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EcoStim Energy Solutions Reports Second Quarter 2018 Results


HOUSTON, TEXAS, Aug. 14, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Eco-Stim Energy Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ:ESES) ("EcoStim" or the "Company") announced its financial and operating results for the quarter ended June 30, 2018.


  • Revenues for Q2 2018 grew 114% over Q2 2017 to $18.2 million from $8.5 million; revenues for Q2 2018 increased by $0.4 million as compared with Q1 2018
  • Two U.S. fleets combined into one "super fleet" to improve efficiency; resulted in new Company record with 130 stages completed in June 2018 and Company record fleet revenue set in July 2018
  • U.S. gross margin improved from a loss of $3.4 million in Q1 2018 to a $2.4 million loss in Q2 2018; ~95% of Q2 2018 loss was incurred prior to formation of the "super fleet"
  • CNG-fueled turbine pumps put to work in July in the pump down market to leverage lower fuel cost advantage
  • Gross margin in Argentina improved from a loss of $0.3 million in Q1 2018 to a positive gross margin in Q2 2018 of $0.1 million

J. Chris Boswell, President and Chief Executive Officer stated, "In June we combined our two U.S. frac fleets into one larger "super fleet" to improve our cash flow following poor performance in April and May while attempting to operate two fleets simultaneously in a weakening spot market.  We are pleased with the efforts of the "super fleet" to date as evidenced by the completion of a Company record 130 stages in June and a Company record revenue generation in July.  The creation of the "super fleet" has improved the cash flow profile as ~95% of the U.S. gross margin losses for Q2 2018 were experienced prior to the formation of the "super fleet."  We have continued to reduce costs and generated strong revenues in July which should provide further improvements in our U.S. gross margin.

Our Argentina fleet generated a positive gross margin for the quarter.  We continue to work under a transition agreement, and we expect to continue providing services for a transition period ending on or before December 2018, depending on the volume of work to be performed for our customer.  The Company has hired an Investment Bank to help evaluate strategic alternatives for its Argentina business including a sale, merger or joint venture.  The Company believes that the Argentina market is growing and undersupplied, and we look forward to recognizing the value inherent in this business.

Lastly, we are working hard to maximize shareholder value and take advantage of the significant hard asset value of our businesses, our high-quality workforce and the recent improvements in our operational performance.  In that regard, the Company has engaged Johnson Rice & Company to provide advice regarding various initiatives to enhance shareholder value."

Quarter Financial Results

For Q2 2018, the Company reported a net loss of $16.6 million, or a loss of $0.22 per basic and diluted share, as compared to a net loss of $6.1 million, or a loss of $0.31 per basic and diluted share, reported in Q2 2017.  The net loss for Q2 2018 included an impairment charge with respect to underutilized equipment of $3.7 million and $0.9 million in special charges related to the combination of our two U.S. fleets into the "super fleet" and certain legal fees.


U.S. revenue for Q2 2018 was $15.0 million, compared to $3.1 million for Q2 2017.  The Company started its U.S. operations during Q2 2017 and as such generated limited revenue in Q2 2017.

Argentina revenue for Q2 2018 decreased $2.2 million to $3.2 million, compared to $5.4 million for Q2 2017.  The Q2 2017 revenue included billings for 3rd party services that were sub-contracted by the Company.   These services were contracted directly by our customer during the period from February to June 2018.     

Cost of Sales

U.S. cost of services was $17.5 million for Q2 2018, compared to $4.5 for Q2 2017 and $16.1 million in Q1 2018.  The increase in costs compared to Q1 2018 was a result of the additional costs related to the operation of two fleets until Fleet #1 was combined with Fleet #2 in May 2018.   Following the decision to consolidate fleets, the Company reduced cost levels to focus on achieving profitability.   As a result, the gross margin loss from the U.S. operation was reduced from $1.7 million in May to $0.1 million in June 2018.  The $17.5 million in cost of services for Q2 2018 included $0.4 million of special charges related to the combination of the two fleets.

Argentina cost of services decreased $3.7 million to $3.1 million for Q2 2018, compared to $6.8 million for Q2 2017.  This decrease was attributable to lower activity levels and a reduction in costs incurred attributable to non-core third party services.  

G&A Expense

Selling, general and administrative ("G&A") expense increased $1.1 million to $3.4 million for Q2 2018, compared to $2.3 million for Q2 2017.  This increase was a result of our expansion into the U.S. market which did not occur until mid Q2 2017.   There were also related increases in non-cash stock compensation, corporate salaries, director compensation and certain legal and other professional expenses.  G&A expense for Q2 2018 included $0.7 million of non-cash stock compensation charges.  G&A expense for Q2 2018 also included $0.5 million of special charges as described above. 

Impairment Expense

In Q2 2018, the Company recorded impairment expense of $3.7 million with respect to underutilized equipment.

Cash and Total Liquidity

On June 30, 2018, EcoStim had cash and cash equivalents of approximately $1.9 million, compared to $8.8 million at December 31, 2017 and $3.7 million at June 30, 2017.  The Company secured $5.5 million in funding from a shareholder loan in June 2018 to fund capital expenditures and working capital.  Subsequent to June 30, the Company has been pursuing the sale of non-core equipment valued between approximately $1.5 and $3.0 million.

Capital Expenditures

Total cash capital expenditures made during Q2 2018 were approximately $1.8 million compared to $1.5 million in Q1 2018 and $4.2 million in Q2 2017, comprised mainly of additional pressure pumping equipment and maintenance capex.

Forward Guidance

The Company has a limited operating history, with our U.S operations starting up in Q2 2017 and only a few years of operations in Argentina in a difficult but improving market environment.  While the market in both Argentina and the U.S. is now stronger, utilization of our frac fleets is difficult to accurately predict and therefore the Company does not plan to provide any earnings guidance for 2018 at this time.  As the Company's capacity additions made over the past year are deployed and the Company develops a longer operating history in the US, management may decide to provide guidance in the future.  Factors that may influence our outlook and performance include the reliability and performance of our equipment, utilization of our assets in both the U.S. and Argentina markets, the size of each job, pricing levels, and the service and product components of each job, as well as other factors discussed in our filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call on Tuesday, August 14th, 2018 at 8:30 AM EDT, 7:30 AM CDT.  To participate in the call please dial 877-900-9524 from the United States and Canada, and 412-902-0029 internationally.  Additionally, the Company will host a web cast to review an investor presentation which will be accessible through the following link:

Participants should dial in five to ten minutes before the scheduled time and must be on a touchtone telephone to ask questions.  A replay of the call will be available through August 31, 2018, by dialing 877-660-6853 from the U.S and Canada, and 201-612-7415 internationally. The replay passcode is 13597819.

About the Company

EcoStim is an environmentally focused oilfield service and technology company offering well stimulation and completion services and field management technologies to oil and gas producers drilling in the U.S. and international unconventional shale markets.  In addition to conventional pumping equipment, EcoStim offers its clients completion techniques that can dramatically reduce horsepower requirements, emissions and surface footprint.

Forward-Looking Statements:

Certain statements and information in this press release 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" "offer to" or other similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements, which are generally not historical in nature.  All statements, other than statements of historical facts, included in this press release that address activities, events or developments that the Company is preparing for, plans, expects, believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements.  Examples of forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the Company's statements made relating to: (i) revenue, earnings, profitability, gross margin, and other financial results for future periods, (ii) future pricing and other conditions in the markets served by the Company, (iii) the future utilization and operating efficiency of the Company's frac fleets, and (iv) the Company's review of strategic alternatives for its Argentina business and other initiatives to enhance shareholder value. These statements are based on certain assumptions made by the Company based on management's experience, expectations and perception of historical trends, current conditions, anticipated future developments and other factors believed to be appropriate.  Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of performance.  Although the Company believes the expectations reflected in its forward-looking statements are reasonable and are based on reasonable assumptions, no assurance can be given that these assumptions are accurate or that any of these expectations will be achieved (in full or at all) or will prove to have been correct.  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.

For additional information regarding known material factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from our projected results, please see our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K. Investors should carefully consider the risk factors included in our filings, and should keep in mind the cautionary statements in this press release and in our filings.

Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof.  The Company undertakes no obligation to correct or update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable law.


Financial Statements



    June 30, 2018     December 31, 2017  
Current assets:                
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 1,904,263     $ 8,826,076  
Accounts receivable     7,557,612       10,167,044  
Inventory     3,138,320       3,699,245  
Prepaids and other assets     5,648,345       5,150,910  
Total current assets     18,248,540       27,843,275  
Property, plant and equipment, net     75,703,514       75,825,539  
Total assets   $ 93,952,054     $ 103,668,814  
Liabilities and stockholders' equity                
Current liabilities:                
Accounts payable   $ 18,702,217     $ 15,587,623  
Accrued expenses     6,235,351       6,343,842  
Short-term shareholder note     5,109,995       -  
Short-term equipment financing note     4,420,228       7,047,020  
Short-term insurance financing note     847,059       -  
Current portion of capital lease payable     3,731,342       836,855  
Total current liabilities     39,046,192       29,815,340  
Non-current liabilities:                
Long-term equipment financing note     832,843       1,172,712  
Total non-current liabilities     832,843       1,172,712  
Stockholders' equity                
Preferred stock     10       -  
Common stock     74,874       74,578  
Additional paid-in capital     154,900,047       144,071,119  
Treasury stock     (57,469 )     (57,469 )
Accumulated deficit     (100,844,443 )     (71,407,466 )
Total stockholders' equity     54,073,019       72,680,762  
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity   $<
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