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C.A.T. oil Successfully Boosts Revenues and Earnings in 9M 2012

Thursday, November 29, 2012 8:00 AM

C.A.T. oil AG (O2C, ISIN: AT0000A00Y78), one of the leading providers of oil and gas field services in Russia and Kazakhstan, today announced its results for the third quarter and the first nine months of 2012. The Company demonstrated strong operating and financial performance driven by a vital customer demand, the improved price mix, and positive contributions from the new conventional drilling service. Backed by a historic quarterly high in revenues in Q3, C.A.T. oil increased its revenues by 17.5% yoy to EUR 246.3 million on a nine months basis. At the same time the Company’s earnings before interest, tax and depreciation (EBITDA) surged by 28.1% yoy to EUR 58.8 million in 9M, resulting in the EBITDA margin expansion to 23.9%. Concurrently, the net income improved by 20.5% yoy to EUR 15.2 million. Based upon the strong performance in the first nine months of the year, robust market fundamentals and favorable current operating activity levels, C.A.T. oil has reiterated its guidance for FY2012. In addition, the Company decided to expand the 2012 capital expenditure program to accommodate down payments for the expansion of its sidetracking and fracturing operating capacities in fiscal year 2013.

Manfred Kastner, CEO of C.A.T. oil, commented: “We have very good news to report, both, from a financial and operational perspective. The previous quarter was the strongest Q3 in our Company’s history: With revenues at EUR 88.5 million we achieved a new all time quarterly revenue high accompanied by one of the best EBITDA margin performances ever. While running at full speed in our traditional services, we finalized the setup of our third core service: All the nine new drilling rigs are now operational. C.A.T. oil possesses a well balanced portfolio of specific, yet complimentary services, which makes us a reliable and strategic partner for the key oil and gas producers in Russia and Kazakhstan. Based on our strong performance we reiterate our outlook for fiscal year 2012.”

Strong revenue boost

The Company’s revenues went up by 17.5% yoy to EUR 246.3 million on a nine month basis (9M 2011: EUR 209.7 million) and 18.5% yoy to EUR 88.5 million in Q3 (Q3 2011: EUR 74.7 million). The rise was primarily driven by strong customers’ demand, the higher job size and complexity and favorable pricing mix. The new conventional drilling service which was successively implemented in the course of the year generated profitable contributions and, therefore, accelerated the Company’s positive momentum. The average per job revenue went up by 17.5% yoy to TEUR 95 in 9M (9M 2011: TEUR 81) and 24.7% yoy to TEUR 100 in Q3 (Q3 2011: TEUR 80). On a nine month basis the total service job count stayed effectively flat yoy at 2,561 jobs (9M 2011: 2,578 jobs) and declined by 5.0% yoy to 884 jobs in Q3 (Q3 2011: 930 jobs) as more complex jobs involved longer execution time.

Cost base reflects scale effects and strict cost management

Cost of sales increased by 15.8% yoy to EUR 205.3 million in 9M 2012 (9M 2011: EUR 177.4 million) driven by the higher job size and complexity, the share of sidetracking jobs on a turnkey basis and the new drilling business. However, cost of sales lagged behind the top-line growth due to strict cost management and economies of scale. The Company’s total weighted average headcount increased by 4.0% to 2,469 employees in 9M (9M 2011: 2,373 employees) primarily due to the latest hires for the new high class conventional drilling.

Strong EBITDA and EBITDA margin development

The Company’s EBITDA jumped by 28.1% to EUR 58.8 million in 9M (9M 2011: EUR 45.9 million) and 32.4% yoy to EUR 25.0 million in Q3 (Q3 2011: EUR 18.9 million). The EBITDA margin expanded substantially to 23.9% yoy in 9M (9M 2011: 21.9%) and reached an impressive level of 28.3% yoy in Q3 (Q3 2011: 25.3%). The strong profitability underpins the exceptional performance, which is based on solid revenue growth and high cost efficiency. Earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) increased by 33.4% yoy to EUR 24.8 million in 9M (9M 2011: EUR 18.6 million) and the EBIT margin widened to 10.1% yoy in 9M (9M 2011: 8.9%).

Net income increased by 20.5% in 9M

C.A.T. oil increased its net income by 20.5% yoy to EUR 15.2 million in 9M (9M 2011: EUR 12.6 million) and 48.4% yoy to EUR 8.6 million in Q3 (Q3 2011: EUR 5.8 million). The development was bolstered by the improved financial result, which amounted to EUR -2.3 million (9M 2011: EUR -3.1 million) and EUR 0.4 million in Q3 (Q3 2011: EUR -3.3 million).

Ongoing strong cash generation

Funds from operations went up by 28.0% yoy to EUR 51.7 million in 9M (9M 2011: EUR 40.4 million) and cash flow from operating activities staged a 53.4% yoy increase to a net inflow of EUR 46.2 million (9M 2011: net inflow of EUR 30.1 million) due to the Company’s strong operational performance and consistent working capital management. Capital expenditure decreased by 77.0% yoy to EUR 19.0 million (9M 2011: EUR 83.0 million) reflecting the maintenance capital expenditure mode the Company operated during the reporting period. Cash flow from investing activities was a net outflow of EUR 17.6 million (9M 2011: net outflow of EUR 81.8 million). Cash flow from financing activities was a net outflow of EUR 29.8 million (9M 2011: net inflow of EUR 52.3 million) driven by an early redemption of long-term borrowings and an increase in cash dividend paid.

As of 30 September 2012, cash and cash equivalents amounted to EUR 30.2 million (31 December 2011: EUR 30.4 million) and net debt was EUR 29.4 million, down 41.7% from EUR 50.5 million as of 31 December 2011. C.A.T. oil maintained healthy balance sheet with an equity ratio of 65.7% as of 30 September 2012 (31 December 2011: 62.3%).

Objectives reiterated for FY 2012

Based on the strong performance in the first nine months of the year, C.A.T. oil reiterates its targets for FY 2012: The Company expects revenues in the range of EUR 300 to 320 million and an EBITDA in the range of EUR 67 to 73 million (based on a rouble-to-euro exchange rate of 40).

Business expansion in 2013

In response to solid market fundamentals and customers’ growing demand for the Company’s services, C.A.T. oil has decided to invest in additional capacities: Compared to the 2012 level, the sidetracking and fracturing operating capacities will be further expanded by 20% to 25% and by 7% to 10% respectively in 2013. To this end, the Company has increased its 2012 capital expenditures program by EUR 20.0 million to EUR 50.0 million and budgeted the 2013 capital expenditures at EUR 45.0 million, of which EUR 20.0 million are intended for the new capacity and the balance is due to maintenance capital expenditures.

Manfred Kastner added: “One of C.A.T. oil’s key success factors is its strong market position as well as the trusted and long-standing relationship with customers. Although the European financial and sovereign debt crisis impacts economies, particularly in Southern Europe, we continue to operate in highly dynamic markets. There is a lot of additional potential for our services in Russia and Kazakhstan that is why we decided to further expand our business. We will prudently invest in additional sidetracking and fracturing capacities by adding up to 5 sidetrack drilling rigs and 1 fracturing fleet in the course of 2013. This allows us to further grow our business and to capitalize on our longstanding activities and our strong position in Russia and Kazakhstan.”


Key financial figures for 9M 2012

[million EUR]   9M 2012   9M 2011   Change in %
Revenues 246.3 209.7 17.5
Cost of sales 205.3 177.4 15.8
Gross profit 41.0 32.3 26.9
EBITDA 58.8 45.9 28.1
EBITDA margin (%) 23.9 21.9  
EBIT 24.8 18.6 33.4
EBIT margin (%) 10.1 8.9  
Net income 15.2 12.6 20.5
Earnings per share (EUR) 0.312 0.259 20.5

Equity Ratio (%)1

65.7 62.3  
Cash flow from operating activities 46.2 30.1 53.4
Cash flow from investing activities -17.6 -81.8 -78.5
Cash flow from financing activities -29.8 52.3 >-100
Cash and cash equivalents1 30.2 30.4 -0.5
Total job count 2,561 2,578 -0.7
Per-job revenue (thou. EUR) 95 81 17.3
Employees 2,469 2,373 4.0

1 As of 30 September 2012 and 31 December 2011 respectively

(Source: Business Wire )
(Source: Quotemedia)


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