Press Release

Nabors Announces First Quarter 2020 Results

Company Release - 5/5/2020 4:15 PM ET

HAMILTON, Bermuda, May 5, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Nabors Industries Ltd. ("Nabors" or the "Company") (NYSE: NBR) today reported first quarter 2020 operating revenues of $718 million compared to operating revenues of $714 million in the fourth quarter of 2019. The net loss from continuing operations attributable to Nabors common shareholders for the quarter was $395 million, or $56.72 per share, compared to a loss of $267 million, or $38.66 per share in the prior quarter. The first quarter's net loss included the impact of the Company's review for potential asset impairments. As a result of this review, the Company has impaired its remaining goodwill and intangibles, as well as certain fixed assets and other assets. After-tax charges in the first quarter totaled $260 million, or $36.86 per share. The fourth quarter's results included after-tax charges of $186 million, or $26.43 per share, related to impairments of fixed assets, goodwill, intangibles, and other assets. All per-share figures have been adjusted for the 1-for-50 reverse stock split which was effective on April 22, 2020.

For the first quarter, adjusted EBITDA was $188 million as compared to $203 million in the prior quarter. With the exception of Canada, all segments fell by varying degrees in response to the current pandemic. In the U.S., a 15% decline in the land rig count for the industry drove a 9% reduction in Nabors' drilling activity in the Lower 48, as well as declines in Nabors Drilling Solutions and in Canrig's aftermarket sales and services. International activity was also impacted by COVID-related disruptions, particularly in Latin America. A seasonal recovery in the Canadian market and significant reductions in corporate overhead were offsets to these reductions.  

Anthony G. Petrello, Nabors Chairman, CEO and President, commented, "I would like to recognize the efforts and performance of our global team during the COVID-19 pandemic. Collectively, we have minimized the impact to our employees and to our operations. Among our 14,000 employees, we have experienced less than 10 cases of the virus. I believe that our industry-leading safety culture and crisis management systems have proved invaluable in addressing this pandemic.

"In the first quarter, our operating performance was solid even as it reflected the early impact of the coronavirus. In the U.S. Lower 48, our customer base adjusted its prior plans and reduced activity, with the decrease accelerating as we approached the end of the quarter. Daily rig margins were impacted primarily by the costs to stack idled rigs, while pricing held steady.

"In our International Drilling segment, rig count remained stable as additional deployments in Mexico and Kuwait were offset by idled rigs in other countries particularly in Latin America. Adjusted EBITDA was affected by operational challenges brought on by COVID-19. In addition, we experienced higher than expected startup costs for rig deployments in Russia."

Consolidated and Segment Results

The U.S. Drilling segment reported $102 million in adjusted EBITDA for the first quarter of 2020, an $11.3 million reduction from the prior quarter, primarily from lower activity in the Lower 48. During the quarter, the Lower 48 rig count decreased by 8.5 rigs while average daily margins compressed somewhat to $9,891, reflecting higher rig stacking expenses. The Company expects average daily margins of approximately $9,000 in the second quarter of 2020. This decline includes the expected impacts of lower leading edge rig rates and increasing costs to stack rigs. The U.S. segment's rig count currently stands at 66, with 58 rigs in the Lower 48. Based on the Company's current outlook, the second quarter average Lower 48 rig count should fall by approximately one third from the first quarter average of 89.

International Drilling adjusted EBITDA decreased sequentially by $4.6 million. The quarterly average rig count, at 87, was essentially in line with the prior quarter, while the average margin per day declined by just under $700 to $13,471. This decrease principally resulted from disruptions and downtime related to the COVID-19 virus, as well as excess costs from the startup of new contracts. The international rig count currently stands at 83. Given the current environment, the Company expects some reduction in rig count during the second quarter, and adjusted EBITDA to decline.

Canada Drilling adjusted EBITDA increased by 50% to $8 million, as rig activity in that market reached its seasonal peak. Both average daily gross margin and the average working rig count increased during the quarter. For the second quarter of 2020, normally this market's seasonally weakest, the Company expects a significant decline in EBITDA.

In Drilling Solutions, adjusted EBITDA of $19.4 million was $5.3 million lower than the fourth quarter. In the first quarter, profitability was impacted by reduced activity across service lines, particularly in the U.S. as the industry rig count retreated.

In the Rig Technologies segment, first quarter adjusted EBITDA was a loss of $3.2 million, as compared to a loss of $1.6 million in the fourth quarter. The decline was mainly due to lower aftermarket sales of parts and services in the U.S. 

Cost Reductions and Capital Discipline

Starting in March of 2020, the Company implemented action plans to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on its financial results and liquidity position. As the market deteriorated further due to the dispute between two of the largest oil exporting nations, the Company took additional measures. It has already implemented several actions related to its fixed cost structure. The Company has adjusted its corporate structure, temporarily reduced compensation throughout, and right-sized the field support organization. The combined impact of these actions amounts to $85 million in overhead reductions over the remainder of 2020. In addition, it has cut planned capital expenditures to $240 million, translating into a reduction of approximately $185 million as compared to the prior year, and $120 million as compared to initial plans. Capital expenditures were $60 million in the first quarter, approximately equal to the preceding quarter. Finally, management has recommended the suspension of the dividend on common stock for a savings this year of $7 million. All of these actions combined represent reductions of over $200 million versus the Company's initial forecast for 2020.

Free cash flow, defined as net cash provided by operating activities less net cash used by investing activities, as presented in our cash flow statement, reached $8 million in the first quarter. First quarter free cash flow is typically the most challenged, due to semiannual cash interest payments and other beginning of year annual disbursements.

William Restrepo, Nabors Chief Financial Officer, stated, "Even as global oilfield activity began to decline in the first quarter, Nabors delivered positive free cash flow. This is very encouraging for a first quarter, given our normal annual cash flow cycle. However, since the environment has deteriorated materially, we expect our activity levels to decline as compared to our initial expectations. Consequently, we have taken swift and impactful actions to compensate for the negative effect on our cash flow. The level of the measures that we have taken is intended to support our target to meaningfully reduce our net debt in 2020.

"In January we completed the issuance of $1 billion of new senior guaranteed notes, maturing 2026 and 2028. We also successfully tendered for $953 million of our previously outstanding notes due in 2020, 2021 and 2023. With these transactions, we extended the maturity of approximately $1 billion of debt by more than four years, significantly reducing our nearer-term debt maturities. During the first quarter, we also purchased approximately $135 million of our shorter maturities in the open market at a discount to par. As of today the outstanding balances of our 2020 and 2021 senior notes are $139 million and $173 million, respectively. At March 31, our balances of cash and cash equivalents plus our undrawn credit facility totaled $1.0 billion."

Mr. Petrello concluded, "In the first quarter, we took decisive steps to address the changing oilfield market as the potential magnitude of the downturn became more apparent. Subsequently, we implemented a second round of essential actions, also targeted at supporting free cash flow this year. The speed and magnitude of our actions are driven by our overarching goal to generate free cash flow and reduce our debt, while delivering industry leading drilling performance with top tier safety results. We remain vigilant and will continue to scrutinize our cost structure.

"Due to the strategic initiatives which we implemented since the last major downturn, the Company stands in a significantly better position to weather the current storm. I would like to thank our employees for their tireless dedication to the success of our company, especially during these difficult times. Further, I want to acknowledge our customers for their continuing confidence in our ability to deliver value to them, and for their cooperation in navigating these challenging circumstances. Finally, let me reassure both our employees and customers that our commitment to their health and safety remains our highest priority."

About Nabors

Nabors (NYSE: NBR) owns and operates one of the world's largest land-based drilling rig fleets and provides offshore platform rigs in the United States and several international markets. Nabors also provides directional drilling services, tubular services, performance software, and innovative technologies for its own rig fleet and those of third parties. Leveraging our advanced drilling automation capabilities, Nabors highly skilled workforce continues to set new standards for operational excellence and transform our industry.

Forward-looking Statements

The information included in this press release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Such forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, as disclosed by Nabors from time to time in its filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. As a result of these factors, Nabors' actual results may differ materially from those indicated or implied by such forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release reflect management's estimates and beliefs as of the date of this press release. Nabors does not undertake to update these forward-looking statements. 

Non-GAAP Disclaimer

This press release presents certain "non-GAAP" financial measures. The components of these non-GAAP measures are computed by using amounts that are determined in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America ("GAAP"). Adjusted operating income (loss) represents income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes, interest expense, earnings (losses) from unconsolidated affiliates, investment income (loss), impairments and other charges and other, net. Adjusted EBITDA is computed similarly, but also excludes depreciation and amortization expenses. In addition, adjusted EBITDA and adjusted operating income (loss) exclude certain cash expenses that the Company is obligated to make. Net debt is calculated as total debt minus the sum of cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments. Free cash flow represents net cash provided by operating activities less cash used for investing activities. Free cash flow is an indicator of our ability to generate cash flow after required spending to maintain or expand our asset base. Management believes that this non-GAAP measure is useful information to investors when comparing our cash flows with the cash flows of other companies. Each of these non-GAAP measures has limitations and therefore should not be used in isolation or as a substitute for the amounts reported in accordance with GAAP. However, management evaluates the performance of its operating segments and the consolidated Company based on several criteria, including adjusted EBITDA, adjusted operating income (loss), net debt, and free cash flow, because it believes that these financial measures accurately reflect the Company's ongoing profitability and performance. Securities analysts and investors also use these measures as some of the metrics on which they analyze the Company's performance. Other companies in this industry may compute these measures differently. Reconciliations of consolidated adjusted EBITDA and adjusted operating income (loss) to income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes, net debt to total debt, and free cash flow to cash flow provided by operations, which are their nearest comparable GAAP financial measures, are included in the tables at the end of this press release. 

Media Contact: William C. Conroy, Vice President of Corporate Development & Investor Relations, +1 281-775-2423, or Kara Peak, Director of Corporate Development & Investor Relations, +1 281-775-4954. To request investor materials, contact Nabors' corporate headquarters in Hamilton, Bermuda at +441-292-1510 or via e-mail mark.andrews@nabors.com

 

NABORS INDUSTRIES LTD. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME (LOSS)

(Unaudited)










Three Months Ended



March 31,


December 31,

(In thousands, except per share amounts)


2020


2019


2019








Revenues and other income:







Operating revenues 


$  718,364


$  799,640


$      714,261

Earnings (losses) from unconsolidated affiliates


-


(5)


-

Investment income (loss)


(3,198)


9,677


1,509

Total revenues and other income


715,166


809,312


715,770








Costs and other deductions:







Direct costs


461,840


520,957


436,249

General and administrative expenses


57,384


68,167


62,572

Research and engineering


11,409


13,520


12,915

Depreciation and amortization


227,063


210,391


225,824

Interest expense


54,722


52,352


49,177

Impairments and other charges


276,434


-


186,201

Other, net


(17,110)


17,502


889

Total costs and other deductions


1,071,742


882,889


973,827








Income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes


(356,576)


(73,577)


(258,057)

Income tax expense (benefit)


17,693


29,799


26,476








Income (loss) from continuing operations, net of tax


(374,269)


(103,376)


(284,533)

Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax


(93)


(157)


22








Net income (loss)


(374,362)


(103,533)


(284,511)

     Less: Net (income) loss attributable to noncontrolling interest


(17,465)


(14,176)


21,827

Net income (loss) attributable to Nabors


$(391,827)


$(117,709)


$     (262,684)

Less: Preferred stock dividend


$    (3,652)


$    (4,313)


$         (4,309)

Net income (loss) attributable to Nabors common shareholders


$(395,479)


$(122,022)


$     (266,993)








Amounts attributable to Nabors common shareholders:







Net income (loss) from continuing operations


$(395,386)


$(121,865)


$     (267,015)

Net income (loss) from discontinued operations


(93)


(157)


22

Net income (loss) attributable to Nabors common shareholders


$(395,479)


$(122,022)


$     (266,993)








Earnings (losses) per share:







   Basic from continuing operations


$    (56.72)


$    (18.11)


$         (38.66)

   Basic from discontinued operations


(0.01)


(0.02)


-

Total Basic


$    (56.73)


$    (18.13)


$         (38.66)








   Diluted from continuing operations


$    (56.72)


$    (18.11)


$         (38.66)

   Diluted from discontinued operations


(0.01)


(0.02)


-

Total Diluted


$    (56.73)


$    (18.13)


$         (38.66)















Weighted-average number   







   of common shares outstanding:







   Basic 


7,051


7,015


7,043

   Diluted 


7,051


7,015


7,043















Adjusted EBITDA


$  187,731


$  196,996


$      202,525








Adjusted operating income (loss)


$  (39,332)


$  (13,395)


$       (23,299)

 

NABORS INDUSTRIES LTD. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS








March 31,


December 31,

(In thousands)


2020


2019



(Unaudited)

ASSETS





Current assets:





Cash and short-term investments


$   489,658


$      452,496

Accounts receivable, net


454,718


453,042

Assets held for sale


1,936


2,530

Other current assets


324,524


340,598

     Total current assets


1,270,836


1,248,666

Property, plant and equipment, net


4,597,308


4,930,549

Goodwill


-


28,380

Other long-term assets


440,404


553,063

     Total assets


$6,308,548


$   6,760,658






LIABILITIES AND EQUITY





Current liabilities:





Current portion of debt


$               -


$                  -

Other current liabilities


584,870


656,548

     Total current liabilities


584,870


656,548

Long-term debt


3,388,014


3,333,220

Other long-term liabilities


264,742


295,333

     Total liabilities


4,237,626


4,285,101






Redeemable noncontrolling interest in subsidiary


429,824


425,392






Equity:





Shareholders' equity


1,555,921


1,982,811

Noncontrolling interest


85,177


67,354

     Total equity


1,641,098


2,050,165

     Total liabilities and equity


$6,308,548


$   6,760,658

 

NABORS INDUSTRIES LTD. AND SUBSIDIARIES

SEGMENT REPORTING

(Unaudited)









The following tables set forth certain information with respect to our reportable segments and rig activity:












Three Months Ended




March 31,


December 31,

(In thousands, except rig activity)


2020


2019


2019









Operating revenues:








U.S. Drilling


$274,901


$320,209


$      289,517


Canada Drilling


25,591


25,315


19,379


International Drilling


337,110


337,256


331,703


Drilling Solutions


55,384


65,422


60,499


Rig Technologies (1)


42,150


71,753


52,616


Other reconciling items (2)


(16,772)


(20,315)


(39,453)


Total operating revenues


$718,364


$799,640


$      714,261









Adjusted EBITDA: (3)








U.S. Drilling


$101,809


$125,005


$      113,128


Canada Drilling


7,931


7,446


5,302


International Drilling


91,509


85,844


96,155


Drilling Solutions


19,439


21,046


24,776


Rig Technologies (1)


(3,178)


(2,296)


(1,569)


Other reconciling items (4)


(29,779)


(40,049)


(35,267)


Total adjusted EBITDA


$187,731


$196,996


$      202,525









Adjusted operating income (loss): (5)








U.S. Drilling


$   (7,404)


$  24,683


$          6,811


Canada Drilling


37


(59)


(3,186)


International Drilling


(4,147)


(5,637)


1,152


Drilling Solutions


10,549


12,855


16,672


Rig Technologies (1)


(8,151)


(5,148)


(5,954)


Other reconciling items (4)


(30,216)


(40,089)


(38,794)


Total adjusted operating income (loss)


$ (39,332)


$ (13,395)


$       (23,299)









Rig activity:







Average Rigs Working: (6)








U.S. Drilling


96.4


120.9


104.2


Canada Drilling


16.8


16.3


12.3


International Drilling


86.7


89.7


87.1


Total average rigs working


199.9


226.9


203.6









(1)

Includes our oilfield equipment manufacturing, automated systems, and downhole tools.









(2)

Represents the elimination of inter-segment transactions.









(3)

Adjusted EBITDA represents income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes, interest expense, depreciation and amortization, earnings (losses) from unconsolidated affiliates, investment income (loss), impairments and other charges and other, net. Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure and should not be used in isolation or as a substitute for the amounts reported in accordance with GAAP. In addition, adjusted EBITDA excludes certain cash expenses that the Company is obligated to make. However, management evaluates the performance of its operating segments and the consolidated Company based on several criteria, including adjusted EBITDA and adjusted operating income (loss), because it believes that these financial measures accurately reflect the Company's ongoing profitability and performance. Securities analysts and investors use this measure as one of the metrics on which they analyze the Company's performance. Other companies in this industry may compute these measures differently. A reconciliation of this non-GAAP measure to income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes, which is the most closely comparable GAAP measure, is provided in the table set forth immediately following the heading "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures to Income (loss) from Continuing Operations before Income Taxes".









(4)

Represents the elimination of inter-segment transactions and unallocated corporate expenses.









(5)

Adjusted operating income (loss) represents income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes, interest expense, earnings (losses) from unconsolidated affiliates, investment income (loss), impairments and other charges and other, net. Adjusted operating income (loss) is a non-GAAP financial measure and should not be used in isolation or as a substitute for the amounts reported in accordance with GAAP. In addition, adjusted operating income (loss) excludes certain cash expenses that the Company is obligated to make. However, management evaluates the performance of its operating segments and the consolidated Company based on several criteria, including adjusted EBITDA and adjusted operating income (loss), because it believes that these financial measures accurately reflect the Company's ongoing profitability and performance. Securities analysts and investors use this measure as one of the metrics on which they analyze the Company's performance. Other companies in this industry may compute these measures differently. A reconciliation of this non-GAAP measure to income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes, which is the most closely comparable GAAP measure, is provided in the table set forth immediately following the heading "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures to Income (loss) from Continuing Operations before Income Taxes".









(6)

Represents a measure of the average number of rigs operating during a given period. For example, one rig operating 45 days during a quarter represents approximately 0.5 average rigs working for the quarter. On an annual period, one rig operating 182.5 days represents approximately 0.5 average rigs working for the year.


 

NABORS INDUSTRIES LTD. AND SUBSIDIARIES

RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES TO 

INCOME (LOSS) FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS BEFORE INCOME TAXES

(Unaudited)










Three Months Ended



March 31,


December 31,








(In thousands)


2020


2019


2019








Adjusted EBITDA


$ 187,731


$196,996


$      202,525

Depreciation and amortization 


(227,063)


(210,391)


(225,824)

Adjusted operating income (loss)


(39,332)


(13,395)


(23,299)








Earnings (losses) from unconsolidated affiliates


-


(5)


-

Investment income (loss)


(3,198)


9,677


1,509

Interest expense


(54,722)


(52,352)


(49,177)

Impairments and other charges


(276,434)


-


(186,201)

Other, net


17,110


(17,502)


(889)

Income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes


$(356,576)


$ (73,577)


$     (258,057)

 

NABORS INDUSTRIES LTD. AND SUBSIDIARIES

RECONCILIATION OF NET DEBT TO TOTAL DEBT









March 31,


December 31,

(In thousands)


2020


2019



(Unaudited)
















Current portion of debt


$               -


$                  -

Long-term debt


3,388,014


3,333,220

     Total Debt


3,388,014


3,333,220

Less: Cash and short-term investments


489,658


452,496

     Net Debt


$2,898,356


$   2,880,724

 

NABORS INDUSTRIES LTD. AND SUBSIDIARIES

RECONCILIATION OF FREE CASH FLOW TO

NET CASH PROVIDED BY OPERATING ACTIVITIES

(Unaudited)










Three Months Ended



March 31,


December 31,








(In thousands)


2020


2019


2019








Net cash provided by operating activities


$59,162


$ 69,854


$      253,730

Less: Net cash used for investing activities


(50,773)


(144,444)


(22,156)

Free cash flow


$  8,389


$(74,590)


$      231,574








Free cash flow represents net cash provided by operating activities less cash used for investing activities. Free cash flow is an indicator of our ability to generate cash flow after required spending to maintain or expand our asset base. Management believes that this non-GAAP measure is useful information to investors when comparing our cash flows with the cash flows of other companies. This non-GAAP measure has limitations and therefore should not be used in isolation or as a substitute for the amounts reported in accordance with GAAP. However, management evaluates the performance of the consolidated Company based on several criteria, including free cash flow, because it believes that these financial measures accurately reflect the Company's ongoing profitability and performance.

 

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