CALGARY, May 30, 2018 /CNW/ - New West Energy Services Inc. (TSX Venture: NWE), an oil and gas and environmental services company focused on Western Canada, today announced its financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2018.
CHANGE IN FINANCIAL YEAR-END
NWE has changed its financial year-end from April 30 to December 31 to better conform with other similar energy services companies in the industry and to line up the company's quarterly filings with more traditional quarters. Consequently, in this new financial year commencing January 1, 2018, NWE is reporting unaudited first quarter interim financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2018 compared to the three months ended April 30, 2017.
Going forward, NWE will use a customary quarterly reporting calendar based on a December 31 financial year-end, with fiscal quarters ending on the last day in March, June, September and December each year.
Gerry E. Kerkhoff, President and Chief Executive Officer of NWE stated "New West had a very successful first quarter in terms of continued top line growth with revenue closing in on $8 million. Our drilling services equipment was at near full utilization and we continued to land large projects in completions and production in the Duvernay and Montney plays which is expected to lead our company's growth for the foreseeable future."
Mr. Kerkhoff continued "As predicted, however, our gross margin was depressed due to higher than normal repair and maintenance expenses associated with the fluid hauling equipment acquired in March 2017 and a greater reliance on lower margin third party contractors and owner operators needed to complete larger projects."
Mr. Kerkhoff concluded "Looking forward, we expect gross margin to increase considerably starting in the third quarter of 2018 as service rates increase due to stronger demand, equipment costs normalize and we complete major equipment repairs that will increase our higher margin revenue generating units by approximately 45% and reduce our reliance on lower margin third party contractors and owner operators."
Revenue was $7,908,139 in the three months ended March 31, 2017 compared to $4,876,588 in the three months ended April 30, 2017. This significant increase reflects increased activity and equipment utilization in the Vacuum Truck and Fluid Transportation Services division across all drilling, completions and production sectors.
Gross margin was 17% in the three months ended March 31, 2017 compared to 23% in the three months ended April 30, 2017. This decrease in gross margin is due primarily to an increase in direct costs in the Vacuum Truck and Fluid Transportation Services division, including: higher fuel and labour costs relative to NWE's service rates; higher repair and maintenance costs for equipment; and, a greater reliance on lower margin third-party contractors and owner operators needed to complete larger projects in the completions and production sector.
General and administrative expenses were $944,114 in the three months ended March 31, 2018 compared to $752,642 in the three months ended April 30, 2017. This increase was mainly due to expenses associated with the hiring of personnel and the establishment of operations in Grande Prairie servicing the completions and production sectors.
Normalized EBITDAC was $437,810 in the three months ended March 31, 2018 compared to $361,331 in the three months ended April 30, 2017.
For the three months ended March 31,
For the three months ended April 30,
Vacuum Truck & Fluid Transportation Services
Vacuum Truck & Fluid Transportation Services
G & A expenses
Share base pmts
Disposal of assets
Net loss before tax
* Normalized EBITDAC is earnings from continuing operations before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization and share-based payments and is a measure of NWE's operating profitability. The calculation is further adjusted to normalize EBITDAC by removing any non-reoccurring transactions that are not in the normal course of operations.
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Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Information
Certain statements in this news release may constitute "forward-looking information" within the meaning of applicable securities laws that involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results, performance or achievements or industry results to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements or industry results expressed or implied by such forward-looking information and financial outlook. Forward-looking information is identified by the use of terms and phrases such as "anticipate", "believe", "could", "estimate", "expect", "intend", "may", "plan", "predict", "project", "will", "would", and similar terms and phrases, including references to assumptions. Such information may involve, but is not limited to, comments with respect to strategies, expectations, planned operations or future actions. Forward-looking information in this news release includes, without limitation, statements with respect to: the use of proceeds of its loans; the use of the acquired equipment; planned changes in NWE's business and revenues; the competitive environment in which NWE operates; and the assessment of future plans and operations. Actual events or results may differ materially. The forward-looking information in this news release is based on assumptions which includes, but is not limited to: NWE realizing the expected benefits of its loans and acquired equipment; the general state of the economy and the oil and gas industry not worsening; NWE not losing any key personnel; NWE sustaining or increasing their level of revenues and EBITDAC NWE growing its businesses long term and managing its growth; NWE complying with existing regulations and not becoming subject to more stringent regulations; and, NWE's insurance being sufficient to cover losses that may occur as a result of its operations. The forward-looking information in this news release is subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from historical results or results anticipated by the forward-looking information. The factors which could cause results to differ from current expectations include, but are not limited to: failure to realize the expected benefits of its loans and acquired equipment; potential undisclosed liens associated with the acquired equipment; NWE's results being dependent upon the general state of the economy and the oil and gas industry; NWE being dependent on key personnel, the loss of which could harm its business; NWE may not be able to sustain or increase their revenues or EBITDAC; NWE may be unable to grow its business long term or to manage any growth; NWE may be unable to integrate the acquired equipment into its business; competition in NWE's markets may lead to reduced revenues and EBITDAC; NWE may fail to comply with existing regulations or become subject to more stringent regulations; NWE's insurance may be insufficient to cover losses that may occur as a result of NWE's operations; the market price of NWE's common shares will fluctuate; and, there is a possibility of dilution of existing holders of NWE's common shares due to future financings or acquisitions. Although NWE has attempted to identify factors that would cause actual actions, events or results to differ materially from those disclosed in the forward-looking statements in this news release, there may be other factors that cause actions, events or results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. Also, many of the factors are beyond the control of NWE. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on the forward-looking information in this news release. The forward-looking information is made as of the date of this news release, and NWE does not assume any obligation to publicly update or revise such forward-looking information to reflect new information, subsequent or otherwise, except as may be required by applicable law. The forward-looking information contained herein is expressly qualified in its entirety by this cautionary statement.
SOURCE New West Energy Services Inc.
For further information: Gerry E. Kerkhoff, New West Energy Services Inc., President & Chief Executive Officer, Phone - 403.984.9798 or 1.888.977.2327 (BEAR), Fax - 403.984.9799, Email - [email protected]