USA: Deep Down's 3Q Results in Line with Expectations, CEO Says

Deep Down's 3Q Results in Line with Expectations, CEO Says

Deep Down, Inc. , an oilfield services company specializing in products and services for the deepwater and ultra-deepwater oil and gas industry, today reported $606 thousand of net income for the third quarter of 2011, an improvement of $5.0 million, or greater than 800 percent, over the same period in 2010.

OPERATING RESULTS

For the third quarter of 2011, Deep Down reported net income of $606 thousand, or $0.00 income per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $4.4 million, or $0.02 loss per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2010.

Revenues for the third quarter of 2011 were $8.6 million. Revenues for the third quarter of 2010 were $10.4 million, but included $2.8 million related to the company’s Flotation operating segment, which was contributed to the Cuming Flotation Technologies, LLC joint venture (“CFT”), in which the company have a 20 percent equity interest, effective December 31, 2010. Excluding the third quarter 2010 revenues related to the Flotation operating segment, comparable revenues increased $945 thousand or 12 percent from the quarter ended September 30, 2010 to the quarter ended September 30, 2011, primarily as the result of a large umbilical carousel fabrication project that was completed in the fourth quarter of 2011 and a large drilling riser buoyancy module fabrication project that was completed in the third quarter of 2011.

Gross profit for the third quarter of 2011 was $2.7 million, or 31 percent of revenues. Gross profit for the third quarter of 2010 was $3.7 million or 36 percent of revenues, and included $818 thousand related to the company’s Flotation operating segment, which was contributed to CFT effective December 31, 2010. Excluding the third quarter 2010 gross profit related to the Flotation operating segment, comparable gross profit decreased $211 thousand, or 7 percentage points, from the quarter ended September 30, 2010 to the quarter ended September 30, 2011, primarily as the result of the marginal performance of one of the company’s major fabrication projects.

The Company’s management evaluates its financial performance based on a non-GAAP measure, Modified EBITDA, which consists of earnings (net income or loss) available to common shareholders before net interest expense, income taxes, non-cash share-based compensation expense, equity in net income or loss of joint venture, non-cash impairments, depreciation and amortization, other non-cash items and one-time charges. Modified EBITDA for the third quarter of 2011 was $1.4 million. Modified EBITDA for the third quarter of 2010 was $1.5 million, and included $376 thousand related to the company’s Flotation operating segment, which was contributed to CFT effective December 31, 2010. Excluding the third quarter 2010 Modified EBITDA related to the Flotation operating segment, comparable Modified EBITDA increased $290 thousand from the quarter ended September 30, 2010 to the quarter ended September 30, 2011, primarily due to lower selling, general and administrative expenses of $491 thousand, but was partially offset by decreased gross profit of $211 thousand, as previously mentioned.

WORKING CAPITAL

The Company had a working capital deficit of $2.0 million at September 30, 2011, a decrease of $3.6 million from the $1.6 million of working capital at December 31, 2010. This decrease is due primarily to increases in the current portion of long-term debt and billings in excess of costs and estimated earnings on uncompleted contracts totaling $2.8 million, and a $1.1 million decrease in cash and cash equivalents. On October 12, 2011, the company received a distribution of $6.4 million from CFT. Deep Down believes that this distribution, in addition to cash the company expects to generate from operations, will ensure that the company has adequate liquidity to meet the company’s future operating requirements.

EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT

Ronald E. Smith, Chief Executive Officer stated, “Our third quarter results are in line with what we hoped to achieve – we expected to achieve significant net income and, through timely and efficient execution of our projects, we were able to achieve $606 thousand of net income for the quarter.

“We have recently been awarded multiple projects and our Houston operations are operating at a very high capacity. As a result, we believe we are poised for profitability for the remainder of 2011 and beyond. Although we were disappointed by CFT’s divestiture of its buoyancy business, the transaction was very profitable and has provided us with a significant cash infusion. We are now focused on increasing the profitability of our core business by increasing margins through efficient project management, and by continuing to reduce overhead costs wherever possible.”

Source: Deep Down Inc. , November 11, 2011

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