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Helmerich & Payne, Inc. Announces First Quarter Fiscal 2019 Results

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  • Quarterly U.S. Land revenue days (activity) increased approximately 4%
  • Quarterly U.S. Land adjusted average rig revenue increased by more than $800(1) per day, up approximately 3% sequentially
  • H&P upgraded/converted 14 FlexRigs® to super-spec(2) capacity during the first fiscal quarter of 2019
  • H&P's U.S. Land contracted rig count increased by 12 rigs to 244 rigs from September 30, 2018 to December 31, 2018
  • On December 14, 2018, Directors of the Company declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.71 per share               

TULSA, Okla., Jan. 29, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Helmerich & Payne, Inc. (NYSE:HP) reported income of $19 million or $0.17 per diluted share from operating revenues of $741 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2018, compared to income of $2.5 million, or $0.02 per diluted share, on revenues of $697 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2018.  Net income per diluted share for the first fiscal quarter of 2019 and the fourth fiscal quarter of 2018 include $(0.25) and $(0.17), respectively, of after-tax losses comprised of select items(3). For the first fiscal quarter select items(3) were comprised of:

  • $0.20 of after-tax gains related to early termination, gains on sales, certain discrete tax items and gains from discontinued operations related to currency fluctuations
  • $(0.45) of after-tax losses related to abandonments and accelerated depreciation, bond exchange fees, a lawsuit settlement and a non-cash fair market adjustment to our equity investments

Net cash provided by operating activities was $209 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2019 compared to $186 million for the fourth fiscal quarter of fiscal 2018.

President and CEO John Lindsay commented, "The Company delivered sequentially improved operational results in the face of falling crude oil prices, which decreased by more than 30% during the quarter.  Customer demand for super-spec rigs continued during the first fiscal quarter and H&P responded by upgrading and converting 14 more rigs to super-spec capacity bringing our total number of super-spec FlexRigs to 221 at calendar year-end.  Additionally, H&P's FlexAppTM solutions gained further traction in the market as more customers are realizing the value these software-based drilling applications create.

"Predictably, demand for super-spec rigs this current quarter has softened largely due to oil price uncertainty and our customers' aim to spend within cash flow.  Even with the softening outlook, the Company's large offering of highly capable super-spec FlexRigs and the associated technology surrounding wellbore quality and placement becomes more critical as drilling in the U.S.'s most prolific basins increases in complexity.

"The newly created H&P Technologies segment, which encompasses H&P's technology-based subsidiaries, Motive and MagVar, also saw increased demand during the quarter.  Individually or combined with the FlexRig, our wellbore quality and placement technologies greatly enhance the economic potential of a well and add significant value to our customers and their stakeholders.  The Company's drilling automation technology, AutoSlideSM, continues to gain momentum and interest from customers and we anticipate commercialization in the Midland Basin over the next few months."

Vice President and CFO Mark Smith also commented, "This recent lack of clear direction in crude prices is injecting an amount of uncertainty into some of our customers' drilling plans for 2019.  H&P, like our customers, has responded accordingly.  H&P is slowing the cadence of super-spec upgrades creating a commensurate reduction in our planned capital expenditures for the year.  

"We have reduced our budgeted capex by over 20%, approximately $150 million from our initial budget.  As in the past with volatile markets, the Company will maintain a disciplined capital allocation strategy and we remain confident that our operational results and financial strength will support that strategy."

John Lindsay concluded, "The Company's ability to plan, adapt and respond in a near-term volatile market is one of the cornerstones of our long-term success. Despite industry conditions, the primary focus remains constant at H&P - to partner with our customers and add value through our people, the FlexRig fleet and technologies to achieve common goals."

Operating Segment Results for the First Quarter of Fiscal 2019

U.S. Land Operations:

Segment operating income increased by $15.1 million to $79.7 million sequentially.  The increase in operating results was primarily driven by sequential increases in both quarterly revenue days and average rig revenue per day.  The number of quarterly revenue days increased sequentially by approximately 4%.  Adjusted average rig revenue per day improved by $835 or roughly 3% to $25,156(1) as average dayrates increased during the quarter.

The average rig expense per day increased sequentially by $1,334 to $15,443 as the quarter was negatively impacted by $821 of costs associated with a settled lawsuit while the prior quarter benefited from favorable adjustments to self-insurance expenses.  Corresponding adjusted average rig margin per day increased $322 to $10,534(1)

The segment's depreciation expense for the quarter includes non-cash charges of $3.5 million for abandonments and accelerated depreciation of used drilling rig components related to rig upgrades, compared to similar non-cash charges of $13.9 million during the fourth fiscal quarter of 2018.

Offshore Operations:

Segment operating income decreased by $1.0 million to $7.2 million sequentially.  The number of quarterly revenue days on H&P-owned platform rigs decreased sequentially by approximately 5%, while the average rig margin per day decreased sequentially by $1,454 to $9,998 primarily due to a rig undergoing maintenance during the quarter.  Management contracts on customer-owned platform rigs contributed approximately $5.4 million to the segment's operating income, compared to approximately $5.5 million during the prior quarter. 

International Land Operations:

The segment had operating income of $6.6 million this quarter as compared to an operating loss of $7.9 million during the previous quarter.  The $14.5 million sequential increase in operating income was primarily attributable to asset impairments charges related to ceasing operations in Ecuador that adversely impacted the prior quarter combined with an installment payment related to prior early terminations that benefitted first fiscal quarter revenues.  Revenue days decreased during the quarter by 3% to 1,758 while the adjusted average rig margin per day increased by $1,524 to $10,182(1)

H&P Technologies:

The segment had an operating loss of $10.3 million this quarter as compared to an operating loss of $15.6 million during the previous quarter.  The $5.3 million sequential decrease in the operating loss was due in part to the impairment of legacy TerraVici intangible assets that negatively impacted the prior quarter. 

Operational Outlook for the Second Quarter of Fiscal 2019

U.S. Land Operations:

  • Quarterly revenue days expected to decrease by approximately 3%-5% sequentially representing a roughly 1%-3% decrease in the average number of active rigs given the lower number of calendar days during the second fiscal quarter and implying a likely exit to the quarter at between 223-233 active rigs
  • Average rig revenue per day expected to be between $25,500-$26,000 (excluding any impact from early termination revenue)
  • Average rig expense per day expected to be between $14,700-$15,100

Offshore Operations:

  • Quarterly revenue days expected to increase by approximately 3% sequentially, representing an average rig count of 6 rigs for the quarter as one rig returns from planned maintenance on its offshore platform partially offset by the lower number of calendar day during the second fiscal quarter
  • Average rig margin per day expected to be approximately $6,000-$7,000 as one rig is expected to be on a standby rate for the quarter
  • Management contracts expected to generate approximately $4-$5 million in operating income as one of the rigs moves to a reduced cold stack rate as planned

International Land Operations:

  • Quarterly revenue days expected to be down approximately 10% sequentially primarily due to reduced activity in Colombia and the lower number of calendar days during the second fiscal quarter, representing an average rig count of 17-18 rigs for the quarter
  • Average rig margin per day expected to be roughly $10,500-$11,500

Other Estimates for Fiscal 2019

  • Capital expenditures are now expected to be approximately $500 to $530 million with roughly 35% expected for super-spec upgrades, 33-38% expected for maintenance and 27-32% expected for continued reactivations and other bulk purchases.

Select Items Included in Net Income per Diluted Share

First Quarter of Fiscal 2019 net income of $0.17 per diluted share included $(0.25) in after-tax losses comprised of the following:

  • $0.01 of income tax adjustments related to certain discrete tax items
  • $0.04 of after-tax gains related to the sale of used drilling equipment
  • $0.05 of after-tax income from long-term contract early termination compensation from customers
  • $0.10 of after-tax income from discontinued operations related to adjustments resulting from currency fluctuations
  • $(0.02) of after-tax losses from abandonment charges and accelerated depreciation related to the decommissioning of used drilling equipment
  • $(0.02) of after-tax losses from bond exchange fees
  • $(0.12) of after-tax losses from the settlement of a lawsuit
  • $(0.29) of non-cash after-tax losses related to the fair market adjustment of equity investments resulting from adoption of Accounting Standard Update

Fourth Quarter of Fiscal 2018 net income of $0.02 per diluted share included $(0.17) in after-tax losses comprised of the following:

  • $0.05 of after-tax gains related to the sale of used drilling equipment
  • $0.02 of after-tax income from long-term contract early termination compensation from customers
  • $0.01 of incremental income tax adjustments related to the recognition of the new corporate tax rate under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act(4) in calculating the Company's deferred income tax liability
  • $(0.09) of after-tax losses from abandonment charges and accelerated depreciation related to the decommissioning of used drilling equipment
  • $(0.16) of after-tax losses related to the impairment of decommissioned rigs and related equipment primarily in international markets as well as other intangible assets

Conference Call

A conference call will be held on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. (ET) with John Lindsay, President and CEO, Mark Smith, Vice President and CFO, and Dave Wilson, Director of Investor Relations to discuss the Company's fiscal first quarter 2019 results. Dial-in information for the conference call is (877) 876-9174 for domestic callers or (785) 424-1669 for international callers.  The call access code is ‘Helmerich'.  You may also listen to the conference call that will be broadcast live over the Internet by logging on to the Company's website at http://www.hpinc.com and accessing the corresponding link through the Investor Relations section by clicking on "INVESTORS" and then clicking on "Event Calendar" to find the event and the link to the webcast.

About Helmerich & Payne, Inc.

Founded in 1920, Helmerich & Payne, Inc. (H&P) (NYSE:HP) is committed to delivering industry leading levels of drilling productivity and reliability. H&P operates with the highest level of integrity, safety and innovation to deliver superior results for our customers and returns for shareholders. Through its subsidiaries, the Company designs, fabricates and operates high-performance drilling rigs in conventional and unconventional plays around the world.  H&P also develops and implements advanced automation, directional drilling and survey management technologies. H&P's fleet includes 350 land rigs in the U.S., 32 international land rigs and eight offshore platform rigs. For more information, see H&P online at www.hpinc.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This release includes "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and such statements are based on current expectations and assumptions that are subject to risks and uncertainties.  All statements other than statements of historical facts included in this release, including, without limitation, statements regarding the registrant's future financial position, operations outlook, business strategy, budgets, projected costs and plans and objectives of management for future operations, are forward-looking statements.  For information regarding risks and uncertainties associated with the Company's business, please refer to the "Risk Factors" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" sections of the Company's SEC filings, including but not limited to its annual report on Form 10‑K and quarterly reports on Form 10‑Q.  As a result of these factors, Helmerich & Payne, Inc.'s actual results may differ materially from those indicated or implied by such forward-looking statements.  We undertake no duty to update or revise our forward-looking statements based on changes in internal estimates, expectations or otherwise, except as required by law.

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Note Regarding Trademarks.  Helmerich & Payne, Inc. owns or has rights to the use of trademarks, service marks and trade names that it uses in conjunction with the operation of its business.  Some of the trademarks that appear in this release or otherwise used by H&P include FlexRig, FlexApp and AutoSlide, which may be registered or trademarked in the U.S. and other jurisdictions.

(1) See the Selected Statistical & Operational Highlights table(s) for details on the revenues or charges excluded on a per revenue day basis.  The inclusion or exclusion of these amounts results in adjusted revenue, expense, and/or margin per day figures, which are all non-GAAP measures.
(2) The term "super-spec" herein refers to rigs with the following specifications: AC drive, 1,500 hp drawworks, 750,000 lbs. hookload rating, 7,500 psi mud circulating system and multiple-well pad capability.
(3) See the corresponding section of this release for details regarding the select items.

Contact:  Dave Wilson, Director of Investor Relations
investor.relations@hpinc.com
(918) 588‑5190



HELMERICH & PAYNE, INC.
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(in thousands, except per share data)

                     
    Three Months Ended  
    December 31   September 30    December 31  
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS   2018     2018     2017    
          As adjusted   As adjusted  
Operating Revenues:                    
Contract drilling   $  737,358     $  693,677     $  561,069    
Other      3,240        3,148        3,018    
    $  740,598     $  696,825     $  564,087    
                     
Operating costs and expenses:                    
Contract drilling operating expenses, excluding depreciation and amortization      487,593        448,135        371,916    
Operating expenses applicable to other revenues      1,274        1,325        1,167    
Depreciation and amortization      141,460        150,281        143,267    
Research and development      7,019        5,018        3,234    
Selling, general and administrative      54,508        52,252        46,459    
Asset impairment charge      —        23,128        —    
Gain on sale of assets      (5,545 )      (7,527 )      (5,565 )  
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