Carbo Ceramics Inc. Announces Third Quarter 2012 Earnings
HOUSTON, Oct. 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — CARBO Ceramics Inc. (NYSE: CRR) today reported net income of $23.9 million, or $1.04 per diluted share, on revenues of $151.1 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2012.
President and CEO Gary Kolstad commented, “While the third quarter had its share of challenges, we are pleased that global sales volumes of CARBO’s Ceramic Proppant Volumes were only down 3% year-over-year, as gains in international sales volumes partially offset declines in North America.
“Despite the industry’s lower drilling and completion activity, we continue to see strong ceramic proppant sales volumes in the active major shale plays such as the Eagle Ford, Permian and Bakken. One reason for this strength is that several clients appear to be replacing lower quality, lower conductivity Chinese Intermediate Density Ceramic (IDC) proppant with our high quality, high conductivity lightweight ceramic proppant. We have initiated a technical marketing campaign to help our clients better understand how CARBO’s ceramic proppant can positively impact well production and ultimate recovery when compared to IDC alternatives. We believe these efforts are effectively demonstrating the advantages of CARBO’s lightweight products to E&P companies.
“International sales volumes continued their positive trend, with China leading our international growth year-over-year. Given the excess supply of Chinese ceramic proppant in the market today, the growth we are witnessing in China is a testament to the CARBO(®) brand name as well as our history of product performance and quality.
“With respect to our distribution investments, we are pleased with the construction progress made at our site in South Texas. Once completed, this large distribution facility will allow us to better serve the Eagle Ford shale. CARBO also purchased property in North Dakota that we intend to use as a large distribution center, enhancing our ability to serve the Bakken shale play.
“Falcon Technologies(®), our environmental risk reduction business, continues to lead the premium containment market within the oil and gas industry. We are pleased to see Falcon set another quarterly sales record as the E&P community utilizes Falcon’s Engineered to Protect(TM) solutions to safeguard their assets and the environment,” Mr. Kolstad said.
Third Quarter Results
Revenues for the third quarter of 2012 decreased 10 percent, or $15.9 million, when compared to the third quarter of 2011. North American (defined as Canada and the U.S.) proppant sales volume decreased 11 percent, while International proppant sales volume increased 33 percent, compared to the same period last year.
Operating profit for the third quarter of 2012 decreased 38 percent, or $21.0 million, compared to the third quarter of 2011. The decrease in operating profit was primarily the result of lower proppant sales volumes, a decrease in the average proppant selling price, higher fixed cost absorption, and an increase in freight and logistics costs, partially offset by a greater contribution from the Company’s other business units and a decrease in SG&A expenses.
Net income for the third quarter of 2012 decreased 35 percent, or $13.0 million compared to the third quarter of 2011.
Proppant Sales Volumes Three Months Ended Three Months Ended (in millions lbs) September 30, 2012 September 30, 2011 ------------------ ------------------ Ceramic Proppant Volumes 385 398 Other Proppant Volumes* 27 34 --- --- Total 412 432 --- ---
* Includes CARBOBOND(R) RCS (resin- coated sand) and API /ISO certified ceramic proppant manufactured on an outsourced basis.
Technology and Business Highlights
- CARBO engineers recently completed an internal study for a Bakken client which indicated an approximate 20% increase in initial production in wells containing CARBOECONOPROP(®) compared to similar wells containing Chinese IDC.
- CARBOBOND RCS-C, a curable premium resin-coated sand, was successfully employed in south-central Texas for the first time in a gelled propane frac and had excellent fluid compatibility.
- Fracpro(®) continues to grow its technology platform and expand its client base. Its latest development, FracproREMOTE is an Apple(®) iPAD(®) application that allows clients to remotely connect to a frac job in real time. The application connects Fracpro on location to the iPAD and allows the user to see and graph multiple channels of data.
- StrataGen(®) consulting also continues to grow its technology platform and expand its client base. StrataGen completed the development of NetWORX(SM )during the quarter. NetWORX( )is a new brittle shale frac model and will be offered in consulting, software and on-line subscription formats. This development increases our Data and Neural Analysis(®) suite of product offerings, which also includes EFWORX(SM )and BakkenWORX(SM )completion models.
- The Falcon Technologies business continues to grow and diversify its geographic footprint, opening a new operations location in Ohio to better serve the Utica and Southwest Marcellus shale plays.
CEO Gary Kolstad commented on the outlook for CARBO stating, “The global macroeconomic environment along with recent swings in commodity prices leave many uncertainties with regard to industry activity over the near term. However, conversations with our clients remain encouraging about increased usage of CARBO’s ceramic proppants. Although challenges will likely continue in the fourth quarter, we expect the pressures on sales volumes and pricing to lessen over the coming quarters as inventories of Chinese IDC proppant in the United States appear to be declining. In addition, we expect the fourth quarter to be adversely affected by normal seasonality issues, including weather and holidays.
“We continue to introduce our resin-coated products to more clients in more geographic areas. While this is a tough economic and operational environment for market development, we are confident that our high quality premium resin-coated products will gain a presence in the market.
“The distribution facility in South Texas is scheduled for completion during the fourth quarter. Regarding our new property in North Dakota, we expect to begin construction of a distribution facility during the fourth quarter, with an anticipated completion date during the first half of 2013. These facilities will play a key role in providing the flexibility required to meet our clients’ needs.
“Engineering work on the Millen, Georgia project is progressing and we anticipate production could commence at the new plant near the end of 2013.
“Falcon extended its geographic footprint during the third quarter and is experiencing solid growth. Although Falcon may see an adverse impact from normal seasonality events during the fourth quarter, we believe Falcon is positioned to provide continued growth for many years to come.
“CARBO’s primary mission is to make oil and gas wells produce better and recover more. In order to accomplish this mission a focus on technology is at the heart of the company. CARBO has identified a new technique for the production of ceramic proppant. While still in a development phase, lab results indicate this technique can produce a ceramic proppant with increased strength and conductivity when compared to traditional ceramic proppants. Work continues on this project, and we will monitor the results in connection with future growth plans. We are encouraged by our overall R&D efforts and look forward to building on our thirty-three year history of leading the industry with new products,” Mr. Kolstad concluded.
As previously announced, a conference call to discuss the Company’s third quarter results is scheduled for today at 10:30 a.m. Central Time (11:30 a.m. Eastern). Due to historical high call volume, CARBO is offering participants the opportunity to register in advance for the conference through the following link:
Registered participants will immediately receive an email with a calendar reminder and a dial-in number and PIN that will allow them immediate access to the call.
Participants who do not wish to pre-register for the call may dial in using (877) 270-2148 (for U.S. and Canadian callers) or (412) 902-6510 (for locations outside North America) and referencing conference number 10019041. The conference call also can be accessed through the company’s website, www.carboceramics.com.
A telephonic replay of the earnings conference call will be available through November 2, 2012, at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time. To access the replay from the U.S. and Canada, please dial 1-877-344-7529; international callers outside North America should dial 1-412-317-0088. Please reference conference number 10019041. Interested parties may also access the archived webcast of the earnings teleconference through the company’s website approximately two hours after the end of the call.
CARBO is the world’s largest supplier of ceramic proppant for fracturing oil and gas wells and a supplier of resin-coated sand proppant; the provider of the industry’s most widely used fracture simulation software; and a provider of fracture design and consulting services. The company also provides a broad range of technologies for spill prevention, containment and countermeasures, along with geotechnical monitoring.
The statements in this news release that are not historical statements, including statements regarding our future financial and operating performance, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws, including the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All forward-looking statements are based on management’s current expectations and estimates, which involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in forward-looking statements. Among these factors are changes in overall economic conditions, changes in the cost of raw materials and natural gas used in manufacturing our products, changes in demand and prices charged for our products, changes in the demand for, or price of, oil and natural gas, risks of increased competition, technological, manufacturing, distribution and product development risks, loss of key customers, changes in government regulations, foreign and domestic political and legislative risks, the risks of war and international and domestic terrorism, risks associated with foreign operations and foreign currency exchange rates and controls, weather-related risks and other risks and uncertainties described in our publicly available filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We assume no obligation to update forward-looking statements, except as required by law.
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Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended September 30 September 30 ------------ ------------ ____2012____ ____2011____ ____2012____ ____2011____ ------------ ------------ ------------ ------------ (In thousands except per share (In thousands except per share data) data) Revenues $151,134 $167,083 $491,914 $467,582 Cost of sales 100,984 94,390 314,047 270,715 ------- ------ ------- ------- Gross profit 50,150 72,693 177,867 196,867 Selling, general & administrative expenses 15,093 16,622 48,801 46,754 Start-up costs - 127 68 127 Loss (gain) on disposal or impairment of assets 42 (112) (12) 1,537 --- ---- --- ----- Operating profit 35,015 56,056 129,010 148,449 Interest income (expense), net 17 60 (18) 160 Foreign currency exchange (loss) gain, net (175) 86 (31) (228) Other (expense) income, net (2) 11 (214) (119) --- --- ---- ---- Income before income taxes 34,855 56,213 128,747 148,262 Income taxes 10,957 19,302 42,641 51,243 ------ ------ ------ ------ Net income $23,898 $36,911 $86,106 $97,019 ======= ======= ======= ======= Earnings per share: Basic $1.04 $1.59 $3.73 $4.19 ===== ===== ===== ===== Diluted $1.04 $1.59 $3.73 $4.19 ===== ===== ===== ===== Average shares outstanding: Basic 22,963 23,027 22,966 23,023 ====== ====== ====== ====== Diluted 22,963 23,028 22,967 23,024 ====== ====== ====== ====== Depreciation and amortization $11,532 $9,174 $33,333 $25,661 ======= ====== ======= =======
Selected Balance Sheet Information September 30, 2012 December 31, 2011 ------------------ ----------------- (In thousands) Assets ------ Cash and cash equivalents $52,021 $41,270 Other current assets 266,107 261,295 Property, plant and equipment, net 424,626 392,659 Intangible and other assets, net 31,813 33,477 Total assets 786,731 740,865 Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity --------------------- Accrued income taxes $4,727 $ - Other current liabilities 49,862 79,066 Deferred income taxes 40,755 31,641 Shareholders' equity 691,387 630,158 ------- ------- Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $786,731 $740,865 ======== ========
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