MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS
Key Energy Services, Inc., and its wholly owned subsidiaries provide a full range of well services to major oil companies and independent oil and natural gas production companies. Our services include rig-based and coiled tubing-based well maintenance and workover services, well completion and recompletion services, fluid management services, fishing and rental services, and other ancillary oilfield services. Additionally, certain of our rigs are capable of specialty drilling applications. We operate in most major oil and natural gas producing regions of the continental United States. We formerly had operations in Russia, which were sold in the third quarter of 2017. An important component of the Company’s growth strategy is to make acquisitions that will strengthen its core services or presence in selected markets, and the Company also makes strategic divestitures from time to time. The Company expects that the industry in which it operates will experience consolidation, and the Company expects to explore opportunities and engage in discussions regarding these opportunities, which could include mergers, consolidations or acquisitions or further dispositions or other transactions, although there can be no assurance that any such activities will be consummated.
The following discussion and analysis should be read in conjunction with the accompanying unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements and related notes as of and for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 and 2016, included elsewhere herein, and the audited consolidated financial statements and notes thereto included in our 2016 Form 10-K and Part 1A. Risk Factors of our 2016 Form 10-K.
We provide information regarding five business segments: U.S. Rig Services, Fluid Management Services, Coiled Tubing Services, Fishing and Rental Services and International. We also have a “Functional Support” segment associated with managing our U.S. and International business segments. See “Note 15. Segment Information” in “Item 1. Financial Statements” of Part I of this report for a summary of our business segments.
The Baker Hughes U.S. rig count data, which is publicly available on a weekly basis, is often used as an indicator of overall Exploration and Production (“E&P”) company spending and broader oilfield activity. In assessing overall activity in the U.S. onshore oilfield service industry in which we operate, we believe that the Baker Hughes U.S. land drilling rig count is the best available barometer of E&P companies’ capital spending and resulting activity levels. Historically, our activity levels have been highly correlated with U.S. onshore capital spending by our E&P company customers as a group.
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Represents the average of the monthly average prices for each of the periods presented. Source: EIA and Bloomberg
Internally, we measure activity levels for our well servicing operations primarily through our rig and trucking hours. Generally, as capital spending by E&P companies increases, demand for our services also rises, resulting in increased rig and trucking services and more hours worked. Conversely, when activity levels decline due to lower spending by E&P companies, we generally provide fewer rig and trucking services, which results in fewer hours worked.