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Mammoth Energy Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:TUSK)
Q4 2020 Earnings Call
Feb 25, 2021, 5:00 p.m. ET

Contents:

  • Prepared Remarks
  • Questions and Answers
  • Call Participants

Prepared Remarks:


Operator

Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to the Mammoth Energy Services fourth quarter and full-year 2020 Earnings Conference Call. [Operator instructions] As a reminder, this conference is being recorded and will be available for replay on Mammoth Energy Services' website. I would now like to introduce your host for today's conference, Mr. Don Crist, Mammoth Energy Services director of investor relations.

Sir, you may begin.

Don Crist -- Director of Investor Relations

Thank you, Julian. Good afternoon, and welcome to Mammoth Energy Services' fourth quarter and full-year 2020 earnings conference call. Joining me on today's call are Arty Straehla, chief executive officer; and Mark Layton, chief financial officer. Before I turn the call over to them, I'd like to read our safe harbor statement.

Some of the comments today may include forward-looking statements reflecting Mammoth Energy Services' views about future events. These matters involve risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results to materially differ from our forward-looking statements. These risks are discussed in Mammoth Energy Services' Form 10-K, Forms 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K and other Securities and Exchange Commission filings. We undertake no obligation to revise or update publicly any forward-looking statements for any reason.

Our comments today may also include non-GAAP financial measures. Additional details and reconciliations to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures are included in our fourth quarter and full-year 2020 press release, which can be found on our website along with an updated presentation. Now I'll turn the call over to Arty.

Arty Straehla -- Chief Executive Officer & Director

Thank you, Don, and good afternoon, everyone. 2020 was a very active year for our team as they adapted to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the effects it is having on business today. Since outbreak of the pandemic, nearly every aspect of our daily lives has been impacted but our first priority is and has always been the safety and health of our team, and we continue to take steps to protect our team members from the virus. Now that the vaccine is being administered, infection rates appear to be trending down.

The turnaround in our infrastructure business throughout 2020 was significant as the management team, which was hired in November of 2019, evaluated the businesses, eliminated costs, streamlined operations and began the transition of our job mix. The actions taken throughout 2020 can be seen in our financials as the U.S. business reversed losses and turned positive throughout the year. Demand for our infrastructure business increased throughout the back half of the year.

In addition to our normal operations, our teams continue to work on the Gulf Coast to restore damage caused by multiple hurricanes. A majority of this work was completed during the fourth quarter with some storm cleanup continuing into the first quarter of 2021. Our diversification strategy into infrastructure is working. The gross margin of the infrastructure division came in at 26% during the fourth quarter of 2020 with EBITDA growing marginally quarter over quarter when excluding interest on the PREPA receivable.

The infrastructure management team is leveraging current operations to introduce our capabilities to potential customers. We believe industry demand and bidding opportunities will remain robust in years to come as a shift toward more renewable energy sources as realized. Our management team has an impressive resume of renewables, and we believe that their background, combined with our vertically integrated service offering, positions us well to compete and win renewable projects. With the work our team has done on the cost structure and a core base of operations, we have built a solid foundation and believe we are positioned to grow both our customer base and geographic footprint over the coming years.

Our infrastructure operating subsidiaries, Higher Power and 5 Star, are well respected by the utilities they work for and are expanding their customer base. These businesses have grown significantly since we acquired them and are currently comprised of approximately 500 experienced field personnel spread across 115 crews. Aquawolf, our engineering business, is expected to expand both the number of engineers and breadth of work performed following the recent signing of a multiyear contract with a major utility. While we're limited on what we can disclose about the agreement, this three-year contract is expected to generate up to $40 million in revenue over the contract term.

This is a significant award and brings us one step closer to being an engineering, procurement and construction, or EPC, company. In addition, the integration of our manufacturing operation into our infrastructure offering is progressing through the manufacturing and refurbishment of equipment and products used by our infrastructure teams. We are encouraged by what our infrastructure, engineering and manufacturing teams have accomplished and what the future holds. Turning to the oilfield.

While oil prices have rebounded from recent lows, activity levels remain depressed industry wide as a result of capital discipline among E&Ps. We currently expect an increase in activity as we progress through 2021, but we believe E&Ps will generally keep production flat with year-end 2020 levels. During the fourth quarter of 2020, we pumped 291 stages with approximately 0.6 fleets utilized throughout the quarter on average. We have continued to upgrade additional pumps to dynamic gas blending, or DGB, to meet current anticipated and anticipated industry demand.

Our sand division sold approximately 100,000 tons of sand during the fourth quarter of 2020. The average sales price for the sand sold during the fourth quarter of 2020 was approximately $15.59 per ton. While Northern White sand pricing remains challenged, we believe a significant reduction in supply has positioned our mines well to benefit from an increase in completion activity levels. While the events of the past year have caused significant impacts to both our daily and professional lives, Mammoth has adapted quickly to the changing environment.

Our diverse portfolio of companies across several entries has performed as expected. The infrastructure business has a solid foundation from which to grow as it looks to ways to further integrate into our other businesses and continue to lower costs. Let me now turn the call over to Mark to take you through the financial performance during the fourth quarter and full year of 2020 after which, we will take questions.

Mark Layton -- Secretary, Chief Financial, and Accounting Officer

Thank you, Arty, and good afternoon, everyone. I hope that all of you have had a chance to read our press release, so I will keep my financial comments brief and focus on certain highlights. Mammoth's revenue during the fourth quarter of 2020 came in at $85 million as compared to $71 million during the third quarter of 2020. A majority of the change quarter over quarter was due to an increase in infrastructure revenue.

Revenue for the full year of 2020 came in at $313 million as compared to $625 million in 2019. The majority of the reduction in revenue year over year was due to the completion of our restoration work in Puerto Rico, which contributed $96 million in 2019 and a reduction of revenue in the oilfield side of the business due to the pandemic-related impacts. As a result of the November announcement that Gulfport Energy and certain of its subsidiaries filed petitions for voluntary relief under Chapter 11 of the United States bankruptcy code, we reserved a portion of our pre-petition accounts receivable based on Gulfport's disclosure statement. The reserve was approximately $20 million and negatively impacted our fourth quarter and full-year 2020 results.

As of December 31, 2020, our net pre-petition receivable from Gulfport was $24 million, and our post-petition receivable was $4 million for a total of $28 million. The net loss for the fourth quarter of 2020 was $12 million as compared to net income of $3 million during the third quarter of 2020. The majority of the reduction in net income quarter over quarter was related to the provision for bad debt associated with the Gulfport bankruptcy petitions. On a per-share basis, the net loss for the fourth quarter came in at $0.26 per diluted share.

Net loss for the full year of 2020 came in at $108 million as compared to a net loss of $79 million in 2019. On a per-share basis, net loss for the full-year 2020 came in at $2.36 per diluted share. Adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter of 2020 was $8 million as compared to $22 million during the third quarter of 2020. When excluding the bad debt reserve related to Gulfport, our adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter would have been $27 million.

For the full year of 2020, EBITDA came in at $50 million as compared to $77 million in 2019. We saw positive operating cash flows of $5 million in the fourth quarter and $7 million for the full year. In addition, we executed a sale-leaseback of certain of our infrastructure assets with total proceeds of $5 million and entered into a $5 million loan secured by our helicopters. As a result, net debt was reduced by approximately $7 million during the fourth quarter.

Capex during the fourth quarter of 2020 was approximately $1 million with a total of approximately $7 million spent in 2020. Our full-year 2021 capex budget has been set at $9 million. We ended 2020 with cash on hand of approximately $15 million and debt of approximately $83 million. We thank our stockholders for their support.

This concludes our prepared remarks, and we thank you for your time and attention. We will now open the call for questions.

Questions & Answers:


Operator

[Operator instructions] Our first question comes from the line of Mr. Daniel Burke.

Daniel Burke -- Johnson Rice -- Analyst

Hey, guys, afternoon.

Arty Straehla -- Chief Executive Officer & Director

Hey, Daniel. How are you?

Daniel Burke -- Johnson Rice -- Analyst

Fine.

Arty Straehla -- Chief Executive Officer & Director

Good.

Daniel Burke -- Johnson Rice -- Analyst

I guess I wanted to talk about the infrastructure segment. Arty, I think you alluded to -- or maybe it was you, Mark, the fact that the hurricane-related work kind of wound down. I guess I was just kind of looking for a view into Q1 '21. I mean, we've had some winter weather disruptions, which probably disrupted at least some of your workflows for a bit of time but maybe created more work on the back end.

So just kind of curious about how to think about Q1, both maybe on the top line and on the margin side, since, I guess, the Q4 margin was a touch below where we were thinking it would be.

Mark Layton -- Secretary, Chief Financial, and Accounting Officer

As we look at Q1, as you touched on, we have some storm work that continued into Q1. I think historically, what you've seen in Q1 is there's some seasonal impact. So we would look more toward full-year 2021. And as we look at 2021, we're excited about our sales pipeline.

And what we see currently in regards to projects. We think that sales pipeline will continue to increase throughout the year. And the team has done an excellent job of executing on those projects and winning a number of projects. In regards to full-year margin, we're looking at the 15% to 18% range at the EBITDA level for 2021 out of the infrastructure segment, excluding interest.

Arty Straehla -- Chief Executive Officer & Director

Yes. Daniel, I'd add a little bit more to what Mark has talked about on the financials. A year ago, as we went into this call, we were talking about that we had new management in place and that they had to fill out and they have certainly done that. We brought additional new management in, new relationships and new customers with us.

But really, the big takeaway, I think, is the vertical integration. You saw us announce last -- a couple of weeks ago the Aquawolf contract with a major utility. What that allows us to do is to bring on and cover our costs for additional breadth. We've gone from 18 engineers at the end of the year to 20.

We have a team of 26 individuals now, and we're still growing it. But it's also allowing us to go into different areas. We had transmission and distribution covered with our engineering team. And now we're expanding it to fiber and we're expanding it to substation and to other areas.

So it's really the vertical integration model. And if you couple that with the manufacturing that we've really pivoted to in our 75,000-square-foot facility, it's really a good plan because, I mean, from a vertical integration standpoint, we've got helicopters that are part of that, that we can take when we get that type of business that we need. I'm really pleased with the way the team has progressed and going. It's never linear, but it is very much improving, and we continue to grow that business.

The pivot is working.

Daniel Burke -- Johnson Rice -- Analyst

Arty, I mean, I guess to follow up on that, did you guys have a previous relationship with this utility? I mean, what were the competencies you were able to bring to bear to capture this reward or award? It does seem like it's a bit of a step out in terms of scale for you guys as a win.

Arty Straehla -- Chief Executive Officer & Director

It certainly is. And we did have -- we had done some subcontracting work and that type of thing. But when they came out with their three-year RFP, we were able to bid, and we were very fortunate to win what we have. And the wording on our press release that will be up to $40 million, it could very well go beyond that as we go forward.

Daniel Burke -- Johnson Rice -- Analyst

OK. That's helpful. I guess then to pivot to the oilfield service side of the business. Could you maybe just give us around-the-horn update on what you're seeing out there in the market, what your deployments look like across, I guess, most prominently, the pumping market, but maybe touching on some of the other mostly idled segments as well?

Arty Straehla -- Chief Executive Officer & Director

Well, I can tell you, we've always viewed sand as a leading economic indicator for the pumping and because it's one of the first things you start to procure as you go through in pressure pumping. And we've seen a very good uptick in the last few weeks to the point that we're adding team members back to our sand mines because we think it's going to be -- they're going to be pretty much full on production as we go forward to the limit of -- you got to limit it to number of railcars, you got limited to different factors and things like that. But we're seeing some very good increased activity, and we're seeing some increased pricing in the area as well. We've seen pricing go up a few cents.

Now on the pressure pumping aspect, we are getting a lot more bidding opportunities, and those are coming through. We still expect E&Ps to stay disciplined throughout the year. I think if you listen to them, and I know you do listen to all the calls as I do, everybody talks, a lot of people are talking variable dividends, and they're talking about staying within cash flow and that type of thing. So we do expect them to stay pretty disciplined, and it doesn't look like it's the 2017, '18 time period or the 2010 through '14 time period all over again.

But we do expect to continue to build the business.

Daniel Burke -- Johnson Rice -- Analyst

Got it. Maybe just one last one and not to focus with too great amount of time on pressure pumping. But you guys had a contract that was pretty supportive of reported results over the last couple of years. I guess I'm not clear what's going to happen here in 2021.

Do you expect to be positive EBITDA in pressure pumping in the first half this year?

Arty Straehla -- Chief Executive Officer & Director

Yes, we do.

Daniel Burke -- Johnson Rice -- Analyst

Ok. All right. that's helpful. Arty, Mark, appreciate the time.

Have a good afternoon, guys.

Arty Straehla -- Chief Executive Officer & Director

Thank you, Daniel.

Operator

[Operator instructions] Excuse me, presenters, we currently have no questions on the queue. Please go ahead.

Arty Straehla -- Chief Executive Officer & Director

We want to thank everyone for dialing in today. I want to personally thank our team. We believe the future is bright for Mammoth and our team members as we intend to strategically develop our service offerings to grow and deliver stockholder value in the years to come. Thank you to our stockholders, for your support and interest in our company.

While the current oilfield market conditions are still challenging, the infrastructure side of the business is seeing growth. We are working hard to control costs and continue to pivot Mammoth into a more industrial-focused company. This concludes our fourth quarter and full-year 2020 conference call. Thank you very much.

Goodbye.

Operator

[Operator signoff]

Duration: 23 minutes

Call participants:

Don Crist -- Director of Investor Relations

Arty Straehla -- Chief Executive Officer & Director

Mark Layton -- Secretary, Chief Financial, and Accounting Officer

Daniel Burke -- Johnson Rice -- Analyst

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