HOUSTON, Feb. 05, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- NCS Multistage Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:NCSM) (“NCS” or the “Company”), a leading provider of highly engineered products and support services that facilitate the optimization of oil and natural gas well completions and field development strategies, today provided an update on its financial results for the quarter ended December 31, 2017 and certain financial and operational results for 2017.
Total revenue for the quarter is expected to be between $49.5 million and $50.5 million. U.S. revenue is expected to be between $19.8 million and $20.3 million, the midpoint of which represents a 51% increase compared to the third quarter of 2017. The increase was primarily driven by the inclusion of a full quarter of tracer diagnostics services revenue and a meaningful sequential increase in sliding sleeve sales, offset by relatively flat sales in other product categories. Canadian revenue is expected to be between $29.1 million and $29.6 million, the midpoint of which is a 27% decrease compared to the third quarter of 2017. The decline was primarily attributable to a reduction in activity amongst our customer base related to lower regional natural gas prices and the exhaustion of capital budgets prior to the end of the year. International revenue is expected to be between $0.6 million and $0.7 million.
Total cost of sales, exclusive of depreciation and amortization expense is expected to be between $24.3 million and $24.8 million for the quarter.
Selling, general and administrative expenses are expected to be between $18.0 million and $18.5 million for the quarter, and include approximately $2.2 million in share-based compensation expense and approximately $0.5 million in non-recurring professional fees.
NCS ended 2017 with over $33.5 million in cash. Total purchases of property and equipment in 2017 were approximately $6.5 million.
During 2017, NCS sold over 46,750 sliding sleeves, the highest such annual number in our history and 24% higher than the amount sold in 2014. NCS’s Multistage Unlimited™ completion technology was utilized by over 100 customers, including more than 20 customers in the U.S., and in over 1,375 wells in 2017.
NCS’s Chief Executive Officer, Robert Nipper, commented, “I am pleased with NCS’s performance during the fourth quarter of 2017, which exceeded the initial outlook we provided in our third quarter earnings conference call in November 2017. We had strong revenue growth in our U.S. operations, where sliding sleeve sales in the fourth quarter increased in excess of 25% compared to the third quarter and where we expect to see continued sequential revenue growth in the first quarter of 2018. In Canada, our revenue fell less on a sequential basis than we had anticipated. We are encouraged by the current level of drilling and completions activity in Canada, especially by customers operating in oil and liquids-rich plays, though we note that regional natural gas pricing in Canada has tempered natural gas-directed drilling and completions activity.
"We continue to grow our customer base and expand our opportunities as we execute on our strategy of providing products and services that help our customers optimize their completions and field development strategies. In addition, the integration of Spectrum Tracer Services is going well and the benefits of the combination with NCS are taking hold.
"For 2018, based on current market conditions, we expect our consolidated revenue to grow by 35% to 45% compared to 2017, primarily driven by continued growth in the U.S. As with prior years, our Canadian business will be impacted by seasonal factors, and the growth in our U.S. business will exhibit quarter-to-quarter volatility as well.
"I’d like to thank our over 350 employees for their efforts and contributions in 2017. We look forward to providing our shareholders with a further update on our fourth quarter 2017 earnings release and conference call in March.”
About NCS Multistage Holdings, Inc.
NCS Multistage Holdings, Inc. is a leading provider of highly engineered products and support services that facilitate the optimization of oil and natural gas well completions and field development strategies. The Company provides products and services to exploration and production companies for use in horizontal wells in unconventional oil and natural gas formations throughout North America and in selected international markets, including Argentina, China and Russia. The Company’s common stock is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol “NCSM.” Additional information is available on the Company’s website, www.ncsmultistage.com.
Information Regarding Preliminary Results
The preliminary estimated financial information contained in this press release reflects management’s estimates based solely upon information available to it as of the date of this press release and is not a comprehensive statement of our financial results for the quarter or twelve months ended December 31, 2017. In addition, the preliminary estimated financial information presented above has not been audited by our independent registered public accounting firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Accordingly, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP does not express an opinion on or any other form of assurance with respect thereto and assumes no responsibility for this information. We have provided ranges for the preliminary estimated financial results described above primarily because our financial closing procedures for the quarter and twelve months ended December 31, 2017 are not yet complete and our audit has not been completed. The information presented above should not be considered a substitute for full audited financial statements for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017 once they become available and should not be regarded as a representation by us or our management as to our actual financial results for the quarter or twelve months ended December 31, 2017. The ranges for the preliminary estimated financial results described above constitute forward-looking statements. The preliminary estimated financial information presented above is subject to change, and our actual financial results may differ from such preliminary estimates and such differences could be material. Accordingly, you should not place undue reliance upon these preliminary estimates.
Forward Looking Statements
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Chief Financial Officer
NCS Multistage Holdings, Inc.