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DIVERGENT Energy Services Announces Release of Q2 Interim Results

CALGARY, Alberta, Aug. 23, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --

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DIVERGENT Energy Services Corp. (“Divergent” or the "Corporation") (DVG: TSX-V) has released its financial results for the three and six month periods ended June 30, 2018 and provides the following highlights.

Q2 2018 FINANCIAL AND OPERATING HIGHLIGHTS

For the three month period ended June 30, 2018 the Corporation recorded Adjusted EBITDA of $2 as compared to a loss of $707 in Q2 2017. G&A decreased 3% from the previous period of Q2 2017.

Select Financial Information for the three and six month periods ending June 30, 2018 is summarized as follows:

RESULTS OF OPERATIONS
Select Financial Information

(Unaudited)

Statement of Loss (summarized)

 Three months ended June 30, Six months ended June 30, 
In United States Dollars, (000's) 2018  2017  2018  2017 
Revenue$2,021 $2,140 $3,951 $4,303 
Cost of sales 1,490  1,545  2,750  3,054 
Gross profit 531  595  1,201  1,249 
Selling, general and administrative expenses 681  699  1,355  1,500 
Stock based compensation 23  69  52  110 
  (704) (768) (1,407) (1,610)
Results from operating activities (173) (173) (134) (361)
Net loss from continuing operations (154) (856) (81) (1,439)
Net loss per share continuing operations – Basic (0.00) (0.01) (0.00) (0.01)
             


Statement of Financial Position (summarized)  
In United States Dollars, (000's)June 30, 2018
 December 31, 2017
 
   
ASSETS  
Current assets$2,555 $2,797 
Long-term assets 405  435 
 $2,960 $3,232 
   
Liabilities  
Liabilities 8,924  9,121 
Shareholders’ deficit (5,964) (5,889)
Liabilities and shareholders’ deficit 2,960  3,232 
       
Working capital ratio 0.54  0.51 
       

The Corporation’s complete set of June 30, 2018 financial statements and corresponding management’s discussion and analysis have been filed on the SEDAR website at www.sedar.com and are also available on the Corporation’s website at www.divergentenergyservices.com.

OUTLOOK

The Corporation’s focus on increasing sales in our ESP division in Wyoming is getting traction and we have begun to generate sales from new clients.  We anticipate sales with new clients to increase continually as we demonstrate our ability to deliver reliable products and outstanding service.  The majority of our sales efforts are in Wyoming, with a smaller portion of time spent on clients in Colorado and Montana.  Feedback from the sales team indicates a large number of smaller clients being dissatisfied with their current providers and motivated to try a new supplier.  As our revenue stream grows and we are exposed to a wider array of wellbores and production rates, we anticipate needing to significantly increase the amount of inventory on hand.  Nearly all the components for our motors and pumps are made overseas and are considered long lead time products meaning work can only be awarded if the product is already in stock domestically.

PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT

Active discussions are underway with two clients who are each interested in providing one wellbore to further evaluate the Linear Pump.  The timing of the installations are not yet determined and are pending the selection of a suitable wellbore.  The timeline to get back into a well and continue testing continues to extend beyond any timeline anticipated by management. The combination of weak oil pricing, reduced operating budgets, and a growing adversity to risk has kept many potential clients from approving a test despite their acceptance that the technology will save them money in the long run. Although oil prices have risen globally, that is not the case for Canadian crude and it is expected that Canadian producers may continue to demonstrate risk aversion to testing new technology until they return to profitability. Divergent’s focus for expansion and ongoing testing has been focused on the industry partner previously involved with testing and in the United States due to its oil industry demonstrating more resilience than Canada’s.

The exclusivity agreement with the supplier of the linear motor has not been executed and has now lapsed.  Divergent’s CEO recently met with a larger motor manufacturer whose business model is substantially more focused on product development and the parties have begun working towards having Divergent as their business partner in North America.  The nature and structure of the agreement is under discussion and updates will be provided as they become available.  The change in suppliers is not expected to impact any upcoming installations.

The next round of testing will be focused on delivering results of extending operating time and proving out the cost reduction benefits of the pump:

  • Reduced power consumption using a high efficiency electromagnetic motor vs surface lifting equipment (pump jack). Data from the 2016 and 2017 tests have been analyzed and calculations indicate potential savings of up to 33%.
  • Operating cost reductions through reduced service rig interventions to repair worn and broken sucker rods.
  • Capital cost reductions through reduced tubing wear caused by the reciprocating motion of the sucker rods.
  • Increased production rates when installed lower in the well - a challenging installation for conventional rod pumps. The linear pump can be installed vertically, slant, or horizontal which allows for the pump to be placed lower in the well. The deeper a pump is installed, the lower the fluid level can be drawn down resulting in increased oil production.
  • Reduced environmental impact with the elimination of surface lifting equipment.
  • Lower carbon footprint with the reduction of steel used.

The Corporation’s vision is to be a premier supplier of submersible pumping products that increase production while reducing costs and carbon footprint. Divergent’s Technical Advisory Committee continues to evaluate emerging artificial lift technologies and make determinations on whether Divergent can capture the intellectual property. A number of opportunities currently are under review by the committee. The commercialization of the Linear Pump remains a primary focus as the product is complementary to our existing electric submersible pump business, and will provide oil and gas companies the opportunity to capitalize on the Linear Pump’s many benefits while differentiating Divergent within a competitive and growing market. The Corporation’s Technical Advisory Committee continues to evaluate emerging technologies.

ABOUT DIVERGENT ENERGY SERVICES CORP.

Headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, DIVERGENT Energy Services Corp. provides an array of Artificial Lift products and services that are used in the oil and gas industry.  Products include Electromagnetic Pumps, Electric Submersible Pumps, and Electric Submersible Progressing Cavity Pumps.

For Further Information regarding this news release contact:  Ken Berg, President and Chief Executive Officer; or Scott Hamilton, Chief Financial Officer.

DIVERGENT Energy Services Corp., 1500, 715 – 5th Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 2X6, (403) 543-0060, (403) 543-0069 (fax), www.divergentenergyservices.com

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

This press release contains forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, statements pertaining to operational updates.  All statements included herein, other than statements of historical fact, are forward-looking information and such information involves various risks and uncertainties.  There can be no assurance that such information will prove to be accurate, and actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such information.  A description of assumptions used to develop such forward-looking information and a description of risk factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from forward-looking information can be found in the Corporation's disclosure documents on the SEDAR website at www.sedar.com.  Forward-looking statements are based on estimates and opinions of management of the Corporation at the time the information is presented.  The Corporation may, as considered necessary in the circumstances, update or revise such forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, but the Corporation undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, except as required by applicable securities laws.

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