Helix Reports First Quarter 2015 Results

HOUSTON--()--Helix Energy Solutions Group, Inc. (NYSE: HLX) reported net income of $19.6 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2015 compared to net income of $53.7 million, or $0.51 per diluted share, for the same period in 2014 and net income of $8.0 million, or $0.08 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2014.

Owen Kratz, President and Chief Executive Officer of Helix, stated, “The company managed to post a respectable first quarter despite poor industry conditions, thanks to the hard work of our team worldwide. We believe the three year extension for the Q4000, along with continual improvement in the visibility of our Robotics chartered vessel fleet, is evidence of industry confidence in our subsea services.”

           

Summary of Results

(in thousands, except per share amounts and percentages, unaudited)

 
Three Months Ended
3/31/2015 3/31/2014 12/31/2014
Revenues $ 189,641 $ 253,572 $ 207,160
 
Gross profit $ 34,947 $ 75,846 $ 32,805
18 % 30 % 16 %
 
Net income applicable to common shareholders $ 19,642 $ 53,719 $ 7,960
 
Diluted earnings per share $ 0.19 $ 0.51 $ 0.08
 
Adjusted EBITDA $ 51,364 $ 92,501 $ 39,362
 
 

Segment Information, Operational and Financial Highlights

(in thousands, unaudited)

   
Three Months Ended
3/31/2015     3/31/2014     12/31/2014
Revenues:
Well Intervention $ 104,051 $ 159,700 $ 121,792
Robotics 80,171 87,890 80,923
Production Facilities 18,385 23,140 21,802
Other - 358 -
Intercompany elimination   (12,966 )   (17,516 )   (17,357 )
Total $ 189,641   $ 253,572   $ 207,160  
 
Income from operations:
Well Intervention $ 14,794 $ 48,733 $ 10,513
Robotics 9,457 11,219 7,914
Production Facilities 4,578 11,384 8,011
Corporate and other (6,607 ) (3,190 ) (16,846 )
Intercompany elimination   106     (1,198 )   129  
Total $ 22,328   $ 66,948   $ 9,721  
 
 

Business Segment Results

  • Well Intervention revenues decreased 15% in the first quarter of 2015 from revenues in the fourth quarter of 2014, primarily due to the Seawell being dry docked for the entire first quarter and weaker than expected utilization of the Skandi Constructor. In the Gulf of Mexico, vessel utilization was 81% in the first quarter, compared to 64% in the fourth quarter of 2014. Vessel utilization for the Q4000 and H534 was 91% and 71%, respectively, during the quarter. IRS no. 2, a rental intervention riser system, was on-hire for the entire first quarter of 2015. Vessel utilization in the North Sea for the first quarter of 2015 was 54%, compared to 69% in the fourth quarter of 2014. The Well Enhancer was fully utilized throughout the first quarter, while the Skandi Constructor was dockside for the majority of the quarter due to low activity levels.
  • Robotics revenues were relatively flat in the first quarter of 2015, compared to the fourth quarter of 2014. ROV and trencher utilization decreased 16% from the fourth quarter of 2014 to the first quarter of 2015, which was partially offset by a 9% increase in vessel utilization over the same period. Spot vessel utilization for the first quarter decreased 35 days (from 61 to 26 days) from the fourth quarter of 2014.

Other Expenses

  • Selling, general and administrative expenses were 6.7% of revenue in the first quarter of 2015, 11.1% of revenue in the fourth quarter of 2014 and 8.0% of revenue in the first quarter of 2014. The decrease in SG&A expense primarily reflects a reduction of costs associated with our variable performance-based incentive compensation programs.
  • Net interest expense and other increased to $5.2 million in the first quarter of 2015 from $4.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2014. Net interest expense decreased by $0.9 million, while there was a $2.2 million increase in other expense in the first quarter of 2015. Other expense primarily related to ineffectiveness associated with our foreign currency hedges with respect to the Grand Canyon III charter payments.

Financial Condition and Liquidity

  • Our total liquidity at March 31, 2015 was approximately $1.0 billion, consisting of $415 million in cash and cash equivalents and $584 million in unused capacity under our revolver. Consolidated net debt at March 31, 2015 was $131 million. Net debt to book capitalization at March 31, 2015 was 7%. (Net debt to book capitalization is a non-GAAP measure. See reconciliation below.)
  • We incurred capital expenditures (including capitalized interest) totaling $58 million in the first quarter of 2015, compared to $126 million in the fourth quarter of 2014 and $70 million in the first quarter of 2014.

Conference Call Information

Further details will be provided in the presentation for Helix’s quarterly conference call to review its first quarter 2015 results (see the “Investor Relations” page of Helix’s website, www.HelixESG.com). The call, scheduled for 9:00 a.m. (CDT) on Tuesday, April 21, 2015, will be audio webcast live from the “Investor Relations” page of Helix’s website. Investors and other interested parties wishing to listen to the conference via telephone may join the call by dialing 800-732-6870 for persons in the United States and 1-212-231-2900 for international participants. The passcode is "Tripodo". A replay of the conference will be available under "Investor Relations" by selecting the "Audio Archives" link from the same page beginning approximately two hours after the completion of the conference call.

About Helix

Helix Energy Solutions Group, Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas, is an international offshore energy services company that provides specialty services to the offshore energy industry, with a focus on well intervention and robotics operations. For more information about Helix, please visit our website at www.HelixESG.com.

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Management evaluates Company performance and financial condition using certain non-GAAP metrics, primarily EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, net debt and net debt to book capitalization. We define EBITDA as earnings before net interest expense and other, income taxes, and depreciation and amortization expense. We deduct the noncontrolling interests related to the adjustment components of EBITDA and the gain or loss on disposition of assets to arrive at our measure of Adjusted EBITDA. Net debt is calculated as the sum of financial debt less cash and cash equivalents on hand. Net debt to book capitalization is calculated by dividing net debt by the sum of net debt and shareholders’ equity. These non-GAAP measures are useful to investors and other internal and external users of our financial statements in evaluating our operating performance because they are widely used by investors in our industry to measure a company’s operating performance without regard to items which can vary substantially from company to company, and help investors meaningfully compare our results from period to period. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for, but instead are supplemental to, income from operations, net income or other income data prepared in accordance with GAAP. Non-GAAP financial measures should be viewed in addition to, and not as an alternative to, our reported results prepared in accordance with GAAP. Users of this financial information should consider the types of events and transactions which are excluded from these measures.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause our results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including, without limitation, any statements regarding our strategy; any statements regarding future utilization; any projections of financial items; future operations expenditures; any statements regarding the plans, strategies and objectives of management for future operations; any statement concerning developments; any statements regarding future economic conditions or performance; any statements of expectation or belief; and any statements of assumptions underlying any of the foregoing. The forward-looking statements are subject to a number of known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors including but not limited to the performance of contracts by suppliers, customers and partners; actions by governmental and regulatory authorities; operating hazards and delays; our ultimate ability to realize current backlog; employee management issues; complexities of global political and economic developments; geologic risks; volatility of oil and gas prices and other risks described from time to time in our reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), including the Company's most recently filed Annual Report on Form 10-K and in the Company’s other filings with the SEC, which are available free of charge on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. We assume no obligation and do not intend to update these forward-looking statements except as required by the securities laws.

Social Media

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HELIX ENERGY SOLUTIONS GROUP, INC.
           
Comparative Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
 
Three Months Ended Mar. 31,
(in thousands, except per share data) 2015 2014
(unaudited)
 
Net revenues $ 189,641 $ 253,572
Cost of sales   154,694     177,726  
Gross profit 34,947 75,846
Gain on disposition of assets, net - 11,496
Selling, general and administrative expenses   (12,619 )   (20,394 )
Income from operations 22,328 66,948
Equity in earnings of investments 21 708
Other income - oil and gas 2,926 12,276
Net interest expense and other   (5,226 )   (5,293 )
Income before income taxes 20,049 74,639
Income tax provision   407     20,417  
Net income, including noncontrolling interests 19,642 54,222
Less net income applicable to noncontrolling interests   -     (503 )
Net income applicable to common shareholders $ 19,642   $ 53,719  
 
Earnings per share of common stock:

Basic

$ 0.19   $ 0.51  

Diluted

$ 0.19   $ 0.51  
 
Weighted average common shares outstanding:
Basic   105,290     105,126  
Diluted   105,290     105,375  
 
Comparative Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
                   
ASSETS LIABILITIES & SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
(in thousands) Mar. 31, 2015 Dec. 31, 2014   (in thousands) Mar. 31, 2015 Dec. 31, 2014
(unaudited) (unaudited)
Current Assets: Current Liabilities:
Cash and equivalents (1) $ 415,302 $ 476,492 Accounts payable $ 80,106 $ 83,403
Accounts receivable, net 148,477 135,300 Accrued liabilities 70,774 104,923
Current deferred tax assets 23,477 31,180 Income tax payable 3,333 9,143
Other current assets   33,016   51,301 Current maturities of L-T debt (1)   32,033   28,144
Total Current Assets 620,272 694,273 Total Current Liabilities 186,246 225,613
 
 
Property & equipment, net 1,760,378 1,735,384 Long-term debt (1) 514,265 523,228
Equity investments 148,147 149,623 Deferred tax liabilities 247,050 260,275
Goodwill 61,336 62,146 Other non-current liabilities 45,753 38,108
Other assets, net   58,191   59,272 Shareholders' equity (1)   1,655,010   1,653,474
Total Assets $ 2,648,324 $ 2,700,698 Total Liabilities & Equity $ 2,648,324 $ 2,700,698
 

(1) Net debt to book capitalization - 7% at March 31, 2015. Calculated as total debt less cash and equivalents ($130,996) divided by sum of total net debt and shareholders' equity ($1,786,006).

     

Helix Energy Solutions Group, Inc.
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures
Three Months Ended March 31, 2015

 

Earnings Release:

 

Reconciliation From Net Income Applicable to Common Shareholders to Adjusted EBITDA:

 
1Q15 1Q14 4Q14
(in thousands)
 
Net income applicable to common shareholders $ 19,642 $ 53,719 $ 7,960
Adjustments:
Net income applicable to noncontrolling interests - 503 -
Income tax provision (benefit) 407 20,417 (807 )
Net interest expense and other 5,226 5,293 3,960
Depreciation and amortization   26,089   24,726     28,071  
EBITDA   51,364   104,658     39,184  
Adjustments:
Noncontrolling interests - (661 ) -
(Gain) loss on disposition of assets, net   -   (11,496 )   178  
Adjusted EBITDA $ 51,364 $ 92,501   $ 39,362  
 
 
We define EBITDA as earnings before net interest expense and other, income taxes, and depreciation and amortization expense. We deduct the noncontrolling interests related to the adjustment components of EBITDA and the gain or loss on disposition of assets to arrive at our measure of Adjusted EBITDA. These non-GAAP measures are useful to investors and other internal and external users of our financial statements in evaluating our operating performance because they are widely used by investors in our industry to measure a company's operating performance without regard to items which can vary substantially from company to company and help investors meaningfully compare our results from period to period. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for, but instead are supplemental to, income from operations, net income or other income data prepared in accordance with GAAP. Non-GAAP financial measures should be viewed in addition to, and not as an alternative to our reported results prepared in accordance with GAAP. Users of this financial information should consider the types of events and transactions which are excluded from these measures.

Contacts

Helix Energy Solutions Group, Inc.
Terrence Jamerson, 281-618-0400
Director, Finance & Investor Relations

Release Summary

Helix Reports First Quarter 2015 Results

Contacts

Helix Energy Solutions Group, Inc.
Terrence Jamerson, 281-618-0400
Director, Finance & Investor Relations