-based, marine, Gulf Coast oil services and power generation markets."  Regarding the first quarter guidance, Mr. Pyne stated, "Our 2012 first quarter guidance is $.86 to $.93 per share, excluding any potential changes to the United contingent earnout liability, compared with $.60 per share reported for the 2011 first quarter.  Our guidance includes some unfavorable winter weather conditions in both our inland and coastwise trade, equipment utilization levels in the low to mid 90% levels in our inland petrochemical and black oil products fleets and low to mid 70% utilization levels in our liquid coastwise trade, leading to continued favorable inland pricing and stable pricing in our coastwise market.  In our diesel engine services segment, we anticipate continued favorable demand for the land-based manufacture and remanufacture of oilfield equipment, and sale and service of transmissions and engines."Mr. Pyne further commented, "Our 2012 capital spending guidance range is $255 to $265 million, including approximately $100 million for the construction of 55 inland tank barges and five inland towboats.  This guidance range also includes approximately $70 million in progress payments on the construction of two offshore articulated dry-bulk barge and tugboat units scheduled for delivery in the 2012 fourth quarter with an estimated cost of $52 million each.  The balance of approximately $85 to $95 million is primarily capital upgrades and improvements to existing marine equipment and facilities."  Conference CallA conference call is scheduled at 10:00 a.m. central time tomorrow, Friday, February 3, 2012, to discuss the 2011 fourth quarter performance as well as the outlook for the 2012 first quarter and year.  The conference call number is 800-446-2782 for domestic callers and 847-413-3235 for international callers.  The leader's name is Steve Holcomb.  The confirmation number is 31547305.  An audio playback will be available at 1:00 p.m. central time on Friday, February 3, through 5:00 p.m. central time on Friday, March 2, 2012 by dialing 888-843-7419 for domestic and 630-652-3042 for international callers.  A live audio webcast of the conference call will be available to the public and a replay available after the call by visiting Kirby's website at http://www.kirbycorp.com/. GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial MeasuresThe financial and other information to be discussed in the conference call is available in this press release and in a Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  This press release and the Form 8-K include a non-GAAP financial measure, EBITDA, which Kirby defines as net earnings attributable to Kirby before interest expense, taxes on income, depreciation and amortization.  A reconciliation of EBITDA with GAAP net earnings attributable to Kirby is included in this press release.  This earnings press release includes marine transportation performance measures, consisting of ton miles, revenue per ton mile, towboats operated and delay days.  Comparable performance measures for the 2010 and 2009 years and quarters are available at Kirby's web site, http://www.kirbycorp.com/, under the caption Performance Measurements in the Investor Relations section. About Kirby CorporationKirby Corporation, based in Houston, Texas, is the nation's largest domestic tank barge operator, transporting bulk liquid products throughout the Mississippi River System, the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, coastwise along all three United States coasts and in Alaska and Hawaii.  Kirby transports petrochemicals, black oil products, refined petroleum products and agricultural chemicals by tank barge.  Through the diesel engine services segment, Kirby provides after-market service for medium-speed and high-speed diesel engines and reduction gears used in marine and power generation applications.  Kirby also distributes and services high-speed diesel engines, transmissions, pumps, compression products and manufactures oilfield service equipment, including hydraulic fracturing equipment, for land-based pressure pumping and oilfield service markets.Statements contained in this press release with respect to the future are forward-looking statements.  These statements reflect management's reasonable judgment with respect to future events.  Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties.  Actual results could differ materially from those anticipated as a result of various factors, including cyclical or other downturns in demand, significant pricing competition, unanticipated additions to industry capacity, changes in the Jones Act or in U.S. maritime policy and practice, fuel costs, interest rates, weather conditions, and timing, magnitude and number of acquisitions made by Kirby.  Forward-looking statements are based on currently available information and Kirby assumes no obligation to update any such statements.  A list of additional risk factors can be found in Kirby's annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010 and quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the period ended September 30, 2011 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGSFourth QuarterYear2011201020112010(unaudited, $ in thousands except per share amounts)Revenues:   Marine transportation                                                   $    335,112$    232,443$      1,194,607$       915,046   Diesel engine services                                                 215,03353,875655,810194,511550,145286,3181,850,4171,109,557Costs and expenses:   Costs of sales and operating expenses                                    369,512177,3281,228,440683,236   Selling, general and administrative                                         49,10227,328170,386117,694   Taxes, other than on income                                             2,7113,03813,17913,209   Depreciation and amortization                                            35,79624,937126,02995,296   Loss on disposition of assets                                            111234078457,232232,6541,538,074909,513   Operating income92,91353,664312,343200,044 Other income                                                            183383306556 Interest expense                                                         (5,817)(2,845)(17,902)(10,960)   Earnings before taxes on income                                         87,27951,202294,747189,640 Provision for taxes on income                                               (30,510)(19,279)(109,255)(72,258)   Net earnings                                                         56,76931,923185,492117,382Less: Net earnings attributable to noncontrolling interests                         (599)(303)(2,466)(1,133)   Net earnings attributable to Kirby                                         $    56,170$    31,620$    183,026$    116,249Net earnings per share attributable to Kirby common stockholders:     Basic                                                               $      1.01$      .59$3.35$2.16   Diluted                                                              $      1.00$       .59$3.33$2.15Common stock outstanding (in thousands):   Basic                                                               55,20653,04154,19153,331   Diluted                                                              55,45353,19454,41353,466CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL INFORMATIONFourth QuarterYear2011201020112010(unaudited, $ in thousands)EBITDA:  (1)   Net earnings attributable to Kirby                                        $     56,170$     31,620$    183,026$    116,249   Interest expense                                                     5,8172,84517,90210,960   Provision for taxes on income                                           30,51019,279109,25572,258   Depreciation and amortization                                           35,79624,937126,02995,296$    128,293$    78,681$    436,212$294,763Capital expenditures                                                     $    63,028$    28,805$    226,238$    136,841Acquisitions of businesses and marine equipment                             $    42,745$            ? $    859,512$              ? December 31,20112010(unaudited, $ in thousands)Cash and cash equivalents                                                               $     16,249$    195,600Long-term debt, including current portion                                                     $   802,005$    200,134Total equity                                                                            $  1,454,158$ 1,159,139Debt to capitalization ratio                                                                 35.5%14.7%MARINE TRANSPORTATION STATEMENTS OF EARNINGSFourth QuarterYear2011201020112010(unaudited, $ in thousands)Marine transportation revenues                                             $  335,112$  232,443$1,194,607$915,046Costs and expenses:   Costs of sales and operating expenses                                    202,193137,876717,443540,427   Selling, general and administrative                                         25,83218,96791,68880,938   Taxes, other than on income                                             2,6392,88811,99112,213   Depreciation and amortization                                            31,42323,319111,29288,710262,087183,050932,414722,288      Operating income                                                   $  73,025$49,393$262,193$192,758      Operating margins                                                  21.8%21.2%21.9%21.1%DIESEL ENGINE SERVICES STATEMENTS OF EARNINGSFourth QuarterYear2011201020112010(unaudited, $ in thousands)Diesel engine services revenues                                            $  215,033$  53,875$655,810$194,511Costs and expenses:   Costs of sales and operating expenses                                    167,31939,452510,997142,809   Selling, general and administrative                                         21,3296,44863,76426,131   Taxes, other than income                                               611411,143963   Depreciation and amortization                                            3,61694111,8014,055192,32546,982587,705173,958      Operating income                                                   $  22,708$  6,893$68,105$20,553      Operating margins                                                  10.6%12.8%10.4%10.6%OTHER COSTS AND EXPENSESFourth QuarterYear2011201020112010(unaudited, $ in thousands)General corporate expenses                           $  2,709$  2,599$17,915$13,189Loss on disposition of assets                           $  111$  23$40$78MARINE TRANSPORTATION PERFORMANCE MEASUREMENTSFourth QuarterYear2011201020112010Inland Performance Measurements:       Ton Miles (in millions) (2)                            3,3923,31713,41412,957       Revenue/Ton Mile (cents/tm) (3)                      7.76.77.66.8       Towboats operated (average) (4)                     239220240221       Delay Days (5)                                   1,7211,4986,7775,772       Average cost per gallon of fuel consumed             $  3.14$  2.29$  3.08$  2.22Barges (active):   Inland tank barges                                                               819825   Coastwise and local tank barges                                                   59           ?   Coastwise dry cargo barges                                                      44Barrel capacities (in millions):   Inland tank barges                                                               16.215.9   Coastwise and local tank barges                                                   3.8         ?(1) Kirby has historically evaluated its operating performance using numerous measures, one of which is EBITDA, a non-GAAP financial measure.  Kirby defines EBITDA as net earnings attributable to Kirby before interest expense, taxes on income, depreciation and amortization.  EBITDA is presented because of its wide acceptance as a financial indicator.  EBITDA is one of the performance measures used in Kirby's incentive bonus plan.  EBITDA is also used by rating agencies in determining Kirby's credit rating and by analysts publishing research reports on Kirby, as well as by investors and investment bankers generally in valuing companies.  EBITDA is not a calculation based on generally accepted accounting principles and should not be considered as an alternative to, but should only be considered in conjunction with, Kirby's GAAP financial information. (2) Ton miles indicate fleet productivity by measuring the distance (in miles) a loaded inland tank barge is moved.  Example:  A typical 30,000 barrel inland tank barge loaded with 3,300 tons of liquid cargo is moved 100 miles, thus generating 330,000 ton miles.(3) Inland marine transportation revenues divided by ton miles.  Example: Fourth quarter 2011 inland marine transportation revenues of $261,029,000 divided by 3,392,000,000 marine transportation ton miles = 7.7 cents.(4) Towboats operated are the average number of owned and chartered inland towboats operated during the period.(5) Delay days measures the lost time incurred by an inland tow (inland towboat and one or more inland tank barges) during transit.  The measure includes transit delays caused by weather, lock congestion and other navigational factors.SOURCE Kirby CorporationFor further information: Steve Holcomb, +1-713-435-1135, for Kirby Corporation