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Helix Reports Third Quarter 2012 Results

Helix Energy Solutions Group, Inc. (NYSE: HLX) reported net income of $14.9 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2012 compared with net income of $46.0 million, or $0.43 per diluted share, for the same period in 2011, and net income of $44.6 million, or $0.42 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2012. The net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 was $125.2 million, or $1.18 per diluted share, compared with net income of $113.2 million, or $1.06 per diluted share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2011.

Third quarter 2012 results were impacted by the following items:

  • Subsea construction vessel, Intrepid, was sold in September for $14.5 million resulting in a pre-tax loss of $12.9 million.
  • Impaired certain held-for-sale well intervention assets in Australia in September resulting in a pre-tax charge of $4.4 million.
  • Incurred $6.0 million pre-tax of additional abandonment costs associated with the final decommissioning of the Camelot oil and gas property located offshore in the UK.
  • Production shut-in totaling approximately 130 thousand barrels of oil equivalent (MBoe) as a result of Hurricane Isaac (approximately $7.5 million pre-tax).

The above four items resulted in an after-tax impact of $0.21 per share.

On October 15, 2012, Helix entered into an agreement to sell the pipelay vessels, Caesar and Express, and related equipment to Coastal Trade Limited for a total of $238.3 million. The sale of these assets is expected to close in two stages as each vessel completes its existing contractual backlog. The Express closing is expected to occur in February 2013 and the Caesar closing is expected to occur in July 2013. Helix received a $50 million deposit in connection with this transaction which is only refundable in limited circumstances. In the fourth quarter of 2012, we expect to take a pre-tax impairment charge of approximately $160 million, or approximately $100 million after tax, related to the Caesar and related equipment. In the first quarter of 2013, we expect to record a pre-tax gain of approximately $14 million, or approximately $9 million after tax, related to the sale of the Express. The closing of this transaction is subject to customary closing conditions.

Owen Kratz, President and Chief Executive Officer of Helix, stated, “Our well intervention and robotics businesses continue to perform at a high level and the outlook remains robust. Customer interest for well intervention services is very strong. We are focused on building on our solid foundation for these two business lines, thus the strategic decision to sell our pipelay fleet.”

             

Summary of Results

(in thousands, except per share amounts and percentages, unaudited)

 

Quarter Ended

Nine Months Ended

September 30

June 30

September 30

2012

2011

2012

2012

2011

Revenues $ 336,234 $ 372,496 $ 347,394 $ 1,091,555 $ 1,002,422
 
Gross Profit (Loss):
Operating $ 100,752 $ 126,200 $ 115,849 $ 379,065 $ 334,480
30 % 34 % 33 % 35 % 33 %
Contracting Services

Impairments (1)

(4,422 ) -- (14,590 ) (19,012 ) --
Oil and Gas

Impairments (2)

-- -- -- -- (11,573 )
ARO Overruns / Increases (3) (9,950 ) (2,357 ) (6,942 ) (16,892 ) (13,505 )
Exploration Expense (4)   (623 )   (1,548 )   (1,092 )   (2,469 )   (9,833 )
Total $ 85,757 $ 122,295 $ 93,225 $ 340,692 $ 299,569
 
Net Income Applicable to Common Shareholders (5) $ 14,865 $ 46,016 $ 44,641 $ 125,233 $ 113,186
 
Diluted Earnings Per Share $ 0.14 $ 0.43 $ 0.42 $ 1.18 $ 1.06
 
Adjusted EBITDAX (6) $ 127,434 $ 178,002 $ 151,526 $ 487,601 $ 503,061

Note: Footnotes appear at end of press release.

             

Segment Information, Operational and Financial Highlights

(in thousands, unaudited)

 

Three Months Ended

September 30,

June 30,

2012

2011

2012

Revenues:

 

Contracting Services $ 221,491 $ 229,967 $ 209,557
Production Facilities 20,024 19,986 19,963
Oil and Gas 119,124 159,218 149,933
Intercompany Eliminations   (24,405 )   (36,675 )   (32,059 )
Total $ 336,234   $ 372,496   $ 347,394  
 

Income (Loss) from Operations:

Contracting Services $ 50,367 $ 47,363 $ 33,813
Production Facilities 10,180 10,983 9,882
Oil and Gas 25,540 52,527 58,407
Loss on sale of asset (1) (12,933 ) -- --
Hedge Ineffectiveness and Non-Hedge

Gain on Commodity Derivative Contracts

(9,427 ) -- 10,069
Contracting Services Impairments (2) (4,422 ) -- (14,590 )
ARO Overruns / Increases (3) (9,950 ) (2,357 ) (6,942 )
Exploration Expense (623 ) (1,548 ) (1,092 )
Corporate (13,396 ) (6,227 ) (11,158 )
Intercompany Eliminations   39     (528 )   98  
Total $ 35,375   $ 100,213   $ 78,487  
Equity in Earnings of Equity Investments $ 1,392   $ 4,906   $ 5,748  

Note: Footnotes appear at end of press release.

Contracting Services

  • Well Intervention revenues increased in the third quarter of 2012 due to 100% utilization of both the Q4000 and the Seawell. In addition, the Well Enhancer was in regulatory drydock a total of 52 days in the third quarter of 2012. The drydock was completed in early October and the Well Enhancer returned to service. Vessel utilization in the North Sea was 72% in the third quarter of 2012 compared to 78% in the second quarter of 2012. Vessel utilization in the Gulf of Mexico ( Q4000) was 100% in the third quarter of 2012 compared to 45% in the second quarter of 2012 due to the extended regulatory dry dock of the vessel in the second quarter. On a combined basis, vessel utilization increased to 81% in the third quarter of 2012 compared to 67% in the second quarter of 2012.
  • Revenues in our Robotics business unit increased in the third quarter of 2012, compared to the second quarter of 2012, as a result of increased vessel days for spot vessels utilized in the quarter. Two additional ROVs were added to the fleet in order to support continued robust activity levels. Vessel utilization for the third quarter of 2012 was 98%, compared to 92% in the second quarter of 2012.
  • Subsea Construction revenues decreased in the third quarter of 2012 compared to the second quarter of 2012 primarily due to the Express working on a lower day rate project in the North Sea for most of the third quarter of 2012. On a combined basis, Subsea Construction vessel utilization increased to 93% (excluding the Intrepid) in the third quarter of 2012 from 73% (including the Intrepid) in the second quarter of 2012. Second quarter 2012 utilization impacted by the Intrepid being idle for most of the quarter. The Caesar worked the entire third quarter of 2012 offshore Mexico on an accommodations project.

Oil and Gas

  • Oil and Gas revenues decreased in the third quarter of 2012 compared to the second quarter of 2012 primarily due to both decreased production and lower realized prices.
  • Our production was interrupted for approximately 10 days in August for Hurricane Isaac, resulting in approximately 130 MBoe of deferred production. Production in the third quarter of 2012 totaled 1.5 million barrels of oil equivalent (MMboe) compared to 1.7 MMboe in the second quarter of 2012.
  • The average price realized for oil, including the effects of settled oil hedge contracts, totaled $98.57 per barrel in the third quarter of 2012 compared to $107.51 per barrel in the second quarter of 2012. For natural gas and natural gas liquids, including the effect of settled natural gas hedge contracts, we realized $5.69 per thousand cubic feet of gas equivalent (Mcfe) in the third quarter of 2012 compared to $5.76 per Mcfe in the second quarter of 2012.
  • Our fourth quarter oil and gas production has averaged approximately 14.0 thousand barrels of oil equivalent per day (Mboe/d) through October 21, 2012, compared to an average of 16.0 Mboe/d in the third quarter of 2012.
  • We currently have oil and gas hedge contracts in place for 1.2 MMBoe (0.8 million barrels of oil and 2.7 Bcf of gas) for the remainder of 2012 and 3.7 MMBoe (2.7 million barrels of oil and 6.0 Bcf of gas) for 2013.

Other Expenses

  • Selling, general and administrative expenses were 8.3% of revenue in the third quarter of 2012, 7.1% in the second quarter of 2012 and 5.9% in the third quarter of 2011. The increase in the third quarter of 2012 is due primarily to office closure-related costs in Holland and Australia.
  • Net interest expense and other decreased to $16.1 million in the third quarter of 2012 from $20.3 million in the second quarter of 2012. Net interest expense decreased slightly to $18.2 million in the third quarter of 2012 compared with $18.6 million in the second quarter of 2012. We realized foreign currency gains of $2.1 million in the third quarter of 2012 compared to a loss of $1.7 million in the second quarter of 2012.

Financial Condition and Liquidity

  • Consolidated net debt at September 30, 2012 increased to $589 million from $531 million as of June 30, 2012. The increase was primarily due to utilizing $85 million of cash to purchase the Helix 534 (formerly the Discoverer 534) from Transocean in August. Our total liquidity at September 30, 2012 was approximately $1.0 billion, consisting of cash on hand of $584 million and revolver availability of $456 million. Net debt to book capitalization as of September 30, 2012 was 27%. (Net debt to book capitalization is a non-GAAP measure. See reconciliation attached hereto.)
  • We incurred capital expenditures (including capitalized interest) totaling $157 million in the third quarter of 2012, compared to $76 million in the second quarter of 2012 and $65 million in the third quarter of 2011.

Footnotes to “Summary of Results”:

              (1)   Third quarter 2012 asset impairment charge of $4.4 million associated with certain held-for-sale well intervention assets in Australia. Second quarter 2012 asset impairment charge related to decision to “cold stack” the Subsea Construction vessel, Intrepid, which was subsequently sold in the third quarter of 2012. Impairment charge reduced vessel’s book value to its then estimated fair value.
(2) Nine month 2011 oil and gas impairments of $11.6 million were primarily associated with five of our Gulf of Mexico oil and gas properties. The impairment charges primarily reflect a premature end of these fields’ production lives either through actual depletion or as a result of capital allocation decisions affecting third party operated fields.
(3) Third quarter 2012 decommissioning overruns (ARO increases) of $3.9 million and $6.0 million related to GOM properties and our only non-domestic oil and gas property located in the North Sea, respectively. Second quarter 2012 decommissioning overruns (ARO increases) related to our only non-domestic oil and gas property located in the North Sea.
(4) Nine month 2011 included $6.6 million of exploration costs associated with an offshore lease expiration.
(5) Included impact of $12.9 million pre-tax loss ($8.4 million after-tax) on sale of the Intrepid in the third quarter of 2012.
(6) Non-GAAP measure. See reconciliation attached hereto.

Footnotes to “Segment Information, Operational and Financial Highlights”:

              (1)   Subsea construction vessel, Intrepid, sold in September resulting in pre-tax loss on disposal of $12.9 million.
(2)

Third quarter 2012 asset impairment charge of $4.4 million associated with certain held-for-sale well intervention assets in Australia. Second quarter 2012 asset impairment charge related to decision to “cold stack” the Subsea Construction vessel, Intrepid, which was subsequently sold in the third quarter of 2012. Impairment charge reduced vessel’s book value to its then estimated fair value.

(3) Third quarter 2012 decommissioning overruns (ARO increases) of $3.9 million and $6.0 million related to GOM properties and our only non-domestic oil and gas property in the North Sea, respectively. Second quarter 2012 decommissioning overruns (ARO increases) related to our only non-domestic oil and gas property located in the North Sea.
 

Conference Call Information

Further details are provided in the presentation for Helix’s quarterly conference call to review its third quarter 2012 results (see the “Investor Relations” page of Helix’s website, www.HelixESG.com). The call, scheduled for 9:00 a.m. Central Daylight Time on Tuesday, October 23, 2012, will be audio webcast live from the “Investor Relations” page of Helix’s website. Investors and other interested parties wishing to listen to the conference via telephone may join the call by dialing 888-550-1479 for persons in the United States and +1-954-357-2908 for international participants. The passcode is "Tripodo". A replay of the conference will be available under "Investor Relations" by selecting the "Audio Archives" link from the same page beginning approximately two hours after the completion of the conference call.

Helix Energy Solutions Group, headquartered in Houston, Texas, is an international offshore energy company that provides development solutions and other key life of field services to the open energy market as well as to our own oil and gas business unit.

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