GulfMark Offshore Announces Third Quarter 2013 Operating Results

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HOUSTON, Oct. 22, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- GulfMark Offshore, Inc. (NYSE:GLF) today announced its results of operations for the three- and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2013. For the third quarter ended September 30, 2013, revenue was $121.8 million and net income was $32.3 million, or $1.23 per diluted share. The quarterly results include a gain of $6.0 million ($0.23 per diluted share) related to the sale of three vessels, and earnings before this special item was $1.00 per diluted share.

Quintin Kneen, President and CEO, commented, "We are pleased to report our best quarter in over four years. The steady strengthening of utilization has allowed the industry to continue to increase the average day rate, but we still need additional improvements in the rate to justify the through-the-cycle return on our investment in these high-end vessels.

"During the third quarter, we took delivery of the first four vessels in our 11-vessel new build program. Another vessel was delivered just last week in Italy and is en route to the U.K. All of these vessels will be in the North Sea market; two of which are on term contracts, while three will be operating in the spot market. We anticipate that all of these vessels will operate at rates above our through-cycle target return after the normal multi-week introductory period. We continue to progress with our second vessel-enhancement program in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, the 260-class stretch program, with the first completed vessel going on hire upon its completion earlier this month, and another forecasted to be completed in the middle of the fourth quarter.

"Our next vessel deliveries will be in the first quarter of 2014, when we will take delivery of the first U.S.-built PSV in our new build program, the second Arctic class vessel in Norway, and the second of our Italian-built PSVs for the U.K. market. This reflects a delay in the delivery of some of our vessels, but overall we are pleased with the quality and progress of the new build program.

"We sold three of our older PSVs during the third quarter. We will lose revenue and operating income from the sale of these vessels in the near-term, however, we believe the value we received is adequate compensation and allows us to continue our ongoing strategy to maintain a young, high-margin, technologically advanced fleet. We will continue to look for acceptable sales opportunities to divest our older and non-core vessels.

"Although we anticipate the typical seasonal slowdown in the North Sea over the next two quarters, we remain optimistic about 2014. We are tightening our previous revenue guidance within the range provided on our last earnings call, and we now anticipate full-year 2013 revenue to be between $450 and $455 million, and we anticipate that revenue for the fourth quarter will be between $120 and $125 million."

Consolidated Third Quarter Results

Consolidated revenue for the third quarter of 2013 was $121.8 million, an increase of 9%, or $10.5 million, from the second quarter of 2013. The sequential increase in quarterly revenue was largely the result of the increase in the average day rate in all three operating regions, and an increase in utilization in both the North Sea and Southeast Asia. Consolidated operating income was $40.4 million, up $23.5 million from the second quarter amount. The sequential increase in quarterly operating income was a combination of the aforementioned increase in revenue combined with a decrease in drydock and general and administrative expenses, offset by an increase in direct operating expenses related to the new vessel additions. Also contributing to the increase in operating income was the net gain on sale of the three PSVs.

Regional Results for the Third Quarter

In the North Sea region, revenue was $51.1 million, up $8.4 million, or 20%, from the second quarter. During the quarter the Company delivered three PSVs which had a major effect on the increase in revenue. The average day rate for the region increased 13% and utilization increased 4 percentage points from the second quarter, which also contributed significantly to the increase in revenue.

Revenue in the Southeast Asia region was $18.8 million, an increase of approximately $2.1 million, or 13%, from the second quarter amount. The increase in revenue was due to an 8 percentage point increase in utilization and a 2% increase in the average quarterly day rate. These increases reflect the effects of the ongoing management turnaround as well as market improvements for the region. Even though the market is driven by short-term contracts, the Company anticipates steady improvement in utilization and day rates in the coming quarters.

Revenue for the Americas region was $51.9 million, which was consistent with the second quarter amount. The utilization rate fell 3 percentage points compared to the previous quarter; however the average day rate increased by 3%. The drop in utilization was impacted by our vessel stretch program, which will continue to impact utilization for the remainder of the year. The continued strength in the Americas region is being driven mainly by drilling activity in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico sub-region. Utilization, and average day rates, in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico remained strong, and the Company anticipates continued strength in the area in the coming quarters.

Consolidated Operating Expenses for the Third Quarter

Direct operating expenses for the third quarter were $55.2 million, an increase of $1.9 million compared to the second-quarter amount of $53.4 million. The increase was due mainly to wage increases enacted at the beginning of the quarter in the Americas offset by slightly lower repairs and maintenance expense. The Company anticipates that direct operating expenses for the fourth quarter will be $56 million. The increase during the fourth quarter is due to new vessel deliveries. The Company performed six drydocks during the quarter, for a total drydock expense of $2.4 million. The Company now anticipates annual drydock expense for 2013 to be $23.0 million, with $2.8 million forecasted for the fourth quarter. Consolidated general and administrative expenses were $13.5 million for the third quarter, in line with the Company's quarterly run rate guidance. The Company continues to anticipate the average quarterly run rate for the fourth quarter to be $13.5 million.

Liquidity and Capital Commitments

Cash provided by operating activities was $45.6 million in the third quarter of 2013. Cash on hand at September 30, 2013 was $38.2 million, and no amount was drawn on the revolving credit facilities. Total debt at September 30, 2013, was $500.9 million, and debt, net of cash on hand, was $462.7 million.

Capital expenditures during the third quarter totaled $87.2 million, which included $76.6 million for the construction of new vessels. As of September 30, 2013, the Company had approximately $125.0 million of remaining capital commitments related to the construction of seven vessels. Anticipated progress payments over the next three calendar years are as follows: $29.0 million remaining in 2013; $86.0 million in 2014; and $10.0 million in 2015. The Company expects to fund these commitments from cash on hand, cash generated by operations, and borrowings under the revolving credit facilities.

Conference Call/Webcast Information

GulfMark will conduct a conference call to discuss earnings with analysts, investors and other interested parties at 9:00 a.m. Eastern time on Wednesday, October 23, 2013. To participate in the teleconference, investors in the U.S. should dial 1-888-317-6003 at least 10 minutes before the start time and when prompted, enter the conference passcode 9205167. Canada-based callers should dial 1-866-284-3684, and international callers outside of North America should dial 1-412-317-6061. The webcast of the conference call also can be accessed by visiting our website, www.gulfmark.com. An audio file of the earnings conference call will be available on the Company's website approximately two hours after the end of the call.

GulfMark Offshore, Inc. provides marine transportation services to the energy industry through a fleet of offshore support vessels serving major offshore energy markets in the world.

Certain statements and information in this press release may constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The words "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "plan," "intend," "foresee," "should," "would," "could" or other similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements, which are generally not historical in nature. These forward-looking statements are based on our current expectations and beliefs concerning future developments and their potential effect on us. While management believes that these forward-looking statements are reasonable as and when made, there can be no assurance that future developments affecting us will be those that we anticipate. All comments concerning our expectations for future revenues are based on our forecasts for our existing operations. Our forward-looking statements involve significant risks and uncertainties (some of which are beyond our control) and assumptions that could cause actual results to differ materially from our historical experience and our present expectations or projections. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: the price of oil and gas and its effect on offshore drilling, vessel utilization and day rates; industry volatility; fluctuations in the size of the offshore marine vessel fleet in areas where the Company operates; changes in competitive factors; delays or cost overruns on construction projects, and other material factors that are described from time to time in the Company's filings with the SEC, including the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K. Consequently, the forward-looking statements contained herein should not be regarded as representations that the projected outcomes can or will be achieved. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements after the date they are made, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Operating Data (unaudited) Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
(in thousands, except per share data) September 30, June 30, September 30, September 30, September 30,
2013 2013 2012 2013 2012
Revenue $ 121,802 $ 111,348 $ 101,867 $ 330,038 $ 294,186
Direct operating expenses 55,201 53,352 48,778 161,690 146,433
Drydock expense 2,444 9,174 9,515 20,178 23,350
General and administrative expenses 13,522 16,745 14,389 41,217 38,501
Depreciation and amortization expense 16,252 15,025 14,697 46,447 44,576
(Gain) loss on sale of assets (6,001) 126 (3,919) (5,875) (8,744)
Impairment charge -- -- 859 -- 859
Operating Income 40,384 16,926 17,548 66,381 49,211
Interest expense (5,106) (5,262) (4,331) (16,749) (18,036)
Interest income 34 38 64 129 229
Loss on extinguishment of debt -- -- (187) -- (3,828)
Foreign currency gain (loss) and other (598) (949) 539 (1,034) (474)
Income before income taxes 34,714 10,753 13,633 48,727 27,102
Income tax benefit (provision) (2,425) (897) (627) (3,711) (2,941)
Net Income (Loss) $ 32,289 $ 9,856 $ 13,006 $ 45,016 $ 24,161
Diluted earnings (loss) per share $ 1.23 $ 0.38 $ 0.49 $ 1.72 $ 0.92
Weighted average diluted common shares 26,271 26,128 26,294 26,149 26,201
Other Data
Revenue by Region (000's)
North Sea $ 51,098 $ 42,703 $ 41,757 $ 134,423 $ 124,796
Southeast Asia 18,782 16,636 17,633 45,156 46,899
Americas 51,922 52,009 42,477 150,459 122,491
Total $ 121,802 $ 111,348 $ 101,867 $ 330,038 $ 294,186
Rates Per Day Worked
North Sea $ 23,626 $ 20,974 $ 19,821 $ 21,559 $ 20,148
Southeast Asia 15,043 14,784 14,844 14,650 14,448
Americas 22,120 21,527 17,939 21,347 16,782
Total $ 21,108 $ 19,932 $ 17,953 $ 20,135 $ 17,526
Overall Utilization
North Sea 92.0% 88.5% 93.1% 90.1% 91.3%
Southeast Asia 87.8% 79.7% 88.7% 72.7% 82.5%
Americas 89.6% 92.1% 82.7% 89.9% 82.2%
Total 90.0% 88.0% 87.6% 86.1% 85.3%
Average Owned Vessels
North Sea 25.6 25.0 24.0 25.2 24.0
Southeast Asia 16.0 16.0 15.0 16.0 14.8
Americas 28.7 29.0 30.8 28.9 32.6
Total 70.2 70.0 69.8 70.1 71.4
Drydock Days
North Sea 47 86 27 172 121
Southeast Asia -- 120 50 210 96
Americas 62 78 150 268 327
Total 109 284 227 650 544
Drydock Expenditures (000's) $ 2,444 $ 9,174 $ 9,515 $ 20,178 $ 23,350
Summary Financial Data (unaudited) As of, or Three Months Ended As of, or Nine Months Ended
(dollars in thousands) September 30, June 30, September 30, September 30, September 30,
2013 2013 2012 2013 2012
Balance Sheet Data
Cash and cash equivalents $ 38,177 $ 72,701 $ 148,993 $ 38,177 $ 148,993
Working capital 117,863 151,305 210,825 117,863 210,825
Vessel and equipment, net 1,281,217 1,091,529 1,107,960 1,281,217 1,107,960
Construction in progress 172,531 258,157 117,693 172,531 117,693
Total assets 1,734,924 1,684,967 1,637,413 1,734,924 1,637,413
Long-term debt (1) 500,898 500,933 390,000 500,898 390,000
Stockholders' equity 1,035,494 978,112 1,049,088 1,035,494 1,049,088
(1) Current portion of long-term debt included in working capital.
Cash Flow Data
Cash flow from operating activities $ 45,583 $ 18,368 $ 21,188 $ 57,794 $ 65,165
Cash flow used in investing activities (74,387) (58,224) (59,922) (169,936) (117,316)
Cash flow (used in) from financing activities (6,377) (6,292) 40,550 (33,007) 71,351
Forward Contract Cover - Remainder of Current Calendar Year
North Sea 77% 69%
Southeast Asia 66% 85%
Americas 76% 64%
Total 74% 70%
Forward Contract Cover - Next Full Calendar Year
North Sea 53% 55%
Southeast Asia 20% 27%
Americas 42% 25%
Total 42% 36%
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures: Three Months Ended September 30, 2013
(dollars in millions, except per share
data)

Operating
Income

Interest
Expense

Other
Expense
Tax
(Provision)
Benefit

Net Income
(Loss)

Diluted
EPS
Before Special Items $ 34.4 $ (5.1) $ (0.6) $ (2.4) $ 26.3 $ 1.00
Gain on Sale of Assets 6.0 -- -- -- 6.0 0.23
Loss on Extinguishment of Debt -- -- -- -- -- --
Previous CEO Retirement Compensation -- -- -- -- -- --
Foreign Currency Loss -- -- -- -- -- --
U.S. GAAP $ 40.4 $ (5.1) $ (0.6) $ (2.4) $ 32.3 $ 1.23
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures: Nine Months Ended September 30, 2013
(dollars in millions, except per share
data)

Operating
Income

Interest
Expense

Other
Expense
Tax
(Provision)
Benefit

Net Income
(Loss)

Diluted
EPS
Before Special Items $ 62.9 $ (16.7) $ (0.9) $ (4.5) $ 40.7 $ 1.56
Gain on Sale of Assets 5.9 -- -- -- 5.9 0.23
Loss on Extinguishment of Debt -- -- -- -- -- --
Previous CEO Retirement Compensation (2.4) -- -- 0.8 (1.6) (0.06)
Foreign Currency Loss -- -- -- -- -- --
U.S. GAAP $ 66.4 $ (16.7) $ (0.9) $ (3.7) $ 45.0 $ 1.72
Vessel Count by Reporting Segment

North Sea
Southeast
Asia

Americas

Total
Owned Vessels as of July 22, 2013 26 16 29 71
Newbuild Deliveries/Additions 4 0 0 4
Sales & Dispositions (2) 0 (1) (3)
Intercompany Relocations 0 0 0 0
Owned Vessels as of October 22, 2013 28 16 28 72
Managed Vessels 7 0 0 7
Total Fleet as of October 22, 2013 35 16 28 79

CONTACT: Michael Newman Investor Relations E-mail: Michael.Newman@GulfMark.com (713) 963-9522

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