Tidewater Reports Results for the 3 &9 Months Ended September 30, 2020

Source: www.gulfoilandgas.com 11/5/2020, Location: North America

Tidewater Inc. announced revenue for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020, of $86.5 million and $305.2 million, respectively compared with $119.8 million and $367.8 million, respectively, for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2019. Tidewater also reported net losses for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020, of $37.9 million ($0.94 per share) and $167.0 million ($4.15 per share), respectively, compared with $44.2 million ($1.15 per share) and $81.9 million ($2.17 per share), respectively, for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2019. Included in the net losses for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020 were impairment charges related to assets held for sale, affiliate credit losses, affiliate guaranteed obligation, inventory obsolescence and general and administrative severance expenses totaling $2.6 million and $124.4 million, respectively. Excluding these costs, we would have reported a net loss for the three months ended September 30, 2020 of $35.3 million ($0.87 per common share) and a net loss for the nine months ended September 30, 2020 of $42.6 million ($1.06 per common share). Included in the net losses for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2019 were general and administrative expenses for severance and similar expenses related to integrating Tidewater and GulfMark operations of $6.3 million and $10.5 million, respectively. Excluding these costs, net losses for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2019 were $37.9 million (or $0.98 per common share) and $71.4 million (or $1.89 per common share), respectively.

Quintin Kneen, Tidewater’s President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "Tidewater generated $30.0 million of free cash flow in the third-quarter, its best quarterly performance since its restructuring in 2017. That cash was used to repurchase $27.7 million of our outstanding bonds at 95% of par, and we completed the quarter with $33.7 million of net debt. We recently launched a tender for another $50.0 million of the bonds at 100.5% of par, and we simultaneously launched a consent to relax the financial covenants in 2021.

“We are executing on the plan we laid out on the first quarter call after reassessing our business outlook as a result of the pandemic. As of the third quarter we were positive cash flow from operations and free cash flow positive for the nine-month period. We are dedicated to remaining free cash flow positive for the year, and we are repositioning our shore base operations and our fleet so our business can remain free cash flow positive under the currently depressed market conditions.

“Our quarterly cash generation performance is both important and noteworthy, but the operational impact of the pandemic and overall lower market demand have been both severe and challenging. The Tidewater team is dedicated to our objectives of capital expenditure management, working capital management, and the restructure of our business to accommodate the lower level of demand around the world for our vessels.

“Domestic and international travel restrictions have started to ease in some regions, and as a result we have been able to improve the frequency of crew changes and allow our mariners to return home safely to their families and to more easily return to work. The situation remains far from solved, however, and we continue to urge global government coordination to support open travel for seafarers as designated key workers. For 2020, we continue to see the additional costs associated with managing the travel inefficiencies to be approximately $20.0 million, and this is in addition to the decreased level of profitability from lower overall demand.

“Another key element to our strategy is high-grading our fleet through strategic acquisitions and disposals. We disposed of 22 vessels in the third quarter for $10.6 million and early in the fourth quarter we made an acquisition of 11 modern crew boats for $5.3 million.

“I continue to be humbled by the commitment and resilience of the dedicated women and men across the company during these arduous times. These individuals are who enabled the company to so readily adapt and to progress as much as it has towards achieving its goals in today’s challenging environment.”


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