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U.S. Well Services Announces Third Quarter 2019 Financial and Operational Results


HOUSTON, Nov. 06, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- U.S. Well Services, Inc. (the "Company", "U.S. Well Services" or "we") (NASDAQ:USWS) today reported third quarter 2019 financial and operational results.  

Third Quarter 2019 Highlights

  • Finalized a long-term contract for an electric fracturing fleet for work in the Northeast beginning in November 2019
  • Averaged 8.4 fully-utilized fleets compared to 10.4 fully-utilized fleets during the second quarter of 2019
  • Total revenue of $130.9 million compared to $151.4 million in the second quarter of 2019
  • Net loss attributable to the Company of $17.0 million compared to net loss of $21.5 million in the second quarter of 2019
  • Adjusted EBITDA(1) of $35.3 million compared to $42.6 million in the second quarter of 2019
  • Reported annualized Adjusted EBITDA per fully-utilized fleet of $16.9 million compared to $16.4 million for the second quarter of 2019(2)
  • After deduction of fluid end maintenance capital expenditures, annualized Adjusted EBITDA per fully-utilized fleet was $16.1 million compared to $14.9 million for the second quarter of 2019
  • Awarded one new patent, bringing total granted patents to 23, with over 95 pending patents
  • Total liquidity, consisting of cash and availability under the Company's asset-backed revolving credit facility, was $61.5 million as of September 30, 2019 
  1. Each of Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA margin is a Non-GAAP financial measure. Please read "Non-GAAP Financial Measures."
  2. Adjusted EBITDA per fully-utilized fleet equivalent is defined as Adjusted EBITDA divided by the product of average active fleets during the quarter and the utilization rate for active fleets during the quarter.

"U.S. Well Services continued to execute our business strategy in spite of volatile commodity prices and a challenging operating environment," said Joel Broussard, President and CEO of U.S. Well Services.  "During the quarter we continued to improve efficiencies for our customers, demonstrating sequential growth in both pumping hours and stages completed per fleet.

"As we look to the fourth quarter, we expect our customers to continue to exercise capital discipline and limit drilling and completion spending, which will result in a reduced number of active fleets for USWS.  However, based on recent commercial success, including the execution of a new long-term contract to provide electric hydraulic fracturing services in the Northeast, and visibility into our customers' completions schedules, we expect to experience higher activity levels beginning in early 2020," added Mr. Broussard.


U.S. Well Services began taking delivery of equipment for the one new electric fleet currently on order during the third quarter.  This fleet will begin working under contract for Shell in the first quarter of 2020. 

Market conditions remained challenging during the third quarter of 2019, driving a lower number of active fleets for U.S. Well Services as well as reduced utilization.  While we expect these conditions to persist through the remainder of the year, U.S. Well Services anticipates an acceleration in activity beginning in the first quarter of 2020 as E&P companies' budgets reset.  U.S. Well Services currently has 9 of its 13 fleets contracted or dedicated to customers in 2020 and expects high demand for its remaining fleet based on dialog with customers.

Third Quarter 2019 Financial Summary 

Revenue for the third quarter of 2019 decreased 14% to $130.9 million versus $151.4 million in the second quarter of 2019, driven by a reduction in the number of active fleets working.  U.S. Well Services averaged 9.3 active fleets during the quarter, as compared to 11.3 for the second quarter of 2019.  Utilization of the Company's active fleets averaged 90% during the third quarter, resulting in a fully-utilized equivalent of 8.4 fleets.  This compares to 92% utilization and a fully-utilized equivalent of 10.4 fleets for the second quarter of 2019.

Costs of services, excluding depreciation and amortization, for the third quarter of 2019 decreased to $90.8 million from $107.4 million during the second quarter of 2019, primarily as a result of lower activity levels.

Selling, general and administrative expense ("SG&A") increased to $8.2 million in the third quarter of 2019 from $7.6 million in the second quarter of 2019. Excluding stock-based compensation and transaction related costs, SG&A in the third quarter of 2019 was $6.8 million compared to $5.9 million in the second quarter of 2019. The increase in SG&A was primarily attributable to an increase in professional fees and personnel costs.

Net loss attributable to the Company decreased approximately 21% sequentially to $17.0 million in the third quarter of 2019 from $21.5 million in the first quarter of 2019.  Adjusted EBITDA decreased 17% in the third quarter to $35.3 million from $42.6 million in the second quarter as a result of reductions in active fleets and utilization.  Adjusted EBITDA margin decreased to 27% from 28% in the second quarter of 2019.(1)

Operational Highlights

U.S. Well Services exited the third quarter with seven active frac fleets, with two fleets in the Appalachian Basin, two fleets in the Eagle Ford and three fleets in the Permian Basin.  Currently, the Company has nine active frac fleets.

U.S. Well Services delivered increasing operating efficiency for its customers during the third quarter.  The Company increased its stage count per fully-utilized fleet by approximately 6%, completing 4,823 frac stages during the third quarter, or 574 stages per fully-utilized fleet, as compared to 5,658 frac stages, or 544 stages per fully-utilized fleet, during the second quarter of 2019.  Pumping hours per day increased approximately 3% sequentially.  The Company pumped for 9,174 hours during 696 frac days, as compared to 11,019 hours during 854 frac days in the second quarter of 2019.

U.S. Well Services continues to be the market leader in electric fracturing, with 9,974 electric fracturing stages completed since the deployment of our first Clean Fleet® in 2014.  The Company continued to expand its intellectual property portfolio during the third quarter, receiving a grant for one additional patent, bringing our total granted patent portfolio to 23 patents, with over 95 patents pending.

Balance Sheet and Capital Spending

As of September 30, 2019, total liquidity was $61.5 million, consisting of $32.8 million of cash on the Company's balance sheet and $28.7 million of availability under the Company's asset-backed revolving credit facility, and net debt was $290.9 million.    

Capital expenditures, on an accrual basis, were $14.5 million during the third quarter of 2019.  The capital expenditures consisted of $8.1 million for growth initiatives, $1.4 million for fleet enhancements and $5.0 million for maintenance capital expenditures, which equates to an annualized rate of $2.4 million per fully-utilized fleet. Maintenance capital expenditures during the third quarter of 2019 included approximately $1.7 million for fluid ends, which equates to an annualized rate of $0.8 million per fully-utilized fleet and 33% of total maintenance capital expenditures.

Conference Call Information

The Company will host a conference call at 9:00 am Central / 10:00 am Eastern Time on Thursday, November 7, 2019 to discuss financial and operating results for the third quarter of 2019 and recent developments. This call will also be webcast and an investor presentation will be available on U.S. Well Services' website at  To access the conference call, please dial 201-389-0872 and ask for the U.S. Well Services call at least 10 minutes prior to the start time or listen to the call live over the Internet by logging on to the Company's website from the link above.  A telephonic replay of the conference call will be available through November 14, 2019 and may be accessed by calling 201-612-7415 using passcode 13696028#.  A webcast archive will also be available at the link above shortly after the call and will be accessible for approximately 90 days. 

About U.S. Well Services, Inc.

U.S. Well Services, Inc. is a leading provider of hydraulic fracturing services and a market leader in electric fracture stimulation. The Company's patented electric frac technology provides one of the first fully electric, mobile well stimulation systems powered by locally supplied natural gas including field gas sourced directly from the wellhead. The Company's electric frac technology dramatically decreases emissions and sound pollution while generating exceptional operational efficiencies including significant customer fuel cost savings versus conventional diesel fleets. For more information visit:  The information on our website is not part of this release.

Forward-Looking 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, availability under the Company's credit facilities, business strategy and objectives for future operations, results of discussions with potential customers, potential new contract opportunities and planned deployment and operation of fleets, are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements may be identified by their use of terms and phrases such as "may," "expect," "guidance," "estimate," "project," "plan," "believe," "intend," "achievable," "anticipate," "will," "continue," "potential," "should," "could," "target" and similar terms and phrases. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, they do involve certain assumptions, risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements represent the Company's current expectations or beliefs concerning future events, and it is possible that the results described in this release will not be achieved. These forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions, including those identified in this release or disclosed from time to time in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"). Factors that could cause actual results to differ from the Company's expectations include changes in market conditions, changes in commodity prices, changes in supply and demand for oil and gas, changes in demand for our services, availability of financing and capital, the Company's liquidity, the Company's compliance with covenants under its credit agreements, actions by customers and potential customers, geopolitical events, availability of equipment and personnel and other factors described in the Company's public disclosures and filings with the SEC, including those described under "Risk Factors" in our annual report on Form 10-K filed on March 14, 2019 and in our quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. As a result of these factors, actual results may differ materially from those indicated or implied by forward-looking statements. Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which it is made, and, except as required by law, the Company does not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

      - Tables to Follow -

(unaudited and amounts in thousands except for active fleets and per share amounts)  
  Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended  
  September 30,   June 30,   September 30,  
    2019       2018       2019       2019       2018    
Statement of Operations Data:                    
Revenue $ 130,884     $ 166,173     $ 151,419     $ 422,075     $ 530,411    
Costs and expenses:                    
Cost of services (excluding depreciation and amortization)   90,792       137,452       107,369       307,841       427,243    
Depreciation and amortization   39,723       26,765       40,322       117,888       77,547    
Selling, general and administrative expenses   8,216       5,248       7,638       24,474       14,863    
Loss on disposal of assets   4,976       (126 )     4,003       15,884       7,990    
Income (loss) from operations   (12,823 )     (3,166 )     (7,913 )     (44,012 )     2,768    
Interest expense, net   (8,449 )     (7,387 )     (7,820 ) ?
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