SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nuverra Environmental Solutions, Inc. (NYSE American: NES) (“Nuverra,” the “Company,” “we,” “us” or “our”) today announced financial and operating results for the third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2019.
SUMMARY OF QUARTERLY RESULTS
Third quarter revenue was $43.1 million, a decrease of approximately 4.7%, or $2.1 million, when compared with revenue of $45.2 million in the second quarter of 2019.
When compared to the same period in the prior year, third quarter revenue decreased 13.2%, or $6.6 million.
Net loss for the third quarter was $6.1 million as compared to net losses of $5.0 million in the second quarter of 2019 and $7.1 million in the third quarter of 2018.
Adjusted EBITDA for the third quarter was $4.6 million, a decrease of $0.7 million compared with $5.3 million in the second quarter of 2019.
Adjusted EBITDA for the third quarter increased by $0.6 million over the same period in the prior year.
Total liquidity available as of September 30, 2019 was $19.9 million.
“In the third quarter of 2019, we are seeing more of the effects of the industry slowdown on our revenues,” said Charlie Thompson, Chief Executive Officer. “The biggest impacts were felt in the Rocky Mountain division third party trucking, lay flat and landfill businesses. Fewer fracs and flowbacks in our geographies impacted the third party business and we saw less drilling near our landfill. The Northeast division continued to be impacted by the reuse trend and the Haynesville market saw declining activity with the lower natural gas prices. Related to this decline in activity is greater pricing pressure from our customers and our competitors. We continue to work on cost reduction measures and operating efficiencies and are accelerating those measures as we start the fourth quarter. We have noticed an increase in Northeast disposal volumes since the middle of September and are optimistic that trend will continue in the fourth quarter. We expect continued pressure in the Rocky Mountain and the Southern divisions, but are focused on efficient customer service and safety to preserve customer relationships.”
THIRD QUARTER 2019 RESULTS
Third quarter revenue was $43.1 million, a decrease of $2.1 million, or 4.7%, from $45.2 million in the second quarter of 2019. Of this 4.7% decrease, approximately 3.4% is attributable to a decrease in activities and 1.3% to pricing decreases.
When compared to the third quarter of 2018, third quarter 2019 revenue decreased by 13.2%, or $6.6 million, primarily due to decreases in activity levels for water transfer services for all three divisions, partially offset by increases in disposal services in the Northeast and Southern divisions. In the Rocky Mountain division, the decrease in water transfer and disposal service revenues was primarily due to a $3.0 million decrease in water transfer revenues from lower trucking volumes outsourced to third parties, a $1.3 million reduction in water transfer revenues from lay flat temporary hose, and a $1.1 million decrease in disposal service revenues from our landfill. In the Northeast division, the reuse of production water in customer completion activities during the third quarter continued to negatively impact our activity levels for water transfer services with total billable hours down 12% from the prior year. Offsetting this decrease in the Northeast was an increase in disposal services primarily due to the acquisition of Clearwater Solutions in the fourth quarter of 2018, which contributed revenues of $2.2 million in the third quarter of 2019. In the Southern division, the lower activity levels for water transfer services is due to a decrease in trucking volumes primarily from one major customer.
Total costs and expenses for the third quarter were $48.1 million. Total costs and expenses, adjusted for special items, were $47.7 million, or a $1.6 million decrease when compared with $49.3 million in the second quarter of 2019. Total costs and expenses, adjusted for special items, decreased 14.6% compared with $55.9 million in the third quarter of 2018 as a result of lower activity levels, as well as a favorable service mix due to growth in higher margin disposal services and active cost reduction efforts over the past year.
Net loss for the third quarter was $6.1 million as compared to a net loss of $5.0 million in the second quarter of 2019. Net loss for the third quarter of 2018 was $7.1 million. For the third quarter of 2019, the Company reported a net loss, adjusted for special items, of $5.7 million. Special items in the third quarter primarily included gains on the sale of underutilized assets, offset by stock-based compensation expense and long-lived asset impairment charges for assets classified as held for sale in the Rocky Mountain division. This compares with a net loss, adjusted for special items, of $5.3 million in the second quarter of 2019 and $7.4 million in the third quarter of 2018.
Adjusted EBITDA for the third quarter of 2019 was $4.6 million, a decrease of $0.7 million compared with $5.3 million in the second quarter of 2019. Of the 13.7% decrease in adjusted EBITDA, 12.2% related to pricing decreases, 2.3% related to a decrease in activity levels, both of which were partially offset by a 0.8% reduction in corporate expenses. When compared to the third quarter of 2018, adjusted EBITDA increased $0.6 million, or 16.2%. The 16.2% increase is comprised of a benefit of 44.7% for acquisitions/closures and 23.3% for corporate items, partially offset by 39.0% for decreases in activity levels and 12.8% for decreases in pricing. Third quarter 2019 adjusted EBITDA margin was 10.6%, compared with 11.7% in the second quarter of 2019 and 7.9% in the third quarter of 2018.
YEAR-TO-DATE RESULTS FOR THE NINE MONTHS ENDED SEPTEMBER 30, 2019 (“YTD”)
YTD revenue was $131.0 million, a decrease of $17.3 million, or 11.7%, from $148.3 million for the same period in 2018. The decrease in revenues is primarily due to decreases in water transfer services in all three divisions, partially offset by increases in disposal services in all three divisions. Additionally, $1.8 million in revenues associated with the Eagle Ford Shale area were included in revenues in the prior year but did not reoccur in the current year due to management’s decision to exit the Eagle Ford Shale area as of March 1, 2018.
In the Rocky Mountain division, the decrease in water transfer service revenues was primarily due to a $9.9 million decrease in revenues from lower trucking volumes outsourced to third parties and a $4.8 million reduction in revenues from lay flat temporary hose. In the Northeast division, the reuse of production water in customer completion activities during 2019 negatively impacted our activity levels for water transfer services with total billable hours down 9% from the prior year. Offsetting this decrease in the Northeast was an increase in disposal services primarily due to the acquisition of Clearwater Solutions in the fourth quarter of 2018, which contributed revenues of $6.7 million in 2019. In the Southern division, the lower activity levels for water transfer services is due to a decrease in trucking volumes from several key customers in the division.
YTD net loss was $17.4 million, an improvement of $33.1 million when compared with a net loss of $50.5 million for the same period in 2018. YTD net loss, adjusted for special items, was $17.1 million, an improvement of $12.9 million when compared with a net loss, adjusted for special items, of $30.0 million for the same period in 2018. YTD special items primarily included gains on the sale of underutilized assets, offset by stock-based compensation expense, continued reorganization expenses related to our 2017 chapter 11 filing and long-lived asset impairment charges for assets classified as held for sale in the Northeast and Rocky Mountain divisions.
YTD adjusted EBITDA was $14.4 million, an increase of $3.9 million, or 37.8%, when compared with the same period in 2018. Adjusted EBITDA margin for the 2019 YTD period was 11.0%, compared with 7.0% in 2018.
CASH FLOW AND LIQUIDITY
Net cash provided by operating activities for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 was $4.6 million, while capital expenditures net of asset sales consumed cash of $2.5 million. Asset sales were related to unused or under-utilized assets. The proceeds have been reinvested in 2019 in returns-driven growth projects, including the purchase of new trucks for our fleet.
Total liquidity available as of September 30, 2019 was $19.9 million. This consisted of cash and available revolver borrowings of $14.2 million, plus an additional $5.7 million delayed draw borrowing capacity under our second lien term loan. As of September 30, 2019, total debt outstanding was $36.9 million, consisting of $18.8 million under our senior secured term loan facility, $9.5 million under our second lien term loan facility, and $8.6 million of finance leases.
Nuverra Environmental Solutions, Inc. is a leading provider of water logistics and oilfield services to customers focused on the development and ongoing production of oil and natural gas from shale formations in the United States. Our services include the delivery, collection, and disposal of solid and liquid materials that are used in and generated by the drilling, completion, and ongoing production of shale oil and natural gas. We provide a suite of solutions to customers who demand safety, environmental compliance and accountability from their service providers. Find additional information about Nuverra in documents filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) at http://www.sec.gov.
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NUVERRA ENVIRONMENTAL SOLUTIONS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
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