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Total Energy Services Inc. Announces Q3 2017 Results

CALGARY, ALBERTA — (Marketwired) — 11/08/17 — Total Energy Services Inc. (“Total Energy” or the “Company”) (TSX: TOT)announces its consolidated financial results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017.

Total Energy–s financial results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017 include the financial results for Savanna Energy Services Corp. (“Savanna”) from April 5, 2017. For the first time in Total Energy–s 21-year corporate history, a majority of quarterly revenues were generated outside of Canada. The Company also returned to profitability during the quarter for the first time since the third quarter of 2015. Negatively impacting the Company–s financial results for the third quarter of 2017 was approximately $1.2 million of non-recurring costs included in selling, general and administrative expenses that relate to the acquisition and integration of Savanna. Excluding these expenses, EBITDA for the third quarter of 2017 would have been $28.6 million.

Total Energy–s Contract Drilling Services segment (“CDS”) achieved 29% utilization during the third quarter of 2017, recording 3,153 operating days (spud to rig release) with a fleet of 119 drilling rigs, compared to 230 operating days, or 14% utilization, during the third quarter of 2016 with a fleet of 18 drilling rigs. Revenue per operating day for the third quarter of 2017 was $18,596. For the third quarter of 2017, the CDS segment generated 1,913 operating days in Canada with a fleet of 86 rigs (24% utilization), 1,009 days in the United States with a fleet of 28 rigs (39% utilization) and 231 days in Australia with a fleet of 5 rigs (50% utilization).

The Rental and Transportation Services segment (“RTS”) achieved a utilization rate on major rental equipment of 24% during the third quarter of 2017 as compared to 15% during the third quarter of 2016. Segment revenue per utilized rental piece decreased 2% for the third quarter of 2017 compared to the same period in 2016 due primarily to a change in the mix of equipment utilized. This segment exited the third quarter of 2017 with approximately 11,700 pieces of major rental equipment and 125 heavy trucks as compared to 10,000 rental pieces and 112 heavy trucks at September 30, 2016.

Revenue in the Compression and Process Services segment (“CPS”) increased 107% to $67.7 million for the three months ended September 30, 2017 compared to $32.8 million for the same period in 2016. This segment exited the third quarter of 2017 with a $160.7 million backlog of fabrication sales orders as compared to $62.0 million at September 30, 2016 and $149.3 million at June 30, 2017. At September 30, 2017, there was 39,800 horsepower in the compression rental fleet, of which approximately 20,200 horsepower was on rent as compared to 11,400 horsepower on rent at September 30, 2016 and 19,000 horsepower at June 30, 2017. The gas compression rental fleet operated at an average utilization rate of 46% during the third quarter of 2017 as compared to 30% during the third quarter of 2016.

Total Energy–s Well Servicing segment (“WS”) generated $39.3 million of revenue during the third quarter of 2017 on 41,092 billable hours, or $882 per billable hour, with a fleet of 87 service rigs located in Canada (57 rigs), the United States (18 rigs) and Australia (12 rigs). Service rig utilization for the three months ended September 30, 2017 was 35% in Canada, 37% in the United States and 49% in Australia.

During the third quarter, Total Energy declared a quarterly dividend of $0.06 per share to shareholders of record on September 29, 2017. This dividend was paid on October 31, 2017. For Canadian income tax purposes, all dividends paid by Total Energy on its common shares are designated as “eligible dividends” unless otherwise indicated.


Despite competitive and uncertain industry conditions, particularly in Canada, with the exception of the CDS segment all of the Company–s business segments were profitable during the third quarter of 2017. In such environment, Total Energy remains focused on the integration of Savanna, which is expected to be substantially completed by the end of 2017. Integration synergies and efficiencies are expected to result in at least $10 million of operating and selling, general and administrative cost savings during 2018.

While wet weather conditions have recently hampered field operations in Canada, current indications are that drilling and completion activity levels will increase during the upcoming winter season as ground conditions permit the movement of heavy equipment. Drilling and completion activity within the United States is expected to remain relatively stable near term despite recent modest declines in certain regions. Activity levels in Australia are expected to remain stable with an upward bias.

The Company–s CPS segment continues to grow its international business, with a majority of its record fabrication sales backlog at September 30, 2017 consisting of orders from outside of Canada. Such backlog provides good visibility for this business segment through the first half of 2018.

Capital expenditures of $34.1 million have been made to September 30, 2017, including $11.8 million expended by Savanna prior to April 5, 2017 when the Board of Directors of Savanna was re-constituted. The Company expects 2017 capital expenditures to be approximately $40 million, or about 10% lower than the aggregate of the stand-alone 2017 capital budgets previously approved by the Boards of Total Energy and Savanna prior to the acquisition of Savanna by Total Energy.

At September 30, 2017, the Company–s total debt amounted to $328.2 million and consisted of $195.3 million drawn on the Company–s $225 million revolving primary credit facility (3.66% interest rate), $62.0 million of mortgage debt (3.56% weighted average interest rate), $67.5 million of senior unsecured notes (7.0% interest rate) and $3.3 million of limited partnership debt (5.45% weighted average interest rate).

Total Energy–s working capital position at September 30, 2017 was $37.1 million, including $7.8 million of cash and marketable securities. Such working capital position reflects the classification of $67.5 million of senior unsecured notes as a current liability given their maturity in May of 2018. In addition to the Company–s $225 million revolving credit facility, Savanna has a $5.0 million revolving line of credit that was undrawn at September 30, 2017. The Company was in compliance with all debt covenants at September 30, 2017 and able to fully draw on the remaining amounts available under its revolving credit facilities. The primary credit facility also provides the Company with the option to increase such facility by $75 million subject to certain terms and conditions including the agreement of the lenders to increase their commitments.

Conference Call

At 9:00 a.m. (Mountain Time) on November 9, 2017 Total Energy will conduct a conference call and webcast to discuss its third quarter financial results. Daniel Halyk, President & Chief Executive Officer, will host the conference call. A live webcast of the conference call will be accessible on the Company–s website at by selecting “Webcasts”. Persons wishing to participate in the conference call may do so by calling (800) 478-9326 or (416) 340-2219. Those who are unable to listen to the call live may listen to a recording of it on Total Energy–s website. A recording of the conference call will also be available until December 9, 2017 by dialing (800) 408-3053 (passcode 9889306#).

Selected Financial Information

Selected financial information relating to the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017 and 2016 is attached to this news release. This information should be read in conjunction with the interim condensed consolidated financial statements of Total Energy and the attached notes to the interim condensed consolidated financial statements and management–s discussion and analysis to be issued in due course and reproduced in the Company–s 2017 third quarter report.

Segmented Information

The Company provides a variety of products and services in the oil and natural gas industry through five reporting segments, which operate substantially in three geographic segments. These reporting segments are Contract Drilling Services, which includes the contracting of drilling equipment and the provision of labour required to operate the equipment, Rentals and Transportation Services, which includes the rental and transportation of equipment used in drilling, completion and production operations, Compression and Process Services, which includes the fabrication, sale, rental and servicing of natural gas compression and oil and natural gas process equipment and Well Servicing, which includes the contracting of service rigs and the provision of labour required to operate the equipment. Corporate includes activities related to the Company–s corporate and public issuer affairs.

Headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Total Energy provides contract drilling services, rentals and transportation services, well servicing and compression and process equipment and service to oil and natural gas producers operating in North America, Australia and other international markets. The common shares of Total Energy are listed and trade on the TSX under the symbol TOT.

Certain statements contained in this press release, including statements which may contain words such as “could”, “should”, “expect”, “believe”, “will” and similar expressions and statements relating to matters that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based upon the opinions and expectations of management of Total Energy as at the effective date of such statements and, in some cases, information supplied by third parties. Although Total Energy believes the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are based upon reasonable assumptions and that information received from third parties is reliable, it can give no assurance that those expectations will prove to have been correct.

In particular, this press release contains forward-looking statements concerning industry activity levels, expectations regarding Total Energy–s market share and future compression and process production activity, Total Energy–s expectations of future interest rates and its corresponding ability to realize substantial interest expense savings, expectations as to the Company–s ability to realize cost efficiencies and synergies arising from the acquisition of Savanna as well as other expected benefits of the acquisition. Such forward-looking statements are based on a number of assumptions and factors including fluctuations in the market for oil and natural gas and related products and services, political and economic conditions, central bank interest rate policy, the demand for products and services provided by Total Energy, Total Energy–s ability to attract and retain key personnel and other factors. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties which may cause the actual results, performances or achievements of Total Energy to be materially different from any future results, performances or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Reference should be made to Total Energy–s most recently filed Annual Information Form and other public disclosures (available at ) for a discussion of such risks and uncertainties.

The TSX has neither approved nor disapproved of the information contained herein.

Total Energy Services Inc.
Daniel Halyk
President & Chief Executive Officer
(403) 216-3921

Total Energy Services Inc.
Yuliya Gorbach
Vice-President Finance and Chief Financial Officer
(403) 216-3920

Total Energy Services Inc.

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