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Basic Energy Services Reports Second Quarter 2018 Results

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Basic Energy Services Reports Second Quarter 2018 Results

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FORT WORTH, Texas, July 31, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Basic Energy Services, Inc. (NYSE:BAS) ("Basic" or the "Company") today announced its financial and operating results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2018.

SECOND QUARTER 2018 HIGHLIGHTS

Second quarter 2018 revenue increased to $253.4 million from $234.7 million in the first quarter of 2018. In the second quarter of 2017, Basic generated $213.3 million in revenue.

For the second quarter of 2018, Basic reported a net loss of $40.1 million, or a loss of $1.51 per basic and diluted share. This is compared to a net loss of $30.5 million, or $1.16 per basic and diluted share for the first quarter of 2018, and a net loss of $23.9 million, or $0.92 per basic and diluted share in the second quarter of 2017. Excluding the impact of the special items listed below, Basic reported a net loss of $22.4 million, or a loss of $0.83 per basic and diluted share in the second quarter of 2018, and a net loss of $14.7 million, or a loss of $0.57 per basic and diluted share in the second quarter of 2017.


Three months ended June 30,


2018


EPS

Special Items (adjusted for tax)

(Unaudited)

   Net loss, as reported

$

(40.1)



$

(1.51)


   Audit-related state sales and use tax

4.8



0.18


   Executive retirement

3.1



0.12


   Bad debt

2.5



0.10


   Strategic consulting fees

1.6



0.06


   Change in valuation allowance on federal deferred tax assets

5.7



0.22






   Adjusted net loss

$

(22.4)



$

(0.83)


Special items included an after-tax $4.8 million expense related to prior years' sales and use tax associated with an audit that is currently in progress; an after-tax $3.1 million expense related to the acceleration of non-cash incentive compensation payments and severance payments to our Chief Financial Officer, who, in April, announced his future retirement subject to continued service pursuant to a Transition Services Agreement; $2.5 million of bad debt related to a single customer; and $1.6 million in management consulting fees related to our strategic realignment initiative, which is discussed in further detail below.

Adjusted EBITDA was $27.0 million, excluding $6.0 million in non-cash stock compensation, or 11% of revenues, for the second quarter of 2018, compared to $22.8 million, excluding $6.8 million of non-cash stock compensation, or 10% of revenues, in the first quarter of 2018.  In the second quarter of 2017, Basic generated Adjusted EBITDA of $18.3 million, excluding $6.3 million of non-cash stock compensation, or 9% of revenues.  Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization ("EBITDA"), the net gain or loss from the disposal of assets, non-cash stock compensation, retention expense, and restructuring expense.  EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA, which are not measures determined in accordance with United States generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"), are defined and reconciled in note 2 under the accompanying financial tables. We currently have $45.4 million in liquidity, compared to $34.3 million at the end of the first quarter.

Roe Patterson, Basic's President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "Our second quarter results were led by the improved performance in the well servicing and water logistics segments, where we benefitted from increased utilization, higher revenue per rig and truck hour and increased penetration of water disposal volumes through our pipeline system. As a result, we managed to deliver higher sequential revenues and overall margins in both the well servicing and water logistics segments. However, equally important during the second quarter was the undertaking of an ongoing proactive realignment initiative designed to relocate our assets to the most attractive operating areas with our busiest customers and in markets where we possess the most scale.  We believe this initiative will accelerate profitability and free cash flow through improved utilization, cost efficiencies, and pricing across all of our business segments.

"During the second quarter, production-related services continued to benefit from increased pricing and utilization in most segments. The well service industry is operating at virtually full utilization based on current available labor, and as a result we are seeing additional rate traction in the mid-single digit range for the second half of 2018. The well servicing segment margin increased 670 basis points due largely to improved utilization, more than offsetting the on-boarding and higher labor cost of new hires. We continue to see increased demand for 24-hour packages, averaging 24 active packages for the quarter and exiting the quarter at 28, up from an average of 21 for the first quarter. We anticipate that this trend will continue for the remainder of 2018. Our fleet is uniquely equipped to handle this demand as we combine our high-spec well servicing rigs with our rental assets to form these larger packages.

"The water logistics segment continues to perform well, with truck hours up three percent and the revenue per fluid service truck up 22 percent. The amount of water disposal volumes via higher-margin pipeline remains strong, reaching a new high for our Permian Basin operations nearing 40%. As water disposal volumes via pipeline continue to expand, we anticipate the number of active trucks to decrease as we replace fewer at lease expiration.

"In our completion and remedial services segment, both the frac and coiled tubing businesses continue to face competitive pressures while the snubbing and rental businesses saw improved sequential results from the first quarter driven by higher pricing and utilization during the second quarter. Utilization for our frac equipment remained choppy through the second quarter, and pricing remains very competitive, especially in the Permian as most of the new horsepower in the industry is showing up there. However, in our Mid-Con frac market, which ranges from Kansas through Oklahoma to the northern Barnett Shale, we experienced better results due to our larger scale in the region and lower average maintenance costs. Excluding frac and coiled tubing businesses, our completion and remedial margins would have been 41% for the second quarter compared to 36% without frac and coiled tubing in the first quarter.

"Some regions and business lines in which we operate have not made the type of recovery we had hoped for thus far in 2018. Either business lines have suffered from a saturation of new-build assets, or the markets themselves have not reached the anticipated levels of recovery demand that we were expecting. In response to these market conditions, we are proactively embarking on the aforementioned strategic realignment initiative with the objective of accelerating financial performance in all operating segments, primarily via relocation of assets to our most attractive markets where we possess the most scale.  As an example of this strategic initiative, we are relocating frac assets from the Permian and Niobrara basins, placing this equipment into more attractive regions such as the Mid-Con where our current scale supports better financial results.  We are also in the process of relocating other assets including rental tools, water trucks and well servicing rigs from regions that have not recovered as anticipated to core markets like the Permian Basin, SCOOP/STACK and Eagle Ford where we have market leading positions. Current run rates and activity levels suggest that revenue is trending higher for the third quarter; however, this realignment initiative is certain to result in some choppiness as we relocate assets.  Therefore, we are guiding third quarter revenues to be relatively flat sequentially.  Additionally, with our net debt remaining essentially flat quarter-over-quarter, we believe that we have reached the threshold of positive free cash flow generation, and we expect that trend to continue through the remainder of 2018.

"More specifically, customer feedback on planned capital expenditures in the production-oriented segments remains promising, and as a result, we expect our well servicing and water logistics segments in our core markets to continue delivering improvements in pricing, utilization and margin for the remainder of 2018. Production businesses continue to represent an increasing majority of our company revenue and present improving financial results. Therefore, we will further transition our assets and focus our growth initiatives to the production side of the industry."

2018 First Six Months Highlights

Revenues for the first half of 2018 rose 23% to $488.0 million from $395.3 million in the first six months of 2017.

Adjusted EBITDA for the first six months of 2018 was $50.3 million, or 10% of revenues, compared to $21.5 million, or 5% of revenues, for the first six months of 2017.  Adjusted EBITDA excludes the special items discussed above for both 2018 and 2017.  Adjusted EBITDA is reconciled in note 2 under the accompanying financial tables.

For the first half of 2018, Basic reported a net loss of $70.6 million, or $2.67 per basic and diluted share, compared to a net loss of $62.6 million, or $2.41 per basic and diluted share, for the first half of 2017.  Excluding special items in both 2018 and 2017, Basic generated an adjusted net loss of $45.5 million, or $1.72 per basic and diluted share for the first half of 2018 compared to an adjusted net loss of $36.6 million, or $1.42 per basic and diluted share in the first six months of 2017.

Business Segment Results

Completion and Remedial Services
Completion and remedial services revenue increased 8.0% to $126.9 million in the second quarter of 2018 from $117.6 million in the prior quarter.   The increase in revenue was primarily due to an increase in activity, partially offset by a decrease in frac revenue and weather impacts during the quarter. In the second quarter of 2017, this segment generated $107.4 million in revenue.

At June 30, 2018, Basic had approximately 516,500 hydraulic horsepower ("HHP"), down from 523,000 at the end of the previous quarter and 518,000 at June 30, 2017. Weighted average HHP for the second quarter of 2018 decreased to 518,000 from first quarter of 2018 levels of 523,000.

Segment profit in the second quarter of 2018 decreased 5.4% to $26.4 million compared to $27.9 million in the prior quarter.  Segment margin for the second quarter of 2018 decreased 300 basis points to 21% compared to 24% during the previous quarter. The decrease in margin was due to increased sand and freight costs in the Pumping segment during the quarter as well as the decremental impact of lower revenue in the Coiled Tubing segment. During the second quarter of 2017, segment profit was $26.2 million, or 24% of segment revenue.

Well Servicing
Well servicing revenues increased 12% to $64.4 million during the second quarter of 2018 compared to $57.5 million in the prior quarter led by increased rig activity and utilization as well as improved pricing late in the quarter. Well servicing revenues were $53.1 million in the second quarter of 2017.

The well servicing rig count was 310 at June 30 and March 31, 2018, down from 421 at June 30, 2017. Rig hours were 181,600 in the second quarter of 2018, up 8% compared to 168,500 hours in the first quarter of 2018 and up 12% from 162,300 hours in the comparable quarter of last year. Rig utilization was 82% in the second quarter of 2018, compared to 76% in the prior quarter and up from 71% based on our current fleet of 310 service rigs. Basic averaged a total of 24 24-hour rental equipment packages working for the second quarter of 2018, up from 21 in the first quarter of 2018, exiting the second quarter with 28 24-hours packages in the field. During the second quarter of 2017, the company averaged only 11 active equipment packages.

Revenue per well servicing rig hour was $348 in the second quarter of 2018, compared to $338 in the previous quarter and up 8% from $321 reported in the second quarter of 2017. The sequential increase in the second quarter was due to the additional 24-hour rigs operating in the quarter, which, in addition to improved hours, improved rates as well.

Segment profit in the second quarter of 2018 increased 57.6% to $14.7 million, compared to $9.3 million in the prior quarter and increased 31% from $11.3 million during the same period in 2017. Segment profit margin increased to 23% in the second quarter of 2018 from 16% in the prior quarter. In the second quarter of 2017, segment profit was 21% of segment revenue.

Water Logistics
Water logistics revenue in the second quarter of 2018 increased 6% to $59.7 million compared to $56.5 million in the prior quarter.  Segment revenue growth was driven by an increase in trucking activity, improved disposal utilization and higher skim oil sales. During the second quarter of 2017, this segment generated $50.7 million in revenue.

The weighted average number of fluid services trucks decreased 6% to 903 during the second quarter of 2018, compared to 960 during the first quarter of 2018 and decreased 4% compared to 943 during the second quarter of 2017. The decrease in the number of trucks is driven by the structural change taking place in the industry where increasing volumes of fluids are moving through pipelines. Truck hours of 486,800 during the second quarter of 2018 represented an increase of 2% from the 479,600 generated in the first quarter of 2018 and an increase of 3% compared to 473,500 in the same period in 2017.

The average revenue per fluid service truck increased 12% to $66,000 from $59,000 in the first quarter of 2018, led by increased trucking activity and improved pricing. In the comparable quarter of 2017, average revenue per fluid truck was $54,000.

Total pipeline water volumes of the Basic owned salt water disposal wells ("Basic SWDs") reached 2.0 million barrels compared to 1.5 million barrels during the first quarter of 2018. Pipeline disposal volumes of Basic SWD's in the Permian Basin continue to grow and have now reached 23% of total water disposal volumes.

Segment profit in the second quarter of 2018 increased by 1% to $15.7 million, compared to a profit of $15.6 million in the first quarter of 2018. Segment profit margin decreased approximately 100 basis points to 26% due to the temporary effect of weather in one region. Segment profit in the same period in 2017 was $9.2 million, or 18% of segment revenue.

Contract Drilling
Contract drilling revenues decreased by 23% to $2.3 million during the second quarter of 2018 from $3.0 million in the prior quarter. During the second quarter of 2017, this segment generated $2.1 million in revenue.  Basic marketed 11 drilling rigs during the first and second quarter of 2018, and the second quarter of 2017.  Revenue per drilling day in the second quarter of 2018 was up 49% to $25,700 compared to $17,300 in the previous quarter and up from

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