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Helmerich & Payne, Inc. Announces Fiscal Year-End Results

TULSA, Okla., Nov. 12, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Helmerich & Payne, Inc. (NYSE:HP) reported net income of $422 million ($3.87 per diluted share) from operating revenues of $3.2 billion for its fiscal year ended September 30, 2015, compared to net income of $709 million ($6.46 per diluted share) from operating revenues of $3.7 billion for its prior fiscal year ended September 30, 2014.  Included in net income per diluted share for fiscal 2015 and fiscal 2014 are approximately $0.86 and $0.23, respectively, in after-tax income related to a combination of select items as described in a separate section of this press release.  Select items, among others, include long-term contract early termination compensation, gains from the sale of investment securities, abandonment charges, and impairment charges.   

Net loss for the fourth fiscal quarter of 2015 was $21 million (negative $0.20 per diluted share) from operating revenues of $566 million.  Included in net loss per diluted share corresponding to this year’s fourth fiscal quarter are approximately $0.24 in after-tax losses related to a combination of select items as described in a separate section of this press release. 

President and CEO John Lindsay commented, “After delivering record-breaking results in 2014, we began fiscal 2015 with high expectations.  Unfortunately, these past 12 months have brought very low and volatile oil prices and the industry rig count in the U.S. has fallen to levels below those experienced during the recession in 2009.  Drilling activity and service pricing levels continue to decline, and for many the major theme across the industry is survival, and has led to sharp reductions in personnel, expenses, and investments across the board.  No company is immune to these conditions and fortunately a cornerstone of our strategy has always been fiscal conservatism, which continues to serve us well.  Additionally, we believe our advanced rig fleet, long-term contract backlog, strong customer base, and best-in-class reputation for customer service and value creation position us very well in this difficult environment.  In the midst of this very challenging market, our efforts remain focused on adding value to shareholders by prudently allocating capital, providing innovative solutions and helping our customers reduce their total cost per well.  The short-term outlook for the industry remains uncertain, but we do expect better days ahead and believe the Company is well positioned to grow market share.”  

Operating Segment Results

Segment operating income for the Company’s U.S. land operations was $34 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015, compared with $259 million for last year’s fourth fiscal quarter and $122 million for this year’s third fiscal quarter.  As compared to the third quarter of fiscal 2015, the decrease in segment operating income was attributable to a decline in early termination revenues, lower levels of quarterly activity and a lower rig margin per day average as well as abandonment (non-cash) charges of approximately $30 million incurred during the fourth fiscal quarter related to the decommissioning of six of the Company's 3,000 horsepower (SCR) land rigs and other used drilling equipment at the end of the quarter.  These abandonment charges are included with depreciation in the segment.  The number of quarterly revenue days decreased sequentially by 5.1% to 13,490 days.  Excluding the impact of $5,325 and $2,482 per day corresponding to revenues from early contract terminations during this year’s third and fourth fiscal quarters, respectively, the average rig revenue per day decreased sequentially by $416 to $26,218, and the average rig margin per day decreased sequentially by $109 to $12,395.  The average rig expense per day decreased sequentially by $307 to $13,823.  Rig utilization for the segment was 43% for this year’s fourth fiscal quarter, compared with 87% and 47% for last year’s fourth fiscal quarter and this year’s third fiscal quarter, respectively.  At September 30, 2015, the Company’s U.S. land segment had approximately 145 contracted rigs generating revenue (including 120 under long-term contracts) and 198 idle rigs (including 197 AC drive FlexRigs®*). 

Segment operating income for the Company’s offshore operations was $12.5 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015, compared with $15.0 million for last year’s fourth fiscal quarter and $14.7 million for this year’s third fiscal quarter.  The sequential decrease in operating income was mostly attributable to a decline in the average rig margin per day, which decreased from $14,265 to $13,296.  Quarterly revenue days sequentially increased by approximately 1% to 736 days during the fourth fiscal quarter.

The Company’s international land operations reported segment operating loss of $38.1 million for this year’s fourth fiscal quarter, compared with operating income of $5.9 million for last year’s fourth fiscal quarter and $16.7 million for this year’s third fiscal quarter.  The sequential decrease in operating income was mostly attributable to impairment (non-cash) charges of approximately $39 million incurred during the fourth fiscal quarter related to several of the Company's international (SCR) land rigs.  The sequential decline was also attributable to approximately $5 million in charges related to an allowance for doubtful accounts, a decrease in the average rig margin per day, and a decrease in quarterly revenue days.  Excluding the impact of $4,658 and $5,535 per day corresponding to revenues from early contract terminations during this year’s third and fourth fiscal quarters, respectively, as well as the impact of $3,021 per day corresponding to charges related to an allowance for doubtful accounts during the fourth fiscal quarter, the average rig margin per day decreased sequentially from $13,086 to $7,856.  The number of quarterly revenue days decreased sequentially by approximately 12% to 1,665 days.

Drilling Operations Outlook for the First Quarter of Fiscal 2016

In the U.S. land segment, the Company expects revenue days (activity) to decrease by roughly 11% to 14% during the first fiscal quarter of 2016 as compared to the fourth fiscal quarter of 2015.  Excluding any impact from early termination revenue, the average rig revenue per day is expected to decrease to roughly $26,000, and the corresponding average rig expense per day is expected to decrease to roughly $13,600.  As of today, the U.S. land segment has approximately 132 contracted rigs that are generating revenue (including 108 under term contracts) and 212 idle rigs (including 211 AC drive FlexRigs).

In the offshore segment, the Company expects the average rig margin per day to be approximately $9,500 during the first fiscal quarter of 2016 and revenue days to be flat as compared to the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015. 

In the international land segment, the Company expects revenue days to decline to roughly 1,400 during the first fiscal quarter of 2016.  Over the same period, the average rig margin per day is expected to be roughly $8,000.

Capital Expenditures and Other Estimates for Fiscal 2016

The Company’s capital expenditures for fiscal 2016 are expected to be in the range of $300 million to $400 million.  Depreciation expense is expected to be slightly under $580 million, and general and administrative expenses are expected to be approximately $135 million for fiscal 2016.

Select Items Included in Net Income (or Loss) per Diluted Share

Included in net income per diluted share for fiscal 2015 are approximately $0.86 in after-tax income related to a combination of the following:  $1.30 of after-tax income from long-term contract early termination compensation from customers (which favorably impacted net income by approximately $141 million); $0.07 of after-tax gains related to the sale of used drilling equipment; $0.03 of after-tax losses related to an allowance for doubtful accounts; $0.25 of after-tax losses from abandonment charges related to the decommissioning of certain (SCR) land rigs and other used drilling equipment; and $0.23 of after-tax losses from impairment charges for certain (SCR) land rigs. 

Included in net income per diluted share for fiscal year 2014 are approximately $0.23 in after-tax income related to a combination of the following:  $0.25 of after-tax gains from the sale of investment securities; $0.12 of after-tax gains related to the sale of used drilling equipment; and $0.14 of after-tax losses from abandonment charges related to certain decommissioned (SCR) land rigs and other used drilling equipment.

Included in net loss per diluted share corresponding to the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015 are approximately $0.24 in after-tax losses related to a combination of the following:  $0.25 of after-tax income from long-term contract early termination compensation from customers; $0.02 of after-tax gains related to the sale of used drilling equipment; $0.03 of after-tax losses related to an allowance for doubtful accounts; $0.18 of after-tax losses from abandonment charges related to the decommissioning of certain (SCR) land rigs and other used drilling equipment; $0.23 of after-tax losses from impairment charges for certain (SCR) land rigs; and a $0.07 impact on income tax expense due primarily to limitations on foreign income tax credits. 

About Helmerich & Payne, Inc.

Helmerich & Payne, Inc. is primarily a contract drilling company.  As of November 12, 2015, the Company’s existing fleet includes 344 land rigs in the U.S., 38 international land rigs, and nine offshore platform rigs.  In addition, the Company is scheduled to complete another six new H&P-designed and operated FlexRigs, all under long-term contracts with customers.  Upon completion of these commitments, the Company’s global fleet is expected to have a total of 388 land rigs, including 373 AC drive FlexRigs.

Forward-Looking Statements

This release includes "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and such statements are based on current expectations and assumptions that are subject to risks and uncertainties.  All statements other than statements of historical facts included in this release, including, without limitation, statements regarding the registrant’s future financial position, operations outlook, business strategy, budgets, projected costs and plans and objectives of management for future operations, are forward-looking statements.  For information regarding risks and uncertainties associated with the Company's business, please refer to the "Risk Factors" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of  Operations" sections of the Company's SEC filings, including but not limited to, its annual report on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q.  As a result of these factors, Helmerich & Payne, Inc.'s actual results may differ materially from those indicated or implied by such forward-looking statements.  We undertake no duty to update or revise our forward-looking statements based on changes in internal estimates, expectations or otherwise, except as required by law.

*FlexRig® is a registered trademark of Helmerich & Payne, Inc.                                                                                        

 

HELMERICH & PAYNE, INC.
Unaudited
(in thousands, except per share data)
 Three Months EndedFiscal Year Ended
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OFJune 30September 30September 30
OPERATIONS 2015  2015  2014  2015  2014 
      
Operating Revenues:     
Drilling – U.S. Land$    494,615 $    420,393 $    824,210 $  2,523,518 $  3,099,954 
Drilling – Offshore 55,673  53,271  63,927  241,043  250,811 
Drilling – International Land 106,198  89,388  93,391  386,693  355,532 
Other 3,208  3,058  3,510  14,187  13,410 
  659,694  566,110  985,038  3,165,441  3,719,707 
      
Operating costs and expenses:     
Operating costs, excluding depreciation 351,670  328,922  540,458  1,704,163  2,009,912 
Depreciation 144,295  175,376  150,371  606,992  523,549 
Asset impairment charge -  39,242  -  39,242  - 
General and administrative 29,404  37,693  34,243  134,906  135,139 
Research and development 3,329  3,760  4,159  16,104  15,905 
Income from asset sales (1,784) (2,862) (7,695) (11,716) (19,585)
  526,914  582,131  721,536  2,489,691  2,664,920 
      
Operating income (loss) 132,780  (16,021) 263,502  675,750  1,054,787 
      
Other income (expense):     
Interest and dividend income 1,602  1,398  267  5,834  1,583 
Interest expense (6,258) (5,746) (300) (15,036) (4,654)
Gain on sale of investment securities -  -  -  -  45,234 
Other (281) (989) (605)   (901)   (636)
  (4,937) (5,337) (638) (10,103) 41,527 
      
Income (loss) from continuing operations     
before income taxes 127,843  (21,358) 262,864  665,647  1,096,314 
Income tax provision 36,956  (150) 94,159  243,375  387,548 
Income (loss) from continuing operations 90,887  (21,208) 168,705  422,272  708,766 
      
Income (loss) from discontinued operations,
before income taxes
 (27) (6) (17) (124) 2,758 
Income tax provision -  -  -  77  2,805 
Loss from discontinued operations (27) (6) (17) (47) (47)
      
NET INCOME (LOSS)$    90,860 $    (21,214)$    168,688 $    422,225 $    708,719 
      
Basic earnings per common share:     
Income (loss) from continuing operations$    0.84 $    (0.20)$    1.55 $    3.90 $    6.54 
Income from discontinued operations$    - $     - $    - $    - $    - 
      
Net income (loss)$    0.84 $    (0.20)$    1.55 $    3.90 $    6.54 
      
Diluted earnings per common share:     
Income (loss) from continuing operations$    0.83  $    (0.20)$    1.53 $    3.87 $    6.46 
Income from discontinued operations$    - $     - $    - $    - $    - 
      
Net income (loss)$    0.83 $    (0.20)$    1.53 $    3.87 $    6.46 
      
Weighted average shares outstanding:     
Basic 107,652    107,740    108,226    107,754    107,800 
Diluted 108,469    107,740    109,300    108,570    109,141 

 

HELMERICH & PAYNE, INC.
Unaudited
(in thousands)
 
  September 30
CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED BALANCE SHEETS  2015  2014*
     
ASSETS    
Cash and cash equivalents $  717,977  $  360,909 
Short-term investments  45,543   - 
Other current assets  667,390   908,886 
Current assets of discontinued operations  8,097   7,206 
Total current assets  1,439,007   1,277,001 
Investments  104,354   236,644 
Net property, plant, and equipment  5,567,235   5,188,544 
Other assets  41,416   18,809 
TOTAL ASSETS $7,152,012  $ 6,720,998 
     
     
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY    
Current liabilities $  347,851  $  503,944 
Current liabilities of discontinued operations  3,377   3,217 
Total current liabilities  351,228   507,161 
Non-current liabilities  1,406,169   1,279,369 
Non-current liabilities of discontinued operations  4,720   3,989 
Long-term notes payable  492,443   39,502 
Total shareholders’ equity  4,897,452   4,890,977 
     
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY $  7,152,012  $ 6,720,998 
 
*The September 30, 2014 balance sheet has been restated due to the adoption of Accounting Standards Update No. 2015-03 applied retrospectively.


HELMERICH & PAYNE, INC.
Unaudited
(in thousands)
 
 Years Ended
 September 30
CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS 2015  2014 
   
OPERATING ACTIVITIES:  
Net income$  422,225 $  708,719 
Adjustment for loss from discontinued operations 47  47 
Income from continuing operations 422,272  708,766 
Depreciation 606,992  523,549 
Asset impairment charge 39,242  - 
Changes in assets and liabilities 327,518  (76,803)
Gain on sale of assets and investment securities (11,716) (64,819)
Other 34,483  27,881 
Net cash provided by operating activities from continuing operations 1,418,791  1,118,574 
Net cash used in operating activities from discontinued operations (47) (47)
Net cash provided by operating activities 1,418,744  1,118,527 
   
INVESTING ACTIVITIES:  
Capital expenditures (1,133,482) (952,892)
Purchase of short-term investments (45,607) - 
Proceeds from sale of assets and investment securities 22,501  79,975 
Net cash used in investing activities (1,156,588) (872,917)
   
FINANCING  ACTIVITIES:  
Proceeds from senior notes, net of discount and debt issuance costs 491,651  - 
Proceeds from short-term debt 1,002  - 
Payments on short-term debt (1,002) - 
Dividends paid (298,367) (264,386)
Repurchase of common stock (59,654) - 
Exercise of stock options 2,650  23,250 
Tax withholdings related to net share settlements of restricted stock (5,140) (3,049)
Payments for short-term and long-term debt (40,000) (115,000)
Excess tax benefit from stock-based compensation 3,772  26,616 
Net cash provided by (used) in financing activities 94,912  (332,569)
   
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 357,068  (86,959)
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period 360,909  447,868 
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period$  717,977 $  360,909 


SEGMENT REPORTINGThree Months EndedFiscal Year Ended
 June 30September 30September 30
  2015   2015  2014  2015  2014 
 (in thousands, except days and per day amounts)
U.S. LAND OPERATIONS     
Revenues$  494,615 $   420,393 $  824,210 $  2,523,518 $  3,099,954 
Direct operating expenses 241,109  219,700  422,179  1,254,424  1,576,702 
General and administrative expense 10,465  15,984  11,412  50,769  41,573 
Depreciation 121,307  151,056  131,990  519,950  455,934 
Segment operating income$  121,734 $    33,653 $  258,629 $    698,375 $  1,025,745 
      
Revenue days 14,219   13,490   26,812    75,866    100,638 
Average rig revenue per day$    31,959 $    28,700 $    28,164 $    30,211 $    28,194 
Average rig expense per day$    14,130 $    13,823 $    13,170 $    13,483 $    13,058 
Average rig margin per day$    17,829 $    14,877 $    14,994 $    16,728 $    15,136 
Rig utilization   47%   43%   87%   62%   86%
      
OFFSHORE OPERATIONS     
Revenues$    55,673 $  53,271 $  63,927 $    241,043 $    250,811 
Direct operating expenses 37,580  36,886  43,033  158,138  158,834 
General and administrative expense 688  1,049  2,736  3,517  9,858 
Depreciation 2,689  2,876  3,176  11,659  12,300 
Segment operating income$    14,716 $    12,460 $    14,982 $    67,729 $    69,819 
      
Revenue days 728    736    736    3,067     2,920 
Average rig revenue per day$    38,333 $    31,422 $    61,845 $    44,125 $    63,094 
Average rig expense per day$    24,068 $    18,126 $    39,460 $    27,246 $    37,653 
Average rig margin per day$    14,265 $    13,296 $    22,385 $    16,879 $    25,441 
Rig utilization   89%   89%   89%   93%   89%
      
INTERNATIONAL LAND OPERATIONS     
Revenues$  106,198 $    89,388 $    93,391 $  386,693 $  355,532 
Direct operating expenses 73,096  71,267  75,326  290,752    274,894 
General and administrative expense 781  855  1,156  3,342  4,289 
Depreciation 15,651  16,166  10,981  56,287  39,932 
Asset impairment change   -    39,242    -    39,242    - 
Segment operating income (loss)$    16,670 $  (38,142)$    5,928 $    (2,930)$  36,417 
      
Revenue days 1,887  1,665  2,091    7,474    8,303 
Average rig revenue per day$    51,673 $    48,977 $    37,392 $  46,684 $  37,117 
Average rig expense per day$    33,929 $    38,607 $    28,623 $  34,211 $  27,278 
Average rig margin per day$      17,744 $    10,370 $    8,769 $    12,473 $      9,839 
Rig utilization   51%   45%   69%   53%   76%
      
Operating statistics exclude the effects of offshore platform management contracts, gains and losses from translation of foreign currency transactions, and do not include reimbursements of “out-of-pocket” expenses in revenue per day, expense per day and margin calculations.
 
Reimbursed amounts were as follows:
      
U.S. Land Operations$    40,188 $    33,225 $    69,077 $  231,528 $  262,532 
Offshore Operations$    9,466 $    12,621 $    5,957 $  32,868 $  19,007 
International Land Operations$    8,691 $    7,840 $    15,205 $  37,776 $  47,350 

 

Segment operating income for all segments is a non-GAAP financial measure of the Company’s performance, as it excludes general and administrative expenses, corporate depreciation, income from asset sales and other corporate income and expense.  The Company considers segment operating income to be an important supplemental measure of operating performance for presenting trends in the Company’s core businesses.  This measure is used by the Company to facilitate period-to-period comparisons in operating performance of the Company’s reportable segments in the aggregate by eliminating items that affect comparability between periods.  The Company believes that segment operating income is useful to investors because it provides a means to evaluate the operating performance of the segments and the Company on an ongoing basis using criteria that are used by our internal decision makers.  Additionally, it highlights operating trends and aids analytical comparisons.  However, segment operating income has limitations and should not be used as an alternative to operating income or loss, a performance measure determined in accordance with GAAP, as it excludes certain costs that may affect the Company’s operating performance in future periods.

The following table reconciles operating income per the information above to income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes as reported on the Consolidated Statements of Operations (in thousands).

   Three Months EndedFiscal Year Ended
 June 30September 30September 30
  2015  2015  2014  2015  2014 
Operating income      
U.S. Land$121,734 $  33,653 $258,629 $  698,375 $ 1,025,745 
Offshore 14,716  12,460  14,982    67,729    69,819 
International Land 16,670  (38,142) 5,928  (2,930)   36,417 
Other (2,324) (3,471)   (2,329) (10,911)   (9,068)
Segment operating income $150,796 $  4,500 $277,210 $  752,263 $ 1,122,913 
Corporate general and administrative (17,470) (19,805)   (18,939) (77,278)   (79,419)
Other depreciation (3,626) (3,803)   (3,678) (15,077)   (13,573)
Inter-segment elimination 1,296  225    1,214  4,126    5,281 
Income from asset sales 1,784  2,862    7,695  11,716    19,585 
Operating income (loss)$132,780 $  (16,021)$263,502 $  675,750   $ 1,054,787 
      
Other income (expense):     
Interest and dividend income   1,602    1,398    267  5,834    1,583 
Interest expense   (6,258)   (5,746)   (300) (15,036)   (4,654)
Gain on sale of investment securities   -    -    -    -    45,234 
Other   (281)   (989)   (605) (901)   (636)
Total other income (expense)   (4,937)   (5,337)   (638) (10,103)   41,527 
      
Income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes $  127,843 $  (21,358)$  262,864 $  665,647   $  1,096,314 

 

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