Quintana Energy Services Reports 2017 Fourth Quarter Results

HOUSTON--()--Quintana Energy Services Inc. (NYSE: QES) (“QES” or the “Company”) today reported financial and operating results for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2017.

The information in this earnings release includes the results of Quintana Energy Services LP, the Company’s accounting predecessor. In February 2018, in connection with the reorganization transactions entered into upon the closing of the Company’s initial public offering, the Company acquired all of the outstanding equity of Quintana Energy Services LP from its existing investors.

Fourth Quarter 2017 Financial Highlights

Fourth quarter 2017 revenue grew 16% to $130.9 million, up from $113.3 million in the third quarter of 2017. Fourth quarter 2017 net income was $2.1 million and Adjusted EBITDA was $18.8 million, compared to a net loss of $8.4 million and Adjusted EBITDA of $6.8 million for the third quarter of 2017. In the fourth quarter of 2016, revenue was $58.3 million, net loss was $35.9 million, and Adjusted EBITDA was a loss of $3.8 million. See the section of this release entitled “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” for a discussion of Adjusted EBITDA and its reconciliation to the most directly comparable financial measure calculated and presented in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”).

Rogers Herndon, QES’ President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “We are very pleased to be reporting our first quarterly results after having successfully closed on our initial public offering in February. We are proud of the strong results we have achieved in the fourth quarter of 2017 and look forward to a very productive 2018 as the macroeconomic environment for drilling and completion activities, though subject to near-term volatility, continues to gain traction, with healthy demand and a strong need for our services.”

Business Segment Results

The following business segments comprise the Company’s primary services: Directional Drilling Services; Pressure Pumping Services; Pressure Control Services; and Wireline Services.

Directional Drilling Services

The Directional Drilling Services segment provides the highly-technical and essential services of guiding horizontal and directional drilling operations for exploration and production (“E&P”) companies. Revenue was $38.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2017, flat as compared to $38.7 million in the third quarter of 2017. Fourth quarter 2017 Adjusted EBITDA was $5.5 million, compared to Adjusted EBITDA of $3.4 million for the third quarter of 2017. In the fourth quarter of 2016, revenue was $22.6 million and Adjusted EBITDA was $1.8 million.

Pressure Pumping Services

The Pressure Pumping Services segment primarily provides hydraulic fracturing services to E&P companies. Revenue for the segment grew 26% to $49.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2017, up from $39.4 million in the third quarter of 2017, due to the reactivation of our third unconventional frac spread in the Mid-Continent region. Fourth quarter 2017 Adjusted EBITDA was $10.5 million, compared to Adjusted EBITDA of $5.8 million for the third quarter of 2017. In the fourth quarter of 2016, revenue was $11.8 million and Adjusted EBITDA was a loss of $1.8 million.

Pressure Control Services

The Pressure Control Services segment consists of coiled tubing, rig-assisted snubbing, nitrogen, fluid pumping and well control services. Revenue for the segment grew approximately 18% to $26.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2017, up from $22.5 million in the third quarter of 2017, primarily due to stronger utilization and pricing gains. Fourth quarter 2017 Adjusted EBITDA was $4.1 million, compared to Adjusted EBITDA of $0.8 million for the third quarter of 2017. In the fourth quarter of 2016, revenue was $15.1 million and Adjusted EBITDA was a loss of $0.5 million.

Wireline Services

The Wireline Services segment provides cased-hole wireline services to E&P companies. Revenue for the segment grew 32% to $16.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2017, up from $12.6 million in the third quarter of 2017. Fourth quarter 2017 Adjusted EBITDA was $1.5 million, compared to an Adjusted EBITDA loss of $1.2 million for the third quarter of 2017. In the fourth quarter of 2016, revenue was $8.9 million and Adjusted EBITDA was a loss of $1.2 million.

Other Financial Information

General and administrative expense for the fourth quarter of 2017 was $18.8 million, compared to $19.4 million for the third quarter of 2017 and $19.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2016. Depreciation and amortization expense in the fourth quarter of 2017 was $11.4 million, compared to $11.2 million for the third quarter of 2017 and $19.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2016.

Capital expenditures totaled $7.7 million during the fourth quarter of 2017, compared to $4.8 million in the third quarter of 2017, and $3.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2016.

In connection with the Company’s initial public offering, which closed on February 13, 2018, QES converted $33.6 million of outstanding indebtedness under its term loan into shares of common stock of the Company, fully repaid and terminated the revolving credit facility and term loan and entered into a new $100 million senior secured asset-based revolving credit facility.

Conference Call Information

QES has scheduled a conference call for 9:00 a.m. Central Time (10:00 a.m. Eastern Time) on Thursday, March 29, 2018, to review reported results. You may access the call by telephone at 1-201-389-0867 by asking for the QES 2017 Fourth Quarter Conference Call. The webcast of the call may also be accessed through the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website at https://ir.quintanaenergyservices.com/ir-calendar. A replay of the call can be accessed on the Company’s website for twelve months and will be available by telephone through April 5, 2018, at (201) 612-7415, access code 13677321#.

About Quintana Energy Services

QES is a growth-oriented provider of diversified oilfield services to leading onshore oil and natural gas exploration and production companies operating in both conventional and unconventional plays in all of the active major basins throughout the U.S. QES’s primary services include: directional drilling, pressure pumping, pressure control and wireline services. The Company offers a complementary suite of products and services to a broad customer base that is supported by in-house manufacturing, repair and maintenance capabilities. More information is available at www.quintanaenergyservices.com.

Forward-Looking Statements and Cautionary Statements

This news release (and any oral statements made regarding the subjects of this release, including on the conference call announced herein) contains certain statements and information that may constitute “forward-looking statements.” All statements, other than statements of historical fact, that address activities, events or developments that we expect, believe or anticipate will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements. The words “anticipate,” “believe,” “expect,” “plan,” “forecasts,” “will,” “could,” “may,” and similar expressions that convey the uncertainty of future events or outcomes, and the negative thereof, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements contained in this news release, which are not generally historical in nature, include those that express a belief, expectation or intention regarding our future activities, plans and goals and our current expectations with respect to, among other things: our operating cash flows, the availability of capital and our liquidity; our future revenue, income and operating performance; our ability to sustain and improve our utilization, revenue and margins; our ability to maintain acceptable pricing for our services; future capital expenditures; our ability to finance equipment, working capital and capital expenditures; our ability to execute our long-term growth strategy; our ability to successfully develop our research and technology capabilities and implement technological developments and enhancements; and the timing and success of strategic initiatives and special projects.

Forward-looking statements are not assurances of future performance and actual results could differ materially from our historical experience and our present expectations or projections. These forward-looking statements are based on management’s current expectations and beliefs, forecasts for our existing operations, experience, expectations and perception of historical trends, current conditions, anticipated future developments and their effect on us, and other factors believed to be appropriate. Although management believes the expectations and assumptions reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable as and when made, no assurance can be given that these assumptions are accurate or that any of these expectations will be achieved (in full or at all). Our forward-looking statements involve significant risks, contingencies and uncertainties, most of which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond our control. Known material factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, risks associated with the following: a decline in demand for our services, including due to declining commodity prices, overcapacity and other competitive factors affecting our industry; the cyclical nature and volatility of the oil and gas industry, which impacts the level of exploration, production and development activity and spending patterns by E&P companies; a decline in, or substantial volatility of, crude oil and gas commodity prices, which generally leads to decreased spending by our customers and negatively impacts drilling, completion and production activity; and other risks and uncertainties listed in our filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including our Current Reports on Form 8-K that we file from time to time, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Annual Report on Form 10-K. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements after the date they are made, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

                   

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(In thousands of dollars, except per unit data)

(Unaudited)

                         
Three Months Ended     Year Ended

December 31,
2017

   

September 30,
2017

   

December 31,
2016

    2017     2016
Revenue $ 130,863 $ 113,274 $ 58,252 $ 438,033 $ 210,428
 
Costs and expenses:
Direct operating expenses 95,841 89,082 46,257 332,695 182,928
General and administrative expenses 18,829 19,441 19,038 72,770 73,600
Depreciation and amortization 11,423 11,238 19,224 45,687 78,661
Fixed asset impairment 1,380 1,380
Goodwill impairment 15,051
Loss (gain) on disposition of assets, net   (339 )       (310 )       5,595         (2,639 )       5,375  
 
Operating income (loss) 5,109 (6,177 ) (33,242 ) (10,480 ) (146,567 )
Interest expense (2,961 ) (2,901 ) (2,476 ) (11,251 ) (8,015 )

Other (loss) income

  (58 )       724                 666          
 

Loss before tax

2,090 (8,354 ) (35,718 ) (21,065 ) (154,582 )
Income tax expense  

(22

)       (84 )       (140 )       (91 )       (167 )
Net income (loss) $

2,068

      $ (8,438 )     $ (35,858 )     $ (21,156 )     $ (154,749 )
 
Net loss per common unit:
Basic $ (0.05 )     $ (0.37 )
Diluted $ (0.05 )     $ (0.37 )
 
Weighted average common units outstanding:
Basic   417,441         417,032  
Diluted 417,441 417,032
 

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In thousands)

     

Year Ended

December 31, 2017         December 31, 2016
ASSETS
Current Assets
Cash and cash equivalents

$

8,751

$

12,219

Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $776 and $880, respectively

 

83,325

 

36,745

Unbilled receivables

 

9,645

 

7,692

Assets held for sale

 

 

27,278

Inventories

 

22,693

 

19,549

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

 

9,520

 

 

5,547

 
Total current assets

$

133,934

$

109,030

Property, plant and equipment, net

 

128,518

 

150,706

Intangible assets, net

 

10,832

 

13,228

Other assets

 

2,375

 

 

967

 
Total assets $ 275,659   $

273,931

 

LIABILITIES AND PARTNERS' EQUITY

Current liabilities:
Current portion of debt and capital lease obligations $ 79,443 $ 291
Accounts payable

 

36,027

 

28,124

Accrued liabilities

 

33,825

 

 

18,511

 
Total current liabilities $ 149,295 $

46,926

Deferred tax liability

 

185

 

135

Long-term debt, net of deferred financing costs of $1,709 and $2,284, respectively

 

37,199

 

116,463

Long-term capital lease obligations

 

3,829

 

4,044

Other long-term liabilities

 

183

 

 

239

 
Total liabilities $ 190,691 $

167,807

Commitments and contingencies
Partners’ equity

Common units, 417,441

 

212,630

 

212,630

Retained deficit

 

(127,662

)

 

(106,506

)

Total liabilities and partners’ equity

$ 275,659   $

273,931

 
 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(In thousands of dollars)

(Unaudited)

   

Year Ended

December 31, 2017     December 31, 2016
 
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net loss $ (21,156 ) $ (154,749 )

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by operating activities:

Depreciation and amortization 45,687 78,661
(Gain) loss on disposition of assets, net (10,500 ) 1,268
Non-cash interest expense 5,960 845
Goodwill impairment 15,051

Fixed asset impairment

1,380
Provision for doubtful accounts 289 142
Deferred income tax expense (benefit)

50

(42 )
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable (46,869 ) 9,688
Unbilled receivables (1,953 ) (4,213 )
Inventories (3,144 ) 1,559
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 1,812 3,894
Other noncurrent assets (1,439 ) 632
Accounts payable 6,969 8,842
Accrued liabilities 12,810 (5,778 )
Other long-term liabilities   (56 )   (15 )
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities   (11,540 )   (42,835 )
Cash flows from investing activities:
Purchases of property, plant and equipment (21,244 ) (7,340 )
Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment   35,754     9,606  
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities   14,510     2,266  
Cash flows from financing activities:
Proceeds from revolving debt 11,035 35,159
Payments on revolving debt (21,964 ) (22,000 )
Proceeds from term loan 5,000 28,600
Proceeds from warrants, net of issuances costs 5,961
Payments on capital lease obligations (315 ) (317 )
Payments of deferred financing costs (194 ) (1,878 )
Issuances of units       1,000  
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities   (6,438 )   46,525  

Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

  (3,468 )   5,956  
Cash and cash equivalents
Beginning of period   12,219         6,263  
End of period $ 8,751       $ 12,219  
Supplemental cash flow information
Cash paid for interest 5,755 5,935
Income taxes paid 77 198
Supplemental non-cash investing and financing activities
Prepaid insurance financed through note payable 1,666 950
Fixed asset purchase in accounts payable and accrued liabilities

934

93

Supplemental non-cash investing and financing activities
Equity issued as payment in kind for professional services 2,000

Conversion of accrued interest to debt

 

4,202 126
Non cash payment for property, plant and equipment

 

711
Non cash proceeds from sale of assets held for sale

 

3,990
                   

ADDITIONAL SELECTED OPERATING DATA

(Unaudited)

 
Three Months Ended

Year Ended

December 31,
2017

September 30,
2017

December 31,
2016

December 31,
2017

December 31,
2016

 
Rig days (1) 3,798 3,711 2,113 14,407 7,001
Average rigs on revenue (2) 59 61 34 58 31
Total hydraulic fracturing stages 1,056 636 335 2,993 1,567
Average revenue per stage $ 43,700 $ 56,530 $ 29,431 $ 47,189 $ 23,338
_______________
      (1)   Rig days represent the number of days we are providing services to rigs and are earning revenues during the period, including days that standby revenues are earned.
(2) Rigs on revenue represents the number of rigs earning revenues during a given time period, including days that standby revenues are earned.
 

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Adjusted EBITDA is a supplemental non-GAAP financial measure that is used by management and external users of our financial statements, such as industry analysts, investors, lenders and rating agencies.

Adjusted EBITDA is not a measure of net income or cash flows as determined by GAAP. We define Adjusted EBITDA as net income plus income taxes, net interest expense, depreciation and amortization, impairment charges, net loss on disposition of assets, transaction expenses, rebranding expenses, one-time settlement expenses, severance expenses, and equipment standup expense, and less gain on bargain purchase.

We believe Adjusted EBITDA is useful because it allows us to more effectively evaluate our operating performance and compare the results of our operations from period to period without regard to our financing methods or capital structure. We exclude the items listed above in arriving at Adjusted EBITDA because these amounts can vary substantially from company to company within our industry depending upon accounting methods and book values of assets, capital structures and the method by which the assets were acquired. Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered as an alternative to, or more meaningful than, net income as determined in accordance with GAAP, or as an indicator of our operating performance or liquidity. Certain items excluded from Adjusted EBITDA are significant components in understanding and assessing a company’s financial performance, such as a company’s cost of capital and tax structure, as well as the historic costs of depreciable assets, none of which are components of Adjusted EBITDA. Our computations of Adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies.

The following tables present reconciliations of Adjusted EBITDA to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure for the periods indicated:

       
RECONCILIATION OF NET INCOME (LOSS) TO ADJUSTED EBITDA

(In thousands of dollars)

(Unaudited)
 
Three Months Ended Year Ended

December 31,
2017

   

September 30,
2017

   

December 31,
2016

December 31,
2017

   

December 31,
2016

Net income (loss) $ 2,068 $ (8,438 ) $

(35,858

) $ (21,156 ) $ (154,749 )
Income tax expense

22

84 140 91 167
Interest expense 2,961 2,901 2,476 11,251 8,015
Other (income)/expenses 58 (724 ) (666 )
Depreciation and amortization expense 11,423 11,238 19,224 45,687 78,661
Fixed asset impairment 1,380 1,380
Goodwill impairment(1) 15,051
Loss (gain) on disposition of assets, net (339 ) (310 ) 5,595 (2,639 ) 5,375
Transaction expense(2)

822

914 1,091 4,358
Rebranding expense(3) 7 1,480 9 2,237
Settlement expense(4)

339

1,191

678 3,566 1,740
Severance expense(5) 41 152 243 1,075
Equipment standup expense(6) 1,387   823   11     3,749   11  
Adjusted EBITDA $

18,782

  $ 6,772   $

(3,808

)   $ 41,226   $ (36,679 )

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(1)   For the year ended December 31, 2016, represents a non-cash impairment charge related to our directional drilling services segment.
(2) For the year ended December 31, 2016, and three months ended December 31, 2016 represents professional fees related to investment banking, accounting and legal services associated with entering into the term loan that were recorded in general and administrative expenses. For the three months ended September 30, 2017 we incurred no transaction expense and for the year ended December 31, 2017 we incurred investment banking fees.
(3) Relates to expenses incurred in connection with rebranding our business segments in 2016 and 2017. In our actual performance for the years ended December 31, 2017 and 2016, $0.01 million and $2.2 million was recorded in general and administrative expenses, respectively. In our actual performance for the three months ended September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016, $0.01 million and $1.4 million was recorded in general and administrative expenses, respectively.
(4) Relates to the settlement of lease termination costs and retention payments in 2016 and 2017. In our actual performance for the years ended December 31, 2017 and 2016, $0.5 million was recorded in direct operating expenses, and $3.1 million and $1.2 million was recorded in general and administrative expenses, respectively. In our actual performance for the three months ended September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2017, $(0.3) million and $0.1 million was recorded in direct operating expenses, respectively. For the three months ended September 30, 2017, December 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016, $1.5 million, $0.2 million and $0.7 million was recorded in general and administrative expenses, respectively.
(5) Relates to severance expenses in 2016 and 2017 incurred in connection with the integration of the Archer Acquisition as well as a program implemented to reduce head count in connection with the industry downturn. In our actual performance for the years ended December 31, 2017 and 2016, $0.2 million and $0.7 million was recorded in direct operating expenses, respectively, and the remainder was recorded in general and administrative expenses. In our actual performance for the three months ended December 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016, $0.04 million and $0.13 million was recorded in direct operating expenses, respectively, and the remainder was recorded in general and administrative expenses.
(6)

Relates to equipment standup costs. In our actual performance for the year ended December 31, 2017, approximately $3.6 million was recorded in direct operating expenses and approximately $0.18 million was recorded in general and administration expenses. For the year ended December 31, 2016, all costs were recorded in general and administration expenses. For the three months ended September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2017 approximately $0.7 million and $1.4 million was recorded in direct operating expenses, respectively.

   

RECONCILIATION OF NET INCOME (LOSS) TO SEGMENT ADJUSTED EBITDA

(In thousands of dollars)

(Unaudited)

 
Three Months Ended Year Ended

December 31,
2017

 

September 30,
2017

 

December 31,
2016

December 31,
2017

 

December 31,
2016

Segment Adjusted EBITDA
Directional drilling services $ 5,532 $ 3,423 $ 1,802 $ 17,498 $ (76 )
Pressure pumping services 10,500 5,791 (1,821

)

27,784 (19,372 )
Pressure control services 4,105 835 (501 ) 6,539 (5,804 )
Wireline services 1,535 (1,166 ) (1,203 ) (1,794 ) (6,161 )
Corporate and other

(5,537

) (3,408 )

(5,320

)

(16,793 ) (14,687 )
Income tax expense

(22

) (84 ) (140 ) (91 ) (167 )
Interest expense (2,961 ) (2,901 )

(2,476

) (11,251 ) (8,015 )
Depreciation and amortization (11,423 ) (11,238 ) (19,224 ) (45,687 ) (78,661 )
Fixed asset impairment (1,380 ) (1,380 )
Goodwill impairment(1) (15,051 )

Gain (loss) on disposition of assets, net

339     310     (5,595 )   2,639     (5,375 )  
Net income (loss) $ 2,068     $ (8,438 )   $ (35,858 )   $ (21,156 )   $ (154,749

)

 

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(1) For the year ended December 31, 2016, represents a non-cash impairment charge related to our directional drilling services segment.

Contacts

Quintana Energy Services
Keefer M. Lehner, EVP & CFO
832-518-4094
IR@qesinc.com
or
Dennard Lascar Investor Relations
Ken Dennard / Natalie Hairston
713-529-6600
QES@dennardlascar.com

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