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Liberty Oilfield Services Inc. Announces Third Quarter 2021 Financial and Operational Results and the Acquisition of PropX

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DENVER, October 27, 2021--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Liberty Oilfield Services Inc. (NYSE: LBRT; "Liberty" or the "Company") announced today third quarter 2021 financial and operational results and acquisition of PropX.

Summary Results and Highlights

  • Revenue of $654 million, representing a 12% sequential increase, and net loss1 of $39 million, or $0.22 fully diluted loss per share for the quarter ended September 30, 2021

  • Adjusted EBITDA2 of $32 million

  • Announced the acquisition of Proppant Express Investments, LLC ("PropX"), a provider of proppant delivery equipment, logistics and software solutions

  • Executed multi-year arrangements to deploy Liberty’s digiFrac™ electric fleet in 2022

  • Announced an amendment to its secured asset-based revolving credit facility ("ABL Facility") that provides for a $100 million increase in aggregate commitment to $350 million and extends the maturity date until October 2026

  • Achieved 24 hours of continuous plug and perforation pumping time on two occasions

"Liberty achieved solid momentum in the third quarter. Total revenues increased 12% sequentially as activity and service pricing rose during the period. The underlying growth was a testament to the Liberty team’s focus on customer engagement, service quality and technology. We were able to deliver strong growth while navigating integration activities, cost inflation and the disruptive impact of the pandemic on global supply chains and labor availability," commented Chris Wright, Chief Executive Officer. "The third quarter benefited from service price increases, but Liberty was not immune to the serious supply chain issues the world faces today as faster cost increases more than offset higher prices during the period. Increased transportation costs and driver shortages, maintenance personnel and supply chain constraints and integration costs hurt margins in the period. For instance, we estimate that rapidly increasing logistics costs that were not passed through to customers in the quarter were approximately $12 million, and maintenance costs were $8 million higher than normal due to integration and Covid related disruptions. While we expect the supply chain, logistics and integration challenges to continue into the fourth quarter, we are actively working to moderate their effect on margins."

"Activity and momentum are expected to continue to strengthen in the fourth quarter and into 2022 supported by strong industry fundamentals and demand for Liberty. Against this backdrop, Liberty is excited to announce the execution of the first two multi-year arrangements to deploy Liberty’s digiFrac electric fleets in 2022 with long-standing Liberty customers. The technical ingenuity and design of the first purpose-built electric frac fleet has been well-received by E&P operators and we are developing our multi-year deployment strategy in conjunction with our customer partners," continued Mr. Wright.

PropX Acquisition

Liberty announced today it has acquired PropX for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $90.0 million, subject to normal closing adjustments, consisting of $13.5 million in cash and the equivalent of 5.8 million shares of Liberty’s common stock valued at $76.5 million based on a 30-day average closing share price of $13.08 on October 25, 2021.

Founded in 2016, PropX is a leading provider of last-mile proppant delivery solutions including proppant handling equipment and logistics software across North America. PropX offers innovative environmentally friendly technology with optimized dry and wet sand containers and wellsite proppant handling equipment that drive logistics efficiency and reduce noise and emissions. PropX wet sand handling technology is a key enabler of the next step of cost and emissions reductions in the proppant industry. PropX also offers customers the latest real-time logistics software, PropConnect, for sale or as hosted SaaS service. PropX will continue to sell and deliver these solutions industry-wide.

The transaction positions Liberty as an integrated provider of completion services with proppant, equipment, logistics and integrated software that will improve Liberty’s operational and logistics efficiency. We also expect the leading-edge wet sand handling technology to reduce the environmental impact and cost of completions for Liberty’s frac customers and the industry.

"We have a relentless focus on building value over the long term, and we are pleased to announce the acquisition of PropX, at a highly accretive valuation multiple. The addition of PropX integrates the latest proppant delivery technologies and software into our supply chain and brings advanced, ESG-friendly wet sand handling technology and expertise that we can bring to the whole industry. Together, we believe these solutions will reduce the environmental impact of last-mile delivery and lower our total delivered cost to our customers," commented Mr. Wright. "This acquisition exemplifies our strategy of investing for the future and maintaining a clear focus on technology innovation, highly efficient operations and a strong balance sheet to deliver greater value for our shareholders through cycles."

Outlook

During the third quarter, worldwide economic activity continued to grow, despite supply chain disruptions, materials shortages, labor scarcity, rising costs, and Covid-related uncertainty. The demand for energy continues to outpace the gradual return of supply, as evidenced by the energy crises in Europe and China and low inventories. Global oil and gas supply remains constrained by underinvestment in oil and gas production and associated infrastructure.

Tightness in global commodity markets is bolstering demand for frac services in support of energy consumption. Concurrently, there has been frac industry consolidation, equipment cannibalization and attrition. Customers are in search of modern, environmentally friendly solutions. The shift towards next generation equipment, leading edge engineering solutions and the digitalization of the oilfield is defining the next phase of the cycle. Liberty is in a highly advantaged position with top tier technology innovation, engineering prowess, service quality, and ESG-friendly equipment.

"Today, we have a stronger, more flexible business with greater underlying efficiency resulting from the integration of OneStim®, the opportunistic acquisition of PropX, investment in digiFrac and digital software systems. Our entire team is focused on improving every aspect of our business to maintain and grow our competitive edge in this upcycle," commented Mr. Wright. "Importantly, we believe the strong momentum will continue, with incremental service price increases that likely manifest more noticeably entering 2022. We are at the early innings of the cycle with the right technology, people, and commitment to excellence, and we believe our relentless focus on providing the best service to our customers sets up for a stronger 2022."

Third Quarter Results

For the third quarter of 2021, revenue increased 12% to $654 million from $581 million in the second quarter of 2021.

Net loss before income taxes totaled $39 million for the third quarter of 2021 compared to net loss before income taxes of $36 million for the second quarter of 2021.

Net loss1 (after taxes) totaled $39 million for the third quarter of 2021 compared to net loss1 of $52 million in the second quarter of 2021. Net loss1 (after tax) in the second quarter included the impacts of a valuation allowance recorded against a portion of the Company’s deferred tax assets and related remeasurement of the Company’s liability under the tax receivable agreement.

Adjusted EBITDA2, decreased to $32 million from $37 million in the second quarter.

Fully diluted loss per share was $0.22 for the third quarter of 2021 compared to $0.29 for the second quarter of 2021.

Balance Sheet and Liquidity

As of September 30, 2021, Liberty had cash on hand of $35 million, an increase from second quarter levels as working capital increased, and total debt of $122 million, including $16 million drawn on the ABL credit facility, net of deferred financing costs and original issue discount. The term loan requires only a 1% annual amortization of principal, paid quarterly. Recently, the term loan maturity date was extended by two years and no substantial payment is due until maturity in September 2024, subject to mandatory prepayments from excess cash flow. Total liquidity, including availability under the credit facility, was $268 million as of September 30, 2021.

In October, 2021, Liberty amended its secured asset-based revolving credit facility. The amendment extends the maturity date of the facility from September 2022 to October 2026 and provides for a $100 million increase in aggregated commitment to $350 million. Availability under the amended ABL Facility is subject to a borrowing base, supported by receivables and inventory. The ABL Facility has a $75 million uncommitted accordion feature which, subject to satisfaction of specific terms and conditions, would provide for increased availability under the credit facility.

Conference Call

Liberty will host a conference call to discuss the results at 8:00 a.m. Mountain Time (10:00 a.m. Eastern Time) on Wednesday, October 27, 2021. Presenting Liberty’s results will be Chris Wright, Chief Executive Officer, Ron Gusek, President, and Michael Stock, Chief Financial Officer.

Individuals wishing to participate in the conference call should dial (833) 255-2827, or for international callers (412) 902-6704. Participants should ask to join the Liberty Oilfield Services call. A live webcast will be available at http://investors.libertyfrac.com. The webcast can be accessed for 90 days following the call. A telephone replay will be available shortly after the call and can be accessed by dialing (877) 344-7529, or for international callers (412) 317-0088. The passcode for the replay is 10148935. The replay will be available until November 4, 2021.

About Liberty

Liberty is a leading North American oilfield services firm that offers one of the most innovative suites of completion services and technologies to onshore oil and natural gas exploration and production companies. Liberty was founded in 2011 with a relentless focus on developing and delivering next generation technology for the sustainable development of unconventional energy resources in partnership with our customers. Liberty is headquartered in Denver, Colorado. For more information about Liberty, please contact Investor Relations at IR@libertyfrac.com.

1.

Net loss attributable to controlling and non-controlling interests. Net loss during the three months ended June 30, 2021 includes the establishment of a deferred tax valuation allowance driven primarily by COVID-19 related losses.

2.

"Adjusted EBITDA" is not presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States ("U.S. GAAP"). Please see the supplemental financial information in the table under "Reconciliation of Net Loss to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA" at the end of this earnings release for a reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measure of Adjusted EBITDA to its most directly comparable GAAP financial measure.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This earnings release includes unaudited non-GAAP financial and operational measures, including EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Pre-Tax Return on Capital Employed. We believe that the presentation of these non-GAAP financial and operational measures provides useful information about our financial performance and results of operations. Non-GAAP financial and operational measures do not have any standardized meaning and are therefore unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. The presentation of non-GAAP financial and operational measures is not intended to be a substitute for, and should not be considered in isolation from, the financial measures reported in accordance with U.S. GAAP. See the tables entitled Reconciliation and Calculation of Non-GAAP Financial and Operational Measures for a reconciliation or calculation of the non-GAAP financial or operational measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measure.

Forward-Looking and Cautionary Statements

The information above includes "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. All statements, other than statements of historical facts, included herein concerning, among other things, the deployment of fleets in the future, planned capital expenditures, future cash flows and borrowings, pursuit of potential acquisition opportunities, our financial position, return of capital to stockholders, business strategy and objectives for future operations, are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are identified by their use of terms and phrases such as "may," "expect," "estimate," "outlook," "project," "plan," "believe," "intend," "achievable," "anticipate," "will," "continue," "potential," "likely," "should," "could," and similar terms and phrases. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, they do involve certain assumptions, risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements represent our expectations or beliefs concerning future events, and it is possible that the results described in this earnings release will not be achieved. These forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions identified above or as disclosed from time to time in Liberty's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. As a result of these factors, actual results may differ materially from those indicated or implied by such forward-looking statements.

Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which it is made, and, except as required by law, we do not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. New factors emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for us to predict all such factors. When considering these forward-looking statements, you should keep in mind the risk factors and other cautionary statements in "Item 1A. Risk Factors" included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020 as filed with the SEC on February 24, 2021 and in our other public filings with the SEC. These and other factors could cause our actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements.

Liberty Oilfield Services Inc.

Selected Financial Data

(unaudited)

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

September 30,

June 30,

September 30,

September 30,

2021

2021

2020

2021

2020

Statement of Operations Data:

(amounts in thousands, except for per share and fleet data)

Revenue

$

653,727

$

581,288

$

147,495

$

1,787,047

$

708,201

Costs of services, excluding depreciation and amortization shown separately

593,683

521,956

139,237

1,614,574

621,471

General and administrative

32,281

29,403

17,307

88,043

63,984

Transaction, severance and other costs

1,556

2,996

2,609

12,173

11,666

Depreciation and amortization

65,852

63,214

44,496

191,122

134,258

Gain on disposal of assets

(79

)

(277

)

(752

)

(1,076

)

(520

)

Total operating expenses

693,293

617,292

202,897

1,904,836

830,859

Operating loss

(39,566

)

(36,004

)

(55,402

)

(117,789

)

(122,658

)

Gain on remeasurement of liability under tax receivable agreement (1)

(4,947

)

(3,305

)

(8,252

)

Interest expense, net

4,007

3,767

3,595

11,528

10,859

Net loss before taxes

(38,626

)

(36,466

)

(58,997

)

(121,065

)

(133,517

)

Income tax expense (benefit) (1)

753

16,006

(9,972

)

9,402

(21,074

)

Net loss

(39,379

)

(52,472

)

(49,025

)

(130,467

)

(112,443

)

Less: Net loss attributable to non-controlling interests

(489

)

(1,912

)

(14,523

)

(6,812

)

(33,890

)

Net loss attributable to Liberty Oilfield Services Inc. stockholders

$

(38,890

)

$

(50,560

)

$

(34,502

)

$

(123,655

)

$

(78,553

)

Net loss attributable to Liberty Oilfield Services Inc. stockholders per common share:

Basic

$

(0.22

)

$

(0.29

)

$

(0.41

)

$

(0.72

)

$

(0.94

)

Diluted

$

(0.22

)

$

(0.29

)

$

(0.41

)

$

(0.72

)

$

(0.94

)

Weighted average common shares outstanding:

Basic

178,311

172,523

84,937

171,402

83,299

Diluted (2)

178,311

172,523

84,937

171,402

83,299

Other Financial and Operational Data

Capital expenditures (3)

$

56,208

$

37,666

$

12,281

$

137,826

$

58,453

Adjusted EBITDA (4)

$

32,008

$

36,573

$

1,396

$

100,266

$

50,775

(1)

During the second quarter of 2021, the Company entered into a three-year cumulative pre-tax book loss driven primarily by COVID-19 which, applying the interpretive guidance to Accounting Standards Codification Topic 740 - Income Taxes, required the Company to recognize a valuation allowance against certain of the Company’s deferred tax assets. The Company recorded a valuation allowance against certain deferred tax assets, generating additional income tax expense in the three months ended June 30, 2021 and nine months September 30, 2021. In connection with the recognition of a valuation allowance, the Company was also required to remeasure the liability under the tax receivable agreement resulting in a gain.

(2)

In accordance with U.S. GAAP, diluted weighted average common shares outstanding for the three months ended September 30, 2021, June 30, 2021, and September 30, 2020, exclude weighted average shares of Class B common stock (1,860, 7,641 and 29,392, respectively), restricted shares (0, 0 and 235, respectively) and restricted stock units (3,256, 4,107 and 2,458, respectively) outstanding during the period. Additionally, diluted weighted average common shares outstanding for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 and 2020, exclude weighted average shares of Class B common stock (8,558 and 29,259, respectively), restricted shares (0 and 250, respectively) and restricted stock units (3,470 and 2,276, respectively) outstanding during the period.

(3)

Capital expenditures presented above are shown on an as incurred basis, including capital expenditures in accounts payable and accrued liabilities.

(4)

Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure. See the tables entitled "Reconciliation and Calculation of Non-GAAP Financial and Operational Measures" below.

Liberty Oilfield Services Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(unaudited, amounts in thousands)

September 30,

December 31,

2021

2020

Assets

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

34,705

$

68,978

Accounts receivable and unbilled revenue

434,498

313,949

Inventories

116,795

118,568

Prepaids and other current assets

85,567

65,638

Total current assets

671,565

567,133

Property and equipment, net

1,069,890

1,120,950

Operating and finance lease right-of-use assets

151,771

114,611

Other assets

72,866

87,248

Total assets

$

1,966,092

$

1,889,942

Liabilities and Equity

Current liabilities:

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

$

459,869

$

311,721

Current portion of operating and finance lease liabilities

48,804

44,061

Current portion of long-term debt, net of discount

379

364

Total current liabilities

509,052

356,146

Long-term debt, net of discount

121,125

105,411

Long-term operating and finance lease liabilities

94,954

61,748

Deferred tax liability

765

Payable pursuant to tax receivable agreement

48,342

56,594

Total liabilities

774,238

579,899

Stockholders' equity:

Common Stock

1,802

1,795

Additional paid in capital

1,278,073

1,125,554

(Accumulated deficit) retained earnings

(100,365)

23,288

Accumulated other comprehensive income

191

Total stockholders’ equity

1,179,701

1,150,637

Non-controlling interest

12,153

159,406

Total equity

1,191,854

1,310,043

Total liabilities and equity

$

1,966,092

$

1,889,942

Liberty Oilfield Services Inc.

Reconciliation and Calculation of Non-GAAP Financial and Operational Measures

(unaudited, amounts in thousands)

Reconciliation of Net Loss to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

September 30,

June 30,

September 30,

September 30,

2021

2021

2020

2021

2020

Net loss

$

(39,379

)

$

(52,472

)

$

(49,025

)

$

(130,467

)

$

(112,443

)

Depreciation and amortization

65,852

63,214

44,496

191,122

134,258

Interest expense, net

4,007

3,767

3,595

11,528

10,859

Income tax expense (benefit)

753

16,006

(9,972

)

9,402

(21,074

)

EBITDA

$

31,233

$

30,515

$

(10,906

)

$

81,585

$

11,600

Stock based compensation expense

4,245

5,899

4,487

15,091

12,894

Fleet start-up and lay-down costs

5,958

10,457

Transaction, severance and other costs

1,556

2,996

2,609

12,173

11,666

Gain on disposal of assets

(79

)

(277

)

(752

)

(1,076

)

(520

)

Provision for credit losses

745

745

4,678

Gain on remeasurement of liability under tax receivable agreement

(4,947

)

(3,305

)

(8,252

)

Adjusted EBITDA

$

32,008

$

36,573

$

1,396

$

100,266

$

50,775

Calculation of Pre-Tax Return on Capital Employed

Twelve Months Ended

September 30,

2021

2020

Net loss

$

(178,698

)

Add back: Income tax benefit

(381

)

Pre-tax net loss

$

(179,079

)

Capital Employed

Total debt, net of discount

$

121,504

$

105,862

Total equity

1,191,854

676,295

Total Capital Employed

$

1,313,358

$

782,157

Average Capital Employed (1)

$

1,047,758

Pre-Tax Return on Capital Employed (2)

(17

)%

(1)

Average Capital Employed is the simple average of Total Capital Employed as of September 30, 2021 and 2020.

(2)

Pre-tax Return on Capital Employed is the ratio of pre-tax net loss for the twelve months ended September 30, 2021 to Average Capital Employed.

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Contacts

Michael Stock
Chief Financial Officer
303-515-2851
IR@libertyfrac.com

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