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Ensign Energy Services Inc. Reports Record Revenue and Funds from Operations in 2012

Monday, March 18, 2013

Ensign Energy Services Inc. Reports Record Revenue and Funds from Operations in 201205:00 EDT Monday, March 18, 2013CALGARY, March 18, 2013 /CNW/ -OverviewEnsign Energy Services Inc. ("Ensign" or the "Company") generated record revenue of $2,197.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2012, an increase of 16 percent over revenue of $1,890.4 million recorded in the prior year.  Net income for the year ended December 31, 2012 was $217.5 million ($1.42 per common share), a two percent increase from $212.4 million ($1.39 per common share) recorded in 2011.  Operating earnings, expressed as EBITDA (defined as earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation, and share-based compensation expense (recovery)), for 2012 were $554.5 million ($3.63 per common share), a 10 percent increase from EBITDA of $502.0 million ($3.28 per common share) for the year ended December 31, 2011.  Funds from operations were also the highest in the Company's history, increasing five percent to $500.5 million ($3.28 per common share) from $475.6 million ($3.11 per common share) in the prior year.During the fourth quarter of 2012, the Company generated revenue of $530.1 million, a decrease of eight percent from revenue of $578.0 million recorded in the fourth quarter of 2011.  Net income decreased eight percent to $48.5 million ($0.32 per common share) compared to $52.6 million ($0.34 per common share) recorded in 2011.  EBITDA was $123.3 million ($0.81 per common share) for the fourth quarter of 2012, a decrease of 21 percent from EBITDA of $155.2 million ($1.02 per common share) recorded in the fourth quarter of 2011.  Funds from operations were $117.1 million ($0.77 per common share) for the fourth quarter of 2012, a 17 percent decrease from $140.5 million ($0.92 per common share) recorded in the fourth quarter of 2011.The financial results for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2012 reflect what was a mixed year overall for the Company's operations.  North American oilfield services, particularly in Canada, experienced a strong start in 2012; however, a slowdown towards the latter half of the year, as customers reacted to unfavorable price differentials for Canadian commodities, a continuing over-supply of natural gas and uncertainty in global economic conditions, weakened activity levels and financial contributions in the last half of the year.  The Company's United States operations recorded an increase to revenues in 2012 compared to the prior year primarily due to the positive impact from the first full year of operations from the land drilling division of Rowan Companies, Inc. ("Rowan Land Drilling", subsequently referred to as "Ensign US Southern") which was acquired in September 2011.  For the Company's international operations, higher activity levels and revenue rates in Latin America and the eastern hemisphere generated improved financial and operating results for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2012.In 2012 the Company added 13 new Automated Drill Rigs ("ADR®") to its drilling rig fleet: six in the Canadian market; five in the United States market; and two in Australia through the new build program.  All of the newly constructed ADRs are subject to long-term contracts.  The new build program also added 12 new well servicing rigs in the United States.The Company increased its dividend in 2012 with a 4.8 percent fourth quarter increase in the quarterly dividend rate to $0.110 per common share from the previous quarterly dividend rate of $0.105 per common share.  During the year ended December 31, 2012, the Company declared dividends of $0.4250 per common share, an increase of nine percent over dividends of $0.3900 per common share declared in 2011.  The dividend has been increased at a 17 percent compound annual growth rate since the Company first paid a dividend in 1995.The Company issued USD $300.0 million of senior unsecured notes (the "Notes") in February 2012.  The proceeds from the issuance of the Notes, along with an expanded global revolving credit facility (the "Global Facility") and funds generated from operations, were used to repay the USD $400.0 million term loan, incurred to finance the September 2011 acquisition of Rowan Land Drilling.  The Notes consist of:  USD $100.0 million in five year notes with an interest rate of 3.43 percent; USD $100.0 million in seven year notes with an interest rate of 3.97 percent; and USD $100.0 million in ten year notes with an interest rate of 4.54 percent.  The Company also increased its credit facilities in 2012 resulting in an increase in available borrowings to $164.3 million at December 31, 2012 compared to $10.1 million at December 31, 2011.  Changes to the Company's capital structure during 2012 provide the Company with a measure of financial stability and support for future growth opportunities.FINANCIAL AND OPERATING HIGHLIGHTS($ thousands, except per share data and operating information) Three months ended December 31Year ended December 31 20122011% change20122011% changeRevenue  530,106577,967(8)2,197,3211,890,37216 EBITDA 1  123,262155,167(21)554,529 502,03110 EBITDA per share 1       Basic  $0.81$1.02(21) $3.63$3.2811  Diluted  $0.81$1.01(20) $3.62$3.2810 Adjusted net income 2  47,94357,926 (17)215,314216,654 (1)Adjusted net income per share 2       Basic  $0.31$0.38(18)$1.41$1.42 (1) Diluted $0.31  $0.38   (18) $1.41 $1.42 (1)Net income  48,48952,640(8) 217,522212,3932 Net income per share       Basic  $0.32$0.34(6) $1.42$1.392  Diluted  $0.32$0.34(6) $1.42$1.392 Funds from operations 3  117,088140,465(17)500,517475,5875 Funds from operations per share 3       Basic  $0.77$0.92(16) $3.28$3.115  Diluted  $0.77$0.92(16)$3.27$3.115        Weighted average shares - basic (000s)  152,617152,844 -  152,664152,865- Weighted average shares - diluted (000s)  152,921152,994 -   152,995153,062-        Drilling       Number of marketed rigs        Canada4  124131(5) 124131 (5)  United States  121117 3  1211173   International 5  54 59 (8) 5459(8)Operating days       Canada 4  4,1356,000 (31) 18,39822,750(19) United States  5,5556,671(17) 24,22620,82716  International 5  3,0102,69812 11,61210,7488        Well Servicing       Number of marketed rigs        Canada  99103(4)99103(4)  United States  4636 28  463628  Operating hours        Canada  35,05438,663(9) 140,978145,220(3)  United States  28,09725,55910 121,76682,45348 1 EBITDA is defined as "income before interest, income taxes, depreciation and share-based compensation expense (recovery)".  Management believes that in addition to net income, EBITDA and EBITDA per share are useful supplemental measures as they provide an indication of the results generated by the Company's principal business activities prior to consideration of how these activities are financed, how the results are taxed in various jurisdictions or how the results are impacted by the accounting standards associated with the Company's share-based compensation plans.  EBITDA and EBITDA per share as defined above are not recognized measures under International Financial Reporting Standards and accordingly may not be comparable to measures used by other companies.2 Adjusted net income is defined as "net income before share-based compensation expense (recovery), tax-effected using an income tax rate of 35 percent".  Adjusted net income and Adjusted net income per share are useful supplemental measures as they provide an indication of the results generated by the Company's principal business activities prior to consideration of how the results are impacted by the accounting standards associated with the Company's share-based compensation plans, net of income taxes.  Adjusted net income and Adjusted net income per share as defined above are not recognized measures under International Financial Reporting Standards and accordingly may not be comparable to measures used by other companies.3 Funds from operations is defined as "cash provided by operating activities before the change in non-cash working capital".  Funds from operations and Funds from operations per share are measures that provide additional information regarding the Company's liquidity and its ability to generate funds to finance its operations.  Management utilizes these measures to assess the Company's ability to finance operating activities and capital expenditures.  Funds from operations and Funds from operations per share are not measures that have any standardized meaning prescribed by International Financial Reporting Standards and accordingly may not be comparable to similar measures used by other companies.4 Excludes coring rigs.5 Includes workover rigs.2012 Highlights Revenue for 2012 was at record levels, reaching $2,197.3 million, up 16 percent from 2011.13 new ADRs were added to the Company's drilling fleet: six in the Canadian market; five in the United States market; and two in Australia through the new build program.  The new build program also added 12 new well servicing rigs in the United States.For the first time in the Company's history, United States oilfield services generated the largest contribution to consolidated revenues in 2012, representing 43 percent of total revenue.EBITDA for 2012 was $554.5 million, a ten percent increase from EBITDA of $502.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2011.  Funds from Operations were the highest in the Company's history, increasing five percent to $500.5 million from $475.6 million in the prior year.The Company issued USD $300.0 million of senior unsecured notes (the "Notes") in February 2012.  The proceeds from the issuance of the Notes, along with expanded credit facilities and funds generated from operations, were used to repay the USD $400.0 million term loan, incurred to finance the September 2011 acquisition of Rowan Land Drilling.  The Company also increased its credit facilities in 2012 resulting in an increase in available borrowings to $164.3 million as of December 31, 2012 compared to $10.1 million at December 31, 2011.The Company declared a quarterly cash dividend on common shares of $0.110 per common share payable April 5, 2013.  In 2012 the Company declared dividends of $0.4250 per common share, an increase of nine percent over dividends of $0.3900 per common share declared in 2011.  The Company has increased its dividend every year since the first dividend was paid in 1995.Canadian drilling operating days totaled 18,398 in 2012, a 19 percent decrease from 22,750 operating days in the previous year.  Canadian well servicing hours decreased by three percent in the year ended December 31, 2012 from the prior year.United States drilling operating days totaled 24,226 in 2012, a 16 percent increase from 20,827 operating days in 2011.  United States well servicing hours increased by 48 percent in 2012 compared with 2011.International drilling operating days totaled 11,612 in 2012, an eight percent increase from 10,748 operating days recorded in 2011.Revenue and Oilfield Services Expense Three months ended December 31 Year ended December 31($ thousands)  2012 2011 % change  2012 2011 % changeRevenue      Canada  176,693 225,153 (22)  774,444 786,158 (1) United States  213,667 236,821  (10) 944,580 727,678 30  International  139,746 115,993 20  478,297 376,536   27               530,106 577,967  (8)  2,197,321 1,890,372 16 Oilfield services expense  384,553 411,040  (6) 1,555,509 1,322,926  18              Gross margin  145,553 166,927 (13)  641,812 567,446 13 Gross margin percentage %  27.5 28.9    29.2 30.0The Company generated the highest revenue in its history for the year ended December 31, 2012, totaling $2,197.3 million, an increase of 16 percent over $1,890.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2011.  Revenue recorded in the fourth quarter of 2012 totaled $530.1 million, a decrease of eight percent from $578.0 million recorded in the fourth quarter of 2011.  Growth in the Company's operations, particularly in the United States through the 2011 acquisition of Rowan Land Drilling, as well as additions to the Company's global fleet through an active new build program led to increased revenues in 2012 compared to the prior year.  The acquisition of Rowan Land Drilling added 30 drilling rigs to the Company's United States operations; and the new build program added 13 new ADR® drilling rigs: six in Canada, five in the United States and two in Australia throughout 2012.  Positive contributions from the aforementioned growth of the Company's operations were dampened by reduced demand for North American oilfield services, particularly in Canada, in the latter half of the year as customers reacted to volatile commodity prices and the general uncertainty of global economic conditions.Gross margin as a percentage of revenue was similar to the prior year decreasing only slightly to 29.2 percent from 30.0 percent in 2011.  Gross margin as a percentage of revenue for the fourth quarter of 2012 decreased to 27.5 percent compared to 28.9 percent for the fourth quarter of the prior year.  With the softening of demand for North American oilfield services, certain equipment classes experienced reduced revenue rates when compared to the prior year; however, revenue rates in the Company's international operations were higher in 2012 compared to 2011 as certain areas experienced improved levels of demand for oilfield services.  Expenditures for major maintenance were higher for the year ended December 31, 2012 compared to the year ended December 31, 2011, negatively impacting margins as these costs are generally expensed as incurred.  Higher spending on major maintenance in the current year compared to the prior year resulted primarily from the increased activity levels in the first half of 2012 compared to 2011.  The reduction in gross margin in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011 was due in part to higher direct costs associated with ongoing maintenance programs and slightly lower margins for certain equipment classes.Canadian Oilfield Services   Three months ended Year ended   December 31 December 31 2012   2011 % change  2012  2011  % changeDrilling rigs1      Opening balance  133 130   131 136    Additions  1 1   6 2    Transfers2  (10)  -   (10) 1    Decommissions / Disposals  -   -     (3)  (8)                 Ending balance  124 131 (5) 124 131 (5)Drilling operating days1  4,135 6,000 (31) 18,398 22,750 (19)Drilling rig utilization %  36.2 50.0 (28)  38.8 48.3 (20)     Well servicing rigs      Opening balance  99 103    103  99    Additions  - -   - 4    Decommissions / Disposals  - -    (4)   -                 Ending balance  99 103  (4) 99 103 (4)Well servicing operating hours  35,054 38,663 (9) 140,978 145,220  (3)Well servicing utilization %  38.5 40.8 (6) 38.1 39.5  (4)1 Excludes coring rigs.2 Includes transfers to coring rigs.The Company recorded revenue of $774.4 million in Canada for the year ended December 31, 2012, a one percent decrease from $786.2 million recorded in the year ended December 31, 2011.  Revenue generated in Canada decreased 22 percent to $176.7 million for the three months ended December 31, 2012, from $225.2 million for the three months ended December 31, 2011.  In the fourth quarter of 2012, Canadian revenues accounted for 33 percent of total revenue (2011 - 39 percent), and during the year ended December 31, 2012, Canadian revenues were 35 percent of total revenue (2011 - 42 percent).The Company's Canadian operations saw a strong start to 2012 as increased levels of demand and improved pricing for Canadian oilfield services that began in 2011 continued into the current year. However, as the year progressed, the Company's customers reacted to reduced levels of cash flows from natural gas and crude oil production, and a softening in demand for oilfield services occurred, negatively impacting operating and financial results for the year.During the year ended December 31, 2012, operating days recorded by the Company's Canadian operations decreased 19 percent compared to the level of activity in the prior year.  Operating days in the fourth quarter of 2012 decreased 31 percent from the comparable quarter in the prior year.  Similarly, Canadian well servicing hours decreased by three percent in the year ended December 31, 2012 and by nine percent in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to the corresponding periods in the prior year.The Company decommissioned or disposed of three inactive drilling rigs and four inactive well servicing rigs during 2012 and transferred nine drilling rigs to the oil sands coring fleet and one drilling rig to the Australian market.  Six new build ADRs were added to the Company's Canadian equipment fleet in 2012.  Subsequent to December 31, 2012, the Company disposed of its manufacturing facility located in Calgary, Alberta.United States Oilfield Services Three months ended Year ended December 31 December 31 2012   2011   % change   2012 2011  % changeDrilling rigs      Opening balance  116   116    117   80      Additions  -   1      5  38    Transfers  5  -      5   (1)    Decommissions / Disposals  -   -      (6)   -                  Ending balance  121   117   3   121   117   3Drilling operating days  5,555   6,671   (17)   24,226 20,827  16Drilling rig utilization %  50.2   62.5  (20)   57.4  60.7  (5)     Well servicing rigs     Opening balance  46  34     36  24    Additions  1   2     12  12    Decommissions / Disposals  (1)   -     (2)   -                 Ending balance  46   36  28   46 36 28Well servicing operating hours  28,097  25,559  10   121,766  82,453  48Well servicing utilization %  66.4  78.6 (16)   78.1  73.4  6The Company's United States operations recorded revenue of $944.6 million during the year ended December 31, 2012, an increase of 30 percent from the $727.7 million recorded in the year ended December 31, 2011.  Revenue recorded in the United States was $213.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, a 10 percent decrease from the $236.8 million recorded in the corresponding period of the prior year.  The United States segment accounted for 40 percent of the Company's revenue in the fourth quarter of 2012 (2011 - 41 percent); and 43 percent of the Company's revenue in the current year (2011 - 38 percent) making it the largest contributor to consolidated revenue in 2012.The number of operating days recorded by the Company's United States operations for the year ended December 31, 2012 increased 16 percent to 24,226 operating days from 20,827 operating days in 2011.  During the fourth quarter of 2012 the Company recorded 5,555 operating days in the United States, a decrease of 17 percent over 6,671 operating days recorded during the fourth quarter of the prior year.  United States well servicing hours in the fourth quarter of 2012 were up 10 percent compared to the prior year and well servicing hours for 2012 were up 48 percent compared to 2011 due to expansions in the Company's United States well servicing rig fleet.The Company's presence in the United States oilfield services market continued to grow in 2012 through the addition of five new ADR® drilling rigs and 12 new well servicing rigs constructed under the Company's ongoing new build program.  These equipment additions, combined with the positive impact from a full year of contribution from Ensign US Southern, strengthened operating and financial results in 2012 compared to 2011.The Company transferred six drilling rigs to the United States equipment fleet from the Company's operations in Mexico late in 2012.  Other changes to the Company's United States equipment fleet during 2012 included the decommissioning or disposal of six inactive drilling rigs and two inactive well servicing rigs; and the transfer of one drilling rig to the international segment.Operating results for the United States segment were further improved on translation to Canadian dollars by the strengthening of the United States dollar through 2012 compared to the prior year. The average exchange rate for the year increased one percent during the twelve months ended December 31, 2012 to 1.00, compared to an average of 0.99 during the prior year.International Oilfield Services   Three months endedYear ended   December 31December 31   2012 2011% change  20122011 % changeDrilling and workover rigs Opening balance  58  59    59  59   Additions  -  -    2  -   Transfers  (4) -   (4) -   Decommissions / Disposals  - - (3)  -         Ending balance  5459 (8) 54 59 (8)Drilling operating days  3,0102,698 1211,612 10,748 8Drilling rig utilization %  59.949.721 56.949.9 14The Company's international operations recorded revenue of $478.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2012, a 27 percent increase from revenue of $376.5 million in 2011.  International revenue totaled $139.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, a 20 percent increase from $116.0 million recorded in the corresponding period of the prior year.  International operations contributed 27 percent of the Company's revenue in the fourth quarter of 2012 (2011 - 20 percent) and 22 percent in the year ended December 31, 2012 (2011 - 20 percent).The Company's international operations recorded 11,612 operating days in 2012, an eight percent increase from 10,748 operating days recorded in 2011.  International operating days for the three months ended December 31, 2012 increased 12 percent over the comparable prior year period to 3,010 operating days compared to 2,698 operating days in the fourth quarter of 2011.Stronger demand for oilfield services in Latin America and throughout the eastern hemisphere increased operating activity and revenue rates in 2012 leading to improved operating and financial results when compared to 2011.  In 2011 international operating results were weakened due to the disruption of operations arising from challenges outside of the Company's control, including severe flooding in Australia and political unrest in parts of the Middle East and North Africa.  The Company resumed its operations in Libya late in 2012 with the start-up of one drilling rig and a second drilling rig is expected to start-up in the first half of 2013.The Company added two new ADRs to its Australian equipment fleet in 2012.  In addition, one drilling rig was transferred to Australia from the Company's Canadian drilling rig fleet and one drilling rig was transferred to Latin America from the Company's United States drilling rig fleet during the year.  The Company also decommissioned or disposed of three inactive drilling rigs from its international operations during the year and six drilling rigs were transferred from Mexico to the United States operations.Consistent with the translation of results from the Company's United States operations, the operating results from the Company's international operations were further improved on translation into Canadian dollars by the strengthening of the United States dollar relative to the Canadian dollar in 2012 when compared to the prior year.Depreciation Three months ended December 31Year ended December 31($ thousands)  20122011% change20122011 % changeDepreciation  54,02957,540 (6) 220,227177,927 24Depreciation expense increased 24 percent to $220.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2012 compared with $177.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2011.  Depreciation expense totaled $54.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2012 compared with $57.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2011, a decrease of six percent.  The decrease in depreciation for the fourth quarter of 2012 reflects the reduced operating activity for the three months ended December 31, 2012 compared to the three months ended December 31, 2011.  Higher depreciation expense in 2012 over 2011 is attributable to higher-valued drilling and well servicing rigs being added to the equipment fleet throughout 2012 as well as a full year of depreciation being taken on the drilling rigs operating in Ensign US Southern. General and Administrative Expense Three months ended December 31Year ended December 31($ thousands)  2012 2011 % change  20122011  % changeGeneral and administrative  21,63820,878 4 80,837 70,258 15% of revenue  4.13.6    3.73.7General and administrative expense totaled $80.8 million (3.7 percent of revenue) for the year ended December 31, 2012 compared with $70.3 million (3.7 percent of revenue) for the year ended December 31, 2011, an increase of 15 percent.   General and administrative expense increased four percent to $21.6 million (4.1 percent of revenue) for the fourth quarter of 2012 compared with $20.9 million (3.6 percent of revenue) for the fourth quarter of 2011.  The increase in general and administrative expense was incurred to support the expectations for increased operating activity, the addition of Ensign US Southern in the third quarter of 2011, and reflects the negative translational impact of a stronger United States dollar on United States and international administrative expenses in the current year.Share-Based Compensation (Recovery) Expense  Three months ended December 31  Year ended December 31($ thousands)  2012 2011 % change  20122011% change       Share-based compensation  (840) 8,132(110) (3,397)6,555(152)Share-based compensation (recovery) expense  arises from the Black-Scholes valuation accounting associated with the Company's share-based compensation plans, whereby the liability associated with share-based compensation is adjusted for the effect of granting and vesting of employee stock options and changes in the underlying price of the Company's common shares.For the 2012 fiscal year, share-based compensation was a recovery of $3.4 million compared with an expense of $6.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2011.  For the three months ended December 31, 2012, share-based compensation recovery was $0.8 million compared with an expense of $8.1 million recorded in the fourth quarter of 2011.  The decrease in share-based compensation expense for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2012 arises from the change in the fair value of share-based compensation liability primarily due to a decrease in the price of the Company's common shares during the year and the expiry of options in the year.  The closing price of the Company's common shares was $15.37 at December 31, 2012, compared with $16.25 at December 31, 2011.Interest Expense Three months ended December 31Year ended December 31($ thousands)  2012 2011 % change20122011 % changeInterest expense  3,862  4,071 (5) 18,666 6,586 183Interest income  (139)  (136) 2  (504)(647) (22)        3,7233,935 (5) 18,162 5,939 206The Company increased its Global Facility by $150.0 million to $400.0 million in the second quarter of 2012; and also repaid in full the USD $400.0 million term loan incurred to finance the September 2011 acquisition of Rowan Land Drilling during the first half of the year.  Interest is incurred on the Company's $10.0 million Canadian-based revolving credit facility (the "Canadian Facility"), the $400.0 million Global Facility, the USD $300.0 million Notes issued in February 2012 and the portion of the USD $400.0 million term loan outstanding during the first half of 2012.  The amortization of deferred financing costs associated with the issuance of the Company's long-term debt is included in interest expense for the three and twelve month periods ended December 31, 2012 and 2011.The increase in interest expense in 2012 compared to 2011 reflects the increases in credit facilities in 2012 and a full year of interest being incurred on the Company's long-term debt which was added to the Company's capital structure in September 2011.Foreign Exchange and Other (Loss/(Gain)) Three months ended December 31 Year ended December 31($ thousands)  2012  2011  % change  20122011 % change       Foreign exchange and other  653  (9,118) (107) 6,446 (4,843)  (233)Included in this amount are foreign currency movements in the Company's subsidiaries which have functional currencies other than Canadian dollars.  In general the United States dollar strengthened in 2012 compared to 2011 when compared to other world currencies but weakened against the Canadian dollar at December 31, 2012 compared to December 31, 2011.Income Taxes Three months ended December 31Year ended December 31($ thousands)2012 2011% change 20122011% changeCurrent income tax  4,172 12,985(68)  45,18926,882  68Deferred income tax  13,68919,935(31) 56,82672,335 (21)        17,861 32,920(46)  102,015 99,217 3Effective income tax rate %  26.938.5  31.931.8The effective income tax rate for the year ended December 31, 2012 was 31.9 percent compared with 31.8 percent for the year ended December 31, 2011.  The effective income tax rate for the three months ended December 31, 2012 was 26.9 percent compared with 38.5 percent for the three months ended December 31, 2011.  The increase in the current portion and decrease in the proportion of deferred income tax in the year ended December 31, 2012 when compared with the prior year is primarily attributable to the phased elimination of the deferral of income tax related to the Company's partnerships operating in Canada.Financial PositionThe following chart outlines significant changes in the consolidated statement of financial position from December 31, 2011 to December 31, 2012:($ thousands)    Change  Explanation      Cash and cash equivalents    30,595 See consolidated statements of cash flows.     Accounts receivable    (53,983) Decrease is consistent with decreased operating activity in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to the fourth quarter of 2011 and also reflects foreign exchange fluctuations on the consolidation of the Company's foreign subsidiaries.     Inventories and other     (5,633)  Decrease is due to normal course use of consumables and amortization of prepaid expenses offset by additional inventory.     Property and equipment     53,625   Increase was due to additions from the current new build construction program offset by depreciation and a decrease in the year-end foreign exchange rate on the consolidation of the Company's foreign subsidiaries.     Note receivable      (1,740)  Decrease is due to partial collection of the note receivable and the reclassification of the current portion to accounts receivable offset by accretion of interest income during 2012.     Accounts payable and accruals     (44,929)   Decrease is consistent with reduced operating activity in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to the fourth quarter of 2011 and also reflects foreign exchange fluctuations on the consolidation of the Company's foreign subsidiaries and timing of payments to external vendors during the year.     Operating lines of credit     (6,450)   Decrease is due to repayments during the year offset by additional draws of the expanded operating lines of credit to partially repay the term loan incurred to finance the acquisition of Rowan Land Drilling in 2011 and fund the ongoing new build construction program.     Share-based compensation    (3,390) Decrease is due to a decrease in the price of the Company's common shares as at December 31, 2012 compared with December 31, 2011, as well as options expiring at the end of the current year.     Income taxes payable    (297) Decrease is due to the current income tax provision for the period, net of tax instalments.     Dividends payable    766 Increase is due to a 4.8 percent increase in the quarterly dividend rate in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to the dividend rate in the fourth quarter of 2011.     Long-term debt    (109,364) Decrease reflects the repayment of the term loan and accounting for financing costs associated with long-term debt and the impact of foreign exchange fluctuations on the United States dollar denominated debt, offset by the issuance of senior unsecured notes in February 2012.     Deferred income taxes    51,992 Increase primarily due to accelerated tax depreciation of assets added during the current year.     Shareholders' equity    134,536 Increase due to net income for the year offset by the amount of dividends declared in the year and the impact of foreign exchange rate fluctuations on net assets of foreign subsidiaries.Funds from Operations and Working Capital   Three months ended December 31  Year ended December 31($ thousands)    2012  2011  % change   2012  2011  % changeFunds from operations    117,088  140,465  (17)   500,517  475,587  5Funds from operations per share   $0.77   $0.92  (16)  $3.28  $3.11  5Working capital     13,861   (10,233)  235   13,861   (10,233)  235Funds from operations totaled a record $500.5 million ($3.28 per common share) for 2012, an increase of five percent compared to $475.6 million ($3.11 per common share) generated in 2011.  During the three months ended December 31, 2012, the Company generated funds from operations of $117.1 million ($0.77 per common share) compared with $140.5 million ($0.92 per common share) for the three months ended December 31, 2011, a decrease of 17 percent.  The decrease in funds from operations for the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to the fourth quarter of 2011 reflects the reduced operating activity in North America in the fourth quarter of the current year compared to the fourth quarter of 2011.  The increase in funds from operations in 2012 compared to 2011 is due to growth of the Company's operations, particularly in the United States and increased demand for international oilfield services.At December 31, 2012, the Company's working capital totaled $13.9 million compared to negative working capital of $10.2 million at December 31, 2011.  In 2011 the Company utilized its cash resources to partially fund the acquisition of Rowan Land Drilling.  This resulted in a temporary negative working capital balance in the prior year.  The Company expects the growth in operating results, combined with current and future credit facilities, to fully support current operating and capital requirements.  Existing revolving credit facilities provide for total borrowings of $410.0 million, of which $164.3 million was available as at December 31, 2012.Investing Activities   Three months ended December 31  Year ended December 31($ thousands)    2012  2011  % change  2012  2011  % changePurchase of property and equipment    (80,329)  (134,209)  (40)  (306,689)   (386,833)  (21)Acquisition    -    -    -    -    (497,352)  (100)Net change in non-cash working capital    (23,392)  (14,892)  57  (15,040)   31,510  (148)                   Cash used in investing activities    (103,721)  (149,101)  (30)  (321,729)   (852,675)  (62)The Company did not complete any significant acquisitions in 2012.  Effective September 1, 2011 the Company acquired Rowan Land Drilling for USD $510.0 million plus working capital of USD $5.5 million.  Rowan Land Drilling was comprised of 30 deeper capacity electric land drilling rigs in the southern United States. The purchase was funded with existing cash balances and expanded credit facilities, including an unsecured term loan of USD $400.0 million.Purchases of property and equipment for the year ended December 31, 2012 totaled $306.7 million (2011 - $386.8 million).  The purchases of property and equipment relate primarily to expenditures made pursuant to the Company's ongoing new build program.  Significant additions as a result of the new build program included:Completion of six new ADR® drilling rigs in Canada (three in the first quarter and one in each of the second, third and fourth quarters);Completion of five new ADR® drilling rigs in the United States (two in the first quarter, one in the second quarter and two in the third quarter);Construction of 12 new well servicing rigs in the United States (three in each of the first and second quarters, five in the third quarter and one in the fourth quarter); andCompletion of two new ADR® drilling rigs in Australia, both in the third quarter.Financing Activities   Three months ended December 31  Year ended December 31($ thousands)    2012  2011  % change  2012  2011  % changeNet (decrease) increase in operating lines of credit    (30,586)  6,604  (563)  (1,398)  73,601  (102)Issue of senior unsecured notes    -    -    -    300,000  -    -(Repayment) issue of unsecured term loan    -    -    -    (403,279)  390,080  (203)Issue of capital stock     -    -    -    43  -    -Purchase of shares held in trust    (535)  (674)  (21)   (8,579)  (6,202)  38Deferred financing costs     -    -    -    (2,156)  (2,078)  4Dividends    (16,854)  (16,087)  5   (65,116)  (59,752)  9Net change in non-cash working capital    2,570  1,468  75   3,500  1,371  155                   Cash (used in) provided by financing activities    (45,405)  (8,689)  423   (176,985)  397,020   (145)The Company's Global Facility was increased by $150.0 million during the second quarter of 2012 to a new limit of $400.0 million.  Additionally, the Company has available a $10.0 million Canadian Facility.  The Global Facility is available to the Company and certain of its wholly-owned subsidiaries, and may be drawn in Canadian, United States or Australian dollars, up to the equivalent value of $400.0 million Canadian dollars.  The amount available under the Canadian Facility is $10.0 million or the equivalent in United States dollars.The change in the operating lines of credit for the year ended December 31, 2012 reflects funding for the ongoing new build program which is anticipated to deliver an additional eight new ADR® drilling rigs and six new well servicing rigs throughout 2013.  As of December 31, 2012, the operating lines of credit are primarily being used to fund the completion of the most recent new build program and to support international operations.In February 2012, the Company completed the private placement of USD $300.0 million of senior unsecured notes (the "Notes"), with the proceeds from the issuance being used to repay a portion of the term loan.  The Notes consist of: USD $100.0 million in five year notes with an interest rate of 3.43 percent and a maturity date of February 22, 2017; USD $100.0 million in seven year notes with an interest rate of 3.97 percent and a maturity date of February 22, 2019; and USD $100.0 million in ten year notes with an interest rate of 4.54 percent and a maturity date of February 22, 2022.  The Notes rank equally with the Company's Global Facility.  Proceeds from the issuance of the Notes in combination with internally generated cash flows and expanded credit facilities were used to fully repay the USD $400.0 million unsecured term loan incurred in the prior year to partially finance the acquisition of Rowan Land Drilling.   Financing costs associated with the issuance of the Company's long-term debt are being deferred and amortized using the effective interest method.On June 14, 2012 the Company received approval from the Toronto Stock Exchange to acquire for cancellation up to three percent of the Company's issued and outstanding common shares under a Normal Course Issuer Bid (the "Bid").  The Company may purchase up to 4,596,397 common shares for cancellation.  The Bid commenced on June 18, 2012 and will terminate on June 17, 2013 or such earlier time as the Bid is completed or terminated at the option of the Company.  As at December 31, 2012, no common shares have been purchased and cancelled pursuant to the Bid.The Company previously had a Bid that commenced on June 7, 2011 and terminated on June 6, 2012, under which no common shares were purchased and cancelled.The Company increased its dividend in 2012 with a 4.8 percent fourth quarter increase in the quarterly dividend rate to $0.110 per common share from the previous quarterly dividend rate of $0.105 per common share.  During the year ended December 31, 2012, the Company declared dividends of $0.4250 per common share, an increase of nine percent over dividends of $0.3900 per common share declared in 2011.  The Company had nominal receipts from the issuance of common shares in connection with the employee stock option program in 2012 compared to nil in 2011.Subsequent to December 31, 2012, the Company declared a dividend for the first quarter of 2013. A quarterly dividend of $0.110 per common share is payable April 5, 2013 to all Common Shareholders of record as of March 27, 2013.  The dividend is pursuant to the quarterly dividend policy adopted by the Company.  Pursuant to subsection 89(1) of the Canadian Income Tax Act ("ITA"), the dividend being paid is designated as an eligible dividend, as defined in subsection 89(1) of the ITA.New BuildsDuring the year ended December 31, 2012, the Company commissioned six new ADR® drilling rigs in Canada; five new ADR® drilling rigs and 12 new well servicing rigs in the United States; and two new ADR® drilling rigs in Australia.The remaining new build estimated delivery schedule, by geographic area, is as follows:   Estimated Delivery Date   Q1-2013  Q2-2013  Q3-2013  Q4-2013  TotalADRs                Canada    1  1  -  -  2 United States    1  1  1  1  4 International    -  -  -  2  2Total    2  2  1  3  8                Well Servicing                Canada    3  3  -  -  6 United States    -   -  -  -  - International    -  -  -   -  -Total     3  3  -  -  6OutlookRecently, there have been encouraging signs of improvement in the general global economic outlook.  The stimulus commitments by the European Central Bank and commitments to austerity appear to signal a recovery for the Eurozone, although at a very gradual pace.  Continued job growth and an early housing recovery are positive factors in the United States, subject to ongoing debates regarding budgetary policies in the President's second term of office.  Against this improving economic backdrop, global crude oil commodity prices remain firm, in part due to geopolitical tensions; however, widening regional crude oil price differentials between Brent and WTI for the United States and a further regional discount in Canada, produced drag on the industry.  Natural gas prices in North America have stabilized at low levels and prospects for recovery appear weak for the foreseeable future; given the abundance of shale resources, it remains to be seen when the balance of supply and demand for natural gas will equalize.Activity levels in the Company's Canadian operations trended down over the latter three quarters of 2012 compared to the prior year and increased competitive pressures are continuing to place downward pressure on activity and revenue rates.  The Company expects the coming year to present continuing challenges in sustaining current activity levels.  This condition will likely persist until regional deliverability discounts on crude oil netbacks are largely eliminated by new pipeline capacity.  Increases in demand and improvements in prices for natural gas are likely an eventual outcome, but game-changing technologies and anemic economic growth prospects will continue to delay recovery in this highly export-dependent market.In the United States, Company activity levels remained fairly consistent throughout the year in the face of softening industry demand in the latter half of the year.  The redirection of oilfield services equipment away from natural gas development to crude oil and liquids-rich plays added to the challenge of maintaining equipment utilization.  The coming year is expected to be a continuation of the current year, with stable activity in liquids and ongoing weakness in natural gas development.The Company's international operations exceeded expectations during the year, with operating days up eight percent and total annual revenues up 27 percent over the previous year.  In addition to a broad base of long-term contracts in most of the Company's operating regions, growth in international operations is expected to continue in 2013, as new opportunities are pursued and global demand for crude oil and natural gas increases in developing regions.Despite the headwinds encountered during 2012, the Company continued to successfully pursue its fleet expansion, modernization and redeployment program.  In addition, debt net of cash was reduced by $146.4 million year-over-year. This improving financial strength will position the Company well in pursuing its strategy of opportunistic growth in the coming year and beyond.Risks and UncertaintiesThis document contains forward-looking statements based upon current expectations that involve a number of business risks and uncertainties.  The factors that could cause results to differ materially include, but are not limited to, political and economic conditions, crude oil and natural gas prices, foreign currency fluctuations, weather conditions and the ability of oil and natural gas companies to raise capital or other unforeseen conditions which could impact on the use of the services supplied by the Company.Conference CallA conference call will be held to discuss the Company's year-end 2012 results at 2:00 p.m. MDT (4:00 p.m. EDT) on Monday, March 18, 2013.  The conference call number is (647) 427-7450 (in Toronto) or 1-888-231-8191 (outside Toronto).  A taped recording will be available until March 25, 2013 by dialing 1-416-849-0833 (in Toronto) or 1-855-859-2056 (outside Toronto) and entering the reservation number 20090003.  A live broadcast may be accessed through the Company's web site at www.ensignenergy.com.Ensign Energy Services Inc. is an international oilfield services contractor and is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the trading symbol ESI.  Ensign Energy Services Inc.     Consolidated Statements of Financial Position            As at    December 31   December 31  2012   2011(Unaudited, in thousands of Canadian dollars)              Assets     Current Assets      Cash and cash equivalents    $  33,208 $2,613 Accounts receivable       423,160  477,143 Inventories and other      76,345  81,978  532,713  561,734      Property and equipment       2,533,243  2,479,618Note receivable      5,021  6,761 $3,070,977 $3,048,113      Liabilities     Current Liabilities      Accounts payable and accruals   $244,612 $  289,541 Operating lines of credit      231,990  238,440 Income taxes payable       11,197  11,494 Dividends payable       16,853   16,087 Share-based compensation      14,200  16,405  518,852   571,967      Long-term debt       296,589    405,953Share-based compensation       4,119   5,304Deferred income taxes       393,459    341,467  1,213,019  1,324,691      Shareholders' Equity      Share capital       164,670  166,864 Contributed surplus       4,811    3,448 Foreign currency translation reserve       (16,007)  1,032 Retained earnings      1,704,484    1,552,078  1,857,958   1,723,422 $  3,070,977 $  3,048,113                          Ensign Energy Services Inc.        Consolidated Statements of Income         For the three months and year ended December 31                  (Unaudited, in thousands of Canadian dollars, except per share data)                   Three months ended  Year ended  December 31  December 31   December 31  December 31  2012  2011  2012  2011            Revenue  $530,106 $577,967  $2,197,321 $  1,890,372            Expenses            Oilfield services      384,553  411,040  1,555,509  1,322,926 Depreciation      54,029  57,540  220,227  177,927 General and administrative      21,638  20,878  80,837   70,258 Share-based compensation     (840)   8,132    (3,397)   6,555 Foreign exchange and other     653   (9,118)  6,446  (4,843)  460,033  488,472   1,859,622   1,572,823            Income before interest and income taxes    70,073  89,495  337,699  317,549            Interest income    139  136  504  647Interest expense     (3,862)  (4,071)  (18,666)   (6,586)            Income before income taxes    66,350   85,560  319,537   311,610            Income taxes            Current tax     4,172  12,985  45,189   26,882 Deferred tax     13,689  19,935  56,826  72,335  17,861  32,920  102,015  99,217            Net income  $  48,489 $  52,640 $ 217,522 $ 212,393                         Net income per share             Basic   $  0.32 $   0.34  $ 1.42  $  1.39 Diluted  $   0.32 $ 0.34  $ 1.42 $  1.39                  Ensign Energy Services Inc.        Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows        For the three months and year ended December 31                         (Unaudited, in thousands of Canadian dollars)                      Three months ended  Year ended  December 31  December 31   December 31  December 31  2012  2011  2012  2011Cash provided by (used in)                       Operating activities           Net income  $  48,489 $  52,640 $ 217,522 $ 212,393Items not affecting cash            Depreciation      54,029  57,540  220,227  177,927 Share-based compensation, net of cash paid    805  9,499  4,363  11,778 Accretion on long-term debt      76  851   1,579  1,154Deferred income tax      13,689  19,935  56,826  72,335Net change in non-cash working capital    18,164   (7,641)  25,038   (105,101)  135,252  132,824  525,555   370,486            Investing activities           Purchase of property and equipment     (80,329)  (134,209)    (306,689)   (386,833)Acquisition      -   -    -   (497,352)Net change in non-cash working capital    (23,392)  (14,892)  (15,040)  31,510  (103,721)   (149,101)  (321,729)   (852,675)            Financing activities           Net (decrease) increase in operating lines of credit    (30,586)   6,604  (1,398)  73,601Issue of senior unsecured notes      -    -    300,000   -(Repayment) issue of unsecured term loan    -   -    (403,279)  390,080Issue of capital stock      -  -    43  -Purchase of shares held in trust      (535)  (674)   (8,579)   (6,202)Deferred financing costs      -   -    (2,156)   (2,078)Dividends      (16,854)   (16,087)   (65,116)   (59,752)Net change in non-cash working capital    2,570   1,468  3,500  1,371  (45,405)   (8,689)  (176,985)  397,020            Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents  (13,874)  (24,966)  26,841   (85,169) Effects of foreign exchange on cash and cash equivalents      (2,057)   21,125   3,754   (1,738)            Cash and cash equivalents            Beginning of period      49,139  6,454   2,613  89,520 End of period    $ 33,208 $  2,613 $ 33,208 $  2,613              Supplemental information            Interest paid   $  6,840 $  3,295 $ 16,162 $  5,425 Income taxes paid (received)   $  8,572 $  (2,318) $ 45,486 $ 21,186                  SOURCE: Ensign Energy Services Inc.For further information: Glenn Dagenais, Executive Vice President Finance and Chief Financial Officer, (403) 262-1361.