HOUSTON, April 27, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- NexTier Oilfield Solutions Inc. (NYSE: NEX) ("NexTier" or the "Company") today reported first quarter 2022 financial and operational results.

First Quarter 2022 Results and Recent Highlights

  • Total revenue of $635.0 million, a 25% sequential increase. Fourth consecutive quarter of 25%+ revenue growth
  • Net income of $8.8 million ($0.04 per diluted share)
  • Adjusted EBITDA(1) of $83.5 million
  • Cash from operations of $28.7 million and positive free cash flow(1) of $1.7 million
  • Averaged 33 deployed fleets in the first quarter of 2022, exited with 34 deployed fleets
  • Exited first quarter of 2022 with total liquidity of $348.9 million, including $99.8 million of cash and undrawn ABL; no term loan maturities until 2025

Management Commentary

"I am pleased with NexTier's first quarter results and the way momentum accelerated as the quarter progressed. Our performance demonstrates the benefits of our low cost, low emissions strategy," said Robert Drummond, President and Chief Executive Officer of NexTier. "Demand for our services remains very strong and available frac capacity is almost fully utilized, which should allow us to deliver profitable growth, accelerating free cash flow, and strong returns."

"We continue to demonstrate that our talented team can execute on clearly defined strategic priorities utilizing a leading integrated platform to produce strong efficiency gains, optimizing NexTier's value proposition for customers and stockholders," Mr. Drummond continued. "We believe the premium placed on efficiency and service quality will further differentiate NexTier during times of high commodity prices and tight supply."

"We once again achieved market beating top line growth, increasing revenue 25%, and our accelerating March exit rate suggests significant upside for the second quarter," said Kenny Pucheu, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of NexTier. "Further, we continued to demonstrate our leadership in the cycle by achieving positive free cash flow in the first quarter, which was ahead of our plan, along with our second consecutive quarter of positive net income, forging a path toward generating returns above our cost of capital later this year, a critical step for our business."

First Quarter 2022 Financial Results

Revenue totaled $635.0 million in the first quarter of 2022, compared to $509.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2021. The sequential improvement in revenue was primarily driven by improved pricing, strong operational performance, continued integration efforts, and additional planned capacity added.

Net income totaled $8.8 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2022, compared to net income of $10.9 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2021.

Selling, general and administrative expense ("SG&A") totaled $35.9 million in the first quarter of 2022, compared to SG&A of $35.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2021. Adjusted SG&A(1) totaled $27.5 million in the first quarter of 2022, which remained unchanged compared to adjusted SG&A in the fourth quarter of 2021.

Adjusted EBITDA totaled $83.5 million in the first quarter of 2022, compared to adjusted EBITDA of $80.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2021. The first quarter of 2022 reported adjusted EBITDA includes a $0.8 million gain on the sale of assets, compared to a $21.2 million gain on the sale of assets in the fourth quarter of 2021.

The Company exited the first quarter with momentum, easily reaching the goal for a first quarter exit of double-digit annualized adjusted EBITDA per deployed fleet.(1)

First Quarter 2022 Management Adjustments

EBITDA(1) for the first quarter of 2022 was $71.5 million. When excluding net management adjustments of $12.0 million, adjusted EBITDA for the first quarter was $83.5 million. Management adjustments included $7.8 million in stock compensation expense and a net $4.2 million in other adjustments.

Completion Services

Revenue in our Completion Services segment totaled $602.6 million in the first quarter of 2022, compared to $481.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2021. Adjusted gross profit(1) totaled $106.3 million in the first quarter of 2022, compared to $83.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2021.

During the first quarter of 2022, the Company operated an average of 33 deployed fleets, an increase from 30 in the fourth quarter of 2021. The additional fleet count was the result of a reconfiguration of already deployed horsepower between Simulfrac and zipper frac fleets and the planned addition of a Tier IV dual fuel fleet late in the quarter. Annualized adjusted EBITDA per deployed fleet was $10.1 million in the first quarter of 2022.

Well Construction and Intervention Services

Revenue in our Well Construction and Intervention ("WC&I") Services segment, totaled $32.4 million in the first quarter of 2022, compared to $28.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2021. The sequential improvement was primarily driven by increased customer activity. Adjusted gross profit totaled $4.1 million in the first quarter of 2022, compared to adjusted gross profit of $2.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2021.

Balance Sheet and Capital

Total debt outstanding as of March 31, 2022 was $371.6 million, net of debt discounts and deferred finance costs and excluding finance lease obligations. As of March 31, 2022, total available liquidity was $348.9 million, comprised of cash of $99.8 million, and $249.1 million of available borrowing capacity under our asset-based credit facility, which remains undrawn.

Total cash provided by operating activities during the first quarter of 2022 was $28.7 million and cash used by investing activities was $27.0 million, resulting in a positive free cash flow of $1.7 million in the first quarter of 2022.

Outlook

Industry momentum continued into the second quarter of 2022, driven by strong customer demand for our services and a tight supply of equipment. We expect to see considerably improved results in the second quarter of 2022, relative to the first quarter of 2022, based on our March performance and given negotiated customer agreements and increased activity as seasonal and transitory headwinds subside.

For the second quarter of 2022, NexTier expects to operate an average of 34 deployed frac fleets. We do not expect to add any additional capacity to the market for the remainder of 2022.

Based on the above deployed fleets, for the second quarter of 2022 we anticipate sequential revenue growth in excess of 20% and significant adjusted EBITDA margin expansion, resulting in expected adjusted EBITDA of at least $130 million. We anticipate annualized adjusted EBITDA per deployed fleet of at least $15 million in second quarter of 2022.

For the full year 2022, we anticipate our adjusted EBITDA will exceed the high-end of our previously guided range of $330-360 million.

Our first half 2022 capital expenditure budget remains $90-100 million before stepping down to a lower level in the second half. We will continue to invest in our existing deployed capacity to ensure we are operating a well-maintained fleet for 2022 and beyond.

We expect to generate free cash flow in excess of $150 million in 2022, and we expect free cash flow generation to accelerate through the year.

Mr. Drummond concluded, "While the activity outlook for our services was already very strong, the unfortunate geopolitical tensions have increased the call on US oil and natural gas production growth, and NexTier's position as a critical service provider for domestic producers indicates demand for our services has increased further and should remain strong for the foreseeable future. Momentum is building into our seasonally strong period, and we see upside to profitability in future periods even beyond what we expect to achieve in the second quarter."

Conference Call Information

On April 28, 2022, NexTier will hold a conference call for investors at 9:00 a.m. Central Time (10:00 a.m. Eastern Time) to discuss first quarter 2022 financial and operating results. Hosting the call will be Robert Drummond, President and Chief Executive Officer and Kenneth Pucheu, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. The call can be accessed via a live webcast accessible on the IR Event Calendar page in the Investor Relations section of our website at www.nextierofs.com, or live over the telephone by dialing (855) 560-2574, or for international callers, (412) 542-4160 and referencing NexTier Oilfield Solutions. A replay will be available shortly after the call and can be accessed by dialing (877) 344-7529, or for international callers, (412) 317-0088. The passcode for the replay is 4424257. The replay will be available until May 5, 2022. An archive of the webcast will be available shortly after the call on our website at www.nextierofs.com for twelve months following the call.

About NexTier Oilfield Solutions

Headquartered in Houston, Texas, NexTier is an industry-leading U.S. land oilfield service company, with a diverse set of well completion and production services across active and demanding basins. Our integrated solutions approach delivers efficiency today, and our ongoing commitment to innovation helps our customers better address what is coming next. NexTier is differentiated through four points of distinction, including safety performance, efficiency, partnership and innovation.  At NexTier, we believe in living our core values from the basin to the boardroom, and helping customers win by safely unlocking affordable, reliable and plentiful sources of energy.

(1)  Non-GAAP Financial Measures. The Company has included in this press release or discussed on the conference call described above certain non-GAAP financial measures, some of which are calculated on segment basis or product line basis. These measurements provide supplemental information which management believes is useful to analysts and investors to evaluate our ongoing results of operations, when considered alongside GAAP measures such as net income and operating income. You should not consider them in isolation from, or as a substitute for, analysis of our results under GAAP.

Non-GAAP financial measures include EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA incremental margin, adjusted gross profit, free cash flow, adjusted SG&A, adjusted EBITDA per deployed fleet, annualized adjusted EBITDA per deployed fleet, and net debt. These non-GAAP financial measures exclude the financial impact of items management does not consider in assessing the Company's ongoing operating performance, and thereby facilitate review of the Company's operating performance on a period-to-period basis. Other companies may have different capital structures, and comparability to the Company's results of operations may be impacted by the effects of acquisition accounting on its depreciation and amortization. As a result of the effects of these factors and factors specific to other companies, the Company believes EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA incremental margin, adjusted gross profit, adjusted SG&A, adjusted EBITDA per deployed fleet (including on an annualized basis) provide helpful information to analysts and investors to facilitate a comparison of its operating performance to that of other companies. The Company believes free cash flow is important to investors in that it provides a useful measure to assess management's effectiveness in the areas of profitability and capital management.

For a reconciliation of these non-GAAP measures, please see the tables at the end of this press release. Reconciliations of forward-looking non-GAAP financial measures to comparable GAAP measures are not available due to the challenges and impracticability with estimating some of the items, particularly with estimates for certain contingent liabilities, and estimating non-cash unrealized fair value losses and gains which are subject to market variability and therefore a reconciliation is not available without unreasonable effort.

Non-GAAP Measure Definitions: EBITDA is defined as net income (loss) adjusted to eliminate the impact of interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as EBITDA as further adjusted with certain items management does not consider in assessing ongoing performance. Management uses adjusted EBITDA to set targets and to assess the performance of the Company. Adjusted EBITDA incremental margin is defined as the change in adjusted EBITDA quarter over quarter divided by the change in revenue quarter over quarter. Adjusted gross profit is defined as revenue less cost of services, further adjusted to eliminate items in cost of services that management does not consider in assessing ongoing performance. Adjusted gross profit at the segment level is not considered to be a non-GAAP financial measure as it is our segment measure of profit or loss and is required to be disclosed under GAAP pursuant to ASC 280. Adjusted SG&A is defined as selling, general and administrative expenses adjusted for severance and business divestiture costs, merger/transaction-related costs, and other non-routine items. Free cash flow is defined as the net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents before financing activities, excluding any acquisitions. Adjusted EBITDA per deployed fleet is defined as (i) adjusted EBITDA, (ii) divided by fleets deployed. Annualized adjusted EBITDA per deployed fleet is defined as (i) adjusted EBITDA for a given quarter, (ii) divided by number of fleets deployed, and then (iii) multiplied by four. Net debt is defined as (i) total debt, net of unamortized debt discount and debt issuance costs, (ii) subtracted by cash and cash equivalents.

Forward-Looking Statements and Where to Find Additional Information

This press release and discussion in the conference call described above contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Where a forward-looking statement expresses or implies an expectation or belief  as to future events or results, such expectation or belief is expressed in good faith and believed to have a reasonable basis. The words "believe," "continue," "could," "expect," "anticipate," "intends," "estimate," "forecast," "project," "should," "may," "will," "would," "plan," "target," "predict," "potential," "outlook," and "reflects," or the negative thereof and similar expressions, are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are only predictions and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the Company's control. Statements in this press release or made during the conference call described above that are forward-looking, including projections as to the Company's 2022 guidance and other outlook information (including with respect to the industry in which the Company conducts its business), are based on management's estimates, assumptions and projections, and are subject to significant uncertainties and other factors, many of which are beyond the Company's control. These factors and risks include, but are not limited to, (i) the competitive nature of the industry in which the Company conducts its business, including pricing pressures; (ii) the ability to meet rapid demand shifts; (iii) the ongoing impact of geopolitical conflicts; (iv) the impact of pipeline capacity constraints and adverse weather conditions in oil or gas producing regions; (v) the ability to obtain or renew customer contracts and changes in customer requirements in the markets the Company serves; (vi) the ability to identify, effect and integrate acquisitions, joint ventures or other transactions; (vii) the ability to protect and enforce intellectual property rights; (viii) the effect of environmental and other governmental regulations on the Company's operations; (ix) the effect of a loss of, or interruption in operations of, the Company of one or more key suppliers, or customers, including resulting from inflation, including as a result of ongoing geopolitical conflicts, COVID-19 resurgence, product defects, recalls or suspensions; (x) the variability of crude oil and natural gas commodity prices; (xi) the market price (including inflation) and timely availability of materials or equipment; (xii) the ability to obtain permits, approvals and authorizations from governmental and third parties; (xiii) the Company's ability to employ a sufficient number of skilled and qualified workers; (xiv) the level of, and obligations associated with, indebtedness; (xv) fluctuations in the market price of the Company's stock; (xvi) the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic (including as a result of the emergence of new variants and strains of the virus, such as Delta and Omicron) and the evolving response thereto by governments, private businesses or others to contain the spread of the virus and its variants or to treat its impact, and the possibility of increased inflation, travel restrictions, lodging shortages or other macro-economic challenges as the economy emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic; and (xvii) other risks detailed in our latest Annual Report on Form 10-K, including, but not limited to "Part I, Item 1A. Risk Factors" and "Part II, Item 7. Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations," and our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("the SEC"), which are available on the SEC website or www.NexTierOFS.com. The Company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements or information, which speak as of their respective dates, to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof, or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events, except as may be required under applicable securities laws. Investors should not assume that any lack of update to a previously issued "forward-looking statement" constitutes a reaffirmation of that statement.

Additional information about the Company, including information on the Company's response to COVID-19, can be found in its periodic reports and other filings with the SEC, available www.sec.gov or www.NexTierOFS.com.

Investor Contact:

Kenneth Pucheu
Executive Vice President - Chief Financial Officer

Michael Sabella
Vice President - Investor Relations and Business Development
michael.sabella@nextierofs.com

 

NEXTIER OILFIELD SOLUTIONS INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(unaudited, amounts in thousands, except per share data)

 



Three Months Ended


Three Months Ended


March 31, 2022


December 31, 2021





Revenue

$                     635,043


$                     509,730

Operating costs and expenses:




     Cost of services

524,656


423,647

     Depreciation and amortization

55,163


52,764

     Selling, general and administrative expenses

35,859


35,148

     Merger and integration

9,232


3,779

     Gain on disposal of assets

(823)


(21,156)

          Total operating costs and expenses

624,087


494,182

          Operating income

10,956


15,548

Other income (expense):




     Other income, net

5,370


3,018

     Interest expense, net

(7,374)


(7,976)

          Total other expense

(2,004)


(4,958)

          Income before income taxes

8,952


10,590

Income tax benefit (expense)

(160)


264

Net income

$                          8,792


$                       10,854





Net income per share: basic

$                            0.04


$                            0.04

Net income per share: diluted

$                            0.04


$                            0.04





Weighted-average shares: basic

243,269


241,913

Weighted-average shares: diluted

247,705


244,744

 

 

NEXTIER OILFIELD SOLUTIONS INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(unaudited, amounts in thousands)

 



March 31,


December 31,


2022


2021

ASSETS




Current assets:




     Cash and cash equivalents

$                        99,788


$                      110,695

     Trade and other accounts receivable, net

391,682


301,740

     Inventories, net

50,948


38,094

     Assets held for sale

910


1,555

     Prepaid and other current assets

47,414


55,625

          Total current assets

590,742


507,709

     Operating lease right-of-use assets

20,541


21,767

     Finance lease right-of-use assets

41,875


41,537

     Property and equipment, net

613,163


620,865

     Goodwill

192,780


192,780

     Intangible assets

62,146


64,961

     Other noncurrent assets

11,131


7,962

Total assets

$                   1,532,378


$                   1,457,581

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY




Current liabilities:




     Accounts payable

$                      239,769


$                      190,963

     Accrued expenses

238,657


213,923

     Customer contract liabilities

21,288


23,729

     Current maturities of operating lease liabilities

6,440


7,452

     Current maturities of finance lease liabilities

12,035


11,906

     Current maturities of long-term debt

13,602


13,384

     Other current liabilities

8,801


10,346

          Total current liabilities

540,592


471,703

     Long-term operating lease liabilities, less current maturities

19,480


20,446

     Long-term finance lease liabilities, less current maturities

24,749


26,873

     Long-term debt, net of unamortized deferred financing costs and unamortized debt discount, less current maturities

358,034


361,501

     Other non-current liabilities

23,838


30,041

     Total non-current liabilities

426,101


438,861

Total liabilities

966,693


910,564

Stockholders' equity:




     Common stock

2,439


2,420

     Paid-in capital in excess of par value

1,097,863


1,094,020

     Retained deficit

(532,372)


(541,164)

     Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(2,245)


(8,259)

Total stockholders' equity

565,685


547,017

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$                   1,532,378


$                   1,457,581

 

 

NEXTIER OILFIELD SOLUTIONS INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

ADDITIONAL SELECTED FINANCIAL AND OPERATING DATA

(unaudited, amounts in thousands)

 



Three Months Ended


March 31, 2022


December 31, 2021

Completion Services:




     Revenue

$                       602,620


$                       481,001

     Cost of services

496,286


397,319

     Depreciation and amortization and (gain) loss on sale of assets

47,759


23,912

     Net income

58,575


59,770

     Adjusted gross profit(1)

$                       106,334


$                         83,908





Well Construction and Intervention Services:




     Revenue

$                         32,423


$                         28,729

     Cost of services

28,370


26,328

     Depreciation and amortization and (gain) loss on sale of assets

2,287


3,334

     Net income (loss)

1,766


(933)

     Adjusted gross profit(1)

$                           4,053


$                           2,679



(1)

The Company uses adjusted gross profit as its measure of profitability for segment reporting.

 

 

 

NEXTIER OILFIELD SOLUTIONS INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

(unaudited, amounts in thousands)

 


Three Months Ended


March 31, 2022


December 31, 2021

Net income

$                                          8,792


$                                  10,854

     Interest expense, net

7,374


7,976

     Income tax expense (benefit)

160


(264)

     Depreciation and amortization

55,163


52,764

EBITDA

$                                        71,489


$                                  71,330

     Plus management adjustments:




     Acquisition, integration and expansion(1)

$                                          9,232


$                                    3,779

     Non-cash stock compensation(2)

7,815


7,235

     Market-driven costs(3)


504

     Divestiture of business(4)

541


279

     Gain on equity security investment(5)

(5,606)


(3,041)

     Litigation(6)


100

     Other

22


44

Adjusted EBITDA

$                                        83,493


$                                  80,230





(1)

 Represents transaction and integration costs related to acquisitions.

(2)

Represents non-cash amortization of equity awards issued under the Company's Incentive Award Plan.

(3)

Represents market-driven severance, leased facility closures, and restructuring costs incurred as a result of significant declines in crude oil prices resulting from demand destruction from the COVID-19 pandemic and global oversupply.

(4)

Represents bad debt expense on the sale of the Well Support Services segment to, and related to the bankruptcy filing of Basic Energy Services.

(5)

Represents the realized and unrealized (gain) loss on an equity security investment composed primarily of common equity shares in a public company.

(6)

Represents increases in accruals related to contingencies acquired in business acquisitions or exceptional material events.

 

 

NEXTIER OILFIELD SOLUTIONS INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

(unaudited, amounts in thousands)

 



Three Months Ended
March 31, 2022

Selling, general and administrative expenses


$                               35,859

     Less management adjustments:



          Non-cash stock compensation


(7,815)

          Divestiture of business


(541)

          Other


(22)

Adjusted selling, general and administrative expenses


$                               27,481

 



Three Months Ended
December 31, 2021

Selling, general and administrative expenses


$                               35,148

     Less management adjustments:



     Non-cash stock compensation


(7,235)

     Litigation


(100)

     Divestiture of business


(279)

     Other


(44)

Adjusted selling, general and administrative expenses


$                               27,490

 

NEXTIER OILFIELD SOLUTIONS INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

(unaudited, amounts in thousands)


Three Months Ended March 31, 2022


Completion
Services


WC&I


Total

Revenue

$        602,620


$          32,423


$        635,043

Cost of services

496,286


28,370


524,656

Gross profit excluding depreciation and amortization

106,334


4,053


110,387

Management adjustments associated with cost of services



Adjusted gross profit

$        106,334


$             4,053


$        110,387

 


Three Months Ended December 31, 2021


Completion
Services


WC&I


Total

Revenue

$        481,001


$          28,729


$        509,730

Cost of services

397,319


26,328


423,647

Gross profit excluding depreciation and amortization

83,682


2,401


86,083

Management adjustments associated with cost of services

226


278


504

Adjusted gross profit

$          83,908


$             2,679


$          86,587

 



Three Months Ended



March 31, 2022




Adjusted EBITDA


$                                     83,493

Average hydraulic fracturing fleets deployed


33

Adjusted EBITDA per deployed fleet


2,530

Annualized Adjusted EBITDA per deployed fleet


$                                     10,120

 



Three Months Ended



December 31, 2021




Adjusted EBITDA


$                                     80,230

Average hydraulic fracturing fleets deployed


30

Adjusted EBITDA per deployed fleet


2,674

Annualized Adjusted EBITDA per deployed fleet


$                                     10,696

 

 

NEXTIER OILFIELD SOLUTIONS INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

(unaudited, amounts in thousands, except per share data)

 



Three Months Ended





March 31, 2022

Net cash used in operating activities


$                         28,666

Net cash used in investing activities(1)


(26,996)

Free cash flow


$                            1,670



(1) 

Excludes $0.5 million due to net working capital adjustments in connection with the acquisition of Alamo Pressure Pumping ("Alamo").

 



Three Months Ended





December 31, 2021

Net cash used by operating activities


$                         (31,467)

Net cash used in investing activities(2)


(7,384)

Free cash flow


$                         (38,851)



(2)

Excludes $0.7 million in connection with the acquisition of Alamo.

 



Three Months Ended





March 31, 2022

Total debt, net of unamortized debt discount and debt issuance costs


$                        371,636

Cash and cash equivalents


99,788

Net debt


$                        271,848

 



Three Months Ended





December 31, 2021

Total debt, net of unamortized debt discount and debt issuance costs


$                        374,885

Cash and cash equivalents


110,695

Net debt


$                        264,190

 

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