HOUSTON, Nov. 10, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Eco-Stim Energy Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ:ESES) (“EcoStim” or the “Company”) announced its financial and operating results for the quarter ended September 30, 2017.


  • Company now operating three well stimulation fleets

  • Generated 3Q17 revenue of $13.1 million, a 54% increase over 2Q17 and 519% over 3Q16

  • Started second contract in the STACK play in Oklahoma in mid-October

  • Set monthly record for revenue in October 2017 reaching approximately $7 million for first time in Company history; executed over 120 stages company-wide during October 2017

  • Purchased 50,000 HHP and associated equipment; extending total HHP to approximately 150,000, including 23,000 in Argentina

  • Closed two common stock private placements raising $43 million of aggregate gross proceeds

J. Chris Boswell, President and Chief Executive Officer stated, “The third quarter of 2017 represents continued growth for the Company.  We are now operating three well stimulation fleets in two growing markets.  We are very excited to have started our contract with Chaparral Energy in the STACK in mid-October and our team has already completed 3 wells, including 80 stages.  With respect to our second US spread, we believe that market conditions have improved since we signed the initial contract and that we should be able to re-deploy that crew next year with higher margins and improved utilization.  As such, we have actively started to prepare for the repositioning of that fleet to work in the STACK.  We are also currently working with our Argentine customer to improve the utilization of our fleet working under our two-year contract in order to improve efficiency and profitability.  Together, we believe these initiatives should allow the Company to generate improved cash flow and margins while opening up opportunities to secure incremental contracts at better prices as supply and demand continue to tighten in our markets.” 

Quarter Financial Results

The Company’s financial results for the third quarter of 2017 reflect the acceleration of activity in Oklahoma with our first spread working for its first full quarter and initial expenses associated with the start-up of our second contract in Oklahoma.  In addition, we experienced our second full quarter under our contract in Argentina where we suffered losses related to certain continuing rental equipment expenses and third-party services which were incurred to support the two-year contract.  The Company completed a financing in early July to fund the purchase of additional equipment that is expected to eliminate or substantially reduce rental expenses and certain third-party costs and substantially improve the profitability of the Company’s contracts in both Argentina and Oklahoma.  Many of these investments and improvements were made during the third quarter of 2017 and should impact the next two quarters. 

For the third quarter of 2017, EcoStim reported a net loss of $6.6 million, or a loss of $0.10 per basic and diluted share, as compared to a net loss of $6.1 million, or a loss of $0.31 per basic and diluted share, reported in the second quarter of 2017.  The net loss for the third quarter of 2016 was $4.8 million, or a loss of $0.35 per basic and diluted share.  Net loss for the third quarter of 2017 includes approximately $2.5 million of non-cash expenses consisting of depreciation and stock compensation. 


Revenues in the third quarter of 2017 were $13.1 million compared to $8.5 million for the second quarter of 2017 and $2.1 million for the third quarter of 2016.  Revenues from our operations in Argentina accounted for 44%, or $5.8 million of the revenue in the third quarter of 2017; 64% or $5.4 million of the revenue in the second quarter of 2017 and 100% of revenue for the third quarter of 2016.  Revenues from our operations in the US accounted for the remaining 56%, or $7.4 million during the third quarter of 2017.  During the quarter, we completed 259 stages versus 18 stages in the 3rd quarter of 2016 and 141 stages in the 2nd quarter of 2017.  Of these stages, 54 were executed in Argentina during the 3rd quarter of 2017 as compared to 18 in the 3rd quarter of 2016 and 53 in the 2nd quarter of 2017.

Cost of Services

Cost of Services in the third quarter of 2017 were $15.2 million compared to $11.5 million for the second quarter of 2017 and $3.1 million for the third quarter of 2016.  Cost of Services from our operations in Argentina accounted for 46% or $7.0 million of the cost of services in the third quarter of 2017, 59% or $6.8 million of the cost of services in the second quarter of 2017 and 100% in the third quarter of 2016.  Cost of Services from our operations in the U.S. accounted for the remaining 54% or $8.2 million during the third quarter of 2017.

During the third quarter of 2017, the Company incurred start-up related costs associated with its second spread in Oklahoma and certain third-party charges and rental costs associated with our tight gas contract in Argentina.  Start-up and commissioning costs incurred in the US market of approximately $1.3 million resulted in higher total operating costs in the third quarter of 2017.  We do not expect to have these initial non-recurring costs in the fourth quarter in relation to our second contract in Oklahoma.  In Argentina, third-party charges inclusive of equipment rental costs accounted for approximately $3.2 million of our Cost of Services during the third quarter, which the Company expects to continue to reduce through alternative suppliers, negotiated price/volume agreements and contract modifications.  

SG&A Expense

Selling, general and administrative ("SG&A") expense in the third quarter of 2017 was approximately $2.3 million compared to $2.0 million for the second quarter of 2017 and $1.5 million for the third quarter of 2016.  Included in the third quarter of 2017 is approximately $1.1 million in non-cash stock compensation expense.  Additionally, the Company incurred incremental legal costs during the quarter related to the protection of certain intellectual property.  SG&A expense is primarily related to the sales and administrative offices in Buenos Aires and Neuquén, our district office in Oklahoma, our headquarters in Houston, and the costs associated with being a public company operating both domestically and internationally.

Cash and Total Liquidity

On September 30, 2017, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of approximately $21.7 million, compared to $3.9 million at June 30, 2017 and $1.7 million on December 31, 2016.  During the third quarter, the Company closed on two private placements of the Company’s common stock with aggregate gross proceeds of $43 million.

Capital Expenditures

Total capital expenditures during the third quarter of 2017 were approximately $16.9 million compared to $4.2 million in the second quarter of 2017 and $1.2 million in the third quarter of 2016.  Capital expenditures during the quarter were primarily related to additional pressure pumping equipment for the Company’s second contract in Oklahoma and to purchase or upgrade equipment needed to improve the performance and margins on our two other contracts.

Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call at 10:00 AM EST, 9:00 AM CST on Friday November 10th, 2017.  To participate in the call please dial 877-900-9524 from the United States and Canada, and 412-902-0029 internationally.  Participants should dial in five to ten minutes before the scheduled time and must be on a touchtone telephone to ask questions.  A replay of the call will be available through December 31, 2017, by dialing 877-660-6853 from the U.S. and Canada, and 201-612-7415 internationally.  The replay passcode is 13597819.

About the Company

Eco-Stim Energy Solutions, Inc. is an environmentally focused oilfield service and technology company providing well stimulation and completion services and field management technologies to oil and gas producers.  EcoStim's methodology and technology offers the potential in high cost regions to decrease the number of stages stimulated in shale plays through a process that predicts high probability production zones while confirming those production zones using the latest generation down-hole diagnostic tools.  In addition, EcoStim offers its clients completion techniques that can reduce horsepower requirements, emissions and surface footprint.  EcoStim seeks to deliver well completion services with better technology, better ecology and significantly improved economics for unconventional oil and gas producers worldwide.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements and information in this press release constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  The words “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “plan,” “intend,” “foresee,” “should,” “would,” “could” “offer to” or other similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements, which are generally not historical in nature.  All statements, other than statements of historical facts, included in this press release that address activities, events or developments that the Company is preparing for, plans, expects, believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements.  These statements are based on certain assumptions made by the Company based on management's experience, expectations and perception of historical trends, current conditions, anticipated future developments and other factors believed to be appropriate.  Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of performance.  Although the Company believes the expectations reflected in its forward-looking statements are reasonable and are based on reasonable assumptions, no assurance can be given that these assumptions are accurate or that any of these expectations will be achieved (in full or at all) or will prove to have been correct.  Our forward-looking statements involve significant risks and uncertainties (some of which are beyond our control) and assumptions that could cause actual results to differ materially from our historical experience and our present expectations or projections.

For additional information regarding known material factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from our projected results, please see our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K. Investors should carefully consider the risk factors included in our filings, and should keep in mind the cautionary statements in this press release and in our filings.

Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof.  The Company undertakes no obligation to correct or update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable law.

  September 30, 2017
 December 31, 2016
Current assets:       
Cash and cash equivalents $21,694,871 $1,731,364 
Accounts receivable  8,512,441  2,865,707 
Inventory  4,635,954  2,047,163 
Prepaids and other assets  6,623,882  1,950,539 
Total current assets  41,467,148  8,594,773 
Property, plant and equipment, net  68,298,115  38,382,391 
Other non-current assets  244,317  325,756 
Total assets  $110,009,580 $47,302,920 
Liabilities and stockholders’ equity       
Current liabilities:       
Accounts payable $20,188,636 $2,453,551 
Accrued expenses  4,712,820  4,503,180 
Short-term notes payable  1,284,865  2,000,000 
Current portion of long-term notes payable  568,994   
Current portion of capital lease payable  876,003  789,166 
Total current liabilities  27,631,318  9,745,897 
Non-current liabilities:       
Long-term notes payable  875,919  21,737,404 
Long-term capital lease payable  151,017  766,687 
Total non-current liabilities  1,026,936  22,504,091 
Stockholders’ equity       
Common stock  74,364  14,485 
Additional paid-in capital  143,611,942  59,556,505 
Treasury stock  (57,469)  (57,469) 
Accumulated deficit  (62,277,511)  (44,460,589) 
Total stockholders’ equity  81,351,326  15,052,932 
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity  $110,009,580 $47,302,920 

   Three Months
Ended September 30,
 Nine Months
Ended September 30,
   2017   2016    2017   2016  
Revenues $13,120,229  $2,117,977   $24,210,545  $6,289,461  
Operating cost and expenses:          
Cost of services  15,243,898   3,058,554    30,621,029   7,764,719  
Selling, general, and administrative  2,289,973   1,459,865    5,780,682   4,612,937  
Research and development  126,225   129,013    330,017   403,828  
Depreciation and amortization expense  1,936,324   1,238,370    4,700,835   3,354,560  
Total operating costs and expenses  19,596,420   5,885,802    41,432,563   16,136,044  
Operating loss  (6,476,191)  (3,767,825)   (17,222,018)  (9,846,583) 
Other income (expense):          
Interest expense  (60,566)  (932,232)   (1,767,181)  (3,064,159) 
Interest forgiven         634,477     
Other expense  (103,306)  (33,031)   (95,459)  (205,465) 
Total other expense  (163,872)  (965,263)   (1,228,163)  (3,269,624) 
Benefit (provision) for income taxes     (72,237)   633,259   (216,710) 
Net loss $(6,640,063) $(4,805,325)  $(17,816,922) $(13,332,917) 
Basic and diluted loss per share $(0.10) $(0.35)  $(0.30) $(0.98) 
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding-basic and diluted  66,579,514   13,634,476    58,692,699   13,597,940  

   Nine Months Ended
September 30,
   2017  2016
Operating Activities      
Net loss $(17,816,922) $(13,332,917)
Depreciation and amortization  4,700,835   3,354,560 
Amortization of debt discount and loan origination cost  442,255   191,647 
Stock based compensation  1,130,113   566,821 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:      
Accounts receivable  (5,646,734)  3,793,387 
Inventory  (2,588,791)  (400,892)
Prepaids and other assets  (2,238,350)  989,327 
Accounts payable and accrued expenses  8,593,714   (194,077)
Net cash used in operating activities  (13,423,880)  (5,032,144)
Investing Activities      
Purchase of equipment  (24,696,048)  (3,942,516)
Net cash used in investing activities  (24,696,048)  (3,942,516)
Financing Activities      
Proceeds from sale of common stock, net  41,789,604   1,488,534 
Proceeds from notes payable  18,875,292   194,611 
Payments on notes payable  (2,000,000)  (2,284,882)
Payments on capital lease  (581,461)  (505,907)
Purchase of treasury stock     (37,175)
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities  58,083,435   (1,144,819)
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents  19,963,507   (10,119,479)
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period  1,731,364   11,742,489 
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $21,694,871  $1,623,010 
Supplemental Disclosure of Cash Flow Information      
Cash paid during the year for interest $279,850  $3,382,069 
Cash paid during the year for income taxes $215,544  $94,834 
Non-cash transactions      
Property plant and equipment additions in accounts payable $9,351,016  $2,691,444 
Notes payable settled through recapitalization $22,000,000  $ 
Conversion of debt to equity $41,354,301  $ 
Interest forgiven from convertible debt $634,477  $ 
Note payable equipment purchase $2,573,612  $ 

Non-GAAP Financial Information:

We use EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA to evaluate, assess and benchmark our operational results.  We believe that adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP financial measure, is a useful measure of operating performance because it excludes items that we do not consider indicative of our core performance.  Non-GAAP measures should not be considered an alternative to net income, operating income, cash flow from operating activities or any other measure of financial performance or liquidity presented in accordance with GAAP.  Investors should consider this non-GAAP information in addition to, and not as a substitute for, financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP.  In addition, this non-GAAP financial information may not be the same as similar measures presented by other companies.  EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA exclude some, but not all items that affect net income and operating income.

EBITDA is defined as net loss with adjustments for depreciation and amortization, interest expense and income tax provision.  Adjusted EBITDA used by the Company is defined as EBITDA plus adjustments for foreign exchange, other expense (income), and non-cash stock-based compensation expense.

The following table presents a reconciliation of EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA to net loss, which is the most comparable GAAP performance measure, for each of the periods indicated:
 Three Months Ended
September 30,
 Nine Months Ended
September 30,
 2017 2016 2017 2016
Net loss$(6,640,063) $(4,805,325) $(17,816,922) $(13,332,917)
Depreciation and amortization 1,936,324   1,238,370   4,700,835   3,354,560 
Interest expense (income) 60,566   932,232   1,767,181   3,064,159 
Interest forgiven       (634,477)   
Provision (Benefit) for income taxes    72,237   (633,259)  216,710 
EBITDA (4,643,173)  (2,562,486)  (12,616,642)  (6,697,488)
Foreign exchange 39,115   103,911   64,173   831,588 
Other expense (income) 64,190   (70,880)  31,286   626,123 
Stock based compensation 578,753   134,424   1,130,113   566,821 
Adjusted EBITDA$(3,961,115) $(2,395,031) $(11,391,070) $(4,672,956)

Reportable Segment Information (Unaudited):
  Three Months
Ended September 30,
 Nine Months
Ended September 30,
  2017 2016
 2017 2016
Argentina $5,750,853  $2,117,977  $13,748,447  $6,289,461 
United States  7,369,376      10,462,098    
Total Revenue $13,120,229  $2,117,977  $24,210,545  $6,289,461 
Cost of services:        
Argentina  7,054,471   3,058,554   17,225,253   7,764,719 
United States  8,189,427      13,395,776    
Total Cost of services $15,243,898  $3,058,554  $30,621,029  $7,764,719 
Gross margin:        
Argentina  (1,303,618)  (940,577)  (3,476,806)  (1,475,258)
United States  (820,051)     (2,933,678)   
Total Gross margin $(2,123,669) $(940,577) $(6,410,484) $(1,475,258)

Jeffrey Freedman, Investor Relations