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Frank's International N.V. Announces Third Quarter 2019 Results


HOUSTON, Nov. 05, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Frank's International N.V. (NYSE:FI) (the "Company" or "Frank's") today reported financial and operational results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2019. 

Third Quarter 2019 Financial Highlights

  • Revenue for the quarter totaled $140.4 million, a decrease from the prior quarter of 10% due to declines in U.S. onshore and other markets. Revenue improved 9% from the prior year quarter.
  • Net loss of $23.8 million for the third quarter period eroded from a loss of $15.2 million in the second quarter of 2019 due to foreign exchange, impairment and restructuring items.
  • Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter was $16.0 million, down 7% from the prior quarter. Despite the revenue shortfall of 10%, adjusted EBITDA margins increased both sequentially and year-over-year due to cost reduction initiatives. Adjusted EBITDA improved 38% compared to $11.6 million for the third quarter of 2018.
  • Incremental year-to-date adjusted EBITDA margins are 35% compared to the first nine months of 2018.
  • Cash and cash equivalents increased to $190.5 million at September 30, 2019 due to the generation of $25.9 million of operating cash flow and $16.1 million in free cash flow in the quarter.
  • Management initiated a comprehensive business review and cost rationalization program with anticipated operational improvements and annualized cost reductions of approximately $30 million to be implemented over the next five quarters.  Longer-term initiatives will drive additional cost reductions.

"The third quarter results reflect our commitment to aggressively manage our business in a cost-effective manner. Headwinds in certain markets led to a reduction in revenue compared to our expectation at the outset of the third quarter. Specifically, we experienced customer delays in some anticipated Tubular product orders as well as the effects of the weaker U.S. onshore market. Despite lower activity, we were able to improve margins and effectively manage our working capital. Looking to 2020, we anticipate gradual, sustained growth driven by international activity across all business segments, but offset by uncertainty in the U.S. onshore business, as well as normal seasonal volatility factors. Frank's remains well positioned to continue to show improving results, with innovative and unique product and service offerings which focus on solving our customers' complex drilling and completion challenges," said Michael Kearney, the Company's Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer.

"As published in our recent investor relations presentation, Frank's initiated a series of business reviews early in the third quarter that will allow the Company to further streamline its business processes and the organizational structure leading to further margin improvement. All operating, general and administrative costs are being reviewed, including our geographic footprint. At this time, we believe that approximately $30 million of annualized cost reductions will be implemented compared to our baseline at the beginning of this project. While we expect to experience some early savings in the fourth quarter of 2019, most will be effective in the early part of 2020. Longer-term efficiency and cost containment projects such as supply chain improvements and an ERP implementation will provide further gains in 2021 and beyond. We anticipate at least $45 million in cost reductions to be realized from the entire project. In upcoming quarters, we will provide updates on our further progress."

"On the technology front, the Frank's International JET STRINGTM ELEVATOR was recently named the winner of the 2019 World Oil Awards in the category of "Best Health, Safety, Environment/Sustainable Development – Offshore." This tool is an innovative lifting device that is designed to eliminate the need for pad-eyes or lifting profiles and removes crew members from the rig red zone. In addition to this achievement, Frank's had another of its newer technologies, the Rack Back Console, also honored as an award finalist," concluded Mr. Kearney.

The financial measures provided that are not presented in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") are defined and reconciled to their most directly comparable GAAP measures. Please see "Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures" and the reconciliations to the nearest comparable GAAP measures.

Segment Results

Tubular Running Services

Tubular Running Services revenue was $102.3 million for the third quarter of 2019, compared to $106.6 million in the second quarter of 2019, and $89.8 million for the third quarter of 2018. The decrease in sequential revenue was primarily driven by decreased customer activity in the U.S. onshore and offshore markets, partially offset by strength in Europe and the Middle East. 

Segment adjusted EBITDA for the third quarter of 2019 was $23.9 million, or 23.4% of revenue, compared to $25.4 million, or 23.8% of revenue, for the second quarter of 2019 and $17.1 million, or 19.0% of revenue, for the third quarter of 2018. Lower sequential revenue was the primary driver for the decrease in adjusted EBITDA, but this was partially offset by favorable compensation and related expense, a tax refund, and other cost savings measures.

In the fourth quarter, the Company expects the continued customer activity declines in the U.S. onshore market to be partially offset by increased activity in Asia Pacific. The Company expects gradual, sustained growth for this segment throughout 2020.


Tubulars revenue for the third quarter of 2019 was $12.5 million, compared to $22.3 million for the second quarter of 2019, and $15.3 million for the third quarter of 2018. The sequential decline was principally caused by the timing of certain tubular product deliveries shifting into later periods. As mentioned previously, this business can fluctuate from period to period due to delays or changes in rig schedules and customer drilling programs. Drilling technologies revenue was also sequentially lower due to unexpected changes in some customer programs between completions and drilling, particularly in offshore markets. 

Segment adjusted EBITDA for the third quarter of 2019 was $0.5 million, or 3.6% of revenue, compared to $3.9 million, or 17.6% of revenue, for the second quarter of 2019 and $1.5 million, or 10.1% of revenue for the third quarter of 2018, driven mostly by the decline in revenue.

Despite delays that the Company expects to extend into the fourth quarter of 2019, the Company is encouraged by a robust recent pick-up in quote activity for these businesses in 2020 and beyond. In both tubular products and drilling technologies businesses, new technologies are being commercialized that the Company expects will begin providing a meaningful impact in 2020.

Cementing Equipment

Cementing Equipment revenue was $25.6 million in the third quarter of 2019, compared to $26.7 million in the second quarter of 2019 and $23.9 million for the third quarter of 2018. The sequential decline was driven by reduced customer activity in the U.S. onshore market. This was partially offset by increased revenue in international markets and the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. The Company continues to expect increased international revenue in the fourth quarter of 2019 and for full year 2020.

Segment adjusted EBITDA for the third quarter of 2019 was $3.0 million, or 11.8% of revenue, compared to $3.0 million, or 11.3% of revenue, for the second quarter of 2019 and $2.0 million, or 8.2% of revenue, for the third quarter of 2018. Despite a slight reduction in revenue, the sequentially flat adjusted EBITDA was due to higher margin offshore work as well as lower general and administrative costs in the quarter, offset by lower margin onshore work.

Capital Expenditures, Liquidity and Cash Flow

Cash expenditures related to property, plant and equipment and intangibles were $9.7 million for the third quarter of 2019 and are expected to be approximately $40 million for the full year 2019, with most of the spending related to new technologically advanced tools and equipment to meet customer demand.

As of September 30, 2019, the Company's consolidated cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments was $190.5 million compared to $172.1 million as of the prior quarter end. Total debt outstanding was $0.5 million as of September 30, 2019 compared to $2.1 million as of the prior quarter. Liquidity at September 30, 2019 was $245.5 million, including cash and cash equivalents and $55.0 million available under the Company's Credit Facility. The Company generated Cash Flow from Operations of $25.9 million and positive Free Cash Flow of $16.1 million in the third quarter.

Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call to discuss third quarter 2019 results on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. Central Time (11:00 a.m. Eastern Time). Participants may join the conference call by dialing (888) 771-4371 or (847) 585-4405. The conference access code is 49117879. To listen via live webcast, please visit the Investor Relations section of the Company's website, A presentation will also be posted on the Company's website prior to the conference call.

An audio replay of the conference call will be available approximately two hours after the conclusion of the call and will remain available for seven days. It can be accessed by dialing (888) 843-7419 or (630) 652-3042. The conference call replay access code is 49117879#. The replay will also be available in the Investor Relations section of the Company's website approximately two hours after the conclusion of the call and remain available for a period of approximately 90 days.

About Frank's International

Frank's International N.V. is a global oil services company that provides a broad and comprehensive range of highly engineered tubular running services, tubular fabrication, and specialty well construction and well intervention solutions with a focus on complex and technically demanding wells. Founded in 1938, Frank's has approximately 3,300 employees and provides services to leading exploration and production companies in both onshore and offshore environments in approximately 50 countries on six continents. The Company's common stock is traded on the NYSE under the symbol "FI." Additional information is available on the Company's website,


Erin Fazio – Investor Relations

(In thousands, except per share data)
  Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
  September 30,   June 30,   September 30,   September 30,
  2019   2019   2018   2019   2018
Services $ 119,572     $ 127,091     $ 103,911     $ 362,069     $ 301,005  
Products 20,845     28,563     25,075     78,410     75,635  
Total revenue 140,417     155,654     128,986     440,479     376,640  
Operating expenses:                  
Cost of revenue, exclusive of depreciation and amortization                  
Services (1) (2) 86,745     85,785     74,769     255,769     219,819  
Products (1) 14,247     23,475     17,988     57,850     54,415  
General and administrative expenses (1) (2) 26,921     34,026     29,916     96,358     94,799  
Depreciation and amortization 21,482     23,913     26,998     70,637     84,160  
Severance and other charges (credits), net 5,222     815     (4,852 )   6,492     (2,483 )
(Gain) loss on disposal of assets 603     154     (2,242 )   984     (1,790 )
Operating loss (14,803 )   (12,514 )   (13,591 )   (47,611 )   (72,280 )
Other income (expense):                  
Tax receivable agreement ("TRA") related adjustments     220     (1,170 )   220     (5,282 )
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