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Helmerich & Payne, Inc. Announces First Quarter Results and Additional New Build Contracts

January 30, 2014

TULSA, Okla. , Jan. 30, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Helmerich & Payne, Inc. (NYSE:HP) reported net income of $173.2 million ( $1.59 per diluted share) from operating revenues of $889.2 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2014, compared to net income of $159.6 million ( $1.48 per diluted share) from operating revenues of $844.6 million during the first quarter of fiscal 2013, and net income of $159.8 million ( $1.47 per diluted share) from operating revenues of $864.5 million during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013. Included in net income corresponding to this year's first fiscal quarter and to last year's fourth fiscal quarter were $0.03 per diluted share of after-tax gains related to the sale of used drilling equipment. Included in net income corresponding to last year's first fiscal quarter were $0.03 per diluted share of after-tax gains related to the sale of used drilling equipment and $0.05 per diluted share of after-tax gains related to the sale of investment securities. The Company also announced today that it has entered into agreements with four exploration and production companies to build and operate nine additional FlexRigs®* in the U.S. All of these rigs were ordered under multi-year term contracts and are expected to generate attractive economic returns for the Company. This brings the total number of new build commitments announced in fiscal 2014 to 35 new FlexRigs, including 22 new FlexRigs since the Company's last earnings release. Chairman and CEO Hans Helmerich commented, "It is satisfying to once again report record quarterly levels in both revenue and operating income. We have also continued to see signs of market improvement in the U.S., both in terms of spot pricing and demand for additional FlexRigs. The flexibility afforded by our new build construction capabilities is allowing us to quickly respond to this renewed level of market demand. We are pleased to be able to announce an additional nine fully contracted new builds, bringing our fiscal year-to-date total to 35. We are confident in the Company's ability to continue to capture market share, create differentiated value for our customers, and deliver attractive returns for our shareholders." Operating Segment Results Segment operating income for U.S. land operations was $251.0 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2014, compared with $234.4 million for last year's first fiscal quarter and $235.8 million for last year's fourth fiscal quarter. As compared to last year's fourth fiscal quarter, the number of revenue days for the segment increased by 944 to 23,464 during the first fiscal quarter of 2014. Average rig revenue per day decreased by $590 to $28,468 as compared to last year's fourth fiscal quarter. Also as compared to the prior year's fourth fiscal quarter, average rig expense per day for the segment decreased by $704 to $12,934 during the first fiscal quarter, resulting in a $114 average rig margin per day increase to $15,534 . The rig revenue and margin per day averages included approximately $422 per day of early termination fees during the first quarter of fiscal 2014 as compared to approximately $737 per day during the previous quarter. Rig utilization for the Company's U.S. land segment was 84% for this year's first fiscal quarter, compared with 82% for last year's first fiscal quarter and 82% for last year's fourth fiscal quarter. At December 31, 2013 , the Company's U.S. land segment had 264 contracted rigs (including 159 under term contracts) and 45 idle rigs. Segment operating income for the Company's offshore operations was $18.5 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2014, compared with $15.0 million for last year's first fiscal quarter and $10.3 million for last year's fourth fiscal quarter. The sequential increase in operating income was attributable to a higher average rig margin per day in the first quarter of fiscal 2014 and the inclusion of the $6.4 million settlement charge in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013. Excluding the charge in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013, the average rig margin per day increased by $772 to $27,449 during the first fiscal quarter of 2014. Rig utilization in the segment was reported at 89% for both the first quarter of fiscal 2014 and fourth quarter of fiscal 2013. The Company's international land operations reported segment operating income of $12.8 million for this year's first fiscal quarter, compared with $9.1 million for last year's first fiscal quarter and $13.9 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013. The decrease in segment operating income as compared to last year's fourth fiscal quarter was mostly attributable to a seven percent decline in revenue days. The average rig margin per day also declined by $292 to $10,342 during the first quarter of fiscal 2014 as compared to the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013. Drilling Operations Outlook for the Second Quarter of Fiscal 2014 In the U.S. land segment, the Company expects average rig revenue per day during the second fiscal quarter to be relatively flat as compared to the first quarter of fiscal 2014 (excluding early termination revenues). The average rig expense per day is expected to increase to slightly over $13,000 per day, and revenue days are expected to increase by approximately two percent during the second fiscal quarter as compared to the prior quarter. As of today, the U.S. land segment has approximately 269 contracted rigs, including 155 under term contracts. In the offshore segment, the Company expects the average rig margin per day to decline to approximately $26,000 per day during the second fiscal quarter and revenue days to decline by approximately two percent as compared to the prior quarter. In the international land segment, the Company expects total revenue days during the second fiscal quarter to decline by approximately five to ten percent and the average rig margin per day to be relatively flat as compared to the prior quarter. Capital Expenditures Estimate for Fiscal 2014 Given the increasing demand for FlexRigs, the Company now expects a total of approximately $950 million in capital expenditures during fiscal 2014. This assumes increasing the new build construction cadence to approximately three rigs per month beginning in April through the end of the fiscal year. About Helmerich & Payne, Inc. Helmerich & Payne, Inc. is primarily a contract drilling company. As of January 30, 2014 , the Company's existing fleet included 315 land rigs in the U.S., 29 international land rigs and 9 offshore platform rigs. In addition, the Company is scheduled to complete another 21 new H&P-designed and operated FlexRigs and one 3,000 horsepower AC drive rig under long-term contracts with customers in fiscal 2014. Upon completion of these commitments, the Company's global fleet is expected to have a total of 366 land rigs, including 336 FlexRigs. 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 the registrant's future financial position, business strategy, budgets, projected costs and plans and objectives of management for future operations, 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 Results of Operations and Financial Condition" 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 update or revise our forward-looking statements based on changes in internal estimates, expectations or otherwise, except as required by law. *FlexRig® is a registered trademark of Helmerich & Payne, Inc. HELMERICH & PAYNE, INC. Unaudited (in thousands, except per share data) Three Months Ended September 30 December 31 CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME 2013 2013 2012 Operating Revenues: Drilling – U.S. Land $ 707,893 $ 731,674 $ 696,030 Drilling – Offshore 54,681 59,054 57,718 Drilling – International Land 98,504 95,341 87,267 Other 3,458 3,083 3,557 864,536 889,152 844,572 Operating costs and expenses: Operating costs, excluding depreciation 473,170 474,048 466,871 Depreciation 118,801 120,237 106,599 General and administrative 29,903 32,243 32,421 Research and development 3,813 4,257 3,353 Income from asset sales (4,385) (5,664) (5,219) 621,302 625,121 604,025 Operating income 243,234 264,031 240,547 Other income (expense): Interest and dividend income 571 453 426 Interest expense (1,544) (1,194) (1,308) Gain on sale of investment securities -- -- 8,752 Other 3,186 (345) (2,084) 2,213 (1,086) 5,786 Income from continuing operations before income taxes 245,447 262,945 246,333 Income tax provision 85,650 89,763 86,722 Income from continuing operations 159,797 173,182 159,611 Loss from discontinued operations before income taxes -- -- (8) Income tax provision -- -- -- Loss from discontinued operations -- -- (8) NET INCOME $ 159,797 $ 173,182 $ 159,603 Basic earnings per common share: Income from continuing operations $ 1.49 $ 1.61 $ 1.50 Income from discontinued operations $ -- $ -- $ -- Net income $ 1.49 $ 1.61 $ 1.50 Diluted earnings per common share: Income from continuing operations $ 1.47 $ 1.59 $ 1.48 Income from discontinued operations $ -- $ -- $ -- Net income $ 1.47 $ 1.59 $ 1.48 Weighted average shares outstanding: Basic 106,522 107,149 105,867 Diluted 108,057 108,577 107,412 HELMERICH & PAYNE, INC. Unaudited (in thousands) CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED BALANCE SHEETS December 31 2013 September 30 2013 ASSETS Cash and cash equivalents $ 581,414 $ 447,868 Other current assets 806,120 806,638 Current assets of discontinued operations 3,756 3,705 Total current assets 1,391,290 1,258,211 Investments 312,455 316,154 Net property, plant, and equipment 4,693,770 4,676,103 Other assets 13,072 14,359 TOTAL ASSETS $ 6,410,587 $ 6,264,827 LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY Current liabilities $ 475,488 $ 449,063 Current liabilities of discontinued operations 3,249 3,210 Total current liabilities 478,737 452,273 Non-current liabilities 1,282,731 1,288,332 Non-current liabilities of discontinued operations 507 495 Long-term notes payable 80,000 80,000 Total shareholders' equity 4,568,612 4,443,727 TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY $ 6,410,587 $ 6,264,827 HELMERICH & PAYNE, INC. Unaudited (in thousands) Three Months Ended December 31 CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS 2013 2012 OPERATING ACTIVITIES: Net income $ 173,182 $ 159,603 Adjustment for loss from discontinued operations -- 8 Income from continuing operations 173,182 159,611 Depreciation 120,237 106,599 Changes in assets and liabilities 10,093 83,660 Gain on sale of assets and investment securities (5,664) (13,971) Other 7,010 6,031 Net cash provided by operating activities from continuing operations 304,858 341,930 Net cash used in operating activities from discontinued operations -- (8) Net cash provided by operating activities 304,858 341,922 INVESTING ACTIVITIES: Capital expenditures (140,643) (219,444) Proceeds from sale of assets and investment securities 7,913 25,516 Net cash used in investing activities (132,730) (193,928) FINANCING ACTIVITIES: Dividends paid (53,860) (7,432) Exercise of stock options 8,201 473 Tax withholdings related to net share settlements of restricted stock (3,049) (1,677) Excess tax benefit from stock-based compensation 10,126 5,693 Net cash used in financing activities (38,582) (2,943) Net increase in cash and cash equivalents 133,546 145,051 Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period 447,868 96,095 Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $ 581,414 $ 241,146 SEGMENT REPORTING Three Months Ended September 30 December 31 2013 2013 2012 (in thousands, except days and per day amounts) U.S. LAND OPERATIONS Revenues $ 707,893 $ 731,674 $ 696,030 Direct operating expenses 360,628 367,186 361,068 General and administrative expense 9,408 9,957 9,321 Depreciation 102,040 103,579 91,253 Segment operating income $ 235,817 $ 250,952 $ 234,388 Revenue days 22,520 23,464 21,743 Average rig revenue per day $ 29,058 $ 28,468 $ 28,040 Average rig expense per day $ 13,638 $ 12,934 $ 12,634 Average rig margin per day $ 15,420 $ 15,534 $ 15,406 Rig utilization 82% 84% 82% OFFSHORE OPERATIONS Revenues $ 54,681 $ 59,054 $ 57,718 Direct operating expenses 38,910 34,876 37,207 General and administrative expense 2,241 2,330 2,235 Depreciation 3,244 3,350 3,270 Segment operating income $ 10,286 $ 18,498 $ 15,006 Revenue days 736 736 736 Average rig revenue per day $ 60,415 $ 62,306 $ 61,936 Average rig expense per day $ 42,434 $ 34,857 $ 36,154 Average rig margin per day $ 17,981 $ 27,449 $ 25,782 Rig utilization 89% 89% 89% INTERNATIONAL LAND OPERATIONS Revenues $ 98,504 $ 95,341 $ 87,267 Direct operating expenses 73,694 71,930 68,639 General and administrative expense 986 1,000 1,039 Depreciation 9,967 9,660 8,478 Segment operating income $ 13,857 $ 12,751 $ 9,111 Revenue days 2,315 2,156 2,237 Average rig revenue per day $ 37,113 $ 38,433 $ 35,511 Average rig expense per day $ 26,479 $ 28,091 $ 27,111 Average rig margin per day $ 10,634 $ 10,342 $ 8,400 Rig utilization 87% 82% 85% Operating statistics exclude the effects of offshore platform management contracts, gains and losses from translation of foreign currency transactions, and do not include reimbursements of "out-of-pocket" expenses in revenue per day, expense per day and margin calculations. Reimbursed amounts were as follows: U.S. Land Operations $ 53,499 $ 63,700 $ 86,359 Offshore Operations $ 3,267 $ 2,766 $ 6,259 International Land Operations $ 12,587 $ 12,480 $ 7,828 Segment operating income for all segments is a non-GAAP financial measure of the Company's performance, as it excludes general and administrative expenses, corporate depreciation, income from asset sales and other corporate income and expense. The Company considers segment operating income to be an important supplemental measure of operating performance for presenting trends in the Company's core businesses. This measure is used by the Company to facilitate period-to-period comparisons in operating performance of the Company's reportable segments in the aggregate by eliminating items that affect comparability between periods. The Company believes that segment operating income is useful to investors because it provides a means to evaluate the operating performance of the segments and the Company on an ongoing basis using criteria that are used by our internal decision makers. Additionally, it highlights operating trends and aids analytical comparisons. However, segment operating income has limitations and should not be used as an alternative to operating income or loss, a performance measure determined in accordance with GAAP, as it excludes certain costs that may affect the Company's operating performance in future periods. The following table reconciles operating income per the information above to income from continuing operations before income taxes as reported on the Consolidated Statements of Income (in thousands). Three Months Ended September 30 December 31 2013 2013 2012 Operating income U.S. Land $235,817 $250,952 $234,388 Offshore 10,286 18,498 15,006 International Land 13,857 12,751 9,111 Other (1,964) (3,005) (1,635) Segment operating income $257,996 $279,196 $256,870 Corporate general and administrative (17,268) (18,956) (19,826) Other depreciation (3,000) (3,244) (2,934) Inter-segment elimination 1,121 1,371 1,218 Income from asset sales 4,385 5,664 5,219 Operating income $243,234 $264,031 $240,547 Other income (expense): Interest and dividend income 571 453 426 Interest expense (1,544) (1,194) (1,308) Gain on sale of investment securities -- -- 8,752 Other 3,186 (345) (2,084) Total other income (expense) 2,213 (1,086) 5,786 Income from continuing operations before income taxes $245 ,447 $262,945 $246,333 CONTACT: Investor Relations investor.relations@hpinc.com (918) 588-5207 Source: Helmerich & Payne, Incorporated


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