Forbes Energy Services Reports Selected Operating Data for February 2011

Rig hours up 22% year-over-year

Truck hours up 15% year-over-year

Mar 09, 2011, 06:00 ET from Forbes Energy Services Ltd.

ALICE, Texas, March 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Forbes Energy Services Ltd. (TSX: FRB) today announced its rig and trucking hours for the month of February 2011.



For the month ending



February 28, 2011


January 31, 2011


February 28, 2010

Working days

20


21


20

Rig hours







U.S.

25,857


29,633


20,305


Mexico

5,736


5,856


5,688


Total rig hours

31,593


35,489


25,993








Truck hours

94,286


102,907


82,319



John Crisp, Forbes Energy Services' President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "Although the unusually severe weather conditions in February negatively impacted our U.S. operations during the first part of the month, we continue to experience strong demand for our services.  While this demand creates labor cost pressures, we anticipate that moderate price increases will allow us to continue to improve our margins through 2011."

U.S. rigs generally work all weekdays except holidays.  Mexico rigs generally work every day except holidays.  Trucks generally operate every day except Sundays and holidays.   Rig and truck hours represent actual hours billed to customers.

Forbes Energy Services cautions that several factors other than those discussed above may impact the Company's operating results and that a particular trend regarding the factors above may or may not be indicative of the Company's current or future financial performance.

Forbes Energy Services Ltd. is an independent oilfield services contractor that provides a broad range of drilling-related and production-related services to oil and natural gas companies, primarily onshore in Texas, Mississippi, Pennsylvania and Mexico.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains "forward-looking statements," as contemplated by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, in which the Company discusses factors it believes may affect its performance in the future. The accuracy of the Company's assumptions, expectations, beliefs and projections depend on events or conditions that change over time and are thus susceptible to change based on actual experience, new developments and known and unknown risks. The Company gives no assurance that the forward-looking statements will prove to be correct and does not undertake any duty to update them. The Company's actual future results might differ from the forward-looking statements made in this press release for a variety of reasons, which include: supply and for oilfield services and the level of oil and natural gas prices; the continued uncertainty in the global financial markets and its effect on domestic spending in the oil and natural gas industry; the Company's ability to maintain or improve pricing on its core services; the potential for excess capacity in the industry; competition and the ability to obtain additional cash resources through a financing or other permitted transaction. Should one or more of the foregoing risks or uncertainties materialize, or should the Company's underlying assumptions prove incorrect, the Company's actual results may vary materially from those anticipated in its forward-looking statements, and the Company's business, financial condition and results of operations could be materially and adversely affected.   Additional factors that you should consider are set forth in detail in the Risk Factors section of the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2009 (the "Form 10-K") as well as other filings the Company has made with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Contacts:

Forbes Energy Services Ltd.


L. Melvin Cooper, SVP & CFO


361-664-0549




DRG&L  


Ken Dennard, Managing Partner


Ben Burnham, AVP


713-529-6600



SOURCE Forbes Energy Services Ltd.