Helix Energy Solutions Group's CEO Presents At Barclays CEO Energy/Power Conference (Transcript)

Helix Energy Solutions Group Inc. (HLX)

Barclays CEO Energy/Power Conference Call

September 05, 2012, 11:45 am ET


Owen Kratz - President & CEO

Anthony Tripodo - EVP & CFO



Unidentified Analyst

Okay, welcome back everyone. Up next this morning is Helix Corporation. Speaking for the company today is Owen Kratz; Helix’s CEO and Anthony Tripodo, the company’s Chief Financial Officer. Helix provides a series of offshore services including deepwater pipeline and construction operations, asset recovery and decommissioning work and solutions for development of marginal field.

Owen served as CEO from 1997 through 2006 in which time he was named Executive Chairman, so returned to the role of CEO from 2008. Anthony has served as the CFO since mid-2008. Please help me welcome back to the CEO Energy Conference, Owen and Anthony. Owen?

Owen Kratz

Thanks for being here today with us. I would like to just give you a quick update on the company. I'll start off by just saying there has been a number of years and our company have felt as positive of a vibe among the employees and buzz around the office and hopefully you will see why from our presentation.

For those that have followed us that all you’ll know that for the past few years we've been really focusing on managing the company to restore the strength in our balance sheet and have not really done a whole lot to progress growing the company forward. We're at the point of kicking off a new growth period in the company. We're going to be focusing on two areas where we occupy a dominant position in significant market niches within the Subsea sector.

First of which is the well intervention which will become the real driver of the growth of the company going forward and then followed by Robotics. These are the two areas where we feel like we have all the strongest market position, strongest growth potential in the market niches and our greatest opportunity to capitalize.

Starting off with well intervention, you can see this on page six of our presentation. You can look at it in detail if you want later on. It just give you an idea about what we do in a well bore. We are not a service; we are not well service company that would be the likes of (inaudible) Halliburton well. We focus on the deployment of the services down hole, which you are able to do down hole depends on the medium that are you using to get the tools down there either wire line or coiled tubing.

We're actually the only -- we were the first company's offer well intervention from something other than a drill rig. That's why you see the top three vessels on this slide are existing well intervention fleet. The top right one is the first non-rig intervention vessel; its sea well operates in the North Sea. This type of vessel deploys wire line through the open water column through of lubricate ahead on top of the well control system that sits on the well head. You are able to do things down hole that are limited to this wire line.

If you move up the chain a little bit too where you want to deploy coiled tubing into the well, now you are the capability of what you can do is greatly increased. The vessel in the middle is a still a mono haul. So it’s fairly low cost of operating; it does deploy coiled tubing but it does through a restricted diameter riser.

Now when you connect a riser, a rigid riser to the surface with a moving vessel that interface becomes very problematic, so most vessel motion become critical. When you get into one to work on or deploy services into all wells including horizontal, now you have to go to a seven inch diameter riser and the because of motions and handling and everything becomes even more critical. You get into what this picture on the upper left there which is the Q4000.

And we’ve opted for the semi-submersible design just because of the motion characteristics of the vessel and the available deck space. The Q4000 was the first of its kind of vessel built specifically for intervention in as deep as 10,000 feet of water. We build there in 2002 and she was the star of Macondo and has gained a lot of credibility in the marketplace.

All three of these vessels are fully utilized; the top two vessels in the North Sea are booked up through the remainder of this year and next year. The Q4000 is actually booked up well beyond the end of 2014, so we are absolutely asset constrained on the well intervention site which has led us to the most significant of our growth initiatives that were started which are the bottom three vessels.

Because of the Q4000 being booked up and the demand for her services we are building another right now it’s called the Q-Plus; we are building this in the Jurong Shipyard in Singapore. It’s a $520 million asset with the delivery date of early 2015.

Moving to the other side on the right hand side because of the constraints on our assets in the North Sea and more and more demand coming for, last year we did the first campaign to West Africa with the Enhancer, the middle vessel on top, because of that campaign the opening up of the East Coast of the U.S., Canada and the increased demand in the North Sea we needed more capacity over there as well, so we have added the Constructor which is the bottom right hand vessel. She is a chartered vessel from [docks]; we are adding the system on board for the intervention and we will have her in the service by the first quarter of this next year.

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