HOUSTON, Feb. 29, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- GulfMark Offshore, Inc. (“GulfMark” or the “Company”) (NYSE:GLF) today announced its results of operations for the three- and twelve-month periods ended December 31, 2015. Quarterly highlights include:
- Generated Cash from Operations During the Fourth Quarter of $18.1 Million.
- Reduced Direct Operating Expenses Before Special Items by 28% vs. Previous Quarter.
- Forecasting an Additional Decrease in Direct Operating Expenses of Approximately 20% from the Fourth Quarter 2015 to the First Quarter 2016 Before Special Items.
- Reduced General and Administrative Expenses Before Special Items by 7% vs. Previous Quarter.
- Successfully Amended Revolving Credit Facilities Providing Substantial Covenant Relief through Mid-2017 and Continuing Covenant Relief Thereafter.
- Fully Repaid Revolving Credit Facilities by Year End.
- Current Liquidity is Approximately $200 Million.
- Deferred Committed Capital Expenditures of Approximately $22 Million Until 2017 by Postponing the Delivery of One of Three Remaining Vessels Under Construction.
- Continued Successful Vessel Disposition Program and Sold Last Remaining Vessel Older than 20 Years.
- Reinvested Vessel Sale Proceeds through the Repurchase of Company Bonds.
- Significantly Curtailing Unprofitable Brazilian Operation Subsequent to Year End.
For the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2015, revenue was $50.6 million, and net loss was $16.6 million, or $0.67 per diluted share. Included in the results are special items described below that totaled $7.1 million or $0.29 per diluted share after tax. Quarterly loss before these special items was $9.5 million or $0.38 per diluted share.
Quintin Kneen, President and CEO, commented, “Our Company continues to generate positive cash flow, sell older assets and reduce debt in a tough market. We again generated substantial cash flow during the quarter and used that cash to fully repay our revolving credit facilities. We continued to high-grade our fleet with the sale of our last vessel that was more than 20 years old, and we used the proceeds to repurchase some of our bonds at a substantial discount, which further reduced our debt. Since the beginning of the downturn, we have been proactive in reducing costs to provide us with sufficient liquidity while decreasing our overall debt. With the recent amendments to our revolving credit facilities, we project strong liquidity for the foreseeable future. We will continue to be innovative and forward-looking in our cost and liability management as we lead the Company through this downturn.
“We continue to benefit from managing our capital expenditure requirements and high-grading our fleet. We successfully deferred approximately $22 million of committed capital expenditures into early 2017. We sold three of our older vessels during the year, which decreased the average age of our fleet by about a year. We are optimistic that we can sell as many vessels in 2016 as we did in 2015 by continuing our successful vessel disposition program.
“Our franchise position in the North Sea continues to outperform in this environment. As expected, our overall utilization fell during the fourth quarter due to normal seasonality. Importantly, our marketed utilization improved to 97% from 94% in the previous quarter, and our fourth-quarter day rate increased due to occasional tightening in the spot market caused by fewer overall active vessels. In addition, we reactivated two stacked vessels subsequent to year-end, which is a sign that the market is finding a bottom and allocating existing work to higher quality tonnage and companies.
“Overall, consolidated revenue was on the high-end of our guidance, and our operating costs came in at the low-end of our guidance, which demonstrates our continuing ability to reduce operating costs. In 2015, we reduced our full-year direct operating expenses by approximately $70 million while improving safety metrics, and we should further reduce direct operating expenses by about the same amount in 2016. We continue to accomplish this while maintaining our overall commitment to our customers, safety and reliability.”
Consolidated Fourth-Quarter Results
Consolidated revenue for the fourth quarter of 2015 was $50.6 million, compared with $60.7 million in the third quarter. Consolidated revenue fell due to a 4% sequential decrease in average day rate to $14,230 from $14,810 in the previous quarter, while utilization fell 11 percentage points to 53% from 64% in the third quarter. Consolidated operating loss was $11.7 million, compared with $167.1 million in the third quarter. Excluding special items in both quarters, consolidated operating loss sequentially improved to $5.2 million from a loss of $12.8 million in the third quarter, due to lower operating expenses, general and administrative expenses and drydock expense, partially offset by lower revenue.
The fourth quarter results include four special items totaling $7.1 million net of tax ($0.29 per diluted share), of which $2.5 million ($0.10 per diluted share) was non-cash. The Company recorded net of tax workforce redundancy and exit charges of $4.2 million and a loss on the sale of assets of $1.9 million. Additionally, the Company wrote down debt issuance costs of $1.3 million net of tax associated with the revolving credit facility amendment that took place in December 2015. The fourth special item was a $0.3 million net of tax gain on extinguishment of debt as a result of repurchasing Company bonds at a discount on the open market. A summary of these special charges is provided in the tables at the end of the earnings release.
Regional Results for the Fourth Quarter
In the North Sea region, fourth-quarter revenue was $31.7 million, compared with $33.7 million in the third quarter. The average day rate increased 2% to $16,306 from $15,985 in the third quarter, however utilization decreased to 72.1% in the fourth quarter compared to 83.5% in the third quarter due to typical calendar year seasonality. Utilization in the North Sea, exclusive of stacked vessels, was 97% during the fourth quarter. The Company has eight vessels currently stacked in the North Sea.
Fourth-quarter revenue in the Southeast Asia region was $4.0 million, compared with $7.2 million in the third quarter. The change in revenue was due to a decline in average day rate of 24% to $7,803 from $10,331 in the third quarter, combined with a 17 percentage point utilization decline due to the decreased offshore activity in the region combined with an increasing oversupply of vessels. The Company has seven vessels currently stacked in Southeast Asia.
Fourth-quarter revenue for the Americas region was $14.9 million, compared with $19.7 million in the previous quarter. The average day rate decreased 10% from the prior quarter due to the continued softening in the market. Utilization decreased 8 percentage points to 39% from 47% in the third quarter, due to a highly competitive spot market and the effect of stacking several vessels in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. Additionally, during the quarter the Company began to wind down its operations in Brazil, mobilizing all but one vessel out of the region. The remaining vessel is currently stacked in Brazil. Utilization in the Americas, exclusive of stacked vessels, was 75% during the fourth quarter. The Company has 22 vessels currently stacked in the Americas, of which 16 are U.S. Flagged, DP2, highly sophisticated PSVs.
Consolidated Operating Expenses for the Fourth Quarter
Direct operating expenses for the fourth quarter were $32.2 million including the workforce redundancy charges. This is a decrease of $8.4 million, or 21%, from the third quarter. The decrease was due mainly to lower mariner head count and mariner wage reductions as the Company continues to stack vessels, coupled with lower repairs and maintenance, supplies and consumables and fuel expense. Excluding the workforce redundancy and exit charges, direct operating expenses were $28.7 million. General and administrative expense was $11.5 million for the fourth quarter. Excluding exit and severance costs, general and administrative expense was $10.4 million, within the Company’s guided quarterly run rate. Including the special items mentioned previously, tax benefit during the quarter was $5.3 million. The Company expects a tax rate of 35% to 40% going forward, though cash taxes should be close to zero in the near term as the Company continues to absorb net operating losses.
Due to the fluctuations in offshore spending by our customers and limited forward visibility, the Company will no longer provide revenue guidance. GulfMark continues to execute its expense reduction initiatives, and now anticipates first-quarter direct operating expenses to be between $21 million and $24 million excluding special items. Excluding special items, the Company expects general and administrative expense to be between $9 million and $10 million in the first quarter in 2016. In addition, the Company expects to incur about $1 million in drydock expense in the first quarter.
Liquidity and Capital Commitments
Cash provided by operating activities totaled $18.1 million in the fourth quarter. Cash on hand at December 31, 2015, was $21.9 million, and no amounts were drawn on the revolving credit facilities. Total debt at December 31, 2015, was $499.6 million, and debt net of cash was $477.7 million. Net debt was reduced by $14.8 million during the quarter. Net debt to book capital was 40% at the end of the quarter, and total liquidity (cash plus available revolvers) was approximately $190.0 million at December 31, 2015.
Net capital expenditures during the fourth quarter totaled $2.9 million, which included $3.1 million of payments on the construction of new vessels and $0.5 million for vessel enhancements and other capital expenditures, partially offset by proceeds of $0.7 million received for the sale of one vessel. As of December 31, 2015, the Company had approximately $58 million of remaining capital commitments related to the construction of three vessels. 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 results of operations with analysts, investors and other interested parties at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. To participate in the call, 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 5203450. 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 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. For additional information regarding the offshore vessel market, our business and liquidity outlook and risk factors facing our company that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those anticipated or assumed in forward-looking statements, please refer to our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015 and our other reports and filings with the SEC.
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,” “expected to be,” “anticipate,” “plan,” “intend,” “foresee,” “forecast,” “continue,” “can,” “will,” “will continue,” “may,” “should,” “would,” “could” or other similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements, which are generally not historical in nature. Statements in this press release that contain forward-looking statements may include, but are not limited to, information concerning our possible or assumed future results of operations and statements about future operating expenses, liquidity, vessels sales, market developments, taxes, reductions in costs and expenses and funding of capital commitments. 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, 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 or anticipated 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.
|Income Statements||Three Months Ended||Twelve Months Ended|
|(in thousands, except per share data)||December 31,||September 30,||December 31,||December 31,||December 31,|
|Direct operating expenses||32,157||40,509||57,991||169,837||236,244|
|General and administrative expenses||11,480||13,315||15,815||47,280||62,728|
|Depreciation and amortization||16,664||18,674||18,607||72,591||75,336|
|(Gain) loss on sale of assets and other||1,944||(784||)||(7,162||)||1,160||(14,039||)|
|Operating Income (Loss)||(11,706||)||(167,081||)||20,740||(183,552||)||101,665|
|Gain on extinguishment of debt||458||-||-||458||-|
|Foreign currency gain (loss) and other||(118||)||(267||)||(649||)||(1,088||)||(995||)|
|Income (loss) before income taxes||(21,910||)||(177,256||)||12,989||(220,868||)||71,645|
|Income tax benefit (provision)||5,272||(7,970||)||(5,713||)||5,633||(9,270||)|
|Net Income (Loss)||$||(16,638||)||$||(185,226||)||$||7,276||$||(215,235||)||$||62,375|
|Diluted earnings (loss) per share||$||(0.67||)||$||(7.48||)||$||0.29||$||(8.70||)||$||2.39|
|Weighted average diluted common shares||24,848||24,767||25,230||24,729||26,097|
|Revenue by Region (000's)|
|Rates Per Day Worked|
|Average Owned Vessels|
|Drydock Expenditures (000's)||$||46||$||3,932||$||8,591||$||15,387||$||24,840|
|Consolidated Balance Sheets||As of|
|(in thousands)||December 31,||September 30,||December 31,|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||21,939||$||31,172||$||50,785|
|Trade accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $1,480, $1,424, and $2,506, respectively||40,838||55,353||88,721|
|Other accounts receivable||7,571||7,624||9,410|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||16,649||19,459||17,825|
|Total current assets||86,997||113,608||166,741|
|Vessels, equipment and other fixed assets at cost, net of accumulated depreciation of $457,670, $458,917 and $428,538, respectively||1,195,669||1,228,229||1,356,839|
|Construction in progress||70,817||69,596||127,722|
|Intangibles, net of accumulated amortization of $0, $0 and $18,741, respectively||-||-||15,861|
|Cash held in escrow||-||-||3,683|
|Deferred costs and other assets||16,787||18,182||20,499|
|Income and other taxes payable||6,485||7,482||4,578|
|Accrued personnel costs||12,942||13,421||20,403|
|Accrued interest cost||9,620||1,604||9,610|
|Other accrued liabilities||5,316||5,354||10,338|
|Total current liabilities||47,533||42,912||�� 67,423|
|Long-term income taxes:|
|Deferred tax liabilities||99,439||106,121||104,346|
|Other income taxes payable||21,351||20,834||24,730|
|Preferred stock, $0.01 par value; 2,000 authorized; no shares issued||-||-||-|
|Class A Common Stock, $0.01 par value; 60,000 shares authorized; 27,994, 27,965 and 27,361 shares issued |
and 25,792, 25,738 and 25,114 outstanding, respectively; Class B Common Stock $0.01 par value; 60,000 shares authorized; no shares issued
|Additional paid-in capital||417,289||416,602||410,641|
|Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)||(96,234||)||(79,928||)||(30,665||)|
|Treasury stock, at cost||(75,922||)||(76,987||)||(78,441||)|
|Deferred compensation expense||8,720||8,494||7,544|
|Total stockholders' equity||698,308||729,273||968,753|
|Total liabilities and stockholders' equity||1,370,270||1,429,615||1,716,355|
|Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows||Three Months Ended||Twelve Months Ended|
|(in thousands)||December 31,||September 30,||December 31,||December 31,||December 31,|
|Cash flows from operating activities:|
|Net income (loss)||$||(16,638||)||$||(185,226||)||$||7,275||$||(215,235||)||$||62,375|
|Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by operating activities:|
|Depreciation and amortization||16,664||18,674||18,607||72,591||75,336|
|(Gain) loss on sale of assets||1,944||(784||)||(6,941||)||1,160||(12,461||)|
|Amortization of deferred financing costs||595||594||549||2,394||1,945|
|Provision for doubtful accounts receivable, net of write-offs||98||(5||)||1,078||(862||)||3,236|
|Gain on extinguishment of debt||(458||)||-||-||(458||)||-|
|Deferred income tax (benefit) provision||(6,473||)||12,614||1,903||(3,784||)||(66||)|
|Foreign currency transaction (gain) loss||(317||)||634||602||(160||)||1,490|
|Change in operating assets and liabilities:|
|Prepaids and other||2,888||836||2,844||214||(476||)|
|Other accrued liabilities and other||5,868||(9,684||)||11,504||(10,056||)||4,332|
|Net cash provided by operating activities||$||18,068||$||7,949||$||48,536||$||43,357||$||153,848|
|Cash flows from investing activities:|
|Purchases of vessels, equipment and other fixed assets||(3,554||)||(10,570||)||(15,902||)||(35,428||)||(158,425||)|
|Release of deposits held in escrow||-||-||-||3,683||5,060|
|Proceeds from disposition of vessels and equipment||684||7,511||16,900||8,910||32,261|
|Net cash used in investing activities||(2,870||)||(3,059||)||998||(22,835||)||(121,104||)|
|Cash flows from financing activities:|
|Repayment of 6.375% senior notes||(542||)||-||-||(542||)||-|
|Proceeds from borrowings under revolving loan facilities||8,000||11,000||190,000||47,000||47,167|
|Repayment of borrowing under revolving loan facilities||(31,000||)||(60,000||)||(162,175||)||(91,000||)||-|
|Debt issuance costs||(988||)||(1,352||)||(1,637||)||(3,566||)||(4,198||)|
|Proceeds from issuance of stock||125||174||259||827||1,046|
|Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities||$||(24,405||)||$||(50,178||)||$||(29,396||)||$||(47,281||)||$||(40,024||)|
|Effect of exchange rate changes on cash||(26||)||(1,930||)||(2,016||)||(2,087||)||(2,501||)|
|Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents||(9,233||)||(47,218||)||18,122||(28,846||)||(9,781||)|
|Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period||31,172||78,390||32,663||50,785||60,566|
|Cash and cash equivalents at end of period||$||21,939||$||31,172||$||50,785||$||21,939||$||50,785|
|Supplemental cash flow information:|
|Interest paid, net of interest capitalized||$||(335||)||$||15,396||$||(1,536||)||$||29,834||$||27,067|
|Income taxes paid, net||677||437||869||2,048||4,454|
|Contract Cover||As of February 29, 2016||As of February 16, 2015|
|Region:||Vessel Days||Vessel Days||Vessel Days||Vessel Days|
|Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures: Three Months Ended December 31, 2015|
|(dollars in millions, except per share data)||Operating |
|Net Income |
|Before Special Items||$||(5.2||)||$||(8.5||)||$||4.3||$||(9.5||)||$||(0.38||)|
|Gain on Extinguishment of Debt||-||0.5||(0.2||)||0.3||0.01|
|Gain (Loss) on Asset Sales||(1.9||)||-||-||(1.9||)||(0.08||)|
|Loan Fee Write-Off||-||(2.1||)||0.8||(1.3||)||(0.05||)|
|Workforce Redundancy and Exit Cost||(4.6||)||-||0.4||(4.2||)||(0.17||)|
|Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures: Three Months Ended September 30, 2015|
|(dollars in millions, except per share data)||Operating |
|Net Income |
|Before Special Items||$||(12.8||)||$||(8.4||)||$||7.6||$||(13.6||)||$||(0.55||)|
|Tax Repatriation Charge and Other||-||-||(66.2||)||(66.2||)||(2.67||)|
|Gain of Vessel Sale||0.8||-||-||0.8||0.03|
|Loan Fee Write-Off||-||(1.8||)||0.7||(1.1||)||(0.04||)|
|Workforce Redundancy and Exit Cost||(2.9||)||-||0.8||(2.1||)||(0.09||)|
|Vessel Count by Reporting Segment|
|North Sea|| Southeast |
|Owned Vessels as of November 9, 2015||28||13||30||71|
|Sales & Dispositions||(1||)||0||0||(1||)|
|Owned Vessels as of February 29, 2016||27||13||30||70|
|Total Fleet as of February 29, 2016||30||13||30||73|
Contact: Michael Newman Investor Relations E-mail: Michael.Newman@GulfMark.com (713) 963-9522
Source:GulfMark Offshore, Inc.