Total Energy Services Inc. Announces Q2 2017 Results

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(businesspress24) - CALGARY, ALBERTA -- (Marketwired) -- 08/10/17 -- Total Energy Services Inc. ("Total Energy" or the "Company") (TSX: TOT) announces its consolidated financial results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2017.

Notes 1 through 4 please refer to the Notes to the Financial Highlights set forth at the end of this release.

Total Energy''s financial results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2017 include the financial results for Savanna Energy Services Corp. ("Savanna") from April 5, 2017 when the Company acquired control of Savanna upon the reconstitution of the board of directors of Savanna. Negatively impacting the Company''s financial results for the second quarter of 2017 was approximately $4.0 million of non-recurring expenses that relate to completion of the acquisition of Savanna and the subsequent integration and rationalization of Savanna''s operations and a $4.5 million unrealized foreign exchange loss included in cost of services that relates primarily to intercompany working capital balances. Excluding these expenses, EBITDA for the second quarter of 2017 was $15.1 million.

Finance costs for the second quarter of 2017 included $2.9 million of non-recurring costs, notably $1.6 million of penalty interest paid on Savanna''s debt following the change of control (including the one-percent premium paid on the redemption of $39.6 million of Savanna''s 7% senior unsecured notes), $0.5 million of non-recurring fees associated with the establishment of Total Energy''s $225 million revolving syndicated credit facilities (the "Credit Facility") and an unrealized loss on other assets of $0.8 million.

Total Energy''s Contract Drilling Services segment ("CDS") achieved 20% utilization during the second quarter of 2017, recording 2,021 operating days (spud to rig release) with a fleet of 119 drilling rigs, compared to 52 operating days, or 3% utilization, during the second quarter of 2016 with a fleet of 18 drilling rigs. Revenue per operating day for the second quarter of 2017 was $20,437. The acquisition of Savanna added 101 drilling rigs to the CDS segment. During the second quarter of 2017, the CDS segment had 972 operating days in Canada with a fleet of 86 rigs (13% utilization), 890 days in the United States with a fleet of 28 rigs (37% utilization) and 159 days in Australia with a fleet of 5 rigs (37% utilization).

The Rental and Transportation Services segment ("RTS") achieved a utilization rate on major rental equipment of 18% during the second quarter of 2017 as compared to 10% during the second quarter of 2016. Segment revenue per utilized rental piece increased 12% for the second quarter of 2017 compared to the same period in 2016 due to a modest increase in pricing. This segment exited the second quarter of 2017 with approximately 11,700 pieces of major rental equipment (excluding access matting) and 125 heavy trucks as compared to 10,000 rental pieces and 112 heavy trucks at June 30, 2016. The acquisition of Savanna added approximately 1,700 major rental pieces, four heavy trucks and a significant inventory of small rental equipment to the RTS equipment fleet as well as three full service branch locations in Fort MacKay, Lloydminster and Swift Current.

Revenue in the Compression and Process Services segment ("CPS") increased 76% to $65.4 million for the three months ended June, 2017 compared to $37.1 million for the same period in 2016. This segment exited the second quarter of 2017 with a $149.3 million backlog of fabrication sales orders as compared to $35.9 million at June 30, 2016 and $75.2 million at March 31, 2017. At June 30, 2017, there was 40,000 horsepower in the compression rental fleet, of which approximately 19,000 horsepower was on rent as compared to 12,000 horsepower on rent at June 30, 2016 and 16,500 horsepower at March 31, 2017. The gas compression rental fleet operated at an average utilization rate of 46% during the second quarter of 2017 as compared to 30% during the second quarter of 2016.

Total Energy''s Well Servicing segment ("WS") was established with the acquisition of Savanna. This segment generated $34.9 million of revenue during the second quarter of 2017 on 34,850 billable hours, or $918 per billable hour, with a fleet of 87 service rigs located in Canada (57 rigs), the United States (18 rigs) and Australia (12 rigs). Service rig utilization for the three months ended June 30, 2017 was 27% in Canada, 38% in the United States and 64% in Australia.

Total Energy issued 15.32 million common shares from treasury in connection with the acquisition of Savanna resulting in 46.2 million common shares outstanding at June 30, 2017. During the second quarter, Total Energy declared a quarterly dividend of $0.06 per share to shareholders of record on June 30, 2017. This dividend was paid on July 31, 2017. For Canadian income tax purposes, all dividends paid by Total Energy on its common shares are designated as "eligible dividends" unless otherwise indicated.

Outlook

Despite continuing volatility and uncertainty in global energy markets, North American oil and natural gas drilling and completion activity levels continued the recovery which began in the fourth quarter of 2016. While modest gains in pricing have been achieved in North America, pricing remains low by historical comparisons and operating margins remain challenged.

The record fabrication backlog enjoyed by the CPS segment at June 30, 2017 provides good visibility for the remainder of 2017 and into early 2018. With the majority of the current sales backlog constituted by orders from outside of Canada, this division continues to gain traction in the international gas compression market. In June 2017, production commenced in a newly established 100,000 square foot gas compression fabrication facility located in Weirton, West Virginia and subsequent to June 30, 2017 the Weirton facility received its first direct order.

Total Energy remains focused on carefully managing its cost structure and realizing efficiencies through the integration and rationalization of Savanna''s operations. A significant proportion of the $5.1 million of Savanna-related non-recurring costs incurred by Total Energy during the first half of 2017 relates to operational and overhead rationalization and the Company currently expects that its target of $10.0 million of go-forward annualized cost savings arising from the combination of Savanna and the Company, excluding interest expense savings, will be achieved by year end.

The Company''s capital expenditure budget for 2017 is currently $44.8 million, which includes a $22.0 million budget approved by the previous board of Savanna. To June 30, 2017, $25.2 million of 2017 capital expenditures have been made by the Company and Savanna (excluding $26.8 million related to the acquisition of Savanna). Total Energy is currently reviewing its capital plans for the remainder of 2017 in order to high-grade opportunities and maximize synergies and economies of scale.

With the acquisition of Savanna on April 5, 2017, Total Energy assumed approximately $281.3 million of Savanna debt. During the second quarter, the Company utilized the Credit Facility to refinance $205.9 million of such debt, thereby lowering the effective interest rate on this debt from approximately 7.16% to 3.45% as at June 30, 2017. While the applicable interest rate on the Credit Facility is variable and tied to the Canadian prime rate of interest as well as subject to a pricing grid based on financial ratios, the Company expects to realize substantial interest expense savings going forward. At June 30, 2017, the Company''s total debt amounted to $326.3 million and consisted of $192.5 million drawn on the Credit Facility (3.45% interest rate), $62.6 million of mortgage debt (3.57% weighted average interest rate), $67.5 million of senior unsecured notes (7.0% interest rate) and $3.7 million of limited partnership debt (5.45% interest rate).

Total Energy''s working capital position at June 30, 2017 was $21.3 million, including $20.1 million of cash and marketable securities. Such working capital position reflects the classification of $67.5 million of 7% notes as a current liability given their maturity in May of 2018. In addition to the $225 million Credit Facility, Savanna has a $5.0 million revolving line of credit that was undrawn at June 30, 2017. Total Energy was in compliance with all debt covenants at June 30, 2017 and able to fully draw on the remaining amounts available under its credit facilities. The Credit Facility also provides the Company with the option to increase such facility by $75 million subject to certain terms and conditions including the agreement of the lenders to increase their commitments.

Conference Call

At 9:00 a.m. (Mountain Time) on August 11, 2017 Total Energy will conduct a conference call and webcast to discuss its second quarter financial results. Daniel Halyk, President & Chief Executive Officer, will host the conference call. A live webcast of the conference call will be accessible on Total''s website at by selecting "Webcasts". Persons wishing to participate in the conference call may do so by calling (800) 806-5484 or (416) 340-2217 (passcode 7958945#). Those who are unable to listen to the call live may listen to a recording of it on Total Energy''s website. A recording of the conference call will also be available until September 11, 2017 by dialing (800) 408-3053 (passcode 5805165#).

Selected Financial Information

Selected financial information relating to the three and six months ended June 30, 2017 and 2016 is attached to this news release. This information should be read in conjunction with the interim condensed consolidated financial statements of Total Energy and the attached notes to the interim condensed consolidated financial statements and management''s discussion and analysis to be issued in due course and reproduced in the Company''s 2017 second quarter report.

Segmented Information

The Company provides a variety of products and services in the oil and natural gas industry through five reporting segments, which operate substantially in three geographic segments. These reporting segments are Contract Drilling Services, which includes the contracting of drilling equipment and the provision of labour required to operate the equipment, Rentals and Transportation Services, which includes the rental and transportation of equipment used in drilling, completion and production operations, Compression and Process Services, which includes the fabrication, sale, rental and servicing of natural gas compression and oil and natural gas process equipment and Well Servicing, which includes the contracting of service rigs and the provision of labour required to operate the equipment. Corporate includes activities related to the Company''s corporate and public issuer affairs.

Total Energy Services Inc. is a growth oriented energy services corporation involved in contract drilling services, rentals and transportation services, the fabrication, sale, rental and servicing of natural gas compression and oil and natural gas process equipment and well servicing. The common shares of Total Energy are listed and trade on the TSX under the symbol TOT.

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Certain statements contained in this press release, including statements which may contain words such as "could", "should", "expect", "believe", "will" and similar expressions and statements relating to matters that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based upon the opinions and expectations of management of Total Energy as at the effective date of such statements and, in some cases, information supplied by third parties. Although Total Energy believes the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are based upon reasonable assumptions and that information received from third parties is reliable, it can give no assurance that those expectations will prove to have been correct.

In particular, this press release contains forward-looking statements concerning industry activity levels, expectations regarding Total Energy''s market share and future compression and process production activity, Total Energy''s expectations of future interest rates and its corresponding ability to realize substantial interest expense savings, expectations as to the Company''s ability to realize cost efficiencies and synergies arising from the acquisition of Savanna as well as other expected benefits of the acquisition. Such forward-looking statements are based on a number of assumptions and factors including fluctuations in the market for oil and natural gas and related products and services, political and economic conditions, central bank interest rate policy, the demand for products and services provided by Total Energy, Total Energy''s ability to attract and retain key personnel and other factors. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties which may cause the actual results, performances or achievements of Total Energy to be materially different from any future results, performances or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Reference should be made to Total Energy''s most recently filed Annual Information Form and other public disclosures (available at ) for a discussion of such risks and uncertainties.

The TSX has neither approved nor disapproved of the information contained herein.

Contacts:


Total Energy Services Inc.
Daniel Halyk
President & Chief Executive Officer
(403) 216-3921

Total Energy Services Inc.
Yuliya Gorbach
Vice-President Finance and Chief Financial Officer
(403) 216-3920

Total Energy Services Inc.



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