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Hunting PLC - Q3 2020 Trading Update

RNS Number : 2461D
Hunting PLC
27 October 2020
 

For Immediate Release

27 October 2020

 

  

Hunting PLC

 

("Hunting" or "the Company" or "the Group")

 

Q3 2020 Trading Update

 

Hunting PLC (LSE : HTG), the international energy services group, today issues a Q3 2020 trading update.

 

Jim Johnson, Chief Executive of Hunting, commented:

 

"In the most challenging environment ever faced in our industry decisive actions to resize the Group have been successful leading to a broadly break-even EBITDA result, a continued strengthening of our balance sheet, and an ongoing commitment to deliver industry leading service and technology to our customers.

 

"Third quarter results reflect the low levels of activity caused by the impact of COVID-19 on global energy demand. Clients have continued to curtail drilling and completion activity in the period. However, we believe that in certain sub-sectors of the market, including areas of the US onshore market, activity levels have now stabilised. Our recent acquisitions have increased the Group's position within the more active subsea sector and are already yielding benefits. Monthly revenue has increased within the Hunting Titan and Asia Pacific segments during the quarter, however, this has been offset by declines in revenue within the US and EMEA segments. Improving sales into international markets by Hunting Titan have continued to expand Hunting's geographic footprint which partially offsets the performance of our North American business. Given the prevailing levels of activity, management believe that the revenue run rate for Q4 may be slightly lower than Q3 due to the usual seasonal slowdown. 

 

"Our efforts to resize the Group in response to prevailing market conditions have resulted in annualised cash savings totalling c.$74m, with the global workforce reducing by c.30% from the 2019 year-end.

 

"Our strong balance sheet and improved net cash position also allows the Group optionality to explore further bolt-on acquisition opportunities. The growth of our subsea segment over the past 14 months demonstrates the success and rationale of this strategy.

 

"Client activity should improve during 2021, but a sustained recovery in the market will be a function of the decline in COVID 19 driving positive global economic activity. The effects of the pandemic continue to depress demand and weigh heavily on oil price sentiment."

 

Trading Update

 

In the year to date, Group EBITDA has been c.$28m, with Q3 2020 EBITDA showing a broadly break-even result. The Group continues to report a strong cash position of c.$69m, before lease liabilities, as at 30 September 2020, as working capital improvements continue to generate cash.

 

On 23 October 2020, $3.3m was absorbed following payment of the second interim dividend in 2020, which totalled 2.0 cents per share.

 

Inventory levels at the end of the quarter were c.$315m, reflecting a reduction from the 2019 year-end position. Capital investment continues to be low compared to the prior period, with year-to-date expenditure totalling c.$13m.

 

Hunting Titan's trading results have improved during Q3 2020, with revenue increasing sequentially throughout the quarter and the segment reporting a positive EBITDA in September. Some stability within the US onshore market has been reported, including a slowly increasing US rig count. Hunting Titan has made good inroads into international markets during the reporting period, with increasing sales into the Middle East and Asia Pacific, in particular China, where US-style hydraulic fracturing procedures continue to gain traction.

 

Hunting's US businesses have reported positive EBITDA in the quarter despite the decline in revenue noted above, with the segment's Premium Connections and Subsea businesses reporting modest activity levels and profits. Oil and gas equipment sales have declined within the Advanced Manufacturing Group, however, non-oil and gas opportunities have seen good stability, with medical, space, and aviation customers supporting order flow through the period. The segment's Drilling Tools and Speciality businesses continue to report subdued results given the low US onshore rig count.

 

The Group's EMEA segment reports a continuing decline in activity within the North Sea, leading to widening losses in the period. The segment's well intervention business unit also has seen a decline in revenue as activity levels in Europe and the Middle East continue to weaken. Accordingly management will continue to reduce the cost base within the segment as appropriate, to align businesses with the medium-term regional outlook.

 

In Asia Pacific, the segment has reported increasing profits throughout the period as sales into the Middle East and the eastern hemisphere supported business volumes.

 

For further information please contact:

 

Hunting PLC

Jim Johnson, Chief Executive

Bruce Ferguson, Finance Director

Tarryn Riley, Investor Relations

 

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7321 0123

Buchanan

Ben Romney

Chris Judd

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7466 5000

 

Notes to Editors:

 

About Hunting PLC

 

Hunting PLC is an international energy services provider to the world's leading upstream oil and gas companies. Established in 1874, it is a premium listed public company traded on the London Stock Exchange. The Company maintains a corporate office in Houston and is headquartered in London. As well as the United Kingdom, the Company has operations in Canada, China, Indonesia, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, United Arab Emirates and the United States of America.

 

The Group reports in US dollars across five segments: Hunting Titan, US, Canada, Europe, Middle East and Africa ("EMEA") and Asia Pacific.

 

Hunting PLC's Legal Entity Identifier is 2138008S5FL78ITZRN66.

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