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ADES International Holding PLC
16 August 2019

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ADES International Holding PLC

H1 2019 Notification of Results

London, 16 August 2019


Notice of Results & Trading Update

(London & Dubai, 16 August 2019) ADES International Holding PLC. ("ADES" or the "Group"), a leading oil & gas drilling and production services provider in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), is pleased to provide an update to the market on its preliminary, unaudited financial highlights over the six months ending 30 June 2019 and confirms that it will be announcing its interim results on 27 September 2019.


H1 2019 Highlights


·    Revenue increased to US$ 219.9 million, supported by the completion of the acquisitions, up by 2.8 times compared to H1 2018 (US$ 79.7 million), while Q2 2019 revenue increased to US$ 111.3 million compared to Q1 2019 (US$ 108.7 million), a quarter-on-quarter growth of 2.4%.


·    EBITDA increased to approximately US$ 88.0 million reflecting a 40% margin, compared to H1 2018 (US$ 37.8 million).


·    Cash and Cash Equivalents stood at US$ 40.3 million as of 30 June 2019 compared to US$ 23.6 million in Q1 2019 (31 December 2018: US$ 130 million). Net Debt of US$ 614.0 million, as of 30 June 2019, reflects a period of significant investment to upgrade existing assets, purchase new build rigs and complete the Weatherford acquisition. The Group expects H2 2019 free cash flow generation to improve.


·    In H1 2019, the Group secured new banking facilities and undertook a successful maiden 5-year bond issue which provided additional liquidity, headroom and financial flexibility. Additionally, to support business growth post acquisition, ADES replaced the Letters of Guarantee associated with the Weatherford rigs. Due to these factors, finance charges (on a recurring basis) will be higher on a full year basis than expected. H1 2019 recurring finance charges for the Group are approximately US$ 26.5 million.


Dr. Mohamed Farouk, Chief Executive Officer of ADES International said: 


"ADES delivered a strong operational performance in the first half of the year. Our results were driven by the increasing contributions from the newly acquired rigs and were further supported by the steady ramp up of utilisation rates. We will provide further detail alongside our interim results in September. We expect the trend to continue into H2 2019 and as a consequence we expect our trading performance to be in line with the Board's expectations for the full year, although the higher finance charges will have a modest impact on the overall outturn for the financial year.


Meanwhile, our Integration Project is progressing smoothly and management continues to focus on leveraging further synergies from the acquisitions to help maximize value. To that end, we have successfully completed a synergies assessment phase and are working on the implementation phase.


We have also strengthened our balance sheet in the last six months with ample liquidity for our future growth requirements. The Group's optimized capital structure is now securely in place which is sufficient to support further growth requirements. As a result, we do not expect any further borrowings".





ADES International Holding

Hussein Badawy

Investor Relations Officer


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David Simonson


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Dinara Shikhametova


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About ADES International Holding (ADES)

ADES International Holding extends oil and gas drilling and production services through its subsidiaries and is a leading service provider in the Middle East and North Africa, offering onshore and offshore contract drilling as well as workover and production services. Its c.4,000 employees serve clients including major national oil companies ("NOCs") such as Saudi Aramco and Kuwait Oil Company as well as joint ventures of NOCs with global majors including BP and Eni. While maintaining a superior health, safety and environmental record, the Group currently has a fleet of thirty-four onshore drilling rigs, thirteen jack-up offshore drilling rigs, a jack-up barge, and a mobile offshore production unit ("MOPU"), which includes a floating storage and offloading unit. For more information, visit investors.adihgroup.com


Shareholder Information


Bloomberg: ADES:LN

Listed: May 2017

Shares Outstanding: 43.8 million


Forward-Looking Statements

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Forward-looking statements reflect the current views of the Group's management ("Management") on future events, which are based on the assumptions of the Management and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the Group's actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. The occurrence or non-occurrence of an assumption could cause the Group's actual financial condition and results of operations to differ materially from, or fail to meet expectations expressed or implied by, such forward-looking statements.


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