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HLX earnings call for the period ending March 31, 2021.

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Helix Energy Solutions Group Inc (HLX 1.29%)
Q1 2021 Earnings Call
Apr 27, 2021, 10:00 a.m. ET

Contents:

  • Prepared Remarks
  • Questions and Answers
  • Call Participants

Prepared Remarks:

Operator

Greetings and welcome to the Helix Energy Solutions First Quarter 2021 Earnings Conference Call. [Operator Instructions] I would now like to turn the conference over to Erik Staffeldt, Chief Financial Officer Helix Energy. Please go ahead.

Erik Staffeldt -- Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Good morning, everyone, and thanks for joining us today on our conference call for our first quarter 2021 earnings release. Participating on this call for Helix today are Owen Kratz our CEO; Scotty Sparks, our COO; and Ken Neikirk, our General Counsel; and myself. Hopefully, you've had an opportunity to review our press release and the related slide presentation released last night. If you do not have a copy of these materials both can be accessed through the Investors page on our website at www.helixesg.com. The press release can be accessed under the Press Releases tab. And the slide presentation can be accessed by clicking on today's webcast icon. Before we begin our prepared remarks, Ken Neikirk will make a statement regarding forward-looking information. Ken?

Ken Neikirk -- General Counsel

During this conference call, we anticipate making certain projections and forward-looking statements based on our current expectations. All statements in this conference call or in the associated presentation, other than statements of historical fact, are forward-looking statements and are made under the Safe Harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Our actual future results may differ materially from our projections and forward-looking statements due to a number and variety of factors, including those set forth in Slide 2, in our most recently filed Annual Report on Form 10-K and in our other filings with the SEC.

Also during this call, certain non-GAAP financial disclosures may be made. Inn accordance with SEC rules, the final slide of our presentation provides reconciliations of certain non-GAAP measures to comparable GAAP financial measures. These reconciliations along with this presentation earnings press release, our annual report and a replay of this broadcast are available under the For the Investor section of our website at www.helixesg.com. Owen?

Owen Kratze -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Good morning everyone. We hope everyone out there and their families are doing well, healthy and staying safe. This morning, we'll review our Q1 performance, our operations, our view of the current market dynamics and provide our outlook for the balance of 2021. Moving to the presentation, Slides 5 through 7, provide a high level summary of our results. Our performance in Q1 was in line with expectations as our teams continue to execute at high levels of operability the Q7000 successfully commenced operations in West Africa. The Well Enhancer was reactivated mid February from warm stacked and we mobilized for wind farm site clearance work in the North Sea at the end of the quarter.

On the sales front, we entered into a new agreement with HWCG for response services effective Q2, returning to our more traditional retainer based agreement for our services. We also extended the Siem Helix 1 for 120 days in Brazil, albeit at a slightly reduced rate. The vessel will now continue working until mid-August with additional options thereafter. Our results for the first quarter of 2021 were generally consistent with our results from fourth quarter 2020. Revenues were reported $163 million with a net loss of $3 million, and EBITDA of $36 million. Our gross profit was $15 million or 9%.

On to Slide 8. From a balance sheet perspective, our cash balance at the end of the quarter was $205 million with an additional 66 million in temporarily restricted cash associated with a short-term LLC for our work in Nigeria. During the first quarter, we generated $40 million of operating cash flows and spent $1 million on capex, with the resulting free cash flow of $39 million. We repaid the remaining 54 million balance on our Q5000 loan, reducing our long-term debt to hundred $336 million dollars. Our net debt at the end of the quarter was $66 million and our net debt to book capital was 4%. I'll now turn the call over to Scotty for an in-depth discussion of our operating results.

Scotty Sparks -- Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Thanks, Owen, and good morning everyone. Moving on to Slide 10. We continue to operate in an extraordinary and challenging environment due to the COVID19 pandemic. Yes, our teams and partners by for onshore and offshore continue to respond well operationally to the challenges presented, doing a remarkable job. I would like to thank the entire Helix team. We've now started the process of reopening our offices in some locations and surely expect to open our Houston headquarters in a stage return. Safety measures and protocols have been put in place that followed local regulatory guidance and we have procured COVID related safety equipment all designed for our safe access to return to work in our office locations. Our workforce onshore have done a great job working remotely, communicating on teams calls and meetings internally and with clients and vendors to keep our operations functional. I know they are all very excited to see the return into our work in our offices. The COVID19 pandemic still presents many logistical challenges, including travel restrictions, quarantines, testing and screening personnel nearly 14,000 times to date. We have continued to successfully transport personnel to our offshore work sites globally. Testing is now more easily available and the vaccine rollout in the situation.

In the first quarter, we continue to operate investments globally with minimal operational disruption despite the logistical challenges. As the market is beginning to show signs of an up cycle and rebound in 2022, we anticipate contract awards will be driven by execution and performance. We continue to work at high standards with 98.6% uptime efficiency with a very strong safety culture and performance leading to extremely low recordable incident rate. We are determined to drive performance leveraging our capabilities, knowledge, technologies and personnel to continue as the market leader for the services we provide.

Over to Slide 11. Whilst operating through these pandemic conditions and with usual lower utilization due to seasonal weather conditions, during the first quarter we produced revenues of $163 million, resulting in a gross profit margin of 9%, producing a gross profit of $15 million, compared to $160 million revenue and $14 million gross profits in the fourth quarter. And $181 million revenue and $2 million gross profits in Q1 of 2020. In the first quarter, we produced, EBIDTA for the quarter of $36 million compared to $35 million in Q4, and $19 million in Q1 of 2020. Considering the effects of the first quarter seasonal winter weather conditions, we [Inaudible] largely consistent [Inaudible] utilization. Though our intervention fleets achieved utilization of 70% globally, achieving 100% utilization in Brazil, 88% utilization in the Gulf of Mexico, 38% utilization in North Sea and West Africa in the first quarter, with one vessel being warm stacked for the entire quarter.

The Robotics chartered-vessel fleet achieved utilization of 90% globally so it's 165 days during the quarter. In the Gulf of Mexico, we had both the Q4000 and Q5000 working and operational for most of the quarter. The North Sea business continues to be the one most affected by the COVID pandemic. The Well Enhancer and Seawell were warm stacked, as we seasonally do, for the harsher winds and bumps and leave Scotland into mid-February when the Well Enhancer was reactivated and commenced operations working the remainder of the quarter. In the West Africa region. The Q7000 completed transit back to Nigeria for its contracted work. So this is currently ongoing and it's contracted to remain in Nigeria into the third quarter.

Performance in Brazil was at our usual high standards as both vessels performed very well achieving high utilization of 100% in Q1, mostly undertaken abandonment activity. The Robotics chartered-vessel fleet was active in the quarter, working between ROV support, salvage work, trenching and renewable works globally, completing165 days of vessel utilization, primarily between the two Grand Canyon vessels.

Slide 12 provides a more detailed review of our operations for our Well Intervention business in the Gulf of Mexico. Q5000 had 100% utilization, while continuing work for BP until mid-February, undertaking ultra-deepwater production enhancement operations on one well and attempt abandonment on another well, performing extremely well. The rest will remain working for BP demobilized in the BP equipment into Q2. The Q4000 performed well with 76% utilization due to the gap in schedule alignment between projects, completing work in ultra deepwater for two clients, including work on five wells for one client and then undertaking a flowline remediation for another client.

First key vessels have integrated Helix from [Inaudible] personnel working very well as one complete team. Both vessels have awarded work into Q2 with some gaps between projects. Pleasingly, we have recently seen an increase in tender activity in the Gulf of Mexico and we now have visibility of work for the vessels into the third and fourth quarters. However, at this time, there is still a degree of uncertainty for the work to be contracted.

Moving to Slide 13. Our North Sea Well Intervention business continues to be the most affected by reduced work opportunities related to COVID, leading to the continued warm stacking of the Seawell. The Well Enhancer stayed in warm stack as usual for parts of the harsher weather seasonal period and then was reactivated in mid February and commenced operations. The Well Enhancer achieved 46% utilization in Q1 working for 2 clients in the quarter, including completing one production enhancement scopes for one clients, followed by two production enhancement scopes for the other clients. The vessel is mostly booked into Q3 and has visibility of works for multiple clients.

The Seawell remained warm stacked in east Scotland with significantly reduced vessel operating costs and reduced crew levels to minimum manning allowance. The markets in the North Sea has been slower to return than in previous times, mostly we suspect due to the government imposed lockdown in Scotland. However, we have recently been awarded work that we expect will become contracted that will enable us to reactivate the vessels toward the end of Q2, working in Q3.

The Q7000 arrived back in Nigeria early Q1 and commenced contracted work at the end of January. The vessel performed extremely well with zero commercial downtime working with a multinational and integrated Helix [Inaudible] team. The vessels worked on four wells in the quarter, one production enhancement scope, and integrity repairs on three wells. The vessel has contracted work into Q3 in Nigeria and we have visibility for further potential works in the West Africa region later this year.

Moving to Slide 14. In Brazil our operations for Petrobras continues to go extremely well, again producing another quarter of operational excellence, with continued strong performance regarding safety, uptime and efficiency. Both vessels achieved strong utilization in the quarter. The Siem Helix 1 had 100% utilization in Q1, and then completed abandonment work on four wells in an environmentally protected area of the northern coast of Brazil. The vessel has been awarded a 120 day contract extension commenced in mid-April. The Siem Helix 2 had 100% utilization and completed production enhancement work on two wells and the government work on four wells during the quarter.

Moving to Slide 15 for our Robotics review. Robotics had another good quarter after a solid year in 2020, operating free vessels during the quarter, primarily working on non-Oil and Gas renewables and salvage related projects, resulting in the chartered-vessel fleet utilization of 90%. During the first quarter, in the North Sea, the Grand Canyon III was utilized 80% and was taking renewables and oil and gas trenching. The vessel completed a renewable trenching scope and then transferred to Egypt undertaking a pipeline trenching projects for BP early in the quarter and then transited back to the North Sea to undertake an additional renewable trenching projects after a short dry-dock for a scheduled regulatory maintenance period.

We also commenced mobilization of the rest of the Sartor, mobilizing three days in the quarter for a North Sea site clearance and survey works on a wind farm project, which is expected to last into Q3. In the APAC region, the Grand Canyon II had 100% utilization in Q1, performing works on renewable energy projects in Japan installing a tidal turbine. The vessel then completed a salvage project of Guam and the vessel has secured work in 2021 and 2022 to provide ROV support in the APAC region. In the Gulf of Mexico, we mobilized an ROV on to the [Inaudible]. The vessel that we expect [Inaudible] going forward for this year.

We've also recently contracted our first work offshore beyond that would take a service spot vessel in early Q3 for approximately 50 days. As mentioned previously, our plan is for the Robotics group to continue transitioning further into the agreement of renewable sector. We currently have renewable trenching works contracted each year from 2021 to 2023 and have tender activity up to 2025. We also have increased tender activity from 2021 to 2025 or other renewable services to include site survey, debris renewal, boulder removal, [Inaudible] clearance and destination, trenching installation support, accommodation supports and ROV support. Some of which could be awarded for operations in 2021 that may require us to contract service both vessels.

Over to Slide 16. I'll leave this slide detail in the vessels ROV and trenching utilization for your reference. Before I turn the call over to Erik, I would again like to thank our Helix global team, our offshore personnel, our onshore personnel and our partners for keeping up their great efforts under these challenging circumstances. We look forward to seeing our teams return to our offices soon in a safe and controlled manner. There is no debt we expect 2021 for Helix will continue to be challenging. However, it is prudent now that we have seen operators returning to work and starting to contract vessels in the North Sea in the Gulf of Mexico. We are starting to get better visibility toward where we could be awarded this year and beyond. However, there is still some uncertainty of how much work will be contracted. We are also seeing an increase in international tenders for our services, especially in West Africa, Brazil, Australia and Asia Pacific that are strategic geographic goals for the company.

Erik Staffeldt -- Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Thanks, Scotty. [Technical Issues] Outlines our debt instruments and the maturity profile at March 31. Our total funded debt decreased to $347 million, down from $405 million at December 31. During the quarter, we repaid in full the Q5000 loan at its maturity.

Moving to Slide 19, it provides an update on key balance sheet metrics, including long-term debt and net debt levels at year-end in March 31. Our net debt approximated $66 million at quarter end. During the quarter, we repaid approximately $58 million of debt. Our long-term debt balance and net debt balance at 331 reflect the early adoption of ASU 2020-06 which simplify the accounting treatment of our outstanding convertible notes. Our cash position at the end of Q1 was 205 million. This balance does not include $66 million of restricted cash that supports a temporary project LC. Our quarter-end net debt-to-book capitalization was 4%.

Moving to our outlook, we continue to operate in a very challenging market. As we have previously expressed, 2021 is shaping up to be more challenging for our business than 2020. Our customers continue to be very cautious in committing to spending in 2021. The current relatively stable macro backdrop has increased customer dialog and interest, but has been slow to develop into firm orders. The positive developments globally and within our sector are providing a positive foundation for a recovery in our markets, but primarily beyond 2021.

At this time, we feel we have sufficient visibility to issue 2021 guidance in a good-faith attempt to provide investors information that is appropriately caveated, as best we can, against the backdrop of the current environment. We are setting our guidance for 2021 results [Technical Issues]. Revenue is in the range of $625 million to $700 million, EBITDA of $75 million to $100 million, and free cash flow generation between $45 million and $75 million. Beyond Q1, we anticipate working five Well Intervention vessels in the spot market where visibility is currently limited. We expect visibility and utilization will be on a quarter-to-quarter basis. The Gulf of Mexico Well Intervention business, both vessels will likely be in the spot market for the remainder of the year. We generally expect lower levels of activity in 2021. In the North Sea Well Intervention business, we expect to have one vessel working most of the season, whether the second vessel gets deployed will be dependent on the strength of the market.

In Brazil, the Siem Helix 2 is on contract into December, the Siem Helix one is now on contract into August at reduced rates. There is a potential for follow-on work with the vessel. In West Africa, we expect to work the Q7000 into Q3 with possibilities thereafter. Robotics may have a weaker year this year with less clearance work expected in 2021. Production facilities should be consistent. We recently performed a production recompletion at Droshky in April using our idle asset time. While the operations were successful, the early indications are potential upside appears to be smaller.

Providing more color by segment and region on Slide 20 [Technical Issues] our Well Intervention segment Gulf of Mexico Q5000 was under contract for BP into Q2 and is completing the work on Droshky now. Q4000 has contracted work into May. Both vessels have additional opportunities with gap in the schedules expected. UK North Sea Well Enhancer has contracted work into Q3. The Seawell remained warm stacked with earliest opportunities mid-year. Q7000 i s operational in West Africa and is expected contracted work to last into Q3.Brazil, the Siem Helix 2 contract is under contracted into December with the Siem Helix 1 contracted into mid-August and is scheduled to have an approximate 30 to 40 day dry-dock in Q3 or Q4.

Moving to our Robotics segment, Slide 24. Robotics work in Q1 was affected by the winter slowdown but will likely rebound in the spring and summer months. Grand Canyon II and APAC sell [phonetic] contract in Q2 and is expected to have good utilization for the balance of '21 in that region. The Grand Canyon III is contracted to be performing trenching in the North Sea with expected strong utilization into Q4. The follow on wind farm survey and site clearance work began at the end of Q1.

Moving to production facilities, HP1 is on contract for the balance of '21 with no expected change. We entered into a new agreement with HWCG for response services effective Q2, returning to a more traditional retainer based agreement.

Continuing on slide 25, our capex forecast range remains the same in the $20 million to $40 million range. The majority of our capex forecast is maintenance and project related. It also includes the production enhancement opportunity at Droshky performed in April.

Reviewing our balance sheet, our funded debt decreased to $347 million with the repayment of the Q5000 loan with an additional $33 million decrease expected during the balance of '21 as a result of scheduled principal payments. Our cash position at the end of Q1 was $205 million. Once again, this does not include $66 million of restricted cash that supports a temporary project LC. We received a $7 million tax refund in Q1 and anticipate an additional $12 million in 2021 as a result of the tax changes from the CARES Act.

I'll skip Slide 27 and leave it for your reference. At this time, I will turn the call back to Owen for closing comments. Owen?

Owen Kratze -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Thanks, Erik. The market for 2021 continues to be challenging. We are seeing green shoots and signs that the market is beginning to turn, but oversupply in the service sector remains a strong headwind. We are seeing tendering volumes increase. We understand that deferrals on abandonment work are more difficult for producers together. There is an increase in discussion about work for 2022 and beyond, commodity price expectations are positive. These all seem like positive indicators for our business on a macro level for the long term. However, Helix finds itself in a uniquely challenging position. The market is slowly recovering, at the same time, we are seeing our three long-term contracts wind down with their legacy rates as the market reverts back to historically traditional spot market. We took steps relatively early in the pandemic [phonetic] to strengthen our balance sheet by refining financing our convertible debt to provide a longer runway so the balance sheet is in good shape. Our current efforts are focused on one, maintaining our market share and position in our three historic markets; the UK, North Sea, Gulf of Mexico and Brazil, actually four markets. We still feel we're in good -- in a good position with significant leverage to the market recovery. We've expanded our service offerings to include hydraulic stimulation and riserless capabilities in the Gulf of Mexico.

Number two, our efforts are -- our efforts to expand our geographic footprint to increase volume demand for our services continues to progress. We've added contracted work from West Africa, which we believe could see the Q7000 working in West Africa to near year-end. The credibility gains should translate into hopefully a sustainable future in West Africa. We've signed what we expect to be an anchor contract in Australia and have been pursuing significant tendering that we believe could lead to a sustainable presence in that region. We're also receiving interest from other operators in Brazil, which could reduce our client concentration there. The SH1 contract with Petrobras, we scheduled in April, but it's been extended at lower rates to allow the vessel to remain in Brazil avoiding repatriation costs, while Petrobras say they are preparing to retender later this year as required by Brazilian law. We're not relying solely on Petrobras retendering but are pursuing other potentials for the assets, both in Brazil and internationally.

Third, we're continuing to seek mature property opportunities of similar to Droshky. Several offers are pending, while the best time to achieve these deals is when cost of expectations for abandonment are high, the turning market indicates abandonment cost of expectations are becoming more of a concern for producers prompting greater interest in our offering. Our aspirations in this business model are grounded in our confidence to analyze, bid for, and execute the underlying decommissioning work.

Four, we've -- we've mentioned our involvement in the offshore wind market and the potential to expand our offering beyond the current trenching and site clearance. We are actively tendering the clearance opportunities to see the market is more competitive than just two years ago. Trenching appears that it will be -- it will continue to be our bread and butter in Robotics. We've seen significant growth in wind farm projects, but continue to see tremendous amount of capital chasing the work. There is uncertainty in our mind about the potential to achieve sustainable returns. We are still progressing our plans for offshore wind, but we'll be cautious as the market continues to evolve. This will not be an exercise for us to simply improve our ESG profile, but will be a longer and hopefully more sustainable growth area, albeit at a slower rate. Helix is healthy, well positioned, and progressing on our initiatives, but some patience may be required. With that, I'll turn it back over to Erik.

Erik Staffeldt -- Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Thanks Owen. Operator, at this time, we'll take questions.

Questions and Answers:

Operator

Thank you. [Operator Instructions] Our first question comes from the line of Ian MacPherson. Please proceed with your question.

Ian MacPherson -- Piper Sandler & Co. -- Analyst

Thanks. Good morning everyone.

Owen Kratze -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Hey, Ian.

Ian MacPherson -- Piper Sandler & Co. -- Analyst

Hey, Owen. Owen or Erik, I wanted to ask about the guidance walk from 2022 actuals to 2021. At the midpoint, so you've got severe EBITDA decrementals on the revenue decline. And when you think about the resiliency of the production facilities fees, it looks like circa 100% EBITDA decrementals on the EBIT -- on the revenue drop this year across intervention and robotics. And so we know there -- there is legacy contract rolls there that are -- that are a big component. And we know there's suboptimal utilization and operating leverage of this business that hurts as well. Are you also witnessing now some of these inflationary headwinds that we're seeing globally and within the energy supply chain as well? Is that a factor to the decrementals? And when we think about your leverage into a recovering market in 2022, you should also be getting some relief. I would think and hope from the COVID disruptions that have -- that have impacted your cost structure this year as well. So there is a ton in that question but really what I'm asking is, how you think about the non-recurring or maybe the abating headwinds your cost structure when we get into a recovering market next year?

Owen Kratze -- President and Chief Executive Officer

The -- the answer is yes. Sorry, that is a mouthful [phonetic]. Erik, why don't you take this?

Erik Staffeldt -- Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Yeah, I think from a big -- I'll try to address the different components of your question. I think that we're starting to see, or I guess more is get the feel for the headwinds that you're talking about the pressure on the pricing or you can say [phonetic] cost structure. I don't think we've seen it yet. We haven't seen it in our -- in our results. But I think it's definitely a headwind that we recognize is potentially out there. I think that what you see going from 2020 into 2021 is really the roll off of the legacy contracts as Owen mentioned. So I think that's really -- you could see some of the impact that has seen us [phonetic]. I think also the -- as you mentioned the -- the impact on utilization of our fleet is significant. I think when we get to lower levels of utilization, obviously that will have a dramatic impact on our results. And I think we see that -- that the impact of COVID on our utilization in the North Sea is still being felt. I think we get indications that that may be coming to an end, but until it does, we'll still be impacted there.

I think previously Scotty had mentioned the amounts that we are incurring on a quarterly basis for additional COVID cost. I think it was in $1 million to $2 million per quarter. We still have not seen those starting to abate, I think we're -- our expectation is that we'll probably continue at least for the balance of this year. I know that's a mouthful. I tried to cover most of your points. I'm not sure if I did.

Ian MacPherson -- Piper Sandler & Co. -- Analyst

Yeah, no, you did. It was my fault for asking a mouthful question. But really, I just want to kind of see if you agree with my hypothesis that your last negative pricing role will be the SH2 and beyond that if the market is recovering and utilization is recovering next year, that we could find several buckets for pretty healthy incrementals as depend on swings back from those severe decrementals that we saw this year. That was really it. I just wanted to kind of confirm those -- those opportunities for improvement. So --

Owen Kratze -- President and Chief Executive Officer

If I could just add a little something, Ian. I know lots been said about the impact of COVID. But I think also, it's something that I mentioned on past calls, is the stabilization of the commodity price didn't occur this year until after the budgets were set and that's always a big problem. If the budgets -- if the spending in the work was not budgeted for, it's very difficult in this current environment for the operators to go back and ask for additional spending. So that's impacting 2021. But what that's done is, you're right, there is an awful lot of dialog now about 2022. So a snapshot, I would expect 2022 to be much stronger.

We have room in our fleet for increase in utilization, but what's really hurting us right now are rates. So, hopefully in 2022 we'll see some increase in rates. We're not seeing the cost escalations you mentioned, but coming out of every downturn, the industry always does as people become scarce so the cost increases on personnel. We're seeing some of that in non-oilfield related skillsets where we compete with the broader market. On the oil and gas side, we're not seeing it yet, but we certainly expect to, which leads me to say that the return of the intervention market to the spot market is sort of a blessing in disguise because you'll have producers looking to lock in on low rates for multi-year here with uncertainty about where the costs are going. So, I think we're trying to be very cautious about what rates we're giving and starting to put out for 2022.

Ian MacPherson -- Piper Sandler & Co. -- Analyst

Okay. Good to hear. Quick follow-up. We saw the contract news for the Q7000 in Australia, it sounds like you have -- you have options now in two different parts of the world. Do West Africa and Southern Australia work well as a calendar strategy or do you need to choose one or the other or get mobilization compensation that maybe we're under-appreciating in today's market?

Owen Kratze -- President and Chief Executive Officer

They are -- they work well together from a seasonal basis. The transit is very, very long. So we will always be looking to get some mobilization demobilization pricing from the clients. The way things are turning out right now, I'm not sure if West Africa is going to be an annual campaign, a year-long campaign or whether or not it's going to be like every other year, which sort of puts well. The other -- the other -- but I think both regions are shaping up to look like they have utilization for a vessel. So I'm not sure that going forward -- I'm guessing in the -- in the ideal scenario, we would have a vessel in each region, in which case we would be one vessel short unless we took one of the vessels from Brazil and repositioned it.

And then the other market that you're sort of leaving out there, there are no heavy Intervention vessels in the North Sea and we are tendering work in the North Sea for the Q7000 following its campaign in Australia. So we're -- we're getting -- we're becoming very successful in international markets where we haven't previously been which may require us to rethink our fleet allocation.

Ian MacPherson -- Piper Sandler & Co. -- Analyst

Okay. Good. That's helpful color. I'll pass it over. Thanks, Owen.

Operator

Our next question is coming from the line of Mike Sabella. Please go ahead. Hey, good morning everyone.

Owen Kratze -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Good morning.

Erik Staffeldt -- Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Good morning.

Mike Sabella -- Bank of America -- Analyst

Maybe we just talk for a bit about the revenue guide in Robotics. We've got this guide out there, 115 to 135 for the year. Last year renewables, 41% of the segment. Can you kind of talk us through how you think -- you see that split moving this year? And then just as we kind of think of the high end of that guide, low end of that guide, what are some of the things that could -- that could take you to either of those places?

Scotty Sparks -- Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

So I'll take that one. You have to remember that last year we had a bumper projects in the site clearance market. That project was supposed to last three months. It went on for nearly, what, for the whole year and ended up being two vessels. This year on the site clearance market we have at least one quarter of work for one vessel and that possibly will extend and we have some tenders out for other site clearance works that were quite hopeful on. Most of the trenching work that we'll undertake this year will be renewables. So we are still seeing a good set of renewables trenching. I would say 41% guidance from last year would be lower because of the funding for site clearance project.

We are also seeing an uptick in requirements for ROVs in the renewable sector. Currently, we have contracted eight ROVs that will be in renewals. And then we have four ROVs on our vessels to take part in renewables work or trenching work. So I think it will be slightly lower on the renewable side. And I think the guidance right now is set but in a good place. But then these other things have come up. We just won our first ROV project, vessel project in Guyana that we -- we didn't have any visibility on that. That's going to be a 50-day projects in Q3. But we'll take a vessel and go lay a cable for Exxon. And then -- So there is other stuff that comes off on the ROV side all the time.

Mike Sabella -- Bank of America -- Analyst

Got it, thanks. And then could you just quickly circle back to the Q7 headed to Australia. Can you just clarify what -- can you give us an idea of what the mobilization cost is to move it from West Africa down to Australia? And is that number included in the cost this year or how should we think about -- how should we think about the cost flowing through?

Owen Kratze -- President and Chief Executive Officer

I think first from the timing standpoint, Mike, I think whether we start transiting this year or early next year, really is dependent on some of the continued work that we're chasing in West Africa. I think there is opportunities there. I think it was mentioned in our call to possibly have the vessel working all year in -- in West Africa. So the timing of it will be dependent on some of that add-on work. I think when the vessel does mobilize, I think the transit will roughly be, I believe --

Scotty Sparks -- Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

-- 90 days.

Owen Kratze -- President and Chief Executive Officer

About 90 days to transit there. The transit cost and the revenue will be -- will be deferred when that happens and then amortized over the existing contracts that are in place. Right now, we do have a potential contract -- anchor contract there subject to FID. And so I think it's -- we're in a good place there.

Ken Neikirk -- General Counsel

Just to complicate it further, during that transit though there is a stop for a dry-dock period which is required for entry into Australia. In the original delivery of the vessel, we did not finish the bottom, knowing -- the bottom paint on the vessel, knowing that this was the requirement for Australia. So there will be a stop for dry-dock at which time that portion of the cost would revert back to the capital budget.

Mike Sabella -- Bank of America -- Analyst

Got it. Got it. So there is no -- basically there is no impact from that contract in Australia, either from -- from a cost perspective in the guide this year?

Owen Kratze -- President and Chief Executive Officer

I think that's correct. I think right now in our guidance we would expect either the Q7000 to be working the entire year in West Africa or begin its transit toward the end of the year which would be deferred.

Mike Sabella -- Bank of America -- Analyst

Okay, perfect. And then, can I just ask one more quick point of clarification? I think, Eric, you said there is -- from the CARES Act, there's 12 million incremental coming in this year or it's 12 million total, 7 of which was collected in 1Q?

Erik Staffeldt -- Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

No, 12 million additional.

Mike Sabella -- Bank of America -- Analyst

Additional.

Erik Staffeldt -- Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Yeah, I think it was 19 million or 20 million total, we received 7 million in Q1.

Mike Sabella -- Bank of America -- Analyst

Perfect. All right. Thanks, everyone.

Operator

Our next question is coming from the line of James Schumm. Please go ahead.

James Schumm -- Cowen and Company -- Analyst

Hey, good morning guys. I was wondering if you could comment on the rate reduction on the Siem Helix 1 just in percentage terms?

Owen Kratze -- President and Chief Executive Officer

We -- we've never given out the rates in Brazil at the request of Petrobras. So I think we'll stick with that. But from a percentage basis it's significant. The goal of the extension of the vessels working in Brazil for Petrobras this year was merely to keep it in the region and avoid the large repatriation costs ahead of the retendering process. So I wouldn't -- I wouldn't -- I wouldn't expect too much of positive EBITDA from that.

James Schumm -- Cowen and Company -- Analyst

Okay. And then what's the expectation after the contract completes in mid-August? You have a 30 to 40 day dry-dock you talked about. And then, so if we think about like maybe the midpoint of your guidance, are you assuming that you go back to work for Petrobras in the fourth quarter or not, or some level of utilization there?

Erik Staffeldt -- Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

So, yeah, I think it's correct to assume, Jim, that in the range of the guidance we assume at the high end, obviously that would -- that we would have some additional work for the vessel on the low end [Technical Issues]

James Schumm -- Cowen and Company -- Analyst

Okay. And then my next question, just if you guys could quantify the HWCG benefit and potential customer discounts? So -- and then as part of that, is one of your customers currently expected to utilize the Q4000 or the Q5000 this year?

Erik Staffeldt -- Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

So I think we've returned to, like we said a more traditional retainer base. I think we've been operating, I think two years essentially at a extreme discount, so we've gone to the more traditional. I don't think we're quite -- we are at the levels that we were previously. It will be a positive impact to our production facilities result, to the extent that we said -- to the extent that we do gain utilization for our assets in the Well Intervention that will reduce the retainer fee there. The HWCG has I believe 16 members. And so I think we would expect to do some work for those members on a go-forward basis.

James Schumm -- Cowen and Company -- Analyst

Okay. Thank you very much. I'll get back in the queue.

Operator

Our next question is coming from the line of Taylor's Searcher [Phonetic]. Please go ahead.

Taylor Searcher -- Analyst

Hey, good morning and thank you. If I could circle back to the Robotics guidance? If you take the midpoint of the revenue guidance for 2021, it looks like revenue's down 30% year-over-year and a big piece of that is the roll-off or less impact of the site clearance work you had in 2020. Could you talk a little bit about the -- some traditional oil and gas work in that segment for 2021? Is that type of activity is going to be lower year-over-year or do you see that traditional oil and gas type activity actually trending higher year-over-year embedded into that guidance you provided?

Scotty Sparks -- Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

I think we're seeing more activity. But I think it will be on par with last year on the oil and gas side. So there's more tenders going on, it's whether or not those works come to fruition. We are seeing more requirements for our rents are off [Phonetic] services and we're seeing more requirements for spot boats. But again, the big difference from last year is the bumper, two to three vessel site clearance project that we had. There is definitely going to be an upturn in ROV work, oil and gas related ROV works coming from the trenching side. There is more talk in 2021 and 2022 of tie-backs in the North Sea that will lead to some more traditional pipeline and umbilical oil and gas trenching but it's still a very slow market and the operators stance on spending the money on maintenance at this time. I think eventually, they will have to, but we're not seeing. So I would say would be on par with last year.

Taylor Searcher -- Analyst

Okay, thanks for that. And you talked about the pipeline of tendering opportunities for some of these renewable markets continuing to trend higher into 2022. At the same time, you said that the -- the possibility to achieve sustainable returns in that business seems to be getting lower vers -- or declining versus improving into 2022 as more competition enters the picture. Just from a volume perspective, could you help us think about how much tendering activity you're thinking for 2022 if we -- if we compare that to the type of renewable activity that you already booked and did in 2020? Is it sort of on par with that level of activity? Is it less? Just help us think about what sort of tendering activity you're seeing right now for 2022 in the renewable side of the equation?

Scotty Sparks -- Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

So for 2022 and beyond we've got a huge amount of tender activity in renewables for trenching. We've secured work in '21 through to '23 for renewables trenching. We had works in tender with good partners of ours, usual customers out to 2025. And one thing we are seeing, these wind farms are becoming much larger. So the trenching scopes are becoming larger. And with that, the site clearance and some of the other services that we're offering, offer larger wind farms. If you look back last year we had one tender in site clearance. We won that tender and it was a great job for us. This year in site clearance from '22 onwards we have 16 site clearance projects. And again, all of these wind farms are getting larger so the volumes should increase. We should win some of the work. But like Owen rightly says, there is a huge amount of people looking in at this space. There's more competition coming to it. And as with any commodity, when there is competition, that's going to drive prices down. So, more volume, less profit, I guess.

Taylor Searcher -- Analyst

Understood, thanks for that. I'll turn it back.

Operator

Our next question is coming from the line of Igor Levi. Please go ahead.

Igor Levi -- BGIT Research -- Analyst

Hi, good morning.

Owen Kratze -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Good morning.

Igor Levi -- BGIT Research -- Analyst

So following up on Ian's question on your '21 guide of 75 million to 100 million EBITDA, and this implies that the quarterly EBITDA will be cut in half from Q1 levels, and you mentioned this is largely attributed to the contract roll-offs. Could you provide some more color -- how much of this would proportionately be attributed to the Q5000 versus the vessel in Brazil?

Owen Kratze -- President and Chief Executive Officer

So I think when you look at our -- at our guide -- once again, we're giving an annual guide and we recognize the roll-offs here in Q2 of the Q5000 and the Siem Helix 1 from their -- from their legacy contracts. I think when you -- when you look at the entire year, we're leaning into a more spot-based environment. Visibility is going to be on a quarter and quarterly basis like we said. And so I believe that we're seeing the variability in the range that we provided really being toward the -- at the far end of our -- of our guide. So really in the fourth quarter, we see the variability related to just seasonality and the visibility that we have. Obviously the legacy contracts, like you mentioned, are rolling off and those will have an impact, as well the utilization that we're able to achieve on those vessels.

Igor Levi -- BGIT Research -- Analyst

But are the two vessels rolling off having a similar impact on the EBITDA or is one proportionately much bigger part of that drop?

Ken Neikirk -- General Counsel

I believe the Q5 is going to have disproportionately larger impact due to the comparison to the historic rates that they were both on.

Igor Levi -- BGIT Research -- Analyst

Perfect. Very helpful. And then on 2022, you said the snapshot could -- could look better. Our biggest concern is that you have a full year of lower rates on the Brazil vessel, the first one and then the second one that we expect to roll over at the end of this year or the beginning of next. So that's a pretty big headwind. And I was hoping you could talk about what factors will be strong enough to more than offset this headwind?

Ken Neikirk -- General Counsel

You are correct. Potentially, it's a huge headwind and it's one that we've been trying to position for and plan for. The first -- the first step is to create competition. We know -- we believe that Petrobras is going to want the vessels. So in order to get some rate leverage, we need to have alternatives for the vessels, which is why we've been pushing so hard on the international work. And as I mentioned, there is additional clients in Brazil that are now asking about the availability of the vessel. And as I previously mentioned, it could be that West Africa, Australia and the UK actually develop into strong enough markets to warrant more than just the Q7 ability to cover them. So depending on how strong 2022 is and our ability to generate alternative opportunities for the vessels, that will have a big impact on the retendered rates with Petrobras.

Igor Levi -- BGIT Research -- Analyst

Got it.

Scotty Sparks -- Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

I'll just add to that. We have about 10 large international tenders out there and they're all very large tenders. They're all 10 plus wells. So there is work out there if we need to look elsewhere.

Igor Levi -- BGIT Research -- Analyst

Great, thank you. Very helpful. I'll turn that back.

Operator

Our next question is coming from the line of Samantha Hoh. Please go ahead.

Samantha Hoh -- Evervore ISI -- Analyst

Hey guys, thanks for taking my call. So maybe just to stay on Brazil. Curious if the options for the DHS 1 has any step up on the freight [Phonetic]? And then also in terms of discussions with other customers potentially for longer-term contract, are there cost escalators built into like these contracts if they go for multi-terms? Just -- just wanted kind of an opinion on what you guys said about customers potentially taking advantage of just the low spot -- or contract pricing given that there might be a visibility to higher costs over time?

Ken Neikirk -- General Counsel

Owen mentioned that. There -- each project has -- it warrants its own analysis. It depends on how far in the future and how -- how competitive the tender is. Nearer term work with -- without any signs of active competitors, we probably would not be as aggressive on the cost escalators work for further in the future. We would definitely look to add cost escalators into the contracts, which is pretty acceptable in the industry.

Samantha Hoh -- Evervore ISI -- Analyst

Okay, great. And then maybe going back to Robotics. You guys previously said that the segment could be EBITDA positive for the year and I was wondering if that is still -- is that still part of your guidance and what are sort of the -- the two different scenarios that would come out to on the EBITDA side, I guess, being positive versus negative for the segment or for the year?

Owen Kratze -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Yes, on the robotic side, we fully expect the segment to be EBITDA positive. I think what we saw here in the first quarter --

Samantha Hoh -- Evervore ISI -- Analyst

I'm sorry, I meant EBIT positive.

Owen Kratze -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Okay. So, yeah, I think last year we were -- we were definitely EBIT positive. This year, I think our expectations are right now that it would be EBIT positive. I think it's fairly nominal, but it's still positive on our expectations. So I think it's within the range of plus or minus. I think we'll see the seasonal upticks here that we expect here in the second and third quarter as far as activity goes, but that would be our expectation to be in the positive range.

Samantha Hoh -- Evervore ISI -- Analyst

Okay, great. And then if I could just sneak one more in, wanted to actually hear a little bit more in terms of the increase dialog that you're having in the Gulf of Mexico. I think you said in your prepared remarks that you have seen some increased tendering possibly for fourth quarter. And I was wondering if you could speak to maybe the type of work that entails and the customer mix? Anything to share on the Gulf would be great.

Scotty Sparks -- Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Yeah, I mean, we're definitely seeing tender activity increase. We've seen visibility of works with new customers [Inaudible] into the third and fourth quarter. The work is a mixture of production enhancements MG&A opportunities. We've definitely seen recently a number of clients come in and ask the pricing for P&A activity or temporary abandonment activity. We believe that's because they're being forced now to get on and do some of the work now that the price of oil has returned. So it's a mixture of production enhancements and P&A activity, but there's definitely more inquiries coming in and we're getting very close to contracting some of those up.

Samantha Hoh -- Evervore ISI -- Analyst

Great. Thanks guys.

Scotty Sparks -- Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Thank you.

Operator

And our last question in queue is a follow-up question coming from the line of James Schumm. Please go ahead.

James Schumm -- Cowen and Company -- Analyst

Hey, thanks for letting me back in. Would you guys be willing to just give a little bit more color on the Droshky recompletion? It sounded like you said it was successful, but maybe not as successful as you'd hoped. Can you give any sort of indication of like maybe what the flow rate might be of the well or some comment on pricing or net-backs or just how should we think about this?

Owen Kratze -- President and Chief Executive Officer

I can give you a lot of detail on that as my legal counsel cringes. But anyway, the -- we don't know what the flow rate is going to be. The platform is shut in. So we will not be able to put the well on -- on production until the beginning of June or in the -- near the end of May. We did the work and we have perforated and we've run a log and we've done pressure evaluation where we thought the reservoir was an isolated sand, it looks like it was partially drained by the number two well, so we had a higher water content. It's not watered out, which you would expect, given the production coming out of the number two. So there is some isolated oil there. It's a sufficient quantity of oil to more than recoup the cost of our recompletion. But how much more profitable that's going to be, I think we're going to have to wait until June till we see the flow rates. But it will be -- it will be positive but we're just not sure how much.

Now, having said that, just to actually doing the work on the recompletion and getting our money back out of it served the purpose of doing the recompletion, which was to offset idle asset time. So the economics from the recompletion, it does not include the cost savings that we would have incurred with the asset at the dock idle.

James Schumm -- Cowen and Company -- Analyst

Yeah, so, Owen --

Scotty Sparks -- Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Sorry, I would just like to point out that the platform shut in because the host operator has annual maintenance going on. It's nothing to do with EBIT. We finished the recompletion last night.

James Schumm -- Cowen and Company -- Analyst

Got you. Understood. So, Owen, what do you think the -- what do you think the payback time would be on this if you -- whether you use the vessel utilization or not, like, could you answer that? I mean is it three years or what do you think --?

Owen Kratze -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Oh, no, no. It will be -- no, it will be much faster than that. The payout will be within 12 to 18 months. The precise amount of time will depend on the flow rates that we achieve when we actually start flowing it.

James Schumm -- Cowen and Company -- Analyst

Okay, all right. Great. Thank you so much, guys.

Owen Kratze -- President and Chief Executive Officer

And of course -- Yeah, that's an estimate based on what we know right now.

James Schumm -- Cowen and Company -- Analyst

Great. Understood. Thanks guys.

Operator

And we have no further questions at this time.

Erik Staffeldt -- Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Okay. Thanks for joining us today. We very much appreciate your interest and participation and look forward to having you on our second quarter 2021 call in July. Thank you.

Operator

[Operator Closing Remarks]

Duration: 57 minutes

Call participants:

Erik Staffeldt -- Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Ken Neikirk -- General Counsel

Owen Kratze -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Scotty Sparks -- Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Ian MacPherson -- Piper Sandler & Co. -- Analyst

Mike Sabella -- Bank of America -- Analyst

James Schumm -- Cowen and Company -- Analyst

Taylor Searcher -- Analyst

Igor Levi -- BGIT Research -- Analyst

Samantha Hoh -- Evervore ISI -- Analyst

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