Kirby Corporation (KEX) Q2 2012 Earnings Call July 26, 2012 11:00 AM ET Executives Stephen Holcomb – VP, IR Joe Pyne – Chairman and CEO Greg Binion – President and COO David Grzebinski – EVP and CFO Analysts Jon Chappell – Evercore Partners Jack Atkins – Stephens Alex Brand – SunTrust Anthony Segoya – Credit Suisse John Barnes – RBC Capital Ken Hoexter – Merrill Lynch Kevin Sterling – BB&T Capital Markets Jimmy Gilbert – Iberia Capital Chaz Jones – Wunderlich David Beard – Iberia Steve O’Hara – Sidoti Presentation Operator
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Joe PyneThank you, Stephen and good morning. Our second quarter earnings of $0.85 per share came in at the high end of our revised $0.80 to $0.85 per share guidance range. With respect to our Inland Tank Barge business it continued to perform well and operating results were above the 2011 second quarter results despite some temporarily lower petrochemical volumes from one major customer principally due to plant maintenance outages as well as low water levels on the Mississippi river which led to light loading tank barges since mid-May and throughout June. Our legacy Diesel Engine Service Marine business operating results were also above the 2011 second quarter results principally due to improvements in the Gulf of Mexico oil service market. Demand for our coastal tank barge equipment was about as expected except for the New York Harbor market which was a little softer. Higher maintenance and repair related issues and lower revenues caused by delays, plants and shipyards addressing this maintenance negatively impacted the second quarter. For our land-based diesel engine service market with the current low price of natural gas the incentive to drill for natural gas has been sharply curtailed. But the incentive to find crude oil remains positive. As a result orders for manufacturing frac spreads have been curtailed but demand for remanufacturing existing equipment has improved. I’ll come back at the end of our prepared remarks and talk about the third quarter and the full year outlook. I’m now going to turn the call over to Greg Binion who will discuss our Inland Tank Barge and Diesel Engine Service markets. And then to David who will discuss the Coastal Tank Barge market and give you our financial update. Greg Binion Thank you, Joe, and good morning to all. For the second quarter our Inland Marine Transportation sector continued its overall strong performance with high equipment utilization in the 90% and 95% range and higher term in spot contract pricing. In mid-May we started to experience low water conditions on the Mississippi river system and reduced operating drafts. Those conditions persist today.
During the second quarter we also were affected by some scheduled and unscheduled maintenance at a major Petrochemicals customer facilities. These facilities are now back in service. Black oil demand remains strong driven by continued stable refinery output and the continued exportation of heavy fuel oil. Also the movement of crude oil along both the river and the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway continues to be brisk. I’d also note that we did load our first Balken crude cargo out of St. Louis over the weekend. Refined product demand remains positive benefiting from additional volumes from major customers. In our Agricultural Chemicals demand driven by low inventory levels and high corn prices remains strong in April and May but it declined sharply in June as expected.Revenues from our long-term contracts, that is one year or longer in duration, remained at 75% and the mix of time charter and the freightment business continue to be about 55% and 45% respectively. Turning to the Inland Marine Transportation pricing, term contracts during the second quarter continue to be renewed in the mid-single digit level with some cases slightly higher pricing when compared to the 2011 second quarter. Spot contract pricing, which includes the price of fuel saw rates increase modestly when compared to the 2012 first quarter. We continue to invest in our Inland fleet both in terms of new construction and upgrading existing barges. This reduces maintenance cost and out of service days and improves the reliability of the fleet and our customer service. Read the rest of this transcript for free on seekingalpha.com