Helix Reports Third Quarter 2015 Results

HOUSTON--()--Helix Energy Solutions Group, Inc. (NYSE: HLX) reported Adjusted EBITDA1 of $51.5 million for the third quarter of 2015 compared to $35.7 million in the second quarter of 2015. The company reported net income of $9.9 million, or $0.09 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2015 compared to net income of $75.6 million, or $0.71 per diluted share, for the same period in 2014 and net loss of $(2.6) million, or $(0.03) per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2015. Net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 was $26.9 million, or $0.25 per diluted share, compared with net income of $187.1 million, or $1.77 per diluted share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2014.

Owen Kratz, President and Chief Executive Officer of Helix, stated, “Improved activity levels in our robotics segment plus strong utilization for the Well Enhancer and Skandi Constructor well intervention vessels led the way for the improved quarter over quarter results. However, industry conditions continue to remain challenging, and we expect Q4 results to be impacted by normal seasonal factors in the North Sea as well as a continuation of the weak industry environment.”

1EBITDA is a non-GAAP measure. See reconciliation below.

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Summary of Results

($ in thousands, except per share amounts, unaudited)

     
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
  9/30/2015       9/30/2014       6/30/2015     9/30/2015       9/30/2014  
Revenues $ 182,462 $ 340,837 $ 166,016 $ 538,119 $ 899,996
 
Gross Profit $ 31,969 $ 126,247 $ 24,208 $ 91,124 $ 311,231
18 % 37 % 15 % 17 % 35 %
 
Net Income Applicable to

Common Shareholders

$ 9,880   $ 75,586   $ (2,635 ) $ 26,887   $ 187,087  
 
Diluted Earnings Per Share $ 0.09   $ 0.71   $ (0.03 ) $ 0.25   $ 1.77  
 
Adjusted EBITDA1 $ 51,497 $ 137,097 $ 35,689 $ 138,550 $ 338,648
 
1EBITDA is a non-GAAP measure. See reconciliation below
 

Segment Information, Operational and Financial Highlights

($ in thousands, unaudited)

   
Three Months Ended
  9/30/2015       9/30/2014       6/30/2015  
Revenues:
Well Intervention $ 94,895 $ 205,139 $ 85,675
Robotics 83,310 131,707 75,101
Production Facilities 19,133 24,184 20,293
Intercompany Eliminations   (14,876 )   (20,193 )   (15,053 )
Total $ 182,462   $ 340,837   $ 166,016  
 
Income from Operations:
Well Intervention $ 6,233 $ 80,789 $ 4,135
Robotics 14,329 28,397 4,303
Production Facilities 6,938 11,284 8,444
Corporate / Other (8,965 ) (14,242 ) (9,009 )
Intercompany Eliminations   (163 )   103     (199 )
Total $ 18,372   $ 106,331   $ 7,674  

Business Segment Results

  • Well Intervention revenues increased 11% in the third quarter of 2015 as compared to revenues in the second quarter of 2015, reflecting a greater number of utilized days in the quarter for two of our North Sea vessels. Well Intervention vessel utilization in the third quarter of 2015 decreased to 60% from 63% in the second quarter of 2015. The Gulf of Mexico fleet utilization was 34% in the third quarter of 2015 compared to 42% in second quarter of 2015. The Helix 534 was idle the entire quarter due to low levels of activity. The vessel entered dry dock in September. In the North Sea, vessel utilization decreased to 82% in the third quarter of 2015 compared to 84% in the second quarter of 2015. The Seawell completed its life extension capital upgrade and is currently warm stacked due to low levels of activity. The Well Enhancer and Skandi Constructor combined for 96% utilization in the third quarter of 2015, working on various projects in the North Sea. The rental intervention riser systems continue to positively contribute to revenues, with both units on hire the entire third quarter of 2015.
  • Robotics revenues increased 11% in the third quarter of 2015 from revenues in the second quarter of 2015. Vessel utilization increased to 87% and ROV asset utilization was marginally lower, quarter over quarter. The increase in vessel utilized days was the primary driver in higher revenue and gross profit for the quarter.

Other Expenses

  • Selling, general and administrative expenses were 7.5% of revenue in the third quarter of 2015 compared to 10.0% of revenue in the second quarter of 2015. Our second quarter 2015 expense included $2.5 million of charges associated with the provision for uncertain collection of a portion of an existing trade receivable.
  • Net interest expense and other decreased to $8.7 million in the third quarter of 2015 from $10.3 million in the second quarter of 2015. Net interest expense increased to $8.7 million in the third quarter of 2015, reflecting the Q5000 loan being outstanding for the full quarter. Our second quarter 2015 other expense included $5.0 million of charges primarily associated with foreign exchange fluctuations in our non-U.S. dollar functional currencies.

Financial Condition and Liquidity

  • Our total liquidity at September 30, 2015 was approximately $712 million, consisting of $469 million in cash and cash equivalents and $243 million in available capacity under our revolver. Consolidated net debt at September 30, 2015 was $307 million. Consolidated gross funded debt decreased to $793 million in the third quarter of 2015, compared to $812 million in the second quarter of 2015. Net debt to book capitalization at September 30, 2015 was 16%. (Net debt to book capitalization is a non-GAAP measure. See reconciliation below.)
  • We incurred capital expenditures (including capitalized interest) totaling $55 million in the third quarter of 2015 compared to $197 million in the second quarter of 2015 and $68 million in the third quarter of 2014.

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Conference Call Information

Further details are provided in the presentation for Helix’s quarterly conference call to review its third quarter 2015 results (see the “Investor Relations” page of Helix’s website, www.HelixESG.com). The call, scheduled for 9:00 a.m. Central Daylight Time Tuesday, October 20, 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 800-917-9985 for persons in the United States and 1-212-231-2933 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 calculate EBITDA as earnings before net interest expense and other, income taxes, 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 is 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 that 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.

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HELIX ENERGY SOLUTIONS GROUP, INC.
                                       

Comparative Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

                   
Three Months Ended Sep. 30, Nine Months Ended Sep. 30,
(in thousands, except per share data) 2015 2014 2015 2014
(unaudited) (unaudited)
 
Net revenues $ 182,462 $ 340,837 $ 538,119 $ 899,996
Cost of sales   150,493     214,590     446,995     588,765  
Gross profit 31,969 126,247 91,124 311,231
Gain on disposition of assets, net - - - 10,418
Selling, general and administrative expenses   (13,597 )   (19,916 )   (42,750 )   (69,614 )
Income from operations 18,372 106,331 48,374 252,035
Equity in earnings (losses) of investments (251 ) 508 (553 ) 709
Other income - oil and gas 571 1,837 4,396 15,709
Net interest expense and other   (8,718 )   (3,258 )   (24,215 )   (13,085 )
Income before income taxes 9,974 105,418 28,002 255,368
Income tax provision   94     29,832     1,115     67,778  
Net income, including noncontrolling interests 9,880 75,586 26,887 187,590
Less net income applicable to noncontrolling interests   -     -     -     (503 )
Net income applicable to common shareholders $ 9,880   $ 75,586   $ 26,887   $ 187,087  
 
Earnings per share of common stock:

Basic

$ 0.09   $ 0.72   $ 0.25   $ 1.77  

Diluted

$ 0.09   $ 0.71   $ 0.25   $ 1.77  
 
Weighted average common shares outstanding:
Basic   105,438     104,997     105,362     105,038  
Diluted   105,438     105,338     105,362     105,374  
           

Comparative Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet

                     
ASSETS LIABILITIES & SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
(in thousands) Sep. 30, 2015 Dec. 31, 2014 (in thousands) Sep. 30, 2015 Dec. 31, 2014
(unaudited) (unaudited)
Current Assets: Current Liabilities:
Cash and equivalents (1) $ 468,936 $ 476,492 Accounts payable $ 75,781 $ 83,403
Accounts receivable, net 146,929 135,300 Accrued liabilities 78,718 104,923
Current deferred tax assets 36,059 31,180 Income tax payable - 9,143
Other current assets   44,500   51,301 Current maturities of L-T debt (1)   71,640   28,144
Total Current Assets 696,424 694,273 Total Current Liabilities 226,139 225,613
 
 
Property & equipment, net 1,934,323 1,735,384 Long-term debt (1) 704,568 523,228
Equity investments 143,481 149,623 Deferred tax liabilities 257,596 260,275
Goodwill 61,648 62,146 Other non-current liabilities 46,412 38,108
Other assets, net   72,124   59,272 Shareholders' equity (1)   1,673,285   1,653,474
Total Assets $ 2,908,000 $ 2,700,698 Total Liabilities & Equity $ 2,908,000 $ 2,700,698
 

(1) Net debt to book capitalization - 16% at September 30, 2015. Calculated as total debt less cash and equivalents ($307,272)
divided by sum of total net debt and shareholders' equity ($1,980,557).

 

               
Helix Energy Solutions Group, Inc.
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures
                           
 
Earnings Release:
 
Reconciliation From Net Income (Loss) Applicable to Common Shareholders to Adjusted EBITDA:
 
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
9/30/2015 9/30/2014 6/30/2015 9/30/2015 9/30/2014
(in thousands)
 
Net income (loss) applicable to common shareholders $ 9,880 $ 75,586 $ (2,635 ) $ 26,887 $ 187,087
Adjustments:
Net income applicable to noncontrolling interests - - - - 503
Income tax provision 94 29,832 614 1,115 67,778
Net interest expense and other 8,718 3,258 10,271 24,215 13,085
Depreciation and amortization   32,805   28,421   27,439     86,333   81,274  
EBITDA   51,497   137,097   35,689     138,550   349,727  
Adjustments:
Noncontrolling interests - - - - (661 )
Gain on disposition of assets, net   -   -   -     -   (10,418 )
Adjusted EBITDA $ 51,497 $ 137,097 $ 35,689   $ 138,550 $ 338,648  
 
 
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 that are excluded from these measures.

Contacts

Helix Energy Solutions Group, Inc.
Erik Staffeldt, 281-618-0400
Vice President - Finance & Accounting

Release Summary

Helix Reports Third Quarter 2015 Results

Contacts

Helix Energy Solutions Group, Inc.
Erik Staffeldt, 281-618-0400
Vice President - Finance & Accounting