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Parker Drilling Reports 2012 Third Quarter Results

HOUSTON, Nov. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Parker Drilling Company (NYSE-PKD), a drilling contractor, drilling services and rental tools provider, today reported results for the quarter and year-to-date periods ended September 30, 2012.  The Company's results for the 2012 third quarter included net income of $10.9 million or $0.09 per diluted share on revenues of $165.3 million, compared with net income of $20.7 million or $0.18 per diluted share on revenues of $176.6 million for the prior year's third quarter.  Excluding the effects of non-routine items, the Company reported net income of $11.4 million or $0.10 per diluted share compared with similarly adjusted 2011 third quarter net income of $21.7 million or $0.18 per diluted share.  Adjusted EBITDA, excluding non-routine items, was $55.6 million, compared with $70.5 million for the prior year's third quarter.

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"Parker Drilling's third quarter results demonstrate the effects of our complementary business mix and geographic range," said Parker Drilling President and Chief Executive Officer, Gary Rich. "The continued growth in drilling activity in the Gulf of Mexico benefitted both our U.S. Barge Drilling and Rental Tools segments, nearly offsetting the impact of the slowdown in U.S. land drilling on our Rental Tools segment.  Similarly, while overall utilization of our international rig fleet declined, this was moderated by increases in Mexico and Algeria offsetting lower utilization in Kazakhstan and Colombia," noted Mr. Rich.   "In addition, we made progress during the quarter on the commissioning of our two Arctic Alaska Drilling Unit (AADU) rigs. These advanced design Arctic class rigs reflect our expansion into another distinct market."

Third Quarter Highlights

  • The U.S. Gulf of Mexico shallow water drilling market remained active and experienced few interruptions from seasonal storm events.  The Company's U.S. Barge Drilling segment maintained strong utilization, realized a further increase in its average dayrate and produced improved revenues, gross margin and segment gross margin as a percentage of revenues. (Segment gross margins mentioned here and later exclude depreciation and amortization expense.)
  • The recent slowdown in U.S. land drilling activity impacted demand and pricing for drill pipe and related products.  Our Rental Tools segment revenues and gross margin experienced moderate declines similar to prior market cycles.  Despite challenging market conditions, the segment maintained strong profitability. 
  • The first of Parker Drilling's two AADU rigs began its acceptance testing process and is expected to be placed into service before year end. 

Outlook

"The recent trend in U.S. land drilling is expected to lead to further reductions in demand for rental tools.  Having cut back our purchases of tubular goods, we expect our inventory of rental tools, as well as the overall industry inventory, will adjust to market conditions quickly and that this business will sustain its traditionally strong earnings and cash flow.  In addition, we believe the growing level of deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico will continue to be a source of business opportunity for the Rental Tools segment," commented Mr. Rich.

He continued, "There is solid demand for drilling in the shallow waters of the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.  We believe current and forecasted prices for oil and natural gas liquids will continue to support activity in the barge drilling market around current levels. Further development of deep gas plays will provide additional growth opportunities for this business. 

"Contract terms and market conditions specific to our international markets are expected to result in further near-term declines in utilization for our international rig fleet and reduced levels of revenues and earnings from our O&M contract portfolio.  While deployment opportunities take time to fully develop, our business development teams have been working on a selection of rig tenders that should correct this trend and provide operational momentum for 2013 and later.  In addition, we expect to make adjustments in the deployment of underutilized rigs in our international rig fleet to better reflect their long-term opportunities.

"In the third quarter, our AADU rigs began the acceptance testing process that is expected to lead to drilling by one of the rigs before year-end and the other shortly afterward.  Each rig will incur operating costs and related expenses for a period of time before it begins earning operating revenues.  As a result, we expect our U.S. Drilling segment will report losses for the remainder of 2012," Mr. Rich concluded.

Third Quarter Review

Parker Drilling's revenues for the 2012 third quarter declined 6 percent to $165.3 million from revenues of $176.6 million for the 2011 third quarter.  The Company's 2012 third quarter gross margin declined 18 percent to $63.8 million from gross margin of $77.5 million for the 2011 third quarter, while gross margin was 38.6 percent of revenues for the 2012 third quarter compared with 43.9 percent for the 2011 third quarter.

Results for the 2012 third quarter included $0.7 million, pre-tax, of non-routine expenses primarily related to ongoing U.S. regulatory investigations and Parker Drilling's internal review regarding possible violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and other laws.  These non-routine expenses reduced after-tax earnings by $0.4 million or $0.01 per diluted share.  The results for the 2011 third quarter included non-routine, after-tax expense of $1.0 million.  Details of the non-routine items are provided in the attached financial tables.

  • Rental Tools segment revenues declined 4 percent to $59.9 million from $62.4 million, segment gross margin declined 13 percent to $38.1 million from $43.7 million, and segment gross margin as a percentage of revenues was 63.5 percent compared with 70.1 percent for the prior year's third quarter.  As a result of slowing activity in the U.S. land drilling market and additions of previously ordered drill pipe, pricing became more competitive and utilization slowed.  In response, the Rental Tools operation redistributed its products geographically, adjusted commercial terms to sustain its competitive position and reduced purchases of tubular goods. 
  • U.S. Barge Drilling segment revenues increased 15 percent to $33.1 million from $28.9 million, segment gross margin rose 40 percent to $15.9 million from $11.4 million, and segment gross margin as a percentage of revenues increased to 47.9 percent from 39.3 percent for the prior year's third quarter.  An 18 percent increase in the barge drilling rig fleet's average dayrate, to $33,200 for the 2012 third quarter from $28,200 for the 2011 third quarter, was the leading contributor to the improved results. Rig fleet utilization declined modestly, compared to the prior year's third quarter, as some operators slowed the pace of their drilling programs. 
  • U.S. Drilling segment includes two AADU rigs located in Alaska and one land rig located in Louisiana. The AADU rigs are undergoing commissioning and the available land rig is idle. As a result, this segment earned no revenues in the 2012 third quarter and prior periods. The segment's operating costs consist of expenses incurred in preparation for future activities in Alaska, primarily for labor and training costs and facility leases.
  • International Drilling segment revenues declined 14 percent to $68.5 million from $79.6 million, segment gross margin decreased 43 percent to $12.6 million from $21.9 million, and segment gross margin as a percentage of revenues decreased to 18.4 percent from 27.5 percent.  The reduction in segment revenues was primarily due to the completion earlier this year of drilling activities by the Caspian Sea arctic barge drilling rig, partially offset by higher O&M contract revenues.  O&M contract revenues benefitted from a rig labor contract initiated earlier this year and increased revenues from an ongoing rig management contract. This was partially offset by a decrease in overall revenues associated with our O&M contracts on Sakhalin Island, Russia.  The decline in segment gross margin is primarily due to lower rig utilization and reduced earnings realized from our O&M contracts on Sakhalin Island.
  • Technical Services segment revenues declined 35 percent to $3.7 million from $5.7 million for the prior year's third quarter.  The segment reported a gross margin loss of $0.1 million compared with gross margin of $1.2 million in the prior year's third quarter.  The revenue reduction was primarily due to the change in the portfolio of active engineering projects and the transition of our role on the Berkut platform project from engineering to construction oversight. The segment's earnings loss reflects retained overhead costs as we transition between projects.

2012 Year-to-Date Summary

The Company's results for the first nine months of 2012 included net income of $57.4 million or $0.48 per diluted share on revenues of $520.8 million, compared with the prior year's first nine months' net income of $39.7 million or $0.34 per diluted share on revenues of $505.6 million.  Excluding the effects of non-routine items the Company reported adjusted net income of $59.0 million or $0.50 per diluted share compared with similarly adjusted 2011 first-nine months net income of $42.8 million or $0.37 per diluted share. Adjusted EBITDA, excluding non-routine items, was $198.8 million for the first nine months of 2012 and $175.9 million for the same period of the prior year.

Results for the first nine months of 2012 included $2.4 million, pre-tax, of non-routine expenses primarily related to debt extinguishment costs associated with the refinancing of the Company's convertible senior notes. These non-routine expenses reduced after-tax earnings by $1.6 million or $0.02 per diluted share.  Earnings for the comparable period of 2011 included $3.0 million of after-tax expense for non-routine items, or $0.03 per diluted share. 

Capital Expenditures

Capital expenditures were $38.1 million for the 2012 third quarter and $147.7 million for the year-to-date period.  Year-to-date 2012 capital expenditures included $69.9 million for the construction of two newbuild arctic land rigs and $49.6 million for the purchase of tubular goods and other rental tools equipment.  In addition, the Company has invested $9.0 million year-to-date 2012 in a new enterprise resource planning system.

Conference Call

Parker Drilling has scheduled a conference call for 10:00 a.m. CDT (11:00 a.m. EDT) on Thursday, November 1, 2012, to review its reported results.  Those interested in listening to the call by telephone may do so by dialing (480) 629-9866.  The call can also be accessed through the Investor Relations section of the Company's website at http://www.parkerdrilling.com.  A replay of the call can be accessed on the Company's website for 12 months and will be available by telephone from Nov. 1 through Nov. 8 by dialing (303) 590-3030 and using the access code 4569668#.

Cautionary Statement

This press release contains certain statements that may be deemed to be "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. All statements in this press release other than statements of historical facts that address activities, events or developments that the Company expects, projects, believes, or anticipates will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements. These statements include, but are not limited to, statements about anticipated future financial or operational results; the outlook for rig utilization and dayrates; general industry conditions such as the demand for drilling and the factors affecting demand; competitive advantages such as technological innovation; future operating results of the Company's rigs, rental tools operations and projects under management; capital expenditures; expansion and growth opportunities; acquisitions or joint ventures; asset sales; successful negotiation and execution of contracts; scheduled delivery of drilling rigs for operation; the strengthening of the Company's financial position; increases in market share; outcomes of legal proceedings and investigations; compliance with credit facility and indenture covenants; and similar matters. These statements are based on certain assumptions made by the Company based on management's experience and perception of historical trends, current conditions, anticipated future developments and other factors believed to be appropriate. Although the Company believes that its expectations stated in this press release are based on reasonable assumptions, such statements are subject to a number of assumptions, risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the control of the Company, that may cause actual results to differ materially from those implied or expressed by the forward-looking statements. These include risks relating to changes in worldwide economic and business conditions that could adversely affect market conditions, fluctuations in oil and natural gas prices that could reduce the demand for drilling services, changes in laws or government regulations that could adversely affect the cost of doing business, our ability to refinance our debt and other important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected as described in the Company's reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. See "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report filed on Form 10-K and other public filings and press releases. Each forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date of this press release and the Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Company Description

Parker Drilling (NYSE: PKD) provides high-performance contract drilling solutions, rental tools and project management services to the energy industry. Parker Drilling's rig fleet includes 22 land rigs and two offshore barge rigs in international locations, 13 barge rigs in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, one land rig located in the U.S., and two land rigs in Alaska undergoing commissioning. The Company's rental tools business supplies premium equipment to operators on land and offshore in the U.S. and select international markets. Parker Drilling also performs contract drilling for customer-owned rigs and provides technical services addressing drilling challenges for E&P customers worldwide. More information about Parker Drilling can be found at http://www.parkerdrilling.com, including operating status reports for the Company's Rental Tools segment and its international and U.S. rig fleets, updated monthly.

 

 

 

PARKER DRILLING COMPANY

Consolidated Condensed Balance Sheets

(Dollars in Thousands)







September 30, 2012


December 31, 2011


(Unaudited)



ASSETS


CURRENT ASSETS




Cash and Cash Equivalents

$                 114,127


$                  97,869

Accounts and Notes Receivable, Net

160,449


183,923

Rig Materials and Supplies

22,934


29,947

Deferred Costs

1,209


3,249

Deferred Income Taxes

6,615


6,650

Assets Held for Sale

11,656


5,315

Other Current Assets

41,215


40,660

TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS

358,205


367,613





PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT, NET

773,244


719,809





OTHER ASSETS




Deferred Income Taxes

99,586


108,311

Other Assets

25,854


20,513

TOTAL OTHER ASSETS

125,440


128,824





TOTAL ASSETS

$              1,256,889


$             1,216,246





LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY




CURRENT LIABILITIES




Current  Portion of Long-Term Debt

$                   43,000


$                145,723

Accounts Payable and Accrued Liabilities

134,954


140,087

TOTAL CURRENT LIABILITIES

177,954


285,810





LONG-TERM DEBT

429,462


337,000





LONG-TERM DEFERRED TAX LIABILITY

15,578


15,934





OTHER LONG-TERM LIABILITIES

25,270


33,452





TOTAL CONTROLLING INTEREST IN STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

609,327


544,606

Noncontrolling Interest

(702)


(556)

TOTAL EQUITY

608,625


544,050





TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

$              1,256,889


$             1,216,246









Current Ratio

2.01


1.29





Total Debt as a  Percent of Capitalization

44%


47%





Book Value Per Common Share

$                       5.14


$                      4.65





 

 

 

PARKER DRILLING COMPANY

Consolidated Condensed Statements of Operations

(Dollars in Thousands, Except Per Share and Weighted Average Shares Outstanding)

(Unaudited)


















Three Months Ended September 30,


Nine Months Ended September 30,


2012


2011


2012


2011









REVENUES:

$      165,301


$      176,589


$      520,795


$      505,580









EXPENSES:








Operating Expenses

101,484


99,042


300,942


311,100

Depreciation and Amortization

29,779


27,581


85,357


82,511









TOTAL OPERATING GROSS MARGIN

34,038


49,966


134,496


111,969









General and Administrative Expense

(8,905)


(8,630)


(21,822)


(23,384)

Gain on Disposition of Assets, Net

606


623


2,466


1,993









TOTAL OPERATING INCOME 

25,739


41,959


115,140


90,578









OTHER INCOME AND (EXPENSE):








Interest Expense

(8,171)


(5,591)


(25,133)


(17,208)

Interest Income

30


29


109


208

Loss on Extinguishment of Debt

(117)


-


(1,766)


-

Change in Fair Value of Derivative Positions

19


(49)


8


(186)

Other 

26


(657)


62


(522)

TOTAL OTHER EXPENSE

(8,213)


(6,268)


(26,720)


(17,708)









INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES

17,526


35,691


88,420


72,870









INCOME TAX EXPENSE 

6,695


15,042


31,155


33,345









NET INCOME 

10,831


20,649


57,265


39,525

Less: Net Loss Attributable to Noncontrolling Interest

(105)


(76)


(146)


(202)

NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO CONTROLLING INTEREST

$        10,936


$        20,725


$        57,411


$        39,727

















EARNINGS  PER SHARE - BASIC 








Net Income 

$            0.09


$            0.18


$            0.49


$            0.34









EARNINGS PER SHARE - DILUTED








Net Income 

$            0.09


$            0.18


$            0.48


$            0.34









NUMBER OF COMMON SHARES USED IN COMPUTING EARNINGS PER SHARE








Basic 

118,109,214


116,416,011


117,458,365


115,899,959

Diluted

119,201,019


117,425,764


118,810,195


116,912,367

 

 

 

PARKER DRILLING COMPANY

Selected Financial Data

(Dollars in Thousands)

(Unaudited)




















Three Months Ended




September 30,


June 30,




2012


2011


2012





REVENUES:




Rental Tools


$   59,947


$   62,388


$   65,002


U.S. Barge Drilling


33,142


28,895


33,292


U.S. Drilling


-


-


-


International Drilling


68,503


79,591


76,923


Technical Services


3,709


5,715


3,708


Construction Contract


-


-


-


  Total Revenues


165,301


176,589


178,925









OPERATING EXPENSES:








Rental Tools


21,879


18,682


22,552


U.S. Barge Drilling


17,257


17,534


18,792


U.S. Drilling


2,641


601


533


International Drilling


55,919


57,672


58,683


Technical Services


3,788


4,553


3,966


Construction Contract


-


-


-


  Total Operating Expenses


101,484


99,042


104,526









OPERATING GROSS MARGIN:








Rental Tools


38,068


43,706


42,450


U.S. Barge Drilling


15,885


11,361


14,500


U.S. Drilling


(2,641)


(601)


(533)


International Drilling


12,584


21,919


18,240


Technical Services


(79)


1,162


(258)


Construction Contract


-


-


-


Depreciation and Amortization 


(29,779)


(27,581)


(27,959)


  Total Operating Gross Margin 


34,038


49,966


46,440










General and Administrative Expense


(8,905)


(8,630)


(7,420)


Gain on Disposition of Assets, Net


606


623


1,368









TOTAL OPERATING INCOME 


$ 25,739


$ 41,959


$ 40,388

 

 

 

PARKER DRILLING COMPANY

Adjusted EBITDA 

(Dollars in Thousands)































































Three Months Ended



September 30, 2012


June 30, 2012


March 31, 2012


December 31, 2011


September 30, 2011


June 30, 2011


March 31, 2011
















Net Income (Loss) Attributable to Controlling Interest


$                 10,936


$       20,083


$          26,392


$              (90,177)


$                 20,725


$       14,173


$            4,827

  Adjustments:















Income Tax (Benefit) Expense


6,695


9,817


14,643


(48,112)


15,042


13,464


4,839

Total Other Income and Expense


8,213


10,463


8,044


5,066


6,268


5,636


5,803

Gain on Disposition of Assets, Net


(606)


(1,368)


(492)


(1,666)


(623)


(366)


(1,004)

Depreciation and Amortization


29,779


27,959


27,619


29,624


27,581


27,332


27,599

Impairment and other charges


-


-


-


170,000


-


-


-

Provision for Reduction in Carrying Value of Certain Assets


-


-


-


1,350


-


-


-
















Adjusted EBITDA


55,017


66,954


76,206


66,085


68,993


60,239


42,064
















Adjustments:















     Non-routine Items*


564


42


23


567


1,517


2,451


685
















Adjusted EBITDA after Non-routine Items


$                 55,581


$       66,996


$          76,229


$                66,652


$                 70,510


$       62,690


$          42,749































* Amended to include comparable expenses in all periods.






 

 

 

PARKER DRILLING COMPANY

Reconciliation of Non-Routine Items *

(Dollars in Thousands, except Per Share)

(Unaudited)


















Three Months Ending



Nine Months Ended




September 30, 2012



September 30, 2012








 Net income attributable to controlling interest 


$                       10,936



$                    57,411

 Earnings per diluted share 


$                           0.09



$                        0.48








 Adjustments: 







 Extinguishment of debt 


117



1,766


 U.S. regulatory investigations / legal matters** 


564



629


           Total adjustments 


681



2,395


 Tax effect of non-routine adjustments 


(238)



(838)


           Net non-routine adjustments 


443



1,557








 Adjusted net income attributable to controlling interest 


$                       11,379



$                    58,968

 Adjusted earnings per diluted share 


$                           0.10



$                        0.50
































Three Months Ending



Nine Months Ended




September 30, 2011



September 30, 2011

 Net income attributable to controlling interest 


$                       20,725



$                    39,727

 Earnings per diluted share 


$                           0.18



$                        0.34








 Adjustments: 







 Extinguishment of debt 


-



-


 U.S. regulatory investigations / legal matters** 


1,517



4,654


           Total adjustments 


1,517



4,654


 Tax effect of non-routine adjustments 


(531)



(1,629)


           Net non-routine adjustments 


986



3,025








 Adjusted net income attributable to controlling interest 


$                       21,711



$                    42,752

 Adjusted earnings per diluted share 


$                           0.18



$                        0.37










 * 

Adjusted net income, a non-GAAP financial measure, excludes items that management believes are of a non-routine nature and which detract from an understanding of normal operating performance and comparisons with other periods. Management also believes that results excluding these items are more comparable to estimates provided by securities analysts and used by them in evaluating the Company's performance.  



**

Amended to include comparable expenses in all periods.

SOURCE Parker Drilling Company

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