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Archrock Reports Third Quarter 2019 Results

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HOUSTON, Oct. 28, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Archrock, Inc. (NYSE: AROC) (“Archrock”) today reported results for the third quarter of 2019.

Third Quarter 2019 Financial Results

  • Net income for the third quarter of 2019 was $20.4 million compared to $10.0 million in the third quarter of 2018.
  • Adjusted EBITDA (a non-GAAP measure as defined below) for the third quarter of 2019 was $112.1 million, up 25% compared to the third quarter of 2018, and includes $8.0 million in gains related to the sale of compression assets.
  • Total operating horsepower at the end of the third quarter of 2019 was 3.9 million, up 451,000 horsepower compared to the third quarter of 2018.
  • Previously declared quarterly dividend of $0.145 per common share for the third quarter of 2019 represents growth of 10% compared to the third quarter of 2018. Dividend coverage for the third quarter of 2019 was 3.1x.
  • Reiterate full-year 2019 adjusted EBITDA guidance of between $400 and $410 million.

Management Commentary and Outlook

“Archrock again delivered strong financial and operational results for the third quarter, including attractive margins in our contract operations segment, coupled with growth of 451,000 horsepower compared to the third quarter of last year,” said Brad Childers, Archrock’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Margins in our contract operations business continue to benefit from quality execution and deployment of additional large horsepower units supporting midstream energy infrastructure. Our strong performance for the third quarter keeps us on pace to achieve our full-year 2019 adjusted EBITDA guidance of between $400 million and $410 million. On August 1st, we closed the previously announced Elite Compression acquisition, and our team has done a great job integrating Elite’s highly-complementary asset base into Archrock. We remain on track to realize $5 million or more of annualized cost synergies within the first year,” continues Childers.

“Record levels of U.S. natural gas production growth over the last two years necessitated the build-out of midstream infrastructure, including significant amounts of compression equipment.  As we look forward, we expect to see continued growth in natural gas demand and production in future years, albeit at rates that will be lower than in 2018 and 2019. We believe the positive long-term fundamentals for the compression business remain in place with low and stable U.S. natural gas prices spurring demand from LNG facilities, petrochemical plants, exports to Mexico and power generation.”

“We remain committed to our capital allocation priorities, which include positioning the business to achieve positive free cash flow. To accelerate that objective, we are targeting Archrock’s 2020 growth capital expenditures to be less than $125 million, which is less than half of 2019 levels. The reduction in growth capital combined with our strong asset base positions Archrock to generate positive free cash flow in 2020, while at the same time, reducing leverage below 4.0x. This dynamic, combined with our focus on operational execution positions Archrock to deliver increased shareholder value, including annual dividend growth of between 10 and 15% and dividend coverage of greater than 2.0x through 2020,” concluded Childers.

Contract Operations

For the third quarter of 2019, contract operations segment revenue totaled $198.3 million, an increase of 17% compared to $169.5 million in the third quarter of 2018. Gross margin was $122.4 million, up $22 million or 22% from the third quarter of 2018, reflecting a gross margin percentage of 62% compared to 59% in the prior year third quarter. Total operating horsepower at the end of the third quarter of 2019 was 3.9 million, up from 3.5 million at the end of the prior year third quarter, a 13% increase. Utilization was 88% at the end of the third quarter of both 2019 and 2018.

Aftermarket Services

For the third quarter of 2019, aftermarket services segment revenue totaled $46.6 million, a decrease of 26% compared to $62.9 million in the third quarter of 2018 driven by delays in maintenance activities. Gross margin percentage of 19% was 1% lower than gross margin percentage in the third quarter of 2018.

Balance Sheet

Long-term debt as of September 30, 2019 was $1.83 billion compared to $1.63 billion as of June 30, 2019. Archrock’s leverage ratio was 4.3x as of September 30, 2019 compared to 4.7x as of September 30, 2018 and 4.4x as of June 30, 2019.

Quarterly Dividend

Archrock’s Board of Directors recently declared a quarterly dividend of $0.145 per share of common stock, or $0.58 per share on an annualized basis, unchanged from the second quarter of 2019 and representing an increase of 10% compared to the third quarter of 2018. Dividend coverage in the third quarter of 2019 was 3.1x. The dividend will be paid on November 14, 2019 to stockholders of record at the close of business on November 7, 2019.

Summary Metrics

  Three Months Ended
  September 30,   June 30,   September 30,
(in thousands, except percentages, per share amounts and ratios) 2019   2019   2018
           
Net income $ 20,407     $ 11,423     $ 9,974  
Net income per common share $ 0.14     $ 0.09     $ 0.08  
Adjusted EBITDA $ 112,133     $ 100,664     $ 89,466  
           
Contract operations revenue $ 198,337     $ 186,258     $ 169,509  
Contract operations gross margin $ 122,396     $ 115,737     $ 100,453  
Contract operations gross margin percentage 62 %   62 %   59 %
           
Aftermarket services revenue $ 46,612     $ 52,132     $ 62,863  
Aftermarket services gross margin $ 8,987     $ 9,917     $ 12,820  
Aftermarket services gross margin percentage 19 %   19 %   20 %
           
Selling, general, and administrative $ 29,526     $ 28,618     $ 26,298  
           
Cash available for dividend $ 68,306     $ 55,354     $ 50,370  
Cash available for dividend coverage 3.10x   2.51x   2.95x
           
Total available horsepower (at period end) 4,441     4,096     3,937  
Total operating horsepower (at period end) 3,916     3,611     3,465  
Horsepower utilization spot (at period end) 88 %   88 %   88 %

Conference Call Details

Archrock will host a conference call on Tuesday, October 29, 2019, to discuss third quarter 2019 financial results. The call will begin at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time.

To listen to the call via a live webcast, please visit Archrock’s website at www.archrock.com. The call will also be available by dialing 1-877-407-0784 in the United States and Canada or 1-201-689-8560 for international calls. Please call approximately 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time and reference Archrock.

A replay of the conference call will be available on Archrock’s website for approximately seven days. Also, a replay may be accessed by dialing 1-844-512-2921 in the United States and Canada, or 1-412-317-6671 for international calls. The access code is 13695855.

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Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure, is defined as net income (loss) excluding interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, long-lived asset impairment, restatement and other charges, debt extinguishment loss, transaction-related costs, stock-based compensation expense, indemnification (income) expense, net and other items. A reconciliation of adjusted EBITDA to net income, the most directly comparable GAAP measure, appears below, and a reconciliation of our full-year 2019 adjusted EBITDA guidance to net income appears in our earnings release with respect to the second quarter of 2019.

Gross margin, a non-GAAP measure, is defined as total revenue less cost of sales (excluding depreciation and amortization). Gross margin percentage is defined as gross margin divided by revenue. A reconciliation of gross margin to net income, the most directly comparable GAAP measure, appears below.

Cash available for dividend, a non-GAAP measure, is defined as net income (loss) excluding interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, long-lived asset impairment, restatement and other charges, debt extinguishment loss, transaction-related costs, stock-based compensation expense and indemnification (income) expense, net less maintenance capital expenditures, other capital expenditures, cash taxes and cash interest expense. Reconciliations of cash available for dividend to net income and cash flows from operating activities, the most directly comparable GAAP measures, appear below.

About Archrock

Archrock is an energy infrastructure company with a pure-play focus on midstream natural gas compression.  Archrock is the leading provider of natural gas compression services to customers in the oil and natural gas industry throughout the U.S. and a leading supplier of aftermarket services to customers that own compression equipment in the U.S. Archrock is headquartered in Houston, Texas, with approximately 1,700 employees. For more information, please visit www.archrock.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

All statements in this release (and oral statements made regarding the subjects of this release) other than historical facts are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These forward-looking statements rely on a number of assumptions concerning future events and are subject to a number of uncertainties and factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from such statements, many of which are outside the control of Archrock, Inc. Forward-looking information includes, but is not limited to statements regarding: our ability to achieve the expected synergies and other benefits of the Elite Compression acquisition; guidance or estimates related to Archrock’s results of operations or of financial condition; fundamentals of Archrock’s industry, including the attractiveness of returns and valuation, stability of cash flows, demand dynamics and overall outlook, and Archrock’s ability to realize the benefits thereof; Archrock’s expectations regarding future economic and market conditions and trends; Archrock’s operational and financial strategies, including planned growth and leverage reduction strategies, Archrock’s ability to successfully effect those strategies and the expected results therefrom; Archrock’s financial and operational outlook; demand and growth opportunities for Archrock’s services; structural and process improvement initiatives, the expected timing thereof, Archrock’s ability to successfully effect those initiatives and the expected results therefrom; the operational and financial synergies provided by Archrock’s size; and statements regarding Archrock’s dividend policy.

While Archrock believes that the assumptions concerning future events are reasonable, it cautions that there are inherent difficulties in predicting certain important factors that could impact the future performance or results of its business. The factors that could cause results to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: changes in customer, employee or supplier relationships; local, regional and national economic and financial market conditions and the impact they may have on Archrock and its customers; changes in tax laws; conditions in the oil and gas industry, including a sustained decrease in the level of supply or demand for oil or natural gas or a sustained decrease in the price of oil or natural gas; changes in economic conditions in key operating markets; the financial condition of Archrock’s customers; the failure of any customer to perform its contractual obligations; changes in safety, health, environmental and other regulations; and the effectiveness of Archrock’s control environment, including the identification of control deficiencies.

These forward-looking statements are also affected by the risk factors, forward-looking statements and challenges and uncertainties described in Archrock’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018, and those set forth from time to time in Archrock’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which are available at www.archrock.com. Except as required by law, Archrock expressly disclaims any intention or obligation to revise or update any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

SOURCE: Archrock, Inc.

For information, contact:

Paul Burkhart
Treasurer & VP of Investor Relations
281-836-8688
investor.relations@archrock.com


 
ARCHROCK, INC.
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(in thousands, except per share amounts)
 
  Three Months Ended
  September 30,   June 30,   September 30,
  2019   2019   2018
Revenue:          
Contract operations $ 198,337     $ 186,258     $ 169,509  
Aftermarket services 46,612     52,132     62,863  
Total revenue 244,949     238,390     232,372  
Cost of sales (excluding depreciation and amortization):          
Contract operations 75,941     70,521     69,056  
Aftermarket services 37,625     42,215     50,043  
Total cost of sales (excluding depreciation and amortization) 113,566     112,736     119,099  
Selling, general and administrative 29,526     28,618     26,298  
Depreciation and amortization 48,409     45,482     43,779  
Long-lived asset impairment 7,097     8,632     6,660  
Restatement and other charges     24     396  
Interest expense 27,401     25,954     23,518  
Debt extinguishment loss     3,653      
Transaction-related costs 4,905     2,687     182  
Other income, net (7,810 )   (2,010 )   (660 )
Income before income taxes 21,855     12,614     13,100  
Provision for income taxes 1,448     1,191     3,126  
Net income $ 20,407     $ 11,423     $ 9,974  
           
Basic and diluted net income per common share (1) $ 0.14     $ 0.09     $ 0.08  
           
Weighted average common shares outstanding:          
Basic 142,931     128,328     127,842  
Diluted 142,965     128,354     127,955  

(1)  Basic and diluted net income per common share was computed using the two-class method to determine the net income per share for each class of common stock and participating security (restricted stock and stock-settled restricted stock units that have non-forfeitable rights to receive dividends or dividend equivalents) according to dividends declared and participation rights in undistributed earnings. Accordingly, we have excluded net income attributable to participating securities from our calculation of basic and diluted net income per common share.

 
ARCHROCK, INC.
UNAUDITED SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION
(in thousands, except percentages, per share amounts and ratios)
 
  Three Months Ended
  September 30,   June 30,   September 30,
  2019   2019   2018
Revenue:          
Contract operations $ 198,337     $ 186,258     $ 169,509  
Aftermarket services 46,612     52,132     62,863  
Total revenue $ 244,949     $ 238,390     $ 232,372  
           
Gross margin (1):          
Contract operations $ 122,396     $ 115,737     $ 100,453  
Aftermarket services 8,987     9,917     12,820  
Total gross margin $ 131,383     $ 125,654     $ 113,273  
           
Gross margin percentage:          
Contract operations 62 %   62 %   59 %
Aftermarket services 19 %   19 %   20 %
Total gross margin percentage 54 %   53 %   49 %
           
Selling, general and administrative $ 29,526     $ 28,618     $ 26,298  
% of revenue 12 %   12 %   11 %
           
Adjusted EBITDA (1) $ 112,133     $ 100,664     $ 89,466  
% of revenue 46 %   42 %   39 %
           
Capital expenditures $ 68,495     $ 102,275     $ 109,011  
Less: Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment and other assets (33,720 )   (10,799 )   (4,868 )
Net capital expenditures $ 34,775     $ 91,476     $ 104,143  
           
Total available horsepower (at period end) (2) 4,441     4,096     3,937  
Total operating horsepower (at period end) (3) 3,916     3,611     3,465  
Average operating horsepower 3,770     3,587     3,406  
Horsepower utilization:          
Spot (at period end) 88 %   88 %   88 %
Average 88 %   88 %   87 %
           
Dividend declared for the period per share $ 0.145     $ 0.145     $ 0.132  
Dividend declared for the period to all shareholders $ 22,051     $ 22,064     $ 17,094  
Cash available for dividend coverage (4) 3.10x   2.51x   2.95x

(1) Management believes gross margin and adjusted EBITDA provide useful information to investors because these non-GAAP measures, when viewed with our GAAP results and accompanying reconciliations, provide a more complete understanding of our performance than GAAP results alone. Management uses these non-GAAP measures as supplemental measures to review current period operating performance, comparability measures and performance measures for period-to-period comparisons.
(2)  Defined as idle and operating horsepower. New compressor units completed by a third party manufacturer that have been delivered to us are included in the fleet.
(3) Defined as horsepower that is operating under contract and horsepower that is idle but under contract and generating revenue such as standby revenue.
(4) Defined as cash available for dividend divided by dividends declared for the period.

  September 30,   June 30,   September 30,
  2019   2019   2018
Balance Sheet          
Long-term debt (1) $ 1,825,475     $ 1,628,814     $ 1,515,679  
Archrock stockholders’ equity 1,057,018     832,890     827,798  

(1) Carrying values are shown net of unamortized debt discounts and unamortized deferred financing costs.


 
ARCHROCK, INC.
UNAUDITED SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION
(in thousands)
 
  Three Months Ended
  September 30,   June 30,   September 30,
  2019   2019   2018
Reconciliation of Net Income to Adjusted EBITDA and Gross Margin          
Net income $ 20,407     $ 11,423     $ 9,974  
Depreciation and amortization 48,409     45,482     43,779  
Long-lived asset impairment 7,097     8,632     6,660  
Restatement and other charges     24     396  
Interest expense 27,401     25,954     23,518  
Debt extinguishment loss     3,653      
Transaction-related costs 4,905     2,687     182  
Stock-based compensation expense 2,276     1,512     1,804  
Indemnification expense, net (1) 190     106     27  
Provision for income taxes 1,448     1,191     3,126  
Adjusted EBITDA (2) 112,133     100,664     89,466  
Selling, general and administrative 29,526     28,618     26,298  
Stock-based compensation expense (2,276 )   (1,512 )   (1,804 )
Indemnification expense, net (1) (190 )   (106 )   (27 )
Other income, net (7,810 )   (2,010 )   (660 )
Gross margin (2) $ 131,383     $ 125,654     $ 113,273  

(1) Represents net expense incurred pursuant to indemnification provisions of our separation and distribution and tax matters agreements with Exterran Corporation.

(2) Management believes adjusted EBITDA and gross margin provide useful information to investors because these non-GAAP measures, when viewed with our GAAP results and accompanying reconciliations, provide a more complete understanding of our performance than GAAP results alone. Management uses these non-GAAP measures as supplemental measures to review current period operating performance, comparability measures and performance measures for period-to-period comparisons.


 
ARCHROCK, INC.
UNAUDITED SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION
(in thousands)
  Three Months Ended
  September 30,   June 30,   September 30,
  2019   2019   2018
Reconciliation of Net Income to Adjusted EBITDA and Cash Available for Dividend          
Net income $ 20,407     $ 11,423     $ 9,974  
Depreciation and amortization 48,409     45,482     43,779  
Long-lived asset impairment 7,097     8,632     6,660  
Restatement and other charges     24     396  
Interest expense 27,401     25,954     23,518  
Debt extinguishment loss     3,653      
Transaction-related costs 4,905     2,687     182  
Stock-based compensation expense 2,276     1,512     1,804  
Indemnification expense, net 190     106     27  
Provision for income taxes 1,448     1,191     3,126  
Adjusted EBITDA (1) 112,133     100,664     89,466  
Less: Maintenance capital expenditures (14,145 )   (17,174 )   (12,553 )
Less: Other capital expenditures (5,566 )   (3,456 )   (4,797 )
Less: Cash tax refund (payment) 1,514     (452 )   (78 )
Less: Cash interest expense (25,630 )   (24,228 )   (21,668 )
Cash available for dividend (2) $ 68,306     $ 55,354     $ 50,370  

(1)  Management believes adjusted EBITDA provides useful information to investors because this non-GAAP measure, when viewed with our GAAP results and accompanying reconciliations, provides a more complete understanding of our performance than GAAP results alone. Management uses this non-GAAP measure as a supplemental measure to review current period operating performance, comparability measure and performance measure for period-to-period comparisons.
(2)   Management uses cash available for dividend as a supplemental performance measure to compute the coverage ratio of estimated cash flows to planned dividends.


 
ARCHROCK, INC.
UNAUDITED SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION
(in thousands)
  Three Months Ended
  September 30,   June 30,   September 30,
  2019   2019   2018
Reconciliation of Cash Flows from Operating Activities to Cash Available for Dividend          
Cash flows from operating activities $ 74,962     $ 67,263     $ 65,490  
Cash flows used in discontinued operations 269          
Inventory write-downs (170 )   (270 )   (167 )
(Provision for) benefit from doubtful accounts (644 )   93     (636 )
Gain on sale of assets 7,859     1,801     706  
Current income tax provision (benefit) (41 )   127     285  
Cash tax refund (payment) 1,514     (452 )   (78 )
Amortization of operating lease ROU assets (726 )   (713 )    
Amortization of contract costs (6,110 )   (5,607 )   (4,051 )
Deferred revenue recognized in earnings 8,311     12,478     6,146  
Restatement and other charges     24     396  
Transaction-related costs 4,905     2,687     182  
Indemnification expense, net 190     106     27  
Changes in assets and liabilities (2,625 )   (1,960 )   (726 )
Maintenance capital expenditures (14,145 )   (17,174 )   (12,553 )
Other capital expenditures (5,566 )   (3,456 )   (4,797 )
Proceeds from settlement of interest rate swaps that include financing elements 323     407     146  
Cash available for dividend (1) $ 68,306     $ 55,354     $ 50,370  

(1) Management uses cash available for dividend as a supplemental performance measure to compute the coverage ratio of estimated cash flows to planned dividends.

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