Newpark Resources Reports Net Income of $0.22 per Diluted Share for the Fourth Quarter 2011 Company announces share repurchase program

THE WOODLANDS, Texas, Feb. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Newpark Resources, Inc. (NYSE: NR) today announced results for its fourth quarter ended December 31, 2011.  Total revenues were $263.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2011 compared to $261.2 million for the third quarter of 2011 and $194.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2010.  Net income for the fourth quarter of 2011 was $21.9 million, or $0.22 per diluted share, compared to net income for the third quarter of 2011 of $23.0 million, or $0.23 per diluted share, and net income for the fourth quarter of 2010 of $14.8 million, or $0.15 per diluted share.  

For the full year 2011, total revenues were $958.2 million compared to $716.0 million for 2010.  Net income for 2011 was $80.0 million, or $0.80 per diluted share, compared to net income of $41.6 million, or $0.46 per diluted share, in 2010.

The fourth quarter 2011 results included a $1.6 million ($1.1 million after-tax) increase in spending for supplemental resources, employee training, and I.T. system support, following an October 2011 ERP system conversion in the U.S. operations, along with a $0.7 million ($0.5 million after-tax) non-cash charge for the write-off of an abandoned disposal well in the Environmental Services segment.  In addition, the full year 2011 tax rate declined to 35.0%, resulting in a 30.4% tax rate for the fourth quarter of 2011.

Paul Howes, Newpark's President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "We are pleased to report a solid fourth quarter and record results for 2011. Growth in our Fluids Systems and Engineering segment was driven by an exceptionally strong performance in our Canadian operations, reflecting continued market share gains, and a seasonal increase in market activity.  Meanwhile, our Evolution™ drilling fluid system continues to gain traction, with revenues increasing to $22 million from $17 million in the prior quarter.  In the Mats & Integrated Services segment, we completed the re-deployment of our U.S. mat rental fleet during the fourth quarter, which provides greater diversification within this business.  

"Looking at our full year results, we achieved record levels in terms of total revenues, operating income and earnings per share.  We are extremely pleased with our 2011 accomplishments, which reflect the hard work and dedication of our employees," concluded Howes.

SEGMENT RESULTS

The Fluids Systems and Engineering segment generated revenues of $221.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2011 compared to $216.2 million in the third quarter of 2011 and $162.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2010.  North American revenues increased 4% sequentially in the fourth quarter of 2011, driven by a 75% improvement in Canada, while U.S. revenues were down 3%, primarily due to softness in the Company's completion services and equipment rental business.  Compared to the fourth quarter of 2010, North American revenues increased 52%.  International revenues decreased by 2% sequentially, but increased 5% from the fourth quarter of 2010. Segment operating income was $25.0 million (11.3% margin) in the fourth quarter of 2011, which included the elevated costs associated with the ERP system conversion described above, compared to $25.6 million (11.9% margin) in the third quarter of 2011 and $16.8 million (10.3% margin) in the fourth quarter of 2010.

The Mats and Integrated Services segment generated revenues of $29.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2011 compared to $30.2 million in the third quarter of 2011 and $20.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2010.  The 3% sequential decrease in revenues was driven by a $2.3 million decline in composite mat sales, after achieving a record sales level in the third quarter.  Revenues from mat rentals and related services increased by $1.5 million sequentially, as a $4.0 million decline in rental revenues in the Northeast, was more than offset by increased mat rentals and service revenues in other regions.  Compared to the fourth quarter of 2010, segment revenues were up 43%.  Segment operating income was $11.7 million (39.7% margin) in the fourth quarter of 2011 compared to operating income of $14.5 million (48.1% margin) in the third quarter of 2011 and $10.3 million (50.2% margin) in the fourth quarter of 2010.  

The Environmental Services segment generated revenues of $13.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2011 compared to $14.9 million in the third quarter of 2011 and $11.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2010.  The third quarter of 2011 benefitted from $2.2 million of revenues from a few large disposal projects, contributing to the sequential decrease in revenues.  Compared to the fourth quarter of 2010, segment revenues were up 17%.  Segment operating income was $2.4 million (18.1% margin) in the fourth quarter of 2011, which included a $0.7 million non-cash charge for the abandonment of a disposal well asset, compared to operating income of $5.0 million (33.4 % margin) in the third quarter of 2011 and $2.6 million (23.4% margin) in the fourth quarter of 2010.

BALANCE SHEET AND LIQUIDITY

Cash balances declined by $37.7 million during the fourth quarter of 2011, while borrowings under Newpark's revolving credit facility increased by $17.0 million.  The drawdown of cash and borrowing was required to fund an increase in receivables during the quarter, including a $40 million increase resulting from the fourth quarter ERP system conversion described above.  Following the system conversion, inherent process inefficiencies associated with the change in systems and business processes resulted in a short-term slow-down in customer invoicing, resulting in the elevated receivables balance as of December 31, 2011.

SHARE REPURCHASE PROGRAM

The Company announced that the Board of Directors has approved a share repurchase program that authorizes the Company to purchase up to $50 million of its outstanding shares of Newpark common stock.  These purchases will be funded with a combination of cash generated from operations and borrowings under the Company's revolving credit facility, and the repurchase program has no specific term.  The Company may repurchase shares in the open market or as otherwise determined by management, subject to market conditions, business opportunities and other factors.  The Company's management has been authorized to establish trading plans under Rule 10b5-1 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, which the Company intends to establish as soon as practicable, as part of the share repurchase program.  

CONFERENCE CALL

Newpark has scheduled a conference call to discuss fourth quarter 2011 results, which will be broadcast live over the Internet, on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time / 9:00 a.m. Central Time.  To participate in the call, dial 480-629-9771 and ask for the Newpark Resources conference call at least 10 minutes prior to the start time, or access it live over the Internet at www.newpark.com.  For those who cannot listen to the live call, a replay will be available through February 24, 2012 and may be accessed by dialing (303) 590-3030 and using pass code 4503222#.  Also, an archive of the webcast will be available shortly after the call at www.newpark.com for 90 days.

Newpark Resources, Inc. is a worldwide provider of drilling fluids, temporary worksites and access roads for oilfield and other commercial markets, and environmental waste treatment solutions.  For more information, visit our website at www.newpark.com.

This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act that are based on management's current expectations, estimates and projections. All statements that address expectations or projections about the future, including Newpark's strategy for growth, product development, market position, expected expenditures and financial results are forward-looking statements. Some of the forward-looking statements may be identified by words like "expects," "anticipates," "plans," "intends," "projects," "indicates," and similar expressions. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Many factors, including those discussed more fully elsewhere in this release and in documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission by Newpark, particularly its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010, as well as others, could cause results to differ materially from those stated. These risk factors include, but are not limited to, our ability to successfully integrate the business acquired from Rheochem and to realize the anticipated benefits from the acquisition, the impact of restrictions on offshore drilling activity in the Gulf of Mexico, our customer concentration and cyclical nature of our industry, the availability of raw materials and skilled personnel, our market competition, the cost and continued availability of borrowed funds, our international operations, legal and regulatory matters, including environmental regulations, inherent limitations in insurance coverage, potential impairments of long-lived intangible assets, technological developments in our industry, and the impact of severe weather, particularly in the U.S. Gulf Coast.  Newpark's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission can be obtained at no charge at www.sec.gov, as well as through our website at www.newpark.com.

Contacts:

Gregg Piontek, VP & CFO


Newpark Resources, Inc.


281-362-6800




Ken Dennard, Managing Partner


Karen Roan, SVP


Dennard Rupp Gray & Lascar, LLC


713-529-6600



Newpark Resources, Inc.











Consolidated Statements of Operations








(unaudited)


Three Months Ended


Year Ended



December 31,


September 30,


December 31,


December 31,


December 31,



2011


2011


2010


2011


2010












Revenues


$        263,514


$           261,193


$        194,526


$        958,180


$        715,954












Cost of revenues


204,991


201,272


152,879


744,176


576,920

Selling, general and administrative expenses


23,902


20,802


16,722


81,672


64,157

Other operating income, net


580


(60)


58


(432)


(3,127)












Operating income (loss)


34,041


39,179


24,867


132,764


78,004












Foreign currency exchange loss (gain)


182


485


(494)


522


(1,134)

Interest expense, net


2,405


2,464


2,613


9,226


10,267












Income from operations before income taxes


31,454


36,230


22,748


123,016


68,871

Provision for income taxes


9,568


13,233


7,978


42,999


27,245












Net income (loss)


$          21,886


$             22,997


$          14,770


$          80,017


$          41,626























Income (loss) per common share -basic:


$              0.24


$                 0.25


$              0.16


$              0.89


$              0.47

Income (loss) per common share -diluted:


$              0.22


$                 0.23


$              0.15


$              0.80


$              0.46












Calculation of Diluted EPS:











Net income


$          21,886


$             22,997


$          14,770


$          80,017


$          41,626

Assumed conversion of Senior Notes


1,356


1,236


1,223


4,969


1,138

Adjusted net income


$          23,242


$             24,233


$          15,993


$          84,986


$          42,764












Weighted average number of common shares outstanding-basic


90,454


90,212


89,594


90,022


89,103

Add:  Dilutive effect of  stock options and











          restricted stock awards


1,026


1,025


730


965


790

          Dilutive effect of Senior Notes


15,682


15,682


15,170


15,682


3,824












Diluted weighted average number of common shares outstanding


107,162


106,919


105,494


106,669


93,717












Income per common share - diluted


$              0.22


$                 0.23


$              0.15


$              0.80


$              0.46



Newpark Resources, Inc.







Operating Segment Results























(Unaudited)


Three Months Ended




December 31,


September 30,


December 31,

(In thousands)


2011


2011


2010









Revenues








Fluids systems and engineering


$        221,125


$           216,160


$        162,811


Mats and integrated services


29,376


30,179


20,610


Environmental services


13,013


14,854


11,105


Total revenues


$        263,514


$           261,193


$        194,526









Operating income (loss)








Fluids systems and engineering


$          25,044


$             25,648


$          16,811


Mats and integrated services


11,655


14,509


10,342


Environmental services


2,351

(1)

4,958


2,600


Corporate office


(5,009)


(5,936)


(4,886)


Total operating income


$          34,041


$             39,179


$          24,867









Segment operating margin








Fluids systems and engineering


11.3%


11.9%


10.3%


Mats and integrated services


39.7%


48.1%


50.2%


Environmental services


18.1%


33.4%


23.4%











(1)  Includes $0.7 million non-cash charge for the abandonment of disposal well asset.



Newpark Resources, Inc.




Consolidated Balance Sheets










(Unaudited)







December 31,


December 31,

(In thousands, except share data)

2011


2010







ASSETS





Cash and cash equivalents

$          25,247


$          83,010


Receivables, net

328,590


196,799


Inventories

175,929


123,028


Deferred tax asset

13,224


27,654


Prepaid expenses and other current assets

10,828


10,036



Total current assets

553,818


440,527








Property, plant and equipment, net

231,055


212,655


Goodwill

71,970


62,307


Other intangible assets, net

20,850


13,072


Other assets

9,144


8,781



Total assets

$        886,837


$        737,342







LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY





Short-term debt

$            2,232


$            1,606


Accounts payable

97,168


66,316


Accrued liabilities

47,443


43,234



Total current liabilities

146,843


111,156








Long-term debt, less current portion

189,876


172,987


Deferred tax liability

46,844


31,549


Other noncurrent liabilities

5,428


4,303



Total liabilities

388,991


319,995








Common stock, $0.01 par value, 200,000,000 shares authorized






and 94,497,526 and 93,143,102 shares issued, respectively

945


931


Paid-in capital

477,204


468,503


Accumulated other comprehensive income

789


8,581


Retained earnings (deficit)

34,983


(45,034)


Treasury stock, at cost; 2,803,987 and 2,766,912 shares, respectively

(16,075)


(15,634)



Total stockholders’ equity

497,846


417,347


Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$        886,837


$        737,342



Newpark Resources, Inc.




Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows








(Unaudited)




(In thousands)

2011


2010

Cash flows from operating activities:




Net income

$  80,017


$  41,626

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operations:




Impairment charges

-


225

Depreciation and amortization

28,971


27,010

Stock-based compensation expense

4,535


3,876

Provision for deferred income taxes

26,623


18,030

Net provision for doubtful accounts

2,400


478

Loss (gain) on sale of assets

630


(257)

Change in assets and liabilities:




Increase in receivables

(135,303)


(75,829)

Increase in inventories

(48,129)


(8,085)

(Increase) decrease in other assets

(434)


1,898

Increase in accounts payable

30,425


2,810

(Decrease) increase in accrued liabilities and other

(3,293)


19,694

Net cash (used in) provided by operating activities

(13,558)


31,476





Cash flows from investing activities:




Capital expenditures

(36,897)


(12,134)

Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment

522


1,585

Business acquisition, net of cash acquired

(26,775)


-

Net cash used in investing activities

(63,150)


(10,549)





Cash flows from financing activities:




Borrowings on lines of credit

27,619


141,497

Payments on lines of credit

(9,951)


(231,613)

Principal payments on notes payable and long-term debt

(219)


(30,457)

Proceeds from senior notes, net of offering costs

-


167,756

Proceeds from employee stock plans

3,588


3,591

Post-closing payment for business acquisition

(2,055)


-

Purchase of treasury stock

(644)


(153)

Net cash provided by financing activities

18,338


50,621





Effect of exchange rate changes on cash

607


(72)





Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents

(57,763)


71,476

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year

83,010


11,534





Cash and cash equivalents at end of year

$  25,247


$  83,010



SOURCE Newpark Resources, Inc.



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