ALICE, Texas, Sept. 13, 2011 /CNW/ -- Forbes Energy Services Ltd. (NASDAQ: FES and TSX: FRB) today announced its rig and trucking hours for the month of August 2011.
For the month ending
August 31, 2011 July 31, 2011 August 31, 2010
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Working days 23 20 22
U.S. 39,905 33,923 26,985
Mexico 7,488 6,984 6,480
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Total rig hours 47,393 40,907 33,465
Truck hours 123,421 120,374 97,115
John Crisp, Forbes Energy Services' President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "Rig hours continued to improve in strength in August as we continue to experience strong customer demand and pull additional rigs from the stack yard. We now have nine rigs remaining in the yard and anticipating having those deployed by year end. In the U.S., we achieved our highest total hours ever, breaking the previous record set in October of 2008. Mexico is also benefitting from the additional rigs we deployed into that market this summer, resulting in operating hours in excess of 7,000 for the first time since inception.
"Truck hours have been a bright spot for us as they continue their strong performance with steady demand from our customers. We currently have over fifty vacuum trucks on order to displace third party operators we use in times of peak demand. While this will not necessarily drive additional revenues, it should increase margins as these third party costs diminish."
U.S. rigs generally work all weekdays except holidays. Mexico rigs generally work every day except holidays. Trucks generally operate every day except Sundays and holidays. Rig and truck hours represent actual hours billed to customers.
Forbes Energy Services cautions that several factors other than those discussed above may impact the Company's operating results and that a particular trend regarding the factors above may or may not be indicative of the Company's current or future financial performance.
About the Company
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, Pennsylvania and Mexico.
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 operations and activities in the future. 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 factors, which include: the successful receipt and deployment of equipment on order; the successful deployment of capital in growth opportunities; supply and demand for oilfield services and the level of oil and natural gas prices; 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 on its core services; the potential for excess capacity in the industry; competition and the ability to obtain additional cash resources through a financing or other permitted transaction. 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. Additional factors that you should consider 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, 2010 (the "Form 10-K") as well as other filings the Company has made with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Contacts: Forbes Energy Services Ltd.
L. Melvin Cooper, SVP & CFO
Ken Dennard, Managing Partner
Ben Burnham, AVP
SOURCE Forbes Energy Services Ltd.
For further information: Web Site: http://www.forbesenergyservices.com