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30.04.2013 – 08:32

C.A.T. oil AG

EANS-News: C.A.T. oil 2012: Convincing top and bottom line growth on lucrative business expansion and diversification

  Corporate news transmitted by euro adhoc. The issuer/originator is solely
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Subtitle: •	•	Top and bottom line results clearly surpass targets and reach new
•	Revenues up 20.0% yoy to EUR 336.8 million, EBITDA increases by 46.5% yoy to
EUR 80.0 million
•	Profitable growth underpinned by the widened EBITDA margin to 23.8% in 2012
from 19.5% in 2011
•	Setup of high class drilling as third core service successfully completed
•	Proposed dividend of EUR 0.25 per share doubles the previous year dividend

annual result

Vienna, 30 April 2013 (euro adhoc) - C.A.T. oil AG (O2C, ISIN: AT0000A00Y78),
one of the leading providers of oil and gas field services in Russia and
Kazakhstan, today announced its results for the Fiscal Year 2012. The Company's
top and bottom line soared to new historic highs on the back of swift business
growth and diversification. C.A.T. oil increased its revenues by 20.0% yoy to
EUR 336.8 million (2011: EUR 280.7 million), thereby exceeding its revenue
target range of EUR 300 to 320 million. Moreover, the Company substantially
strengthened its profitability, and confidently surpassed its 2012 EBITDA
guidance of EUR 67 to 73 million: EBITDA rose by 46.5% yoy to EUR 80.0 million
(2011: EUR 54.6 million). The EBITDA margin expanded to 23.8% from 19.5% in the
previous year. 

2012 was a very successful year, also from an operational point
of view: Having proficiently accomplished its 2011-12 investment program, C.A.T.
oil has successfully built up its third core service, high class drilling, and
reinforced its already strong sidetracking and fracturing platforms. Nine new
state-of-the-art drilling rigs were gradually put into operations and
contributed to the Company's outstanding performance in 2012.

Manfred Kastner, C.A.T. oil's CEO, commented: "Growth is important and growth is
what we all strive for. But this is only one side of the coin. The other, and
even more important one, is profitability. Prosperous companies manage to
combine both and that is what C.A.T. oil did. Clearly keeping our objectives for
2012 in view we managed to push our revenues and our EBITDA to EUR 336.8 million
and EUR 80.0 million, respectively. We have thus surpassed our goals for 2012.
Additionally we bolstered our profitability and significantly broadened our
EBITDA margin. But what really makes 2012 a special year is that at the same
time we very efficiently expanded and diversified our business into high class
drilling. We have concluded a crucial phase in our Company's history rounding up
our service portfolio thus being in a better position to take advantage of the
market opportunities than ever before."

Revenues up 20% mainly due to the greater job size and complexity

During the reporting period the Company's revenues topped at EUR 336.8 million,
up 20.0% yoy compared to EUR 280.7 million in 2011 driven by a 2.3% yoy rise in
the service job count to 3,444 jobs (2011: 3,366 jobs) and a simultaneous
increase in the average per job revenue by 17.1% yoy to TEUR 97.0 (2011: TEUR
82.9). A strong customers' demand, the greater job size and complexity and a
favorable pricing mix contributed to this development. Apart from that, the new
high class drilling service successively generated first profitable
contributions to the Company's top line growth in the course of the year. 

Cost base lagged behind the top-line growth on efficiency gains 

In 2012, C.A.T. oil's cost of sales went up 16.4% yoy to EUR 282.7 million
(2011: EUR 242.8 million) driven by the Company's strong business expansion, in
particular the higher operating activity levels, the greater job size and
complexity and the set up of the new high class drilling service. The Company
reduced its direct costs by 9.4% yoy to 83.3 million (2011: EUR 92.0. million)
primarily due to the improved efficiency of its sidetracking operations on a
turnkey basis and thus the lower third party costs. Depreciation expense rose by
26.2% yoy to EUR 47.9 million (2011: EUR 38.0 million) mainly owing to expansion
of the Company's operating capacities. As a result of the Company's fast
business expansion during the reporting period, general and administrative
expenses went up 10.7% yoy to EUR 21.6 million (2011: EUR 19.5 million). The
total weighted average headcount grew by 6.9% yoy to 2,522 employees in 2012
(2011: 2,360 employees) primarily due to additional hires for the new drilling

Significant growth in EBITDA and EBITDA margin expansion

The Company's earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization
(EBITDA) climbed 46.5% yoy to a new peak of EUR 80.0 million in the financial
year 2012 (2011: EUR 54.6 million). The EBITDA margin substantially widened to
23.8% compared to 19.5% in the previous year. The improved profitability stems
from a combination of the strong revenue growth and the Company's more favorable
service mix as well as its tight and efficient cost management during the
reporting period.
Despite the higher depreciation expense, C.A.T. oil posted a 93.4% yoy boost to
its earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) to EUR 32.2 million (2011: EUR 16.6
million) with the EBIT margin rising to 9.5% (2011: 5.9%).

Net income up 210.9% yoy 

C.A.T. oil's strong operational performance is further underlined by a 210.9%
yoy increase in the Company's net income to EUR 21.0 million (2011: EUR 6.8
million). The net financial result improved to EUR -2.3 million in 2012 compared
to -6.2 million in the previous year, reflecting foreign currency exchange gains
of EUR 0.8 million (2011: losses of EUR 5.0 million) as well as net interest
expenses of EUR 3.0 million (2011: EUR 1.2 million).

Solid balance sheet

The Company's funds from operations rose by 61.0% yoy to EUR 74.7 million in
2012 (2011: EUR 46.4 million) and cash flow from operating activities was up by
181.8% yoy to EUR 83.9 million (2011: EUR 29.8 million). With the bulk of the
Company's 2011-12 expansion program successfully executed in 2011, capital
expenditures decreased by 65.9% yoy to EUR 37.7 million during the reporting
period (2011: EUR 110.6 million). As a result, C.A.T. oil's free cash flow was a
net cash inflow of EUR 48.6 million in 2012 compared to a net outflow of EUR
78.2 million in the previous year. The Company's cash flow from investing
activities was a net outflow of EUR 35.3 million (2011: net outflow of EUR 108.0
million). Mainly driven by an early redemption of long-term borrowings and an
increase in cash dividend paid, cash flow from financing activities was a net
outflow of EUR 39.4 million (2011: net inflow of EUR 73.7 million).
As of 31 December 2012, cash and cash equivalents advanced to EUR 38.8 million
(31 December 2011: EUR 30.4 million). The Company's net debt was down 76.7% to
EUR 11.8 million (31 December 2011: EUR 50.5 million). At the same time the
Company once again strengthened its balance sheet with an equity ratio rising to
67.0% as of 31 December 2012 (31 December 2011: 62.3%).

Proposal for a 100% yoy increase in dividend per share to EUR 0.25 
At the AGM on 14 June 2013 the Management and Supervisory Board will propose a
dividend of EUR 0.25 per share for 2012. This represents an increase of 100%
compared to the last year and a profit distribution of 58%.

Promising outlook for 2013

Based on the vigorous performance in 2012, C.A.T. oil is very confident in its
outlook for the current Fiscal Year. Despite feeble global economic growth,
Company's home markets, Russia and Kazakhstan, still bear material upside
potential for oil and gas field service companies: As the global oil consumption
continues to grow, the outlook for the oil price and, therefore, upstream
activities remain positive. Besides that, Russian oil and gas producers are
expected to further boost their upstream investments that should result in the
higher demand for oil and gas field services and support the Company's
profitable growth going forward.
C.A.T. oil reiterates its EUR 45 million capital expenditure program for 2013
aiming at expansion of operating capacities by approximately 30% for
sidetracking and 10% for fracturing by the second half of 2013 to address a
positive outlook for the Russian oilfield service market expansion and
customers' strong demand for the Company's services. 
The Company's positive view of the current year's business prospects resides
upon buoyant results of the 2013 tendering campaign. As of 25 April 2013, the
Company's order book for 2013 stood at EUR of 392 million (based on a
rou-ble-to-euro exchange rate of 40), an increase of 38% yoy. Moreover, the
Company has already secured long-term service orders, resulting in a total order
book of EUR 530 million, up 64% yoy, for a three-year period of 2013-15.
Based on these sturdy fundamentals, C.A.T. oil projects its FY2013 revenues in a
range of EUR 405 to 425 million and EBITDA ranging from EUR 95 to 105 million
(based on a rouble-to-euro exchange rate of 40).


Press contact:

FTI Consulting 
Thomas M. Krammer
Phone: +49 (0)69 92037-183
Email: thomas.krammer@fticonsulting.com

Steffi Fahjen
Phone: +49 (0)69 92037-115
Email: steffi.fahjen@fticonsulting.com

About C.A.T. oil AG: 

C.A.T. oil AG is one of the leading independent oil and gas field service
contractors in Russia and Kazakhstan and is listed on the Frankfurt Stock
Exchange (SDAX). C.A.T. oil provides a range of high quality services, which
enable oil and gas producers to extend lifecycle of their fields or bring yet
unexploited oil and gas reserves to production.

Since its foundation in 1991 in Celle, Germany, C.A.T. oil has built up a
leading hydraulic fracturing service in Russia and Kazakhstan. Having reinvested
a large portion of proceeds from its IPO in 2006 in growth and diversification,
the Company developed a second core service of sidetrack drilling in 2007-09 and
has established a strong presence in Russia's sidetrack drilling market. In
2011, the Company embarked on a major investment program of EUR 150 million
aiming primarily at the setup of high class drilling operations as a third core
service offering. The new service was successfully installed in 2012 and is
fully accretive from 2013 onwards. C.A.T. oil's service portfolio also includes
cementing services.  

With the state-of-the-art and well-invested asset base, the Company clearly
differentiates itself by high quality services and operating efficiency in its
core markets. C.A.T. oil's customer base includes the leading Russian and Kazakh
oil and gas producers such as Gazprom, Rosneft, Lukoil, TNK-BP and KazMunaiGaz.
The Company has long-standing relationships with these customers and has been a
reliable service provider since its market entrance in the early nineties.

C.A.T. oil has its headquarters in Vienna. The Company's 2012 weighted average
headcount stood at 2,522 people, most of which are based in Russia and

Key financial figures for FY 2012

[million EUR]   
                              FY 2012     FY 2011     Change in %
Revenues                       336.8       280.7         20.0
Cost of sales                  282.7       242.8         16.4
Gross profit                    54.0        37.9         42.5
EBITDA                          80.0        54.6         46.5
EBITDA margin (%)               23.8        19.5    
EBIT                            32.2        16.6         93.4
EBIT margin (%)                  9.5         5.9     
Net income                      21.0         6.8        210.9
Earnings per share (EUR)       0.431       0.138         >100
Equity Ratio (%) (1)            67.0        62.3    
Cash flow from
operating activities            83.9        29.8         >100
Cash flow from
investing activities           -35.3      -108.0        -67.3
Cash flow from
financing activities           -39.4        73.7        >-100
Cash and cash equivalents (1)   38.8        30.4         27.7
Total job count                3,444       3,366          2.3
Per-job revenue (thou. EUR)       97          83         17.0
Employees                      2,522       2,360          6.9

(1) As of 31 December 2012 and 31 December 2011 respectively

Key financial figures for Q4 2012

[in million EUR]       
                              Q4 2012     Q4 2011     Change in %
Revenues                        90.4        71.1         27.3
Cost of sales                  -77.4       -56.4         18.3
Gross profit                    13.1         5.6         >100
EBITDA                          21.2         8.7         >100
EBITDA margin (in%)             23.4        12.2    
EBIT                             7.3        -2.0         >100
EBIT margin (in%)                8.1        -2.8    
Net income                       5.8        -5.9         >100
Earnings per share (in EUR)    0.119      -0.120         >100
Cash flow from
operating activities            37.7      -380.6         >100
Cash flow from
investing activities           -17.8       -26.2        -32.2
Cash flow from
financing activities            -9.6        21.5        >-100
Total job count                  883         788         12.1
Per-job revenue (thou. EUR)      102          90         13.6

Further inquiry note:
Thomas Krammer
Tel: +49(0)69-92037-183
Email: thomas.krammer@fticonsulting.com

end of announcement                               euro adhoc 

company:     C.A.T. oil AG
             Kärntner Ring 11-13
             A-A-1010 Wien
phone:       +43(0) 1 535 23 20 - 0
FAX:         +43(0) 1 535 23 20 - 20
mail:     ir@catoilag.com
WWW:      http://www.catoilag.com
sector:      Oil & Gas - Upstream activities
ISIN:        AT0000A00Y78
indexes:     SDAX, Classic All Share, Prime All Share
stockmarkets: regulated dealing/prime standard: Frankfurt 
language:   English

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