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GulfMark Offshore Announces Third Quarter 2012 Operating Results

HOUSTON, Nov. 6, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- GulfMark Offshore, Inc. (NYSE: GLF) today announced the results of its operations for the three- and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2012. For the three months ended September 30, 2012, revenue was $101.9 million, and net income for the period was $13.0 million, or $0.49 per diluted share.

Bruce Streeter, President and CEO, commented, "Overall activity levels in the third quarter were lower than expected and our results for the quarter reflect an unusual set of circumstances that included a tougher operating environment, but also some operational changes and incremental investments that better position and outfit our fleet for the future.

"Although revenue topped the $100 million level, it was below our initial guidance of between $105 and $110 million. Despite continued strength in our term charter business in the North Sea, spot market demand in the North Sea, particularly in the Norwegian sector, was weaker than expected and we did not get the summer season benefit we anticipated. The Gulf of Mexico also experienced some softness of demand during the quarter. Although the volatility of our industry can result in rapid swings in near-term profitability, our focus remains on long-term value creation, and at times that means taking advantage of short-term weaknesses to enable even better long-term results. The third quarter was an example of such a time.

"As the quarter unfolded, it became apparent that activity levels were going to be less than we anticipated, so we took the opportunity to bring some fourth-quarter drydocks forward to the third quarter. We had anticipated approximately $5 million of drydock expense in the third quarter, and we spent $9.5 million. This was a combination of additional drydock expense for those drydocks we advanced into the quarter, some expansion in the scope of planned work, and higher than anticipated costs on the drydocks of our Brazilian-based vessels.

"All of these factors resulted in lower than anticipated profitability for the third quarter. But we expect that what we are doing this year will have a larger benefit in 2013 and beyond, and we continue to believe that revenue for 2012 will be stronger than 2011. We continue to evaluate opportunities as we have demonstrated with our current vessel construction program, and remain focused on maintaining a strong balance sheet. We are positive on the near term and we have continued high expectations for the future."

Consolidated Third Quarter Results

Consolidated revenue for the third quarter of 2012 was $101.9 million, a decrease of 3%, or $3.0 million, from the second quarter of 2012. The sequential decrease in quarterly revenue was the result of lower than anticipated activity during the summer season in the North Sea and slightly weaker utilization in the Americas region, partially offset by an increase in revenue in Southeast Asia as a result of improving utilization. Consolidated operating income was down $7.7 million, or 30%, from the prior quarter. The sequential decrease in quarterly operating income was driven mainly by the decrease in revenue, combined with larger than forecasted drydock expense, an impairment charge of $0.9 million and $1.9 million of non-recurring charges related to recent organizational changes.

Revenue by Region for the Third Quarter & Revenue Outlook for the Remainder of the Year

In the North Sea region, revenue was $41.8 million, down $3.6 million, or 8%, from the second quarter. The decrease in revenue was driven principally by lower day rates in the spot market resulting from lower than anticipated activity levels during the summer season. Overall, average quarterly day rate in the region decreased 7% compared to the second quarter. Utilization remained flat at 93% compared to the prior quarter.

During the third quarter, revenue in the Southeast Asia region was $17.6 million, an increase of approximately $2.6 million, or 17%, over the second quarter amount. The increase in revenue was due to both improved utilization and day rates. Compared to the previous quarter, utilization for the current quarter increased 8 percentage points to 89%, its highest level since the second quarter of 2010, and the average day rate increased by 5% to $14,844.

Revenue for the Americas region was $42.5 million, a decrease of $2.0 million, or 4%, from the second quarter amount. The decrease was driven by both a decrease in utilization of 8 percentage points, to 83%, and a decrease in the average number of vessels operating in the region due to the sale of three vessels during the previous two quarters and two during the third quarter. Offsetting these factors was an increase in the average day rate for the region of 7% from the prior quarter. The average day rate for the Americas region has continued its sequential quarterly increase since the first quarter of 2011 and now stands at $17,939.

For the full year 2012, the Company currently anticipates consolidated revenue of approximately $390 to $395 million.

Consolidated Operating Expenses for the Third Quarter

Direct operating expenses for the third quarter were $48.8 million, consistent with the second quarter amount, and consistent with the Company's revised quarterly guidance of $49 million per quarter. Drydock expense for the quarter was $9.5 million, which was higher than the Company's guidance for the third quarter of $5 million due to a combination of additional drydocks performed in the quarter and higher than anticipated costs. The Company is revising its full year 2012 drydock expense estimate up $5 million to approximately $34 million to reflect these factors. Consequently, the Company now anticipates drydock expense for the fourth quarter to be approximately $10 million. Consolidated general and administrative expenses were $14.4 million for the third quarter, above the Company's anticipated average quarterly run rate for 2012 of $12.0 million per quarter due to $1.9 million of non-recurring reorganization costs. The Company anticipates general and administrative expense for the fourth quarter to be between $12 million and $13 million. Depreciation expense for the quarter was $14.7 million, consistent with the Company's anticipated 2012 quarterly run rate of $15 million.

Liquidity and Capital Commitments

Cash flow provided by operations totaled $21.2 million in the third quarter of 2012. Cash on hand at September 30, 2012 was $149.0 million, and as of that date, total debt outstanding was $390.0 million. The Company recently renewed a revolving credit facility that will expire in the second half of 2017. The facility has a borrowing capacity of $150 million of which $50 million has been drawn against and is outstanding as of September 30, 2012. The Company is in the process of renewing a second revolving credit facility that will also expire in the second of half of 2017, and will have a borrowing capacity of approximately $100 million, for a combined capacity of approximately $250 million.

Capital expenditures during the third quarter totaled $24.6 million, which included $22.5 million of progress payments on the construction of new vessels. The Company has approximately $300 million of remaining capital commitments related to the construction of eleven vessels.Anticipated progress payments over the next three calendar years are as follows: $47 million for the remainder of 2012; $205 million in 2013; $38 million in 2014; and $10 million in 2015. The Company expects to fund these commitments from cash on hand, cash generated by operations, and borrowings under its revolving credit facilities. The Company completed the sale of two vessels during the quarter for proceeds of $17.1 million and placed $52.4 million in escrow related to two vessels being constructed in the U.S. The amount in escrow will be drawn down over the next 12 months as progress payments become due on these two vessels.

Conference Call/Webcast Information

GulfMark will conduct a conference call to discuss the Company's earnings with analysts, investors and other interested parties at 9:00 a.m. eastern time on Wednesday, November 7, 2012. To participate in the teleconference, investors in the U.S. should dial 1-877-317-6789 at least 10 minutes before the start time and reference GulfMark. Canada-based callers should dial 1-866-605-3852, and international callers outside of North America should dial 1-412-317-6789. The webcast of the conference call also can be accessed by visiting the Company's website, www.gulfmark.com. An audio file of the earnings conference call will be available on the Company's website approximately two hours after the end of the call.

GulfMark Offshore, Inc. provides marine transportation services to the energy industry through a fleet of offshore support vessels serving major offshore energy markets in the world.

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Certain statements and information in this press release may constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The words "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "plan," "intend," "foresee," "should," "would," "could" or other similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements, which are generally not historical in nature. These forward-looking statements are based on our current expectations and beliefs concerning future developments and their potential effect on us. While management believes that these forward-looking statements are reasonable as and when made, there can be no assurance that future developments affecting us will be those that we anticipate. All comments concerning our expectations for future revenues are based on our forecasts for our existing operations. Our forward-looking statements involve significant risks and uncertainties (some of which are beyond our control) and assumptions that could cause actual results to differ materially from our historical experience and our present expectations or projections. Among the important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the price of oil and gas and its effect on offshore drilling, vessel utilization and day rates; industry volatility; fluctuations in the size of the offshore marine vessel fleet in areas where the Company operates; changes in competitive factors; delays or cost overruns on construction projects, and other material factors that are described from time to time in the Company's filings with the SEC, including the registration statement and the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K. Consequently, the forward-looking statements contained herein should not be regarded as representations that the projected outcomes can or will be achieved. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements after the date they are made, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Operating Data (unaudited) Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
(in thousands, except per share data) September 30,
2012
June 30,
2012
September 30,
2011
September 30,
2012
September 30,
2011
           
Revenue  $ 101,867  $ 104,884  $ 103,778  $ 294,186  $ 281,978
Direct operating expenses  48,778  48,846  48,103  146,433  139,328
Drydock expense  9,515  7,639  5,726  23,350  15,933
General and administrative expenses  14,389  11,996  11,859  38,501  34,192
Depreciation and amortization expense  14,697  14,850  14,896  44,576  44,554
(Gain) loss on sale of assets  (3,919)  (3,676)  --  (8,744)  10
Impairment charge  859  --  --  859  --
Operating Income  17,548  25,229  23,194  49,211  47,961
           
Interest expense  (4,331)  (4,840)  (5,757)  (18,036)  (17,114)
Interest income  64  87  195  229  379
Loss on extinguishment of debt  (187)  (1,711)  --  (3,828)  --
Foreign currency gain (loss) and other  539  (1,551)  (2,803)  (474)  (2,786)
Income before income taxes  13,633  17,214  14,829  27,102  28,440
Income tax provision  (627)  (3,150)  (664)  (2,941)  (2,151)
Net Income  $ 13,006  $ 14,064  $ 14,165  $ 24,161  $ 26,289
           
Diluted earnings per share  $ 0.49  $ 0.53  $ 0.54  $ 0.92  $ 1.00
Weighted average diluted common shares  26,294  26,261  25,989  26,201  25,922
           
Other Data          
Revenue by Region (000's)          
North Sea  $ 41,757  $ 45,376  $ 49,176  $ 124,796  $ 128,411
Southeast Asia  17,633  15,041  16,660  46,899  47,873
Americas  42,477  44,467  37,942  122,491  105,694
           
Rates Per Day Worked          
North Sea  $ 19,821  $ 21,231  $ 21,358  $ 20,148  $ 19,796
Southeast Asia  14,844  14,110  15,063  14,448  15,177
Americas  17,939  16,761  14,766  16,782  14,401
           
Overall Utilization           
North Sea 93.1% 93.0% 96.5% 91.3% 92.6%
Southeast Asia 88.7% 80.5% 87.9% 82.5% 84.7%
Americas 82.7% 90.2% 81.5% 82.2% 78.8%
           
Average Owned Vessels          
North Sea  24.0  24.0  25.0  24.0  25.0
Southeast Asia  15.0  15.0  14.0  14.8  14.0
Americas  30.8  32.7  35.0  32.6  35.0
Total   69.8  71.7  74.0  71.4  74.0
           
Drydock Days          
North Sea  27  21  32  121  149
Southeast Asia  50  --  52  96  106
Americas  150  160  29  327  178
Total   227  181  113  544  433
           
Drydock Expenditures (000's)  $ 9,515  $ 7,639  $ 5,726  $ 23,350  $ 15,933
       
       
Summary Financial Data (unaudited) As of, or Three Months Ended As of, or Nine Months Ended  
(dollars in thousands) September 30,
2012
June 30,
2012
September 30,
2011
September 30,
2012
September 30,
2011
 
Balance Sheet Data            
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 148,993  $ 146,463  $ 112,966  $ 148,993  $ 112,966  
Working capital  210,825  202,747  134,498  210,825  134,498  
Vessel and equipment, net   1,107,960  1,123,260  1,150,994  1,107,960  1,150,994  
Construction in progress   117,693  91,772  11,111  117,693  11,111  
Total assets   1,637,413  1,561,656  1,463,448  1,637,413  1,463,448  
Long-term debt (1)  390,000  346,712  268,146  390,000  268,146  
Stockholders' equity   1,049,088  1,018,216  973,801  1,049,088  973,801  
(1) Current portion of long-term debt included in working capital.        
             
Cash Flow Data            
Cash from operating activities   $ 21,188  $ 32,556  $ 29,153  $ 65,165  $ 54,195  
Cash used in investing activities   (59,922)  (28,139)  (10,068)  (117,316)  (15,002)  
Cash provided by (used in) from financing activities   40,550  (79,091)  (18,151)  71,351  (23,568)  
             
Forward Contract Cover - Remainder of Current Calendar Year        
North Sea 69%   89%      
Southeast Asia 85%   81%      
Americas 64%   63%      
Total  70%   75%      
             
Forward Contract Cover - Next Full Calendar Year          
North Sea 55%   67%      
Southeast Asia 27%   37%      
Americas 25%   30%      
Total  36%   43%      
             
             
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures: Nine Months Ended September 30, 2012  
(in millions, except per share data) Operating
Income
Interest
Expense
Other
Expense
Tax
(Provision)
Benefit
Net Income
(Loss)
Diluted
EPS
Before Special Items  $ 41.4  $ (14.5)  $ 0.8  $ (2.8)  $ 24.9  $ 0.95
Gain on Sale of Vessel  8.7  --  --   (3.2)  5.5  0.21
Charges Related to Debt Refinancing  --   (3.5)  (3.8)  3.0  (4.3)  (0.16)
Impairment Charge  (0.9)  --   --   --   (0.9)  (0.03)
Brazilian Foreign Currency Loss  --   --   (1.1)  0.1  (1.0)  (0.04)
U.S. GAAP  $ 49.2  $ (18.0)  $ (4.1)  $ (2.9)  $ 24.2  $ 0.92
             
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures: Nine Months Ended September 30, 2011  
(in millions, except per share data) Operating
Income
Interest
Expense
Other
Expense
Tax
(Provision)
Benefit
Net Income
(Loss)
Diluted
EPS
Before Special Items  $ 48.0  $ (17.1)  $ (2.4)  $ (2.2)  $ 26.3  $ 1.00
No Special Items  --   --   --   --   --   -- 
U.S. GAAP  $ 48.0  $ (17.1)  $ (2.4)  $ (2.2)  $ 26.3  $ 1.00
         
Vessel Count by Reporting Segment        
   North Sea   Southeast
Asia 
 Americas   Total 
Owned Vessels as of July 23, 2012 24 15 32 71
Newbuild Deliveries/Additions 0 0 0 0
Sales & Dispositions 0 0 (2) (2)
Intercompany Relocations 0 0 0 0
Owned Vessels as of November 6, 2012 24 15 30 69
Managed Vessels 15 1 0 16
Total Fleet as of November 6, 2012 39 16 30 85
CONTACT: Michael Newman Investor Relations E-mail: Michael.Newman@GulfMark.com (713) 963-9522

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