Parker Drilling Reports Third Quarter 2011 Results

Company earns $0.18 per diluted share

Nov 03, 2011, 07:55 ET from Parker Drilling

HOUSTON, Nov. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Parker Drilling (NYSE-PKD), a drilling contractor and service provider, today reported results for the period ended September 30, 2011.  The Company's results for the 2011 third quarter included net income of $20.7 million or $0.18 per diluted share on revenues of $176.6 million, compared with net income of $0.5 million or $0.00 per diluted share on revenues of $172.0 million for the 2010 third quarter.  (Net income represents net income attributable to Parker Drilling Company).  Excluding the effects of non-routine items the Company reported net income of $21.7 million or $0.18 per diluted share compared with similarly adjusted 2010 third quarter net income of $1.1 million or $0.01 per diluted share.  Adjusted EBITDA, excluding non-routine items, was $70.5 million, compared with $36.2 million for the prior year's third quarter.

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"Our third quarter performance reflects the continued growth of North American rental tool demand, further strengthening of the Gulf of Mexico barge drilling market, developing improvements in some international areas and additional project management revenues," said Parker Drilling President and Chief Executive Officer, David Mannon.  "We achieved these results through our ongoing commitment to meet customers' growing need for drill pipe, to align our barge rig fleet availability with customers' drilling intentions, and to provide performance-oriented drilling solutions for selected international opportunities."

Third Quarter Highlights

  • Parker's Rental Tools segment continued to grow revenues and expand gross margin.  (Segment gross margins exclude depreciation and amortization expense).  Further investments in drill pipe inventory were made to meet continued strong customer demand.
  • The Company's U.S. barge drilling fleet realized increases in average dayrate and fleet utilization, compared with both the prior quarter and the prior year's third quarter.  
  • The International Drilling segment had two previously idle rigs begin operating during the quarter.  In addition, two idle rigs in Algeria received tender awards during the period.
  • Parker was awarded a three-year Operations and Maintenance (O&M) contract for the Talisman-owned Coral Sea heli-rig during the third quarter.  

"Our primary markets appear to have established some momentum.  Customer demand for drill pipe in the North American shale plays continues to grow, and our investment in inventory for this market is only beginning to catch up to demand.  We have continued interest from operators in securing shallow water Gulf of Mexico barge drilling rigs for multi-well programs, which has supported improved rig fleet utilization and dayrates.  In some international markets the increased tendering that occurred in prior periods has begun to lead to tender awards, though this is still somewhat tentative.  We are encouraged by the growing need for development of oil and gas properties in challenging environments which continues to expand the interest in fit-for-purpose drilling solutions. We believe Parker will continue to benefit from these trends as we deploy our operating strategy," commented Mannon.

Third Quarter Review

Parker's revenues for the 2011 third quarter were $176.6 million compared with 2010 third quarter revenues of $172.0 million.  The Company's 2011 third quarter gross margin, before depreciation and amortization expense, was $77.7 million compared with 2010 third quarter gross margin of $42.3 million, while gross margin as a percentage of revenues increased to 44.0 percent from 24.6 percent for the 2010 third quarter.  The 2011 third quarter results included the impact of $1.5 million, pre-tax, of non-routine expenses related to the ongoing U.S. regulatory investigations and Parker's internal review regarding possible violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and other laws.  These non-routine expenses reduced after-tax earnings by $1.0 million.  The results for the 2010 third quarter included non-routine, after-tax expenses of $0.6 million.  Details of the non-routine items are provided in the attached financial tables.

  • Rental Tools revenues increased 30 percent to $62.4 million from $48.1 million, segment gross margin rose to $43.7 million from $31.5 million, and segment gross margin as a percent of revenues rose to 70.1 percent from 65.5 percent.  Demand for drill pipe and related products for U.S. drilling applications, particularly from operators drilling shale plays, continued to expand.  In addition, the level of international and deepwater Gulf of Mexico placements has increased. Parker's Rental Tool segment continued to acquire tubular inventory during the quarter and to strategically position its products across its locations to efficiently serve its customers in the U.S. land and Gulf of Mexico markets.
  • U.S. Drilling revenues increased 94 percent to $28.9 million from $14.9 million, segment gross margin rose to $11.5 million from $1.6 million, and segment gross margin as a percent of revenues increased to 39.7 percent from 11.0 percent. Steady drilling activity in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico during the period led to better rig fleet utilization.  In addition, Parker's barge rig fleet achieved an increase in its average dayrate for the period.  For the quarter, the business had an average of 10.7 barge rigs employed, compared with an average of approximately 7.6 barge rigs employed in the 2010 third quarter.  The Company's barge rig fleet average dayrate was $28,200 for the 2011 third quarter and $20,000 for the 2010 third quarter.  
  • International Drilling revenues declined 4 percent to $51.4 million from $53.6 million for the prior year's third quarter, segment gross margin rose to $14.6 million compared with $2.3 million, and segment gross margin as a percent of revenues improved to 28.4 percent from 4.3 percent.  The decline in revenues reflects the impact of a lump-sum early termination payment included in the prior year's third quarter results.  Excluding this, revenues increased as higher average dayrates in each of the regions offset the effect of lower fleet utilization in the Americas and CIS/AME regions. Average rig fleet utilization for the 2011 third quarter was 46 percent, compared with 49 percent for the prior year's third quarter.  Three rigs located in the Asia Pacific region were removed from the active rig fleet at year-end 2010, reducing the region's fleet to five rigs and Parker's overall international fleet to 27 rigs. Adjusted for this change, the prior year's rig fleet utilization was 54 percent.  For the 2011 third quarter, the ten-rig Americas regional fleet operated at 73 percent average utilization, the eleven-rig CIS/AME regional fleet operated at 27 percent average utilization and the five-rig Asia Pacific regional fleet operated at 46 percent average utilization.  (Additional rig fleet information is available on Parker's website).
  • Project Management and Engineering Services revenues increased 23 percent to $34.0 million from $27.6 million for the prior year's third quarter.  Segment gross margin increased to $7.9 million from $7.2 million and segment gross margin as a percent of revenues declined to 23.3 percent from 26.2 percent.  The revenue increase was primarily from higher amounts of reimbursed expenses for the combined Sakhalin Island projects; new revenues from the Coral Sea Operations and Maintenance contract awarded to Parker earlier in 2011; and an increase in project engineering work for prospective customer programs.  
  • Construction Contract segment recorded no revenues or gross margin for the 2011 third quarter, compared with $27.8 million of revenues and a segment gross margin loss of $0.3 million in the prior year's third quarter.  The construction contract for the Liberty rig ended in the 2011 first quarter and project-related work since then has been included in the Project Management and Engineering Services segment.  

2011 Year-to-Date Summary

The Company's results for the first nine months of 2011 included net income of $39.7 million or $0.34 per diluted share on revenues of $505.6 million, compared with the prior year's first nine month net loss of $1.1 million or $0.01 per diluted share on revenues of $486.2 million.  Excluding the effects of non-routine items the Company reported adjusted net income of $42.8 million or $0.37 per diluted share compared with similarly adjusted 2010 year-to-date net income of $7.2 million or $0.06 per diluted share.  Adjusted EBITDA, excluding non-routine items, was $175.9 million for the first nine months of 2011 and $115.4 million for the same period of the prior year.

Results for the first nine months of 2011 included the impact of $4.7 million, pre-tax, of non-routine expenses related to the ongoing U.S. regulatory investigations and Parker's internal review regarding possible violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and other laws.  These non-routine expenses reduced after-tax earnings by $3.0 million or $0.03 per diluted share.  Earnings for the comparable period of 2010 included $8.2 million of after-tax expense, or $0.07 per diluted share, for non-routine items.  

Cash Flow and Capitalization

Capital expenditures were $44.7 million for the 2011 third quarter and $141.8 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2011.  Year-to-date capital expenditures included $69.0 million for the construction of Parker's two newbuild arctic land rigs for Alaska and $54.3 million for the purchase of tubular goods and other rental equipment.  

Conference Call

Parker Drilling has scheduled a conference call for 10:00 a.m. CDT (11:00 a.m. EDT) on Thursday, November 3, 2011, to discuss its reported results.  Those interested in listening to the call by telephone may do so by dialing (480) 629-9722.  The call can also be accessed through the Investor Relations section of the Company's website at http://www.parkerdrilling.com.  A replay of the call can be accessed on the Company's website for 12 months and will be available by telephone from Nov. 3 through Nov. 10 by dialing (303) 590-3030 and using the access code 4477680#.

Cautionary Statement

This press release contains certain statements that may be deemed to be "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.  All statements in this press release other than statements of historical facts that address activities, events or developments that the Company expects, projects, believes, or anticipates will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements.  These statements include, but are not limited to, statements about anticipated future financial or operational results; the outlook for rig utilization and dayrates; general industry conditions such as the demand for drilling and the factors affecting demand; competitive advantages such as technological innovation; future operating results of the Company's rigs, rental tools operations and projects under management; capital expenditures; expansion and growth opportunities; acquisitions or joint ventures; asset sales; successful negotiation and execution of contracts; scheduled delivery of drilling rigs for operation; the strengthening of the Company's financial position; increases in market share; outcomes of legal proceedings and investigations; compliance with credit facility and indenture covenants; and similar matters.  These statements are based on certain assumptions made by the Company based on management's experience and perception of historical trends, current conditions, anticipated future developments and other factors believed to be appropriate.  Although the Company believes that its expectations stated in this press release are based on reasonable assumptions, such statements are subject to a number of assumptions, risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the control of the Company, which may cause actual results to differ materially from those implied or expressed by the forward-looking statements.  These include risks relating to changes in worldwide economic and business conditions that could adversely affect market conditions, fluctuations in oil and natural gas prices that could reduce the demand for drilling services, changes in laws or government regulations that could adversely affect the cost of doing business, our ability to refinance our debt and other important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected as described in the Company's reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  See "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report filed on Form 10-K and other public filings and press releases. Each forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date of this press release and the Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Company Description

Parker Drilling (NYSE: PKD) provides high-performance contract drilling solutions, rental tools and project management services to the energy industry.  Parker's international fleet includes 25 land rigs and two offshore barge rigs, and its U.S. fleet includes 13 barge rigs in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.  The Company's rental tools business supplies premium equipment to operators on land and offshore in the U.S. and select international markets.  More information about Parker Drilling can be found at http://www.parkerdrilling.com.  Included in the Investor Relations section of the Company's website are operating status reports for Parker Drilling's Rental Tools segment and its international and U.S. rig fleets, updated monthly.

PARKER DRILLING COMPANY

Consolidated Condensed Balance Sheets

September 30, 2011

December 31, 2010

(Unaudited)

ASSETS

(Dollars in Thousands)

CURRENT ASSETS

Cash and Cash Equivalents

$                103,083

$                 51,431

Accounts and Notes Receivable, Net

176,564

168,876

Rig Materials and Supplies

28,521

25,527

Deferred Costs

4,377

2,229

Deferred Income Taxes

8,349

9,278

Assets held for sale

5,287

5,287

Other Current Assets

54,240

105,496

TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS

380,421

368,124

PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT, NET

872,366

816,147

OTHER ASSETS

Deferred Income Taxes

32,750

61,016

Other Assets

22,831

29,268

TOTAL OTHER ASSETS

55,581

90,284

TOTAL ASSETS

$             1,308,368

$            1,274,555

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

CURRENT LIABILITIES

Current  Portion of Long-Term Debt

$                144,224

$                 12,000

Accounts Payable and Accrued Liabilities

147,649

163,263

TOTAL CURRENT LIABILITIES

291,873

175,263

LONG-TERM DEBT

343,000

460,862

LONG-TERM DEFERRED TAX LIABILITY

8,605

20,171

OTHER LONG-TERM LIABILITIES

32,245

30,193

TOTAL CONTROLLING INTEREST IN STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

633,209

588,313

Noncontrolling interest

(564)

(247)

TOTAL EQUITY

632,645

588,066

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

$             1,308,368

$            1,274,555

Current Ratio

1.30

2.10

Total Debt as a  Percent of Capitalization

43%  

45%  

Book Value Per Common Share

$                      5.41

$                     5.05

PARKER DRILLING COMPANY

Consolidated Condensed Statements of Operations

(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended September 30,

Nine Months Ended September 30,

2011

2010

2011

2010

(Dollars in Thousands)

(Dollars in Thousands)

REVENUES:

International Drilling

$        51,352

$        53,614

$      136,107

$      170,421

U.S. Drilling

28,895

14,929

70,876

45,352

Rental Tools

62,388

48,114

173,197

123,288

Project Management and Engineering Services

33,954

27,599

115,762

78,403

Construction Contract

-

27,773

9,638

68,695

TOTAL REVENUES

176,589

172,029

505,580

486,159

OPERATING EXPENSES:

International Drilling

36,775

51,312

105,378

137,908

U.S. Drilling

17,429

13,287

48,307

39,801

Rental Tools

18,682

16,583

54,539

43,477

Project Management and Engineering Services

26,026

20,378

93,651

61,640

Construction Contract

-

28,122

8,867

69,362

Depreciation and Amortization

27,581

28,904

82,511

86,504

TOTAL OPERATING EXPENSES

126,493

158,586

393,253

438,692

TOTAL OPERATING GROSS MARGIN

50,096

13,443

112,327

47,467

General and Administrative Expense

(8,760)

(7,064)

(23,742)

(24,033)

Gain on Disposition of Assets, Net

623

1,176

1,993

3,560

TOTAL OPERATING INCOME

41,959

7,555

90,578

26,994

OTHER INCOME AND (EXPENSE):

Interest Expense

(5,591)

(6,391)

(17,208)

(20,509)

Gain/(Loss) on fair value of derivative positions

(49)

-

(186)

-

Interest Income

29

46

208

198

Loss on extinguishment of debt

-

-

-

(7,209)

Other Income (Expense)

(657)

68

(522)

325

TOTAL OTHER INCOME AND (EXPENSE)

(6,268)

(6,277)

(17,708)

(27,195)

INCOME (LOSS) BEFORE INCOME TAXES

35,691

1,278

72,870

(201)

INCOME TAX EXPENSE (BENEFIT)

Current

2,500

(3,104)

13,609

5,536

Deferred

12,542

3,890

19,736

(4,685)

TOTAL INCOME TAX EXPENSE (BENEFIT)

15,042

786

33,345

851

NET INCOME (LOSS)

20,649

492

39,525

(1,052)

Less: net loss attributable to noncontrolling interest

(76)

-

(202)

-

NET INCOME (LOSS) ATTRIBUTABLE TO CONTROLLING INTEREST

$        20,725

$             492

$        39,727

$        (1,052)

EARNINGS  PER SHARE - BASIC

Net Income (loss)

$            0.18

$            0.00

$            0.34

$          (0.01)

EARNINGS PER SHARE - DILUTED

Net Income (loss)

$            0.18

$            0.00

$            0.34

$          (0.01)

NUMBER OF COMMON SHARES USED IN COMPUTING EARNINGS PER SHARE

Basic

116,416,011

114,507,431

115,899,959

114,111,198

Diluted

117,425,764

116,235,867

116,912,367

114,111,198

PARKER DRILLING COMPANY

Selected Financial Data

(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended

September 30,

June 30,

2011

2010

2011

(Dollars in Thousands)

REVENUES:

International Drilling

$ 51,352

$ 53,614

$ 42,671

U.S. Drilling

28,895

14,929

26,060

Rental Tools

62,388

48,114

58,490

Project Management and Engineering Services

33,954

27,599

45,591

Construction Contract

-

27,773

-

 Total Revenues

176,589

172,029

172,812

OPERATING EXPENSES:

International Drilling

36,775

51,312

33,915

U.S. Drilling

17,429

13,287

16,859

Rental Tools

18,682

16,583

17,719

Project Management and Engineering Services

26,026

20,378

37,559

Construction Contract

-

28,122

(1,515)

 Total Operating Expenses

98,912

129,682

104,537

OPERATING GROSS MARGIN:

International Drilling

14,577

2,302

8,756

U.S. Drilling

11,466

1,642

9,201

Rental Tools

43,706

31,531

40,771

Project Management and Engineering Services

7,928

7,221

8,032

Construction Contract

-

(349)

1,515

Depreciation and Amortization

(27,581)

(28,904)

(27,332)

 Total Operating Gross Margin

50,096

13,443

40,943

General and Administrative Expense

(8,760)

(7,064)

(8,094)

Gain on Disposition of Assets, Net

623

1,176

366

TOTAL OPERATING INCOME

$ 41,959

$   7,555

$ 33,215

Marketable Rig Count Summary

As of September 30, 2011

Total

U.S. Gulf of Mexico Barge Rigs

Intermediate

4

Deep

9

Total U.S. Gulf of Mexico Barge Rigs

13

International Land and Barge Rigs

Asia Pacific

5

Americas

10

CIS/AME

11

Other

1

Total International Land and Barge Rigs

27

Total Marketable Rigs

40

PARKER DRILLING COMPANY

Adjusted EBITDA

(Dollars in Thousands)

Three Months Ended

September 30,

2011

June 30,

2011

March 31,

2011

December 31,

2010

September 30,

2010

Net Income (Loss) Attributable to Controlling Interest

$    20,725

$        14,173

$            4,827

$    (13,409)

$             492

 Adjustments:

Income Tax (Benefit) Expense

15,042

13,464

4,839

25,362

786

Total Other Income and Expense

6,268

5,636

5,803

6,196

6,277

Loss/(Gain) on Disposition of Assets, Net

(623)

(366)

(1,004)

(1,060)

(1,176)

Depreciation and Amortization

27,581

27,332

27,599

28,526

28,904

Provision for Reduction in Carrying Value of Certain Assets

-

-

-

1,952

-

Adjusted EBITDA

$    68,993

$        60,239

$          42,064

$     47,567

$        35,283

Adjustments:

    Non-routine Items

1,517

2,451

685

460

930

Adjusted EBITDA after Non-routine Items

$    70,510

$        62,690

$          42,749

$     48,027

$        36,213

PARKER DRILLING COMPANY

Reconciliation of Non-Routine Items *

(Unaudited)

(Dollars in Thousands, except Per Share)

Three Months Ending

Nine Months Ending

September 30, 2011

September 30, 2011

Net income attributable to controlling interest

$                   20,725 

$                       39,727 

Earnings per diluted share

$                       0.18 

$                           0.34 

Adjustments:

U.S. regulatory investigations / legal matters

1,517

4,654

          Total adjustments

$                     1,517

$                         4,654

Tax effect of non-routine adjustments

(531)

(1,629)

          Net non-routine adjustments

$                        986

$                         3,025

Adjusted net income attributable to controlling interest

$                   21,711

$                      42,752

Adjusted earnings per diluted share

$                       0.18

$                          0.37

Three Months Ending

Nine Months Ending

September 30, 2010

September 30, 2010

Net income (loss) attributable to controlling interest

$                        492

$                       (1,052)

Earnings per diluted share

$                       0.00

$                         (0.01)

Adjustments:

Extinguishment of debt

-

7,209

U.S. regulatory investigations / legal matters**

930

5,435

          Total adjustments

$                        930

$                      12,644

Tax effect of non-routine adjustments

(326)

(4,425)

          Net non-routine adjustments

$                        605

$                        8,219

Adjusted net income attributable to controlling interest

$                     1,097

$                        7,167

Adjusted earnings per diluted share

$                       0.01

$                          0.06

*

Adjusted net income, a non-GAAP financial measure, excludes items that management believes are of a non-routine nature and which detract from an understanding of normal operating performance and comparisons with other periods. Management also believes that results excluding these items are more comparable to estimates provided by securities analysts and used by them in evaluating the Company's performance.  

**

Amended to include comparable expenses in all periods.

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