Basic Energy Services Reports Selected Operating Data For December 2012

   Basic Energy Services Reports Selected Operating Data For December 2012

PR Newswire

FORT WORTH, Texas, Jan. 14, 2013

FORT WORTH, Texas, Jan. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Basic Energy Services, Inc.
(NYSE: BAS) ("Basic") today reported selected operating data for the month of
December 2012. Basic's well servicing rig count decreased by six to 425
mainly due to rig retirements in December. Well servicing rig hours for the
month were 60,000 producing a rig utilization rate of 61% (60% including
retired rigs), compared to 62% and 69% in November 2012 and December 2011,
respectively.

During the month, Basic's fluid service truck count decreased by two trucks to
955. Fluid service truck hours for the month were 178,100 compared to 182,400
and 189,100 in November 2012 and December 2011, respectively.

Drilling rig days for the month were 305 producing a rig utilization of 82%,
compared to 76% and 89% in November 2012 and December 2011, respectively.

Ken Huseman, Basic's President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "December
activity for each of our business segments developed as anticipated with the
seasonal impact of the holidays, less daylight hours and our customers winding
down their 2012 spending. Pricing remains competitive as excess capacity
continues to plague each segment although it appears that discounting leveled
off during the fourth quarter.

"We retired nine of our stacked well servicing rigs in the month as they were
deemed not to be candidates for refurbishment. Those rigs were carried at or
close to salvage value so there will be minimal financial impact from their
retirement. We have 29 rigs remaining in our stacked fleet that can be
refurbished and re-activated as market conditions improve. As shown with the
three new rigs added in December, we have the capability to continually
upgrade and expand our well servicing fleet through newbuilds from our Taylor
Manufacturing facility in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

"Capital spending surveys for this year indicate industry spending levels
similar to 2012 with real growth in most oil-oriented markets. Many of our
customers have yet to announce field level budgets and plans for 2013, leading
us to expect a slow ramp of activity into the second quarter. As we await
those announced plans to materialize, we will continue to focus on maximizing
utilization of our services to retain market share in each our operating
areas.

"Although not yet approved by our board of directors, we anticipate a capital
budget for 2013 of approximately $185 million, with roughly two-thirds
directed to maintaining our existing equipment and capability. The majority of
the growth capital will be used for the expansion of our salt water disposal
facility network. We can increase or decrease those spending plans as our
operating results and view of market demand develops.

"The preliminary 2013 capital budget does not include acquisitions that we
expect to complete over the course of the year. Current deal flow offers
attractive opportunities in each of our segments and geographic regions. We
expect to complete several acquisitions during the first half of this year.

"The relocation of our corporate headquarters to Fort Worth was completed in
December with the final staffing and personnel moves. This process was
successfully completed with minimal disruption to our operations, and we are
now in a better position to provide support to our operations and facilitate
future growth of the Company."

OPERATING DATA
                                      Month ended
                                      December 31,  November 30,
                                      2012   2011   2012
Number of weekdays in period          21     22     22
Number of well servicing rigs: ^1
 Weighted average for period         425    417    431
 End of period                       425    417    431
 Rig hours (000s)                    60.0   69.4   64.4
 Rig utilization rate ^ 2            61%    69%    62%
Number of fluid service trucks: ^ 1
 Weighted average for period         956    880    954
 End of period                       955    890    957
 Truck Hours (000s)                  178.1  189.1  182.4
Number of drilling rigs:^1
 Weighted average for period         12     10     12
 End of period                       12     12     12
 Drilling rig days                   305    277    272
 Drilling rig utilization            82%    89%    76%

^(1) Includes all rigs and trucks owned during periods presented and excludes
rigs and trucks held for sale.
^(2) Rig utilization rate based on the weighted average number of rigs owned
during the periods being reported, a 55-hour work week per rig and the number
of weekdays in the periods being presented.

Basic Energy Services provides well site services essential to maintaining
production from the oil and gas wells within its operating area. The company
employs more than 5,600 employees in more than 100 service points throughout
the major oil and gas producing regions in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New
Mexico, Arkansas, Kansas and the Rocky Mountain States.

Additional information on Basic Energy Services is available on the Company's
website at http://www.basicenergyservices.com.

Safe Harbor Statement

This release includes forward-looking statements and projections, made in
reliance on the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation
Reform Act of 1995. Basic has made every reasonable effort to ensure that the
information and assumptions on which these statements and projections are
based are current, reasonable, and complete. However, a variety of factors
could cause actual results to differ materially from the projections,
anticipated results or other expectations expressed in this release, including
(i) changes in demand for our services and any related material impact on our
pricing and utilizations rates, (ii) Basic's ability to execute, manage and
integrate acquisitions successfully and (iii) changes in our expenses,
including labor or fuel costs and financing costs. Additional important risk
factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from expectations
are disclosed in Item 1A of Basic's Form 10-K for the year ended December 31,
2011 and subsequent Form 10-Qs filed with the SEC. While Basic makes these
statements and projections in good faith, neither Basic nor its management can
guarantee that anticipated future results will be achieved. Basic assumes no
obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements made
herein or any other forward-looking statements made by Basic, whether as a
result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

Contacts: Alan Krenek, Chief Financial Officer
          Basic Energy Services, Inc.
          817-334-4100
          Jack Lascar/Sheila Stuewe
          DRG^&L / 713-529-6600



SOURCE Basic Energy Services, Inc.

Website: http://www.basicenergyservices.com
 
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