Helix Scoops up $90.9MM in Second Quarter

Helix Energy Solutions reported second quarter net income of $90.9 million, or $0.96 per diluted share. This compares to net income of $57.7 million, or $0.61 per diluted share, reported for the second quarter of 2007, and net income of $74.3 million, or $0.79 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2008. Net income for the six months ended June 30, 2008 was $165.2 million, or $1.75 per diluted share, compared to $113.5 million, or $1.21 per diluted share, for the six months ended June 30, 2007.

The Company realized pre-tax gains of approximately $19 million on asset sales of oil and gas properties during the quarter, which compares to approximately $61 million of asset sale gains recorded in the first quarter of 2008. Excluding the impact of these gains, earnings per share for the second and first quarters of 2008 would have been $0.86 and $0.37, respectively. Net income for the second quarter of 2007 was negatively impacted by three non-recurring items recorded by Helix’s majority owned subsidiary, Cal Dive International, Inc. Excluding these items, net income for the second quarter of 2007 was $65.8 million, or $0.70 per share.

"During the second quarter, we achieved record quarterly revenues and gross profit, with quarterly revenue increases across all of our segments," said Owen Kratz, President and Chief Executive Officer of Helix. "Continued strong demand for our specialty deepwater assets, along with seasonal upswing in our shelf contracting business, resulted in improvements in revenue and operating income over the prior quarter. Our oil and gas operations benefited from a favorable commodity price environment during the quarter which offset minor production declines.

"During the quarter we continued to focus on the execution of our strategic plan, completing the sale of an additional 10% working interest in our Bushwood field, completing the sale of all of our onshore oil and gas properties, and returning the Q4000 to service. Our major capital initiatives are continuing to progress and we expect to begin to realize the benefits of these investments starting in the third quarter with first production at Bushwood."
 

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