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Q1 2018 Natural Gas Services Group, Inc. Earnings Conference Call

Thursday, May 10, 2018 10:00 a.m. CT / 11:00 a.m. ET 

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Natural Gas Services Group, Inc. Reports First Quarter 2018 Financial and Operating Results

 

MIDLAND, Texas May 10, 2018 - Natural Gas Services Group, Inc. ("NGS" or the "Company") (NYSE:NGS), a leading provider of gas compression equipment and services to the energy industry, today announced financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2018.

For the quarter ended March 31, 2018, NGS reported rental revenue of $11.5 million compared to $11.9 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2017. Sequentially, rental revenue on a quarterly basis stayed relatively flat with a slight increase of $59,000.

The Company reported net income for the first quarter of $225,000 compared to $252,000  in the same quarter in 2017 and $18.7 million in the prior quarter. Excluding the effect of the tax benefit from the Tax Act of 2017, prior quarter adjusted net income was $352,000. Earnings per diluted share for the quarter ended  March 31, 2018 was 2 cents. Please see discussions of Non-GAAP Financial Measures-Special Items, below.

Highlights of the quarter include:

Revenue: Total revenue for the three months ended March 31, 2018 was $14.7 million, a decrease from $18.9 million compared to the three months ended March 31, 2017. This decrease was mainly a result of a $3.6 million drop in sales due to fluctuations in the timing of our compressor sales activity. Total revenue, sequentially, decreased between quarters by $1.9 million, to $14.7 million from $16.7 million, due to lower flare and parts sales and some rescheduled large horsepower compressor sales.

Operating Income: Operating income for the three months ended March 31, 2018 was relatively flat compared to the same period in the prior year at $350,000 and $343,000, respectively. Sequentially, operating income increased to $350,000 from $217,000 due to a decrease in stock compensation expense.

Adjusted Gross Margins: Total adjusted gross margin for the three months ended March 31, 2018 decreased $959,000 to $7.8 million from $8.7 million for the same period ended March 31, 2017 as a percentage of revenue increased to 53% for the three months ended March 31, 2018 compared to 46% for the same period ended March 31, 2017. This increase is due to the mix in revenues shifting back towards higher margin rentals from lower margin sales plus an increase in sales adjusted gross margin. Sequentially, adjusted gross margin was $7.8 million for the three months ending March 31, 2018 compared to $7.9 million in the three months ended in December 31, 2017. Adjusted gross margin percentages increased to 53% from 47% the previous quarter, driven by the same shift in revenues towards rentals and higher rental and sales margins. Please see discussion of Non-GAAP Financial Measures - Adjusted Gross Margin at the conclusion of this release.

Net Income:  Net income for the three months ended March 31, 2018 decreased to $225,000 compared to net income of $252,000 for the same period in 2017. Sequentially, net income decreased to $225,000 from reported net income of $18.7 million. Excluding the $18.4 million tax benefit from the 2017 Tax Act, when comparing sequential periods, net income was off $127,000. Please see discussions of Non-GAAP Financial Measures-Special Items, below.

Earnings Per Share:  Comparing the first quarter of 2018 versus 2017, earnings per diluted share was flat at 2 cents. Sequentially, diluted earnings per share decreased to 2 cents from $1.42. Excluding the tax benefit when comparing sequential periods, earnings per diluted share was only down 1 cent. Please see discussions of Non-GAAP Financial Measures-Special Items, below.

Adjusted EBITDA:  Adjusted EBITDA was flat at $5.7 million, but rose as a percentage of revenue to 38% from 30%, for the three months ended March 31, 2018 and March 31, 2017, respectively. Adjusted EBITDA increased approximately $52,000 in the sequential quarters and increased relative to revenue to 38% from 34%. Please see discussion of Non-GAAP Financial Measures - Adjusted EBITDA at the conclusion of this release.

Cash Flow: At March 31, 2018, cash and cash equivalents were $65.1 million with a bank debt level of $417,000, all of which is classified as non-current. Positive net cash flow from operating activities was $5.1 million during the three months ended of 2018.


Commenting on first quarter 2018 results, Stephen C. Taylor, President and CEO, said:

"Rental revenues continued to solidify this quarter and our rental backlog, including all horsepower classes, has grown dramatically, portending further gains in rental revenue.  Total sales revenues were off due to lower flare activity, a large engine sale in the last quarter and delayed fabrication of some large horsepower compressor sales in favor of large horsepower rentals.  This was a short-term impact in favor of a longer term benefit and, as our sales backlog indicates, those sales will materialize in later quarters this year. We continued to report positive net income, our gross margins were strong and SG&A decreased throughout the quarter. Importantly, operating cash flow is solid and our cash balance provides sufficient liquidity for fleet expansion."

Selected data: The tables below show revenues and percentage of total revenues, along with our adjusted gross margin, exclusive of depreciation and amortization, and related percentages of each of our product lines for the three months ended March 31, 2018 and 2017.  Adjusted gross margin is the difference between revenue and cost of sales, exclusive of depreciation and amortization.

  Revenue   Adjusted Gross Margin(1)
  Three months ended March 31,   Three months ended March 31,
  2018   2017   2018   2017
  (in thousands)
Rental $ 11,471     78 %   $ 11,922     63 %   $ 6,767     59 %   $ 7,254     61 %
Sales 2,998     20 %   6,637     35 %   807     27 %   1,214     18 %
Service & Maintenance 249     2 %   343     2 %   184     74 %   249     73 %
Total $ 14,718         $ 18,902         $ 7,758     53 %   $ 8,717     46 %

(1) For a reconciliation of adjusted gross margin to its most directly comparable financial measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP, please read "Non-GAAP Financial Measures - Adjusted Gross Margin" below.

Non-GAAP Financial Measure - Adjusted Gross Margin: "Adjusted Gross Margin" is defined as total revenue less cost of sales (excluding depreciation and amortization expense). Adjusted gross margin is included as a supplemental disclosure because it is a primary measure used by management as it represents the results of revenue and cost of sales (excluding depreciation and amortization expense), which are key operating components. Depreciation expense is a necessary element of costs and the ability to generate revenue and selling, general and administrative expense is a necessary cost to support operations and required corporate activities. Management uses this non-GAAP measure as a supplemental measure to other GAAP results to provide a more complete understanding of the company's performance. As an indicator of operating performance, adjusted gross margin should not be considered an alternative to, or more meaningful than, operating income as determined in accordance with GAAP. Adjusted Gross margin may not be comparable to a similarly titled measure of another company because other entities may not calculate adjusted gross margin in the same manner.

The reconciliation of operating income to adjusted gross margin is as follows:

  Three months ended March 31,
  (in thousands)
2018   2017
Operating Income $ 350     $ 343  
Depreciation and amortization 5,387     5,328  
Selling, general, and administration expenses 2,021     3,046  
Adjusted Gross Margin $ 7,758     $ 8,717  

Non GAAP Financial Measures - Adjusted EBITDA: "Adjusted EBITDA" reflects net income or loss before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization. Adjusted EBITDA is a measure used by analysts and investors as an indicator of operating cash flow since it excludes the impact of movements in working capital items, non-cash charges and financing costs. Therefore, Adjusted EBITDA gives the investor information as to the cash generated from the operations of a business. However, Adjusted EBITDA is not a measure of financial performance under accounting principles GAAP, and should not be considered a substitute for other financial measures of performance. Adjusted EBITDA as calculated by NGS may not be comparable to Adjusted EBITDA as calculated and reported by other companies. The most comparable GAAP measure to Adjusted EBITDA is net income.

The reconciliation of net income to Adjusted EBITDA and gross margin is as follows:

  Three months ended March 31,
  (in thousands)
  2018   2017
Net income $ 225     $ 252  
Interest expense 3     2  
Provision for income taxes 49     92  
Depreciation and amortization 5,387     5,328  
Adjusted EBITDA $ 5,664     $ 5,674  

Non GAAP Financial Measures - Special Items: From time to time, management may publicly disclose certain "non-GAAP financial measures", such as adjusted operating income and net income, in our earnings releases, financial presentations or earnings conference calls. These non-GAAP measures are not in accordance with, or a substitute for, measures prepared in accordance with GAAP, and may be different from non-GAAP measures used by other companies. In addition, these non-GAAP measures are not based on any comprehensive set of accounting rules or principles. Non-GAAP measures have limitations in that they do not reflect all of the amounts associated with the Company's results of operations that would be reflected in measures determined in accordance with GAAP. Adjusted net income reflects net income before the income tax effects of the 2017 Tax Act.

The reconciliation of reported net income to adjusted net income is as follows:

  Three months ended December 31, 2017
  (in thousands)
  Condensed   Diluted Per Share
Reported net income $ 18,702     $ 1.42  
Income tax benefit related to the re-measurement of our deferred tax assets and liabilities (18,350 )   (1.39 )
Adjusted net income $ 352     $ 0.03  


Conference Call Details:

Teleconference: Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. Central (11:00 a.m. Eastern).  Live via phone by dialing 877-358-7306, pass code "Natural Gas Services".   All attendees and participants to the conference call should arrange to call in at least 5 minutes prior to the start time.

Live Webcast: The webcast will be available in listen only mode via our website www.ngsgi.com, investor relations section.

Webcast Reply: For those unable to attend or participate, a replay of the conference call will be available within 24 hours on the NGS website at www.ngsgi.com.

Stephen C. Taylor, President and CEO of Natural Gas Services Group, Inc. will be leading the call and discussing the financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2018.

About Natural Gas Services Group, Inc. (NGS): NGS is a leading provider of small to medium horsepower, wellhead compression equipment to the natural gas industry with a primary focus on the non-conventional gas and oil industry, i.e., coalbed methane, gas and oil shales and tight gas. The Company manufactures, fabricates, rents, sells and maintains natural gas compressors and flare systems for gas and oil production and plant facilities. NGS is headquartered in Midland, Texas with fabrication facilities located in Tulsa, Oklahoma and Midland, Texas and service facilities located in major gas and oil producing basins in the U.S. Additional information can be found at www.ngsgi.com.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements:

Except for historical information contained herein, the statements in this release are forward-looking and made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, which may cause NGS's actual results in future periods to differ materially from forecasted results.  Those risks include, among other things, the loss of market share through competition or otherwise; the introduction of competing technologies by other companies; a prolonged, substantial reduction in oil and gas prices which could cause a decline in the demand for NGS's products and services; and new governmental safety, health and environmental regulations which could require NGS to make significant capital expenditures. The forward-looking statements included in this press release are only made as of the date of this press release, and NGS undertakes no obligation to publicly update such forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances. A discussion of these factors is included in the Company's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

For More Information, Contact: Alicia Dada, Investor Relations
  (432) 262-2700
Alicia.Dada@ngsgi.com
  www.ngsgi.com


 NATURAL GAS SERVICES GROUP, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in thousands, except per share amounts)
(unaudited)
       
  March 31,   December 31,
  2018   2017
ASSETS      
Current Assets:      
Cash and cash equivalents $ 65,138     $ 69,208  
Trade accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $495 and $569,  respectively 7,719     8,534  
Inventory 25,749     26,224  
Prepaid income taxes 3,443     3,443  
Prepaid expenses and other 329     817  
Total current assets 102,378     108,226  
Long-term inventory, net of allowance for obsolescence of $21 and $15, respectively 3,315     2,829  
Rental equipment, net of accumulated depreciation of $150,859 and $145,851, respectively 168,790     167,099  
Property and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation of $11,528 and $11,274, respectively 9,277     7,652  
Goodwill 10,039     10,039  
Intangibles, net of accumulated amortization of $1,664 and $1,632 respectively 1,495     1,526  
Other assets 1,066     939  
Total assets $ 296,360     $ 298,310  
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY      
Current Liabilities:      
Accounts payable $ 1,322     $ 4,162  
Accrued liabilities 3,407     3,106  
Deferred income 294     185  
Total current liabilities 5,023     7,453  
Line of credit, non-current portion 417     417  
Deferred income tax liability 32,211     32,163  
Other long-term liabilities 1,075     958  
Total liabilities 38,726     40,991  
Commitments and contingencies      
Stockholders' Equity:      
Preferred stock, 5,000 shares authorized, no shares issued or outstanding -     -  
Common stock, 30,000 shares authorized, par value $0.01; 12,949 and 12,880 shares issued and outstanding, respectively 129     129  
Additional paid-in capital 105,415     105,325  
Retained earnings 152,090     151,865  
Total stockholders' equity 257,634     257,319  
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 296,360     $ 298,310  


NATURAL GAS SERVICES GROUP, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENTS
(in thousands, except earnings per share)
(unaudited)
   
  Three months ended
  March 31,
  2018   2017
Revenue:      
Rental income $ 11,471     $ 11,922  
Sales 2,998     6,637  
Service and maintenance income 249     343  
Total revenue 14,718     18,902  
Operating costs and expenses:      
Cost of rentals, exclusive of depreciation and amortization stated separately below 4,704     4,668  
Cost of sales, exclusive of depreciation and amortization stated separately below 2,191     5,423  
Cost of service and maintenance 65     94  
Selling, general, and administrative expense 2,021     3,046  
Depreciation and amortization 5,387     5,328  
Total operating costs and expenses 14,368     18,559  
Operating income 350     343  
Other income (expense):      
Interest expense (3 )   (2 )
Other (expense) income , net (73 )   3  
Total other (expense) income, net (76 )   1  
Income before provision for income taxes 274     344  
Provision for income taxes 49     92  
Net income $ 225     $ 252  
Earnings per share:      
Basic $ 0.02     $ 0.02  
Diluted $ 0.02     $ 0.02  
Weighted average shares outstanding:      
Basic 12,920     12,804  
Diluted 13,169     13,056  


NATURAL GAS SERVICES GROUP, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(in thousands)
(unaudited)
  Three months ended
  March 31,
  2018   2017
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:      
Net income $ 225     $ 252  
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:      
Depreciation and amortization 5,387     5,328  
Deferred income taxes 48     (1,266 )
Stock based compensation 428     1,532  
Bad debt allowance (50 )   60  
Gain on sale of assets -     (27 )
Loss (gain) on company owned life insurance 67     (12 )
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:      
Trade accounts receivables, net 865     2,637  
Inventory 15     1,661  
Prepaid expenses and prepaid income taxes 488     1,930  
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities (2,539 )   68  
Deferred income 109     (1,741 )
Other 85     43  
NET CASH PROVIDED BY OPERATING ACTIVITIES 5,128     10,465  
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:      
Purchase of property and equipment (8,712 )   (144 )
Purchase of company owned life insurance (139 )   (93 )
Proceeds from sale of property and equipment -     27  
NET CASH USED IN INVESTING ACTIVITIES (8,851 )   (210 )
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:      
Repayments from other long-term liabilities, net (9 )   (4 )
Proceeds from exercise of stock options 157     517  
Taxes paid related to net share settlement of equity awards (495 )   (492 )
NET CASH (USED IN) PROVIDED BY FINANCING ACTIVITIES (347 )   21  
NET CHANGE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS (4,070 )   10,276  
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS AT BEGINNING OF PERIOD 69,208     64,094  
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS AT END OF PERIOD $ 65,138     $ 74,370  
SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURE OF CASH FLOW INFORMATION:      
Interest paid $ 3     $ 2  
Income taxes paid $ -     $ -  
NON-CASH TRANSACTIONS      
Transfer of rental equipment components to inventory $ 40     $ 48  

Natural Gas Services Group, Inc. Announces its First Quarter 2018 Earnings Call

 

Midland, Texas, April 26, 2018 - Natural Gas Services Group, Inc. (NYSE:NGS), a leading provider of gas compression equipment and services to the natural gas industry, announces  the following conference call information for their first quarter 2018 earnings release:

Earnings Release: Thursday, May 10, 2018 before market opens
Public distribution will be through Nasdaq OMX and the Natural Gas Services Group, Inc. website at www.ngsgi.com.

 Conference Call: Thursday, May 10, 2018  at 10:00 a.m. Central, 11:00 a.m. Eastern 
 Live via phone by dialing 877-358-7306, pass code "Natural Gas Services." All attendees and participants to the conference call should arrange to call in at least 5 minutes prior to the start time.

Conference Call Replay
For those unable to attend the live teleconference, a Webcast replay of the call will be available within 2 hours at the NGS website at www.ngsgi.com under the Investor Relations section.

 Stephen Taylor, Chairman, President and CEO of Natural Gas Services Group, Inc. will be leading the call and discussing first quarter 2018 financial results.

About Natural Gas Services Group, Inc.
NGS is a leading provider of small to medium horsepower compression equipment to the natural gas industry, with an emerging position in the large horsepower market. NGS provides wellhead compression equipment to the natural gas industry with a primary focus on the non-conventional gas and oil industry, i.e., coalbed methane, gas and oil shales and tight gas. The Company manufactures, fabricates, rents, sells and maintains natural gas compressors and flare systems for gas and oil production and plant facilities. NGS is headquartered in Midland, Texas with fabrication facilities located in Tulsa, Oklahoma and Midland,Texas and service facilities located in major gas and oil producing basins in the U.S. Additional information can be found at www.ngsgi.com.

 

Natural Gas Services Group, Inc.
Alicia Dada, Investor Relations Coordinator
432-262-2700 or alicia.dada@ngsgi.com