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GulfMark Offshore Announces First Quarter 2011 Operating Results

April 25, 2011

HOUSTON, April 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — GulfMark Offshore, Inc. (NYSE: GLF) today reported a net loss of $1.2 million, or $0.05 per diluted share, on revenues of $81.3 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2011.

Bruce Streeter, President and CEO, commented, “We knew that it was going to be a tough quarter, and it turned out as we anticipated. We are encouraged with both short- and long-term trends, although there is some potential that the remainder of the first half of 2011 will be challenging. In the near term, we are encouraged by the issuance of offshore drilling permits in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, which should restart deepwater activity, and by improvements in the North Sea that suggest a very strong summer season. Longer term, the rapidly expanding order book of jackups, semi-submersibles and drillships, coupled with the recent oil and gas finds in frontier areas, bodes well for 2012 and beyond.”

Consolidated First Quarter Results

Consolidated revenue for the first quarter of 2011 was $81.3 million, a decrease of 8%, or $6.6 million, from the fourth quarter of 2010. Consolidated operating income was $4.3 million, down 76%, or $13.4 million, from the fourth quarter amount. The lower sequential quarterly operating income amount is principally the result of the reduction in revenue and an increase in drydock expenditures of $4.7 million.

Regional Results

During the first quarter, the average day rate in the North Sea region was up approximately 4%, yet overall first quarter revenue in the region was down $2.5 million, or 7%, from the fourth quarter due to lower utilization. The typical seasonal weakness in the North Sea was amplified by performing maintenance on two large AHTSs and by drydocking several vessels. The resulting decrease in revenue was partially offset by vessels going to work at higher day rates and by customers exercising higher day rate options.

The decrease in drilling activity in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico continued to negatively affect the Americas region during the first quarter of 2011. Revenue for the Americas region was $30.4 million, a decrease of 11%, or $3.6 million, from the prior quarter. The prior quarter benefited from spill-related activities early in that quarter, but beginning late in the fourth quarter, utilization dropped significantly in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico and has since been consistently low. However, utilization is starting to show signs of improvement and the recent approval of offshore drilling permits should enhance utilization throughout the remainder of 2011.

Revenue for the Southeast Asia region was $15.5 million for the first quarter of 2011, a decrease of $0.5 million, or 3%, compared to the fourth quarter of 2010. Utilization increased approximately five percentage points to 83% for the quarter as utilization of the last two vessels delivered into the region steadily increased during the quarter. The gain in utilization also reflected vessels having less idle time between charters. Overall, the region continues to deliver operating income margins above 60%.

Consolidated Operating Expenses

Direct operating expense for the first quarter was $44.3 million, approximately 4% above the 2010 annual average quarterly run rate, reflecting higher levels of maintenance activity and consistent with the Company’s anticipated direct operating expense level for 2011. Consolidated drydock expense was approximately $6.5 million in the first quarter. The Company expects full year 2011 drydock expense to be approximately $17.0 million. Consolidated general and administrative expense was $11.4 million for the first quarter, an increase of approximately 4% from the average quarterly run rate for the prior year, but consistent with the Company’s projected rate for 2011.

Liquidity, Capital Commitments and Contract Cover

Cash flow from operations totaled $5.0 million in the first quarter of 2011. Cash on hand at March 31, 2011 was $105.5 million, and as of that date $10 million had been drawn on the Company’s $175.0 million revolving credit facility. Total debt at March 31, 2011 was $328.1 million, and debt, net of cash on hand, was $222.6 million. Quarterly principal amortization on the term-loan facility is $8.3 million. Capital expenditures during the first quarter totaled $1.5 million, and there are currently no capital commitments related to the construction or purchase of vessels. Total capital expenditures for all of 2011 pertaining to the improvement and enhancement of existing vessels are anticipated to be less than $15.0 million. Total backlog of contracted revenue is $698.5 million.

Outlook

CEO Bruce Streeter commented on the outlook for the Company, stating, “We look to the future with increasing optimism. Clearly the weakness expected in the first quarter occurred. However, we used that period to prepare ourselves to take advantage of opportunities the rest of this year and beyond. As we look at our fleet position, our balance sheet strength and our strategic objectives, we are comfortable and confident that we are prepared to take advantage of a strengthening market which may be happening sooner than many expect.

“We are optimistic that drilling activity in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico will begin to steadily increase throughout the remainder of 2011. We are preparing for this increase, and have taken the opportunity to drydock and modify our vessels accordingly. Although the U.S. Gulf of Mexico market has been challenging, the exodus of a significant number of higher-specification vessels during the drilling moratorium, combined with a renewed emphasis on safety and well-trained professional mariners, positions GulfMark’s technologically advanced fleet to take full advantage of the upcoming increase in demand.

“International vessel demand and operations continue to perform well. The pace of new construction rig orders is as strong as I have ever seen,” Mr. Streeter said. “The high level of orders, almost exclusively deepwater directed or high specification, is clearly indicative of enhanced and increased activity in the areas our fleet is designed to support. We intend to position GulfMark to be ready to service these rigs.”

Conference Call/Webcast Information

GulfMark will conduct a conference call to discuss the Company’s earnings with analysts, investors and other interested parties at 9:00 a.m. Eastern time on Tuesday, April 26, 2011. To participate in the teleconference, investors in the U.S. should dial 1-877-317-6789 at least 10 minutes before the start time and reference GulfMark. Canada-based callers should dial 1-866-605-3852, and international callers outside of North America should dial 1-412-317-6789. The webcast of the conference call also can be accessed by visiting the company’s website, www.gulfmark.com. An audio file of the earnings conference call will be available on the company’s website approximately two hours after the end of the call.

GulfMark Offshore, Inc. provides marine transportation services to the energy industry through a fleet of offshore support vessels serving major offshore energy markets in the world.


    Contact:  Quintin V. Kneen
               Executive Vice President & Chief
               Financial Officer
    E-mail:   Quintin.Kneen@GulfMark.com
              (713) 963-9522

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, which involve known and unknown risk, uncertainties and other factors. Among the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially are: the price of oil and gas and its effect on industry conditions; industry volatility; fluctuations in the size of the offshore marine vessel fleet in areas where the Company operates; changes in competitive factors; delay or cost overruns on construction projects and other material factors that are described from time to time in the Company’s filings with the SEC, including the registration statement and the Company’s Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010. Consequently, the forward-looking statements contained herein should not be regarded as representations that the projected outcomes can or will be achieved.


    Operating
     Data
     (unaudited)                  Three Months Ended
    ------------                  ------------------
                         March        December        March
                          31,            31,           31,
    (in
     thousands,
     except per
     share data)           2011            2010         2010
                           ----            ----         ----
    Revenue             $81,289         $87,854      $84,651
    Direct
     operating
     expenses            44,318          43,182       43,069
    Drydock
     expense              6,524           1,817        6,964
    General and
     administrative
     expenses            11,423          10,606       11,731
    Depreciation
     and
     amortization
     expense             14,675          14,515       13,975
    (Gain) loss
     on sale of
     assets                  10               -            -
    Impairment
     charge                   -               -            -
                            ---             ---          ---
    Operating
     Income               4,339          17,734        8,912

    Interest
     expense             (5,727)         (5,835)      (4,989)
    Interest
     income                  67             246          105
    Foreign
     currency
     gain (loss)
     and other              (58)           (284)       1,781
                            ---            ----        -----
    Income (loss)
     before
     income taxes        (1,379)         11,861        5,809
    Income tax
     benefit                212           3,375       15,734
                            ---           -----       ------
    Net Income
     (Loss)             $(1,167)        $15,236      $21,543
                        =======         =======      =======

    Diluted
     earnings
     (loss) per
     share               $(0.05)          $0.59        $0.84
    Weighted
     average
     diluted
     common
     shares              25,679       25,819     25,544

    Other Data
    ----------
    (dollars in
     thousands)
    Revenue by
     Region
        North Sea       $35,399         $37,908      $35,275
        Southeast
         Asia            15,535          15,998       15,827
        Americas         30,355          33,948       33,549

    Rates Per Day
     Worked
        North Sea       $17,789         $17,046      $16,771
        Southeast
         Asia            15,248          16,209       18,039
        Americas         14,194          14,674       13,362

    Overall
     Utilization
        North Sea          87.1%           93.5%        90.2%
        Southeast
         Asia              83.2%           78.5%        83.1%
        Americas           70.5%           73.0%        79.8%

    Average Owned
     Vessels
        North Sea          25.0            25.0         25.3
        Southeast
         Asia              14.0            14.0         12.0
        Americas           35.0            35.0         36.0
                           ----            ----         ----
           Total           74.0            74.0         73.3
                           ====            ====         ====

    Drydock Days
        North Sea            71              19           50
        Southeast
         Asia                11              20           61
        Americas            109              21           94
                            ---             ---          ---
           Total            191              60          205
                            ===             ===          ===

        Drydock
         Expenditures
         (000's)         $6,524          $1,817       $6,964
                         ======          ======       ======


    Summary Financial
     Data (unaudited)                Three Months Ended
    -----------------                ------------------
                                          December
                         March 31,           31,       March 31,
    (dollars in
     thousands)                2011           2010           2010
                               ----           ----           ----
    Balance Sheet Data
    ------------------
      Cash and cash
       equivalents         $105,516        $97,195        $48,227
      Working capital       117,106        101,501         47,564
      Vessels,
       equipment and
       other fixed
       assets, net        1,193,407      1,191,280      1,169,179
      Construction in
       progress               3,018          2,920         54,921
      Total assets        1,485,458      1,464,450      1,530,961
      Long-term debt
       (1)                  294,779        293,095        318,044
      Shareholders'
       equity               965,135        945,957        984,952
    (1) Current portion of long-term debt included in
     working capital.

    Cash Flow Data
    --------------
      Cash flow from
       operating
       activities            $5,041        $34,214        $21,935
      Cash flow used in
       investing
       activities            (1,522)        (7,987)       (55,173)
      Cash flow from
       (used in)
       financing
       activities             2,793        (17,443)        (9,442)

    Forward Contract
     Cover                     2011                          2010
    ----------------           ----                          ----
        North Sea                83%                           61%
        Southeast Asia           54%                           88%
        Americas                 60%                           44%
                                ---                           ---
           Total                 66%                           57%
                                ===                           ===

    Forward Contract
     Cover                     2012                          2011
    ----------------           ----                          ----
        North Sea                61%                           36%
        Southeast Asia           25%                           51%
        Americas                 26%                           18%
                                ---                           ---
           Total                 37%                           30%
                                ===                           ===


    Vessel Count
     by Reporting
     Segment
    -------------
                        North        Southeast
                          Sea           Asia         Americas       Total
    Owned Vessels
     as of
     February 23,
     2011                   25              14             35          74
                           ---             ---            ---         ---
        Newbuild
         Deliveries          0               0              0           0
        Sales &
         Dispositions        0               0              0           0
                                                                      ---
    Owned Vessels
     as of April
     25, 2011               25              14             35          74
        Managed
         Vessels            13               1              1          15
    Total Fleet
     as of April
     25, 2011               38              15             36          89
                           ===             ===            ===         ===

SOURCE GulfMark Offshore, Inc.


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