Essential Energy Services Announces Second Quarter Results and Increases the Quarterly Dividend

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CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - Aug. 7, 2013) - Essential Energy Services Ltd. (ESN.TO) ("Essential" or the "Company") announces second quarter results and an increase in the quarterly dividend.

INCREASED QUARTERLY DIVIDEND

Essential is pleased to announce an increase in the quarterly dividend from $0.025 per share to $0.03 per share. This is a 20% increase that reflects Essential's strong financial position and positive view of the future.

The cash dividend for the period July 1, 2013 to September 30, 2013 has been set at $0.03 per share. The dividend will be paid on October 15, 2013 to shareholders of record on September 30, 2013. The ex-dividend date is September 26, 2013.

SECOND QUARTER RESULTS

After reporting record EBITDA(1) in the first quarter of 2013, Essential reports EBITDA of $(5.2) million in the second quarter of 2013 and $28.3 million year-to-date. "It has been well publicized that weather in western Canada during the second quarter was very unfavorable for oilfield services," said Garnet Amundson, President and CEO. "Essential's deep coil tubing fleet was particularly affected by adverse moisture conditions restricting our ability to work. We expect all of our operations to be back on track for the remainder of the year."

SELECTED INFORMATION                
   Three months ended  Six months ended
   June 30,   June 30,
(Thousands, except per share amounts)   2013   2012*   2013   2012*
 
Revenue $ 38,417 $ 50,870 $ 158,936 $ 169,052
 
Gross margin $ (1,310) $ 3,904 $ 36,521 $ 40,643
    Gross margin %   (3)%   8%   23%   24%
                     
EBITDA(1) from continuing operations $ (5,171) $ (42) $ 28,254 $ 32,713
    EBITDA % (1)   (13)%   0%   18%   19%
 
Net income (loss) continuing operations $ (8,958) $ (5,453) $ 10,247 $ 14,369
    Per share - basic and diluted $ (0.07) $ (0.04) $ 0.08 $ 0.11
 
Total assets $ 380,728 $ 393,377 $ 380,728 $ 393,377
Total long-term debt $ 14,592 $ 41,198 $ 14,592 $ 41,198
 
Utilization                
    Deep coil tubing rigs   18%   32%   64%   67%
    Service rigs   28%   34%   48%   51%
 
Equipment fleet **                
    Deep coil tubing rigs   25   25   25   25
    Service rigs   56   53   56   53
 
* Certain comparative amounts have been reclassified to conform to the current period's presentation.     
** Fleet data represents the number of units at the end of a period.

1 Refer to "Non-IFRS Measures" section for further information.

HIGHLIGHTS - SECOND QUARTER 2013

Revenue for the second quarter of 2013 was $38.4 million, a decrease of $12.5 million compared to the second quarter of 2012.

  • Coil Well Service - Essential's coil well service business experienced a decline in revenue relative to prior year due to abnormally wet conditions which extended spring break-up preventing equipment from returning to work. Deep coil tubing utilization was limited to 18% given the restrictions on moving heavy equipment due to road bans. In the comparative period of 2012, Essential also had two customer projects that did not recur in 2013.
  • Service Rigs - Service rig revenue was relatively unchanged compared to prior year despite the wet conditions and the net addition of three service rigs to the fleet. Service rig utilization at 28% decreased from prior year. Demand continued for Essential's service rigs operating on steam-assisted gravity drainage ("SAGD") wells contributing to incremental revenue in 2013.
  • Downhole Tools & Rentals - Revenue for downhole tools & rentals remained relatively flat during the second quarter of 2013 compared to prior year, performing well in a challenging industry environment in which drilling rig utilization decreased 18% quarter-over-quarter.

EBITDA for the second quarter of 2013 was a loss of $5.2 million, a decrease of $5.1 million from 2012. The decrease was mainly attributable to lower utilization in the coil well service business and the greater impact on margins of operating costs incurred relative to revenue. Certain expenses associated with labour, maintaining equipment and service locations, infrastructure and administration have a fixed cost component, negatively impacting operating margins during periods of low activity. A portion of these operating costs normally incurred near the end of the first quarter were pushed into the second quarter of 2013 due to the extended winter season.

Essential's capital program remains on target. During the second quarter, Essential commissioned one mobile free standing, all period double service rig which is SAGD capable. Essential also took delivery of two nitrogen pumpers in the second quarter.

INDUSTRY OVERVIEW

The seasonal decline in activity associated with spring break-up was more pronounced in the second quarter of 2013 as activity in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin ("WCSB") was significantly below prior year levels. The second quarter of 2013 experienced particularly wet conditions due to melting of elevated snowpacks at the completion of the winter season and heavy rainfall throughout most of the second quarter. These factors impacted ground moisture, limiting access to well sites and delaying activity in June, when oilfield equipment typically returns to work.

Drilling rig utilization, number of wells drilled and well completion count, all indicators of overall activity in the WCSB, were down quarter-over-quarter compared to prior year as persistent wet conditions limited access to well sites. Compared to the second quarter 2012, drilling rig utilization decreased 18%, the number of wells drilled decreased by 13% and well completion count decreased 20%.

SEGMENT RESULTS - WELL SERVICING
   Three months ended  Six months ended
    June 30,  June 30,
(Thousands, except percentages)   2013   2012   2013   2012
 
Revenue                
    Coil Well Service (i) $ 9,433 $ 18,697 $ 59,054 $ 61,111
    Service Rigs (ii)   14,732   15,564   48,288   48,875
    Other (iii)   -   1,069   -   8,275
 
Total revenue   24,165   35,330   107,342   118,261
 
Operating expenses   28,298   36,117   84,340   92,554
 
Gross margin $ (4,133) $ (787) $ 23,002 $ 25,707
    Gross margin %   (17)%   (2)%   21%   22%
 
Utilization (iv)                
    Deep Coil Tubing Rigs                
      Utilization   18%   32%   64%   67%
      Operating hours   4,125   7,262   28,890   30,498
                       
    Service Rigs                
      Utilization   28%   34%   48%   51%
      Operating hours   14,234   16,183   48,598   51,371
                       
Equipment fleet (v)                
    Coil tubing rigs - deep   25   25   25   25
    Coil tubing rigs - other   19   20   19   20
    Service rigs   56   53   56   53
    Nitrogen pumpers   15   10   15   10
    Fluid pumpers   18   16   18   16
    Rod rigs   14   14   14   14
                 
(i) Includes revenue from coil tubing rigs, nitrogen and fluid pumpers and other ancillary equipment.
(ii) Includes revenue from service rigs and rod rigs. Comparative amounts have been reclassified to conform to current period's presentation. 
(iii) Other revenue included revenue from Essential's hybrid drilling operation until it was disposed of in November 2012. 
(iv) Utilization is calculated using a 10 hour day. 
(v) Fleet data represents the number of units at the end of the period. 

Coil well service revenue decreased during the second quarter of 2013 compared to the same period in the prior year due to persistent wet conditions in Alberta throughout most of the second quarter and the melting of heavy snowpacks at the end of the winter season. Deep coil tubing utilization, below prior year levels, shows a similar trend to the decline in industry drilling rig utilization and well completion count quarter-over-quarter. In the comparative period of 2012, Essential's coil well service revenue and deep coil tubing utilization also included two customer projects which accounted for more than half of the quarter-over-quarter revenue reduction. Revenue per hour for coil well service decreased from prior year due to a change in the mix of services provided.

Service rig operations performed well during the second quarter of 2013 compared to the prior year despite unfavourable industry conditions which saw a 20% decrease in industry well completion activity. Production work opportunities were also adversely impacted by the wet conditions. Although wet conditions and lower activity negatively impacted many areas of the WCSB, revenue per hour in the second quarter of 2013 increased from prior year due to the mix of services provided, including an increase in SAGD revenue.

Well servicing revenue decreased on a year-to-date basis in 2013 compared to 2012 primarily due to the disposal of the drilling rig operations in November 2012.

Operating expenses were lower in the second quarter of 2013 compared to the same period in the prior year mainly as a result of lower variable operating costs which fluctuate based on activity. During the second quarter of 2013, Essential continued to incur fixed operating costs associated with retaining key personnel and maintaining equipment and service locations. These costs tend to negatively impact operating margins during periods of low activity. In comparison to the second quarter of 2012, Essential absorbed higher repairs and maintenance costs as a result of the extended winter operating season in the first quarter of 2013 which delayed the start of its spring maintenance program until April 2013.

Operating expenses for the six months ended June 30, 2013 were lower compared to the prior year as a result of lower variable operating costs which fluctuate based on activity.

SEGMENT RESULTS - DOWNHOLE TOOLS & RENTALS       
 
     Three months ended  Six months ended
      June 30,  June 30, 
(Thousands, except percentages)   2013   2012   2013   2012
 
Revenue                
    Downhole Tools & Rentals $ 14,252 $ 15,540 $ 51,594 $ 49,110
    Other*   -   -   -   1,681
 
Total revenue   14,252   15,540   51,594   50,791
 
Operating expenses   10,641   10,277   35,015   34,015
Gross margin $ 3,611 $ 5,263 $ 16,579 $ 16,776
    Gross margin %   25%   34%   32%   33%
 
Downhole Tools & Rentals Revenue - % of total                
    Tryton MSFS   40%   40%   54%   45%
    Conventional Tools & Rentals   60%   60%   46%   55%
                   
* Other revenue consists of Essential's wireline business which was disposed of in February 2012.    

From a revenue perspective, the downhole tools & rentals segment performed well during the second quarter of 2013 compared to the same period in the prior year despite wet conditions which resulted in an 18% decrease in drilling rig utilization quarter-over-quarter. Revenue for the higher margin conventional tubular rentals business decreased quarter-over-quarter due to the decline in industry drilling rig activity.

Downhole tools & rentals revenue increased on a year-to-date basis in 2013 compared to 2012 as a result of first quarter Tryton Multi Stage Fracturing System ("Tryton MSFS") activity which was much stronger during the busy winter drilling season.

Operating expenses increased on a quarter-over-quarter basis due in part to start-up costs related to the expansion of the downhole tools operations into the United States without any corresponding increase in revenue as the business is in the pre-operating phase.

GENERAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE   
  Three months ended Six months ended
  June 30, June 30,
(Thousands of dollars, except percentages)   2013   2012   2013   2012
 
General and administrative expenses $ 3,861 $ 3,946 $ 8,267 $ 7,930
    As a % of revenue   10%   8%   5%   5%

General and administrative expenses are comprised of wages, professional fees, office space and other administrative costs incurred at the corporate and operation levels. General and administrative expenses in the second quarter of 2013 were comparable to 2012, although as a percentage of revenue, expenses increased due to lower activity in the second quarter of 2013. Year-over-year general and administrative expenses were higher due to increased staffing, professional fees and infrastructure costs.

DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS

Essential ceased operating activities in Colombia in early July 2013, with the conclusion of its final contractual obligations. During the second quarter of 2013, Essential re-assessed the estimated net realizable value of oilfield service equipment in Colombia, and a further $2.4 million loss on revaluation was taken. This loss reflects the deterioration in the Colombian oilfield services market. As of August 7, 2013, Essential has received $1.1 million in cash proceeds from the sales of Colombian assets to date.

FINANCIAL RESOURCES AND LIQUIDITY

WORKING CAPITAL(1)                
           As at  As at
           June 30, December 31,
(Thousands of dollars, except ratios)          2013  2012
 
Current assets         $ 68,063 $ 95,840
Current liabilities, excluding current portion of long-term debt       (30,116)   (37,594)
 
Working capital         $ 37,947 $ 58,246
 
Working capital ratio           2.3:1   2.5:1
 
 
EQUIPMENT EXPENDITURES AND FLEET ADDITIONS                
   Three months ended  Six months ended
    June 30,    June 30,
(Thousands of dollars)   2013   2012   2013   2012
 
Well Servicing $ 10,365 $ 11,731 $ 16,508 $ 20,634
Downhole Tools & Rentals   1,297   400   1,741   1,222
Corporate   218   245   455   710
Total equipment expenditures   11,880   12,376   18,704   22,566
 
Less proceeds on disposal of property and equipment   (186)   (797)   (726)   (8,115)
Net equipment expenditures(1) $ 11,694 $ 11,579 $ 17,978 $ 14,451

During the three and six months ended June 30, 2013, Essential's equipment expenditures of $11.9 million and $18.7 million, respectively, were primarily progress payments for the 2013 capital builds and maintenance capital expenditures.

During the six months ended June 30, 2013, Essential commissioned the following assets to its fleet:

  • Two mobile free standing, all period double service rigs which are SAGD capable, one in each of the first and second quarters, respectively, and;
  • Two nitrogen pumpers in the second quarter.

Essential classifies its equipment expenditures as growth capital(1) and maintenance capital(1):

 
  Three months ended Six months ended
  June 30, June 30,
(Thousands of dollars)   2013   2012   2013   2012
 
    Growth capital(1) $ 8,576 $ 9,545 $ 13,352 $ 15,633
    Maintenance capital(1)   3,304   2,831   5,352   6,933
Total equipment expenditures $ 11,880 $ 12,376 $ 18,704 $ 22,566

Essential's 2013 capital spending budget of $45 million is comprised of $32 million of growth (1) capital and $13 million of maintenance (1) capital. Capital spending remains on track for 2013.

As previously disclosed, Essential has commitments to build three deep Generation III coil tubing rigs with a fabrication company that has been having significant issues meeting delivery deadlines. When Essential announced its 2013 capital budget, one of those deep coil tubing rigs was included in the delivery expectations for 2013 and two were not. The first rig is currently in the final stages of commissioning and is expected to be ready for work in September 2013. Unfortunately, the fabricator is still unable to provide firm delivery timing for the other two rigs. Deposits on these remaining two rigs are approximately $3.6 million. Essential continues to work with the fabricator to determine the outcome of these two rigs.

The following table shows the expected in-service dates of the major equipment being built over the remainder of 2013:

    Expected In-Service Date
  Quantity 2013
 
Deep masted coil tubing rigs 4 Q3(1),Q4(3)
Deep coil tubing rig converted from intermediate 1 Q3
Double rod rig 1 Q3
Double service rigs - mobile free standing, all-period 2 Q3(2)
  (one is SAGD capable)    

OUTLOOK

After a very slow second quarter, Canadian oilfield services demand has returned to levels normal for this time of year and similar to last year. With horizontal well development continuing to lead drilling activity, Essential expects to benefit from demand for its growing fleet of deep coil tubing rigs and its downhole tool business. There continues to be longer-term optimism with investment focused on the Montney, Horn River and the Duvernay natural gas basins to develop the reserves to provide gas to the proposed liquefied natural gas ("LNG") export facilities in British Columbia. Such development would increase the demand for Essential's oilfield services to complete these wells.

The expansion of Essential's deep masted coil tubing fleet is on track with one deep masted coil tubing rig expected in service in the third quarter and three in the fourth quarter. These state-of-the-art deep rigs are well-suited for work in the Montney, Horn River and the Duvernay basins, which again are the primary gas basins to provide feedstock for the anticipated LNG export facilities.

Essential is in the process of organically expanding its downhole tool operations into the United States. Pre-operating activities remain on track and operations are expected to commence in the third quarter.

Essential has a very strong balance sheet with $29.1 million of debt outstanding on August 7, 2013 and debt to EBITDA of 0.4x. Early in 2012, Essential implemented a quarterly dividend of $0.025 per quarter. Reflecting the Company's financial strength and positive view of the future, the dividend has been increased by 20% to $0.03 per quarter, effective with the third quarter dividend, payable in October.

The second quarter Management's Discussion and Analysis and Financial Statements are available on Essential's website at www.essentialenergy.ca and on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

SUMMARY OF QUARTERLY DATA

  Jun 30, Mar 31, Dec 31, Sep 30, Jun 30, Mar 31, Dec 31, Sep 30,
(Thousands, except per share amounts) 2013 2013 2012 2012 2012 2012 2011 2011
                   
Well Servicing:                
  Coil Well Service 9,433 49,621 41,228 33,857 18,697 42,414 43,945 36,349
  Service Rigs 14,732 33,556 26,012 20,552 15,564 33,311 28,118 23,939
  Other* - - 786 2,762 1,069 7,206 4,677 4,178
Total well servicing 24,165 83,177 68,026 57,171 35,330 82,931 76,740 64,466
Downhole Tools & Rentals** 14,252 37,342 27,989 26,342 15,540 35,251 32,115 33,316
                   
Total revenue 38,417 120,519 96,015 83,513 50,870 118,182 108,855 97,782
                   
Gross margin (1,310) 37,832 27,039 23,012 3,904 36,740 35,498 31,203
  Gross margin % (3)% 31% 28% 28% 8% 31% 33% 32%
                   
EBITDA(1) (5,171) 33,426 22,368 19,261 (42) 32,755 31,733 27,570
  EBITDA %(1) (13)% 28% 23% 23% 0% 28% 29% 28%
                   
Continuing operations                
  Net income (loss) (8,958) 19,205 8,050 8,343 (5,453) 19,823 17,082 14,020
  Per share - basic and diluted $(0.07) $0.15 $0.06 $0.07 $(0.04) $0.16 $0.14 $0.11
                   
Net income (loss) attributable                
  to shareholders of Essential (11,501) 18,627 678 8,660 (5,923) 18,893 17,559 13,678
  Per share - basic and diluted $(0.09) $0.15 $0.01 $0.07 $(0.05) $0.15 $0.14 $0.11
                   
Total assets 380,728 436,301 406,853 415,653 393,377 430,674 421,500 411,204
Total long-term debt 14,592 35,603 35,563 50,474 41,198 57,238 63,486 79,230
                   
Utilization ***                
  Coil tubing rigs - deep 18% 110% 95% 79% 32% 102% 111% 104%
  Coil tubing rigs - other 7% 15% 16% 15% 7% 25% 30% 25%
  Pumpers 14% 73% 57% 50% 33% 69% 71% 50%
  Service rigs 28% 69% 54% 45% 34% 68% 59% 54%
Operating Hours                
  Coil tubing rigs - deep 4,125 24,765 22,777 18,301 7,262 23,236 23,524 21,938
  Coil tubing rigs - other 1,185 2,511 2,757 2,819 1,596 5,494 6,778 5,813
  Pumpers 4,241 20,481 15,328 11,919 7,504 13,865 13,008 9,594
  Service rigs 14,234 34,364 27,310 22,632 16,183 35,188 31,005 28,201
Downhole Tools & Rentals - revenue % of total                
  Tryton MSFS 40% 60% 51% 52% 40% 47% 47% 54%
  Conventional Tools & Rentals 60% 40% 49% 48% 60% 53% 53% 46%
                   
Equipment fleet ****                
Canada                
  Coil tubing rigs - deep 25 25 27 26 25 25 25 23
  Coil tubing rigs - other 19 19 19 19 20 24 24 25
  Service rigs 56 56 55 55 53 58 57 57
  Nitrogen pumpers 15 13 13 10 10 10 10 9
  Fluid pumpers 18 18 18 16 16 15 15 12
  Rod rigs 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14
                 
* Other revenue included revenue from Essential's hybrid drilling operation until it was disposed of in November 2012.
** Revenue for Downhole Tools & Rentals included revenue from Essential's wireline business which was disposed of in February 2012.
*** Utilization is calculated using a 10 hour day.
**** Fleet data represents the number of units at the end of the period.
 
 
 
ESSENTIAL ENERGY SERVICES LTD.    
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION    
(unaudited)    
   As at  As at
   June 30 December 31
(Thousands)  2013  2012
 
Assets        
Current        
    Trade and other receivables $ 40,386 $ 71,835
    Inventories   24,917   20,699
    Prepayments   2,760   3,306
 
    68,063   95,840
 
Non-current        
    Property and equipment   219,107   211,304
    Intangible assets   33,553   36,555
    Goodwill   55,014   55,014
    307,674   302,873
Assets held for sale   4,991   8,140
 
Total assets $ 380,728 $ 406,853
 
Liabilities        
Current        
    Bank indebtedness $ 1,338 $ 1,835
    Trade and other payables   25,652   32,354
    Dividends payable   3,126   3,100
    Income taxes payable   -   305
    30,116   37,594
 
Non-current        
    Long-term debt   14,592   35,563
    Deferred tax liabilities   29,618   29,560
    44,210   65,123
Liabilities held for sale   1,071   1,731
 
Total liabilities   75,397   104,448
Equity        
    Share capital     261,180     258,772
    Retained earnings     39,175     38,276
    Other reserves     5,154     5,363
    Equity attributable to shareholders of Essential     305,509     302,411
 
    Non-controlling interest     (178)     (6)
Total equity   305,331   302,405
 
Total liabilities and equity $ 380,728 $ 406,853
         
         
         
ESSENTIAL ENERGY SERVICES LTD.        
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF NET INCOME AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME    
(unaudited)        
    For the three months ended For the six months ended
    June 30 June 30
(Thousands, except per share amounts)   2013   2012   2013   2012
 
Revenue  $ 38,417 $ 50,870 $ 158,936 $ 169,052
Operating expenses   39,727   46,966   122,415   128,409
Gross margin   (1,310)   3,904   36,521   40,643
 
General and administrative expenses   3,861   3,946   8,267   7,930
    (5,171)   (42)   28,254   32,713
 
Depreciation and amortization   6,006   6,120   13,050   13,199
Share-based compensation   269   444   612   935
Other (income) expense   187   23   53   (1,219)
Operating profit (loss) from continuing operations   (11,633)   6,629   14,539   19,798
                 
Finance costs   402   558   778   1,191
Earnings (loss) before income taxes from continuing operations    (12,035)   (7,187)   13,761   18,607
Income taxes                
  Current expense (recovery)   (969)   (1,248)   3,456   2,468
  Deferred expense (recovery)   (2,108)   (486)   58   1,770
Total income tax expense (recovery)   (3,077)   (1,734)   3,514   4,238
 
Net income (loss) from continuing operations  $ (8,958) $ (5,453) $ 10,247 $ 14,369
 
Net loss from discontinued operations, net of tax   (2,678)   (554)   (3,285)   (1,645)
Net Income (loss)  $ (11,636) $ (6,007) $ 6,962 $ 12,724
 
Unrealized foreign exchange gain (loss)                
  on discontinued operations   (156)   (2)   (187)   1,007
Other comprehensive income (loss)                
  from discontinued operations   (156)   (2)   (187)   1,007
 
Comprehensive income (loss)  $ (11,792) $ (6,009) $ 6,775 $ 13,731
 
Net income (loss) attributable to:                
  Shareholders of Essential  $ (11,501) $ (5,923) $ 7,126 $ 12,971
  Non-controlling interest   (135)   (84)   (164)   (247)
   $ (11,636) $ (6,007) $ 6,962 $ 12,724
 
Comprehensive income (loss) attributable to:                
  Shareholders of Essential  $ (11,650) $ (5,913) $ 6,947 $ 13,846
  Non-controlling interest   (142)   (96)   (172)   (115)
   $ (11,792) $ (6,009) $ 6,775 $ 13,731
 
Net income (loss) per share from continuing operations                
  Basic and diluted, attributable to shareholders of Essential  $ (0.07) $ (0.04) $ 0.08 $ 0.11
                   
Net income (loss) per share                
  Basic and diluted, attributable to shareholders of Essential  $ (0.09) $ (0.05) $ 0.06 $ 0.10
                   
Comprehensive income (loss) per share                
  Basic and diluted, attributable to shareholders of Essential  $ (0.09) $ (0.05) $ 0.06 $ 0.11
                 
                 
                 
 
ESSENTIAL ENERGY SERVICES LTD.    
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS    
(unaudited)    
   For the six months ended
     June 30
(Thousands)   2013   2012
 
Operating activities:        
Net income from continuing operations $ 10,247 $ 14,369
 
Non-cash adjustments to reconcile        
net income to net cash flow:        
  Depreciation and amortization   13,050   13,199
  Deferred income tax expense   58   1,770
  Share-based compensation   612   935
  Provision (recovery) for impairment of trade receivables   280   (312)
  Finance costs   778   1,191
  (Gain) loss on disposal of assets   64   (490)
Operating cash flow before changes in working capital   25,089   30,662
Changes in working capital:        
  Decrease in trade and other receivables before provision   31,326   35,924
  Increase in inventories   (4,218)   (3,494)
  (Increase) decrease in prepayments   547   (1,038)
  Decrease in income taxes payable   (1,374)   (5,927)
  Decrease in trade and other accounts payables   (9,476)   (18,227)
Net cash flows from operating activities   41,894   37,900
 
Investing activities:        
  Purchase of property and equipment & intangibles   (18,704)   (22,566)
  Non-cash investing working capital in trade and other accounts payable   2,774   186
  Proceeds on disposal of equipment   726   8,115
Net cash flows used in investing activities   (15,204)   (14,265)
 
Financing activities:        
  Repayment of long-term debt   (20,971)   (21,615)
  Dividends paid   (6,227)   (3,094)
  Issuance of share capital, net of costs   2,187   520
  Repurchase of shares   (421)   -
  Finance costs   (778)   (1,191)
Net cash flows used in financing activities   (26,210)   (25,380)
 
Foreign exchange gain (loss) on cash held in a foreign currency   17   (20)
 
Net increase (decrease) in cash   497   (1,765)
 
Net decrease in cash, discontinued operations   -   (1,114)
 
Cash, beginning balance, discontinued operations   -   1,269
Bank indebtedness, beginning of period   (1,835)   (1,105)
Bank indebtedness, end of period $ (1,338) $ (2,715)
 
 
Supplemental cash flow information        
  Cash taxes paid $ 4,830 $ 8,516
  Cash interest and standby fees paid   645   1,020

(1)Non-IFRS Measures

Throughout this press release, certain terms that are not specifically defined in IFRS are used to analyze Essential's operations. In addition to the primary measures of net earnings and net earnings per share in accordance with IFRS, Essential believes that certain measures not recognized under IFRS assist both Essential and the reader in assessing performance and understanding Essential's results. Each of these measures provides the reader with additional insight into Essential's ability to fund principal debt repayments and capital programs. As a result, the method of calculation may not be comparable with other companies. These measures should not be considered alternatives to net earnings and net earnings per share as calculated in accordance with IFRS.

EBITDA (Earnings before finance costs, income taxes, depreciation, amortization, transaction costs, non- controlling interest earnings, losses or gains on disposal of equipment, results of discontinued operations and share-based compensation) - This measure is considered an indicator of Essential's ability to generate funds flow in order to fund required working capital, service debt and fund capital programs.

EBITDA % - This measure is considered an indicator of Essential's ability to generate funds flow as calculated by EBITDA divided by revenue.

Funds flow or funds flow from operations - This measure is an indicator of Essential's ability to generate funds flow in order to fund working capital, principal debt repayments and capital programs. Funds flow or funds flow from operations is defined as cash flow from operations before changes in non-cash operating working capital. This measure is useful in assessing Essential's operational cash flow as it provides cash generated in the period excluding the timing of non-cash operating working capital. This reflects the ability of the operations of Essential to meet the above noted funding requirements.

Working capital - Working capital is calculated as current assets less current liabilities.

Growth capital - Growth capital is capital spending which is intended to result in incremental increases in revenue. Growth capital is considered to be a key measure as it represents the total expenditures on equipment expected to add incremental revenues and funds flow to Essential.

Maintenance capital - Equipment additions that are incurred in order to refurbish or replace previously acquired equipment less proceeds on the disposal of retired equipment. Such additions do not provide incremental increases in revenue. Maintenance capital is a key component in understanding the sustainability of Essential's business as cash resources retained within Essential must be sufficient to meet maintenance capital needs to replenish the assets for future cash generation.

Net equipment expenditures - This measure is equipment expenditures less proceeds on the disposal of equipment. Essential uses net equipment expenditures to assess net cash flows related to the financing of Essential's oilfield services equipment.

ABOUT ESSENTIAL

Essential is a growth-oriented, dividend paying corporation that provides oilfield services to producers in western Canada for producing wells and new drilling activity. Essential operates the largest coil tubing well service fleet in Canada with 44 coil tubing rigs and a fleet of 56 service rigs. Essential also sells, rents and services downhole tools and equipment including the Tryton Multi-Stage Fracturing System. Further information can be found at www.essentialenergy.ca.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS AND INFORMATION

This press release contains forward-looking statements and forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities laws. The use of any of the words "expect", "anticipate", "continue", "estimate", "objective", "ongoing", "may", "will", "project", "should", "believe", "plans", "intends" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking information or statements. In particular, this press release contains forward-looking statements including expectations regarding capital spending, in-service timing of new equipment, demand for new equipment, expectations for operating activity for the remainder of the year, expectations of future cash flow and earnings, expectations with respect to the demand for and price of oil and liquids-rich natural gas, expectations regarding the future areas of development in the WCSB, the level and type of drilling activity, completion activity, work-over activity, production activity and required oilfield services in the WCSB, expectations regarding the business, operations and revenues of the Company in addition to general economic conditions, expectations regarding Essential's ability to meet the changing needs of the WCSB market, expectations regarding the capital spending programs of E&P companies, expectations for Essential's positioning for the future, expectations related to infrastructure uncertainties, expectations that development of possible LNG projects on the west coast will increase the demand for oilfield services, anticipated proceeds from asset sales in Colombia, anticipated shut-down and disposal costs of Colombian operations, expectations of the net realizable value of the Colombian assets, expectations of the opportunity for growth through expansion into the United States and the timing to commence operations.

Although the Company believes that the expectations and assumptions on which such forward-looking statements and information are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on the forward-looking statements and information because the Company can give no assurance that such statements and information will prove to be correct. Since forward-looking statements and information address future events and conditions, by their very nature they involve inherent risks and uncertainties.

Actual results could differ materially from those currently anticipated due to a number of factors and risks. These include, but are not limited to: the risks associated with the oilfield services sector (e.g. demand, pricing and terms for oilfield services; current and expected oil and natural gas prices; exploration and development costs and delays; reserves discovery and decline rates; pipeline and transportation capacity; weather, health, safety and environmental risks); integration of acquisitions, competition, and uncertainties resulting from potential delays or changes in plans with respect to acquisitions, development projects or capital expenditures and changes in legislation, including but not limited to tax laws, royalties, incentive programs and environmental regulations; stock market volatility and the inability to access sufficient capital from external and internal sources; the ability of the Company's subsidiaries to enforce legal rights in foreign jurisdictions; general economic, market or business conditions; global economic events; changes to Essential's financial position and cash flow; the availability of qualified personnel, management or other key inputs; currency exchange fluctuations; changes in political and security stability; risks and other unforeseen conditions associated with the sale of the Colombian business; risks and uncertainty related to distribution and pipeline constraints; and other unforeseen conditions which could impact the use of services supplied by the Company. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned that the foregoing list of factors is not exhaustive.

Additional information on these and other factors that could affect the Company's financial results are included in reports on file with applicable securities regulatory authorities and may be accessed through the SEDAR website (www.sedar.com) for the Company. The forward-looking statements and information contained in this press release are made as of the date hereof and the Company undertakes no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statements or information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, unless so required by applicable securities laws.

SECOND QUARTER 2013 EARNINGS CONFERENCE CALL AND WEBCAST

Essential has scheduled a conference call and webcast to begin at 10:00 am MT (12:00 pm ET) on Thursday, August 8, 2013.

The conference call dial in numbers are 416-695-7806 or 888-789-9572, passcode 7312337.

An archived recording of the conference call will be available approximately one hour after the completion of the call until August 22, 2013 by dialing 905-694-9451 or 800-408-3053, passcode 3011022.

A live webcast of the conference call will be accessible on Essential's website at www.essentialenergy.ca by selecting "Investors" and "Events and Presentations". Shortly after the live webcast, an archived version will be available for approximately 30 days.

The TSX has neither approved nor disapproved the contents of this news release.

Contact:
Essential Energy Services Ltd.
Garnet K. Amundson
President and CEO
(403) 513-7272
service@essentialenergy.ca

Essential Energy Services Ltd.
Karen Perasalo
Investor Relations
(403) 513-7272
service@essentialenergy.ca
www.essentialenergy.ca

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