Posted on March 1, 2023
Full-Year 2023 Guidance
- Forecasted revenue for 2023 of approximately $900 million, an increase of 39.0% compared to full-year 2022 revenue of $647.7 million
- Forecasted 2023 vessel operating margin of approximately 50.0%, an increase of 11.9 percentage points compared to full-year 2022 vessel operating margin of 38.1%
Full-Year 2022 Highlights
- Revenue of $647.7 million, an increase of 74.6% compared to full-year 2021 revenue of $371.0 million
- Vessel operating margin of 38.1%, an increase of 10.5 percentage points compared to full-year 2021 vessel operating margin of 27.6%
- Operating income of $26.7 million, an increase of 128.1% compared to full-year 2021 operating loss of $95.0 million
- Adjusted EBITDA of $166.7 million, an increase of 380.3% compared to full-year 2021 adjusted EBITDA of $34.7 million
Fourth Quarter 2022 Highlights
- Adjusted EBITDA of $51.2 million
- Free cash flow of $53.3 million
- Year-end net debt balance of $9.6 million
- Second consecutive quarter of positive net income, generating $10.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2022
HOUSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Tidewater Inc. (NYSE:TDW) announced today revenue for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2022 of $186.7 million and $647.7 million, respectively, compared with $105.2 million and $371.0 million, respectively, for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2021. Tidewater’s net income (losses) for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2022, were $10.6 million ($0.20 per common share) and $(21.7) million ($0.49 per common share), respectively, compared with $(37.9) million ($0.92 per common share) and $(129.0) million ($3.14 per common share), respectively, for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2021. Included in the net income for the three months ended December 31, 2022 were merger and severance expenses of $5.1 million. Included in the net losses for the twelve months ended December 31, 2022 were long-lived asset impairment and other of $0.7 million; gain on bargain purchase of $1.3 million; loss on warrants of $14.2 million and merger and severance expenses of $19.1 million. Excluding these items, we would have reported a net income for the three months ended December 31, 2022 of $15.8 million ($0.30 per common share) and net profit for the twelve months ended December 31, 2022 of $10.9 million ($0.22 per common share). Included in the net losses for the three and twelve months ending December 31, 2021 were impairment charges related to assets held for sale, affiliate credit loss expense, inventory obsolescence, loss on debt extinguishment and severance expenses totaling $26.2 million and $28.4 million, respectively. Excluding these costs, we would have reported a net loss for the three months ending December 31, 2021 of $11.7 million ($0.28 per common share) and a net loss for the twelve months ending December 31, 2021 of $100.6 million ($2.45 per common share).
Quintin Kneen, Tidewater’s President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “As we mentioned in this year’s second quarter earnings press release, 2022 marked an inflection point in the recovery of the offshore vessel market. I am pleased by our annual financial performance and by our accomplishments during the year. Revenue improved by approximately 75.0% due to the acquisition of Swire Pacific Offshore in April and an increase in offshore activity that has been driven by the need to ensure reliable and secure sources of hydrocarbons for a global economy still emerging from the pandemic. This increase in demand combined with an underinvestment in vessels over the past eight years allowed the industry to push utilization and day rates globally. By all financial measures, 2022 represented a marked improvement in our results. Our primary goal is to build a business that maximizes long-term free cash flow generation within the principles and risk tolerances appropriate for this industry and age. We generated over $50.0 million of free cash flow during 2022 and as such, we ended the year in a strong cash position, resulting in a net debt balance of only $9.6 million. The acquisition in April further bolstered our fleet, providing a compelling platform to take advantage of the continued strength in the offshore vessel market.
“While we are pleased with the momentum that was built throughout 2022, we believe that the macroeconomic trends driving the business will persist and that Tidewater is well-positioned to drive continued financial performance and cash flow generation in 2023 and beyond. We are forecasting revenue for 2023 of approximately $900.0 million, up almost 40.0% from 2022, and for vessel operating margin for 2023 of approximately 50.0%, up about 12 percentage points from 2022.
“Our West Africa business continued to perform well during the fourth quarter, with revenue up about 6.8% sequentially, driven by an increase in average day rates. Likewise, our Americas region experienced a strong fourth quarter, with revenue also up 6.8% sequentially, all of which was driven by an 8.1% increase in day rates, with notable day rate enhancement in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico and Mexico. Further, revenue in the Mediterranean expanded by about 9.3% sequentially, resulting from a 4.5% increase in day rates and additional capacity brought to the area from the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. The North Sea experienced typical seasonality which resulted in total revenue in the fourth quarter declining by 2.6% sequentially. Further, our Asia Pacific segment was adversely impacted by a combination of vessels in transit along with drydocking activity and idle time as vessels came off contract; we expect this frictional unemployment to subside in the first quarter. Activity levels in rest of the world were slightly up during the fourth quarter. Overall day rates remained flat from the prior quarter, and if we exclude the declines in our North Sea and Asia Pacific business, our average day rate increased 4.8% sequentially.
“As we look forward into 2023, we are confident that not only is the recovery here, but that the demand for offshore vessels will continue to strengthen throughout this year. The renewed global focus on securing reliable sources of hydrocarbons has prioritized offshore oil and gas development and we believe that offshore oil and gas capital spending plans will accelerate throughout 2023 and beyond.
“Just as encouraging as the acceleration in demand for offshore vessels services is the continued reduction in the available supply of offshore vessels. The number of large OSVs that are currently laid up is quite limited and the likelihood any of these vessels returning to the market is remote. We see a similar situation developing in the mid-sized OSV fleet, where additional available supply is also very limited. We see essentially no new vessels on order, indicating that the supply of vessels will continue to decline modestly as vessels naturally attrition out of the global fleet. Accordingly, it is our view that the industry is positioned to benefit from an increase in demand over the medium-to-long term and a slowly shrinking supply of vessels. We believe this imbalance in supply and demand will continue to provide the opportunity for day rate and utilization increases, and we remain committed to maximizing the earnings and cash flow generation from our fleet.
“Finally, we are excited to announce that we will be publishing our 2022 Sustainability Report later this week. Tidewater remains committed to excellence in safe vessel operations as well as leading the industry through the energy transition. Look for the report later this week on our website.”
In addition to the number of outstanding shares, as of December 31, 2022, the company also has the following in-the-money warrants.