Savanna Energy Services Corp.
TSX : SVY

Savanna Energy Services Corp.

August 10, 2009 17:42 ET

Savanna Energy Services Corp. Announces Q2 2009 Results

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Aug. 10, 2009) - Savanna Energy Services Corp. ("Savanna" or "the Company") (TSX:SVY) is an oilfield services company operating in North America. The Company's overall business is conducted through two major divisions: contract drilling and oilfield services.



FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS
(Stated in thousands of dollars, except per share amounts)

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Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
June 30, 2009 2008 Change 2009 2008 Change
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$ $ $ $
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OPERATING RESULTS
Revenue 27,045 48,990 (45%) 120,839 198,150 (39%)
Operating expenses 26,627 43,365 (39%) 97,188 138,461 (30%)
Operating margin(1) 418 5,625 (93%) 23,651 59,689 (60%)
Net earnings(2) (8,899) (6,550) 36% (5,290) 19,035 (128%)
Per share: basic(2) (0.14) (0.11) 27% (0.09) 0.32 (128%)
Per share:
diluted(2) (0.14) (0.11) 27% (0.09) 0.32 (128%)
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CASH FLOWS
Operating cash flows
before changes in
working capital (1) (4,441) (613) 624% 12,327 47,393 (74%)
Cash paid on
acquisitions and on
the purchase of
property, equipment,
intangibles and
other assets (11,973) (77,132) (84%) (38,601) (98,175) (61%)
Dividends paid (1,474) (1,485) (1%) (2,948) (2,967) (1%)
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Jun-30 Dec-31
FINANCIAL POSITION AT 2009 2008 Change
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$ $
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Working capital(1) 33,399 87,680 (62%)
Property and equipment(2) 901,099 889,158 1%
Total assets(2) 974,192 1,038,231 (6%)
Long-term debt 50,872 202,274 (75%)
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OPERATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

The downturn in the North American oil and gas industry continued to have a negative effect on the Company's operations in Q2 2009. The decrease in demand for oilfield services led to a decrease in operating days and hours in the drilling and oilfield services divisions respectively compared to Q2 2008.

On June 3, 2009 the Company issued 20.1 million common shares at a price of $6.30 per share for gross proceeds of $126.8 million by way of private placement on a bought-deal basis with a syndicate of underwriters. Proceeds from the share issue were used to pay down long-term debt. At June 30, 2009 Savanna had total long-term debt of $50.9 million outstanding and Savanna's net debt(1) position was $17.5 million.

In June 2009 Savanna entered into a contract with a large U.S. based multi-service provider to deploy 4 drilling rigs into the Chicontepec region in central eastern Mexico. The rigs are expected to be operational in Mexico by mid August 2009 and are contracted to work at a utilization rate of 100% for an initial term estimated at 18 months with an extension option. This represents the first expansion of Savanna's operations beyond Canada and the United States, however it is anticipated that the Company will continue to expand its international presence moving forward.



EQUIPMENT FLEET
The following table outlines the Company's drilling and service rig fleet by
type of rig:

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DRILLING RIGS
Heavy and ultra-heavy telescoping
doubles 45 45 -
Hybrid drilling 46 46 -
Triples 2 2 -
Pipe-arm single 1 1 -
Conventional shallow/surface/coring 9 9 -
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Total drilling rigs (gross) 103 103 -
Total drilling rigs (net)(i) 99 99 -
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SERVICE RIGS
Service rigs 66 60 6
Coil tubing service units 8 8 -
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Total service rigs (gross) 74 68 6
Total service rigs (net)(i) 72 65.5 6.5
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(i) 8 drilling rigs and 4 service rigs (2008 - 8 drilling rigs and 5 service
rigs) were owned in 50/50 limited partnerships at June 30, 2009.


Excluded from the table above are 4 additional drilling rigs Savanna has committed to construct. These heavy-duty double drilling rigs, along with additional drill pipe and other equipment to support the existing fleet, are expected to cost $49 million. To the end of June 2009, $43 million had been expended on these rigs. The remaining capital expenditures will be funded from cash flows generated from operations, working capital and/or existing debt facilities, and all equipment should be ready for deployment by Q3 2009. The Company also has a substantial inventory of drilling and well servicing-related rental assets and support equipment, as well as a machining and pipe-inspection facility.



The following outlines the Company's deployment of its drilling and service
rig fleet by geographic location:

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Drilling Rigs
Alberta 73 77 (4)
British Columbia 1 - 1
Saskatchewan 13 11 2
Manitoba - 1 (1)
United States 16 14 2
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Total drilling rigs 103 103 -
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Service Rigs
Alberta 51 58 (7)
Saskatchewan 17 6 11
United States 6 4 2
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Total service rigs 74 68 6
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In June 2009 Savanna entered into a contract to move 4 drilling rigs into the Chicontepec region of central eastern Mexico. The rigs to be supplied under this agreement are mid-depth telescoping double drilling rigs, representing the core conventional platform within Savanna. The rigs will require minor modifications to allow them to work effectively in this region of Mexico which along with additional required equipment are expected to cost less than $6 million. Of the four rigs that are mobilizing to Mexico, 2 will be relocated from the current U.S. fleet and 2 will be delivered from the previously described 4 rig new build program. The rigs are expected to be operational in Mexico by mid August 2009 at which time Savanna will operate 4 drilling rigs in Mexico, 14 in the U.S. and 87 in Canada. With the 2 additional new builds being delivered in Q3 2009, Savanna will operate a total fleet of 107 drilling rigs by the end of the next quarter.



CONTRACT DRILLING
(Stated in thousands of dollars, except revenue per hour)
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Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
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Revenue $ 17,943 $ 37,240 (52%) $ 92,528 $ 159,549 (42%)
Operating
expenses $ 18,298 $ 34,147 (46%) $ 73,757 $ 112,843 (35%)
Operating
margin(1) $ (355) $ 3,093 (111%) $ 18,771 $ 46,706 (60%)
Number of
operating
days(i) 974 1,816 (46%) 4,388 7,444 (41%)
Revenue per
operating day $ 18,422 $ 20,507 (10%) $ 21,087 $ 21,433 (2%)
Number of spud
to release
days(i)(ii) 896 1,624 (45%) 3,752 6,098 (38%)
Wells drilled (ii) 116 291 (60%) 980 1,740 (44%)
Total meters
drilled (ii) 202,671 386,161 (48%) 997,847 1,659,410 (40%)
Utilization
- Canada (ii) 5% 15% (67%) 18% 37% (51%)
Utilization
- U.S. (ii) 37% 73% (49%) 46% 68% (32%)
Canadian
industry average
utilization(iii) 11% 19% (42%) 23% 37% (38%)
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(i) The number of operating days and number of spud to release days are
all on a net basis which means only Savanna's proportionate share of
any rigs held in 50/50 limited partnerships have been included.
(ii) Savanna reports its rig utilization based on spud to release time for
the rigs and excludes moving, rig up and tear down time, even though
revenue is earned during this time. Savanna's rig utilization, spud to
release days, wells drilled and total meters drilled exclude coring
delineation rigs as the operating environment is not comparable to the
Company's other drilling rigs. However, these rigs are included in
total fleet numbers.
(iii) Source of industry figures: Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling
Contractors.


Q2 is normally a period of low activity given that the majority of the Company's operations are carried out in regions of Canada that are affected by spring break-up. As the ground thaws in the spring, road bans are often placed on secondary roads to limit movement of heavy equipment until they are dry enough to support the equipment. Coupled with that and with the continued downturn in the North American oil and gas industry, the number of operating days and day rates decreased in the second quarter of 2009 compared to the same period in 2008 lowering overall revenue quarter over quarter despite the Company having a larger and more geographically diverse fleet. In Q2 2009 Savanna averaged a deployed fleet of 99 net rigs and exited the quarter with the same number compared to Q2 2008 when the Company operated an average fleet of 95 net rigs, exiting that quarter with 99 net rigs.

Although it does not at first glance appear as such, operating costs decreased in Q2 2009 versus Q1 2009. Ignoring the effect of decreased day rates, variable operating costs per day as a percentage of revenue are consistent with Q2 2008; however the fixed portion of operating costs at current lower activity levels has had a greater impact on overall operating costs in Q2 2009. These costs are more difficult to reduce while maintaing the Company's core operating capacity. The primary reasons for the improvement were the internal salary and wage roll backs of 2% to 26% for all non-rig related employees implemented on April 1, 2009 and the decreased wage levels recommended by the CAODC for the rig related employees which became effective on May 1, 2009. However, the decrease in activity and day rates more than offset the improvements in operating costs lowering overall margins quarter over quarter.

On a year to date basis, downward pricing pressure, decreased industry activity and relatively high operating costs in the first quarter of 2009 reduced operating margins compared to the six months ended June 30, 2008. In Q1 2009 operating costs continued at levels seen through the second half of 2008. During this period in 2008 operating costs rose as a result of labour cost increases, fuel cost increases and increases in the cost of materials and other consumables used in running and maintaining the drilling rigs. Savanna took measures in Q2 2009 to reduce operating costs to more closely align these costs with the decreased operating activity and is continuing to address operating costs in the face of activity levels going forward.



OILFIELD SERVICES
(Stated in thousands of dollars, except revenue per hour)
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Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
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Revenue $ 8,959 $ 11,437 (22%) $28,005 $36,352 (23%)
Operating expenses $ 8,329 $ 9,218 (10%) $23,431 $24,118 (3%)
Operating margin(1) $ 630 $ 2,219 (72%) $ 4,574 $12,234 (63%)
Number of operating
hours(i) 11,470 15,994 (28%) 34,451 46,529 (26%)
Revenue per hour $ 639 $ 715 (11%) $ 694 $ 781 (11%)
Utilization
- Canada (ii) 15% 30% (50%) 26% 46% (43%)
Utilization
- U.S. (ii) 58% 44% 32% 55% 44% 25%
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(i) The number of operating hours is on a net basis which means only
Savanna's proportionate share of any rigs held in 50/50 limited
partnerships has been included.
(ii) Utilization is based on standard hours of 3,650 per rig per year. The
utilization rate excludes the coiled tubing service units since these
units are not comparable in size or operations to the division's
service rigs. Industry average utilization figures, specific to well
servicing, are not available.


Included in the revenue for the three months ended June 30, 2009 is $1.6 million related to the rental assets acquired late in Q3 2008. For the year to date, rental asset revenue is $4.1 million; this revenue is excluded from the per hour revenue calculations above.

The downturn in the North American oil and gas industry also resulted in a decrease in the oilfield services division's revenue and operating hours for Q2 2009 compared to the same period in 2008. The decrease in demand for oilfield services is reflected in the lower number of hours and lower hourly rate compared to Q2 2008.

As with the drilling division, ignoring the effect of decreased hourly rates, variable operating costs per day as a percentage of revenue are consistent with Q2 2008; however the fixed portion of operating costs at current lower activity levels has had a greater impact on overall operating costs in Q2 2009. These costs are more difficult to reduce while maintaining the Company's core operating capacity. The primary reason for the improvement from the first quarter of 2009 was the internal salary and wage roll backs of 2% to 26% for all non-rig related employees implemented on April 1, 2009. However, the decrease in activity and rates more than offset the improvements in operating costs, lowering overall margins in Q2 2009 compared to Q2 2008.

In Q2 2009 the oilfield services division's fleet size averaged 66 (64 net) service rigs, 8 coiled tubing service units and 34 boilers, compared to Q2 2008 when the division operated an average of 57 (54.5 net) service rigs, 8 coiled tubing service units, and 34 boilers. The oilfield services division exited the quarter with 66 (64 net) service rigs, 8 coiled tubing service units, and 34 boilers.

As with the drilling division, on a year to date basis downward pricing pressure and decreased industry activity have negatively affected the division's operating results. In addition, Q1 2009 operating costs continued at levels seen through the second half of 2008 which rose in that period due to labour cost increases, fuel cost increases and increases in the cost of materials and other consumables used in running and maintaining the well servicing rigs. As a result operating margins are down from the six months ended June 30, 2008. Savanna has taken measures to reduce operating costs to more closely align these costs with the decreased operating activity and is continuing to address operating costs in the face of activity levels going forward.



OTHER FINANCIAL INFORMATION
(Stated in thousands of dollars)
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Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
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General and
administrative
expenses $ 4,880 $ 5,167 (6%) $10,274 $ 8,924 15%
as a % of revenue 18.0% 10.5% 71% 8.5% 4.5% 89%
Depreciation and
amortization(2) $ 5,373 $ 6,370 (16%) $15,481 $18,443 (16%)
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The decrease in general and administrative expenses in Q2 2009 compared with Q2 2008 is primarily a result of the salary and wage roll backs of 2% to 26% for all non-rig related employees implemented on April 1, 2009. The increase as a percentage of revenue in the second quarter of 2009 compared to the same period in 2008 is due then to the decrease in revenues quarter over quarter. On a year to date basis, the increase reflects Savanna's expansion into new markets over the last twelve months.

Effective January 1, 2009, depreciation of well servicing rigs was changed to reflect an estimated useful life of 24,000 operating hours and a 20% salvage value. These rigs were previously depreciated on a straight-line basis over 10 to 15 years with a 20% salvage value. The change, while not material, has been accounted for on a retrospective basis and more closely aligns the depreciation policies with those of the Company's drilling rigs which are depreciated based on operating days. The effect of the change on individual financial line items is detailed in Note 2 of this press release. Therefore, the overall decrease in depreciation and amortization for the three and six months ended June 30, 2009 compared to the same periods in 2008 is primarily a result of the decrease in activity, as a large portion of the Company's assets are depreciated based on operating days or hours.

FINANCIAL CONDITION AND LIQUIDITY

On June 3, 2009 the Company issued 20.1 million common shares at a price of $6.30 per share for gross proceeds of $126.8 million by way of private placement on a bought-deal basis with a syndicate of underwriters. The proceeds from the private placement share issue along with cash received on the collection of accounts receivable were used to pay down the outstanding balance on the Company's term revolving credit facility. As a result, Savanna's net debt(1) position at June 30, 2009 was $17.5 million.

QUARTERLY RESULTS

In addition to other market factors, quarterly results of Savanna are markedly affected by weather patterns throughout its operating area in Canada. Historically, the first quarter of the calendar year is very active, followed by a much slower second quarter. As a result of this, the variation on a quarterly basis, particularly in the first and second quarters, can be dramatic year-over-year independent of other demand factors. The following is a summary of selected financial information of the Company for the last eight completed quarters.



Summary of Quarterly Results
(Stated in thousands of dollars, except per share amounts)
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Three Months Ended Jun-30 Mar-31 Dec-31 Sep-30
2009 2009 2008 2008
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Revenue 27,045 93,794 139,746 122,205
Operating expenses 26,627 70,561 98,152 84,207
Operating margin(1) 418 23,233 41,594 37,998
Operating margin %(1) 2% 25% 30% 31%
Net earnings (loss)(2) (8,899) 3,609 (310,980) 11,285
Per share: basic(2) (0.14) 0.06 (5.26) 0.19
Per share: diluted(2) (0.14) 0.06 (5.26) 0.19
Total assets(2) 974,192 1,019,841 1,038,231 1,306,339
Long-term debt 50,872 176,501 202,274 183,301
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Three Months Ended Jun-30 Mar-31 Dec-31 Sept-30
2008 2008 2007 2007
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$ $ $ $
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Revenue 48,990 149,160 101,804 93,735
Operating expenses 43,365 95,097 68,156 58,111
Operating margin(1) 5,625 54,063 33,648 35,624
Operating margin %(1) 11% 36% 33% 38%
Net earnings (loss)(2) (6,550) 25,585 (125,637) 12,638
Per share: basic(2) (0.11) 0.43 (2.11) 0.21
Per share: diluted(2) (0.11) 0.43 (2.11) 0.21
Total assets(2) 1,234,481 1,243,159 1,180,166 1,299,006
Long-term debt 125,423 119,428 58,218 44,510
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OUTLOOK

Although the industry is uncertain with respect to the demand and prices of oil and gas for the remainder of 2009, and Savanna is certainly not immune to pricing or utilization pressures caused by the industry slow-down, Savanna believes it is well positioned with its high quality people and equipment, leading-edge technology and First Nations partnerships to manage the variable conditions facing the oilfield services industry.

In June 2009 the Company began its first expansion of its operations beyond Canada and the United States by signing an 18 month contract in Mexico for 4 drilling rigs that are expected to begin operating in August 2009. All costs relating to mobilization of the rigs into Mexico from the U.S./Mexico border will be borne by the operator. Similarly, demobilization of the rigs, if any, will result in delivery of the rigs to the U.S. as well. Given Savanna's intention to expand both its U.S. and international operations, this flexibility will be advantageous.

Notes:

(1) Operating margin, operating cash flows before changes in working capital, and working capital are not recognized measures under GAAP, and are unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. Management believes that, in addition to net earnings, the measures described above are useful as they provide an indication of the results generated by the Company's principal business activities prior to consideration of how those activities are financed and how the results are taxed in various jurisdictions.

- Operating margin is defined as revenue less operating expenses.

- Operating margin percent is defined as revenue less operating expenses divided by revenue.

- Operating cash flows before changes in working capital is defined as cash flows from operating activities before changes in non-cash working capital.

- Working capital is defined as total current assets less total current liabilities excluding the current portions of long-term debt.

- Net debt is defined as long-term debt, including the current portions thereof, less working capital

(2) Effective January 1, 2009, depreciation of well servicing rigs was changed to reflect an estimated useful life of 24,000 operating hours and a 20% salvage value. These rigs were previously depreciated on a straight-line basis over 10 to 15 years with a 20% salvage value. The change in methodology was made to provide more relevant information by depreciating the assets based on usage rather than straight-line over a set number of years as such a depreciation policy did not properly match the economic usage of the well servicing rigs. The change, while not material, has been accounted for on a retrospective basis and more closely aligns the depreciation policies with those of the Company's drilling rigs which are depreciated based on operating days. As a result of the change, the following increases (decreases) to financial statement line items occurred:



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$ $ $ $ $ $ $
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Depreciat-
ion and
amortizat-
ion
expense (1,208) (719) (1,880) (242) (74) - -
Future
income tax
expense 338 219 526 74 23 - -
Net
earnings 870 500 1,354 168 51 - -
Per share:
basic 0.01 0.01 0.02 - - - -
Per
diluted
share 0.01 0.01 0.02 - - - -
Comprehen-
sive income 870 500 1,354 168 51 - -
Retained
earnings
(deficit) - - - - 51 1,813 459
Property
and
equipment - - - - 74 2,529 649
Future
income tax
liability (338) (219) (526) (74) (23) (716) (190)
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CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS (LOSS)
(Unaudited - Stated in thousands of dollars, except per share amounts)

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REVENUE
Sales and services 27,045 48,990 120,839 198,150
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EXPENSES
Operating 26,627 43,365 97,188 138,461
General and administrative 4,880 5,167 10,274 8,924
Stock-based compensation 1,236 931 2,141 1,967
Depreciation and
amortization(2) 5,373 6,370 15,481 18,443
Interest on long-term debt 1,330 1,442 2,975 2,964
Other income (203) (190) (398) (82)
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39,243 57,085 127,661 170,677
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EARNINGS (LOSS) BEFORE INCOME
TAXES(2) (12,198) (8,095) (6,822) 27,473
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INCOME TAXES
Current (383) 7 (287) 889
Future(2) (2,916) (1,552) (1,245) 7,549
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(3,299) (1,545) (1,532) 8,438
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NET EARNINGS (LOSS)(2) (8,899) (6,550) (5,290) 19,035
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NET EARNINGS (LOSS) PER SHARE
Basic - net earnings (loss)(2) (0.14) (0.11) (0.09) 0.32
Diluted - net earnings
(loss)(2) (0.14) (0.11) (0.09) 0.32
Weighted average number of
shares outstanding (000s) 64,925 59,337 61,939 59,303
Diluted weighted average
number of shares outstanding (000s) 64,925 59,477 61,939 59,308
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CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF RETAINED EARNINGS (DEFICIT)
(Unaudited - Stated in thousands of dollars)

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Retained earnings (deficit),
beginning of period(2) (116,825) 191,729 (118,960) 167,626
Dividends (1,474) (1,485) (2,948) (2,967)
Net earnings (loss)(2) (8,899) (6,550) (5,290) 19,035
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Retained earnings (deficit), end of
period(2) (127,198) 183,694 (127,198) 183,694
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CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Unaudited - Stated in thousands of dollars)

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Jun-30 Dec-31
2009 2008
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$ $
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ASSETS
Current
Cash 14,468 4,178
Accounts receivable 32,712 113,325
Income taxes receivable 4,450 7,420
Inventory 4,771 6,032
Prepaid expenses and deposits 885 1,877
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57,286 132,832
Notes receivable 7,350 7,350
Property and equipment(2) 901,099 889,158
Intangibles and other assets 8,457 8,891
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974,192 1,038,231
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LIABILITIES
Current
Bank indebtedness 15 585
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities 23,872 44,567
Current portion of long-term debt 11,035 18,056
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34,922 63,208
Deferred net revenue 1,647 1,647
Long-term debt 39,837 184,218
Future income taxes(2) 77,765 80,484
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154,171 329,557
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SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
Share capital 911,902 789,841
Contributed surplus 18,610 16,483
Deficit(2) (127,198) (118,960)
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803,314 687,364
Accumulated other comprehensive income 16,707 21,310
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820,021 708,674
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974,192 1,038,231
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CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(Unaudited - Stated in thousands of dollars)

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CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES
Net earnings (loss)(2) (8,899) (6,550) (5,290) 19,035
Items not affecting cash:
Stock-based compensation 1,236 931 2,141 1,967
Depreciation and amortization(2) 5,373 6,370 15,481 18,443
Amortization of other assets 571 252 1,096 439
Future income taxes(2) (2,916) (1,552) (1,245) 7,549
Unrealized foreign exchange gain - (254) - (254)
Loss on disposal of assets 194 190 144 214
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(4,441) (613) 12,327 47,393
Change in non-cash working capital 30,469 66,377 66,355 (17,882)
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Cash flows from operations 26,028 65,764 78,682 29,511
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CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES
Shares issued, net of share issue
costs 120,223 1,586 120,223 1,865
Shares repurchased - - - (4,137)
Issuance of long-term debt - 60,351 - 130,351
Repayment of long-term debt (117,890) (54,103) (145,592) (62,893)
Dividends paid (1,474) (1,485) (2,948) (2,967)
Change in working capital related
to financing activities - 3 - (3)
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Cash flows from (used in) financing
activities 859 6,352 (28,317) 62,216
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CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES
Purchase of property and equipment (11,847) (69,905) (37,574) (86,724)
Proceeds on disposal of assets 671 869 846 988
Cash paid on acquisitions, net of
cash acquired - - - (3,504)
Purchase of intangibles and other
assets (126) (7,227) (1,027) (7,560)
Change in working capital related
to investing activities (3,278) 1,412 (1,750) 1,070
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Cash flows used in investing
activities (14,580) (74,851) (39,505) (95,730)
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INCREASE (DECREASE) IN CASH, NET OF
BANK INDEBTEDNESS 12,307 (2,735) 10,860 (4,003)
CASH, NET OF BANK INDEBTEDNESS,
BEGINNING OF PERIOD 2,146 (9,200) 3,593 (7,932)
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CASH, NET OF BANK INDEBTEDNESS, END
OF PERIOD 14,453 (11,935) 14,453 (11,935)
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CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)
(Unaudited - Stated in thousands of dollars)

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NET EARNINGS (LOSS)(2) (8,899) (6,550) (5,290) 19,035

OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)
Foreign currency translation
adjustment (13,531) - (9,600) -
Unrealized foreign exchange gain on
net investment hedge, net of tax
of $813 6,926 - 4,997 -
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COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)(2) (15,504) (6,550) (9,893) 19,035
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CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF ACCUMULATED OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
(Unaudited - Stated in thousands of dollars)

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Accumulated other comprehensive
income, beginning of period 23,312 - 21,310 -
Other comprehensive loss (6,605) - (4,603) -
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Accumulated other comprehensive
income, end of period 16,707 - 16,707 -
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SEGMENTED INFORMATION

(Unaudited - Stated in thousands of dollars)

The Company's reportable operating segments, as determined by management, are strategic operating units that offer different products and services. The Company has three reportable operating segments: corporate, services, and drilling.

The corporate segment provides management and administrative services to all its subsidiaries and their respective operations.

The services segment provides well servicing services and rental equipment to the oil and gas industry.

The drilling segment provides primarily contract drilling services to the oil and gas industry through both conventional and hybrid drilling rigs.



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For the three months ended June 30, 2009
Corporate Services Drilling Total
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REVENUE
Oilfield services - 8,959 17,943 26,902
Other - 34 109 143
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- 8,993 18,052 27,045
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OPERATING COSTS
Oilfield services - 8,329 18,298 26,627
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REVENUE LESS OPERATING COSTS - 664 (246) 418
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Depreciation and amortization(2) 396 1,800 3,177 5,373
Interest on long-term debt 1,162 80 88 1,330
Earnings before income taxes(2) (6,260) (1,248) (4,690) (12,198)
Total assets(2) 280,529 122,964 570,699 974,192
Goodwill - - - -
Capital assets(2),(i) 22,899 165,715 720,942 909,556
Capital expenditures(ii) 207 661 11,105 11,973
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For the three months ended June 30, 2008
Corporate Services Drilling Total
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$ $ $ $
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REVENUE
Oilfield services - 11,437 37,240 48,677
Other 10 23 280 313
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10 11,460 37,520 48,990
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OPERATING COSTS
Oilfield services - 9,218 34,147 43,365
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REVENUE LESS OPERATING COSTS 10 2,242 3,373 5,625
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Depreciation and amortization(2) 214 1,772 4,384 6,370
Interest on long-term debt 1,065 37 340 1,442
Earnings before income taxes(2) (5,673) (159) (2,263) (8,095)
Total assets(2) 279,660 108,036 846,785 1,234,481
Goodwill - 15,789 293,836 309,625
Capital assets(2),(i) 18,845 136,092 679,654 834,591
Capital expenditures(ii) 1,072 9,304 66,756 77,132
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The Company operates in two different geographical areas, the breakdown of
which is as follows:

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For the three months 2009 2008
ended June 30, Canada U.S. Total Canada U.S. Total
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$ $ $ $ $ $
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Revenue 14,687 12,358 27,045 34,733 14,257 48,990
Total assets(2) 800,526 173,666 974,192 1,119,559 114,922 1,234,481
Goodwill - - - 309,625 - 309,625
Capital assets(2),(i) 745,192 164,364 909,556 722,753 111,838 834,591
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(i) Capital assets include property and equipment, intangibles, and other
assets.
(ii) Capital expenditures include the purchase of capital assets and capital
assets acquired through business acquisitions in exchange for cash.


SEGMENTED INFORMATION
(Unaudited - Stated in thousands of dollars)
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For the six months 2009
ended June 30, Corporate Services Drilling Total
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$ $ $ $
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REVENUE
Oilfield services - 28,005 92,528 120,533
Rig sales - - - -
Other - 79 227 306
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- 28,084 92,755 120,839
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OPERATING COSTS
Oilfield services - 23,431 73,757 97,188
Rig sales - - - -
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- 23,431 73,757 97,188
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REVENUE LESS OPERATING COSTS - 4,653 18,998 23,651
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Depreciation and amortization(2) 722 4,322 10,437 15,481
Interest on long-term debt 2,677 109 189 2,975
Earnings before income taxes(2) (13,431) 540 6,069 (6,822)
Total assets(2) 280,529 122,964 570,699 974,192
Goodwill - - - -
Capital assets(2),(i) 22,899 165,715 720,942 909,556
Capital expenditures(ii) 2,622 2,388 33,591 38,601
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For the six months 2008
ended June 30, Corporate Services Drilling Total
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$ $ $ $
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REVENUE
Oilfield services - 36,352 159,549 195,901
Rig sales - 1,600 - 1,600
Other 10 38 601 649
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10 37,990 160,150 198,150
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OPERATING COSTS
Oilfield services - 24,118 112,843 136,961
Rig sales - 1,500 - 1,500
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- 25,618 112,843 138,461
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REVENUE LESS OPERATING COSTS 10 12,372 47,307 59,689
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Depreciation and amortization(2) 395 4,545 13,503 18,443
Interest on long-term debt 2,213 128 623 2,964
Earnings before income taxes(2) (10,969) 6,446 31,996 27,473
Total assets(2) 279,660 108,036 846,785 1,234,481
Goodwill - 15,789 293,836 309,625
Capital assets(2),(i) 18,845 136,092 679,654 834,591
Capital expenditures(ii) 2,584 11,881 83,710 98,175
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For the six months 2009 2008
ended June 30, Canada U.S. Total Canada U.S. Total
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$ $ $ $ $ $
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Revenue 87,674 33,165 120,839 171,462 26,688 198,150
Total assets(2) 800,526 173,666 974,192 1,119,559 114,922 1,234,481
Goodwill - - - 309,625 - 309,625
Capital assets(2),(i) 745,192 164,364 909,556 722,753 111,838 834,591
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(i) Capital assets include property and equipment, intangibles, and other
assets.
(ii) Capital expenditures include the purchase of capital assets and capital
assets acquired through business acquisitions in exchange for cash.


Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Information and Statements

Certain statements and information contained in this press release including statements related to the Company's 2009 capital expenditures, the expected timing of operations commencing in Mexico, international and domestic growth opportunities, the Company's ability to fund capital expenditures, and statements that contain words such as "could", "should", "can", "anticipate", "expect", "believe", "will", "may", "likely", "estimate", "predict", "potential", "continue", "maintain", "retain", "grow", and similar expressions and statements relating to matters that are not historical facts may constitute "forward-looking information" within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation and "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

These statements are based on certain assumptions and analysis made by the Company in light of its experience and its perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments, as well as other factors it believes are appropriate in the circumstances. In particular, the Company's expectation of improving margins for the remainder of 2009, coupled with retaining adequate personnel for the eventual return of more favorable industry activity while aligning its cost structure with depressed industry activity, is premised on the pricing of the Company's services remaining at or improving from present levels in respect of improving margins and the lack of mobility of its personnel to other industries at this time in respect of the retention of personnel. Whether actual results, performance or achievements will conform to the Company's expectations and predictions is subject to a number of known and unknown risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from the Company's expectations. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: fluctuations in the price and demand for oil and natural gas; fluctuations in the level of oil and natural gas exploration and development activities; fluctuations in the demand for well servicing and contract drilling; the effects of weather conditions on operations and facilities; the existence of competitive operating risks inherent in well servicing and contract drilling; general economic, market or business conditions; changes in laws or regulations, including taxation, environmental and currency regulations; the lack of availability of qualified personnel or management; the other risk factors set forth under the heading "Risks and Uncertainties" in the Company's 2008 Annual Report and under the heading "Risk Factors" in the Company's 2008 Annual Information Form; and other unforeseen conditions which could impact on the use of services supplied by the Company.

Consequently, all of the forward-looking information and statements made in this press release are qualified by this cautionary statement and there can be no assurance that the actual results or developments anticipated by the Company will be realized or, even if substantially realized, that they will have the expected consequences to or effects on the Company or its business or operations. Except as may be required by law, the Company assumes no obligation to update publicly any such forward-looking information and statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

OTHER

Savanna will host a conference call for analysts, investors and interested parties on Tuesday, August 11, 2009 at 2 p.m. Mountain Time (4 p.m. Eastern Time) to discuss the Company's first quarter results. The call will be hosted by Ken Mullen, Savanna's President and Chief Executive Officer and Darcy Draudson, Vice President Finance and Chief Financial Officer.

If you wish to participate in this conference call, please call 1-888-892-3255 (for participants in North America). Please call at least 10 minutes ahead of time.

A replay of the call will be available until August 17, 2009 by dialing 1-800-937-6305 and entering passcode 241469.

Savanna Energy Services Corp. is a leading North American contract drilling and oilfield services company providing a broad range of drilling, well servicing and related services with a focus on fit for purpose technologies for the North American market and industry-leading aboriginal relationships.
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Contact Information

  • Savanna Energy Services Corp.
    Ken Mullen
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    (403) 503-9990
    or
    Savanna Energy Services Corp.
    Darcy Draudson
    Vice President Finance and Chief Financial Officer
    (403) 503-9990
    (403) 267-6729 (FAX)