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Forum Energy Technologies Announces Fourth Quarter And Full Year 2012 Earnings

Review and Outlook

Cris Gaut, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Forum, remarked, "Forum had a successful year during 2012. We delivered record annual revenue with each of our six product lines increasing revenue. We completed our IPO and concurrent private placement in April 2012, and closed four acquisitions in the fourth quarter 2012.

"We are not satisfied, however, with our performance during the fourth quarter 2012. A significant factor was the declining U.S. rig count during the period. The latter part of the fourth quarter was particularly challenging as customers significantly reduced spending on consumable products and delayed delivery of capital equipment orders. As a result, we had manufacturing inefficiencies and under absorbed costs, which depressed margins.

"In 2013, we anticipate sequential quarterly revenue and margin improvement in both of our segments, as most of our product lines are seeing improved demand. Our Drilling product line, however, is expected to face continued demand softness until the North America rig count improves. Forum expects diluted earnings per share for the full year 2013 of $1.80 to $1.90, and the first quarter 2013 of $0.31 to $0.35.

"We are pleased to welcome the employees of Dynacon, Inc. and Merrimac Manufacturing, Inc., our two most recent acquisitions, to Forum."

Recent Acquisitions

  • Dynacon, the leading provider of launch and recovery systems used for deployment of remotely operated vehicles and high quality, specialized cable and umbilical handling equipment for all segments of the marine industry.
  • Merrimac, a manufacturer of premium consumable parts for drilling, well servicing and pressure pumping applications, including mud pump parts, power swivel parts and valves and seats for hydraulic fracturing pumps.

Conference Call Information

Forum's conference call is scheduled for February 15, 2013 at 9:00 AM CST. During the call, the company intends to discuss fourth quarter 2012 results. To access the call, please call the conference call operator at 888-680-0890 within North America, or 617-213-4857 outside of North America. The access code is 36484946. The call will also be broadcast through the Investor Relations link on Forum's website at Participants are encouraged to log in to the webcast or dial in to the conference call approximately ten minutes prior to the start time. A replay of the call will be available for 30 days and may be accessed by dialing 888-286-8010 within North America, or 617-801-6888 outside of North America. The access code is 17205120.

Forum Energy Technologies, Inc., headquartered in Houston, TX, is a global provider of manufactured technologies and applied products to the energy industry. Forum's over 3,400 employees provide the products and technologies essential to solving the increasingly complex challenges of the energy industry. For more information, please visit .

Forward Looking Statements and Other Legal Disclosure

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. All statements, other than statements of historical facts, included in this press release that address activities, events or developments that the company expects, believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, forward-looking statements contained in this press release specifically include the expectations of plans, strategies, objectives and anticipated financial and operating results of the company, including any statement about the company's future financial position, liquidity and capital resources, operations, performance, acquisitions, returns, capital expenditure budgets, new product development activities, costs and other guidance included in this press release.

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