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Gold/Mining/Energy : UFAB - oil drilling deck fabrication
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To: WWS who wrote (322)6/24/1999 6:33:00 PM
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UFAB reports a 12 cent loss this quarter!!!

Thursday June 24, 3:18 pm Eastern Time

Company Press Release

UNIFAB International Reports Fourth Quarter Results

NEW IBERIA, La.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 24, 1999--UNIFAB International, Inc. (NASDAQ:UFAB - news) today reported net income of $6.3 million ($1.06 per share, basic and diluted) on revenue of $103.9 million for the fiscal year ended March 31, 1999 compared to net income of $7.2 million ($1.39 per share, basic and diluted) on revenue of $109.2 million for the fiscal year ended March 31, 1998. Operating results for the year ended March 31, 1999 were reduced by ($0.10) per share due to non-recurring acquisition expenses of $442,000 and a one time charge of $525,000 related to the cumulative deferred income taxes resulting from the acquisition of Allen Tank, Inc. The Company reported backlog of approximately $27.1 million at March 31, 1999.

Net loss for the fourth quarter was ($710,000) (($0.12) per share, basic and diluted) on revenue of $17.4 million compared to net income of $2.1 million ($0.36 per share, basic and diluted) on revenue of $29.4 for the fourth quarter of fiscal year ended March 31, 1998. Operating results for the quarter ended March 31, 1999 were reduced by losses of ($750,000) pretax, or ($0.08) per share, at the Lake Charles facility, which is currently undergoing development. ''It is possible we could have made some severe cuts in our work force in the March quarter to size it to the current level of business, but with oil prices stabilizing in the $18-$19 per barrel range and gas prices in the $2.30-$2.50 per Mcf range, we believe this would have severely impacted out ability to remain viable for the turnaround we now anticipate,'' said Dailey Berard, UNIFAB International, Inc.'s President, CEO and Chairman of the Board.

Pro forma net income for the year ended March 31, 1999 was $5.3 million ($0.89 per share) compared to pro forma net income of $6.5 million ($1.26 per share) for the year ended March 31, 1998. Pro forma net income consists of the Company's historical net income, adjusted to reflect income taxes as if Allen Tank, Inc. had operated as a C Corporation for all periods. This calculation excludes the one time charge of $525,000 related to the cumulative deferred income taxes resulting from the conversion to a C Corporation on July 24, 1998.

''This has been a year of tremendous growth for UNIFAB,'' noted Mr. Berard. ''We significantly increased the size and capabilities of the Company with the acquisition of Allen Process Systems, we are developing our deep water facility at Lake Charles and, most recently, we acquired Oil Barges, Inc. which gave us design and fabrication capabilities in the drilling rig industry. While overall bidding activity has improved from the level experienced last summer, many awards have been delayed, in particular in the international market where we anticipated higher award activity. Pricing is fiercely competitive and profit margins on new work are well below levels in fiscal 1998. While our operating results for the year are in line with our expectations, we are disappointed with the operating results of the March quarter. The decrease in revenue from prior quarters and when compared to the March quarter last year reflects the relatively lower level of activity in the industry. In particular, the anticipated completion date for the development of our deep-water facility in Lake Charles has been delayed well beyond our
original plans, to late November-early December. That delay, coupled with the drop off in utilization and demand for repair work on drilling rigs, resulted in our being unable to meet expected operating goals for that facility this year. Recent contract awards, in particular those at Allen Process Systems, are in the design phase and did not have much of an impact in the current fiscal year. As a result, productive man hours in the March quarter were lower than expected. We do not expect to see a significant increase in activity in the near-term, but anticipate it as we near the end of the calendar year.

''We continue to believe that our deep water facility in Lake Charles will be the Company's cornerstone in the future. The addition of Oil Barges, Inc. in April, 1999 brought experience and capabilities in the design, repair and refurbishment of drilling rigs that is vital to the development of that facility. Our focus remains to aggressively market our Total Project Capabilities to the industry. We continue position the Company for increased participation in the market through acquisition, as well as through facilities enhancements.''

UNIFAB International, Inc. is an industry leader in the custom fabrication of topsides facilities, equipment modules and other structures used in the development and production of oil and gas reserves. In addition, the Company designs and manufactures specialized process systems, refurbishes and retrofits existing jackets and decks, provides design, repair, refurbishment and conversion services for oil and gas drilling rigs and performs offshore piping hook-up and platform maintenance services. Dailey Berard serves as a commissioner on a number of committees and task forces that are working to improve training and education of the workforce in Louisiana.

Statements made in this news release regarding UNIFAB's expectations as to future operations of UNIFAB and other statements included herein that are not statements of historical fact are forward-looking statements that depend upon the following factors, among others: continued demand for the services provided by UNIFAB, availability of skilled employees, and UNIFAB's ability to integrate and manage acquired businesses. Should any of these factors not continue as anticipated, actual results and plans could differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income
Amounts in thousands, except per share data

Three months ended Year ended
March 31 March 31
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1999 1998 1999 1998
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Revenue $ 17,388 $ 29,393 $ 103,866 $ 109,170
Cost of Revenue 16,440 23,975 85,311 91,778
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Gross Profit 948 5,418 18,555 17,392

Selling, General and
Administrative expense 2,124 2,317 9,058 6,807
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Income (loss)
from operations (1,176) 3,101 9,497 10,585
Other income (expense):
Other income (expense) 27 (91) (302) 67
Interest expense (238) (232) (893) (1,059)
Interest income 144 208 306 522
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Income (loss) before
income taxes (1,243) 2,986 8,608 10,115
Income tax (benefit)
provision (533) 865 2,264 2,896
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Net income (loss) (710) 2,121 6,344 7,219
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Basic and diluted
earnings per share $ (0.12) $ 0.36 $ 1.06 $ 1.39
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Basic and diluted
earnings per share
weighted average
shares 6,004 5,938 5,972 5,192
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Pro forma data:
Income (loss) before
income taxes, as
reported above, $ (1,243) $ 2,986 $ 8,608 $ 10,115
Current tax (benefit)
provision (533) 865 1,739 2,896
Pro forma provision for
income taxes related
to S Corporation
operations -- 700 1,554 699
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Pro forma net income $ (710) $ 1,421 $ 5,315 $ 6,520
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Pro forma basic and
diluted earnings per
share $ (0.12) $ 24.00 $ 0.89 $ 1.26
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Depreciation and
amortization included
in expense above $ 566 $ 486 $ 2,081 $ 1,265
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