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RPC, Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2012 Financial Results

ATLANTA, Oct. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- RPC, Inc. (NYSE: RES) today announced its unaudited results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2012.  RPC provides a broad range of specialized oilfield services and equipment 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 September 30, 2012, revenues decreased 5.9 percent to $472.4 million compared to $502.2 million in the third quarter last year.  Revenues decreased compared to the prior year due primarily to lower pricing and utilization in many of our service lines, partially offset by a slight increase in our fleet of revenue-producing equipment. Operating profit for the quarter was $102.4 million compared to $134.5 million in the prior year, a decrease of 23.9 percent.  Net income for the quarter was $66.0 million, or $0.30 diluted earnings per share, compared to $83.1 million or $0.38 diluted earnings per share last year.  Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) decreased by 12.5 percent to $157.6 million compared to $180.0 million in the prior year. [1]

Cost of revenues was $271.4 million, or 57.4 percent of revenues, during the third quarter of 2012, compared to $279.9 million, or 55.7 percent of revenues, in the prior year.  Cost of revenues decreased due to the variable nature of these expenses and slightly lower revenues.  Cost of revenues as a percentage of revenues increased during the quarter due to lower pricing for our services and inefficiencies resulting from lower utilization of our equipment and personnel. These inefficiencies were partially offset by favorable variances in the costs of materials and supplies used in providing our services due to changes in job mix. 

Selling, general and administrative expenses were $43.0 million in the third quarter of 2012, a 15.7 percent increase compared to $37.2 million in the prior year.  As a percentage of revenues, these costs increased to 9.1 percent in 2012 compared to 7.4 percent last year.  This percentage increase was primarily due to increases in headcount relating to support staff as well as the relatively fixed nature of these expenses during the short term. Depreciation and amortization increased by 16.4 percent to $54.1 million during the quarter compared to $46.5 million last year due to assets that have been placed in service during the previous 12 months. 

Interest expense decreased from $887 thousand last year to $441 thousand in 2012 due primarily to a lower average balance on RPC's syndicated credit facility, as well as slightly lower interest rates in the third quarter compared to the prior year.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2012, revenues increased 11.2 percent to $1.5 billion compared to $1.3 billion last year.  Net income was $219.1 million, or $1.01 earnings per diluted share, compared to $221.8 million or $1.01 earnings per diluted share last year.

"During the third quarter of 2012, RPC experienced a sluggish operating environment characterized by increasing competitive pressures as we moved and attempted to improve utilization of equipment fleets to increasingly competitive oil-directed basins," stated Richard A. Hubbell, RPC's President and Chief Executive Officer.  "While overall activity levels were relatively flat, we encountered accelerating weakness in dry gas basins in which we operate.  The average U.S. domestic rig count during the third quarter was 1,906, a 2.2 percent decrease compared to the same period in 2011, and a 3.2 percent decrease compared to the second quarter of this year.  The average price of natural gas was $2.87 per Mcf, a 29.5 percent decrease compared to the prior year, but a 25.3 percent increase compared to the second quarter.  Although the price of natural gas increased during the quarter, it remains below customers' required minimum prices in the more service-intensive natural gas basins.  The average price of oil was $92.81 per barrel, a 5.1 percent increase compared to the prior year, and unchanged from the second quarter of 2012.  The percentage of U.S. domestic drilling activity targeted to oil production continues to increase, and represented 74.3 percent of U.S. domestic drilling activity during the third quarter of 2012.  RPC's revenues decreased at a greater rate than the domestic rig count due to lower utilization and pricing in our pressure pumping, coiled tubing and rental tools service lines, partially offset by revenues generated by larger fleets of pressure pumping and coiled tubing equipment. 

"We continue to work to optimize the utilization of our equipment fleets to obtain the highest financial returns possible in a difficult operating environment.  At the beginning of the fourth quarter, we have a minimal amount of additional revenue-producing equipment to be delivered.  At the end of the third quarter, the balance on our syndicated credit facility was $83.7 million.  This balance declined by $78.3 million compared to the end of the second quarter due to profitable operations, lower working capital requirements, and moderating capital expenditures.  Our capital expenditures of $69.6 million were lower than the second quarter, and reflect our earlier decision to curtail our growth capital expenditures.  Our debt to total capitalization ratio at the end of the quarter was 8.4 percent, the lowest it has been during the time we have utilized a syndicated credit facility," concluded Hubbell. 

[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.

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 6.0 percent for the quarter compared to the prior year due primarily to lower pricing for our services and lower equipment utilization within this segment, partially offset by increased activity from a larger fleet of revenue-producing equipment.  Support Services revenues decreased by 5.7 percent during the quarter compared to the prior year due principally to lower activity levels and pricing within rental tools, the largest service line within this segment. Operating profit in Technical Services declined primarily due to lower revenues, resulting from lower pricing and lower personnel and equipment utilization within this segment.  Operating profit in Support Services declined due to lower revenues in rental tools, resulting from lower pricing and utilization in this service line.

 



Three Months Ended
September 30


Nine Months Ended
September 30



2012


2011


2012


2011



(in thousands)

Revenues:









    Technical services

$

436,056

$

463,685

$

1,359,220

$

1,219,823

    Support services


36,362


38,550


115,861


107,202

Total revenues

$

472,418

$

502,235

$

1,475,081

$

1,327,025

Operating Profit:









    Technical services

$

98,708

$

127,877

$

334,610

$

337,302

    Support services


10,004


14,121


36,532


37,210

    Corporate expenses


(4,793)


(3,365)


(13,200)


(11,775)

    Loss on disposition of assets, net


1,551


4,179


4,859


2,690

Total operating profit

$

102,368

$

134,454

$

353,083

$

360,047

Other Income/(Expense), net


1,104


(906)


1,144


(582)

Interest Expense


(441)


(887)


(1,687)


(2,964)

Interest Income


16


9


25


16










Income before income taxes

$

103,047

$

132,670

$

352,565

$

356,517










RPC, Inc. will hold a conference call today, October 24, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. ET to discuss third quarter results.  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) 438-5491 or (719) 325-2472 and using the access code #5873544.  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 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 statements regarding our efforts to optimize the utilization of our equipment fleets to obtain the highest possible financial returns. 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, 2011.

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

 

RPC INCORPORATED AND SUBSIDIARIES





























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



Periods ended September 30, (Unaudited)

Third Quarter




Nine Months





2012


2011

%
BETTER (WORSE)



2012


2011

% BETTER (WORSE)


REVENUES

$

472,418

$

502,235

(5.9)

%


$

1,475,081

$

1,327,025

11.2

%

COSTS AND EXPENSES:














Cost of revenues


271,401


279,936

3.0




826,479


724,179

(14.1)


Selling, general and administrative expenses


43,016


37,190

(15.7)




131,058


109,203

(20.0)


Depreciation and amortization


54,082


46,476

(16.4)




159,602


130,906

(21.9)


Loss on disposition of assets, net


1,551


4,179

62.9




4,859


2,690

(80.6)


Operating profit


102,368


134,454

(23.9)




353,083


360,047

(1.9)


Interest expense


(441)


(887)

50.3




(1,687)


(2,964)

43.1


Interest income


16


9

77.8




25


16

56.3


Other income (expense), net


1,104


(906)

N/M




1,144


(582)

N/M


Income before income taxes


103,047


132,670

(22.3)




352,565


356,517

(1.1)


Income tax provision


37,007


49,559

25.3




133,510


134,717

0.9


NET INCOME

$

66,040

$

83,111

(20.5)

%


$

219,055

$

221,800

(1.2)

%





























EARNINGS PER SHARE














    Basic

$

0.31

$

0.38

(18.4)

%


$

1.02

$

1.02

0.0

%

    Diluted

$

0.30

$

0.38

(21.1)

%


$

1.01

$

1.01

0.0

%















AVERAGE SHARES OUTSTANDING














    Basic


215,151


217,910





215,211


217,752



    Diluted


216,645


220,299





216,819


220,433


















 

 

RPC INCORPORATED AND SUBSIDIARIES












CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS






At September 30, (Unaudited)


(In thousands)



2012



2011

ASSETS






Cash and cash equivalents

$

11,142


$

6,970

Accounts receivable, net


378,156



437,257

Inventories


142,558



93,136

Deferred income taxes


6,357



8,037

Income taxes receivable


3,103



2,374

Prepaid expenses


5,125



3,758

Other current assets


11,063



13,761

Total current assets


557,504



565,293

Property, plant and equipment, net


760,114



612,724

Goodwill


24,093



24,093

Other assets


16,435



11,921

Total assets

$

1,358,146


$

1,214,031







LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY






Accounts payable

$

114,094


$

139,508

Accrued payroll and related expenses


33,444



28,078

Accrued insurance expenses


6,353



6,041

Accrued state, local and other taxes


11,315



6,139

Income taxes payable


1,553



3,985

Other accrued expenses


202



1,324

Total current liabilities


166,961



185,075

Long-term accrued insurance expenses


10,791



8,889

Notes payable to banks


83,700



140,800

Long-term pension liabilities


22,573



18,431

Other long-term liabilities


3,545



2,926

Deferred income taxes


162,623



139,082

Total liabilities


450,193



495,203

Common stock


21,972



22,247

Capital in excess of par value


-



-

Retained earnings


898,232



706,121

Accumulated other comprehensive loss


(12,251)



(9,540)

Total stockholders' equity


907,953



718,828

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

1,358,146


$

1,214,031







 

 
















Periods ended September 30, (Unaudited)


Third Quarter

 

%

BETTER




Nine Months

 

%

 BETTER




2012


2011

(WORSE)




2012


2011

(WORSE)


Reconciliation of Net Income to EBITDA














Net Income

$

66,040

$

83,111

(20.5)

%


$

219,055

$

221,800

(1.2)

%

Add:














Income tax provision


37,007


49,559

25.3




133,510


134,717

0.9


Interest expense


441


887

50.3




1,687


2,964

43.1


Depreciation and amortization


54,082


46,476

(16.4)




159,602


130,906

(21.9)


Less:














Interest income


16


9

77.8




25


16

56.3


EBITDA

$

157,554

$

180,024

(12.5)

%


$

513,829

$

490,371

4.8

%















EBITDA PER SHARE














Basic

$

0.73

$

0.83

(12.0)

%


$

2.39

$

2.25

6.2

%

Diluted

$

0.73

$

0.82

(11.0)

%


$

2.37

$

2.22

6.8

%















SOURCE RPC, Inc.



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