Forbes Energy Services Reports 2012 Fourth Quarter And Full-Year Results

ALICE, Texas, April 1, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Forbes Energy Services Ltd. (Nasdaq:FES) today announced financial and operating results for the three months and full fiscal year ended December 31, 2012.

Consolidated revenues for the full year 2012 increased to $472.6 million, compared to $445.8 million for the full year 2011. The 6% increase was primarily driven by a slight increase in overall activity on an annual basis.

Highlights for the quarter ended December 31, 2012:
  • Revenues from U.S. Operations decreased 6.4% to $107.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, compared to $114.3 million in the third quarter of 2012, and decreased 14.1% from the $124.5 million reported in the fourth quarter of 2011.  
  • Gross profit from U.S. Operations decreased to $21.6 million, or 20.2% of revenues, in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to $25.8 million, or 22.5% of revenues, in the third quarter of 2012, and $35.0 million, or 28.1% of revenues, in the fourth quarter of 2011.  
  • GAAP net loss from U.S. Operations attributable to common shares was $4.6 million, or $0.22 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2012, compared to net loss from U.S. Operations attributable to common shares of $1.5 million or $0.07 per diluted share for the third quarter of 2012, and a net income from U.S. Operations attributable to common shares of $5.2 million, or $0.20 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2011.  
  • Adjusted EBITDA from U.S. Operations* totaled $14.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, compared to $19.2 million in the third quarter of 2012, and $29.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. 

*Adjusted EBITDA from U.S. Operations, a non-GAAP financial measure, is defined by the Company as income (loss) from continuing operations before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, gain or loss on early extinguishment of debt, non-cash stock based compensation, and litigation settlement. For a reconciliation of such measure to net income, please see the disclosures at the end of this release and on the Company's Website.

Overview

John Crisp, the Company's President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "2012 was a good year overall as we saw consolidated revenues increase year over year. The fourth quarter was challenging as steadily weakening demand reduced utilization and increased pricing pressure in most of our markets. The same held true for the first few months of 2013. However, we started to see activity pick up in March. 

"We are very excited about our coiled tubing business. We received our fourth coiled tubing spread in December and should take delivery of our last unit the first half of this month. Interest from customers for the units is very encouraging. As of the end of last week, all four units were active in the field."

Business Segment Results

Well Servicing Segment

In the fourth quarter of 2012, Well Servicing segment revenues from U.S. Operations decreased $2.0 million, or 4.0%, to $48.6 million compared to $50.6 million in the third quarter of 2012, and decreased $2.5 million, compared to $51.0 million in the prior year's quarter. Segment gross profit totaled $8.2 million, or 16.8% of revenues, in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to $9.2 million, or 18.2% of revenues, for the third quarter of 2012, and $12.5 million, or 24.4% of revenues, in the prior year's quarter. This decrease is attributable to fewer 24-hour rigs working, higher group and workers compensation insurance expense and other factors in line with cyclical industry trends.

The Company recorded approximately 96,282 U.S. rig hours for the fourth quarter of 2012, compared to 107,435 in the third quarter of 2012, and 112,044 in the fourth quarter of 2011. Capital expenditures for U.S. Operations in the Well Servicing segment for the quarter ended December 31, 2012 were approximately $4.1 million associated with one new coiled tubing spread and related well service equipment.

As of December 31, 2012, the Company had 162 well service rigs, nine tubing testing systems, four pump-down units and four coiled tubing spreads.

Fluid Logistics and Other Segment

In the fourth quarter of 2012, Fluid Logistics and Other segment revenues decreased $5.3 million, or 8.3%, to $58.5 million, compared to $63.8 million in the third quarter of 2012, and decreased $15.1 million, compared to $73.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. Gross operating profit for the Fluid Logistics and Other segment totaled $13.5 million, or 23.0% of revenues, in the fourth quarter of 2012, compared to $16.6 million, or 26.0% of revenues, in the third quarter of 2012, and $22.5 million, or 30.6% of revenues, in the prior year's quarter.

The Company recorded 374,664 truck hours during the fourth quarter of 2012, compared to 405,672 hours in the third quarter of 2012, and 431,140 hours for the fourth quarter of 2011.  The Company's heavy truck fleet totaled 578 at December 31, 2012, which included 494 vacuum trucks. Capital expenditures for the Fluid Logistics and Other segment were approximately $4.5 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2012, and consisted of purchases or additions to frac tanks due to customer-required specifications, salt water disposal wells, and other related equipment.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

As of December 31, 2012, the Company had $17.6 million in unrestricted cash and $1.4 million of restricted cash. The Company also had $280 million of 9.0% Senior Notes and $26.3 million of other notes outstanding. As of March 29, 2013, the Company had $32.2 million in unrestricted cash and the $75.0 million secured credit facility remained undrawn, except for the letters of credit in the amount of $2.9 million. New equipment to be added during 2013 will primarily consist of the fifth coiled tubing spread, saltwater disposal wells, and well servicing equipment.

Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call to discuss its fourth quarter and full year 2012 results at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time (9:00 a.m. Central) Monday, April 1, 2013. To access the call, please dial 877-303-1298 and provide the Conference ID: 29478790. The conference call also will be broadcast live via the Internet and will be accessible through the "Investor Relations" page of the Company's Website, www.forbesenergyservices.com.

At the conclusion of the call, a replay will be available until April 14, 2013. To access the replay of the call, dial (855) 859-2056 and provide the same Conference ID. A webcast archive will be available at www.forbesenergyservices.com shortly after the call and will be accessible for approximately 14 days.

About Forbes Energy Services

Forbes Energy Services Ltd. is an independent oilfield services contractor that provides a broad range of drilling-related and production-related services to oil and natural gas companies, primarily onshore in Texas, Mississippi and Pennsylvania. More information on the Company can be found by visiting www.forbesenergyservices.com.

Forward-Looking Statements and Regulation G Reconciliation

This press release contains "forward-looking statements," as contemplated by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, in which the Company discusses factors it believes may affect its performance in the future. These statements include, in particular, statements regarding the acquisition of equipment. The accuracy of the Company's assumptions, expectations, beliefs and projections depend on events or conditions that change over time and are thus susceptible to change based on actual experience, new developments and known and unknown risks. The Company gives no assurance that the forward-looking statements will prove to be correct and does not undertake any duty to update them. The Company's actual future results might differ from the forward-looking statements made in this press release for a variety of reasons, which include: supply and demand for oilfield services and the level of oil and natural gas prices; the timing of spending by customers in relation to their exploratory budgets; the continued uncertainty in the global financial markets and its effect on domestic spending in the oil and natural gas industry; the Company's ability to maintain or improve pricing of its core services; the potential for excess capacity in the industry; and competition. Additional factors that should be considered are set forth in detail in the Risk Factors section of the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012, to be filed later today (the "Form 10-K"), as well as other filings the Company has made with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Should one or more of the foregoing risks or uncertainties materialize, or should the Company's underlying assumptions prove incorrect, the Company's actual results may vary materially from those anticipated in its forward-looking statements, and the Company's business, financial condition and results of operations could be materially and adversely affected.

The Company's financial statements and management's discussion and analysis of financial condition and results of operations will be found in the Company's Form 10-K, which will be submitted for filing later today with the Securities and Exchange Commission and posted on the Company's Website.

This press release also contains references to the non-GAAP financial measure of Adjusted EBITDA from U.S. Operations. For a reconciliation of such measure to net income, please see the table at the end of this release. Management's opinion regarding the usefulness of Adjusted EBITDA from U.S. Operations to investors and a description of the ways in which management uses such measure can be found on the "Investor Relations" page of the Company's Website.
 
 
Forbes Energy Services Ltd.
Selected Statement of Operations Data
(Unaudited)
         
  Three Months Ended December 31,  Year ended December 31, 
  2012 2011 2012 2011
         
Revenues        
Well servicing  $ 48,550,218  $ 51,025,780  $ 202,669,809  $ 177,895,636
Fluid logistics and other  58,456,926  73,515,987  269,927,083  267,887,002
Total revenues  107,007,144  124,541,767  472,596,892  445,782,638
         
Expenses        
Well servicing  40,389,001  38,559,156  158,301,987  141,589,070
Fluid logistics and other  44,986,887  50,987,844  196,382,679  193,717,951
General and administrative  7,359,791  6,334,204  33,382,501  31,317,863
Depreciation and amortization  13,923,048  10,582,057  50,996,689  39,659,523
Total expenses  106,658,727  106,463,261  439,063,856  406,284,407
Operating income  348,417  18,078,506  33,533,036  39,498,231
         
Other income (expense)        
Interest expense, net  (7,104,061)  (6,929,337)  (27,955,400)  (27,398,152)
Loss on early extinguishment of debt  --   --   --   (35,414,833)
Other income, net  --   --   --   69,104
Income (loss) from continuing operations before taxes  (6,755,644)  11,149,169  5,577,636  (23,245,650)
Income tax expense (benefit)  (2,386,474)  5,778,591  3,359,101  (4,676,774)
Income (loss) from continuing operations  (4,369,170)  5,370,578  2,218,535  (18,568,876)
Income from discontinued operations, net of tax expense (benefit) of ($0.7) million, $3.1 million, ($0.4) million, $6.3 million respectively  934,431  713,512  (632,354)  6,224,189
Net income (loss)  (3,434,739)  6,084,090  1,586,181  (12,344,687)
Preferred shares dividends  (194,139)  (194,141)  (776,556)  (186,589)
Net income (loss) attributable to common shareholders  $ (3,628,878)  $ 5,889,949  $ 809,625  $ (12,531,276)
         
Income (loss) per share of common stock from continuing operations        
Basic  $ (0.22)  $ 0.25  $ 0.07  $ (0.90)
Diluted  $ (0.22)  $ 0.20  $ 0.07  $ (0.90)
Income (loss) per share of common stock from discontinued operations        
Basic and Diluted   $ 0.04  $ 0.03  $ (0.03)  $ 0.30
Income (loss) per share of common stock        
Basic  $ (0.17)  $ 0.28  $ 0.04  $ (0.60)
Diluted  $ (0.17)  $ 0.23  $ 0.04  $ (0.60)
Weighted average number of shares outstanding        
Basic  21,083,230  20,918,417  21,061,640  20,918,417
Diluted  21,127,083  26,566,648  21,340,253  20,918,417
         
         
 Forbes Energy Services Ltd.         
 Selected Balance Sheet Data         
 (Unaudited)         
         
  December 31, December 31,    
   2012   2011     
 Cash   $ 17,618,900  $ 36,600,091    
 Accounts receivable, net   92,596,279  132,024,147    
 Working capital   79,546,997  86,765,717    
 Other intangibles, net   28,015,133  30,876,389    
 Total assets   512,661,867  550,423,053    
 Total debt   306,347,167  296,150,274    
 Deferred tax liability   26,586,818  27,491,812    
 Shareholders' equity   132,167,897  125,780,359    
         
         
         
Forbes Energy Services Ltd.        
Selected Operating Data        
         
  Three Months Ended December 31,   Year ended December 31, 
   2012   2011   2012   2011 
 Working days   63  62  192  253
         
 Rig hours   96,282  112,044  435,560  411,539
         
 Truck hours   374,664  431,140  1,676,778  1,476,664
         
         
         
 Forbes Energy Services Ltd.         
 Reconciliation of Net Income from Continuing Operations to Adjusted EBITDA     
 (Unaudited)         
         
   Three Months Ended December 31,   Year ended December 31, 
   2012   2011   2012   2011 
Net Income (loss) from continuing operations  $ (4,369,170)  $ 5,370,578  $ 2,218,535  $ (18,568,876)
Depreciation and amortization  16,068,945  11,229,976  50,996,689  39,659,523
Interest expense, net  7,104,061  6,929,337  27,955,400  27,398,152
Income tax expense (benefit)  (2,386,474)  5,778,591  3,359,101  (4,676,774)
Share-based compensation  84,210  1,007,257  4,430,235  2,936,890
Loss on early extinguishment of debt  --   --   --   35,414,833
Litigation settlement and associated legal fees  --   --   --   6,784,164
Adjusted EBITDA from U. S. Operations   $ 16,501,572  $ 30,315,739  $ 88,959,960  $ 88,947,912
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