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ADES International Holding PLC
08 December 2020

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ADES International Holding PLC

Q3 2020 Trading Update

London, 8 December 2020


Trading update - ADES continues to deliver resilient results 


(London & Dubai, 8 December 2020) 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), updates the market on its performance over the nine-month period ending 30 September 2020 ("9M 2020"). 


Financial and Operational Highlights  

·  Revenue of US$ 349 million for 9M 2020, compared to US$ 342 million for the same period of 2019, representing a 2% year-on-year increase, despite this year's unprecedented global challenges. Revenue in Q3 2020 was US$ 100 million, reflecting lower utilization rates.

·    EBITDA margin in the quarter was in line with H1 2020.

·    Backlog of US$ 1.02 billion as at 30 September 2020.

·    The year-to-date utilization rate stood at 90% (9M 2019: 95%).

·    Cash and cash equivalents of US$ 96.4 million as at 30 September 2020 (30 June 2020: US$ 125.6 million), with a net debt of US$ 651.6 million (30 June 2020: US$ 621.4 million). The increase in net debt from the half year figure is attributable to capital expenditure, the relatively lower revenue quarter-on-quarter, broadly neutral working capital and the ongoing share buyback program.

·    LTM leverage ratios were well below the covenants of 4.5x and 4.25x for gross and net leverage, respectively. This follows ADES' successful amendment of its bank covenants in late October as part of the Group's proactive efforts during the current market conditions.  

·   Recordable YTD Injury Frequency Rate (RIFR) of 0.331 as of 30 September 2020, versus the IADC worldwide standard rate of 0.522.

·   In respect to the two LSTK contracts in Kuwait for rigs 180 and 878 - which were delayed due to adverse market conditions as indicated in our Interim Results announced on 22 September 2020 -the counterparty has later sought to terminate both contracts on the grounds of force majeure. We remain in direct discussions with the counterparty in relation to the alleged grounds of the termination, and we believe progress is being achieved towards reaching a positive outcome and resolution. Furthermore, it is worth highlighting that the rigs shall be utilised in similar opportunities in Kuwait given the quality and readiness of the assets.

·   In June 2020, ADES announced the launch of a second share repurchase programme

1 Per 200,000 working hours

2 According to the latest published ISP report by IADC as of 30 June 2020



·   Despite the global challenges of COVID-19, the Group reiterates its FY 2020 guidance for a broadly flat performance year-on-year.

·    Net debt figure expected to be broadly similar to the 3Q 2020 level.

·    Two new contracts

·    One of the temporary suspended land rigs in KSA is set to re-commence operation, following the notice of work resumption received from the client in early December.

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

"I am pleased with the financial and operational performance ADES has delivered in the quarter. During the three-month period, ADES demonstrated its ability to adapt to the unfavourable market conditions and continue offering our high-quality services to our clients while delivering on our operational and financial targets."


"The health and safety of our employees and all our stakeholders is our top priority, particularly with the recent resurgence in COVID-19 cases across the world. The Group has tried and tested health and safety protocols, and business continuity procedures, which were introduced at the start of the pandemic. These measures have to date allowed us to effectively mitigate the risks posed by the pandemic and minimize the impact on our operations.


"Despite the heightened uncertainty facing businesses worldwide, I am confident that the relative resilience of the MENA market, ADES' differentiated business model, our liquid balance sheet, and our long-dated backlog see us well-positioned to weather the current challenges. Accordingly, the Group reiterates its FY 2020 guidance for a broadly flat year-on-year performance with healthy margins sustained."




ADES International Holding



Hussein Badawy



Investor Relations Officer


+971 4355 0255






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.3,500 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-six 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


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