Tesco Corporation Reports Q3 2011 Results

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HOUSTON, TX, Nov. 7, 2011 /CNW/ - Tesco Corporation ("TESCO" or the "Company") today reported net income for the quarter ended September 30, 2011 of $3.8 million or $0.10 per diluted share.  This compares to net income of $3.0 million, or $0.08 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2010.  Net income was $7.4 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, for the second quarter of 2011, which included a positive impact of $2.1 million, net of tax, related to a refund received from the Mexican tax authorities.  The results for the quarter ended September 30, 2011 included $1.0 million, net of tax, for foreign exchange losses.  Revenue was $127.0 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2011, compared to revenue of $93.5 million for the comparable period in 2010 and $117.3 million for the second quarter of 2011.


Julio Quintana, TESCO's Chief Executive Officer, commented "All of our business lines experienced revenue growth from third quarter 2010 and second quarter 2011.  However, we had some challenges on the cost side with the increase in activity.  Top drive revenue grew from the second quarter due to incremental unit sales and we ended the quarter with backlog of 68 units.  Today, our backlog stands at 65 units.  Further, our top drive rental revenue was another quarterly record.  Our proprietary tubular services business also achieved a new record of 958 CDS jobs during the quarter and we reduced the operating loss in CASING DRILLING™.  With additional emphasis and focus on margin improvement, we believe that TESCO is well positioned to deliver future profitable growth".

Summary of Results
( in millions of U.S. $)
    Quarter 3   Quarter 2   Nine Months Ended
September 30,
    2011   2010   2011   2011   2010
Revenue:   (Unaudited)   (Unaudited)   (Unaudited)
Top Drives:                    
Sales   $ 35.3     $ 19.9     $ 30.9     $ 91.2     $ 54.8  
Rental services   35.1     28.5     34.7     103.0     77.5  
Aftermarket sales and service   13.2     13.0     13.0     38.4     34.7  
    83.6     61.4     78.6     232.6     167.0  
Tubular Services:                                
Proprietary   30.9     23.1     29.2     84.7     73.8  
Conventional   7.2     5.5     5.6     20.5     15.4  
    38.1     28.6     34.8     105.2     89.2  
CASING DRILLING   5.3     3.5     3.9     12.1     8.7  
Total revenue   $ 127.0     $ 93.5     $ 117.3     $ 349.9     $ 264.9  
Operating Income (Loss):                              
Top Drives   $ 20.6     $ 15.9     $ 21.7     $ 63.4     $ 41.3  
Tubular Services   4.3     1.8     2.5     8.4     7.1  
CASING DRILLING   (2.8)     (2.4)     (3.7)     (9.7)     (8.3)  
Research and Engineering   (4.0)     (2.3)     (2.4)     (9.3)     (5.9)  
Corporate/Other   (9.7)     (8.0)     (9.2)     (28.0)     (25.1)  
Total operating income   $ 8.4     $ 5.0     $ 8.9     $ 24.8     $ 9.1  
Net income   $ 3.8     $ 3.0     $ 7.4     $ 15.5     $ 5.9  
Earnings per share (diluted)   $ 0.10     $ 0.08     $ 0.19     $ 0.40     $ 0.15  
Adjusted EBITDA(a) (as defined)   $ 17.7     $ 15.1     $ 19.7     $ 56.3     $ 40.1  


(a) See explanation of Non-GAAP measure on page 5

Q3 2011 Financial and Operating Highlights

Top Drives Segment

  • Revenue from the Top Drive segment for Q3 2011 was $83.6 million, an increase of 6% from revenue of 78.6 million in Q2 2011, primarily due to an increase in the number of units sold during Q3 2011.  Revenue for Q3 2010 was $61.4 million

    • Top Drive sales for Q3 2011 included 27 units (all new), compared to 24 units (21 new, 2 consignment and 1 used) sold in Q2 2011 and 18 units sold in Q3 2010 (16 new and 2 used).

    • Operating days for the Top Drive rental fleet were 7,398 for Q3 2011 compared to 7,039 in Q2 2011 and 6,144 for Q3 2010.  The improvement from Q2 2011 was primarily due to a larger top drive rental fleet and an increase in rental activity in North America. 

    • Revenue from after-market sales and service for Q3 2011 was $13.2 million, an increase of 2% from revenue of $13.0 million in Q2 2011 and Q3 2010.

  • Our Top Drive operating margins were 25% in Q3 2011, a decrease from 28% in Q2 2011 and 26% in Q3 2010.  The decrease from Q2 2011 is primarily due to the mix of new top drive models delivered in Q3, significantly higher repairs and maintenance costs in the top drive rental fleet and additional supply chain costs as we ramp up our manufacturing capacity.  In addition, there were no used or consignment top drive sales in Q3 2011.

  • At September 30, 2011, Top Drive backlog was 68 units, with a total potential value of $73.6 million, compared to 67 units at June 30, 2011, with a total potential value of $75.1 million.  This compares to a backlog of 26 units at September 30, 2010, with a total value of $36.3 million.  Today, our backlog stands at 65 units.

Tubular Services Segment

  • Revenue from the Tubular Services segment for Q3 2011 was $38.1 million an increase of 9% from revenue of $34.8 million in Q2 2011.  Revenue was $28.6 million in Q3 2010.  Revenue increased from prior periods due to increased demand from customers in the shale resource regions in the United States and Canada.  In addition, increased international demand for our tubular services has resulted in new jobs at higher margins. We performed a record 958 proprietary casing running jobs in Q3 2011 compared to 914 in Q2 2011 and 770 in Q3 2010.  We remain focused on converting the market to running casing with our proprietary CDS™ technology.

  • Operating income in the Tubular Services segment for Q3 2011 was $4.3 million, compared to $2.5 million in Q2 2011 and $1.8 million in Q3 2010.  Our Tubular Services operating margins increased to 11% for Q3 2011, up from 7% in both Q2 2011 and Q3 2010.


  • CASING DRILLING™ revenue in Q3 2011 was $5.3 million compared to $3.9 million in Q2 2011 and $3.5 million in Q3 2010.  The increase from prior periods is due to the completion of jobs under multi-well contracts, primarily outside of North America, and an increase in the number of jobs performed.

  • Operating loss of $2.8 million in our CASING DRILLING™ segment for Q3 2011 was down from a loss of $3.7 million in Q2 2011. Operating loss was $2.4 million in Q3 2010.  The improvement from Q2 2011 is due to the flow through of incremental direct margin from increased activity.

Other Segments and Expenses

  • Corporate costs for Q3 2011 were $9.7 million, compared to $9.2 million for Q2 2011 and $8.0 million in Q3 2010.  Total selling, general and administrative costs in Q3 2011 were $12.1 million compared to $11.6 million in Q2 2011 and $11.4 million in Q3 2010.  Corporate costs increased from prior periods due to increased employee compensation and benefit expenses as we increased headcount to meet increased business activity. These increases were partially offset by a reduction of legal expenses in Q3 2011.

  • Research and engineering costs for Q3 2011 of $4.0 million increased from $2.4 million in Q2 2011 and increased from $2.3 million in Q3 2010.   Specifically, we incurred drilling and refurbishment costs in connection with a successful customer demonstration of a liner drilling test well in Q3 2011. We continue to invest in the development, commercialization and enhancements of our proprietary technologies.

  • Foreign exchange losses increased to $1.7 million in Q3 2011 compared to $0.7 million in Q2 2011 and $0.1 million in Q3 2010.  The increase in foreign exchange loss is primarily due to fluctuations in the valuation of the U.S. dollar compared to the Russian ruble and several Latin American currencies.

  • Our effective tax rate for Q3 2011 was 41% compared to 29% in Q2 2011 and 35% in Q3 2010.

Financial Condition

  • At September 30, 2011, cash and cash equivalents were $35.6 million, compared to $60.6 million at December 31, 2010.  During the first nine months of 2011, we used cash to purchase and build equipment and to purchase inventory to meet the needs of our increasing top drive backlog.

  • Total capital expenditures were $14.6 million in Q3 2011, compared to $12.1 million in Q2 2011 and $9.2 million in Q3 2010.  We project our total capital expenditures for 2011 to be between $55 million and $60 million, based on current market conditions.


  • During Q2 2011, we signed a definitive agreement to acquire 100% of the issued and outstanding stock of Premiere Casing Services - Egypt S.A.E., a leading indigenous tubular services company located in Egypt for $17.0 million, plus approximately $8.0 million of assumed debt.  We closed on this transaction in October, 2011.  The acquisition was an opportunity for us to put a prudent amount of capital to work in a region which we feel has tremendous potential for TESCO.  The acquisition marked our first major entry into the Egyptian tubular services market and positions the Company for rapid expansion both onshore and offshore Egypt from an established market position.  In addition, we believe that the deal provides a solid foundation to expand throughout North Africa and the broader Middle East region.


Conference Call 

The Company will conduct a conference call to discuss its results for the third quarter 2011 today, November 7, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. Central Time.  Individuals who wish to participate in the conference call should dial US/Canada (877) 312-5422 or International (253) 237-1122 approximately five to ten minutes prior to the scheduled start time of the call. The conference ID for this call is 20149083.  The conference call and all questions and answers will be recorded and made available until December 7, 2011. To listen to the recording, call (855) 859-2056 or (404) 537-3406 and enter conference ID 20149083. The conference call will be webcast live as well as for on-demand listening at the Company's web site, www.tescocorp.com. Listeners may access the call through the "Conference Calls" link in the Investor Relations section of the site. 

Tesco Corporation is a global leader in the design, manufacture and service of technology based solutions for the upstream energy industry. The Company's strategy is to change the way people drill wells by delivering safer and more efficient solutions that add real value by reducing the costs of drilling for and producing oil and natural gas. TESCO® is a registered trademark in the United States and Canada. TESCO CASING DRILLING® is a registered mark in the United States. CASING DRILLING® is a registered mark in Canada and CASING DRILLING™ is a trademark in the United States. Casing Drive System™, CDS™, Multiple Control Line Running System™ and MCLRS™ are trademarks in the United States and Canada.

Non-GAAP Measure - Adjusted EBITDA (as defined below)
(in millions of U.S. $)   Quarter 3   Quarter 2   Nine Months Ended
September 30,
    2011   2010   2011   2011   2010
Net income under U.S. GAAP   $ 3.8     $ 3.0     $ 7.4     $ 15.5     $ 5.9  
Income tax expense (benefit)   2.7     1.6     3.0     8.4     3.0  
Depreciation and amortization   9.6     8.9     9.2     28.1     26.5  
Interest expense, net   0.1     0.2     (1.7)     (1.3)     0.3  
Stock compensation expense (non-cash)   1.5     1.4     1.8     5.6     4.4  
Adjusted EBITDA   $ 17.7     $ 15.1     $ 19.7     $ 56.3     $ 40.1  

Our management reports our financial statements in accordance with U.S. GAAP but evaluates our performance based on non-GAAP measures, of which a primary performance measure is Adjusted EBITDA. Adjusted EBITDA consists of earnings (net income or loss) available to common stockholders before interest expense, income tax expense, non-cash stock compensation, non-cash impairments, depreciation and amortization and other non-cash items. This measure may not be comparable to similarly titled measures employed by other companies and is not a measure of performance calculated in accordance with GAAP. Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered in isolation or as substitutes for operating income, net income or loss, cash flows provided by operating, investing and financing activities, or other income or cash flow statement data prepared in accordance with GAAP.

We believe Adjusted EBITDA is useful to an investor in evaluating our operating performance because:

  • it is widely used by investors in our industry to measure a company's operating performance without regard to items such as net interest expense, depreciation and amortization, which can vary substantially from company to company depending upon accounting methods and book value of assets, financing methods, capital structure and the method by which assets were acquired;

  • it helps investors more meaningfully evaluate and compare the results of our operations from period to period by removing the impact of our capital structure (primarily interest) and asset base (primarily depreciation and amortization) and actions that do not affect liquidity (stock compensation expense and non-cash impairments) from our operating results; and

  • it helps investors identify items that are within our operational control. Depreciation and amortization charges, while a component of operating income, are fixed at the time of the asset purchase in accordance with the depreciable lives of the related asset and as such are not a directly controllable period operating charge.

Our management uses Adjusted EBITDA:

  • as a measure of operating performance because it assists us in comparing our performance on a consistent basis as it removes the impact of our capital structure and asset base from our operating results;

  • as one method we use to evaluate potential acquisitions;

  • in presentations to our Board of Directors to enable them to have the same consistent measurement basis of operating performance used by management;

  • to assess compliance with financial ratios and covenants included in our credit agreements; and

  • in communications with investors, analysts, lenders, and others concerning our financial performance.

 Caution Regarding Forward-Looking Information; Risk Factors 

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Canadian and United States securities laws, including the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. From time to time, our public filings, press releases and other communications (such as conference calls and presentations) will contain forward-looking statements. Forward-looking information is often, but not always identified by the use of words such as "anticipate", "believe", "expect", "plan", "intend", "forecast", "target", "project", "may", "will", "should", "could", "estimate", "predict" or similar words suggesting future outcomes or language suggesting an outlook. Forward-looking statements in this press release include, but are not limited to, statements with respect to expectations of our prospects, future revenue, earnings, activities and technical results. 

Forward-looking statements and information are based on current beliefs as well as assumptions made by, and information currently available to, us concerning anticipated financial performance, business prospects, strategies and regulatory developments. Although management considers these assumptions to be reasonable based on information currently available to it, they may prove to be incorrect. The forward-looking statements in this press release are made as of the date it was issued and we do not undertake any obligation to update publicly or to revise any of the included forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable law. 

By their very nature, forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties, both general and specific, and risks that outcomes implied by forward-looking statements will not be achieved. We caution readers not to place undue reliance on these statements as a number of important factors could cause the actual results to differ materially from the beliefs, plans, objectives, expectations and anticipations, estimates and intentions expressed in such forward-looking statements. 

These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the impact of changes in oil and natural gas prices and worldwide and domestic economic conditions on drilling activity and demand for and pricing of our products and services, other risks inherent in the drilling services industry (e.g. operational risks, potential delays or changes in customers' exploration or development projects or capital expenditures, the uncertainty of estimates and projections relating to levels of rental activities, uncertainty of estimates and projections of costs and expenses, risks in conducting foreign operations, the consolidation of our customers, and intense competition in our industry),  risks, including litigation, associated with our intellectual property and with the performance of our technology. These risks and uncertainties may cause our actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from those expressed or implied by any forward-looking statements. When relying on our forward-looking statements to make decisions, investors and others should carefully consider the foregoing factors and other uncertainties and potential events. 

Copies of our Canadian public filings are available at www.tescocorp.com and on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. Our U.S. public filings are available at www.sec.gov and at www.tescocorp.com.  

The risks included here are not exhaustive. Refer to "Part I, Item 1A - Risk Factors" in our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed for the year ended December 31, 2010 and "Part II, Item 1A - Risk Factors" in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q to be filed for the quarter ended September 30, 2011 for further discussion regarding our exposure to risks. Additionally, new risk factors emerge from time to time and it is not possible for us to predict all such factors, nor to assess the impact such factors might have on our business or the extent to which any factor or combination of factors may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward looking statements. Given these risks and uncertainties, investors should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements as a prediction of actual results.

(in millions of U.S. Dollars, except earnings per share)
  For the Three Months Ended   For the Nine Months Ended
  September 30,   September 30,
  2011   2010   2011   2010
  (Unaudited)   (Unaudited)
Revenue $ 127.0     $ 93.5     $ 349.9     $ 264.9  
Operating expenses              
Cost of sales and services 102.5     74.8     280.4     215.8  
Selling, general and administrative 12.1     11.4     35.4     34.0  
Research and engineering 4.0     2.3     9.3     5.9  
  118.6     88.5     325.1     255.7  
Operating income 8.4     5.0     24.8     9.2  
Interest expense (income), net 0.1     0.2     (1.3)     0.3  
Other expense, net 1.8     0.2     2.2      
Income before income taxes 6.5     4.6     23.9     8.9  
Income taxes 2.7     1.6     8.4     3.0  
Net income $ 3.8     $ 3.0     $ 15.5     $ 5.9  
Earnings per share:              
  Basic $ 0.10     $ 0.08     $ 0.41     $ 0.16  
  Diluted $ 0.10     $ 0.08     $ 0.40     $ 0.15  
Weighted average number of shares:              
  Basic 38.2     37.8     38.1     37.8  
  Diluted 39.0     38.7     38.9     38.7  

  September 30,
  December 31,
  Cash and cash equivalents $ 35.6     $ 60.6  
  Accounts receivable, net 95.0     73.0  
  Inventories 104.3     59.2  
  Other current assets 43.2     33.2  
    Current assets 278.1     226.0  
  Property, plant and equipment, net 188.4     182.7  
  Goodwill 29.4     29.4  
  Other assets 15.2     16.8  
  $ 511.1     $ 454.9  
  Accounts payable $ 47.1     $ 23.8  
  Accrued and other current liabilities 57.0     49.4  
    Current liabilities 104.1     73.2  
  Other liabilities 2.7     1.1  
  Long-term debt      
  Deferred income taxes 5.6     4.9  
  Shareholders' equity 398.7     375.7  
  $ 511.1     $ 454.9  


SOURCE Tesco Corporation

For further information:

Julio Quintana (713) 359-7000
Bob Kayl (713) 359-7000
Tesco Corporation

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