Estrella International Energy Services Ltd.

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Estrella International Energy Services Ltd.

May 04, 2014 22:33 ET

Estrella International Energy Services Ltd. Announces Filing of 2013 Annual Statements and Operational Update

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Estrella International Energy Services Ltd. ("Estrella" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:EEN) announces that it has filed its Audited Consolidated Financial Statements and the related Management's Discussion and Analysis ("MD&A") for the year-ended December 31, 2013. Copies of these documents can be found on the SEDAR website at www.sedar.com.

Carlos Valencia, the Company's CEO commented, "2013 has been a key year in the growth of Estrella. With the acquisition of SAIC, the Company became the leader in the Colombian Market and a very relevant regional player with 45 rigs. The integration of SAIC with our original Colombian Operations and with the rest of the Company is developing as planned, and the benefits of the acquisition are starting to materialize through improvements to our results. We have implemented a combined organization, merged offices and some bases, and jointly market our Rigs in the Region. We have begun the implementation of a new ERP system for the combined group that we expect to have completed by the end of the year in Colombia and roll over to the rest of countries in 2015. We set a stronger focus of the organization into key markets, by moving Bolivian and Chilean drilling assets to Argentina and are gaining important scale improving profitability significantly in this country. We improved our debt position significantly by repaying Credit Suisse Debt in full and significantly reducing the leverage of the acquired SAIC. We are very positive for 2014 as we expect all these initiatives to pay off in the form of a stronger revenue growth, leaner Opex and reduced SG&A, which we hope will result in a material increase in EBITDA for 2014."

Financial Highlights for the Year ended December 31, 2013 (all dollar amounts are US$ '000)

For the year ended December 31, 2013, Estrella's revenue increased by 108% to $132,154 ($63,536 in 2012). This increase in revenues was primarily due to the acquisition of SAIC plus rig utilization improvement for the existing rig fleet prior to acquisition.

This revenue was offset by oilfield expenses of $112,383 ($57,606 in 2012), general and administrative expenses of $12,897 ($12,590 in 2012) and interest expenses of $8,895 ($8,961 in 2011). In addition, the Company realized non-cash results totalling $19,203; these include depreciation and amortization of $23,321, an FX gain of $2,481, and a gain on bargain purchase related to SAIC's acquisition of $1,637 impairment. As the result of the forgoing and other income of $1,142, transaction expenses related to the acquisition of SAIC of $2,116 and an income tax recovery of $1,011, the Company recorded a net loss for the year of $21,287 or ($7,42) per common share ($14,53 in 2012).

Rig utilization for the year increased to 55% in 2013 (46% in 2012). The utilization in Argentina of Drilling Rigs increased to 75% (58% in 2012), with strong increase of fleet as 2 rigs were mobilized to Argentina, the first one from Chile in Q4 2012 and the second from Bolivia in Q3 2013. The 3 rig drilling fleet is now under contract and the utilization has not been higher due to start-up preparation of the rigs for new multiyear contracts with YPF. As of today the 3 rigs are under contract, but during 2013 most of the improvements came from rig 1201, while improvements from rig 1001 are expected to materialize in 2014. With respect to the workover fleet in Argentina, the utilization remained strong.

In Colombia, utilization of rigs for the 2013 was 62% (23% in 2012). The higher utilization was driven by the acquisition of SAIC which increased the fleet of drilling rigs in Colombia to 23 (3 in 2012). Work Over rigs improved the utilization to 33% (22% in 2012), but remain a commercial challenge for the firm. A new multi-rig contract was signed with Oxy in Q1, this will increase utilization of the workover fleet in Colombia materially starting Q2 2014. Peru's WO fleet had a 83% utilization (48% in 2012) with the 2 rigs on contract. An additional rig has been moved from Colombia to Peru starting to work in Q2 2014, hence our expectation of improvements for year 2014.

E&P services revenue reached $16,341, representing 12.4% of revenues. This business is composed principally of the cementing business in Colombia acquired with SAIC and the directional drilling business in Argentina, both business with high growth potential.

Operational Update for 2013 and Q1 2014 (all dollar amounts are US$ '000)

In Argentina, Rig 1001 has been mobilized from Bolivia, and has started operation on a 5+1 year contract for YPF in the Neuquen basin. This brings Estrella's rig count in Argentina to 6, all of which are operating on long term contracts.

In Peru, Rig 202 has been mobilized from Colombia and will enter operations alongside Rigs 201 and 204, in Talara. Rig has won a bid for a 5-month contract. Several customers are requiring the service of our rigs in Talara, which we expect to drive our price and profitability upwards.

In Colombia, the following contract extensions and awards have been received:

  • Drilling rig 2027, a key 2000 HP AC rig in the fleet, has been extended for 2 years through to April 2016 and rig 2031 is in a 5 year leased contract in Argentina.

  • Drilling rigs 707, 909 and 910 have all been awarded a one year contract extension, while 722 got a 2 year extension with Pacific Rubiales.

  • Drilling rigs 7011, 733, 1008, 1232, 1516, 1517, 1523 and 1724 are also operational with recent contract awards and / or renewals.

  • Oxy has awarded a 1-year, 6 workover rigs contract to Estrella for La Cira Infantes field. There are also plans to increase the fleet awarded in the next months; this contract will utilize as minimum 42% of Colombia's workover fleet.

  • We have done significant workover jobs within the scope of our contract to manage some of Ecopetrol's marginal fields in our JV with Skanska and we expect this activity to continue growing.

  • We are investing in the overhaul of rig 2029, a 2000 Hp rig that has been cold-stacked for 2 years, and is expected to start operations in Q2 2014

1 Leased rig for a 6 month contract

During Q1, 2014 the utilization of the Colombian fleet was of 62% for drilling rigs, and 13% for workover rigs.

The utilization for Estrella's entire rig fleet in Q1 in Latin America was of 51% (64% for drilling and 33% for workover).

The Company is also seeing strong activity from our Directional Drilling business in Argentina for the first Quarter of 2014, with an average of 6.7 jobs per month (3.7 in 2013) and 52 days per month invoiced (36 in 2013). Activity in the country is expected to continue to strengthen during the 2014 calendar year.

Finally, the Company is currently reviewing some growth opportunities, rig additions and small acquisitions, which may result in additional revenue and EBITDA improvements for 2014. The Company expects to secure these opportunities in the coming months and fund them with a combination of additional debt and a capital increase on the Company.

About Estrella

Estrella is an oil and natural gas, geothermal and mining service company with operations throughout Latin America. It provides conventional drilling services, directional drilling services, tools and equipment sales and rentals, work-over services and consulting and engineering services. The Corporation is headquartered in Buenos Aires, Argentina and has operating locations in six countries of Latin and South America.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release may contain forward-looking statements which reflect management's expectations regarding future growth, results of operations, performance and business prospects of Estrella. These forward-looking statements may relate to, among other things, forecasts or expectations regarding business outlook for Estrella, commodity prices for oil and natural gas, oil and natural gas demand and production growth, debt service requirements for Estrella, improvements in operating procedures and technology, capital expenditures by Estrella and the oil and gas industry, the business strategies of Estella's customers, future global economic conditions, and future results of operations, expectations regarding the Corporation's ability to raise capital, realization of the anticipated benefits of acquisitions and dispositions, revenue growth, future acquisitions, generation of cash flow, and may also include other statements that are predictive in nature, or that depend upon or refer to future events or conditions, and can generally be identified by words such as "may", "will", "expects", "anticipates", "intends", "plans", "believes", "estimates", "guidance" or similar expressions. In addition, any statements that refer to expectations, projections or other characterizations of future events or circumstances are forward-looking statements. These statements are not historical facts or guarantees of future performance, but instead represent management's current expectations, estimates and projections regarding future events.

The reader is cautioned that assumptions used in the preparation of any forward-looking information may prove to be incorrect. Events or circumstances, such as future availability of capital on favourable terms, may cause actual results to differ materially from those predicted, as a result of numerous known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors, many of which are beyond the control of Estrella. The reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking information. Such information, although considered reasonable by management at the time of preparation, may prove to be incorrect and actual results may differ materially from those anticipated. Forward-looking statements contained in this press release are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made as of the date of this press release, and Estrella does not undertake any obligation to update publicly or to revise any of the included forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by securities law.

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Contact Information

  • Estrella International Energy Services Ltd.
    Carlos Valencia
    Chief Executive Officer
    +54 (11) 5217-5250 / +57 1 622-6788
    +54 (11) 5217-5280 (FAX)

    Estrella International Energy Services Ltd.
    Javier Vedoya
    Chief Financial Officer
    +54 (11) 5217-5250 / +57 1 622-6788
    +54 (11) 5217-5280 (FAX)
    info@estrellasp.com
    www.estrellasp.com