Posted on November 8, 2023
Third Quarter 2023 Highlights
- Revenue of $299.3 million, a 39.2% increase from the second quarter of 2023
- Average day rate increased to $17,865 per day, $1,823 higher than the second quarter of 2023
- Composite leading edge term contract day rate up 21.7% to $28,609
- Net income of $26.2 million, an increase of $3.6 million from the second quarter of 2023
- Adjusted EBITDA of $117.2 million, an increase of $45.2 million from the second quarter of 2023
- Completed integration of 32 of the 37 recently acquired PSVs from Solstad Offshore
- Initiating 2024 revenue guidance of $1.40 to $1.45 billion and 2024 gross margin guidance of 52%
- Announcing share repurchase authorization for the maximum permissible amount under existing debt agreements
HOUSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Tidewater Inc. (NYSE:TDW) announced today revenue for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2023 of $299.3 million and $707.3 million, respectively, compared with $191.8 million and $460.9 million, respectively, for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2022. Tidewater’s net income for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2023, was $26.2 million ($0.49 per common share) and $59.5 million ($1.13 per common share), respectively, compared with net income (losses) of $5.4 million ($0.10 per common share) and $(32.4) million ($0.76 per common share), respectively, for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2022.
Quintin Kneen, Tidewater’s President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “The third quarter marks the third consecutive quarterly cyclical revenue and global average day rate high-water marks. Third quarter revenue nicely exceeded our expectations as a continued push on day rates globally drove consolidated day rates up by approximately $1,800 per day sequentially, representing the largest sequential improvement in day rates since the recovery began. The pace of day rate expansion was largely a combination of legacy contracts rolling on to current market day rates and a meaningful step up in leading edge term contract day rates; leading edge term contracts increased to $28,609 sequentially, an improvement of approximately $5,100 per day over the same measure in the prior quarter. The momentum in day rates is being driven by a global supply shortage of large and small offshore vessels, and, in fact, our medium and small classes of PSVs showed the most relative improvement in leading edge term contract day rates during the third quarter. We remain confident in the outlook for the business as demand for our vessels remains robust across a variety of end markets, including offshore drilling, subsea, construction, offshore wind and existing production work. This confidence allows us to initiate revenue guidance for 2024 of $1.40 to $1.45 billion and initial gross margin guidance of 52%, which is driven by our projection of an increase in year-over-year day rates of over $4,000 and an annual utilization level of 86%, increases that are in line with our recent quarterly improvements.
“On a global basis, revenue, gross profit, utilization, and day rate were all up from the previous quarter. Revenue for the quarter totaled $299.3 million, an increase of $84.3 million, or 39.2% sequentially through a combination of the recently acquired PSVs and improved day rates and utilization globally. Utilization increased to 82.1% from 79.4% in the prior quarter. We incurred approximately $6.0 million of acquisition and integration related expenses associated with the acquisition of 37 PSVs from Solstad Offshore. As of today, we have 32 of the acquired PSVs integrated into the Tidewater infrastructure and anticipate the remaining five vessels to be completed by the end of November. We now anticipate fourth quarter 2023 revenue of approximately $309 million and that gross margin will be approximately 47%.
“We are pleased to announce that the Board has authorized a stock repurchase program, under which we are authorized to purchase up to $35.0 million of the Company’s common stock over the next four months. We plan to use the repurchase program opportunistically, taking into consideration market conditions, our business outlook and opportunity to deploy the capital into value accretive acquisitions. Similar to the Solstad and Swire acquisitions, we continue to pursue additional acquisitions that enhance the Company’s strategic position and leadership in certain vessel classes or geographies. Our philosophy will be to weigh the value of stock repurchases against other capital allocation opportunities and commit to pursuing the highest return on capital opportunity available. We are excited to again be in a position to actively consider returning capital to our shareholders.
“Turning to our regional operating results, each of our regions experienced an overall increase in revenue, gross profit, and average day rate, further evidence of the global shortage of large and small offshore vessels. Day rates in the Americas region increased approximately 15.9% sequentially with particular areas of strength in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean. Day rates in West Africa increased 9.0% sequentially due to broad-based secular tailwinds in the region. Similarly, day rates in Asia Pacific increased by 6.7% sequentially as activity through-out Southeast Asia and Australia continues to improve. Day rates in the Europe and Mediterranean region moved up modestly during the quarter, up approximately 0.6%, as a somewhat muted late summer season in the North Sea, particularly for our large AHTS vessels, was offset by strength in the Mediterranean. Regional utilization was up in all regions except for West Africa region, where utilization was down due to higher frictional unemployment during the quarter.
“I am grateful to all of our diligent and committed employees who have contributed to our continued business success, and I would like to extend a special thank you to both the Tidewater and Solstad employees who have contributed to the integration of the newly acquired vessels to further enhance our industry-leading fleet. As always, we remain committed to providing a safe and rewarding environment for our employees as we move forward together building the safest, most sustainable, most reliable, most profitable, high specification offshore energy support vessel fleet in the world.”
In addition to the number of outstanding shares, as of September 30, 2023, the company also has the following in-the-money warrants.
Tidewater will hold a conference call to discuss results for the three months ending September 30, 2023 on November 7, 2023, at 8:00 a.m. Central Time. Investors and interested parties may listen to the earnings conference call via telephone by calling +1.888.770.7135 if calling from the U.S. or Canada (+1.929.203.0820 if calling from outside the U.S.) and provide Conference ID: 2444624 prior to the scheduled start time. A live webcast of the call will also be available in the Investor Relations section of Tidewater’s website at investor.tdw.com.
A replay of the conference call will be available beginning at 11:00 a.m. Central Time on November 7, 2023 and will continue until 11:59 p.m. Central Time on December 7, 2023. To access the replay, visit the Investor Relations section of Tidewater’s website at investor.tdw.com.
Tidewater owns and operates the largest fleet of offshore support vessels in the industry, with 65 years of experience supporting offshore energy exploration, production and offshore wind activities worldwide. To learn more, visit www.tdw.com.