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Helmerich & Payne, Inc. Announces Third Quarter Results

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  • The Company reported fiscal third quarter net income of $0.16 per diluted share; including select items(1) of $(0.11) per diluted share

  • H&P's North America Solutions segment exited the third quarter of fiscal year 2022 with 175 active rigs

  • Quarterly North America Solutions operating income increased $56 million sequentially, while direct margins(2) increased $53 million to $168 million sequentially, as revenues increased by $77 million to $486 million and expenses increased by $24 million to $318 million

  • North America Solutions revenue per day increased approximately $1,950/day or 8% to $26,500/day on a sequential basis, while direct margins(2) per day increased approximately $2,850/day or 37% to $10,600/day

  • Expect North America Solutions direct margins(2) to increase by approximately 15% on sequential basis with only a modest increase in revenue days in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2022

  • On May 31, 2022, the Board of Directors of the Company declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.25 per share, payable on September 1, 2022 to stockholders of record at the close of business on August 17, 2022

TULSA, Okla., July 27, 2022--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Helmerich & Payne, Inc. (NYSE: HP) reported net income of $18 million, or $0.16 per diluted share, from operating revenues of $550 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2022, compared to a net loss of $5 million, or $(0.05) per diluted share, on operating revenues of $468 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2022. The net income per diluted share for the third quarter of fiscal year 2022 and the net loss per diluted share for the second quarter of fiscal year 2022 include $(0.11) and $0.12, respectively, of after-tax losses and gains comprised of select items(1). For the third quarter of fiscal year 2022, select items(1) were comprised of:

  • $(0.11) of after-tax losses pertaining to non-cash fair market value adjustments to equity investments

Net cash provided by operating activities was $98 million for the third quarter of fiscal year 2022 compared to $23 million in the prior quarter.

President and CEO John Lindsay commented, "I am pleased with our performance during the quarter. Our financial results are beginning to reflect the benefits of a number of strategic initiatives, particularly those impacting pricing in our North America Solutions segment. The efforts made earlier this calendar year to achieve more sustainable contract economics continue and will accumulate further as pricing improves across our super-spec FlexRig® fleet. We recognize that we still have further to go before achieving returns that fully reflect the value we deliver to customers and will continue to push on this front. Our scale and technology enhance profitability in the US and these advantages are also providing a pathway to grow internationally, both of which will ultimately lead to improved economic returns for all our stakeholders over time.

"As expected, we ended the quarter at 175 rigs representing only a modest rig count growth during the quarter. Fiscal discipline together with additional contractual churn allowed us to re-contract rigs without incurring additional reactivation costs and redeploy them at significantly higher rates. Our rapidly improving contract economics are primarily driven by H&P's value proposition to customers in a tight market for readily available super-spec rigs. We believe the drilling solutions and outcomes we provide are increasingly being recognized and coveted by customers. Capital discipline by many among the land drillers combined with supply chain and labor constraints are governing the drilling industry's cadence of reactivating idle super-spec rigs at scale. This will likely perpetuate the supply-demand tightness for super-spec rigs leading to further improvements in our contract economics. H&P is preparing to respond to the future demand for super-spec rigs from our idled FlexRig® fleet in fiscal year 2023, and we will do so by applying the same disciplined approach, focusing on financial returns, and seeking to receive commensurate compensation for the value we are providing.

"Our Offshore Gulf of Mexico segment has provided steady contribution to the Company over several decades, particularly during the recent pandemic. We have increased pricing offshore as well and expect the margin contribution to improve going forward at a moderately higher level. On the international front, activity continues to tick higher with the potential for further improvements in our South American operations in the coming quarters. In the Middle East, preparations are underway to export some of our idle super-spec capacity as part of our hub strategy. Current plans have one rig moving in the coming months with others possible shortly thereafter depending on the timing of opportunities in the region compared to other competing international locations. We view this as an important step in establishing our Middle East hub and expanding our presence within the region as part of a longer-term growth strategy."

Senior Vice President and CFO Mark Smith also commented, "Our financial results reflect the margin expansion we are experiencing which is frankly needed to sustain our capital intensive and technologically demanding business in the long term. We anticipate further improvements in the coming quarters as our contracts in our North America Solutions segment continue to reprice at higher levels.

"Coinciding with the improvements in margins is the amount of cash we expect to generate from our operations. Cash returns to shareholders remain a top priority with our existing dividend and we have a desire to augment these returns in the future. However, our strong capital discipline dictates that we take a measured approach, especially as we head into our fourth fiscal quarter and look ahead into fiscal 2023 considering upcoming maintenance and reactivation capex and potential investments toward further international expansion."

John Lindsay concluded, "On a daily basis, I get to see the achievements attained by the strong dedication of our employees and the passion they bring to the Company; striving to do better than the day before and enhancing the value we provide to our customers and shareholders. As we move forward, I am confident our shared values and commitments will endure and enable the Company to maintain its leadership position within the oil service industry."

Operating Segment Results for the Third Quarter of Fiscal Year 2022

North America Solutions:

This segment had operating income of $57.4 million compared to operating income of $1.3 million during the previous quarter. The increase in operating income was primarily due to improving contract economics and modestly higher activity levels during the quarter.

Direct margins(2) increased by $53.2 million to $167.6 million as both revenues and expenses increased sequentially. Operating results continue to be negatively impacted by the costs associated with reactivating rigs; $6.5 million in the third fiscal quarter compared to $14.2 million in the previous quarter.

International Solutions:

This segment had an operating loss of $6.6 million compared to an operating loss of $0.8 million during the previous quarter. The decrease in operating income is primarily attributable to costs incurred with establishing our Middle East hub, which includes preparing a rig to be exported from the U.S.

Direct margins(2) during the third fiscal quarter were a negative $3.2 million compared to a positive $2.3 million during the previous quarter. Current quarter results included a $1.1 million foreign currency loss compared to a $2.4 million foreign currency loss the previous quarter.

Offshore Gulf of Mexico:

This segment had operating income of $5.9 million compared to operating income of $5.3 million during the previous quarter. Direct margins(2) for the quarter were $8.8 million compared to $8.3 million in the prior quarter.

Operational Outlook for the Fourth Quarter of Fiscal Year 2022

North America Solutions:

  • We expect North America Solutions direct margins(2) to be between $185-$205 million, which includes approximately $6.0 million in estimated reactivation costs

  • We expect to exit the quarter at approximately 176 contracted rigs

International Solutions:

  • We expect International Solutions direct margins(2) to be between $4 - $7 million, exclusive of any foreign exchange gains or losses

  • International Solutions direct margins(2) are still expected to be negatively impacted by costs associated with establishing a Middle East hub

Offshore Gulf of Mexico:

  • We expect Offshore Gulf of Mexico direct margins(2) to be between $9-$11 million

Other Estimates for Fiscal Year 2022

  • Gross capital expenditures are still expected to be approximately $250 to $270 million; ongoing asset sales include reimbursements for lost and damaged tubulars and sales of other used drilling equipment that offset a portion of the gross capital expenditures and are still expected to total approximately $45 million in fiscal year 2022

  • Depreciation and amortization expenses are still expected to be approximately $405 million

  • Research and development expenses for fiscal year 2022 are still expected to be roughly $27 million

  • Selling, general and administrative expenses for fiscal year 2022 are still expected to be just over $180 million

Select Items Included in Net Income per Diluted Share

Third quarter of fiscal year 2022 net income of $0.16 per diluted share included $(0.11) in after-tax losses comprised of the following:

  • $(0.11) of non-cash after-tax losses related to fair market value adjustments to equity investments

  • $(0.00) of after-tax losses related to restructuring charges

Second quarter of fiscal year 2022 net loss of $(0.05) per diluted share included $0.12 in after-tax gains comprised of the following:

  • $0.13 of non-cash after-tax gains related to fair market value adjustments to equity investments

  • $(0.00) of after-tax losses related to restructuring charges

  • $(0.01) of after-tax losses related to the sale of assets

Conference Call

A conference call will be held on Thursday, July 28, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. (ET) with John Lindsay, President and CEO, Mark Smith, Senior Vice President and CFO, and Dave Wilson, Vice President of Investor Relations, to discuss the Company’s third quarter fiscal year 2022 results. Dial-in information for the conference call is (877) 830-2596 for domestic callers or (785) 424-1881 for international callers. The call access code is ‘Helmerich’. You may also listen to the conference call that will be broadcast live over the internet by logging on to the Company’s website at http://www.helmerichpayne.com and accessing the corresponding link through the investor relations section by clicking on "Investors" and then clicking on "News and Events - Events & Presentations" to find the event and the link to the webcast.

About Helmerich & Payne, Inc.

Founded in 1920, Helmerich & Payne, Inc. (H&P) (NYSE: HP) is committed to delivering industry leading levels of drilling productivity and reliability. H&P strives to operate with the highest level of integrity, safety and innovation to deliver superior results for its customers and returns for shareholders. Through its subsidiaries, the Company designs, fabricates and operates high-performance drilling rigs in conventional and unconventional plays around the world. H&P also develops and implements advanced automation, directional drilling and survey management technologies. As of June 30, 2022, H&P's fleet included 236 land rigs in the U.S., 28 international land rigs and seven offshore platform rigs. For more information, see H&P online at www.helmerichpayne.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

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

We use our Investor Relations website as a channel of distribution for material company information. Such information is routinely posted and accessible on our Investor Relations website at www.helmerichpayne.com.

Note Regarding Trademarks. Helmerich & Payne, Inc. owns or has rights to the use of trademarks, service marks and trade names that it uses in conjunction with the operation of its business. Some of the trademarks that appear in this release or otherwise used by H&P include FlexRig, which may be registered or trademarked in the U.S. and other jurisdictions.

(1) Select items are considered non-GAAP metrics and are included as a supplemental disclosure as the Company believes identifying and excluding select items is useful in assessing and understanding current operational performance, especially in making comparisons over time involving previous and subsequent periods and/or forecasting future periods results. Select items are excluded as they are deemed to be outside of the Company's core business operations. See — Non-GAAP Measurements.

(2) Direct margin, which is considered a non-GAAP metric, is defined as operating revenues less direct operating expenses and is included as a supplemental disclosure. We believe it is useful in assessing and understanding our current operational performance, especially in making comparisons over time. See — Non-GAAP Measurements for a reconciliation of segment operating income(loss) to direct margin. Expected direct margin for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2022 is provided on a non-GAAP basis only because certain information necessary to calculate the most comparable GAAP measure is unavailable due to the uncertainty and inherent difficulty of predicting the occurrence and the future financial statement impact of certain items. Therefore, as a result of the uncertainty and variability of the nature and amount of future adjustments, which could be significant, we are unable to provide a reconciliation of expected direct margin to the most comparable GAAP measure without unreasonable effort.

HELMERICH & PAYNE, INC.

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

Three Months Ended

Six Months Ended

(in thousands, except per share

amounts)

June 30,

March 31,

June 30,

June 30,

June 30,

2022

2022

2021

2022

2021

OPERATING REVENUES

Drilling services

$

547,906

$

465,370

$

329,774

$

1,420,810

$

868,581

Other

2,327

2,227

2,439

6,802

6,180

550,233

467,597

332,213

1,427,612

874,761

OPERATING COSTS AND EXPENSES

Drilling services operating expenses, excluding depreciation and amortization

376,210

339,759

255,471

1,015,621

684,473

Other operating expenses

1,053

1,181

1,481

3,416

4,117

Depreciation and amortization

100,741

102,937

104,493

304,115

317,771

Research and development

6,511

6,387

5,610

19,425

16,527

Selling, general and administrative

44,933

47,051

41,719

135,699

120,371

Asset impairment charge

2,130

4,363

56,414

Restructuring charges

33

63

2,110

838

3,856

Gain on reimbursement of drilling equipment

(9,895

)

(6,448

)

(4,268

)

(21,597

)

(10,207

)

Other (gain) loss on sale of assets

(3,075

)

(716

)

834

(2,762

)

12,952

516,511

490,214

409,580

1,459,118

1,206,274

OPERATING INCOME (LOSS) FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS

33,722

(22,617

)

(77,367

)

(31,506

)

(331,513

)

Other income (expense)

Interest and dividend income

5,313

3,399

1,527

11,301

8,225

Interest expense

(4,372

)

(4,390

)

(5,963

)

(14,876

)

(17,861

)

Gain (loss) on investment securities

(14,310

)

22,132

2,409

55,684

7,853

Loss on extinguishment of debt

(60,083

)

Other

(1,148

)

(476

)

(970

)

(2,166

)

(3,027

)

(14,517

)

20,665

(2,997

)

(10,140

)

(4,810

)

Income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes

19,205

(1,952

)

(80,364

)

(41,646

)

(336,323

)

Income tax expense (benefit)

1,730

2,672

(23,659

)

(3,166

)

(78,398

)

Gain (loss) from continuing operations

17,475

(4,624

)

(56,705

)

(38,480

)

(257,925

)

Income (loss) from discontinued operations before income taxes

277

(352

)

1,150

(106

)

10,936

Income tax provision

Income (loss) from discontinued operations

277

(352

)

1,150

(106

)

10,936

NET INCOME (LOSS)

$

17,752

$

(4,976

)

$

(55,555

)

$

(38,586

)

$

(246,989

)

Basic earnings (loss) per common share:

Income (loss) from continuing operations

$

0.16

$

(0.05

)

$

(0.53

)

$

(0.37

)

$

(2.40

)

Income from discontinued operations

$

$

$

0.01

$

$

0.10

Net income (loss)

$

0.16

$

(0.05

)

$

(0.52

)

$

(0.37

)

$

(2.30

)

Diluted earnings (loss) per common share:

Income (loss) from continuing operations

$

0.16

$

(0.05

)

$

(0.53

)

$

(0.37

)

$

(2.40

)

Income from discontinued operations

$

$

$

0.01

$

$

0.10

Net income (loss)

$

0.16

$

(0.05

)

$

(0.52

)

$

(0.37

)

$

(2.30

)

Weighted average shares outstanding (in thousands):

Basic

105,289

105,393

107,896

106,092

107,790

Diluted

106,021

105,393

107,896

106,092

107,790

HELMERICH & PAYNE, INC.

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

June 30,

September 30,

(in thousands except share data and share amounts)

2022

2021

ASSETS

Current Assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

188,663

$

917,534

Short-term investments

144,331

198,700