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ChampionX Reports First Quarter 2021 Results

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  • Revenue of $684.9 million

  • Net income attributable to ChampionX of $5.8 million; adjusted net income of $15.6 million

  • Adjusted EBITDA of $94.2 million

  • Cash from operating activities of $90.2 million and free cash flow of $64.6 million (9% of revenue)

THE WOODLANDS, Texas, April 28, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ChampionX Corporation (“ChampionX”) (NASDAQ: CHX) (“the Company”) today announced first quarter of 2021 results. Revenue was $684.9 million, net income attributable to ChampionX was $5.8 million, and adjusted EBITDA was $94.2 million. Income before income taxes margin was 1.0%, and adjusted EBITDA margin was 13.8%. Cash provided by operating activities was $90.2 million, and free cash flow was $64.6 million.

CEO Commentary

“As we approach the one-year anniversary of our transformational merger, we could not be more proud of how well our organization has performed amid the unprecedented short-term energy market imbalances which resulted from the global pandemic. Our employees around the world have remained laser-focused on serving our customers and communities. I am grateful to them for their dedication to our corporate purpose of improving lives,” ChampionX’s President and Chief Executive Officer Sivasankaran “Soma” Somasundaram said.

“During the first quarter of 2021, our team resiliently navigated the challenges of supplying products to our customers while facing unprecedented raw materials supply chain disruptions across the Gulf Coast petrochemical complex resulting from Winter Storm Uri. We delivered adjusted EBITDA of $94 million on revenue of $685 million, which declined 3% sequentially, as growth in our shorter-cycle North American land-oriented businesses was offset by expected seasonality in our international operations.

“We continued to demonstrate our strong positive free cash flow profile generating free cash flow of $65 million, which represented 9% of our revenue during the period. We ended the quarter with $611 million of liquidity, including $260 million of cash and $351 million of available capacity on our revolver. We repaid $7 million of debt during the quarter. We remain committed to further reduction of leverage through debt repayment this year. We have provided notice to the holders of our 6.375% Senior Notes due 2026 (the “Notes”) this week that we are redeeming $55 million in principal amount of the Notes on May 7, 2021 at 104.781%, according to the terms on the Notes.

“We continue strong execution on merger integration and remain on track to deliver the full targeted cost synergies of $125 million within 24 months of the merger closing. We exited the first quarter at a $91 million run rate.

“As we look to the second quarter, we expect continued positive momentum in our shorter-cycle North American businesses and a seasonal uptick in our international operations. We anticipate some additional short-term raw materials cost inflation, but with continued volume improvements, pricing realization and cost synergy delivery, we expect meaningful margin rate improvement in the second half, enabling us to exit this year with a higher margin rate than our 2020 exit rate. On a consolidated basis, in the second quarter we expect revenue to be between $700 million and $740 million, driven by our production-oriented businesses, and we expect adjusted EBITDA of $97 million to $105 million.

“As the nascent global economic recovery gains momentum in the second half of this year and beyond, we remain focused on our strategic priorities, disciplined operating model and rigorous capital allocation approach. Our differentiated products and technology, strong free cash flow generation, and enhanced production-focused portfolio, coupled with our strong and motivated team, will enable us to be a long-term winner as the energy industry continues its evolution.”

Production Chemical Technologies

Production Chemical Technologies revenue in the first quarter of 2021 was $412.4 million, a decline of $34.3 million, or 8%, sequentially, due to lower seasonal international volumes and lower sales due to lost oil and gas production from Winter Storm Uri.

Segment operating profit was $30.4 million and adjusted segment EBITDA was $56.0 million. Segment operating profit margin was 7.4%. Adjusted segment EBITDA margin was 13.6%, a decline of 380 basis points, sequentially, due to the aforementioned lower sales volumes, certain raw materials inflation, network supply chain disruptions stemming from shutdowns of Gulf Coast petrochemical complex, and incremental costs to repair and start-up certain ChampionX facilities subsequent to the winter storm.

Production & Automation Technologies

Production & Automation Technologies revenue in the first quarter of 2021 was $166.8 million, an increase of $8.1 million, or 5%, sequentially, due to continued positive demand momentum for our shorter-cycle North American land-oriented product lines.

Revenue from digital products was $23.5 million in the first quarter of 2021, an increase of $1.7 million, or 8%, compared to $21.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2020.

Segment operating profit was $5.4 million, and adjusted segment EBITDA was $35.5 million. Segment operating profit margin was 3.2%. Adjusted segment EBITDA margin was 21.3%, an increase of 280 basis points, sequentially, due to higher sales volumes and favorable product mix.

Drilling Technologies

Drilling Technologies revenue in the first quarter of 2021 was $35.0 million, an increase of $11.4 million, or 48%, sequentially, due to the continued increase in U.S. land drilling activity and customer restocking of polycrystalline diamond cutter inventories.

Segment operating profit was $6.4 million, and adjusted segment EBITDA was $7.3 million. Segment operating profit margin was 18.2%. Adjusted segment EBITDA margin was 20.8%, an increase of 1,010 basis points, sequentially, due to higher volumes.

Reservoir Chemical Technologies

Reservoir Chemical Technologies revenue in the first quarter of 2021 was $29.9 million, a decrease of $1.0 million, or 3%, sequentially, mainly due to delayed U.S. well completions activity during the severe winter storm in February.

Segment operating loss was $3.2 million, and adjusted segment EBITDA was a negative $0.6 million. Segment operating loss margin was 10.8%. Adjusted segment EBITDA margin was (1.9)%, a decrease of 900 basis points, sequentially, due to lower volumes, raw materials inflation, and network supply chain disruptions stemming from Winter Storm Uri.

Other Business Highlights

  • ChampionX was recognized as the leader in total customer satisfaction in oilfield products for 2021, as well as first in eight specific categories, in a survey conducted by EnergyPoint Research, an independent customer satisfaction research firm.

  • Production Chemical Technologies secured key customer contract wins in the Permian and Latin America regions.

  • Reservoir Chemical Technologies experienced continued customer uptake with leading U.S. E&P operators, further advancing our direct sales model.

  • ChampionX Artificial Lift launched the latest release of its production optimization software, XSPOC 3.1. XSPOC software identifies and diagnoses anomalies in artificially lifted wells, and recommends steps to optimize system performance. XSPOC 3.1 has the added feature of helping operators pinpoint the idle time that allows the well to cycle the fewest number of times without losing production.

  • ChampionX achieved its first Spotlight continuous condition monitoring purchase order in the Middle East for a non-oil & gas power plant compressor.

  • During the first quarter of 2021, 73% of Drilling Technologies revenue was generated from products that were less than three years old.

  • Drilling Technologies received a favorable settlement on a patent infringement case, illustrating the strong intellectual property of our technology portfolio.

  • Drilling Technologies achieved a trailing 12-month TRIR (Total Recordable Incident Rate) of 0.0.

  • ChampionX recently announced the completion of an investment in QLM Technology, which has developed a revolutionary quantum gas camera with a unique ability to detect, visualize and quantify emissions of methane, helping organizations to achieve net zero emissions through mitigation of sources.

Conference Call Details

ChampionX Corporation will host a conference call on Thursday, April 29, 2021, to discuss its first quarter 2021 financial results. The call will begin at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time. Presentation materials that supplement the conference call are available on ChampionX’s website at investors.championx.com.

To listen to the call via a live webcast, please visit ChampionX’s website at investor.championx.com. The call will also be available by dialing 1-888-424-8151 in the United States and Canada or 1-847-585-4422 for international calls. Please call approximately 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time and reference ChampionX conference call number 7046887.

A replay of the conference call will be available on ChampionX’s website or at ChampionXFirstQuarter2021CallReplay. Enter passcode 50141845.

About Non-GAAP Measures

In addition to financial results determined in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (“GAAP”), this news release presents non-GAAP financial measures. Management believes that adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin, adjusted segment EBITDA, adjusted segment EBITDA margin, adjusted net income attributable to ChampionX, and adjusted diluted earnings per share attributable to ChampionX, reflect the core operating results of our businesses and help facilitate comparisons of operating performance across periods. In addition, free cash flow and free cash flow to revenue ratio are used by management to measure our ability to generate positive cash flow for debt reduction and to support our strategic objectives. The foregoing non-GAAP financial measures should be considered in addition to, not as a substitute for or superior to, other measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP. A reconciliation of these non-GAAP measures to the comparable GAAP measures is included in the accompanying financial tables.

This press release also contains certain forward-looking non-GAAP financial measures, including adjusted EBITDA. Due to the forward-looking nature of the aforementioned non-GAAP financial measure, management cannot reliably or reasonably predict certain of the necessary components of the most directly comparable forward-looking GAAP measures, such as net income. Accordingly, we are unable to present a quantitative reconciliation of such forward looking non-GAAP financial measures to their most directly comparable forward-looking GAAP financial measures. Amounts excluded from these non-GAAP measures in future periods could be significant. Management believes the aforementioned non-GAAP financial measures are good tools for internal use and the investment community in evaluating ChampionX’s overall financial performance.

About ChampionX

ChampionX (formerly known as Apergy Corporation) is a global leader in chemistry solutions and highly engineered equipment and technologies that help companies drill for and produce oil and gas safely and efficiently around the world. ChampionX’s products provide efficient functioning throughout the lifecycle of a well with a focus on the production phase of wells. To learn more about ChampionX, visit our website at www.championX.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains statements relating to future actions and results, which are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements relate to, among other things, ChampionX's market position and growth opportunities. Forward-looking statements include statements related to ChampionX’s expectations regarding the performance of the business, financial results, liquidity and capital resources of ChampionX. Forward-looking statements are subject to inherent risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations, including, but not limited to, changes in economic, competitive, strategic, technological, tax, regulatory or other factors that affect the operations of ChampionX’s businesses. You are encouraged to refer to the documents that ChampionX files from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), including the “Risk Factors” in ChampionX’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020, and in ChampionX’s other filings with the SEC. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on ChampionX’s forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the day they are made and ChampionX undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement, except as required by applicable law.

Investor Contact: Byron Pope
byron.pope@championx.com
281-602-0094

Media Contact: John Breed
john.breed@championx.com
281-403-5751

CHAMPIONX CORPORATION
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME (LOSS)
(UNAUDITED)

Three Months Ended

Mar 31,

Dec 31,

Mar 31,

(in thousands, except per share amounts)

2021

2020

2020

Revenue

$

684,888

$

706,122

$

261,434

Cost of goods and services

522,556

539,979

179,095

Gross profit

162,332

166,143

82,339

Selling, general and administrative expense

143,478

132,811

78,143

Goodwill and long-lived asset impairment

657,251

Interest expense, net

13,971

15,495

9,039

Other (income) expense, net

(1,936

)

(1,170

)

(1,633

)

Income (loss) before income taxes

6,819

19,007

(660,461

)

Provision for (benefit from) income taxes

2,782

11,526

(27,006

)

Net income (loss)

4,037

7,481

(633,455

)

Less: Net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interest

(1,735

)

124

273

Net income (loss) attributable to ChampionX

$

5,772

$

7,357

$

(633,728

)

Earnings (loss) per share attributable to ChampionX:

Basic

$

0.03

$

0.04

$

(8.18

)

Diluted

$

0.03

$

0.04

$

(8.18

)

Weighted-average shares outstanding:

Basic

200,580

199,913

77,477

Diluted

207,271

204,825

77,477


CHAMPIONX CORPORATION
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(UNAUDITED)

(in thousands)

March 31, 2021

December 31, 2020

Assets

Cash and cash equivalents

$

259,821

$

201,421

Receivables, net

528,142

559,545

Inventories, net

435,272

430,112

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

78,019

74,767

Total current assets

1,301,254

1,265,845

Property, plant and equipment, net

833,256

854,536

Goodwill

686,455

680,594

Intangible assets, net

457,275

479,009

Other non-current assets

197,549

195,792

Total assets

$

3,475,789

$

3,475,776

Liabilities

Current portion of long-term debt

$

26,850

$

26,850

Accounts payable

333,765

299,666

Other current liabilities

271,820

296,044

Total current liabilities

632,435

622,560

Long-term debt

899,469

905,764

Other long-term liabilities

314,779

334,877

Equity

ChampionX stockholders’ equity

1,644,769

1,625,971

Noncontrolling interest

(15,663

)

(13,396

)

Total liabilities and equity

$

3,475,789

$

3,475,776


CHAMPIONX CORPORATION
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(UNAUDITED)

Three Months Ended March 31,

(in thousands)

2021

2020

Cash provided by (used for) operating activities:

Net income (loss)

$

4,037

$

(633,455

)

Depreciation

39,150

16,970

Amortization

21,851

12,862

Goodwill and long-lived asset impairment

657,251

Receivables

30,019

(6,740

)

Inventories

(6,511

)

6,587

Accounts payable

36,227

3,068

Leased assets

(1,138

)

(7,972

)

Other

(33,421

)

(19,349

)

Net cash provided by operating activities

90,214

29,222

Cash provided by (used for) investing activities:

Capital expenditures

(25,579

)

(7,467

)

Proceeds from sale of fixed assets

912

721

Net cash used for investing activities

(24,667

)

(6,746

)

Cash provided by (used for) financing activities:

Repayment of long-term debt

(6,701

)

Debt issuance costs

(1,284

)

Other

765

(1,860

)

Net cash used for financing activities

(5,936

)

(3,144

)

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

(1,211

)

(986

)

Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

58,400

18,346

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

201,421

35,290

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

$

259,821

$

53,636


CHAMPIONX CORPORATION
BUSINESS SEGMENT DATA
(UNAUDITED)

Three Months Ended

Mar 31,

Dec 31,

Mar 31,

(in thousands)

2021

2020

2020

Segment revenue:

Production Chemical Technologies

$

412,371

$

446,652

$

Production & Automation Technologies

166,845

158,777

205,479

Drilling Technologies

34,994

23,568

55,955

Reservoir Chemical Technologies

29,891

30,937

Corporate and other

40,787

46,188

Total revenue

$

684,888

$

706,122

$

261,434

Income (loss) before income taxes:

Segment operating profit (loss):

Production Chemical Technologies

$

30,357

$

49,200

$

Production & Automation Technologies

5,362

(4,724

)

(648,591

)

Drilling Technologies

6,386

153

11,359

Reservoir Chemical Technologies

(3,228

)

432

Total segment operating profit (loss)

38,877

45,061

(637,232

)

Corporate and other

18,087

10,559

14,190

Interest expense, net

13,971

15,495

9,039

Income (loss) before income taxes

$

6,819

$

19,007

$

(660,461

)

Operating profit margin / income (loss) before income taxes margin:

Production Chemical Technologies

7.4

%

11.0

%

%

Production & Automation Technologies

3.2

%

(3.0

)%

(315.6

)%

Drilling Technologies

18.2

%

0.6

%

20.3

%

Reservoir Chemical Technologies

(10.8

)%

1.4

%

%

ChampionX Consolidated

1.0

%

2.7

%

(252.6

)%

Adjusted EBITDA

Production Chemical Technologies

$

56,025

$

77,872

$

Production & Automation Technologies

35,512

29,345

40,031

Drilling Technologies

7,292

2,525

15,770

Reservoir Chemical Technologies

(558

)

2,204

Corporate and other

(4,025

)

(3,301

)

(2,543

)

Adjusted EBITDA

$

94,246

$

108,645

$

53,258

Adjusted EBITDA margin

Production Chemical Technologies

13.6

%

17.4

%

%

Production & Automation Technologies

21.3

%

18.5

%

19.5

%

Drilling Technologies

20.8

%

10.7

%

28.2

%

Reservoir Chemical Technologies

(1.9

)%

7.1

%

%

ChampionX Consolidated

13.8

%

15.4

%

20.4

%


CHAMPIONX CORPORATION
RECONCILIATIONS OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
(UNAUDITED)

Three Months Ended

Mar 31,

Dec 31,

Mar 31,

(in thousands)

2021

2020

2020

Net income (loss) attributable to ChampionX

$

5,772

$

7,357

$

(633,728

)

Pre-tax adjustments:

Acquisition and integration related costs (1)

12,720

5,854

11,508

Restructuring and other related charges

4,256

4,971

2,766

Intellectual property defense

(1,009

)

478

211

Acquisition-related adjustments (2)

(3,512

)

(2,878

)

Professional fees related to material weakness remediation and impairment analysis (3)

512

2,744

Separation and supplemental benefit costs

105

368

Goodwill and long-lived asset impairment (4)

657,251

Tax impact of adjustments (5)

(2,616

)

(2,070

)

(39,122

)

Adjusted net income (loss) attributable to ChampionX

15,611

14,329

1,998

Tax impact of adjustments (5)

2,616

2,070

39,122

Net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interest

(1,735

)

124

273

Depreciation and amortization

61,001

65,101

29,832

Provision for (benefit from) income taxes

2,782

11,526

(27,006

)

Interest expense, net

13,971

15,495

9,039

Adjusted EBITDA

$

94,246

$

108,645

$

53,258

Diluted earnings (loss) per share attributable to ChampionX:

Reported

$

0.03

$

0.04

$

(8.18

)

Adjusted

$

0.08

$

0.07

$

0.03

_______________________

(1) Includes costs primarily related to the Merger of Chemical Technologies of $0.4 million, $0.9 million and $7.9 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021, December 31, 2020 and March 31, 2020, respectively. Additionally, we incurred professional fees related to the integration of Chemical Technologies of $12.3 million, $4.9 million and $3.7 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021, December 31, 2020 and March 31, 2020, respectively.
(2) Includes revenue associated with the amortization of a liability established as part of the Merger, representing unfavorable terms under the Cross Supply Agreement. For the three months ended December 31, 2020, this is offset by incremental expense related to the step-up of inventory value resulting from the purchase accounting entries.
(3) Includes professional fees related to the remediation of material weaknesses identified during 2019 as well as professional fees incurred in connection with the goodwill impairment charge recognized during the three months ended March 31, 2020.
(4) Includes charges for goodwill and long-lived asset impairments in our Production & Automation Technologies segment.
(5) We generally tax effect adjustments using a combined federal and state statutory income tax rate. The impairment loss for three months ended March 31, 2020 includes non-taxable goodwill of $560.1 million.

Three Months Ended

Mar 31,

Dec 31,

Mar 31,

(in thousands)

2021

2020

2020

Diluted earnings (loss) per share attributable to ChampionX

$

0.03

$

0.04

$

(8.18

)

Per share adjustments:

Acquisition and integration related costs

0.06

0.03

0.15

Restructuring and other related charges

0.02

0.02

0.04

Goodwill and long-lived asset impairment

8.48

Acquisition-related adjustments

(0.01

)

(0.01

)

Professional fees related to material weakness remediation and impairment analysis

0.04

Intellectual property defense

(0.01

)

Tax impact of adjustments

(0.01

)

(0.01

)

(0.50

)

Adjusted diluted earnings (loss) per share attributable to ChampionX

$

0.08

$

0.07

$

0.03


Free Cash Flow

Three Months Ended

Mar 31,

Dec 31,

Mar 31,

(in thousands)

2021

2020

2020

Free Cash Flow

Cash provided by operating activities

$

90,214

$

120,608

$

29,222

Less: Capital expenditures

(25,579

)

(12,994

)

(7,467

)

Free cash flow

$

64,635

$

107,614

$

21,755

Cash From Operating Activities to Revenue Ratio

Cash provided by operating activities

$

90,214

$

120,608

$

29,222

Revenue

$

684,888

$

706,122

$

261,434

Cash from operating activities to revenue ratio

13

%

17

%

11

%

Free Cash Flow to Revenue Ratio

Free cash flow

$

64,635

$

107,614

$

21,755

Revenue

$

684,888

$

706,122

$

261,434

Free cash flow to revenue ratio

9

%

15

%

8

%

Free Cash Flow to Adjusted EBITDA Ratio

Free cash flow

$

64,635

$

107,614

$

21,755

Adjusted EBITDA

$

94,246

$

108,645

$

53,258

Free cash flow to adjusted EBITDA ratio

69

%

99

%

41

%



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