Helix Issues Formal 2007 Earnings Guidance
Helix Energy Solutions said late Thursday that, following the completion of its annual budgeting process and the pricing of the Initial Public Offering (IPO) of a minority stake in its subsidiary - Cal Dive International, Inc., it now expects 2007 earnings to be in the range of $3.35 - $4.75/share.
Martin Ferron, President and Chief Executive Officer, of Helix stated, "Our main strategic objective is to achieve long term sustainable earnings growth, linked to a superior return on capital. Based on the market opportunities open to us we have crafted a capital allocation plan that could generate at least 25% earnings growth in each of the next three years. For 2007, in particular, we reallocated capital between our Contracting Services and Oil and Gas business units to take advantage of recently announced marine asset investment opportunities (e.g. a second Well Intervention vessel for the North Sea) while achieving a more measured, lower risk, growth in our oil and gas production.
"Upon the closing of the Cal Dive IPO, we expect to receive net proceeds of around $345 million which does not include any proceeds from the potential exercise of the over-allotment option by the underwriters. These proceeds will allow us the balance sheet capacity to continue investing in marine assets that have a significant impact on the reduction of deepwater field finding and development costs, both for external customers and for our own activities. The IPO should result in a boost to our Q4/06 earnings of around $1.30/share. Our earnings guidance includes 100% of Cal Dive's estimated earnings. Due to transaction constraints at this time we cannot give specific guidance with respect to Cal Dive's earnings assumptions. The mid point of our earnings guidance represents an approximate 40% increase over current street estimates for 2006. It should also be noted the primary reason for the reduced upper end of the range compared to the initial preliminary estimate is lower commodity price assumptions."
Helix Energy Solutions, headquartered in Houston, Texas, is an energy services company that provides innovative solutions to the oil and gas industry worldwide for marginal field development, alternative development plans, field life extension and abandonment, with service lines including diving services, shelf and deepwater construction, robotics, well operations, well engineering and subsurface consulting services, platform ownership and oil and gas production.
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