Hornbeck Reports 22% Increase in Revenues

Hornbeck Offshore reports the third quarter revenues were $94.7 million, up 22.2% from $77.5 million for the third quarter of 2006. Operating income was $44.9 million, or 47.4% of revenues, for the third quarter of 2007 compared to $37.7 million, or 48.6% of revenues, for the prior-year quarter. Net income for the third quarter of 2007 was $28.9 million, or $1.09 per diluted share, compared to $23.9 million, or $0.86 per diluted share for the year-ago quarter. EBITDA for the third quarter of 2007 was $54.3 million, up 18.6% from $45.8 million for the third quarter of 2006. The primary reasons for the increase in revenues, operating income, EBITDA and net income were the partial-quarter contribution of recently acquired and newly constructed vessels and the continuation of favorable market conditions for new generation offshore supply vessels in the deepwater and ultra-deepwater U.S. Gulf of Mexico. For additional information regarding EBITDA as a non-GAAP financial measure, please see Note 9 to the accompanying data tables.

Revenues from the OSV segment were $66.4 million for the third quarter of 2007 compared to $44.4 million for the same period in 2006, an increase of $22.0 million, or 49.5%. OSV revenues increased primarily due to the incremental contribution from 20 OSVs (the "Sea Mar Fleet") that were acquired in August 2007 from certain affiliates of Nabors Industries, Ltd. ("Nabors") and a market-driven increase in new generation OSV effective dayrates of approximately $3,000. Average new generation OSV dayrates for the third quarter of 2007 were $22,605, an improvement of $1,955, or 9.5%, from $20,650 for the same period in 2006. The new generation OSV fleet achieved utilization of 95.2% for the third quarter of 2007 compared to 89.7% in the year-ago quarter. OSV operating income of $35.9 million was $13.7 million, or 61.8%, higher than the prior-year quarter. Operating costs increased $5.8 million year-over-year primarily due to the growth in the size of the Company's OSV fleet, and to a lesser extent, market-driven wage increases for OSV mariners and increased FAS 123R stock-based compensation related to restricted stock unit awards granted to mariners.

Revenues from the TTB segment were $28.4 million for the third quarter of 2007. Fleetwide average TTB dayrates of $18,430 were $3,989, or 17.8%, lower than the $22,419 achieved during the third quarter of 2006. However, excluding well test jobs in both periods, dayrates averaged $17,977 for the third quarter of 2007 compared to $16,890 in the prior-year quarter, an increase of just over $1,000. TTB utilization for the third quarter of 2007 was 91.0% compared to 94.1% in the prior-year quarter. TTB operating income was down from $15.5 million for the third quarter of 2006 to $9.0 million this quarter, a decrease of $6.5 million. The year-over-year decrease in revenue, dayrates and operating income is primarily related to the favorable impact in the third quarter of 2006 from providing non-traditional tank barge services, at higher dayrates, to certain of the Company's upstream customers in the GoM. Operating income for the third quarter of 2007 was also impacted by higher costs for the in-chartering of third-party tugs to fulfill time charter requirements and increased compensation costs for TTB mariners, including FAS 123R stock-based compensation related to restricted stock unit awards granted to mariners.

Depreciation and amortization was $1.2 million higher for the third quarter of 2007 compared to the same period in 2006. Depreciation for vessels that were in service during each of the three months ended September 30, 2007 and 2006 decreased $1.0 million due to a change in the estimated salvage values for the Company's marine equipment adopted at the beginning of 2007. This decrease in depreciation expense was entirely offset by $1.0 million of additional depreciation resulting from recently acquired or newly constructed vessels. Amortization expense increased for the three months ended September 30, 2007 by $1.2 million. The Company's amortization expense increased during the third quarter of 2007 due to a greater number of the Company's vessels that have incurred their first 30 or 60 month regulatory drydocking since the third quarter of 2006 and higher per unit drydocking costs related to continued high demand for shipyard services and to delays caused by shipyard labor shortages.

General and Administrative expenses for the third quarter of 2007 were $8.8 million, or 9.3% of revenues, which is slightly below the Company's previously reported guidance range for G&A expense of 10% to 12% of revenues. Nine-Month Results:

Revenues for the first nine months of 2007 increased 13.7% to $237.9 million compared to $209.3 million for the same period in 2006. Operating income was $105.2 million, or 44.2% of revenues, for the first nine months of 2007 compared to $94.9 million, or 45.3% of revenues, for the same period in 2006. Net income for the first nine months of 2007 increased 16.8% to $69.0 million, or $2.61 per diluted share, compared to net income of $59.1 million, or $2.13 per diluted share, for the first nine months of 2006. The Company's results for the first nine months of 2007 were positively impacted by the increase in effective new generation OSV dayrates and the incremental contribution of recently acquired or newly constructed vessels. These favorable results were offset, in part, by higher crewing costs compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2006. The Company's net income for the first nine months of 2007 included a $1.9 million ($1.2 million after tax or $0.05 per share) gain on the sale of the Company's only fast supply vessel.

Following are highlights for the third quarter and the Company's future outlook:

  • Successful integration of the highly-accretive Sea Mar Fleet acquisition of 20 OSVs;
  • Q3 2007 effective dayrates for new generation OSVs are about $3,000 higher than Q3 2006;
  • Q3 2007 OSV operating income was 62% higher than Q3 2006;
  • Q3 2007 diluted EPS was 27% higher than Q3 2006;
  • Raising mid-point of calendar 2007 EBITDA and diluted EPS guidance by approximately 25%.
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