August 7, 2003


HOS revenues up

Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc. announced today that revenues for the quarter ended June 30, 2003 increased 22.1 percent to $26.0 million compared to $21.3 million for the same quarter in 2002.

Operating income was $8.6 million or 33.1 percent of revenues for the second quarter of 2003, compared to $8.2 million or 38.5 percent of revenues for the same quarter in 2002. Second quarter 2003 net income was $2.7 million compared to $2.8 million for the second quarter 2002.

Primary reason for the increase in revenue was the increase in the size of the company's fleet by an average of four deepwater offshore supply vessels ("OSVs") during the second quarter 2003 compared to the second quarter 2002. The decrease in operating margin was primarily due to soft market conditions in the company's deepwater OSV segment, and with respect to its tug and tank barge segment, a change in contract mix and substantially higher number of vessel days out of service for scheduled drydockings in the second quarter 2003.

First Half Results

For the first half of 2003, revenues increased 21.1 percent to $53.4 million resulting in operating income of $19.0 million or 35.6 percent of revenues, compared to first-half 2002 revenues of $44.1 million that resulted in operating income of $17.6 million or 39.9 percent of revenues. Net income totaled $7.0 million for the first six months of 2003, compared to net income of $6.3 million for the first six months of 2002.

Management Discussion

The company took delivery of a total of five newly constructed, deepwater OSVs on June 13, August 11 and October 20, 2002 and March 17 and June 19, 2003, respectively, all of which are 240ED or 265-ft. class OSVs.

The $4.7 million net increase in second quarter 2003 revenue over the prior year quarter was comprised primarily of incremental revenue from these newly constructed vessels. This increase was offset, in part, by a decrease in the average dayrate of its other OSVs, primarily its 200-ft. class vessels, due to soft market conditions in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico.

Operating costs and depreciation expense increased by a combined $3.7 million, primarily related to the incremental quarter-over-quarter effect of the five new, larger class OSVs. In addition, as previously announced, the company completed the acquisition of five 220-ft. deepwater OSVs on June 26, 2003.

Todd Hornbeck, President and CEO, stated, "As anticipated on our last conference call, we continue to experience choppy market conditions in our deepwater OSV segment. In response, we have mobilized a third OSV to Trinidad and are pleased to report that we have secured our first time charter in Mexico, a two-year contract for service to Pemex. Despite a soft market, we have posted another quarter of strong financial results. The revenue contribution from our tug and tank barge segment is seasonally down from the first quarter, as expected. Meanwhile, over the last seven weeks, we have increased the size of our deepwater OSV fleet by seven vessels, beginning on June 19th with the delivery of the second vessel under our third newbuild program and ending yesterday with the acquisition of an additional deepwater vessel from Candy Fleet."

Certain Recent Developments

On June 19, 2003, Hornbeck took delivery of the HOS Gemstone, its second 240ED-class offshore supply vessel. The HOS Gemstone, which was delivered two weeks early by the shipyard, is currently working under a one-year time charter with a large independent oil and gas company to support its deepwater operations in the Gulf of Mexico.

On July 11, 2003, the company commenced service with the 240-ft. class HOS Deepwater in Mexico under a two-year time charter for Pemex. The HOS Deepwater will retain its U.S.-flag status during the term of the charter, which will enable the company to return the vessel to Jones Act service in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico after the expiration of the charter and any renewals.

On August 6, 2003, the company acquired an additional 220-foot deepwater OSV. The vessel was purchased from Candy Marine Investment Corporation ("Candy Fleet") for $9.0 million. The closing of the transaction was effected after satisfying certain conditions precedent to closing, including the receipt in July of $13.5 million in proceeds of the company's previously announced $30 million private offering of common stock, and satisfactory completion of a drydocking and survey of the vessel in early August.

Hornbeck plans to continue operating the acquired OSV, which was renamed the HOS Mariner, in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico. In connection with the acquisition, the company was also granted options to purchase three 180-foot offshore supply vessels from Candy Fleet for an aggregate exercise price of $4.5 million. The options will expire on August 6, 2004.

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