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Newpark Resources Inc (NYSE:NR)
Q2 2019 Earnings Call
Jul 31, 2019, 10:00 a.m. ET


  • Prepared Remarks
  • Questions and Answers
  • Call Participants

Prepared Remarks:


Greetings, and welcome to the Newpark Resources Second Quarter Earnings Conference Call. [Operator Instructions] As a reminder, this conference is being recorded. It is now my pleasure to introduce your host, Ken Dennard, with Dennard Lascar.

Thank you. Mr. Dennard, you may begin.

Ken Dennard -- Managing Partner

Thank you, operator and good morning everyone. We appreciate you joining us for the Newpark Resources conference call and webcast to review second quarter 2019 results. With me today are Paul Howes, Newpark's President and Chief Executive Officer; Gregg Piontek, Chief Financial Officer; and Matthew Lanigan, President of the Mats Business.

Following my remarks, management will provide a high level commentary on the financial details of the second quarter and outlook before opening the call to Q&A. Before I turn the call over, I have a few housekeeping details to cover. There will be a replay of today's call. And it will be available by webcast on the company's website at newpark.com. There will also be a recorded replay telephonically available until August 14, 2019, and that information to access is included in yesterday's release. Please note, that the information reported on this call speaks only as of today, July 31, 2019, and therefore, you are advised that time-sensitive information may no longer be accurate as of the time of replay listening or transcript reading.

In addition, the comments made by management during this conference call may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the United States federal securities laws. These forward-looking statements reflect the current views of Newpark's management. However, various risks, uncertainties and contingencies could cause Newpark's actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed in the statements made by management. The listener is encouraged to read the annual report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and current reports on Form 8-K to understand certain of those risks, uncertainties and contingencies. The comments today may also include certain non-GAAP financial measures. Additional details and reconciliation to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures are included in the quarterly press, which can be found on Newpark's website.

And now with that said, I'd like to turn the call over to Newpark's President and CEO, Mr. Paul Howes. Paul?

Paul Howes -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Thank you, Ken, and good morning to everyone. Before I get into the specifics of the business, I'd like to first begin by touching on a leadership change in the Fluids business, which was announced a few weeks ago.

Earlier this month, we welcomed David Paterson to the Newpark family as our new President of the Fluids Systems business. We are excited to have David on board, and we believe that his extensive global knowledge of the fluids market, combined with his leadership skills, will be a significant asset as we continue our progress on becoming the recognized leader in fluids technology. While Dave is currently traveling and getting up to speed on the business, we expect he will participate in our future quarterly calls. And with David's arrival, we've also announced the retirement of Bruce Smith who served as our Fluids President from 2000 to 2017 and most recently stepping back into that role on an interim basis late last year. Bruce has been instrumental in transforming Newpark from a regional U.S. fluids player into a globally respected fluids company. I'd like to personally thank Bruce for his outstanding leadership and significant contributions over the past 20 years.

Now turning to an update on our strategic efforts. I'm very pleased to announce that we're continuing to make meaningful progress in the execution of our strategic growth plans across both businesses. In Fluids, our deepwater Gulf of Mexico market entry is continuing to gain traction with the second quarter benefiting from several deepwater projects. Each project serves as an opportunity to demonstrate our industry-leading capabilities and technology. And I'm pleased to report that we have recently been awarded another deepwater rig with Shell Oil with work expected to begin by the end of the third quarter. In addition, we're also seeing meaningful progress in our offshore Fluids portfolio expansion following the start-up of our Gulf of Mexico completion fluids facility earlier this year.

We received our first combined fluids package award during the second quarter, covering two deepwater wells with Shell Oil. The first well is expected to begin in the third quarter with a second project scheduled for the fourth quarter. As a reminder, our expansion into completion fluids is meaningful not only because it allows us to provide the combined drilling and completion package that customers value, but also because it expands our revenue potential in each well and helps stabilize our revenue stream as operators move between drilling and completion phases.

We are very pleased to see our Gulf of Mexico penetration gain traction, and I'd like to thank the many Newpark employees supporting this strategic initiative. Meanwhile, on U.S. land, we are also continuing to make progress with our stimulation chemical market entry. It's worth reminding everyone that while our organic approach to this product line expansion minimizes our capital investment, it also means that the market entry will take more time to bear meaningful fruit as we work with customers to test and qualify our product offering.

As you may recall, during the first quarter, we successfully trialed our stimulation chemicals for a major U.S. operator in South Texas. Following that successful trial, we provided stimulation chemicals to the customer for three wells in the second quarter, and we also continue to advance product qualifications with several other customers. Although, our organic market entry approach will take some time to develop, stimulation chemicals remains a very significant long-term expansion opportunity for Newpark. As highlighted in our Analyst Day presentation late last year, we estimate the addressable market for stimulation chemicals in the U.S. alone to be roughly $3 billion.

Turning to our Mats business. The continued softness in U.S. E&P activity is serving to further validate our strategic focus on penetrating non-E&P markets. On that front, we continue to be encouraged by the progress we are making in diversifying our business, particularly in the energy infrastructure space, which includes the electrical transmission and distribution and pipeline sectors. With the energy infrastructure addressable market offering a significantly larger opportunity than our historical E&P space, our scale-up in these markets requires disciplined decision-making regarding our fleet size and allocation. As we've discussed in the past, the size and duration of many utility rental projects are orders of magnitude larger than our typical E&P rental projects. The benefits of expanding in this area are clear, not only in terms of providing revenue growth opportunity, but also by improving the stability and predictability of our revenue and cash flows.

In order to penetrate these markets, we must dedicate a meaningful portion of our rental fleet to service the opportunity both by shifting assets as E&P markets soften as well as through increasing our mat production. I'm very pleased to highlight that our approach is providing tangible benefits. Our scheduled rental projects in the utility space is expanding, which we expect to provide benefits as we progress through the second half of the year and into 2020. Over time, we expect our strategy will continue to shift our rental and service revenue mix toward the more stable energy infrastructure and general access markets.

Before turning the call over to Gregg, I'd like to touch on a few key financial highlights on the quarter. Despite the continued softness in the U.S. oil and gas market and the impact of spring breakup in Canada, we generated $216 million of consolidated revenues in the second quarter, representing a 2% sequential improvement. In Fluids, revenues improved by 7%, largely reflecting the impact of the expanding deepwater work and the rebound in key international markets. As expected, Fluids segment operating margins also improved meaningfully to 7%, reflecting the impact of a revenue increase and the ongoing benefit of our margin improvement efforts.

In Mats, E&P rental activity continues to soften, particularly in gas-focused basins where customers remain committed to operating within their cash flow. Meanwhile, despite our expanding scheduled energy infrastructure rental projects, heavy rains and flooding in certain areas resulted in delays of scheduled energy infrastructure projects, causing non-E&P rental activity to remain in line with prior quarter.

Direct mat sales continue to be somewhat difficult to predict with anticipated deliveries of international mat sales shifting from Q2 into Q3. Despite these impacts, we are pleased by our continued operating discipline as the Mats segment delivered an operating margin of 21%. Meanwhile, our disciplined approach is continuing to result in positive free cash flow generation. With a strong Q2 performance, we generated $16 million of free cash flow in the first half of the year, substantially all of which has been utilized to return value to our shareholders through share repurchases. Through the first half, we repurchased 2 million shares, which represents more than 2% of our outstanding share count.

And with that, I'd like to turn the call over to Gregg to discuss the detailed financials of the quarter. Gregg?

Gregg Piontek -- Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Thanks, Paul, and good morning, everyone. I'll begin by covering the specifics of the segment and consolidated operating results for the quarter followed by an update on our near-term outlook. The Fluids Systems segment generated total revenues of $173 million for the second quarter of 2019, reflecting a 7% sequential increase and a 4% year-over-year decrease. Revenues in the U.S. increased 14% sequentially to $117 million despite the 5% reduction in U.S. rig count. As Paul touched on, we are continuing to gain traction in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, which contributed a $9 million sequential revenue increase primarily benefiting from our ongoing work with Shell and Fieldwood.

In addition, U.S. land revenues also improved by $6 million with most areas contributing to the sequential improvement, largely reflecting a rebound in market share and increases in drilled footage per rig. On a year-over-year basis, U.S. revenues also outpaced the broader market activity, increasing 12% from Q2 of 2018 compared to a 5% reduction in average rig count over the same period. Consistent with the sequential comparison, the year-over-year improvement is primarily attributable to increases in the Gulf of Mexico, along with improvements across most U.S. land regions.

In Canada, revenues followed the typical seasonality trend through spring breakup with revenues coming in at $5 million for the second quarter, reflecting a 62% sequential decline, relatively in line with the 55% reduction in rig count. On a year-over-year basis, Canada revenues declined by 56%, which compares to a 24% reduction in rig count. The year-over-year comparison is impacted by exceptionally strong prior year performance from our Canadian business as Q2 of 2018 included a greater concentration of revenues from areas that drill through spring breakup.

Turning to our international markets. Following the transitory issues discussed on last quarter's call, our international Fluids revenues rebounded to $50million in the second quarter, which reflects a 14% sequential improvement. The sequential increase is driven by gains across several markets, including Romania, Tunisia, Italy and Kuwait. On a year-over-year basis, revenues from our international regions declined by 21%, largely reflecting the contract transitions in Brazil, Algeria and Kuwait. Although we've maintained our strong market position through the contract transition in Kuwait, the customer activity remains more heavily focused on completions activities rather than drilling.

Consistent with our expectations discussed on last quarter's call, the Fluids segment operating margin improved sequentially, coming in at 7.1% for the second quarter compared to 2.4% in the first quarter and 7.4% in the second quarter of last year. As Paul touched on, the sequential margin increase is driven by a combination of the higher revenues and the wind down of cost inefficiencies associated with contract transitions in the prior quarter. In addition, we are continuing to realize the benefits from ongoing margin improvement efforts in the U.S.

Turning to the Mats business. Total segment revenues were $44 million in the second quarter, representing a 14% sequential decline and a 22% reduction year-over-year. A decrease in rental and service revenues contributed the majority of the $7 million sequential decline, coming in at $38 million for the second quarter. As Paul touched on, although we are continuing to see a strengthening of large-scale energy infrastructure rental projects, the second quarter softness was primarily impacted by weakness in E&P customer activity, along with flooding conditions in certain regions, which caused delays of scheduled projects. Despite these weather-related project impacts, non-E&P rental and service revenues remained relatively flat sequentially, benefiting from our ongoing market penetration. Meanwhile, revenues from mat sales were $6 million for the quarter, down $2 million from the first quarter, driven by delays in international direct sales.

Comparing to the second quarter of last year, the 22% decline in revenues includes an $8 million decrease in rental and service, while direct mat sales also declined by $5 million. Although rental and service revenues from U.S. energy infrastructure markets increased year-over-year, this improvement was more than offset by declines from the Northeast U.S. E&P activity as well as a reduction related to project timing in our European business. With the softer revenue level, the Mats segment operating margin was 21% for the second quarter compared to 27% for the first quarter and 26% for the second quarter of last year.

Turning to our consolidated results. Second quarter 2019 revenues were $216 million, representing a 2% improvement from the prior quarter and 8% decline year-over-year. SG&A costs were $28 million in the second quarter compared with $31 million in the first quarter and $28 million in the second quarter of last year. As a reminder, the first quarter SG&A included $4.5 million of charges associated with our retirement policy modification and employee severance costs. Adjusting for these charges, the sequential increase in SG&A is primarily attributable to $2 million spending associated with our strategic planning effort in the second quarter, as discussed on last quarter's call.

On a year-over-year basis, the reduction in SG&A is primarily attributable to lower performance- based incentive expense partially offset by the strategic planning costs. Total corporate office expenses were $10.5 million in the second quarter compared to $11.7 million in the first quarter and $9 million in the second quarter of last year. Second quarter spending included the $2 million associated with our strategic planning effort, while the first quarter included a $3.4 million charge associated with the retirement policy modification. Interest expense was $3.4 million in the second quarter compared to $3.7 million in both the previous quarter and the second quarter of last year.

The second quarter expense includes $2 million of cash interest, along with $1.5 million of noncash interest expense, which primarily relates to our convertible bond. The provision for income taxes for the second quarter was $2.1 million, reflecting an effective tax rate of 33%, which compares to 58% in the first quarter and 28% in the second quarter of 2018. Net income for the second quarter was $0.05 per diluted share, which compares to $0.01 per share in the first quarter and $0.12 per share in the second quarter of last year.

Turning to cash flow; as anticipated, the second quarter cash flows rebounded nicely. Second quarter cash provided by operating activities was $32 million, which includes $16 million of cash from operations, along with $16 million net decrease in working capital. Cash used in investing activities was $2 million in the quarter. Cash used in financing activities totaled $32 million, largely reflecting the $24 million net decrease in bank facility borrowings, along with $10 million used during the quarter to purchase 1.4 million shares under our repurchase program. Our leverage remained modest with a total debt balance of $162 million and a cash balance of $49 million as of the end of the second quarter, resulting in a total debt-to-capital ratio of 22% and a net debt-to- capital ratio of 17%.

Now turning to our near-term outlook; in the Fluids business, we expect segment revenues and operating income to remain relatively flat to second quarter levels. Although we anticipate the typical seasonal improvement in Canada, we expect this will be largely offset by the softening in U.S. land market activity and the timing of customer projects in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico. Internationally, while we see a general increase in tendering activity, which provides additional opportunities as we move into 2020, our near-term expectation remains fairly in line with second quarter levels. In the Mats segment, we expect Q3 revenues to strengthen relative to Q2, benefiting primarily from direct sales activities that slid from Q2 into Q3. On the rental and service side, although Q3 has historically been a period of seasonal softness for us in terms of electrical T&D project demand, we anticipate the slowdown this year to be substantially offset by our expanding market share, including the start-up of a few large-scale rental projects, as Paul mentioned earlier.

As the second quarter demonstrated, the timing of direct sales and project start date is always a bit challenging to predict. That said, we currently expect total Q3 segment revenues to be in the low-50s range, generating an operating margin in the low- to mid-20s range. Regarding corporate office spending, although the majority of our strategic planning effort is now behind us, we expect some level of the spending related to this project to continue in the third quarter. In addition, the third quarter will include the accelerated timing of expense recognition associated with our Q2 equity grant following the retirement policy modification adopted by our Board of Directors earlier this year. As a result, we expect corporate office spending will remain somewhat elevated in Q3, likely in the $9 million to $10 million range. Regarding cash flow, although we continue to make investments to further our penetration of the energy infrastructure rental market, we expect to continue generating positive free cash flow in the second half of the year. Our full year capital investment expectation remains in the $40 million to $45 million range.

Consistent with prior year, we expect the majority of our 2019 investments will support our growth and diversification efforts, particularly in Mats, although we will continue to flex our mat rental fleet investments based on near-term outlook and identified opportunities. Finally, regarding taxes, we currently expect our effective tax rate will remain in the low to mid-30s for the remainder of 2019.

And with that, I'd like to turn the call back over to Paul for his concluding remarks. Paul?

Paul Howes -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Thanks, Gregg. While the market conditions are certainly less than ideal, the softness in U.S. land continues to validate our strategic direction in both businesses. As I've stated before, we are not your typical oilfield service company in many respects. Most notably, we are not relying on increases in E&P capital spend to drive revenue growth. We are executing our strategy to capitalize on sizable market expansion opportunities in both businesses, which we believe will ultimately improve our returns on invested capital and provide increased stability in our long-term cash flow generation. And while organic efforts take time to fully develop, we believe this is the best approach in terms of creating long-term shareholder value.

We have laid a solid foundation over the past several years, and we are now beginning to realize the benefits of that effort. We are also different in terms of our unique value proposition. Whether in Fluids or in Mats, our reputation for providing leading technology is becoming increasingly recognized as our customers across industries are seeking partners that can provide them with valued solutions to help them achieve their goals, whether these goals are reduce -- are to reduce their total project cost or to reduce their environmental impact when completing their projects.

Another differentiating characteristic of Newpark is our consistent cash flow generation. Over the past year, industry discussions have increasingly focused on investor demands for free cash flow generation. To us, consistent free cash flow has always been the expectation of our business. In fact, even as we navigated through the most challenging downturn the industry has faced, we generated free cash flow nearly $50 million over the period of 2015 to 2017. And our ability to generate free cash has continued in 2018 and 2019 despite the fact that we are making meaningful capital investments to support our growth initiatives.

As Gregg touched on, our long-term strategic planning effort is progressing well. And while this effort will continue through the third quarter, I think it's worth noting that the work completed to date has largely served to validate our course while also surfacing new opportunities to provide additional value to our customers and helping to refine our commercial approach. To capitalize on identified opportunities, we're continuing to expand our organizational capabilities. While this servers as a modest headwind to current operating results, these investments are necessary to drive sustainable growth and enhance stability in our cash flows and returns on investment. Our goal at Newpark remains the same: to maximize long-term shareholder value by driving growth and consistency in cash flow generation while improving our return on invested capital.

With that, I'd like to close the call, as I always do, by thanking our shareholders for investing in us and thanking our employees for the continued hard work and dedication to Newpark as well as their continued focus on safety. We'll now take your questions. Operator?

Question-and-Answer Session

Operator -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Thank you. [Operator Instructions] Our first question comes from the line of Praveen Narra with Raymond James. Please proceed with your question.

Praveen Narra -- Analyst

Good morning, guys. The 7% margin in Fluids was impressive, so I guess I want to stick on that, maybe if we can talk on the lower 48. Obviously, activity is falling, but it seems like you guys are able to be more returns-focused. I want to kind of hear about more how you see the competitive dynamics and how your peers are acting. They also seem like they're more returns-focused. But are you seeing that? And do you expect that to continue to be the case or to be the case as activity falls through the remainder of 2019? Or is that going to be a headwind?

Paul Howes -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Hi, Praveen. I'll take that one. Certainly, on U.S. land, it's always been, I think, a very competitive market, and so I don't see that really changing. I think from our perspective, our whole approach on our total Fluids solution is a unique opportunity for us to grow our revenue and improve our profitability even if there is some pressure, say, on the drilling fluids side.

Praveen Narra -- Analyst

Okay, great. I guess in thinking about that total Fluids opportunity in growing the stim chem, you mentioned the qualification process. I guess, could you go into that a bit more in terms of the time frame it takes to get a customer through the door, through trials and then into kind of a revenue generating -- significant revenue-generating piece? And then how has what you've seen so far kind of changed the way you think of the pace of that ramp?

Paul Howes -- President and Chief Executive Officer

In terms of the qualification in what we had expected going into the stimulation chemicals market, I don't think any of our view has changed at all. In fact, I think we're continuing to validate the opportunity that exists there and the size of that addressable market. If there's any headwind in that at all and slowing that down, it really is the kind of the slowness in the stim chem market, the fracking market right now. So --

Praveen Narra -- Analyst

Okay, perfect. And then if I could just squeeze one more in, on the Gulf of Mexico, obviously great to hear about the deepwater rig. At this point -- 2Q was obviously great. But at this point, are we seeing those margins in Gulf of Mexico as accretive to the overall Fluids business? Or how does it stand today?

Gregg Piontek -- Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Yes, this is Gregg. I'll take that. Yes, with the ramp-up in the revenues, yes, it is fair to say that, that business is now accretive to the overall Fluids margins. Now the key here as we move forward is to continue to build on this momentum and create a consistent revenue stream from that business.

Paul Howes -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Yes. One of the things, too, Praveen, as you know, we made a fairly significant capital investment in the Gulf of Mexico and we haven't filled that facility up. As we look out to the end of the year, it's our expectation that we could see another contract award from another player in deepwater, but that revenue probably wouldn't come to 2020. So that's another part that will continue to provide lifting the margins in the overall Fluids business as we fill out that facility.

Praveen Narra -- Analyst

Great. Thank you very much, guys.

Operator -- Analyst

[Operator Instructions] Our next question comes from the line of Bill Dezellem with Tieton Capital Management. Please proceed with your question.

Bill Dezellem -- Analyst

Hey, I'll help out there. It's Bill Dezellem with Tieton Capital. A couple of questions here. First of all, would you talk in a bit more detail, and maybe you had just did that relative to the deepwater Gulf of Mexico projects that you -- or rigs that you have line of sight that you might be on through the remainder of the year and even into the first half of next year. So I think you just mentioned that you believe you'll be -- could be awarded one at the end of the year.

Paul Howes -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Yes, by the end of the year and certainly the revenue probably wouldn't come to 2020. Really, if you look at what we're doing in the Gulf of Mexico, I think we've created a unique opportunity for the company. We have, I think, really good technology. I think we have a very differentiated operating facility in Fourchon, the investment that allows us to turn OSVs faster, which provides unique value to the operators. I think the quality of our engineers that are on the rigs are exceptional. And on top of that, our tech service group in our Katy lab that works on real-time problems, I think, were providing a total solution for the deepwater operators that they haven't seen in a while.

Bill Dezellem -- Analyst

And this rig that you believe that you may end up on the new operator, would that be for drilling and completion fluids?

Paul Howes -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Getting at this point, it'd be probably drilling, though we continue to work hard on the completion side as well because there is a value that the operators like to see those together, so it creates efficiency for them on the rigs. But I think initially, it would be on the drilling fluids side. Gregg, do you want to comment?

Gregg Piontek -- Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Yes, I was just going to add to that. I mean I think this comes back to the discussions we've had in the past quarters about the qualification process and particularly with the successes that we've had with Shell, in particular, that's been a bit of a catalyst to help advance some discussions with other operators. So we continue to go down that path, and we feel optimistic that it will ultimately be successful in expanding our share.

Bill Dezellem -- Analyst

Great. And I would like to shift to the Mats business quickly, if I may. Can you talk about the delayed international sales in the Mats business, what the dynamics were there? And then also discuss the transmission and distribution work that you're expecting to start here in the second half. That sounds like that's a bit more meaningful than your typical contract.

Gregg Piontek -- Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Sure, I'll start and hand it over to Matthew. In terms of the project delay -- the delivery delays, I think that comes back to the commentary that we've made in the past and continue to reaffirm is while we have a pipeline of order activity and opportunities, nailing down the specific timing of that is always a bit challenging. We did have a few sales here that we expected to fall into Q2. The timing of those deliveries ultimately slid into Q3, and that's what created this little dynamic of a dip in Q2 and then rebound in Q3. As far as the other question, I'll turn it to Matthew.

Matthew Lanigan -- Corporate Vice President and President of Mats and Integrated Services

Yes. I mean as you look at the T&D build that we're talking about into Q3, I think what's interesting to us in terms of contextualizing, if you look last year, Q2 to Q3, we would typically see the seasonal drop that I think Gregg referenced earlier in the call there. Last year was in the vicinity of a 15% decline. As you look into the Q2, Q3 build in 2019, we're expecting to see roughly a 10-plus-percent growth in that area. So we've been able to, by moving into the other geographies and markets, sort of more than offset what we would typically see in a seasonal decline into Q3.

Bill Dezellem -- Analyst

And then if you'll take one more question. what would you like to share with us about the outcome of the strategic planning process?

Paul Howes -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Bill, that's a good question. Really, it comes down to we had a lot of ideas on the table and in terms of where we thought the growth opportunities lie within this business, obviously, in the total fluids solution for the Fluids business and the energy infrastructure. And I think what we've seen so far through the process is the validation of our thinking, our strategy, our direction. And at this time, it's really about developing additional momentum and moving into these new markets or new product lines and increasing the rate of penetration.

Gregg Piontek -- Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Yes. And I guess I would add to it, as far as what we've learned to date, we kind of touched on this in Paul's closing, but we definitely learn more about the nuances of our value proposition with some of our new market opportunities. And that's helping us to really refine our approach in our commercial strategy to penetrating these markets.

Bill Dezellem -- Analyst

Great. Thank you, all.

Gregg Piontek -- Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Thank you, Bill.

Operator -- Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

This concludes the question-and-answer portion of the call. I would now like to hand the call back to management for final comments.

Paul Howes -- President and Chief Executive Officer

All right. Thank you once again for joining us on the call and for your interest in Newpark Resources, and we look forward to speaking with you again next quarter.

Operator -- President and Chief Executive Officer

[Operator Closing Remarks]

Questions and Answers:

Duration: 35 minutes

Call participants:

Paul Howes -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Gregg Piontek -- Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Matthew Lanigan -- Corporate Vice President and President of Mats and Integrated Services

Ken Dennard -- Dennard Rupp Gray & Lascar -- Managing Partner

Praveen Narra -- Raymond James -- Analyst

Bill Dezellem -- Tieton Capital Management -- Analyst

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