Keane Group Beats Earnings Despite Fracking Activity Challenges

Pure Fracking play Keane Group reported better than expected third quarter earnings after the close Wednesday. $FRAC footprint is in the Permian Basin, Marcellus Shale/Utica Shale, the SCOOP/STACK Formation and the Bakken Formation.

Pure Fracking play Keane Group reported better than expected thirdquarter earnings after the close Wedneday. $FRAC footprint is in the Permian Basin, Marcellus Shale/Utica Shale, the SCOOP/STACK Formation and the Bakken Formation.

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Image: Houston Chronicle – Houston’s Keane Group $FRAC was the first IPO of 2017.

Keane Group Inc. (NYSE: $FRAC) Reported Earnings After Close Wednesday

$0.28 Beat $0.19 EPS and $558.9 million Beat $55 in revenue 

Earnings

Keane Group (FRAC) reported third quarter realized net income of $30.8 million or $0.28 per share, unchanged from the $0.28 per share reported for the second quarter of 2018. 

Adjusted EBITDA of $100.9 million compared to second quarter 2018 of $111.3 million. FRAC beat the expectations of $0.19 per share on revenues of $556.91 million with revenue of $558.9 million, compared to second quarter 2018 of $578.5 million

Keane Group Inc NYSE: $FRAC

Market Reaction > After Hours $13.00 +0.43 (+3.42%)

Highlights

  • Reported annualized Adjusted Gross Profit per fleet of $20.5 million, compared to second quarter 2018 of $20.0 million
  • Averaged 27.0 hydraulic fracturing fleets deployed in third quarter 2018; equivalent of 24.0 fully-utilized fleets
  • Executed $88 million of stock repurchases to date, representing approximately 6% of outstanding shares
  • Board of Directors authorized second stock repurchase program capacity reset to $100 million

Outlook

  • For the fourth quarter of 2018, total revenue is expected to range between $470 million and $500 million.
  • Keane’s hydraulic fracturing fleet for the fourth quarter of 2018 will include 29.0 fleets, of which, 25.0 are expected to be deployed. Of this amount, Keane expects to achieve average utilization of approximately 90%, resulting in the equivalent of approximately 22.0 average fully-utilized hydraulic fracturing fleets during the quarter.
  • Annualized Adjusted Gross Profit per fleet, based on approximately 22.0 average fully-utilized fleets, is expected to range between $16.0 million and $18.0 million, including approximately $15 million of labor and maintenance costs associated with keeping our fleets market-ready.
  • Keane’s cementing business continues to ramp activity. By the end of 2018, Keane expects run-rate revenue of its cementing business of between $50 million and $60 million on margins of approximately 15%.
  • This compares to Keane’s previous forecast of run-rate revenue by the end of 2018 of between $70 million and $90 million and margins of 20% to 25%, which it now expects to achieve in the first half of 2019.

“While I am pleased with the efficiency we are seeing across our portfolio, driven by our partnership with high quality operators, we expect the fourth quarter to be impacted by the same efficiency-driven challenges faced in the third quarter, as well as customer budget exhaustion, some early-achievement of production targets, commodity price differentials and typical seasonality,” said CEO Mr. Drummond.

“While our business is not immune to these challenges, we believe they are temporary, and we’re utilizing the near-term market dynamics to invest in our people and equipment, ensuring that we are well-positioned to take advantage of the opportunities anticipated on the horizon. I am very optimistic about the long term fundamentals for our business over the next few years.” He added

Keane Group Q2 Earnings Recap

$0.28 In-Line $0.28 EPS and $578.5 million in revenue 

Earnings

Revenue for the second quarter of 2018 of $578.5 million, an increase of 13% compared to revenue for the first quarter of 2018 of $513.0 million. Net income for the second quarter of 2018 was $0.28 per share, compared to net loss of $0.07 per share for the first quarter of 2018. Excluding one-time items and other adjustments further discussed below, net income for the second quarter of 2018 was $38.5 million, compared to net income of $21.1 million for the first quarter of 2018.

Keane Group Inc NYSE: $FRAC

Market Reaction > After Hours $13.68 +$0.08 (0.07%)

Highlights

      • Averaged 26.3 deployed hydraulic fracturing fleets during second quarter 2018; exited quarter with 27 deployed fleets
      • Newbuild fleet 28 deployed in July; entered dedicated agreement for fleet 29 to be deployed in fourth quarter of 2018
      • Completed second quarter 2018 stock repurchases of $40.1 million;
      • Board authorized program reset to $100 million
      • In July 2018, acquired approximately 90,000 HHP for cash consideration of $34.6 million

Outlook

      • Keane expects to average approximately 27 deployed hydraulic fracturing fleets during the third quarter of 2018.
      • Keane will integrate a portion of the recently acquired horsepower to enable the reactivation of the partially damaged fleet, expected by the end of the third quarter of 2018.
      • Total revenue is expected to range between $565 million and $590 million for the third quarter of 2018.
      • Annualized Adjusted Gross Profit per fleet is expected to be in-line with the second quarter of 2018.
      • Keane expects to further ramp activity in its cementing business during the third quarter of 2018 and the remainder of the year.
      • y the end of 2018, Keane continues to expect from the cementing business run-rate revenue of between $70 million and $90 million on margins of between 20% and 25%.

About The Keane Group

The company is “one of the largest pure-play providers of integrated well completion services in the U.S., with a focus on complex, technically demanding completion solutions. Our primary service offerings include horizontal and vertical fracturing, wireline perforation and logging and engineered solutions, as well as other value-added service offerings.” Keane website.

The FRAC IPO

The $FRAC IPO opened at $22 after pricing its initial public offering of 26,760,000 shares of its common stock at the high end of the expected range of the public offering price of $19.00 per share. 

15,700,000 of the shares were offered by the Company and 11,060,000 shares were being offered by the selling stockholder. The selling stockholder also granted the underwriters a 30-day over-allotment option to purchase an additional 4,014,000 shares of the Company’s common stock.

The IPO was greater than 3 times larger than last year’s oilfield services IPO Mammoth Energy $TUSK

Footprint located in the Permian Basin, Marcellus Shale/Utica Shale, the SCOOP/STACK Formation, the Bakken Formation and other active oil and gas basins.

Acquired by Cerberus in 2011, positioned to take advantage of a rebound in E&P spending.

Source: Keane Group

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