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Liberty Oilfield Services Inc. Announces First Quarter 2019 Financial and Operational Results

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Liberty Oilfield Services Inc. (NYSE:LBRT, "Liberty" or the "Company"))
announced today first quarter 2019 financial and operational results.

Summary Results and Highlights

  • Revenue of $535 million and net income1 of $34 million, or
    $0.26 fully diluted earnings per share, for the quarter ended
    March 31, 2019
  • Adjusted EBITDA2 of $85 million and annualized Adjusted
    EBITDA per average active fleet of $15.4 million for the quarter ended
    March 31, 2019
  • Record quarterly proppant volumes pumped, more than 10% higher than
    previous quarterly record for the Company

"Despite facing a challenging market, we're proud to have delivered a
13% increase in revenue to $535 million, Adjusted EBITDA2
increased 18% to $85 million, each as compared to the fourth quarter
2018, and net income before income taxes increased 27% compared to the
fourth quarter 2018, to $41 million after adjusting for loss (gain) on
disposal of assets. We were able to execute on this financial
performance due to the excellence of our operations and supply chain
teams, as we pumped a record volume of proppant in the quarter. These
strong financial results enabled us to continue organically growing our
asset base while returning approximately $24 million of cash to
stockholders in the form of quarterly dividends, distributions and the
repurchase of 1% of our total outstanding shares. With our focus on
long-term success, we continue our commitment to achieve superior
returns on invested capital, maintain a strong balance sheet and invest
for the future. We delivered a Pre-Tax Return on Capital Employed
("ROCE")3 for the twelve months ended March 31, 2019 of 33%,
while generating significant free cash flow and returning cash to
stockholders. As always, the Liberty team continues to focus on driving
technology innovations and high efficiency operations which are a win
for Liberty and a win for our customers," commented Chris Wright, Chief
Executive Officer.

Outlook

Our first quarter 2019 results reflect a rebound in our activity from
the fleet utilization challenges experienced in the fourth quarter of
2018. Based on visibility into our customer activity pipeline for the
year, demand for Liberty fleets remains high and at the end of the first
quarter we activated our new Tier 4 frac fleet, taking the active fleet
count to 23 as of March 31, 2019. This additional fleet was deployed to
the long-term customer that it was promised to when it was ordered in
2018.

Entering the fourth quarter of 2018, there was an oversupply of staffed
frac fleets in the market which, combined with the additional reduction
in customer activity, led to a rapid reduction of pricing for frac
services. These reductions worked their way through our fleet repricing
negotiations from late fourth quarter 2018 into the middle of first
quarter 2019. While there continues to be an oversupply of frac fleets
in the market, we believe that roughly 20% of the frac fleets that were
active in the summer of 2018 are now either idle or in the process of
being idled. As supply of active frac equipment balances with demand we
expect pricing to potentially improve later this year.

We are focused on generating strong returns on capital and free cash
flow in 2019, while continuing to invest in technology and growing our
competitive advantages. We are taking delivery of the final equipment
for fleet 24 in the second quarter of 2019, but it will not be deployed
without the correct combination of strategic customer demand and market
dynamics.

"Liberty's financial results, favorable long-term outlook and strong
balance sheet, support our balanced strategy of disciplined growth and
returning capital to our stockholders. Liberty is committed to
compounding stockholder value by reinvesting cash flow at high rates of
return and returning cash to stockholders as appropriate. We are excited
by the growth opportunities in front of us and the positive long-term
outlook for the shale revolution and the benefits that this brings to
our industry and the country as a whole," concluded Mr. Wright.

First Quarter Results

For the first quarter of 2019, revenue increased 13% to $535 million
from $473 million in the fourth quarter of 2018.

Net income before income taxes totaled $40 million for the first quarter
of 2019 compared to $38 million for the fourth quarter of 2018, or $41
million and $32 million, respectively, after adjusting for loss (gain)
on disposal of assets.

Net income1 totaled $34 million for the first quarter of 2019
compared to net income1 of $34 million in the fourth quarter
of 2018.

Adjusted EBITDA2 increased 18% to $85 million from $72
million in the fourth quarter. Annualized Adjusted EBITDA per average
active fleet increased to $15.4 million in the first quarter compared to
$13.0 million in the fourth quarter. Please refer to the reconciliation
of Adjusted EBITDA (a non-GAAP measure) to net income (a GAAP measure)
in this earnings release.

Fully diluted earnings per share was $0.26 for the first quarter of 2019
compared to $0.27 for the fourth quarter of 2018.

Balance Sheet and Liquidity

As of March 31, 2019, Liberty had cash on hand of $59 million and total
debt of $106 million, net of deferred financing costs and original issue
discount. There were no borrowings drawn on the ABL credit facility, and
total liquidity, including availability under the credit facility, was
$292 million.

Quarterly Cash Dividend

During the quarter ended March 31, 2019 the Company paid a quarterly
cash dividend of $0.05 per share of Class A common stock, or
approximately $3.4 million in aggregate to stockholders. Liberty
Oilfield Services New HoldCo LLC (Liberty LLC) also paid quarterly
distributions of $0.05 per unit, for total dividends and distributions
of approximately $5.6 million.

Liberty announced on April 23, 2019 a cash dividend of $0.05 per share
of Class A common stock, to be paid on June 20, 2019 to holders of
record as of June 6, 2019. A distribution of $0.05 per unit has also
been approved for holders of units in Liberty LLC, which will use the
same record and payment date.

Future declarations of quarterly cash dividends are subject to approval
by the Board of Directors and to the Board's continuing determination
that the declarations of dividends are in the best interests of Liberty
and its stockholders. Future dividends may be adjusted at the Board's
discretion based on market conditions and capital availability.

Repurchase of Common Stock

On September 10, 2018 the Board approved a $100 million share repurchase
plan which was fully completed in January 2019. On January 22, 2019 the
Board approved an additional $100 million share repurchase plan which
expires on January 31, 2021. During the quarter ended March 31, 2019,
Liberty repurchased and retired 1,303,003 shares of Class A common stock
for approximately $18 million. The total remaining authorization for
future common share repurchases as of March 31, 2019 was approximately
$99 million.

Conference Call

Liberty will host a conference call to discuss the results at 8:00 a.m.
Mountain Time (10:00 a.m. Eastern Time) on Wednesday, May 1, 2019.
Presenting Liberty's results will be Chris Wright, Chief Executive
Officer, Ron Gusek, President, and Michael Stock, Chief Financial
Officer.

Individuals wishing to participate in the conference call should dial
(833) 255-2827, or for international callers (412) 902-6704.
Participants should ask to join Liberty's call. A live webcast will be
available at http://investors.libertyfrac.com.
The webcast can be accessed for 90 days following the call. A telephone
replay will be available shortly after the call and can be accessed by
dialing (877) 344-7529, or for international callers (412) 317-0088. The
passcode for the replay is 10130775. The replay will be available until
May 8, 2019.

About Liberty

Liberty is an independent provider of hydraulic fracturing services to
onshore oil and natural gas exploration and production companies in
North America. Liberty was founded in 2011 with a relentless focus on
improving tight-oil completions, and an emphasis on customer
partnerships and technology to find innovative answers to frac
optimization. Liberty is headquartered in Denver, Colorado. For more
information about Liberty, please contact Investor Relations at IR@libertyfrac.com.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This earnings release includes unaudited non-GAAP financial and
operational measures, including EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Pre-Tax
Return on Capital Employed.
We believe that the presentation of
these non-GAAP financial and operational measures provides useful
information about our financial performance and results of operations.

Non-GAAP financial and operational measures do not have any
standardized meaning and are therefore unlikely to be comparable to
similar measures presented by other companies.
The presentation
of non-GAAP financial and operational measures is not intended to be a
substitute for, and should not be considered in isolation from, the
financial measures reported in accordance with U.S. GAAP.
See the
tables entitled Reconciliation and Calculation of Non-GAAP Financial and
Operational Measures for a reconciliation or calculation of the non-GAAP
financial or operational measures to the most directly comparable GAAP
measure.

Forward-Looking and Cautionary Statements

The information above includes "forward-looking statements" within
the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended,
and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.
All
statements, other than statements of historical facts, included herein
concerning, among other things, the deployment of fleets in the future,
planned capital expenditures, future cash flows and borrowings, pursuit
of potential acquisition opportunities, our financial position, return
of capital to stockholders, business strategy and objectives for future
operations, are forward-looking statements.
These forward-looking
statements are identified by their use of terms and phrases such as
"may," "expect," "estimate," "project," "plan," "believe," "intend,"
"achievable," "anticipate," "will," "continue," "potential," "should,"
"could," and similar terms and phrases.
Although we believe that
the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are
reasonable, they do involve certain assumptions, risks and uncertainties.

These forward-looking statements represent our expectations or
beliefs concerning future events, and it is possible that the results
described in this earnings release will not be achieved.
These
forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks, uncertainties
and assumptions identified above or as disclosed from time to time in
Liberty's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
As
a result of these factors, actual results may differ materially from
those indicated or implied by such forward-looking statements.

Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which it
is made, and, except as required by law, we do not undertake any
obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as
a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
New
factors emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for us to
predict all such factors.
When considering these forward-looking
statements, you should keep in mind the risk factors and other
cautionary statements in "Item 1A. Risk Factors" included in our Annual
Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018 as filed with
the SEC on February 28, 2019 and in our other public filings with the
SEC.
These and other factors could cause our actual results to
differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements.

1   Net income attributable to controlling and noncontrolling interests.
2 "Adjusted EBITDA" is not presented in accordance with generally
accepted accounting principles in the United States ("U.S. GAAP").
Please see the supplemental financial information in the table under
"Reconciliation of Net Income to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA" at the
end of this earnings release for a reconciliation of the non-GAAP
financial measure of Adjusted EBITDA to its most directly comparable
GAAP financial measure.
3 Pre-Tax Return on Capital Employed ("ROCE") is an operational
measure. Please see the supplemental financial information in the
table under "Calculation of Pre-Tax Return on Capital Employed" at
the end of this earnings release for a calculation of this measure.
 
   

Liberty Oilfield Services Inc.

Selected Financial Data

(unaudited)

 
Three Months Ended
March 31,     December 31,     March 31,
2019 2018 2018
Statement of Income Data: (amounts in thousands, except for per share and fleet data)
Revenue $ 535,148 $ 473,115 $ 495,160
Costs of services, excluding depreciation and amortization shown
separately
429,299 377,590 376,827
General and administrative 22,088 25,403 21,677
Depreciation and amortization 38,387 34,183 28,016
Loss (gain) on disposal of assets 1,223   (5,608 ) 80
Total operating expenses 490,997 431,568 426,600
Operating income 44,151 41,547 68,560
Interest expense 4,182   3,463   6,494
Net income before taxes 39,969 38,084 62,066
Income tax expense 6,060   4,147   8,079
Net income 33,909 33,937 53,987
Less: Net income attributable to predecessor, prior to Corporate
Reorganization
8,705
Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests 15,788   14,951   21,607
Net income attributable to Liberty Oilfield Services Inc.
stockholders
$ 18,121   $ 18,986   $ 23,675
Net income attributable to Liberty Oilfield Services Inc.
stockholders per common share (1):
Basic $ 0.27 $ 0.28 $ 0.34
Diluted $ 0.26   $ 0.27   $ 0.34
Weighted average common shares outstanding:
Basic 67,427 68,881 68,924
Diluted 114,171   116,109   118,182
Other Financial and Operational Data
Capital expenditures (2) $ 51,108 $ 87,354 $ 82,867
Adjusted EBITDA (3) $ 84,815 $ 71,984 $ 100,167
Total Fleets at beginning of period (4) 22.0 22.0 19.0
Total Fleets at end of period (4) 23.0 22.0 21.0
Average Active Fleets (5) 22.3 22.0 19.9
Annualized Adjusted EBITDA per Average Active Fleet (6) $ 15,425 $ 12,981 $ 20,414
(1)   Net income attributable to Liberty Oilfield Services Inc.
stockholders per common share for the three months ended March 31,
2018 does not include net income attributable to our predecessor,
prior to corporate reorganization.
(2) Capital expenditures presented above are shown on an as incurred
basis, including capital expenditures in accounts payable and
accrued liabilities.
(3) Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure. See the tables
entitled "Reconciliation and Calculation of Non-GAAP Financial and
Operational Measures" below.
(4) Total Fleets represents the number of deployed and active fleets as
of the designated date.
(5) Average Active Fleets is calculated as the daily average of the
number of active fleets for the period presented.
(6) Annualized Adjusted EBITDA per Average Active Fleet is calculated as
Adjusted EBITDA for the year, or the respective quarter annualized,
divided by the Average Active Fleets, as defined above.
 
 
Liberty Oilfield Services Inc.
Condensed Consolidated and Combined Balance Sheets
(unaudited, amounts in thousands)
    March 31,     December 31,
2019 2018
Assets
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 58,688 $ 103,312
Accounts receivable and unbilled revenue 321,237 247,961
Inventories 74,348 60,024
Prepaids and other current assets 24,839   49,924
Total current assets 479,112   461,221
Property and equipment, net 640,768 627,053
Operating and finance lease right-of-use assets 120,438
Other assets 28,538   28,227
Total assets $ 1,268,856   $ 1,116,501
Liabilities and Equity
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 122,673 $ 80,490
Accrued liabilities 124,232 138,861
Current portion of operating and finance lease liabilities 27,112
Current portion of long-term debt, net of discount 392   385
Total current liabilities 274,409 219,736
Long-term debt, net of discount 106,041 106,139
Long-term operating and finance lease liabilities 85,830
Deferred tax liability 27,020 32,994
Payable pursuant to tax receivable agreement 20,074   16,818
Total liabilities 513,374   375,687
 
Stockholders' equity:
Common Stock 1,123 1,136
Additional paid in capital 314,967 312,659
Retained earnings 133,877   119,274
Total stockholders' equity 449,967 433,069
Noncontrolling interest 305,515   307,745
Total Equity 755,482   740,814
Total liabilities and equity $ 1,268,856   $ 1,116,501
 
 
Liberty Oilfield Services Inc.
Reconciliation and Calculation of Non-GAAP Financial and
Operational Measures
(unaudited, amounts in thousands)
 
Reconciliation of Net Income to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA
    Three Months Ended
March 31,     December 31,     March 31,
2019 2018 2018
Net income $ 33,909 $ 33,937 $ 53,987
Depreciation and amortization 38,387 34,183 28,016
Interest expense 4,182 3,463 6,494
Income tax expense 6,060   4,147   8,079
EBITDA $ 82,538 $ 75,730 $ 96,576
Fleet start-up costs 1,054 1,227 3,309
Asset acquisition costs 635
Loss (gain) on disposal of assets 1,223 (5,608 ) 80
Advisory services fees     202
Adjusted EBITDA $ 84,815   $ 71,984   $ 100,167
 
 
Calculation of Pre-Tax Return on Capital Employed
    Twelve Months Ended
March 31, 2019
2019     2018
Net income $ 228,955
Add back: Income tax expense 38,366  
Pre-tax net income $ 267,321
Capital Employed
Total debt, net of discount $ 106,433 $ 107,275
Total equity 755,482   650,920
Total Capital Employed $ 861,915   $ 758,195
 
Average Capital Employed (1) $ 810,055
Pre-Tax Return on Capital Employed (2) 33 %
(1)   Average Capital Employed is the simple average of Total Capital
Employed as of March 31, 2019 and 2018.
(2) Pre-tax Return on Capital Employed is the ratio of pre-tax net
income for the twelve months ended March 31, 2019 to Average Capital
Employed.
 

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