RPC, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter and Record 2011 Financial Results -- Revenues Increased by 47.1 Percent Compared to the Fourth Quarter of 2010

-- Net Income Increased by 34.5 Percent Compared to the Fourth Quarter of 2010

-- Diluted EPS Increased to $0.51 Compared to $0.38 in the Fourth Quarter 2010

-- Three-for-two stock split effective March 9, 2012

-- 20.0 Percent Increase in Quarterly Cash Dividend to $0.12 per Share (based on pre-split shares)

ATLANTA, Jan. 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- RPC, Inc. (NYSE: RES) today announced its unaudited results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2011.  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 December 31, 2011, revenues increased 47.1 percent to $482,782,000 compared to $328,144,000 in the fourth quarter last year.  Revenues improved due to an increase in the fleet of revenue-producing equipment in several service lines, improved utilization across most of our service lines, and improved pricing.  Operating profit for the quarter was $122,034,000 compared to $89,798,000 in the prior year. Net income for the quarter was $74,581,000 or $0.51 diluted earnings per share ($0.34 adjusted for the three-for-two split), compared to $55,471,000 or $0.38 diluted earnings per share last year ($0.25 adjusted for the three-for-two split).  Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) increased by 37.2 percent to $171,784,000 compared to $125,169,000 in the prior year.(1)

Cost of revenues was $268,525,000, or 55.6 percent of revenues, during the fourth quarter of 2011, compared to $174,477,000, or 53.2 percent of revenues, in the prior year.  Cost of revenues increased due to the variable nature of many of these expenses.  Cost of revenues as a percentage of revenues also increased during the quarter due to increases in employment costs and higher raw materials costs.  

Selling, general and administrative expenses were $42,083,000 in the fourth quarter of 2011, a 33.9 percent increase compared to $31,429,000 in the prior year.  This increase was primarily due to increases in total employment costs consistent with improved operating results. As a percentage of revenues, however, these costs decreased to 8.7 percent in 2011 compared to 9.6 percent last year due to the fixed nature of many of these expenses and our ability to leverage these costs over higher revenues.  Depreciation and amortization increased by 41.5 percent to $48,999,000 during the quarter compared to $34,624,000 last year due to assets that have been placed in service during the last twelve months, but decreased as a percentage of revenues from 10.6 percent in the fourth quarter of 2010 to 10.1 percent this year.

Interest expense decreased from $912,000 last year to $489,000 in 2011 due to lower interest rates on RPC's revolving credit facility, partially offset by a higher average balance on the facility.

For the twelve months ended December 31, 2011, revenues increased 65.1 percent to $1,809,807,000 compared to $1,096,384,000 last year.  Net income was $296,381,000 or $2.02 earnings per diluted share ($1.35 adjusted for the three-for-two split), compared to net income of $146,742,000 or $1.00 earnings per diluted share last year ($0.67 adjusted for the three-for-two split).  EBITDA increased from $373,508,000 in 2010 to $662,155,000 in 2011.(1)

RPC also announced that its Board of Directors has approved a three-for-two split of the Company's outstanding common shares.  The split will be effected by issuing an additional share of common stock for every two shares of common stock held.  The additional shares of common stock will be distributed on March 9, 2012 to holders of record at the close of business on February 10, 2012.  No fractional shares will be issued.  Fractional share amounts resulting from the split will be paid to stockholders in cash.  

"RPC is pleased to report continued year-over-year growth during the fourth quarter of 2011," stated Richard A. Hubbell, RPC's President and Chief Executive Officer.  "The average U.S. domestic rig count during the fourth quarter was 2,010, an 18.9 percent increase compared to the same period in 2010.  The average price of natural gas was $3.23 per Mcf, a decrease of 14.6 percent compared to the prior year, while the average price of oil was $94.55 per barrel, a 10.7 percent increase compared to the prior year.  Our revenue and earnings grew at a greater rate than the changes in these industry indicators because of an increased capacity of revenue-producing equipment, higher equipment utilization, and strong pricing compared to the fourth quarter of 2010.  We continued to benefit from an increasing horizontal and directional drilling rig count, because these activities require more of our services, and the continued shift in drilling activity to more liquids-rich basins, which provide additional customer opportunities to us.  During the quarter we invested approximately $111 million in new equipment and capitalized maintenance.  The balance on our revolving credit facility increased by $62.5 million compared to the end of the third quarter of 2011 due to the timing of our capital expenditures and changes in working capital requirements.  However, accounts receivable collections and other working capital items improved significantly during the beginning of the first quarter of 2012, thus reducing most of the increase in the balance on our credit facility that occurred late in the fourth quarter of 2011.  While we continued to achieve leverage on costs which are relatively fixed in nature, the high demand for skilled labor and raw materials increased those costs significantly.  These increases resulted in lower operating margins in the fourth quarter of 2011 compared to the fourth quarter of 2010.  

"Compared to the third quarter of 2011, RPC's consolidated revenues decreased by 3.9 percent during the fourth quarter of 2011.  The factors contributing to this sequential decline included longer than normal holiday breaks among several large customers, activity deferrals due to various raw material shortages, and customer delays resulting from the transition between large projects.  While some of these factors are believed to be transitory, several of these issues, such as procurement of raw materials, remain challenging.  As we begin the first quarter of 2012, we note that the average U.S. domestic rig count during the fourth quarter increased by a relatively low 3.1 percent compared to the third quarter of this year, and the average price of natural gas decreased by 20.6 percent.  We are concerned about these trends, and are monitoring the natural gas-focused basins in which we operate for signs of slowing customer activity and the impact on pricing for our services.

"Our Board approved a three-for-two stock split at its regular quarterly meeting, the sixth in our history.  Also, our Board voted to increase our dividend by 20 percent, from $0.10 to $0.12 per share.  This dividend will be paid on pre-split shares.  These decisions are responses to record 2011 financial results, a strong balance sheet, and our long-term confidence in our business," 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 increased 50.6 percent for the quarter compared to the prior year due to an increase in the fleet of revenue-producing equipment and higher activity levels from customer commitments, as well as improved pricing in all of the service lines within this segment.  Support Services revenues increased by 16.5 percent during the quarter compared to the prior year due principally to improved pricing in the rental tool service line, which is the largest service line within this segment. Operating profit in both Technical and Support Services improved due to higher revenues, improved pricing, and cost leverage.



Three Months Ended December 31


Twelve Months Ended December 31



2011


2010


2011


2010



(in thousands)

Revenues:









  Technical services

$

443,970

$

294,843

$

1,663,793

$

979,834

  Support services


38,812


33,301


146,014


116,550

Total revenues

$

482,782

$

328,144

$

1,809,807

$

1,096,384

Operating Profit:









  Technical services

$

113,957

$

80,618

$

451,259

$

217,144

  Support services


14,462


10,522


51,672


31,086

  Corporate expenses


(5,244)


(3,526)


(17,019)


(13,143)

  (Loss)/Gain on disposition of assets, net


(1,141)


2,184


(3,831)


3,758

Total operating profit

$

122,034

$

89,798

$

482,081

$

238,845

Other Income, net


751


747


169


1,303

Interest Expense


(489)


(912)


(3,453)


(2,662)










Interest Income


2


0


18


46










Income before income taxes

$

122,298

$

89,633

$

478,815

$

237,532



RPC, Inc. will hold a conference call today, January 25, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. ET to discuss the results of the fourth quarter.  Interested parties may listen in by accessing a live webcast in the investor relations section of RPC, Inc.’s Web site at www.rpc.net.  The live conference call can also be accessed by calling (877) 719-9789 or (719) 325-4784 and using the access code #1148479.  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 Web site (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 Web site 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. Such forward-looking statements include and our concern about the trends related to average U.S. domestic rig count and the average price of natural gas during the fourth quarter, and the effect of these trends on customer activity and pricing for our services. 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; and risks of international operations. 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, 2010.

For information about RPC, Inc., please contact:

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

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

(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.

RPC INCORPORATED AND SUBSIDIARIES




















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












Periods ended December 31, (Unaudited)


Fourth Quarter


Twelve Months




2011




2010



% BETTER (WORSE)




2011




2010



% BETTER (WORSE)


REVENUES


$

482,782


$

328,144


47.1

%


$

1,809,807


$

1,096,384


65.1

%

COSTS AND EXPENSES:



















Cost of revenues



268,525



174,477


(53.9)




992,704



606,098


(63.8)


Selling, general and administrative expenses



42,083



31,429


(33.9)




151,286



121,839


(24.2)


Depreciation and amortization



48,999



34,624


(41.5)




179,905



133,360


(34.9)


Loss (gain) on disposition of assets, net



1,141



(2,184)


N/M




3,831



(3,758)


N/M


Operating profit



122,034



89,798


35.9




482,081



238,845


101.8


Interest expense



(489)



(912)


46.4




(3,453)



(2,662)


(29.7)


Interest income



2



-


N/M




18



46


(60.9)


Other income, net



751



747


0.5




169



1,303


(87.0)


Income before income taxes



122,298



89,633


36.4




478,815



237,532


101.6


Income tax provision



47,717



34,162


(39.7)




182,434



90,790


(100.9)


NET INCOME


$

74,581


$

55,471


34.5

%


$

296,381


$

146,742


102.0

%







































EARNINGS PER SHARE



















  Basic


$

0.51


$

0.38


34.2

%


$

2.04


$

1.01


102.0

%

  Diluted


$

0.51


$

0.38


34.2

%


$

2.02


$

1.00


102.0

%




















AVERAGE SHARES OUTSTANDING



















    Basic



144,995



145,111






145,122



144,989




    Diluted



146,434



146,689






146,833



146,537























ADJUSTED FOR THE THREE-FOR-TWO STOCK SPLIT EFFECTIVE MARCH 9, 2012




















EARNINGS PER SHARE



















  Basic


$

0.34


$

0.25


36.0

%


$

1.36


$

0.67


103.0

%

  Diluted


$

0.34


$

0.25


36.0

%


$

1.35


$

0.67


101.5

%




















AVERAGE SHARES OUTSTANDING



















    Basic



217,493



217,666






217,683



217,484




    Diluted



219,651



220,034






220,250



219,805






RPC INCORPORATED AND SUBSIDIARIES












CONSOLIDATED BALANCE  SHEETS






At December 31, (Unaudited)


(In thousands)



2011



2010

ASSETS






Cash and cash equivalents

$

7,393


$

9,035

Accounts receivable, net


461,272



294,002

Inventories


100,438



64,059

Deferred income taxes


7,183



7,426

Income taxes receivable


10,805



17,251

Prepaid expenses


8,478



5,695

Other current assets


30,986



1,210

 Total current assets


626,555



398,678

Property, plant and equipment, net


675,360



453,017

Goodwill


24,093



24,093

Other assets


12,203



12,083

 Total assets

$

1,338,211


$

887,871







LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY






Accounts payable

$

122,987


$

78,743

Accrued payroll and related expenses


33,680



23,881

Accrued insurance expenses


5,744



5,141

Accrued state, local and other taxes


5,066



2,988

Income taxes payable


10,705



5,788

Other accrued expenses


1,284



963

 Total current liabilities


179,466



117,504

Long-term accrued insurance expenses


9,000



8,489

Notes payable to banks


203,300



121,250

Long-term pension liabilities


24,445



18,397

Other long-term liabilities


3,480



2,448

Deferred income taxes


155,928



80,888

 Total liabilities


575,619



348,976

Common stock


14,746



14,818

Capital in excess of par value


-



6,460

Retained earnings


760,492



527,150

Accumulated other comprehensive loss


(12,646)



(9,533)

 Total stockholders' equity


762,592



538,895

 Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

1,338,211


$

887,871



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 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 Web site, which can be found on the Internet at www.rpc.net.

Periods ended December 31, (Unaudited)



Fourth Quarter 

%




Twelve Months

%





2011



2010


BETTER (WORSE)




2011



2010


BETTER (WORSE)





















Reconciliation of Net Income to EBITDA



















Net Income


$

74,581


$

55,471


34.5

%


$

296,381


$

146,742


102.0

%

Add:



















    Income tax provision



47,717



34,162


(39.7)




182,434



90,790


(100.9)


    Interest expense



489



912


46.4




3,453



2,662


(29.7)


    Depreciation and amortization



48,999



34,624


(41.5)




179,905



133,360


(34.9)


Less:



















    Interest income



2



-


N/M




18



46


(60.9)


EBITDA


$

171,784


$

125,169


37.2

%


$

662,155


$

373,508


77.3

%




















EBITDA PER SHARE



















    Basic


$

1.18


$

0.86


37.2

%


$

4.56


$

2.58


76.7

%

    Diluted


$

1.17


$

0.85


37.6

%


$

4.51


$

2.55


76.9

%




















EBITDA PER SHARE ADJUSTED FOR THE THREE-FOR-TWO STOCK SPLIT EFFECTIVE MARCH 9, 2012

    Basic


$

0.79


$

0.58


36.2

%


$

3.04


$

1.72


76.7

%

    Diluted


$

0.78


$

0.57


36.8

%


$

3.01


$

1.70


77.1

%



SOURCE RPC, Inc.



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