Oceaneering International, Inc. (OII - Free Report) delivered better-than-expected earnings in fourth-quarter 2019. The company reported adjusted earnings per share of 3 cents, attributable to higher activity levels. While the Zacks Consensus Estimate was of a loss of 16 cents.
However, the bottom line fell 57.1% from the year-ago earnings of 7 cents. This underperformance could be attributed to disappointing results from the ‘Asset Integrity’ and the ‘Subsea Projects’ units.
The company’s revenues of $561 million surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $526 million and also improved 13.3% year over year from $495 million.
Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV): Revenues were $116.02 million compared with $96.7 million in fourth-quarter 2018. Operating loss was $18.66 million, widening from $1.27 million loss in the year-ago quarter on costs incurred by the company in anticipation of robust activity this year. Meanwhile, days on hire rose 12.8% year over year to 14,836 while vessel utilization increased to 58% compared with 52% a year ago.
Subsea Products: Revenues came in at $183.7 million, up from the prior-year figure of $129.5 million. Meanwhile, operating loss came in at $10.32 million compared with the year-ago loss of $3.8 million. The deterioration could be attributed to seasonal decline in service and rental sales. However, the backlog surged to $630 million as of Dec 31, 2019 from the year-ago backlog of $332 million.
Subsea Projects: Revenues dipped 2.9% to $86.7 million from $89.3 million in the year-ago quarter. Moreover, the unit suffered an operating loss of $148.07 million, wider than $79.4 million loss in fourth-quarter 2018 due to lower-than-expected income from the service and rental business.
Asset Integrity: Revenues of $61.8 million were marginally lower than the year-ago figure of $62.8million. Due to persistent pricing woes, the segment incurred an operating loss of $48.9 million against the prior-year income of $1.3 million.
Advanced Technologies: Revenues from this non-energy segment totalled $112.6 million, lower than $116.7 million in fourth-quarter 2018 as Oceaneering faced delays and cost overruns on various projects.
Meanwhile, operating income fell to $5.3 million from $15.4 million in the year-ago quarter due to lower-than-expected improvement in entertainment business operating margins.
Capital Expenditure & Balance Sheet
Capital expenditure in the fourth quarter including acquisitions summed $18.8 million. As of Dec 31, Oceaneering had cash and cash equivalents of $374 million, and long-term debt of $796.5 million. The debt-to-capitalization ratio was 42.55%.
Oceaneering projects first-quarter 2020 EBITDA in the range of $36-$42 million compared to $48.7 million in the fourth quarter due to less seasonal offshore activity.
Looking ahead in 2020, the company expects improvement from its ‘Advanced Technologies’, ‘Subsea Products’ and ‘Subsea Projects’ units owing to an estimated increase in activity and robust operating margins in every unit.
Further, Oceaneering expects to generate EBITDA between $180 million and $220 million in 2020. It anticipates its capital expenditure in the band of $75-$105 million.
Zacks Rank & Key Picks
Oceaneering has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). Some better-ranked players in the energy space are Contango Oil & Gas Company (MCF - Free Report) , Noble Energy Inc. (NBL - Free Report) and Earthstone Energy, Inc. (ESTE - Free Report) , each carrying a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.
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