Forbes Energy Services Reports Fourth Quarter Financial Results


    


    
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<p>ALICE, Texas, <span class="xn-chron">March 31</span> /CNW/ -- Forbes Energy Services Ltd. (TSX: FRB) today announced financial and operating results for the fourth quarter and year ended <span class="xn-chron">December 31, 2009</span>.</p>
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<p>Revenues for the fourth quarter decreased to <span class="xn-money">$52.3 million</span> compared to <span class="xn-money">$96.7 million</span> in the fourth quarter of 2008 as a result of sharp declines in utilization and pricing during the first half of 2009.  However, revenues have increased on a sequential basis for two consecutive quarters, and were up 4% in the fourth quarter of 2009 compared to the third quarter of 2009.  Net loss for the three months ended <span class="xn-chron">December 31, 2009</span> was <span class="xn-money">$6.1 million</span>, or a loss of <span class="xn-money">$0.10</span> per share, compared to a net loss of <span class="xn-money">$2.3 million</span>, or <span class="xn-money">$0.04</span> per share, in the prior year period.</p>
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<p>In the fourth quarter of 2009, the Company corrected accounting errors from prior periods.  In the aggregate, these accounting errors, with an effective tax rate of 35%, increased net loss by approximately <span class="xn-money">$0.8 million</span> for the three months ended <span class="xn-chron">December 31, 2009</span> and loss per share <span class="xn-money">$0.01</span> for the period.</p>
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<p>Adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter of 2009 was a negative <span class="xn-money">$0.1 million</span> versus a positive <span class="xn-money">$21.9 million</span> for the same period in the prior year.  Adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter was negatively impacted by <span class="xn-money">$0.2 million</span> as a result of the accounting adjustments.  Adjusted EBITDA was further impacted by <span class="xn-money">$1.2 million</span> of write-offs associated with billing issues in Forbes' <span class="xn-location">Mexico</span> operations.  A new management team began in <span class="xn-location">Mexico</span> during the middle of the fourth quarter to address this and other issues.  Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure, defined by the Company as net income before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, gain or loss on extinguishment of debt, non-cash impairments and non-cash stock based compensation.  For a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to net income, please see the disclosures at the end of this release and on the Company's website.</p>
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<p><span class="xn-person">John Crisp</span>, Forbes Energy's President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "We experienced what appears to be a bottom in our well servicing segment utilization at the end of the third quarter.  After reaching a low in September, our monthly rig hours have continued to trend upward.  The fluid logistics segment has also continued its upward trend.</p>
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<p>"2009 was an extremely difficult year for our entire industry, but we are gaining a lot of momentum in 2010.  Forbes generated approximately <span class="xn-money">$1.4 million</span> of adjusted EBITDA during the month of <span class="xn-chron">January 2010</span>.  Utilization has continued to ramp up through the balance of the first quarter and we were able to implement modest price increases across most of our US operations during the month of March.  While there is continued uncertainty in the natural gas market, the 65% increase in the U.S. drilling rig count over the past 10 months is a positive indicator of continued near-term demand for our services.  Additionally, recent strength in oil prices may support higher levels of E&P spending in the face of potential natural gas price dips compared to last year when oil prices were less than half of current levels."</p>
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    Business Segment Results

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<p>Well servicing revenue totaled <span class="xn-money">$25.2 million</span> in the fourth quarter of 2009 compared to <span class="xn-money">$49.0 million</span> in the prior year period and <span class="xn-money">$23.9 million</span> in the third quarter of 2009.  Segment gross margin totaled <span class="xn-money">$1.3 million</span> in the fourth quarter compared to <span class="xn-money">$10.2 million</span> in the fourth quarter of 2008 and <span class="xn-money">$1.0 million</span> for the third quarter of 2009.</p>
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<p>Forbes recorded approximately 68,896 rig hours for the fourth quarter of 2009, including 15,792 hours in <span class="xn-location">Mexico</span>, compared to 97,588 total hours in the fourth quarter of 2008 (none in <span class="xn-location">Mexico</span>) and 65,524 total hours in the third quarter of 2009 (14,136 in <span class="xn-location">Mexico</span>).  The Company had 171 rigs in its well service fleet at <span class="xn-chron">December 31, 2009</span>.  Capital expenditures for the well servicing segment totaled <span class="xn-money">$1.3 million</span> during the three months ended <span class="xn-chron">December 31, 2009</span>.</p>
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    Fluid Logistics
    
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<p>Fluid logistics revenues in the fourth quarter of 2009 totaled <span class="xn-money">$27.1 million</span> compared to <span class="xn-money">$47.7 million</span> in the fourth quarter of 2008 and <span class="xn-money">$26.6 million</span> in the third quarter of 2009.  Gross margins for the fluid logistics segment totaled <span class="xn-money">$4.8 million</span> in the fourth quarter of 2009 compared to <span class="xn-money">$16.5 million</span> in the prior year period and <span class="xn-money">$4.8 million</span> in the third quarter of 2009.</p>
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<p>Forbes recorded 228,099 truck hours during the fourth quarter of 2009 compared to 309,020 for the fourth quarter of 2008 and 206,526 hours in the third quarter of 2009.  The Company's fluid transport segment heavy truck fleet totaled 368 as of <span class="xn-chron">December 31, 2009</span>, down two from <span class="xn-chron">December 31, 2008</span>.  Total capital expenditures for the fluid logistics segment were <span class="xn-money">$0.1 million</span> for the three months ended <span class="xn-chron">December 31, 2009</span>.</p>
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    Liquidity and Capital Resources
    
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<p>The report of Forbes' independent registered accounting firm which accompanies the Company's 2009 annual report on form 10-K includes a "going concern" explanatory paragraph. This paragraph was included in the report as Forbes projects, based on current market conditions, that additional funding may be required during 2010 in order to meet working capital requirements, including the interest payments required under our indentures and our required repurchase of <span class="xn-money">$6.6 million</span> of our 11% Senior Secured Notes. Forbes anticipates meeting these requirements by effecting an appropriate financing or other transaction that would provide additional cash resources. The Company is actively evaluating such transactions and has received a proposals for a sale lease-back transaction relating to certain equipment.  To-date, however, a transaction has not been finalized and there can be no assurance that such a transaction or any other permitted transaction can be consummated, given current market conditions.</p>
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    Conference Call
    
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<p>Forbes Energy will host a conference call to discuss its fourth quarter 2009 results on <span class="xn-chron">Thursday, April 1, 2010</span>, at <span class="xn-chron">10:00 a.m. Eastern Time</span> (<span class="xn-chron">9:00 a.m.</span> Central). To access the call, please dial (480) 629-9770 and ask for the Forbes Energy Services call at least 10 minutes prior to the start time. The conference call will also be broadcast live via the Internet and can be accessed through the "Investor Relations" page of Forbes Energy's website, <a href="http://www.forbesenergyservices.com">www.forbesenergyservices.com</a>.</p>
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<p>A telephonic replay of the conference call will be available until <span class="xn-chron">April 8, 2010</span>, and may be accessed by calling (303) 590-3030 and using the pass code 4275117.  A webcast archive will be available at <a href="http://www.forbesenergyservices.com">www.forbesenergyservices.com</a> shortly after the call and will be accessible for approximately 30 days. For more information, please contact <span class="xn-person">Donna Washburn</span> at DRG&E at (713) 529-6600 or email at <a href="mailto:dmw@drg-e.com">dmw@drg-e.com</a>.</p>
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    About Forbes Energy
    
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<p>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 <span class="xn-location">Mexico</span>.</p>
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    Forward-Looking Statements and Regulation G Reconciliation
    
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<p>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. 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 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 <span class="xn-chron">December 31, 2009</span> (the "Form 10-K"), which was filed today, as well as other filings the Company has made with the Securities and Exchange Commission.</p>
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<p>Forbes Energy's financial statements and management's discussion and analysis of financial condition and results of operations can be found in the Form 10-K, which is being filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and posted on the Company's website.</p>
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<p>This press release also contains references to the non-GAAP financial measure of adjusted EBITDA.  For a reconciliation of adjusted EBITDA to net income, please see the table at the end of this release. Management's opinion regarding the usefulness of adjusted EBITDA to investors and a description of the ways in which management uses such measures can be found on the "Investor Relations" page of Forbes Energy's website, <a href="http://www.forbesenergyservices.com">www.forbesenergyservices.com</a>.</p>
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    Contacts:   Forbes Energy Services Ltd.
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                L. Melvin Cooper, SVP & CFO
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                Ben Burnham, AVP
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                      Selected Statement of Operations Data
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                      Three Months Ended               Year Ended
                          December 31,                 December 31,
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                       2009          2008          2009           2008
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    Revenues
    Well
     servicing      $25,189,289   $48,976,756  $106,097,280   $189,980,242
    Fluid
     logistics       27,074,466    47,683,106   109,822,640    170,949,057
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      Total
       revenues      52,263,755    96,659,862   215,919,920    360,929,299
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    Expenses
    Well
     servicing       23,840,101    38,794,821    96,825,911    128,614,600
    Fluid
     logistics       22,291,324    31,200,155    87,263,351    117,940,153
    General and
     administrative   6,913,555     5,328,435    21,228,819     17,700,341
    Depreciation
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     amortization    10,023,299    10,177,848    39,471,755     33,724,218
    Goodwill
     Impairment               -     4,363,369             -      4,363,369
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      Total
       expenses      63,068,279    89,864,628   244,789,836    302,342,681
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      Operating
       income/
       (loss)       (10,804,524)    6,795,234   (28,869,916)    58,586,618
    
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    Other income
     (expense)
    Interest
     expense         (7,637,225)   (6,705,718)  (26,918,517)   (25,797,663)
    Other income
     (expense)           25,778       (71,114)    1,313,857         37,947
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      Income/
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       before  
       taxes        (18,415,971)       18,402   (54,474,576)    32,826,902
    
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    Income Tax
     Expense        (12,268,208)    2,350,233   (25,143,867)    62,574,492
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      Net income/
       (loss)       $(6,147,763)  $(2,331,831) $(29,330,709)  $(29,747,590)
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    Earnings/
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     share of
     common stock
      Basic and
       Diluted           $(0.10)       $(0.04)       $(0.47)        $(0.65)
    
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    Weighted
     average
     number of
     shares
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      Basic and
       Diluted       64,220,575    61,505,053    62,642,878     45,894,557

    
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                                   December 31,   December 31,
                                       2009           2008
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    Cash                           $28,425,367    $23,469,067
    Accounts receivable             52,765,601     69,095,522
    Working Capital                 34,350,226     42,707,044
    Other Intangible
     assets, net                    36,598,781     39,459,977
    Total assets                   457,432,896    482,801,391
    Total debt                     226,898,229    212,189,842
    Deferred tax liability, net     36,622,111     62,068,620
    Shareholders'/members'
     equity                       $146,507,477   $158,418,487

    
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                    Three Months Ended         Year Ended
                        December 31,          December 31,
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                      2009       2008        2009       2008
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    Working days         61         61         252        253
    Rig hours
      U.S.           53,104     97,588     228,279    378,657
      Mexico         15,792          -      45,116          -
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      Total rig
       hours         68,896     97,588     273,395    378,657
    
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    Truck hours     228,099    309,020     863,506  1,115,593

    
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    Reconciliation of EBITDA to Net Income
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                          Three Months Ended            Year Ended
                              December 31,              December 31,
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                             2009      2008           2009       2008
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    Net loss               $(6,148)  $(2,332)      $(29,331)  $(29,748)
    Depreciation and
     amortization           10,023    10,178         39,472     33,724
    Interest expense         7,637     6,706         26,919     25,798
    Income tax
     Expense/(benefit)     (12,268)    2,350        (25,144)    62,574
    Stock based
     compensation              622       626          2,492      1,450
    Gain on ext of
     debt                        -         -         (1,422)         -
    Goodwill impairment          -     4,363              -      4,363
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      Adjusted EBITDA        $(134)  $21,891        $12,986    $98,161
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For further information: For further information: L. Melvin Cooper, SVP & CFO of Forbes Energy Services Ltd., +1-361-664-0549, or Ken Dennard, Managing Partner, or Ben Burnham, AVP, both of DRG&E, +1-713-529-6600, for Forbes Energy Services Ltd. Web Site: http://www.forbesenergyservices.com

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