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

DENVER, Oct. 26 /BusinessWire/ -- Liberty Oilfield Services Inc. (NYSE:LBRT) 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."


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 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

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.

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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.

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