Key Energy expects to bounce back in 2019 from 2018 reported financial losses

With major operations in Oklahoma, Houston-based Key Energy Services, Inc. reported fourth quarter 2018 consolidated revenues of more than $117 million and a net loss of $23.1 million.

Company leadership blamed the losses on a slowdown in oilfield activity in 2018 and the decline in oil prices.

The loss figured to be $1.14 per share compared to a year ago when the company’s consolidated revenues were $134.7 million and the net loss totaled $23.9 million or $1.18 per share.

The results for the fourth quarter of 2018 include expenses of $1.3 million, or $0.06 per share, associated with certain equity awards, and gains on sale of assets of $2.2 million, or$0.11 per share. Excluding these items, the Company reported a net loss of $24.0 million, or $(1.19) per share for the fourth quarter of 2018.

The results for the third quarter of 2018 include expenses of $1.6 million, or $0.08 per share, associated with certain equity awards, gains on sale of assets of $1.9 million, or $0.10 per share, and costs associated with executive changes of $1.2 million, or $0.06 per share. Excluding these items, the Company reported a net loss of $23.0 million, or $(1.14) per share for the third quarter of 2018.

Consolidated revenues for the full year of 2018 increased $85.5 million, or 19.6%, to $521.7 million from full year 2017 revenues of $436.2 million. The Company reduced its net loss by $31.8 million to $88.8 million for the full year of 2018 from $120.6 million for the full year of 2017, with diluted loss per share improving by $1.62 per share to $(4.38) per share for the year ended December 31, 2018 as compared to $(6.00) per share for the full year of 2017.

Key’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Rob Saltiel, stated, “Our fourth quarter results were impacted by a general reduction in activity due to the completion of clients’ 2018 budgets, the decline in oil prices from October onward and the seasonal holiday slowdown. This particularly affected our coiled tubing business and our 24-hour completion rigs in the Permian Basin.  Despite the decline in activity and revenues, our results benefited from price increases during the fourth quarter and our success in lowering our cost structure.   These factors lessened the impact on our net loss and Adjusted EBITDA from the quarter-to-quarter decline in revenue.”

He went on to indicate the firm expects an increase of up to 5 percent in first quarter 2019 revenues. Since Key Energy was founded in 1977, the firm has opened an office in El Reno, Oklahoma and made major acquisitions of Oklahoma energy businesses to expand its own operations.

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