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Independence Contract Drilling, Inc. Reports Financial Results For The First Quarter Ended March 31, 2019

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HOUSTON, May 2, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Independence Contract Drilling, Inc. (the "Company") (NYSE:ICD) today reported financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2019.

First Quarter 2019 Highlights

  • Net loss of $2.4 million, or $0.03 per share.
  • Adjusted net income, as defined below, of $2.9 million, or $0.04 per share.
  • Adjusted EBITDA, as defined below, of $15.8 million.
  • Net debt, excluding finance leases, of $122.4 million.
  • Fleet utilization of 94.8%.
  • Fully-burdened margin of $7,453 per day.

In the first quarter of 2019, the Company reported revenues of $60.4 million, a net loss of $2.4 million, or $0.03 per share, adjusted net income (defined below) of $2.9 million, or $0.04 per share, and adjusted EBITDA (defined below) of $15.8 million.  This compares to revenues of $25.6 million, a net loss of $4.1 million, or $0.11 per share, an adjusted net loss of $4.3 million, or $0.11 per share, and adjusted EBITDA of $3.9 million in the first quarter of 2018 and revenues of $62.8 million, a net loss of $8.6 million, or $0.11 per share, an adjusted net income of $1.0 million, or $0.01 per share, and adjusted EBITDA of $16.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2018.

Chief Executive Officer Anthony Gallegos commented, "I am quite pleased with our financial results and the resiliency of our operations in a very choppy first quarter market.  We reported adjusted net income for the second consecutive quarter following the strategic combination with Sidewinder.  Our results were driven by continued strong utilization of our pad-optimal rig fleet and continued realization of SG&A and operational efficiencies resulting from the successful integration, which continues to progress smoothly towards completion at the end of the second quarter as planned."

"U.S. land-rig market dynamics continue to play out as we expected.  Customer budget reductions in response to year-end oil price declines resulted in reduced drilling activity, and their increased focus on free cash flow and returns has tempered their response to the recent commodity price recovery.  Nevertheless, utilization of our pad-optimal ShaleDriller® fleet remains robust, experiencing only transitory idle time as we redistribute affected rigs across our customer base.  Towards the end of the first quarter and beginning of the second quarter, we have dealt with a handful of rigs being released, but re-contracting efforts continue to progress, inquiries are increasing as a result of the recent oil price recovery, and we expect these transitory issues to resolve as we exit the second quarter of 2019."

Quarterly Operational Results

In the first quarter of 2019, the Company's fleet operated at 94.8% utilization and recorded 2,728.1 revenue days, compared to 100.0% utilization and 1,259.4 revenue days in the first quarter of 2018, and 95.7% utilization and 2,817.5 revenue days in the fourth quarter of 2018.

Operating revenues in the first quarter of 2019 totaled $60.4 million, compared to $25.6 million in the first quarter of 2018 and $62.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2018.  First quarter 2019 and fourth quarter 2018 revenues include $1.0 million and $2.0 million, respectively, of non-cash intangible revenue associated with the Sidewinder merger that closed on October 1, 2018. Excluding this non-cash revenue, revenue per day in the first quarter of 2019 was $20,755, compared to $19,055 in the first quarter of 2018 and $20,433 in the fourth quarter of 2018.  Sequential increases were driven by higher dayrates from recontracting of older legacy contracts.

Operating costs in the first quarter of 2019 totaled $39.3 million, compared to $18.9 million in the first quarter of 2018 and $39.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2018.  Fully-burdened operating costs were $13,302 per day in the first quarter of 2019, compared to $13,414 in the first quarter of 2018 and $12,932 in the fourth quarter of 2018.  Sequential increases in per day operating costs were primarily the result of seasonal payroll matters.

Fully-burdened rig operating margins, excluding reactivation and rig construction costs, in the first quarter of 2019 were $7,453 per day, compared to $5,641 per day in the first quarter of 2018 and $7,501 per day in the fourth quarter of 2018. 

Selling, general and administrative expenses in the first quarter of 2019 were $4.5 million (including $0.4 million of non-cash stock-based compensation), compared to $3.5 million (including $0.6 million of non-cash stock-based compensation) in the first quarter of 2018 and $5.0 million (including $0.2 million of non-cash stock-based compensation) in the fourth quarter of 2018.  Sequential decreases in SG&A were primarily associated with continued synergy realization as integration efforts continued during the quarter.

A tax benefit of $2.5 million ($0.03 per share) was recorded in the current quarter as a result of applying the Company's estimated annual tax rate to the year-to-date results. The expected annual tax expense for 2019 consists of Louisiana and Texas tax. 

Drilling Operations Update

The Company is currently marketing 32 drilling rigs and had a backlog from contracts with original terms of six months or greater of $102.4 million at March 31, 2019.  Approximately 85% of this backlog is expected to be realized during the remainder of 2019. 

Capital Expenditures and Liquidity Update

The Company's capital expenditure budget for 2019, net of asset sales and recoveries remains $29 million.  During the first quarter of 2019, cash outlays for capital expenditures, net of asset sales and recoveries, was $9.3 million.

As of March 31, 2019, the Company had cash on hand of $12.5 million, $5 million drawn on its $40 million revolving credit facility and a $130 million term loan outstanding.  The term loan includes a fully-committed $15 million accordion that remains undrawn and fully available to the Company.

Conference Call Details

A conference call for investors will be held today, May 2, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. Central Time (12:00 p.m. Eastern Time) to discuss the Company's first quarter 2019 results. 

The call can be accessed live over the telephone by dialing (855) 239-3115 or for international callers, (412) 542-4125.  A 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 10131167.  The replay will be available until May 9, 2019.

Interested parties may also listen to a simultaneous webcast of the conference call by logging onto the Company's website at www.icdrilling.com in the Investor Relations section.  A replay of the webcast will also be available for approximately 30 days following the call.

About Independence Contract Drilling, Inc.

Independence Contract Drilling provides land-based contract drilling services for oil and natural gas producers in the United States. The Company constructs, owns and operates a fleet of pad-optimal ShaleDriller rigs that are specifically engineered and designed to accelerate its clients' production profiles and cash flows from their most technically demanding and economically impactful oil and gas properties. For more information, visit www.icdrilling.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Words such as "anticipated," "estimated," "expected," "planned," "scheduled," "targeted," "believes," "intends," "objectives," "projects," "strategies" and similar expressions are used to identify such forward-looking statements. However, the absence of these words does not mean that a statement is not forward-looking. Forward-looking statements relating to Independence Contract Drilling's operations are based on a number of expectations or assumptions which have been used to develop such information and statements but which may prove to be incorrect. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict, and there can be no assurance that actual outcomes and results will not differ materially from those expected by management of Independence Contract Drilling. For more information concerning factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those conveyed in the forward-looking statements, please refer to the "Risk Factors" section of the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K, filed with the SEC and the information included in subsequent amendments and other filings. These forward-looking statements are based on and include our expectations as of the date hereof. Independence Contract Drilling does not undertake any obligation to update or revise such forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that occur, or which Independence Contract Drilling becomes aware of, after the date hereof.

INDEPENDENCE CONTRACT DRILLING, INC.

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CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS






March 31, 2019


December 31, 2018

Assets




Cash and cash equivalents

$             12,549


$                  12,247

Accounts receivable, net

42,137


41,987

Inventories

2,738


2,693

Assets held for sale

19,369


19,711

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

5,667


8,930



Total current assets

82,460


85,568

Property, plant and equipment, net

488,472


496,197

Goodwill

1,627


1,627

Deferred tax assets

1,766


-

Other long-term assets, net

2,582


1,470



Total assets

$           576,907


$                 584,862

Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity




Liabilities





Current portion of long-term debt (1)

$                  905


$                        587


Accounts payable

16,174


16,312


Accrued liabilities

21,095


29,219

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