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RPC, Inc. Reports First Quarter 2013 Financial Results

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

RPC, Inc. Reports First Quarter 2013 Financial Results

07:15 EDT Wednesday, April 24, 2013

ATLANTA, April 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- RPC, Inc. (NYSE: RES) today announced its unaudited results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2013.  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 March 31, 2013, revenues decreased 15.3 percent to $425.8 million compared to $502.6 million in the first quarter of last year.  Revenues decreased compared to the prior year due to competitive pricing and lower activity levels in many of our service lines.  Operating profit for the quarter was $57.2 million compared to operating profit of $130.9 million in the prior year.  Net income was $35.1 million or $0.16 diluted earnings per share, compared to $80.8 million or $0.37 diluted earnings per share last year.  Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) decreased by 39.7 percent to $110.6 million compared to $183.3 million in the prior year. [1]

Cost of revenues was $268.2 million, or 63.0 percent of revenues, during the first quarter of 2013, compared to $273.8 million, or 54.5 percent of revenues, in the prior year.  Cost of revenues decreased due to the variable nature of these expenses.  However, cost of revenues increased as a percentage of revenues due to increasingly competitive pricing for our services, coupled with continued relatively high activity levels.

Selling, general and administrative expenses were $44.9 million in the first quarters of both 2013 and 2012. As a percentage of revenues, however, these costs increased to 10.5 percent in 2013 compared to 8.9 percent last year due to the relatively fixed nature of many of these expenses over the short term.  Depreciation and amortization increased only slightly to $52.8 million during the quarter compared to $51.6 million last year.

Interest expense decreased from $596,000 last year to $340,000 in 2013 due to a lower average balance during the quarter on RPC's syndicated revolving credit facility as compared to the prior year.

"During the first quarter of 2013, RPC faced increasingly competitive pricing pressures in all of our markets," stated Richard A. Hubbell, RPC's President and Chief Executive Officer. "Competition remains fierce, as additional competitors continue to negatively impact the market rates for our services.  Most of the contractual arrangements in our pressure pumping service line expired during 2012, and we now operate the majority of our fleets in the spot market. In the current operating environment, this change has resulted in lower utilization and pricing.  The average U.S. domestic rig count during the first quarter was 1,758, an 11.7 percent decrease compared to the same period in 2012 and a 2.8 percent decrease compared to the fourth quarter of 2012.  The average price of natural gas was $3.50 per Mcf, a 45.2 percent increase compared to the prior year, and a 4.2 percent increase compared to the fourth quarter of 2012.  The average price of oil during the quarter was $94.40 per barrel, an 8.3 percent decrease compared to the prior year.  However, the average price of oil increased 7.2 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2012.  The average price of benchmark natural gas liquids was $0.87 during the first quarter of 2013, a 31.3 percent decrease compared to the first quarter of 2012, and a 3.3 percent decrease compared to the fourth quarter of 2012.  The unconventional rig count, which remains an important indicator of the demand for RPC's services, decreased by 5.2 percent compared to the prior year, and during the first quarter of 2013 represented 74.9 percent of U.S. domestic drilling activity.  RPC's revenues declined more than the decline in domestic rig count compared to both the prior quarter and the prior year due to our increased exposure to spot market pricing and our significant exposure to the pressure pumping market, which has endured more pricing weakness than many other service lines.

"RPC's quality and safety standards mandate that we continue to serve our customers with well-maintained fleets of equipment, highly trained crews, and quality materials.  In spite of the pricing and competitive environment in this part of the current oilfield cycle, we have chosen not to compromise these standards.  We did not relocate any equipment fleets during the first quarter, and are satisfied with the geographic distribution of our equipment and personnel at this time.  We are encouraged by our large presence in markets with growing horizontal and directional drilling, because these activities are characterized by complex completions, requiring more equipment and time to perform.

"During the first quarter, we invested $53.0 million in capitalized maintenance and new equipment, a decline of $68.4 million compared to the first quarter of 2012.  We continue to maintain our fleet of revenue-producing equipment to very high standards, but our planned capital expenditures for new equipment in 2013 are lower than in 2012.  The balance on our syndicated credit facility at the end of the quarter was $87.6 million, a decline of $19.4 million compared to the end of 2012 and a decline of $93.2 million compared to the first quarter of 2012," concluded Hubbell. 

Summary of Segment Operating Performance

RPC's business segments are 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, coiled tubing, hydraulic workover services, nitrogen, downhole tools, surface pressure control equipment, well control, and fishing tool operations.

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 drill pipe and related tools, pipe handling, inspection and storage services and oilfield training services.

Technical Services revenues decreased 14.6 percent for the quarter compared to the prior year due to increasingly competitive pricing and lower activity levels.  Support Services revenues decreased by 22.5 percent during the quarter compared to the prior year due principally to lower utilization and pricing in the rental tool service line, which is the largest service line within this segment. Operating profit in both Technical and Support Services declined due to lower revenues caused primarily by more competitive pricing for our services.


[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.

 

(in thousands)

Three Months Ended March 31

2013

2012

Revenues:

   Technical services

$

394,011

$

461,521

   Support services

31,810

41,036

Total revenues

$

425,821

$

502,557

Operating Profit:

   Technical services

$

58,501

$

123,531

   Support services

6,258

13,985

   Corporate expenses

(4,900)

(5,255)

   Loss on disposition of assets, net

(2,640)

(1,404)

Total operating profit

$

57,219

$

130,857

Other Income, net

555

920

Interest Expense

(340)

(596)

Interest Income

5

5

Income before income taxes

$

57,439

$

131,186

RPC, Inc. will hold a conference call today, April 24, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. ET to discuss the results of the first 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) 556-4997 or (719) 457-2664 and using the access code #1464470.  For those not able to attend the live conference call, a replay of the conference call will be available in the investor relations section of RPC, Inc.'s website (www.rpc.net) 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.

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.  In particular, such statements include, without limitation, the impact of the expiration of contractual arrangements in our pressure pumping service line during 2012; our exposure to spot market pricing in our pressure pumping service line; the appropriateness of the geographic distribution of our equipment and personnel; and our belief that our capital expenditures for new equipment in 2013 will be lower than in 2012.  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; 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 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 possibility that the recent growth in 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-producing regions of the world, which could impact drilling activity; adverse weather conditions in oil or 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, 2012.

For information about RPC, Inc., please contact:

Ben M. PalmerChief Financial Officer(404) 321-2140irdept@rpc.net

Jim LandersVice President, Corporate Finance(404) 321-2162jlanders@rpc.net

 

RPC INCORPORATED AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS  (In thousands except per share data)

Periods ended March 31, (Unaudited)

First Quarter

2013

2012

% BETTER(WORSE)

REVENUES

$

425,821

$

502,557

(15.3)

%

COSTS AND EXPENSES:

Cost of revenues

268,227

273,799

2.0

Selling, general and administrative expenses

44,914

44,927

0.0

Depreciation and amortization

52,821

51,570

(2.4)

Loss on disposition of assets, net

2,640

1,404

(88.0)

Operating profit 

57,219

130,857

(56.3)

Interest expense

(340)

(596)

43.0

Interest income

5

5

0.0

Other income, net

555

920

(39.7)

Income before income taxes

57,439

131,186

(56.2)

Income tax provision 

22,363

50,431

55.7

NET INCOME 

$

35,076

$

80,755

(56.6)

%

EARNINGS PER SHARE 

   Basic

$

0.16

$

0.37

(56.8)

%

   Diluted

$

0.16

$

0.37

(56.8)

%

AVERAGE SHARES OUTSTANDING

     Basic 

216,194

215,620

     Diluted 

217,525

217,350

 

RPC INCORPORATED AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE  SHEETS

At March 31, (Unaudited)

(In thousands)

2013

2012

ASSETS

Cash and cash equivalents

$

10,283

$

5,734

Accounts receivable, net

375,126

425,766

Inventories

132,682

111,813

Deferred income taxes

5,952

10,035

Income taxes receivable

11,996

561

Prepaid expenses 

10,516

7,325

Other current assets

4,110

30,393

  Total current assets

550,665

591,627

Property, plant and equipment, net

758,587

736,888

Goodwill 

24,093

24,093

Other assets

19,231

16,399

  Total assets

$

1,352,576

$

1,369,007

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

Accounts payable

$

122,797

$

132,383

Accrued payroll and related expenses

24,976

26,751

Accrued insurance expenses

6,404

6,138

Accrued state, local and other taxes

5,026

5,701

Income taxes payable

777

35,403

Other accrued expenses

1,397

384

  Total current liabilities

161,377

206,760

Long-term accrued insurance expenses

10,714

9,254

Notes payable to banks

87,600

180,800

Long-term pension liabilities

27,798

22,418

Other long-term liabilities

2,388

1,938

Deferred income taxes

150,210

147,439

  Total liabilities

440,087

568,609

Common stock 

22,056

21,949

Capital in excess of par value

-

-

Retained earnings

904,860

790,893

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(14,427)

(12,444)

  Total stockholders' equity

912,489

800,398

  Total liabilities and stockholders' equity 

$

1,352,576

$

1,369,007

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 March 31, (Unaudited)

First Quarter

% BETTER (WORSE)

2013

2012

Reconciliation of Net Income to EBITDA

Net Income

$

35,076

$

80,755

(56.6)

%

Add:

Income tax provision

22,363

50,431

55.7

Interest expense

340

596

43.0

Depreciation and amortization

52,821

51,570

(2.4)

Less:

Interest income

5

5

0.0

EBITDA

$

110,595

$

183,347

(39.7)

%

EBITDA PER SHARE

Basic

$

0.51

$

0.85

(40.0)

%

Diluted

$

0.51

$

0.84

(39.3)

%

SOURCE RPC, Inc.

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