EXPRO GROUP HOLDINGS N.V. ANNOUNCES FIRST QUARTER 2023 RESULTS
Revenue of $339 million, down 3% sequentially and up 21% year-over-year
Adjusted EBITDA1 of $42 million ($53 million, excluding $11 million of mobilization costs, and start-up and commissioning costs associated with the Company’s now operational light well intervention, or LWI, system), down 40% sequentially and up 14% year-over-year. Excluding such LWI-related costs, Adjusted EBITDA was down 30% sequentially and up 36% year-over-year
Adjusted EBITDA margin1 of 12% (16% excluding LWI-related costs), down sequentially from 20% (21% excluding LWI-related costs) and down year-over-year from 13% (14% excluding LWI-related costs)
Reaffirms positive business outlook and full-year guidance range for revenue of $1,450 million to $1,550 million, Adjusted EBITDA of $275 million to $325 million, and Adjusted EBITDA margin of 19% to 21%
Completed acquisition of DeltaTek, expanding the Company's offering to include low-risk, open-water cementing solutions, and repurchased approximately $10 million of outstanding common stock
HOUSTON - May 4, 2023 - Expro Group Holdings N.V. (NYSE: XPRO) (the “Company” or “Expro”) today reported financial and operational results for the three months ended
First Quarter 2023 Highlights
1A non-GAAP measure.
Michael Jardon, Expro Chief Executive Officer, noted, “Our first quarter results reflect operating in a dynamic environment, with revenue in line with expectations and Adjusted EBITDA margin below expectations due to LWI-related mobilization, start-up and commissioning costs. Despite some challenges, Expro delivered a strong quarter, securing new business and developing partnerships across our global operating footprint to accelerate continued profitable growth.
“I am pleased to report that we have now successfully completed the commissioning of our vessel-deployed, light well intervention, or LWI, system. Operations have now been ongoing for a month with an IOC client offshore Australia, with two well de-suspensions completed to date. We have secured a further contract for our LWI system on a well decommissioning project in the APAC region, covering the plug and abandonment of nine wells and further demonstrating Expro’s broad capabilities in vessel-deployed, light well intervention.
“As we look ahead to the rest of 2023, we see a favorable commodity price backdrop, positive trends in customer spending and investment, good momentum building in the international and offshore markets, and a healthy order book. This quarter we captured more than $350 million in additional work globally, and we continue to leverage legacy relationships and capitalize on myriad opportunities across regional markets and Expro’s broad portfolio of cost-effective, technology-enabled services and solutions.
“Our Well Construction product line continues to effectively deliver value across our global footprint, securing significant contract wins and delivering exceptional performance to an expanded customer base and reinforcing our position as the premium provider of tubular running services ("TRS") and well construction products. Within Well Flow Management, our recently announced ENI Congo project continues to progress on time and on budget. Our traditional Subsea Well Access business is also well-positioned for expected increases in drilling and completions activity, with potential for net pricing gains in the second half of 2023 and beyond because of global capacity constraints in subsea test tree assemblies, which are mission critical safety systems.
“We also completed the acquisition of cementing specialists, DeltaTek Global (“DeltaTek”) in the first quarter and are generating significant market interest in the innovative technologies that this acquisition brings to Expro. DeltaTek has brought to Expro an experienced leadership team focused on developing and deploying cementing technologies to the offshore market, with operations across the UK and Norway. We intend to globalize the business using our operational footprint and award-wining cement head technologies. The disruptive range of Cure® and ArticuLock® technologies directly addresses well construction challenges and are a natural fit within Expro’s well construction services and products.
“As the clean energy transition continues to gain momentum, we appreciate that hydrocarbons will continue to play a vital role in the transition towards more sustainable energy resources. The existing expertise and future innovation within the energy services sector, both to reduce emissions and increase efficiency, will be critical.
“We are gaining momentum in the early-stage carbon capture and storage segment and also continue to build on our expertise and established operations within the geothermal and flare reduction segments. We continue to develop technologies to enhance the sustainability of our customers’ operations which, along with our digital transformation initiatives, are supporting our customers’ commercial and environmental priorities. As the industry changes, we continue to evolve our approach to adapt and help our customers safely, responsibly, and cost-effectively address the energy transition.
“We are proud to have published Expro’s 2022 Sustainability Review at the end of March. This comprehensive publication showcases the progress we continue to make in our journey to embed our Environmental, Social and Governance strategies into everything that we do, both within our business and in the communities in which we operate.
“This is our second annual ESG report and we believe it is important to highlight the cross-company efforts to progress our own carbon-reduction capabilities and support our customers in achieving their goals. At a time when organizations around the world wrestle with their ESG commitments, it has never been more important to report on sustainability progress with transparency and integrity, and we are proud to demonstrate the headway we continue to make in our journey. You can view the full report at www.expro.com.
“Our geothermal business also continues to develop globally. We are working to advance new strategic partnerships as we target, for example, the European geothermal heating market. We completed the integration of Expro’s facilities in Den Helder, providing operational efficiencies across our product lines. This world class facility will not only support our Netherlands operations but also our expansion into the geothermal business across Europe.
“We look ahead with great excitement and know we are well positioned to further capitalize on market opportunities in strategically important areas. We have confidence that the efficiency of our business model, combined with our broad portfolio of services and solutions, global reach, and merger-related efficiency gains, will allow us to achieve profitable growth through 2023 and beyond.”
Notable Awards and Achievements
Expro secured a major TRS contract with a key client in the United Arab Emirates. This involved working closely with the client in detailed discussions to secure this 20-month, multi-million-dollar contract. We are delighted to further enhance our relationship with this important customer.
We extended a key UK contract with an important client, demonstrating the breadth of our portfolio and the value of Expro technologies. This is a three-year extension to an existing Wireline Services contract – with Well Test and TRS services now added to the contract – and Expro is now the preferred supplier for these services. Technology-enabled services, including CoilHose, Distributed Fiber Optic Sensing (“DFOS”) and Octopoda™ annular intervention services are also included. Service quality was a key reason for securing this win, and we are proud to have captured this extended scope.
We retained a multi-million-dollar wireline intervention contract for a key client in Brazil. This is a three-year award for provision of slickline offshore services that represents the majority of Brazil's wireline operations.
In the Gulf of Mexico, we won a Subsea Well Access contract extension for a further 24-months on a major client’s mature assets. Service quality was the key driver in securing the extension as Expro has been this client’s Subsea Large Bore provider on these assets in the Gulf of Mexico since 2006.
Expro’s newly acquired well construction cementing specialists DeltaTek was a finalist in three categories at the 2023 Offshore Achievement Awards. Expro’s automated rig-floor technology, iTONG™ was a finalist in the Emerging Technology category in the same competition.
We are delighted to report that DeltaTek has also been named a winner in a prestigious UK business award, The King’s Award for Enterprise, which recognizes outstanding achievement in the category of innovation.
At Expro, we are proud of our safety reputation and are pleased to have received several client commendations for safety through the first quarter of 2023. Notably, our team in Takoradi, Ghana has celebrated 14 years with zero recordable safety incidents. This base is currently servicing a long-standing client’s Ghana value maximization plan, which is a multi-year, multi-well campaign. This major client also recently commended Expro for our strong commitment to rig safety culture and ‘one team’ approach.
Unless otherwise noted, the following discussion compares the quarterly results for the first quarter of 2023 to the results for the fourth quarter of 2022.
North and Latin America (NLA)
NLA revenue totaled $126 million for the three months ended March 31, 2023, a decrease of $6 million, or 5%, compared to $132 million for the three months ended December 31, 2022. The decrease was primarily due to lower well construction product sales and well construction services revenue in the U.S. due to decreased customer activities, partially offset by higher well construction revenue in Guyana.
NLA Segment EBITDA was $32 million, or 25% of revenues, during the three months ended March 31, 2023, compared to $35 million, or 27% of revenues, during the three months ended December 31, 2022. The decrease in Segment EBITDA and Segment EBITDA margin was attributable to lower activity and less favorable activity mix during the three months ended March 31, 2023.
Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa (ESSA)
ESSA revenue totaled $114 million for the three months ended March 31, 2023, compared to $117 million for the fourth quarter of 2022, a decrease of $3 million. The sequential decrease of 3% was primarily driven by lower well flow management revenue in the United Kingdom, Norway and Nigeria and non-repeat of equipment sales revenue in Central Europe. The decrease in revenues was partially offset by higher well flow management revenue in Congo.
ESSA Segment EBITDA during the three months ended March 31, 2023 was $21 million, or 18% of revenues, compared to $30 million, or 26% of revenues, for the three months ended December 31, 2022. The decrease in Segment EBITDA and Segment EBITDA margin was primarily attributable to seasonally lower activity levels and a less favorable activity mix during the three months ended March 31, 2023, with a reduction in higher margin services activity in the UK and Norway, partially offset by lower margin product sales revenue in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Middle East and North Africa (MENA)
MENA revenue totaled $51 million for the three months ended March 31, 2023, compared to $55 million for the three months ended December 31, 2022. The sequential decrease in revenue of $4 million, or 8%, was primarily driven by sequentially lower well flow management revenue in Saudi Arabia and Algeria, with a non-repeat of fourth quarter product sales and intra-market equipment re-locations both contributing to sequentially lower revenue, partially offset by increased well flow management revenue in the United Arab Emirates.
MENA Segment EBITDA for the three months ended March 31, 2023 was $15 million, or 29% of revenues, compared to $19 million, or 35% of revenues, in the prior quarter. The decrease in Segment EBITDA and Segment EBITDA margin was primarily due to lower activity and a less favorable activity and products mix during the three months ended March 31, 2023.
Asia Pacific (APAC)
APAC revenue for the three months ended March 31, 2023, totaled $49 million compared to $47 million for the fourth quarter of 2022, an increase of $2 million. The 4% increase in revenue was primarily due to higher subsea well access revenue and well intervention and integrity revenue in Australia, as well as higher well construction services revenue in Malaysia. The increase in revenue was partially offset by lower well flow management revenue in Malaysia.
APAC Segment EBITDA for the three months ended March 31, 2023 totaled $(3) million, or (6)% of revenues, compared to $4 million, or 8% of revenues, in the fourth quarter of 2022. The reduction in Segment EBITDA despite the increase in revenues was primarily due to $11 million of unrecoverable subsea mobilization costs, and higher start-up and commissioning costs incurred during the three months ended March 31, 2023, on subsea projects in APAC, as compared to $5 million for the three months ended December 31, 2022. Excluding $11 million and $5 million, respectively, of such start-up and commissioning costs during the three months ended March 31, 2023, and December 31, 2022, Segment EBITDA would have been $8 million and $9 million, respectively, and Segment EBITDA margin would have been 16% and 18%, respectively. Start-up and commissioning costs relate to the Company’s vessel-deployed LWI system which commenced operations during the first quarter of 2023.
Other Financial Information
The Company’s capital expenditures totaled $29 million in the first quarter of 2023, of which approximately 90% were used for the purchase and manufacture of equipment to directly support customer-related activities and approximately 10% for other property, plant and equipment, inclusive of software costs. In addition, we used net cash of $8 million during the three months ended March 31, 2023, for the acquisition of DeltaTek. Expro plans for capital expenditures in the range of approximately $90 million to $100 million for the remaining three quarters of 2023.
As of March 31, 2023, Expro’s consolidated cash and cash equivalents, including restricted cash, totaled $186 million. The Company had no outstanding debt as of March 31, 2023 and has no outstanding debt today. The Company’s total liquidity as of March 31, 2023 was $316 million. Total liquidity includes $130 million available for drawdowns as loans under the Company’s revolving credit facility.
On June 16, 2022, the Company’s Board of Directors (the “Board”) approved a new stock repurchase program, under which the Company is authorized to acquire up to $50.0 million of its outstanding common stock through November 24, 2023. Under the stock repurchase plan, the Company has repurchased approximately 0.6 million shares at an average price of $17.99 per share, for a total cost of approximately $10.0 million during the three months ended March 31, 2023. Since the inception of the stock repurchase program, the Company has repurchased total of approximately 1.7 million shares at an average price of $13.89 per share, for a total cost of $23.0 million through March 31, 2023.
Expro’s provision for income taxes for the first quarter of 2023 was $5 million compared to $12 million in the fourth quarter of 2022. The sequential change in income taxes was primarily due to changes in the mix of taxable profits between jurisdictions, and non-recurring discrete items in the three months ended December 31, 2022, partially offset by discrete tax credits in the three months ended March 31, 2023, arising from the acquisition of DeltaTek. The Company’s effective tax rate on a U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) basis for the three months ended March 31, 2023 also reflects liability for taxes in certain jurisdictions that tax on an other than pre-tax profits basis, including so-called “deemed profits” regimes.
The financial measures provided that are not presented in accordance with GAAP are defined and reconciled to their most directly comparable GAAP measures. Please see “Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures” and the reconciliations to the nearest comparable GAAP measures.
Additionally, downloadable financials are available on the Investor section of www.expro.com.
The Company will host a conference call to discuss first quarter 2023 results on Thursday, May 4, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. Central Time (11:00 a.m. Eastern Time).
Participants may also join the conference call by dialing:
U.S.: +1 (833) 470-1428
International: +1 (929) 526-1599
Access ID: 588636
To listen via live webcast, please visit the Investor section of www.expro.com.
The first quarter 2023 Investor Presentation is available on the Investor section of www.expro.com.
An audio replay of the webcast will be available on the Investor section of the Company’s website approximately three hours after the conclusion of the call and will remain available for a period of approximately 12 months.
To access the audio replay telephonically:
Dial-In: U.S. +1 (866) 813-9403 or +44 (204) 525-0658
Access ID: 163705
Start Date: May 4, 2023, 1:00 p.m. CT
End Date: May 11, 2023, 11:59 p.m. CT
A transcript of the conference call will be posted to the Investor relations section of the Company’s website as soon as practicable after the conclusion of the call.
Working for clients across the entire well life cycle, Expro is a leading provider of energy services, offering cost-effective, innovative solutions and what the Company considers to be best-in-class safety and service quality. The Company’s extensive portfolio of capabilities spans well construction, well flow management, subsea well access, and well intervention and integrity solutions.
With roots dating to 1938, Expro has approximately 7,600 employees and provides services and solutions to leading exploration and production companies in both onshore and offshore environments in approximately 60 countries.
For more information, please visit: www.expro.com and connect with Expro on Twitter @ExproGroup and LinkedIn @Expro.
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