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ATLANTA, Oct. 25, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- RPC, Inc. (NYSE: RES) today announced its unaudited results for the third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2023. RPC provides a broad range of specialized oilfield services and equipment primarily to independent and major oilfield companies engaged in the exploration, production, and development of oil and gas properties throughout the United States and in selected international markets.

"RPC's third quarter 2023 operating results for the majority of our service lines were relatively stable sequentially except for the even weaker than expected decline in pressure pumping," stated Ben M. Palmer, RPC's President and Chief Executive Officer. "We believed this pressure pumping weakness would prove temporary and made the decision to maintain our pricing discipline and service readiness. This decision resulted in carrying costs during the quarter in anticipation of a busy fourth quarter calendar working at acceptable terms. A highlight for the quarter was the recently acquired Spinnaker cementing business. The integration has proceeded smoothly and the business positively contributed to our financial results," concluded Palmer.

Consolidated Financial Results

For the quarter ended September 30, 2023, RPC generated revenues of $330.4 million, a decrease compared to $415.9 million in the second quarter. Revenues fell primarily due to declines in RPC's pressure pumping business due to lower customer activity, partially offset by a full quarter of financial results from our recent cementing acquisition. Operating profit for the third quarter of 2023 was $22.7 million compared to $82.4 million in the second quarter. Net income for the third quarter of 2023 was $18.3 million, or $0.08 diluted earnings per share, compared to net income of $65.0 million, or $0.30 diluted earnings per share, in the second quarter.

Adjusted operating profit1 for the third quarter of 2023 was $22.7 million compared to $83.3 million in the second quarter of 2023. Adjusted net income2 for the third quarter of 2023 was $18.3 million, or $0.08 adjusted diluted earnings per share2, compared to adjusted net income of $65.7 million, or $0.30 adjusted diluted earnings per share, in the second quarter. Adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (adjusted EBITDA)3 for the third quarter of 2023, for which there was no adjustment, was $51.9 million, a decrease compared to $110.1 million in the second quarter.

Cost of revenues, which excludes depreciation and amortization, during the third quarter of 2023 was $239.1 million compared to $265.8 million in the second quarter. These costs as a percentage of revenues were 72.4 percent in the third quarter of 2023, an increase compared to 63.9 percent of revenues in the second quarter because of lower revenues and the relatively fixed nature of direct employment costs. Selling, general and administrative expenses were $42.0 million in the third quarter of 2023 compared to $43.6 million in the second quarter of 2023. Depreciation and amortization was $28.4 million in the third quarter of 2023 compared to $26.2 million in the second quarter of 2023.

RPC's revenues for the quarter ended September 30, 2023 decreased by $129.2 million, or 28.1 percent, compared to the third quarter of the prior year due to lower activity levels and more competitive pricing. Cost of revenues, which excludes depreciation and amortization, during the third quarter of 2023 decreased by $70.7 million compared to the third quarter of 2022. As a percentage of revenues, cost of revenues increased to 72.4 percent in the third quarter of 2023 from 67.4 percent in the third quarter of 2022.

Selling, general and administrative expenses increased by $3.8 million in the third quarter of 2023 compared to the third quarter of the prior year. RPC's operating profit in the third quarter of 2023 was $22.7 million, compared to $92.2 million in the third quarter of 2022. Net income for the third quarter of 2023 was $18.3 million compared to $69.3 million in the third quarter of 2022. EBITDA3, in the third quarter of 2023 was $51.9 million compared to $113.0 million in the third quarter of 2022.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2023, revenues increased 9.2 percent to $1.2 billion compared to $1.1 billion for the same period last year. Net income for the nine-month period was $154.9 million, or $0.71 diluted earnings per share, compared to net income of $131.4 million, or $0.61 diluted earnings per share, in the same period last year.

Rig Count and Commodity Price Statistics

The average U.S. domestic rig count during the third quarter of 2023 was 649, a 9.7 percent decrease compared to the second quarter of 2023, and a 14.7 percent decrease compared to the third quarter of 2022. The average price of oil during the third quarter of 2023 was $82.17 per barrel, an 11.7 percent increase compared to the second quarter of 2023, but an 11.5 percent decrease compared to the third quarter of 2022. The average price of natural gas during the third quarter of 2023 was $2.59 per Mcf, an increase of 19.9 percent compared to the second quarter of 2023, but a 67.8 percent decrease compared to the third quarter of the prior year.

Summary of Segment Operating Performance

RPC manages two operating segments – Technical Services and Support Services.

Technical Services includes RPC's oilfield service lines that utilize people and equipment to perform value-added completion, production and maintenance services directly to a customer's well. These services are generally directed toward improving the flow of oil and natural gas from producing formations or to address well control issues. The Technical Services segment includes pressure pumping, downhole tools and services, coiled tubing, cementing, nitrogen, hydraulic workover services, surface pressure control equipment, well control, and fishing tool operations.

Support Services includes RPC's oilfield service lines that provide equipment for customer use or services to assist customer operations. The equipment and services offered include rental of tubulars and related tools, pipe inspection and storage services, and oilfield training services.

Technical Services third quarter 2023 revenues decreased by 22.3 percent compared to the prior quarter and decreased by 30.5 percent compared to the same period of the prior year. Technical Services generated an operating profit of $18.9 million in the third quarter of 2023 compared to $77.0 million in the prior quarter and an operating profit of $89.5 million in the third quarter of the prior year. The year-over-year declines in Technical Services operating results were driven by lower pressure pumping revenues, the largest service line within Technical Services.

Support Services revenues increased by 5.8 percent during the third quarter of 2023 compared to the prior quarter and increased by 14.8 percent compared to the same period of the prior year. The increases in revenues were due to higher activity levels in rental tools as compared to both comparable periods. Support Services generated an operating profit of $6.9 million in the third quarter of 2023 and $7.9 million in the second quarter of 2023. Third quarter 2023 Support Services operating profit increased by $1.6 million compared to the third quarter of the prior year due to higher activity levels and leverage of higher revenues over costs that are fixed during the short term.

(In thousands)


Three Months Ended



Nine Months Ended

(Unaudited)


September 30,


June 30,


September 30,



September 30,



2023


2023


2022



2023


2022













Revenues:












   Technical Services

$

303,069

$

390,018

$

435,775


$

1,145,078

$

1,058,227

   Support Services


27,348


25,840


23,826



77,865


61,505

Total revenues

$

330,417

$

415,858

$

459,601


$

1,222,943

$

1,119,732

Operating profit:












   Technical Services

$

18,912

$

77,017

$

89,455


$

199,462

$

171,093

   Support Services


6,861


7,920


5,278



21,425


11,392

   Corporate expenses


(4,840)


(4,672)


(4,106)



(14,593)


(13,160)

   Pension settlement charges 


-


(911)


-



(18,286)


-

   Gain on disposition of assets, net


1,778


3,015


1,543



7,729


6,295

Total operating profit 

$

22,711

$

82,369

$

92,170


$

195,737

$

175,620

Interest expense


(101)


(73)


(143)



(246)


(543)

Interest income


1,450


2,698


329



6,003


472

Other income (expense), net


804


631


(67)



2,196


516

Income before income taxes

$

24,864

$

85,625

$

92,289


$

203,690

$

176,065

RPC, Inc. will hold a conference call today, October 25, 2023 at 9:00 a.m. ET to discuss the results for the quarter. Interested parties may listen in by accessing a live webcast in the investor relations section of RPC, Inc.'s website at rpc.net. The live conference call can also be accessed by calling (888) 440-5966, or (646) 960-0125 for international callers, and use conference ID number 9842359. For those not able to attend the live conference call, a replay will be available in the investor relations section of RPC, Inc.'s website beginning approximately two hours after the call and for a period of 90 days.

RPC provides a broad range of specialized oilfield services and equipment primarily to independent and major oilfield companies engaged in the exploration, production and development of oil and gas properties throughout the United States, including the Gulf of Mexico, mid-continent, southwest, Appalachian and Rocky Mountain regions, and in selected international markets. RPC's investor website can be found at rpc.net.

Certain statements and information included in this press release constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements include statements that look forward in time or express management's beliefs, expectations or hopes. In particular, such statements include, without limitation, our expectations regarding a busy calendar in the fourth quarter working at acceptable terms. Additional discussion of factors that could cause the actual results to differ materially from management's projections, forecasts, estimates, and expectations is contained in RPC's Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2022.

1Adjusted operating profit is a financial measure which does not conform to GAAP. Additional disclosure regarding this non-GAAP financial measure and its reconciliation to operating profit, the nearest GAAP financial measure, is disclosed in Appendix A to this press release.

2Adjusted net income and adjusted diluted earnings per share are financial measures which do not conform to GAAP. Additional disclosure regarding these non-GAAP financial measures and their reconciliation to net income and income per share, the nearest GAAP financial measures, are disclosed in Appendix B to this press release.

3Adjusted EBITDA and EBITDA are financial measures which do not conform to GAAP. Additional disclosure regarding these non-GAAP financial measures and their reconciliation to net income, the nearest GAAP financial measure, are disclosed in Appendix C to this press release.

For information about RPC, Inc., please contact:

Michael L. Schmit, Chief Financial Officer
(404) 321-2140
irdept@rpc.net 

Jim Landers, Vice President Corporate Services
(404) 321-2162
JLanders@rpc.net

RPC INCORPORATED AND SUBSIDIARIES
































CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS  (In thousands except per share data)













    Three Months Ended


Nine Months Ended

Periods ended, (Unaudited)



September 30,
2023



June 30,
2023



September 30,
2022



September 30,
2023



September 30,
2022

REVENUES


$

330,417


$

415,858


$

459,601


$

1,222,943


$

1,119,732

COSTS AND EXPENSES:
















Cost of revenues (exclusive of depreciation and
















   amortization shown separately below)



239,084



265,786



309,790



810,120



779,544

Selling, general and administrative expenses



42,012



43,604



38,243



127,813



110,362

Pension settlement charges



-



911



-



18,286



-

Depreciation and amortization



28,388



26,203



20,941



78,716



60,501

Gain on disposition of assets, net



(1,778)



(3,015)



(1,543)



(7,729)



(6,295)

Operating profit



22,711



82,369



92,170



195,737



175,620

Interest expense



(101)



(73)



(143)



(246)



(543)

Interest income



1,450



2,698



329



6,003



472

Other income (expense), net



804



631



(67)



2,196



516

Income before income taxes



24,864



85,625



92,289



203,690



176,065

Income tax provision



6,547



20,612



22,949



48,836



44,707

NET INCOME 


$

18,317


$

65,013


$

69,340


$

154,854


$

131,358

































EARNINGS PER SHARE 
















   Basic


$

0.08


$

0.30


$

0.32


$

0.71


$

0.61

   Diluted


$

0.08


$

0.30


$

0.32


$

0.71


$

0.61

















WEIGHTED AVERAGE SHARES OUTSTANDING 















     Basic 



216,333



216,398



216,647



216,631



216,485

     Diluted 



216,333



216,398



216,647



216,631



216,485

 

RPC INCORPORATED AND SUBSIDIARIES












CONSOLIDATED BALANCE  SHEETS








(In thousands)



September 30,
2023



December 31,
2022



(Unaudited)




ASSETS






Cash and cash equivalents

$

171,874


$

126,424

Accounts receivable, net


326,778



416,568

Inventories


109,969



97,107

Income taxes receivable


62,889



42,403

Prepaid expenses 


11,701



17,753

Other current assets


3,228



3,086

  Total current assets


686,439



703,341

Property, plant and equipment, net


436,336



333,093

Operating lease right-of-use assets


25,567



28,864

Finance lease right-of-use assets


1,101



-

Goodwill 


50,824



32,150

Other intangibles, net


13,354



1,084

Other assets


33,752



30,481

  Total assets

$

1,247,373


$

1,129,013







LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY






Accounts payable

$

88,389


$

115,213

Accrued payroll and related expenses


27,909



33,161

Accrued insurance expenses


6,760



3,232

Accrued state, local and other taxes


6,196



4,296

Income taxes payable


259



499

Pension liabilities


-



9,610

Current portion of operating lease liabilities


7,959



10,728

Accrued expenses and other liabilities


2,640



1,864

  Total current liabilities


140,112



178,603

Long-term accrued insurance expenses


9,489



7,149

Long-term retirement plan liabilities


21,898



23,106

Deferred income taxes


50,472



37,473

Long-term operating lease liabilities


19,040



19,517

Long-term finance lease liabilities


882



-

Other long-term liabilities


7,724



5,430

  Total liabilities


249,617



271,278

Common stock 


21,623



21,661

Capital in excess of par value


-



-

Retained earnings


978,496



856,013

Accumulated other comprehensive loss


(2,363)



(19,939)

  Total stockholders' equity


997,756



857,735

  Total liabilities and stockholders' equity 

$

1,247,373


$

1,129,013

Appendix A

RPC, Inc. has used the non-GAAP financial measure of adjusted operating profit in today's earnings release and anticipates using this non-GAAP financial measure in today's earnings conference call. This measure should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for operating profit, or other performance measures prepared in accordance with GAAP. 

Management believes that presenting the financial measure of adjusted operating profit enables us to compare our operating performance consistently over various time periods.

A non-GAAP financial measure is a numerical measure of financial performance, financial position, or cash flows that either 1) excludes amounts, or is subject to adjustments that have the effect of excluding amounts, that are included in the most directly comparable measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP in the statement of operations, balance sheet or statement of cash flows, or 2) includes amounts, or is subject to adjustments that have the effect of including amounts, that are excluded from the most directly comparable measure so calculated and presented. Set forth below is a reconciliation of this non-GAAP measure with its most directly comparable GAAP measure.  This reconciliation also appears on RPC, Inc.'s investor website, which can be found on the Internet at rpc.net.

The Reconciliation of Operating Profit to Adjusted Operating Profit is shown below:

Periods ended, (Unaudited)



Three Months Ended


Nine Months Ended

(In thousands)



September 30,
2023



June 30,
2023



September 30,
2022



September 30,
2023



September 30,
2022

































Reconciliation of Operating Profit to Adjusted Operating Profit





























Operating Profit 


$

22,711


$

82,369


$

92,170


$

195,737


$

175,620

Add:
















     Pension settlement charges



-



911



-



18,286



-

Adjusted Operating Profit


$

22,711


$

83,280


$

92,170


$

214,023


$

175,620

Appendix B

RPC, Inc. has used the non-GAAP financial measures of adjusted net income and adjusted diluted earnings per share in today's earnings release and anticipates using these non-GAAP financial measures in today's earnings conference call.  These measures should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for net income, income per share, or other performance measures prepared in accordance with GAAP. 

Management believes that presenting the financial measures of adjusted net income and adjusted income per share, enable us to compare our operating performance consistently over various time periods.

A non-GAAP financial measure is a numerical measure of financial performance, financial position, or cash flows that either 1) excludes amounts, or is subject to adjustments that have the effect of excluding amounts, that are included in the most directly comparable measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP in the statement of operations, balance sheet or statement of cash flows, or 2) includes amounts, or is subject to adjustments that have the effect of including amounts, that are excluded from the most directly comparable measure so calculated and presented. Set forth below is a reconciliation of these non-GAAP measures with their most directly comparable GAAP measures.  This reconciliation also appears on RPC, Inc.'s investor website, which can be found on the Internet at rpc.net.

The Reconciliation of Net Income to Adjusted Net Income and the Reconciliation of Diluted Earnings Per Share to Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share is shown below:

Periods ended, (Unaudited)



Three Months Ended


Nine Months Ended

(In thousands)



September 30,
2023



June 30,
2023



September 30,
2022



September 30,
2023



September 30,
2022

















Reconciliation of Net Income to Adjusted Net Income 































Net Income


$

18,317


$

65,013


$

69,340


$

154,854


$

131,358

Adjustments:
















     Pension settlement charges, before taxes



-



911



-



18,286



-

     Tax effect of pension settlement charges *



-



(220)



-



(4,389)



-

Total adjustments, net of tax  



-



691



-



13,897



-

















Adjusted Net Income


$

18,317


$

65,704


$

69,340


$

168,751


$

131,358

















*  The sum of adjustments for the three-month periods presented may differ from the amounts for the six month period  due to the differences in effective tax




    rate for each period. 
































Reconciliation of Diluted Earnings Per Share to Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share


























Diluted Earnings Per Share


$

0.08


$

0.30


$

0.32


$

0.71


$

0.61

Add:
















     Pension settlement charges, net of tax  


$

0.00


$

0.00


$

0.00


$

0.07


$

0.00

















         Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share


$

0.08


$

0.30


$

0.32


$

0.78


$

0.61

















Weighted Average Shares Outstanding



216,333



216,398



216,647



216,631



216,485

Appendix C

RPC has used the non-GAAP financial measures of earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) and adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (adjusted EBITDA) in today's earnings release and anticipates using EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA in today's earnings conference call. EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for net income or other performance measures prepared in accordance with GAAP. 

RPC uses EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA as measures of operating performance because they allow us to compare performance consistently over various periods without regard to changes in our capital structure. Adjusted EBITDA is useful to compare operating performance net of unusual or non-recurring charges. We are also required to use EBITDA to report compliance with financial covenants under our revolving credit facility.

A non-GAAP financial measure is a numerical measure of financial performance, financial position, or cash flows that either 1) excludes amounts, or is subject to adjustments that have the effect of excluding amounts, that are included in the most directly comparable measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP in the statement of operations, balance sheet or statement of cash flows, or 2) includes amounts, or is subject to adjustments that have the effect of including amounts, that are excluded from the most directly comparable measure so calculated and presented. Set forth below is a reconciliation of net income, the most directly comparable GAAP measure, to EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA.  This reconciliation also appears on RPC's investor website, which can be found on the Internet at rpc.net.

The Reconciliation of Net Income to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA is shown below:




Three Months Ended


Nine Months Ended

(In thousands)



September 30,
2023



June 30,
2023



September 30,
2022



September 30,
2023



September 30,
2022

















Reconciliation of Net Income to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA














Net Income


$

18,317


$

65,013


$

69,340


$

154,854


$

131,358

Add:
















     Income tax provision



6,547



20,612



22,949



48,836



44,707

     Interest expense



101



73



143



246



543

     Depreciation and amortization



28,388



26,203



20,941



78,716



60,501

Less:
















     Interest income



1,450



2,698



329



6,003



472

EBITDA


$

51,903


$

109,203


$

113,044


$

276,649


$

236,637

Add:
















     Pension settlement charges



-



911



-



18,286



-

Adjusted EBITDA


$

51,903


$

110,114


$

113,044


$

294,935


$

236,637

 

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