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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

    

FORM 10-Q

 

x

QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the quarterly period ended June 30, 2014

 

¨

TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the transition period from            to            .

Commission file number: 1-6311

Tidewater Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

Delaware

(State of incorporation)

  LOGO  

 

72-0487776

(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)

601 Poydras St., Suite 1500

New Orleans, Louisiana                70130

(Address of principal executive offices) (zip code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code:              (504) 568-1010

Not Applicable

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or of such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.   Yes x No ¨

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§ 232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).  Yes x No ¨

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company. See definition of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer” and smaller reporting company in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

 

Large accelerated filer x

  Accelerated filer ¨       Non-accelerated filer ¨         Smaller reporting company ¨

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).  Yes ¨ No x

49,720,702 shares of Tidewater Inc. common stock $.10 par value per share were outstanding on July 25, 2014. Registrant has no other class of common stock outstanding.

 

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PART I.  FINANCIAL INFORMATION

ITEM 1.   FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

TIDEWATER INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Unaudited)

(In thousands, except share and par value data)               
ASSETS   

June 30,

2014

   

March 31,

2014

 

Current assets:

    

Cash and cash equivalents

   $ 53,451        60,359   

Trade and other receivables, net

     291,341        252,421   

Due from affiliate

     430,167        429,450   

Marine operating supplies

     63,214        57,392   

Other current assets

     33,121        20,587   

Total current assets

     871,294        820,209   

Investments in, at equity, and advances to unconsolidated companies

     67,926        63,928   

Properties and equipment:

    

Vessels and related equipment

     4,519,296        4,521,102   

Other properties and equipment

     97,867        97,714   
     4,617,163        4,618,816   

Less accumulated depreciation and amortization

     1,001,989        997,208   

Net properties and equipment

     3,615,174        3,621,608   

Goodwill

     283,699        283,699   

Other assets

     92,751        96,385   

Total assets

   $           4,930,844            4,885,829   
   

LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

                

Current liabilities:

    

Accounts payable

   $ 74,814        74,515   

Accrued expenses

     131,355        157,302   

Due to affiliate

     118,456        86,154   

Accrued property and liability losses

     3,264        3,631   

Current portion of long term debt

     10,395        9,512   

Other current liabilities

     71,489        70,567   

Total current liabilities

     409,773        401,681   

Long-term debt

     1,500,960        1,505,358   

Deferred income taxes

     110,146        108,929   

Accrued property and liability losses

     2,147        5,286   

Other liabilities and deferred credits

     184,756        179,204   

Commitments and Contingencies (Note 7)

    

Equity:

    

Common stock of $0.10 par value, 125,000,000 shares authorized, issued 49,720,702 shares at June 30, 2014 and 49,730,442 shares at March 31, 2014

     4,972        4,973   

Additional paid-in capital

     148,216        142,381   

Retained earnings

     2,575,339        2,544,255   

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

     (11,877     (12,225

Total stockholders’ equity

     2,716,650        2,679,384   

Noncontrolling Interests

     6,412        5,987   

Total equity

     2,723,062        2,685,371   

Total liabilities and equity

   $ 4,930,844        4,885,829   
   

The accompanying notes are an integral part of the condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

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TIDEWATER INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS

(Unaudited)

(In thousands, except share and per share data)                     
         

Three Months Ended

June 30,

 
            2014     2013  

Revenues:

     

Vessel revenues

  $          381,510        331,630   

Other operating revenues

            4,167        2,455   
              385,677        334,085   

Costs and expenses:

     

Vessel operating costs

      217,244        196,161   

Costs of other operating revenues

      4,661        2,020   

General and administrative

      51,060        50,480   

Vessel operating leases

      6,540        4,031   

Depreciation and amortization

      43,111        40,108   

Gain on asset dispositions, net

            (2,943     (2,140
              319,673        290,660   

Operating income

      66,004        43,425   

Other income (expenses):

     

Foreign exchange loss

      (1,289     (89

Equity in net earnings of unconsolidated companies

      5,283        4,420   

Interest income and other, net

      622        740   

Interest and other debt costs, net

            (13,129     (8,913
              (8,513     (3,842

Earnings before income taxes

      57,491        39,583   

Income tax expense

            13,792        9,500   

Net earnings

      43,699        30,083   

Less: Net earnings attributable to noncontrolling interests

            26        ---   

Net earnings attributable to Tidewater Inc.

  $          43,673        30,083   

Basic earnings attributable to Tidewater Inc. per common share

  $          0.88        0.61   
   

Diluted earnings attributable to Tidewater Inc. per common share

  $          0.88        0.61   
   

Weighted average common shares outstanding

      49,580,038        49,226,911   

Dilutive effect of stock options and restricted stock

            282,986        331,090   

Adjusted weighted average common shares

            49,863,024                49,558,001   
   

The accompanying notes are an integral part of the condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

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TIDEWATER INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

(Unaudited)

(In thousands)                       
          

              Three Months Ended

              June 30,

 
             2014      2013  

Net earnings

  $           43,699         30,083   

Other comprehensive income/(loss):

       

Unrealized gains on available for sale securities, net of tax of $55 and $60

       101         111   

Amortization of loss on derivative contract, net of tax of $63 and $63

       116         117   

Change in other benefit plan minimum liability, net of tax of $70 and $0

             131         ---   

Total comprehensive income

  $                       44,047                     30,311   
   

The accompanying notes are an integral part of the condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

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TIDEWATER INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(Unaudited)

(In thousands)                     
         

Three Months Ended

June 30,

 
            2014     2013  

Operating activities:

     

Net earnings

  $          43,699        30,083   

Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to net cash provided by operating activities:

     

Depreciation and amortization

      43,111        40,108   

Provision (benefit) for deferred income taxes

      2,432        (12,151

Gain on asset dispositions, net

      (2,943     (2,140

Equity in earnings of unconsolidated companies, less dividends

      (3,998     (3,398

Compensation expense - stock-based

      5,341        5,711   

Excess tax benefit on stock options exercised

      ---        (12

Changes in assets and liabilities, net:

     

Trade and other receivables

      (39,044     18,891   

Changes in due to/from affiliate, net

      31,552        (48,515

Marine operating supplies

      (5,822     1,100   

Other current assets

      (12,534     (11,589

Accounts payable

      (5,360     (11,459

Accrued expenses

      (25,590     (8,421

Accrued property and liability losses

      (367     158   

Other current liabilities

      (616     944   

Other liabilities and deferred credits

      817        876   

Other, net

            267        3,409   

Net cash provided by operating activities

            30,945        3,595   

Cash flows from investing activities:

     

Proceeds from sales of assets

      3,754        2,161   

Proceeds from sale/leaseback of assets

      13,400        ---   

Additions to properties and equipment

      (39,874     (156,434

Payments for acquisition, net of cash acquired

      ---        (127,737

Other

            3        (665

Net cash used in investing activities

            (22,717     (282,675

Cash flows from financing activities:

     

Debt issuance costs

      ---        (2,699

Principal payment on long-term debt

      (3,959     (97,490

Debt borrowings

      ---        414,262   

Proceeds from exercise of stock options

      994        1,675   

Cash dividends

      (12,520     (12,436

Excess tax benefit on stock options exercised

      ---        12   

Other

            349        ---   

Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities

            (15,136                         303,324   

Net change in cash and cash equivalents

      (6,908     24,244   

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

            60,359        40,569   

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

  $          53,451        64,813   
   

Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:

     

Cash paid during the period for:

     

Interest, net of amounts capitalized

  $              24,385        3,980   

Income taxes

  $          11,170        20,617   

Supplemental disclosure of non-cash investing activities:

     

Additions to properties and equipment

  $          5,236        130   

Increase in receivables due to sale of shipyard

  $          ---        9,500   
   

The accompanying notes are an integral part of the condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

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TIDEWATER INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EQUITY

 

(Unaudited)

(In thousands)                                          
   

    Common

    stock

   

Additional

paid-in

capital

   

    Retained

    earnings

   

Accumulated

other

comprehensive

loss

   

Non

controlling

interest

    Total  

 

 

Balance at March 31, 2014

  $ 4,973                 142,381            2,544,255        (12,225)              5,987               2,685,371   

Total comprehensive income

    ---                 ---            43,673        348               26               44,047   

Exercise of stock options

    3                 997            ---        ---               ---               1,000   

Cash dividends declared ($.25 per share)

    ---                 ---            (12,589     ---               ---               (12,589

Amortization of restricted stock units

    ---                 992            ---        ---               ---               992   

Amortization/cancellation of restricted stock

    (4)                3,846            ---        ---               ---               3,842   

Cash received from noncontrolling interests

    ---                 ---            ---        ---               449               449   

Cash paid to noncontrolling interests

    ---                 ---            ---        ---               (50)              (50

 

 

Balance at June 30, 2014

  $ 4,972                 148,216            2,575,339        (11,877)                  6,412               2,723,062   

 

 

 

 

    

                                               

Balance at March 31, 2013

  $           4,949                 119,975            2,453,973        (17,141)              ---               2,561,756   

Total comprehensive income

    ---                 ---            30,083        228               ---               30,311   

Exercise of stock options

    5                 1,688            ---        ---               ---               1,693   

Cash dividends declared ($.25 per share)

    ---                 ---            (12,499     ---               ---               (12,499

Amortization of restricted stock units

    ---                 3,034            ---        ---               ---               3,034   

Amortization/cancellation of restricted stock

    (3)                1,175            ---        ---               ---               1,172   

 

 

Balance at June 30, 2013

  $ 4,951                 125,872                2,471,557            (16,913)              ---               2,585,467   

 

 

 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of the condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

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(1)

INTERIM FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

The unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements for the interim periods presented herein have been prepared in conformity with United States generally accepted accounting principles and, in the opinion of management, include all adjustments (consisting only of normal recurring adjustments) necessary for a fair presentation of the unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements at the dates and for the periods indicated as required by Rule 10-01 of Regulation S-X of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Results of operations for interim periods are not necessarily indicative of results of operations for the respective full years. These unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements and notes thereto in the company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended March 31, 2014, filed with the SEC on May 21, 2014.

The unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements include the accounts of Tidewater Inc. and its subsidiaries. Intercompany balances and transactions are eliminated in consolidation. The company uses the equity method to account for equity investments over which the company exercises significant influence but does not exercise control and is not the primary beneficiary. Unless otherwise specified, all per share information included in this document is on a diluted earnings per share basis.

The company made certain reclassifications to prior period amounts to conform to the current year presentation. These reclassifications did not have a material effect on the condensed consolidated statements of earnings, balance sheets or cash flows.

 

(2)

STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

Common Stock Repurchase Program

In May 2014, the company’s Board of Directors authorized the company to spend up to $200.0 million to repurchase shares of its common stock in open-market or privately-negotiated transactions. The effective period for this authorization is July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015. The company uses its available cash and, when considered advantageous, borrowings under its revolving credit facility or other borrowings, to fund any share repurchases. The company evaluates share repurchase opportunities relative to other investment opportunities and in the context of current conditions in the credit and capital markets.

In May 2013, the company’s Board of Directors authorized the company to spend up to $200 million to repurchase shares of its common stock in open-market or privately-negotiated transactions. The effective period for this authorization was July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014. No shares were repurchased under the May 2013 program.

Dividends

The declaration of dividends is at the discretion of the company’s Board of Directors. The Board of Directors declared the following dividends for the quarters ended June 30:

 

            Quarter Ended
June 30,
 
(In thousands, except dividend per share)            2014      2013      

Dividends declared

   $                      12,589                 12,499       

Dividend per share

              0.25         0.25       

 

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Accumulated Other Comprehensive Loss

The changes in accumulated other comprehensive income by component, net of tax for the quarter ended June 30, 2014 and 2013 are as follows:

 

     For the quarter ended June 30, 2013     For the quarter ended June 30, 2014  
(in thousands)   

  Balance  

at

3/31/13

    Gains/(losses)
recognized
in OCI
     Reclasses
from OCI to
net income
     Net
period
OCI
     Remaining
balance
6/30/13
   

  Balance  

at

3/31/14

    Gains/(losses)
recognized
in OCI
    

Reclasses

from OCI to
net income

     Net
period
OCI
     Remaining
balance
6/30/14
 

Available for sale securities

     (121     31         80         111         (10     92        31         70         101         193   

Currency translation adjustment

     (9,811     ---         ---         ---         (9,811     (9,811     ---         ---         ---         (9,811

Pension/Post-retirement benefits

     (4,353     ---         ---         ---         (4,353     (116       131         ---         131         15   

Interest rate swap

     (2,856     ---         117         117         (2,739     (2,390     ---         116         116         (2,274

Total

     (17,141     31         197         228         (16,913     (12,225     162         186         348         (11,877
                                                       

The following table summarizes the reclassifications from accumulated other comprehensive loss to the condensed consolidated statement of income for the quarters ended June 30, 2014 and 2013:

 

                    Quarter Ended        
June 30,
     Affected line item in the condensed    
(In thousands)            2014      2013          consolidated statements of income    

Realized gains on available for sale securities

   $                  108         123           Interest income and other, net            

Amortization of interest rate swap

              178         180           Interest and other debt costs, net        

Total pre-tax amounts

        286         303          

Tax effect

              100         106            

Total gains for the period, net of tax

   $           186         197            
 

 

(3)

INCOME TAXES

Income tax expense for interim periods is based on estimates of the effective tax rate for the entire fiscal year. The effective tax rate applicable to pre-tax earnings, for the quarters ended June 30 is as follows:

 

            Quarter Ended
June 30,
 
              2014                    2013        

Effective tax rate applicable to pre-tax earnings

   $                       24.0%                       24.0%         

The 24% effective tax rates for the quarters ended June 30, 2014 and 2013 is lower than the U.S. statutory income tax rate of 35% primarily because the company has not recognized a U.S. deferred tax liability associated with temporary differences related to investments in foreign subsidiaries that are essentially permanent in duration.

The company’s balance sheet at June 30, 2014 reflects the following in accordance with Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) Accounting Standards Codification (ASC) 740, Income Taxes:

 

(In thousands)            June 30,
2014
 

Tax liabilities for uncertain tax positions

   $              19,147       

Income tax payable

              38,353       

The tax liabilities for uncertain tax positions are attributable to a foreign tax filing position and a permanent establishment issue related to a foreign joint venture. Penalties and interest related to income tax liabilities are included in income tax expense. Income tax payable is included in other current liabilities.

 

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Unrecognized tax benefits, which would lower the effective tax rate if realized at June 30, 2014, are as follows:

 

(In thousands)        June 30,    
    2014      
 

Unrecognized tax benefit related to state tax issues

   $           11,230         

Interest receivable on unrecognized tax benefit related to state tax issues

     26         

With limited exceptions, the company is no longer subject to tax audits by U.S. federal, state, local or foreign taxing authorities for years prior to 2007. The company has ongoing examinations by various U.S. federal, state and foreign tax authorities and does not believe that the results of these examinations will have a material adverse effect on the company’s financial position, results of operations, or cash flows.

 

(4)

EMPLOYEE BENEFIT PLANS

U.S. Defined Benefit Pension Plan

The company has a defined benefit pension plan (pension plan) that covers certain U.S. citizen employees and other employees who are permanent residents of the United States. Effective April 1, 1996, the pension plan was closed to new participation. In December 2009, the Board of Directors amended the pension plan to discontinue the accrual of benefits once the plan was frozen on December 31, 2010. This change did not affect benefits earned by participants prior to January 1, 2011. The company did not contribute to the defined benefit pension plan during the quarters ended June 30, 2014 and 2013, and does not expect to contribute to the plan during the remaining quarters of fiscal 2015.

Supplemental Executive Retirement Plan

The company also maintains a non-contributory, defined benefit supplemental executive retirement plan (supplemental plan) that provides pension benefits to certain employees in excess of those allowed under the company’s tax-qualified pension plan. A Rabbi Trust has been established for the benefit of participants in the supplemental plan. The Rabbi Trust assets, which are invested in a variety of marketable securities (but not Tidewater stock), are recorded at fair value with unrealized gains or losses included in other comprehensive income. Effective March 4, 2010, the supplemental plan was closed to new participation. The supplemental plan is a non-qualified plan and, as such, the company is not required to make contributions to the supplemental plan. The company did not contribute to the supplemental plan during the quarters ended June 30, 2014 and 2013, and does not expect to contribute to the plan during the remaining quarters of fiscal 2015.

Investments held in a Rabbi Trust for the benefit of participants in the supplemental plan are included in other assets at fair value. The following table summarizes the carrying value of the trust assets, including unrealized gains or losses at June 30, 2014 and March 31, 2014:

 

(In thousands)   

June 30,    

2014       

       March 31,  
 2014     
 

Investments held in Rabbi Trust

   $           10,344                10,285        

Unrealized gains (losses) in fair value of trust assets

     193                92        

Unrealized gains (losses) in fair value of trust assets are net of income tax expense of

     104                49        

Obligations under the supplemental plan

     22,354                21,918        

The unrealized gains or losses in the fair value of the trust assets, net of income tax expense, are included in accumulated other comprehensive income. To the extent that trust assets are liquidated to fund benefit payments, gains or losses, if any, will be recognized at that time. The company’s obligations under the supplemental plan are included in ‘accrued expenses’ and ‘other liabilities and deferred credits’ on the consolidated balance sheet.

Postretirement Benefit Plan

Qualified retired employees currently are covered by a program which provides limited health care and life insurance benefits. Costs of the program are based on actuarially determined amounts and are accrued over the period from the date of hire to the full eligibility date of employees who are expected to qualify for these benefits. This plan is funded through payments as benefits are required.

 

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Net Periodic Benefit Costs

The net periodic benefit cost for the company’s U.S. defined benefit pension plan and the supplemental plan (referred to collectively as “Pension Benefits”) and the postretirement health care and life insurance plan (referred to collectively as “Other Benefits”) is comprised of the following components:

 

     Quarter Ended
June 30,
 
(In thousands)    2014                      2013      

Pension Benefits:

     

Service cost

   $           206                         198       

Interest cost

     968                         895       

Expected return on plan assets

     (685)                        (718)      

Amortization of prior service cost

     12                         12       

Recognized actuarial loss

     247                         276       

Net periodic benefit cost

   $ 748                         663       
   

Other Benefits:

     

Service cost

   $ 68                         101       

Interest cost

     226                         262       

Amortization of prior service cost

     (508)                        (508)      

Recognized actuarial benefit

     (325)                        (99)      

Net periodic benefit cost

   $ (539)                        (244)      
   

 

(5)

INDEBTEDNESS

Senior Notes, Revolving Credit and Term Loan Agreement

A summary of debt outstanding at June 30, 2014 and March 31, 2014, are as follows:

 

(In thousands, except weighted average data)    June 30,
2014  
    March 31,
2014  
 

Credit facility:

    

Term loan agreement (A)

   $     300,000        300,000   

Revolving line of credit (A) (B)

     ---        ---   

September 2013 senior unsecured notes:

    

Aggregate debt outstanding

   $ 500,000        500,000   

Weighted average remaining life in years

     9.2        9.4   

Weighted average coupon rate on notes outstanding

     4.86     4.86

Fair value of debt outstanding (Level 2)

   $ 522,988        520,979   

August 2011 senior unsecured notes:

    

Aggregate debt outstanding

   $ 165,000        165,000   

Weighted average remaining life in years

     6.3        6.6   

Weighted average coupon rate on notes outstanding

     4.42     4.42

Fair value of debt outstanding (Level 2)

   $ 170,332        168,653   

September 2010 senior unsecured notes:

    

Aggregate debt outstanding

   $ 425,000        425,000   

Weighted average remaining life in years

     5.4        5.6   

Weighted average coupon rate on notes outstanding

     4.25     4.25

Fair value of debt outstanding (Level 2)

   $ 438,074        436,264   

July 2003 senior unsecured notes:

    

Aggregate debt outstanding

   $ 35,000        35,000   

Weighted average remaining life in years

     1.1        1.3   

Weighted average coupon rate on notes outstanding

     4.61     4.61

Fair value of debt outstanding (Level 2)

   $ 35,866        36,018   

(A) Fair values approximate carrying values because the borrowings bear interest at variable rates.

(B) $600.0 million was available under the revolver at June 30, 2014 and March 31, 2014.

 

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Norwegian Kroner Denominated Debt

A summary of the Norwegian Kroner (NOK) denominated borrowings outstanding at June 30, 2014 and March 31, 2014, and their U.S. dollar equivalents are as follows:

 

(In thousands)    June 30,
2014   
     March 31,    
2014       
 

3.81% January 2014 notes:

     

NOK denominated

     300,000            300,000          

U.S. dollar equivalent

   $         50,265            50,028          

Fair value in U.S. dollar equivalent (Level 2)

     50,302            50,044          

5.38% May 2012 notes:

     

NOK denominated

     170,400            178,920          

U.S. dollar equivalent

   $ 28,550            29,867          

Fair value in U.S. dollar equivalent (Level 2)

     28,467            29,588          

Variable rate borrowings:

     

June 2013 borrowing agreement (C)

     

NOK denominated

     25,000            25,000          

U.S. dollar equivalent

   $ 4,188            4,168          

May 2012 borrowing agreement (C)

     

NOK denominated

     20,000            35,000          

U.S. dollar equivalent

   $ 3,351            5,837          

(C) Fair values approximate carrying values because the borrowings bear interest at variable rates.

Debt Costs

The company capitalizes a portion of its interest costs incurred on borrowed funds used to construct vessels. Interest and debt costs incurred, net of interest capitalized, for the quarter periods ended June 30, are as follows:

 

            Quarter Ended
June 30,
 
(In thousands)            2014                  2013        

Interest and debt costs incurred, net of interest capitalized

   $               13,129                     8,913         

Interest costs capitalized

              2,872                     2,963         

Total interest and debt costs

   $           16,001                     11,876         
   

 

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EARNINGS PER SHARE

The components of basic and diluted earnings per share for the quarters ended June 30, are as follows:

 

              Quarter Ended
    June 30,
 
(In thousands, except share and per share data)          2014              2013        

Net Income available to common shareholders (A)

      $     43,673                 30,083         

Weighted average outstanding shares of common stock, basic (B)

        49,580,038                 49,226,911         

Dilutive effect of options and restricted stock awards and units

          282,986                 331,090         

Weighted average common stock and equivalents (C)

        49,863,024                 49,558,001         

Earnings per share, basic (A/B)

      $ 0.88                 0.61         

Earnings per share, diluted (A/C)

      $ 0.88                 0.61         

Additional information:

        

Antidilutive incremental options and restricted stock awards and units

          ---                 17,755         

 

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COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES

Vessel and Other Commitments

The table below summarizes the company’s various vessel commitments to acquire and construct new vessels and ROVs, by vessel type, as of June 30, 2014:

 

(In thousands, except vessel count)    Number
of
Vessels/ROVs
   Total
Cost
     Invested
Through
6/30/14
     Remaining    
Balance    
6/30/14    
 

Vessels under construction:

           

Deepwater PSVs

   26      $       843,784               230,331          613,453          

Towing-supply vessels

   6      116,143               55,909          60,234          

Other

   1      8,014               8,014          ---          

Total vessel commitments

   33        967,941               294,254          673,687          

Total ROV commitments

   2      14,980               3,694          11,286          

Total commitments

   35      $ 982,921               297,948          684,973          
   

The total cost of the various vessel new-build commitments includes contract costs and other incidental costs. The company has vessels under construction at a number of different shipyards around the world. The deepwater PSVs under construction range between 3,000 and 6,360 deadweight tons (DWT) of cargo capacity while the towing-supply vessels under construction are AHTS vessels that have 7,145 brake horsepower (BHP). The new-build vessels are estimated to deliver starting in August 2014, with delivery of the final new-build vessel expected in June 2016. The company also has new-build commitments for two ROVs at June 30, 2014 with delivery dates in November of 2014.

With its commitment to modernizing its fleet through its vessel construction and acquisition program over the past decade, the company has successfully replaced a significant number of the older vessels of its fleet with fewer, larger and more efficient vessels that have a more extensive range of capabilities. These efforts are expected to continue, with the company anticipating that it will use some portion of its future operating cash flows and existing borrowing capacity as well as possible new borrowings or lease finance arrangements in order to fund current and future commitments in connection with the fleet renewal and modernization program. The company continues to evaluate its fleet renewal program, whether through new construction or acquisitions, relative to other investment opportunities and uses of cash, including the current share repurchase authorization, and in the context of current conditions in the credit and capital markets.

Currently the company is continuing to experience substantial delay with one fast supply boat under construction in Brazil that was originally scheduled to be delivered in September 2009. On April 5, 2011, pursuant to the vessel construction contract, the company sent the subject shipyard a letter initiating arbitration in order to resolve disputes of such matters as the shipyard’s failure to achieve payment milestones, its failure to follow the construction schedule, and its failure to timely deliver the vessel. The company has suspended construction on the vessel and both parties continue to pursue that arbitration. The company has third party credit support in the form of insurance coverage for 90% of the progress payments made on this vessel, or all but approximately $2.4 million of the carrying value of the accumulated costs through June 30, 2014. The company had committed and invested $8.0 million as of June 30, 2014.

In December 2013, the company took delivery of the second of two deepwater PSVs constructed in a U.S. shipyard. In connection with the delivery of those vessels, the company and the shipyard agreed to hold $11.7 million in escrow with a financial institution pending resolution of disputes over whether all or a portion of those funds are due to the shipyard as the shipyard has claimed. Some of the disputes may be resolved by high level management meetings between the parties or through a structured mediation. The balance of the claims will need to be resolved through litigation in New York state court. Although formal dispute resolution efforts are currently at an early stage, initial negotiations have thus far failed to resolve the parties’ disputes, and the company has retained New York counsel to represent the company in the mediation and litigation procedures. The escrowed amounts have been included in the cost of the acquired vessels.

The company generally requires shipyards to provide third party credit support in the event that vessels are not completed and delivered timely and in accordance with the terms of the shipbuilding contracts. That third party credit support typically guarantees the return of amounts paid by the company and generally takes the form of

 

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refundment guarantees or standby letters of credit issued by major financial institutions located in the country of the shipyard. While the company seeks to minimize its shipyard credit risk by requiring these instruments, the ultimate return of amounts paid by the company in the event of shipyard default is still subject to the creditworthiness of the shipyard and the provider of the credit support, as well as the company’s ability to successfully pursue legal action to compel payment of these instruments. When third party credit support that is acceptable to the company is not available or cost effective, the company endeavors to limit its credit risk by minimizing pre-delivery payments and through other contract terms with the shipyard.

Merchant Navy Officers Pension Fund

On July 15, 2013, a subsidiary of the company was placed into administration in the United Kingdom. Joint administrators were appointed to administer and distribute the subsidiary’s assets to the subsidiary’s creditors. The vessels owned by the subsidiary had become aged and were no longer economical to operate, which has caused the subsidiary’s main business to decline in recent years. Only one vessel generated revenue as of the date of the administration. As part of the administration, the company agreed to acquire seven vessels from the subsidiary (in exchange for cash) and to waive certain intercompany claims. The purchase price valuation for the vessels, all but one of which were stacked, was based on independent, third party appraisals of the vessels.

The company previously reported that a subsidiary of the company is a participating employer in an industry-wide multi-employer retirement fund in the United Kingdom, known as the Merchant Navy Officers Pension Fund (MNOPF). The subsidiary that participates in the MNOPF is the entity that was placed into administration in the U.K. MNOPF is that subsidiary’s largest creditor, and has claimed as an unsecured creditor in the administration. The Company believed that the administration was in the best interests of the subsidiary and its principal stakeholders, including the MNOPF. The MNOPF indicated that it did not object to the insolvency process and that, aside from asserting its claim in the subsidiary’s administration and based on the company’s representations of the financial status and other relevant aspects of the subsidiary, MNOPF will not pursue the subsidiary in connection with any amounts due or which may become due to the fund.

In December 2013, the administration was converted to a liquidation. That conversion allowed for an interim cash liquidation distribution to be made to MNOPF. The conversion is not expected to have any impact on the company. The liquidation is expected to be completed in calendar 2014. The company believes that the liquidation will resolve the subsidiary’s participation in the MNOPF. The company also believes that the ultimate resolution of this matter will not have a material effect on the consolidated financial statements.

Sonatide Joint Venture

As previously reported, in November 2013, a subsidiary of the company and its joint venture partner in Angola, Sonangol Holdings Lda. (“Sonangol”), executed a new joint venture agreement for their joint venture, Sonatide. The new joint venture agreement is currently effective and will expire, unless extended, two years after an Angolan entity, which is intended to be one of the Sonatide group of companies, has been incorporated. The Angolan entity is expected to be incorporated in late 2014 after certain Angolan regulatory approvals have been obtained.

The challenges for the company to successfully operate in Angola remain significant. As the company has previously reported, on July 1, 2013, elements of new legislation (the “forex law”) became effective that require oil companies participating in concessions that engage in exploration and production activities offshore Angola to pay for goods and services provided by foreign exchange residents in Angolan kwanzas that are initially deposited into an Angolan bank account. The forex law also imposes documentation and other requirements on service companies such as Sonatide in order to effect payments that are denominated currencies other than Angolan kwanzas. The forex law (and interpretations of the forex law by a number of market participants absent official guidance from the National Bank of Angola or the government of Angola) have resulted in, and will likely continue to result in, substantial customer payments to Sonatide being made in Angolan kwanzas. Such a result has been, and could continue to be, unfavorable because the conversion of Angolan kwanzas into U.S. dollars and the subsequent expatriation of the funds may result in payment delays, currency devaluation risk prior to conversion of kwanzas to dollars, additional costs to convert kwanzas into dollars and potentially additional taxes.

 

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In response to the new forex law, Tidewater and Sonangol negotiated an agreement (the “consortium agreement”) that is intended to allow the Sonatide joint venture to enter into contracts with customers that allocate billings for services provided by Sonatide between (i) billings for local services that are provided by a foreign exchange resident (that must be paid in kwanzas), and (ii) billings for services provided offshore (that can be paid in dollars). We anticipate that Sonatide will soon execute the agreed form of consortium agreement (which the company understands is comparable to arrangements utilized, or intended to be utilized, by other service companies operating in Angola).

The company understands that the National Bank of Angola may issue a clarifying interpretation of the forex law by the end of calendar 2014. Any clarifying interpretation provided by the National Bank of Angola, and the resulting method and form of payment for goods and services that is utilized by the oil companies operating offshore Angola, should allow Sonatide, the company and other market participants to better assess the risk profile of the Angolan market over the longer term (i.e., this is an industry issue).

As of June 30, 2014, the company had approximately $430 million in amounts due from Sonatide, largely reflecting unpaid vessel revenue (billed and unbilled) related to services performed by the company through the Sonatide joint venture. These amounts began to accumulate in late calendar 2012, when the initial provisions of the forex law relating to payments for goods and services provided by foreign exchange residents took effect (and payments were required to be paid into local bank accounts). Beginning in June 2013, when the second provision of the forex law took effect (and the local payments had to be made in kwanza), Sonatide generally accrued for but did not deliver invoices to customers for vessel revenue related to Sonatide and the company’s collective Angolan operations in order to minimize the exposure that Sonatide would be paid for a substantial amount of charter hire in kwanzas and into an Angolan bank. In the interim, the company has been using its credit facility and other arrangements to fund the substantial working capital requirements related to its Angola operations.

In the first quarter of fiscal 2015, Sonatide began sending invoices to those customers who have insisted on paying U.S. dollar denominated invoices in kwanza. As invoices are paid in kwanza, Sonatide will seek to convert those kwanzas into U.S. dollars and utilize those U.S. dollars to pay the amounts that Sonatide owes the company. That conversion and expatriation process is subject to those risks and considerations set forth above. In addition, since February 2014, Sonatide has been entering into several customer agreements that contain split dollar/kwanza payments (typically 70% dollars and 30% kwanzas). While the company is confident, based on advice of counsel, that these split payment contracts comply with current Angolan law, it is not clear if this type of contracting will be available to Sonatide over the longer term. To the extent the National Bank of Angola issues the above referenced clarifying interpretation of the forex law or standard market practices develop in Angola in regards to split payment contracts without objection by the National Bank of Angola, the company expects that Sonatide will more broadly utilize split payment contracts.

For the quarter ended June 30, 2014, the company collected approximately $91 million from Angolan customers, which represents slightly more than the approximately $87 million in revenue generated for the same period. Of the $91 million collected, approximately $59 million represented dollars held by Sonatide or dollars collected from other customers that did not need to be converted to U.S. dollars prior to payment to Tidewater. The remaining $32 million of the total amount collected resulted from Sonatide’s conversion of kwanzas to dollars and subsequent payment to Tidewater. The company believes that the process for converting kwanzas is functioning reasonably well given that the conversion process is still developing.

For the quarter ended June 30, 2014, Tidewater’s Angolan operations generated vessel revenues of approximately $87 million, or 23%, of its consolidated vessel revenue, from an average of approximately 83 Tidewater-owned vessels that are marketed through the Sonatide joint venture (four of which were stacked on average during the quarter ended June 30, 2014), and, for the quarter ended June 30, 2013, generated vessel revenues of approximately $98 million, or 29%, of consolidated vessel revenue, from an average of approximately 88 Tidewater-owned vessels (five of which were stacked on average during the quarter ended June 30, 2013).

 

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The Sonatide joint venture owns ten vessels and certain other assets, in addition to earning commission income from Tidewater-owned vessels marketed through the Sonatide joint venture (owned 49% by Tidewater). As of June 30, 2014 and March 31, 2014, the carrying value of Tidewater’s investment in the Sonatide joint venture, which is included in “Investments in, at equity, and advances to unconsolidated companies,” is approximately $66 million and $62 million, respectively.

Due from affiliate at June 30, 2014 and March 31, 2014 of approximately $430 million and $430 million, respectively, represents cash received by Sonatide from customers and due to the company, costs paid by Tidewater on behalf of Sonatide and, finally, amounts due from customers that are expected to be remitted to the company through Sonatide.

Due to affiliate at June 30, 2014 and March 31, 2014 of approximately $118 million and $86 million, respectively, represents amounts due to Sonatide for commissions payable (approximately $51 million and $43 million, respectively) and other costs paid by Sonatide on behalf of the company.

Management is exploring ways to continue to profitably participate in the Angolan market while reducing the overall level of exposure of the company to the increased risks that the company believes currently characterize the Angolan market. Included among mitigating measures taken by the company to address these risks is the redeployment of vessels from time to time to other markets where demand for the company’s vessels remains strong. During the year ended March 31, 2014, the company redeployed vessels from its Angolan operations to other markets and also transferred vessels into its Angolan operations from other markets resulting in a net increase of one vessel operating in the area. Redeployment of vessels to other markets in the period beginning April 1, 2014 through July 31, 2014 has been more significant (net 9 vessels transferred out of Angola) than in prior periods.

We believe the global market for offshore support vessels is currently well balanced, with offshore vessel supply approximately equal to offshore vessel demand; however, there would likely be negative financial impacts associated with the redeployment of vessels to other markets, including mobilization costs and costs to redeploy Tidewater shore-based employees to other areas, in addition to lost revenues associated with potential downtime between vessel contracts. These financial impacts could, individually or in the aggregate, be material to our results of operations and cash flows for the periods when such costs would be incurred. If there is a need to redeploy vessels which are currently deployed in Angola to other international markets, Tidewater believes that there is sufficient demand for a majority of these vessels at prevailing market day rates.

Brazilian Customs

In April 2011, two Brazilian subsidiaries of Tidewater were notified by the Customs Office in Macae, Brazil that they were jointly and severally being assessed fines of 155.0 million Brazilian reais (approximately $70.3 million as of June 30, 2014). The assessment of these fines is for the alleged failure of these subsidiaries to obtain import licenses with respect to 17 Tidewater vessels that provided Brazilian offshore vessel services to Petrobras, the Brazilian national oil company, over a three-year period ending December 2009. After consultation with its Brazilian tax advisors, Tidewater and its Brazilian subsidiaries believe that vessels that provide services under contract to the Brazilian offshore oil and gas industry are deemed, under applicable law and regulations, to be temporarily imported into Brazil, and thus exempt from the import license requirement. The Macae Customs Office has, without a change in the underlying applicable law or regulations, taken the position that the temporary importation exemption is only available to new, and not used, goods imported into Brazil and therefore it was improper for the company to deem its vessels as being temporarily imported. The fines have been assessed based on this new interpretation of Brazilian customs law taken by the Macae Customs Office.

After consultation with its Brazilian tax advisors, the company believes that the assessment is without legal justification and that the Macae Customs Office has misinterpreted applicable Brazilian law on duties and customs. The company is vigorously contesting these fines (which it has neither paid nor accrued) and, based on the advice of its Brazilian counsel, believes that it has a high probability of success with respect to the overturn of the entire amount of the fines, either at the administrative appeal level or, if necessary, in Brazilian courts. In December 2011, an administrative board issued a decision that disallowed 149.0 million Brazilian reais (approximately $67.6 million as of June 30, 2014) of the total fines sought by the Macae Customs Office. In two separate proceedings in 2013, a secondary administrative appeals board considered fines totaling 127.0

 

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million Brazilian reais (approximately $57.6 million as of June 30, 2014) and rendered decisions that disallowed all of those fines. The remaining fines totaling 28.0 million Brazilian reais (approximately $12.7 million as of June 30, 2014) are still subject to a secondary administrative appeals board hearing, but the company believes that both decisions will be helpful in that upcoming hearing. The secondary board decisions disallowing the fines totaling 127.0 million Brazilian reais are, however, still subject to the possibility of further administrative appeal by the authorities that imposed the initial fines. The company believes that the ultimate resolution of this matter will not have a material effect on the consolidated financial statements.

Potential for Future Brazilian State Tax Assessment

The company is aware that a Brazilian state in which the company operates has notified two of the company’s competitors that they are liable for unpaid taxes (and penalties and interest thereon) for failure to pay state import taxes with respect to vessels that such competitors operate within the coastal waters of such state pursuant to charter agreements. The import tax being asserted is equal to a percentage (which could be as high as 16% for vessels entering that state’s waters prior to December 31, 2010 and 3% thereafter) of the affected vessels’ declared values. The company understands that the two companies involved are contesting the assessment through administrative proceedings before the taxing authority.

The company’s two Brazilian subsidiaries have not been similarly notified by the Brazilian state that they have an import tax liability related to their vessel activities imported through that state. Although the company has been advised by its Brazilian tax counsel that substantial defenses would be available if a similar tax claim were asserted against the company, if an import tax claim were to be asserted, it could be for a substantial amount given that the company has had substantial and continuing operations within the territory of the state (although the amount could fluctuate significantly depending on the administrative determination of the taxing authority as to the rate to apply, the vessels subject to the levy and the time periods covered). In addition, under certain circumstances, the company might be required to post a bond or other adequate security in the amount of the assessment (plus any interest and penalties) if it became necessary to challenge the assessment in a Brazilian court. The statute of limitations for the Brazilian state to levy an assessment of the import tax is five years from the date of a vessel’s entry into Brazil. The company has not yet determined the potential tax assessment, and according to the Brazilian tax counsel, chances of defeating a possible claim/notification from the State authorities in court are probable. To obtain legal certainty and predictability for future charter agreements and because the company has imported several vessels to start new charters in Brazil, the company filed several suits in 2011, 2012 and 2013, against the Brazilian state and has deposited (or, in recent cases, is in the process of depositing) the respective state tax for these newly imported vessels. As of June 30, 2014, no accrual has been recorded for any liability associated with any potential future assessment for previous periods based on management’s assessment, after consultation with Brazilian counsel, that a liability for such taxes was not probable.

Nigeria Marketing Agent Litigation

On March 1, 2013, Tidewater filed suit in the London Commercial Court against Tidewater’s Nigerian marketing agent for breach of the agent’s obligations under contractual agreements between the parties. The alleged breach involves actions of the Nigerian marketing agent to discourage various affiliates of TOTAL S.A. from paying approximately $19 million (including Naira and U.S. dollar denominated invoices) due to the company for vessel services performed in Nigeria. Shortly after the London Commercial Court filing, TOTAL commenced interpleader proceedings in Nigeria naming the Nigerian agent and the company as respondents and seeking an order which would allow TOTAL to deposit those monies with a Nigerian court for the respondents to resolve. On April 25, 2013, Tidewater filed motions in the Nigerian Federal High Court to stop the interpleader proceedings in Nigeria or alternatively stay them until the resolution of the suit filed in London. The company will continue to actively pursue the collection of those monies. On April 30, 2013, the Nigerian marketing agent filed a separate suit in the Nigerian Federal High Court naming Tidewater and certain TOTAL affiliates as defendants. The suit seeks various declarations and orders, including a claim for the monies that are subject to

 

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the above interpleader proceedings, and other relief. The company is seeking dismissal of this suit and otherwise intends to vigorously defend against the claims made. The company has not reserved for this receivable and believes that the ultimate resolution of this matter will not have a material effect on the consolidated financial statements.

In October, 2012, Tidewater had notified the Nigerian marketing agent that it was discontinuing its relationship with the Nigerian marketing agent. The company has entered into a new strategic relationship with a different Nigerian counterparty that it believes will better serve the company’s long term interests in Nigeria. This new strategic relationship is currently functioning as the company intended.

Venezuelan Operations

On February 16, 2010, Tidewater and certain of its subsidiaries (collectively, the “Claimants”) filed with the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (“ICSID”) a Request for Arbitration against the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. As previously reported by Tidewater, in May 2009 Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. (“PDVSA”), the national oil company of Venezuela, took possession and control of (a) eleven of the Claimants’ vessels that were then supporting PDVSA operations in Lake Maracaibo, (b) the Claimants’ shore-based headquarters adjacent to Lake Maracaibo, (c) the Claimants’ operations in Lake Maracaibo, and (d) certain other related assets. The company also previously reported that in July 2009 Petrosucre, S.A., a subsidiary of PDVSA, took possession and control of the Claimants’ four vessels, operations, and related assets in the Gulf of Paria. It is Tidewater’s position that, through those measures, the Republic of Venezuela directly or indirectly expropriated the Claimants’ investments, including the capital stock of the Claimants’ principal operating subsidiary in Venezuela.

The Claimants alleged in the Request for Arbitration that each of the measures taken by the Republic of Venezuela against the Claimants violates the Republic of Venezuela’s obligations under the bilateral investment treaty with Barbados and rules and principles of Venezuelan law and international law. An arbitral tribunal was constituted under the ICSID Convention to resolve the dispute. The tribunal first addressed the Republic of Venezuela’s objections to the tribunal’s jurisdiction over the dispute. A hearing on jurisdiction was held in Washington, D.C. on February 29 and March 1, 2012.

On February 8, 2013, the tribunal issued its decision on jurisdiction. The tribunal found that it has jurisdiction over the claims under the Venezuela-Barbados bilateral investment treaty, including the claim for compensation for the expropriation of Tidewater’s principal operating subsidiary, but that it does not have jurisdiction based on Venezuela’s investment law. The practical effect of the tribunal’s decision is to exclude from the case the claims for expropriation of the fifteen vessels described above.

While the tribunal determined that it does not have jurisdiction over the claim for the seizure of the fifteen vessels, Tidewater received during fiscal 2011 insurance proceeds for the insured value of those vessels (less an additional premium payment triggered by those proceeds). Tidewater believes that the claims remaining in the case, over which the tribunal upheld jurisdiction, represent the most substantial portion of the overall value lost as a result of the measures taken by the Republic of Venezuela. Tidewater has discussed the nature of the insurance proceeds received for the fifteen vessels in previous quarterly and annual filings.

The tribunal has concluded the briefing and hearings to determine the merits of the claims over which the tribunal has jurisdiction. The final hearings on the merits were held in Washington, D.C. on June 9 -12, 2014. The merits phase will determine whether the Republic of Venezuela violated the Venezuela-Barbados bilateral investment treaty and will value the property expropriated by Venezuela. At the time of the expropriation, the principal operating subsidiary had sizeable accounts receivable from PDVSA and Petrosucre, denominated in both U.S. Dollars and Venezuelan Bolivars.

The next step is for the tribunal to issue its written determination on the merits. The time frame for issuance of that written determination by the tribunal is uncertain.

 

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Legal Proceedings

Various legal proceedings and claims are outstanding which arose in the ordinary course of business. In the opinion of management, the amount of ultimate liability, if any, with respect to these actions, will not have a material adverse effect on the company’s financial position, results of operations, or cash flows. For additional information on certain of our ongoing legal proceedings, see Part II, Item 1: Legal Proceedings.

 

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FAIR VALUE MEASUREMENTS

Assets and Liabilities Measured at Fair Value on a Recurring Basis

The company measures on a recurring basis and records at fair value investments held by participants in a supplemental executive retirement plan. The following table provides the fair value hierarchy for the plan assets measured at fair value as of June 30, 2014:

 

(In thousands)    Total    

    Quoted prices in    

active markets

(Level 1)

 

Significant    

    observable        

inputs    

(Level 2)    

  

Significant        

unobservable        

inputs        

(Level 3)        

Equity securities:

                 

Common stock

     $ 4,277         4,277         ---          ---  

Preferred stock

       ---         ---         ---          ---  

Foreign stock

       190         190         ---          ---  

American depository receipts

       1,807         1,807         ---          ---  

Preferred American depository receipts

       15         15         ---          ---  

Real estate investment trusts

       40         40         ---          ---  

Debt securities:

                 

Government debt securities

       2,002         1,426         576          ---  

Open ended mutual funds

       1,827         1,827         ---          ---  

Cash and cash equivalents

       305         21         284          ---  

Total

     $ 10,463         9,603         860          ---  

Other pending transactions

       (119 )       (119 )       ---          ---  

Total fair value of plan assets

     $         10,344         9,484         860          ---  
   

 

The following table provides the fair value hierarchy for the plan assets measured at fair value as of March 31, 2014:

 

   

(In thousands)    Total    

    Quoted prices in    

active markets

(Level 1)

 

Significant    

    observable        

inputs    

(Level 2)    

  

Significant        

unobservable        

inputs        

(Level 3)        

Equity securities:

                 

Common stock

     $ 4,141         4,141         ---          ---  

Preferred stock

       ---         ---         ---          ---  

Foreign stock

       231         231         ---          ---  

American depository receipts

       1,809         1,809         ---          ---  

Preferred American depository receipts

       15         15         ---          ---  

Real estate investment trusts

       38         38         ---          ---  

Debt securities:

                 

Government debt securities

       1,975         1,363         612          ---  

Open ended mutual funds

       1,797         1,797         ---          ---  

Cash and cash equivalents

       369         57         312          ---  

Total

     $ 10,375         9,451         924          ---  

Other pending transactions

       (90 )       (90 )       ---          ---  

Total fair value of plan assets

     $ 10,285         9,361         924          ---  
   

Other Financial Instruments

The company’s primary financial instruments consist of cash and cash equivalents, trade receivables and trade payables with book values that are considered to be representative of their respective fair values. The company periodically utilizes derivative financial instruments to hedge against foreign currency denominated assets and liabilities, currency commitments, or to lock in desired interest rates. These transactions are generally spot or forward currency contracts or interest rate swaps that are entered into with major financial institutions. Derivative financial instruments are intended to reduce the company’s exposure to foreign currency exchange

 

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risk and interest rate risk. The company enters into derivative instruments only to the extent considered necessary to address its risk management objectives and does not use derivative contracts for speculative purposes. The derivative instruments are recorded at fair value using quoted prices and quotes obtainable from the counterparties to the derivative instruments.

Cash Equivalents. The company’s cash equivalents, which are securities with maturities less than 90 days, are held in money market funds or time deposit accounts with highly rated financial institutions. The carrying value for cash equivalents is considered to be representative of its fair value due to the short duration and conservative nature of the cash equivalent investment portfolio.

Spot Derivatives. Spot derivative financial instruments are short-term in nature and generally settle within two business days. The fair value of spot derivatives approximates the carrying value due to the short-term nature of this instrument, and as a result, no gains or losses are recognized.

The company had two spot contracts outstanding at June 30, 2014 which had a notional value of $6.7 million and settled by July 2, 2014. The company had four foreign exchange spot contracts outstanding at March 31, 2014, which had a notional value of $2.3 million and settled by April 2, 2014.

Forward Derivatives. Forward derivative financial instruments are generally longer-term in nature but generally do not exceed one year. The accounting for gains or losses on forward contracts is dependent on the nature of the risk being hedged and the effectiveness of the hedge. Forward contracts are valued using counterparty quotations, and we validate the information obtained from the counterparties in calculating the ultimate fair values using the market approach and obtaining broker quotations. As such, these derivative contracts are classified as Level 2.

The company did not have any forward contracts outstanding at June 30, 2014 and March 31, 2014.

The following table provides the fair value hierarchy for the company’s other financial instruments measured as of June 30, 2014:

 

(In thousands)    Total     

    Quoted prices in    

active markets

(Level 1)

  

Significant    

    observable        

inputs    

(Level 2)    

  

Significant    

unobservable    

inputs    

(Level 3)    

Money market cash equivalents

     $         1,876                1,876                  ---                ---  

Total fair value of assets

     $ 1,876                1,876                  ---                ---  
   

 

The following table provides the fair value hierarchy for the company’s other financial instruments measured as of March 31, 2014:

 

   

(In thousands)    Total     

    Quoted prices in    

active markets

(Level 1)

  

Significant    

    observable        

inputs    

(Level 2)    

  

Significant    

unobservable    

inputs    

(Level 3)    

Money market cash equivalents

     $ 16,559          16,559                  ---          ---  

Total fair value of assets

     $ 16,559          16,559                  ---          ---  
   

Assets and Liabilities Measured at Fair Value on a Nonrecurring Basis

Asset Impairments

The company accounts for long-lived assets in accordance with ASC 360-10-35, Impairment or Disposal of Long-Lived Assets. The company reviews the vessels in its active fleet for impairment whenever events occur or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying amount of an asset group may not be recoverable. In such evaluation the estimated future undiscounted cash flows generated by an asset group are compared with the carrying amount of the asset group to determine if a write-down may be required. Active, non-stacked vessels are grouped together for impairment testing purposes with vessels of similar operating and marketing characteristics. Active vessel groupings are also subdivided between older vessels and newer vessels.

 

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The company estimates cash flows based upon historical data adjusted for the company’s best estimate of expected future market performance, which, in turn, is based on industry trends. If an asset group fails the undiscounted cash flow test, the company uses the discounted cash flow method to determine the estimated fair value of each asset group and compares such estimated fair value (considered Level 3, as defined by ASC 360) to the carrying value of each asset group in order to determine if impairment exists. If impairment exists, the carrying value of the asset group is reduced to its estimated fair value.

In addition to the periodic review of its active long-lived assets for impairment when circumstances warrant, the company also performs a review of its stacked vessels and vessels withdrawn from service every six months or whenever changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying amount of a vessel may not be recoverable. Management estimates each stacked vessel’s fair value by considering items such as the vessel’s age, length of time stacked, likelihood of a return to active service, actual recent sales of similar vessels, which are unobservable inputs. In certain situations we obtain an estimate of the fair value of the stacked vessel from third-party appraisers or brokers. The company records an impairment charge when the carrying value of a vessel withdrawn from service or a stacked vessel exceeds its estimated fair value. The estimates of fair value of stacked vessels are also subject to significant variability, are sensitive to changes in market conditions, and are reasonably likely to change in the future.

The below table summarizes the combined fair value of the assets that incurred impairments during the quarters ended June 30, 2014 and 2013, along with the amount of impairment. The impairment charges were recorded in gain on asset dispositions, net.

 

(In thousands)   

June 30,

2014

    

June 30,        

2013        

 

Amount of impairment incurred

   $             950                      3,872              

Combined fair value of assets incurring impairment

     220                      4,305              

 

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OTHER ASSETS, ACCRUED EXPENSES, OTHER CURRENT LIABILITIES AND OTHER LIABILITIES AND DEFERRED CREDITS

A summary of other assets at June 30, 2014 and March 31, 2014 is as follows:

 

(In thousands)   

  June 30,

  2014

    

March 31,

2014

 

Recoverable insurance losses

   $ 2,081                     5,219       

Deferred income tax assets

     33,099                     34,376       

Deferred finance charges – revolver

     8,335                     8,728       

Savings plans and supplemental plan

     23,687                     23,212       

Noncurrent tax receivable

     9,106                     9,106       

Other

     16,443                     15,744       
     $ 92,751                     96,385       
   

 

A summary of accrued expenses at June 30, 2014 and March 31, 2014 is as follows:

 

  

(In thousands)   

  June 30,

  2014

    

March 31,

2014

 

Payroll and related payables

   $ 28,754                     27,248       

Commissions payable

     6,785                     8,263       

Accrued vessel expenses

     87,252                     96,468       

Accrued interest expense

     2,956                     14,816       

Other accrued expenses

     5,608                     10,507       
     $         131,355                     157,302       
   

 

A summary of other current liabilities at June 30, 2014 and March 31, 2014 is as follows:

 

  

(In thousands)   

  June 30,

  2014

    

March 31,

2014

 

Taxes payable

   $ 55,415                     56,080       

Deferred gain on vessel sales - current

     15,514                     13,996       

Other

     560                     491       
     $ 71,489                     70,567       
   

 

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A summary of other liabilities and deferred credits at June 30, 2014 and March 31, 2014 is as follows:

 

(In thousands)   

  June 30,

  2014

    

March 31,

2014

 

Postretirement benefits liability

   $ 22,330                     23,185       

Pension liabilities

     37,146                     35,234       

Deferred gain on vessel sales

     89,642                     85,316       

Other

     35,638                     35,469       
     $         184,756                     179,204       
   

 

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ACCOUNTING PRONOUNCEMENTS

From time to time new accounting pronouncements are issued by the FASB that are adopted by the company as of the specified effective date. Unless otherwise discussed, management believes that the impact of recently issued standards, which are not yet effective, will not have a material impact on the company’s consolidated financial statements upon adoption.

In May 2014, the FASB issued ASU 2014-09 Revenue from Contracts with Customers. ASU 2014-09 supersedes prior revenue recognition guidance and provides a five step recognition framework that will require entities to recognize the amount of revenue to which it expects to be entitled for the transfer of goods and services. This new revenue recognition guidance is effective for the company in the first quarter of fiscal 2018 and may be implemented retrospectively to all years presented or in the period of adoption through a cumulative adjustment. The company believes that the impact of the implementation of this new guidance on its consolidated financial statements and disclosures will not be significant.

 

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(11)

SEGMENT AND GEOGRAPHIC DISTRIBUTION OF OPERATIONS

The following table provides a comparison of segment revenues, vessel operating profit, depreciation and amortization, and additions to properties and equipment for the quarters ended June 30, 2014 and 2013. Vessel revenues and operating costs relate to vessels owned and operated by the company while other operating revenues relate to the activities of the company’s shipyards (the remainder of which the company disposed of in the quarter ended June 30, 2013), remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), brokered vessels and other miscellaneous marine-related businesses.

 

     Quarter Ended
June 30,
(In thousands)    2014     2013       

Revenues:

      

Vessel revenues:

      

Americas

   $ 119,983        90,244     

Asia/Pacific

     40,249        42,956     

Middle East/North Africa

     55,539        41,213     

Sub-Saharan Africa/Europe

     165,739        157,217       
     381,510        331,630     

Other operating revenues

     4,167        2,455       
     $               385,677                    334,085       
       

Vessel operating profit:

      

Americas

   $ 30,208        20,301     

Asia/Pacific

     (971     10,289     

Middle East/North Africa

     11,793        10,123     

Sub-Saharan Africa/Europe

     37,602        17,519       
     78,632        58,232     

Other operating profit

     (2,423     (392    
     76,209        57,840     

Corporate general and administrative expenses

     (12,332     (15,845  

Corporate depreciation

     (816     (710    

Corporate expenses

     (13,148     (16,555  

Gain on asset dispositions, net

     2,943        2,140       

Operating income

   $ 66,004        43,425       

Foreign exchange loss

     (1,289     (89  

Equity in net earnings of unconsolidated companies

     5,283        4,420     

Interest income and other, net

     622        740     

Interest and other debt costs, net

     (13,129     (8,913    

Earnings before income taxes

   $ 57,491        39,583       
       

Depreciation and amortization:

      

Americas

   $ 11,408        10,110     

Asia/Pacific

     4,386        4,525     

Middle East/North Africa

     6,582        5,606     

Sub-Saharan Africa/Europe

     19,049        19,155       
     41,425        39,396     

Other

     870        2     

Corporate

     816        710       
     $ 43,111        40,108       
       

Additions to properties and equipment:

      

Americas

   $ 16,238        3,194     

Asia/Pacific

     73        515     

Middle East/North Africa

     430        139     

Sub-Saharan Africa/Europe (A)

     2,575        336,471       
     19,316        340,319     

Other

     4,036        ---     

Corporate (B)

     21,746        61,850       
     $ 45,098        402,169       
       

 

(A)

Included in Sub-Saharan Africa/Europe for the quarter ended June 30, 2013 is $245.6 million related to vessels acquired through the acquisition of Troms Offshore.

 

(B)

Included in Corporate are additions to properties and equipment relating to vessels currently under construction which have not yet been assigned to a non-corporate reporting segment as of the dates presented.

 

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The following table provides a comparison of total assets at June 30, 2014 and March 31, 2014:

 

(In thousands)   

June 30,

2014   

    

March 31,  

2014      

 

Total assets:

     

Americas

   $ 1,101,797         1,017,736         

Asia/Pacific

     445,919         421,379         

Middle East/North Africa

     603,971         613,303         

Sub-Saharan Africa/Europe

     2,293,931         2,383,507         
     4,445,618         4,435,925         

Other

     36,276         31,545         
     4,481,894         4,467,470         

Investments in, at equity, and advances to unconsolidated companies

     67,926         63,928         
     4,549,820         4,531,398         

Corporate (A)

     381,024         354,431         
     $       4,930,844                 4,885,829         
   

Note A: Included in Corporate are vessels currently under construction which have not yet been assigned to a non-corporate reporting segment. A vessel’s construction costs are reported in Corporate until the earlier of the date the vessels is assigned to a non-corporate reporting segment or the date it is delivered. At June 30, 2014 and March 31, 2014, $250.1 million and $228.9 million, respectively, of vessel construction costs are included in Corporate.

The following table discloses the amount of revenue by segment, and in total for the worldwide fleet, along with the respective percentage of total vessel revenue for the quarters ended June 30, 2014 and 2013:

 

     Quarter Ended June 30,

Revenue by vessel class:

(In thousands):

   2014     

% of Vessel

Revenue  

   2013     

% of Vessel  

Revenue    

Americas fleet:

                   

Deepwater

     $ 82,282          21%          55,032          17%  

Towing-supply

       29,517          8%          27,670          8%  

Other

       8,184          2%          7,542          2%  

Total

     $       119,983          31%          90,244          27%  

Asia/Pacific fleet:

                   

Deepwater

     $ 24,242          7%          24,292          7%  

Towing-supply

       15,037          4%          17,722          6%  

Other

       970          <1%          942          <1%  

Total

     $ 40,249          11%          42,956          13%  

Middle East/North Africa fleet:

                   

Deepwater

     $ 19,467          5%          15,852          5%  

Towing-supply

       35,279          9%          24,497          7%  

Other

       793          <1%          864          <1%  

Total

     $ 55,539          15%          41,213          13%  

Sub-Saharan Africa/Europe fleet:

                   

Deepwater

     $ 91,691          24%          87,251          26%  

Towing-supply

       55,436          14%          54,860          17%  

Other

       18,612          5%          15,106          4%  

Total

     $ 165,739          43%          157,217          47%  

Worldwide fleet:

                   

Deepwater

     $ 217,682          57%          182,427          55%  

Towing-supply

       135,269          35%          124,749          38%  

Other

       28,559          8%          24,454          7%  

Total

     $ 381,510          100%          331,630          100%  
   

 

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GOODWILL

The company tests goodwill for impairment annually at the reporting unit level using carrying amounts as of December 31 or more frequently if events and circumstances indicate that goodwill might be impaired.

The company performed its most recent annual goodwill impairment assessment during the quarter ended December 31, 2013 and determined that the carrying value of its Asia/Pacific unit exceeded its fair value as a result of the general decline in the level of business and, therefore, expected future cash flow for the company in this region. The Asia/Pacific region continues to be challenged with an excess capacity of vessels as a result of the significant number of vessels that have been built in this region over the past 10 years, without a commensurate increase in working rig count within the region. In recent years, the company has both disposed of older vessels that previously worked in the region and transferred vessels out of the region to other regions where market opportunities are currently more robust. In accordance with ASC 350 goodwill is not reallocated based on vessel movements. A goodwill impairment charge of $56.3 million was recorded during the quarter ended December 31, 2013.

During the first quarter of fiscal 2014, $42.2 million of goodwill related to the acquisition of Troms Offshore was allocated to the Sub-Saharan Africa/Europe segment.

Goodwill by reportable segment at June 30, 2014 and 2013 is as follows:

 

(In thousands)   

March 31,

2014     

     Goodwill acquired      Impairments     

June 30,     

2014        

 

Americas

   $                 114,237              ---              ---              114,237          

Sub-Saharan Africa/Europe

     169,462              ---              ---              169,462          

Total carrying amount (A)

   $ 283,699              ---              ---              283,699          
   
(In thousands)   

March 31,

2013     

     Goodwill acquired      Impairments     

June 30,     

2013        

 

Americas

   $ 114,237              ---              ---              114,237          

Asia/Pacific

     56,283              ---              ---              56,283          

Sub-Saharan Africa/Europe

     127,302              42,160              ---              169,462          

Total carrying amount (B)

   $ 297,822              42,160              ---              339,982          
   

 

  (A)

The total carrying amount of goodwill at June 30, 2014 is net of accumulated impairment charges $30.9 million and $56.3 million related to the Middle East/North Africa and Asia/Pacific segments, respectively.

 

  (B)

The total carrying amount of goodwill at June 30, 2013 is net of accumulated impairment charges $30.9 million related to the Middle East/North Africa segment.

 

(13)

SALE/LEASEBACK ARRANGEMENTS

During the first quarter of fiscal 2015, the company sold one vessel to an unrelated third party, and simultaneously entered into bareboat charter agreements with the purchaser. The sale/leaseback transaction resulted in proceeds to the company of $13.4 million and a deferred gain of $9.4 million. The carrying value of the vessel was $4.0 million at the date of sale. The lease will expire in the quarter ending June 2021. Under the sale/leaseback agreement the company has the right to re-acquire the vessel at 61% of the original sales price at the end of the sixth year, deliver the vessel to the owner at the end of the lease term, purchase the vessel at its then fair market value at the end of the lease term or extend the lease for 24 months at mutually agreeable lease rates.

The company is accounting for this transaction as a sale/leaseback with operating lease treatment and will expense lease payments over the lease term. The deferred gain will be amortized to gain on asset dispositions, net ratably over the respective lease term. Any deferred gain balance remaining upon the repurchase of the vessel would reduce the vessels’ stated cost if the company elected to exercise the purchase options.

 

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As of June 30, 2014, the future minimum lease payments for this sale/leaseback are as follows:

 

Fiscal year ending   

Amount

(In thousands)

    

Remaining nine-months of 2015

     $ 804    

2016

       1,072    

2017

       1,072    

2018

       1,191    

2019

       1,310    

Thereafter

       2,620      

Total future lease payments

     $         8,069      
         

 

(14)

ACQUISITION

Troms Offshore Supply AS

On June 4, 2013, the company, through a subsidiary, acquired Troms Offshore Supply AS, a Norwegian company (Troms Offshore). At the time of the acquisition, Troms Offshore owned four deepwater PSVs, and had two additional deepwater PSVs under construction, one of which was delivered shortly after the acquisition and the other delivered in January 2014. The purchase price (not including transaction costs) consisted of a $150.0 million cash payment to the shareholders of Troms Offshore and the assumption of approximately $261.3 million of combined Troms Offshore obligations, comprised of net interest-bearing debt and the remaining installment payments due on vessels under construction. The company has performed a fair value analysis and the purchase price was allocated to the acquired assets and liabilities based on their fair values resulting in $42.2 million of goodwill, all of which was allocated to our Sub-Saharan Africa/Europe segment.

The following table summarizes the allocation of the purchase price for the acquisition of Troms Offshore:

 

(In thousands)             

Cash

   $ 22,263     

Trade receivables and other current assets

     9,816     

Vessels

     245,605     

Goodwill

     42,160     

Payable and other liabilities

     (13,020  

Notes payable

     (156,824    

Total purchase price

   $       150,000       
 

 

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REPORT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM

To the Board of Directors and Stockholders of Tidewater Inc.

New Orleans, Louisiana

We have reviewed the accompanying condensed consolidated balance sheet of Tidewater Inc. and subsidiaries (the “Company”) as of June 30, 2014, and the related condensed consolidated statements of earnings, comprehensive income, cash flows, and equity for the three-month periods ended June 30, 2014 and 2013. These interim financial statements are the responsibility of the Company’s management.

We conducted our reviews in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States). A review of interim financial information consists principally of applying analytical procedures and making inquiries of persons responsible for financial and accounting matters. It is substantially less in scope than an audit conducted in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States), the objective of which is the expression of an opinion regarding the financial statements taken as a whole. Accordingly, we do not express such an opinion.

Based on our reviews, we are not aware of any material modifications that should be made to such condensed consolidated interim financial statements for them to be in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.

We have previously audited, in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States), the consolidated balance sheet of Tidewater Inc. and subsidiaries as of March 31, 2014, and the related consolidated statements of earnings, comprehensive income, equity and cash flows for the year then ended (not presented herein); and in our report dated May 21, 2014, we expressed an unqualified opinion on those consolidated financial statements. In our opinion, the information set forth in the accompanying condensed consolidated balance sheet as of March 31, 2014 is fairly stated, in all material respects, in relation to the consolidated balance sheet from which it has been derived.

/s/ DELOITTE & TOUCHE LLP

New Orleans, Louisiana

August 6, 2014

 

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ITEM 2.   MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENT

In accordance with the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, the company notes that this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q and the information incorporated herein by reference contain certain forward-looking statements which reflect the company’s current view with respect to future events and future financial performance. All such forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, and the company’s future results of operations could differ materially from its historical results or current expectations reflected by such forward-looking statements. Some of these risks are discussed in this report and include, without limitation, volatility in worldwide energy demand and oil and gas prices; consolidation of our customer base: fleet additions by competitors and industry overcapacity; changes in capital spending by customers in the energy industry for offshore exploration, field development and production; loss of a major customer: changing customer demands for vessel specifications, which may make some of our older vessels technologically obsolete for certain customer projects or in certain markets; delays and other problems associated with vessel construction and maintenance: uncertainty of global financial market conditions and difficulty in accessing credit or capital; acts of terrorism and piracy; integration of acquired businesses and entry into new lines of business; disagreements with our joint venture partners; significant weather conditions; unsettled political conditions, war, civil unrest and governmental actions, such as expropriation or enforcement of customs or other laws that are not well developed or consistently enforced, or requirements that services provided locally be paid in local currency, in each case especially in higher political risk countries where we operate; foreign currency fluctuations; labor changes proposed by international conventions; increased regulatory burdens and oversight; changes in laws governing the taxation of foreign source income; retention of skilled workers; and enforcement of laws related to the environment, labor and foreign corrupt practices.

Forward-looking statements, which can generally be identified by the use of such terminology as “may,” “can,” “potential,” “expect,” “project,” “target,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “forecast,” “believe,” “think,” “could,” “continue,” “intend,” “seek,” “plan,” and similar expressions contained in this Annual Report on Form 10-K, are not guarantees of future performance or events. Any forward-looking statements are based on the company’s assessment of current industry, financial and economic information, which by its nature is dynamic and subject to rapid and possibly abrupt changes, which the company may or may not be able to control. Further, the company may make changes to its business plans that could or will affect its results. While management believes that these forward-looking statements are reasonable when made, there can be no assurance that future developments that affect us will be those that we anticipate and have identified. The forward-looking statements should be considered in the context of the risk factors listed above and discussed in Items 1, 1A, 2 and 7 included in the company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended March 31, 2014, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on May 21, 2014, and elsewhere in the Form 10-Q. Investors and prospective investors are cautioned not to rely unduly on such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. Management disclaims any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect new information, future events or developments.

In certain places in this report, we may refer to reports published by third parties that purport to describe trends or developments in energy production and drilling and exploration activity. The company does so for the convenience of our investors and potential investors and in an effort to provide information available in the market that will lead to a better understanding of the market environment in which the company operates. The company specifically disclaims any responsibility for the accuracy and completeness of such information reports and undertakes no obligation to update such information.

The following information contained in this Form 10-Q should be read in conjunction with the unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements and notes thereto included in Item 1 of this Quarterly Report and related disclosures and the company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended March 31, 2014, filed with the SEC on May 21, 2014.

 

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About Tidewater

The company’s vessels and associated vessel services provide support of all phases of offshore exploration, field development and production. These services include towing of, and anchor handling for, mobile offshore drilling units; transporting supplies and personnel necessary to sustain drilling, workover and production activities; offshore construction, ROV operations, and seismic and subsea support; and a variety of specialized services such as pipe and cable laying. The company’s offshore support vessel fleet includes vessels that are operated under joint ventures, as well as vessels that have been stacked or withdrawn from service. At June 30, 2014, the company owned or chartered 287 vessels (of which 11 were owned by joint ventures and 11 were stacked) and 6 ROVs available to serve the global energy industry.

The company has one of the broadest geographic operating footprints in the offshore energy industry with operations in most of the world’s significant offshore crude oil and natural gas exploration and production offshore regions. Our global operating footprint allows us to react quickly to changing local market conditions and to respond to the changing requirements of the many customers with which we believe we have strong relationships. The company is also one of the most experienced international operators in the offshore energy industry with over five decades of international experience.

Principal Factors That Drive Our Revenues

The company’s revenues, net earnings and cash flows from operations are largely dependent upon the activity level of its offshore marine vessel fleet. As is the case with the many other vessel operators in our industry, our business activity is largely dependent on the level of exploration, field development and production activity of our customers. Our customers’ business activity, in turn, is dependent on crude oil and natural gas prices, which fluctuate depending on expected future levels of supply and demand for crude oil and natural gas, and on estimates of the cost to find, develop and produce reserves.

The company’s revenues in all segments are driven primarily by the company’s ability to maintain a substantial fleet of vessels that are modern and efficient, vessel utilization and day rates. Because a sizeable portion of the company’s operating costs and its depreciation does not change proportionally with changes in revenue, the company’s operating profit is largely dependent on revenue levels.

Principal Factors That Drive Our Operating Costs

Operating costs consist primarily of crew costs, repair and maintenance costs, insurance costs and loss reserves, fuel, lube oil and supplies costs and other vessel operating costs.

Fleet size, fleet composition, geographic areas of operation, supply and demand for marine personnel, and local labor requirements are the major factors which affect overall crew costs in all segments. In addition, the company’s newer, more technologically sophisticated PSVs and AHTS vessels generally require a greater number of specially trained, more highly compensated fleet personnel than the company’s older, smaller and less sophisticated vessels. Competition for skilled crew personnel has intensified as with the delivery of recently built offshore rigs and support vessels. The delivery of new-build offshore rigs and support vessels currently under construction may further increase the number of technologically sophisticated offshore rigs and support vessels operating worldwide. It is expected that crew cost will likely continue to increase as competition for skilled personnel intensifies. This trend of increasing personnel costs will also be affected by the company’s commencement of the operation of ROVs, which generally require more highly compensated personnel than the company’s existing fleet.

The timing and amount of repair and maintenance costs are influenced by expectations of future customer demand for our vessels, as well as vessel age and drydockings and other major repairs and maintenance mandated by regulatory agencies. A certain number of periodic drydockings are required to meet regulatory requirements. The company will generally incur drydocking and other major repairs and maintenance costs only if economically justified, taking into consideration the vessel’s age, physical condition, contractual obligations, current customer requirements and future marketability. When the company elects to forego a required regulatory drydock or major or repairs and maintenance, it stacks and occasionally sells the vessel

 

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because it is not permitted to work without valid regulatory certifications. When the company drydocks a productive vessel, the company not only foregoes vessel revenues and incurs drydocking and other major repairs and maintenance costs, but it also generally continues to incur vessel operating and depreciation costs. In any given period, vessel downtime associated with drydockings and major repairs and maintenance can have a significant effect on the company’s revenues and operating costs.

At times, major repairs and maintenance and drydockings take on an increased significance to the company and its financial performance. Older vessels may require frequent and expensive repairs and maintenance. Newer vessels (generally those built after 2000), which now account for a very high percentage of the company’s revenues and vessel margin (vessel revenues less vessel operating costs), can also require expensive major repairs and maintenance, even in the early years of their useful lives, due to the larger relative size and greater relative complexity of these vessels. Conversely, when the company stacks vessels, repair and maintenance expense in any period could decline. The combination of these factors can create volatility in period to period repairs and maintenance expense, and incrementally increase the volatility of the company’s revenues and operating income, thus making period-to-period comparisons of financial results more difficult.

Although the company attempts to efficiently manage its major repairs and maintenance and drydocking schedule, changes in the demand for (and supply of) shipyard services can result in heavy workloads at shipyards and inflationary pressure on shipyard pricing. In recent years, increases in major repair and maintenance and drydocking costs and days off hire (due to vessels being drydocked) have contributed to volatility in the company’s repair and maintenance costs and vessel revenue. In addition, some of the more recently constructed vessels are now experiencing their first or second required regulatory drydockings and associated major repairs and maintenance.

Insurance and loss reserves costs are dependent on a variety of factors, including the company’s safety record and pricing in the insurance markets, and can fluctuate over time. The company’s vessels are generally insured for up to their estimated fair market value in order to cover damage or loss resulting from marine casualties, adverse weather conditions, mechanical failure, collisions, and property losses to the vessel. The company also purchases coverage for potential liabilities stemming from third-party losses with limits that it believes are reasonable for its operations. Insurance limits are reviewed annually, and third-party coverage is purchased based on the expected scope of ongoing operations and the cost of third-party coverage.

Fuel and lube costs can also fluctuate in any given period depending on the number and distance of vessel mobilizations, the number of active vessels off charter, drydockings, and changes in fuel prices.

The company also incurs vessel operating costs that are aggregated as “other” vessel operating costs. These costs consist of brokers’ commissions, including commissions paid to unconsolidated joint venture companies, training costs and other miscellaneous costs. Brokers’ commissions are incurred primarily in the company’s non-United States operations where brokers sometimes assist in obtaining work for the company’s vessels. Brokers generally are paid a percentage of day rates and, accordingly, commissions paid to brokers generally fluctuate in accordance with vessel revenue. Other costs include, but are not limited to, satellite communication fees, agent fees, port fees, canal transit fees, vessel certification fees, temporary vessel importation fees and any fines or penalties.

Challenges We Confront as a Global Offshore Vessel Company

We operate in many challenging operating environments around the world that present varying degrees of political, social, economic and other uncertainties. We operate in markets where risks of expropriation, confiscation or nationalization of our vessels or other assets, terrorism, piracy, civil unrest, changing foreign currency exchange rates and controls, and changing political conditions may adversely affect our operations. Although the company takes what it believes to be prudent measures to safeguard its property, personnel and financial condition against these risks, it cannot eliminate entirely the foregoing risks, though the wide geographic dispersal of the company’s vessels helps reduce the overall potential impact of these risks. In addition, immigration, customs, tax and other regulations (and administrative and judicial interpretations thereof) can have a material impact on our ability to work in certain countries and on our operating costs.

 

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In some international operating environments, local customs or laws may require or make it advisable that the company form joint ventures with local owners or use local agents. The company is dedicated to carrying out its international operations in compliance with the rules and regulations of the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the Trading with the Enemy Act, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), and other applicable laws and regulations. The company has adopted policies and procedures to mitigate the risks of violating these rules and regulations.

Sonatide Joint Venture

As previously reported, in November 2013, a subsidiary of the company and its joint venture partner in Angola, Sonangol Holdings Lda. (“Sonangol”), executed a new joint venture agreement for their joint venture, Sonatide. The new joint venture agreement is currently effective and will expire, unless extended, two years after an Angolan entity, which is intended to be one of the Sonatide group of companies, has been incorporated. The Angolan entity is expected to be incorporated in late 2014 after certain Angolan regulatory approvals have been obtained.

The challenges for the company to successfully operate in Angola remain significant. As the company has previously reported, on July 1, 2013, elements of new legislation (the “forex law”) became effective that require oil companies participating in concessions that engage in exploration and production activities offshore Angola to pay for goods and services provided by foreign exchange residents in Angolan kwanzas that are initially deposited into an Angolan bank account. The forex law also imposes documentation and other requirements on service companies such as Sonatide in order to effect payments that are denominated in currencies other than Angolan kwanzas. The forex law (and interpretations of the forex law by a number of market participants absent official guidance from the National Bank of Angola or the government of Angola) have resulted in, and will likely continue to result in, substantial customer payments to Sonatide being made in Angolan kwanzas. Such a result has been, and could continue to be, unfavorable because the conversion of Angolan kwanzas into U.S. dollars and the subsequent expatriation of the funds may result in payment delays, currency devaluation risk prior to conversion of kwanzas to dollars, additional costs to convert kwanzas into dollars and potentially additional taxes.

In response to the new forex law, Tidewater and Sonangol negotiated an agreement (the “consortium agreement”) that is intended to allow the Sonatide joint venture to enter into contracts with customers that allocate billings for services provided by Sonatide between (i) billings for local services that are provided by a foreign exchange resident (that must be paid in kwanzas), and (ii) billings for services provided offshore (that can be paid in dollars). We anticipate that Sonatide will soon execute the agreed form of consortium agreement (which the company understands is comparable to arrangements utilized, or intended to be utilized, by other service companies operating in Angola).

The company understands that the National Bank of Angola may issue a clarifying interpretation of the forex law by the end of calendar 2014. Any clarifying interpretation provided by the National Bank of Angola, and the resulting method and form of payment for goods and services that is utilized by the oil companies operating offshore Angola, should allow Sonatide, the company and other market participants to better assess the risk profile of the Angolan market over the longer term (i.e., this is an industry issue).

As of June 30, 2014, the company had approximately $430 million in amounts due from Sonatide, largely reflecting unpaid vessel revenue (billed and unbilled) related to services performed by the company through the Sonatide joint venture. These amounts began to accumulate in late calendar 2012, when the initial provisions of the forex law relating to payments for goods and services provided by foreign exchange residents took effect (and payments were required to be paid into local bank accounts). Beginning in June 2013, when the second provision of the forex law took effect (and the local payments had to be made in kwanza), Sonatide generally accrued for but did not deliver invoices to customers for vessel revenue related to Sonatide and the company’s collective Angolan operations in order to minimize the exposure that Sonatide would be paid for a substantial amount of charter hire in kwanzas and into an Angolan bank. In the interim, the company has been using its credit facility and other arrangements to fund the substantial working capital requirements related to its Angola operations.

In the first quarter of fiscal 2015, Sonatide began sending invoices to those customers who have insisted on paying U.S. dollar denominated invoices in kwanza. As invoices are paid in kwanza, Sonatide will seek to convert those kwanzas into U.S. dollars and utilize those U.S. dollars to pay the amounts

 

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that Sonatide owes the company. That conversion and expatriation process is subject to those risks and considerations set forth above. In addition, since February 2014, Sonatide has been entering into several customer agreements that contain split dollar/kwanza payments (typically 70% dollars and 30% kwanzas). While the company is confident, based on advice of counsel, that these split payment contracts comply with current Angolan law, it is not clear if this type of contracting will be available to Sonatide over the longer term. To the extent the National Bank of Angola issues the above referenced clarifying interpretation of the forex law or standard market practices develop in Angola in regards to split payment contracts without objection by the National Bank of Angola, the company expects that Sonatide will more broadly utilize split payment contracts.

For the quarter ended June 30, 2014, the company collected approximately $91 million from Angolan customers, which represents slightly more than the approximately $87 million in revenue generated for the same period. Of the $91 million collected, approximately $59 million represented dollars held by Sonatide or dollars collected from other customers that did not need to be converted to U.S. dollars prior to payment to Tidewater. The remaining $32 million of the total amount collected resulted from Sonatide’s conversion of kwanzas to dollars and subsequent payment to Tidewater. The company believes that the process for converting kwanzas is functioning reasonably well given that the conversion process is still developing.

For the quarter ended June 30, 2014, Tidewater’s Angolan operations generated vessel revenues of approximately $87 million, or 23%, of its consolidated vessel revenue, from an average of approximately 83 Tidewater-owned vessels that are marketed through the Sonatide joint venture (four of which were stacked on average during the quarter ended June 30, 2014), and, for the quarter ended June 30, 2013, generated vessel revenues of approximately $98 million, or 29%, of consolidated vessel revenue, from an average of approximately 88 Tidewater-owned vessels (five of which were stacked on average during the quarter ended June 30, 2013).

The Sonatide joint venture owns ten vessels and certain other assets, in addition to earning commission income from Tidewater-owned vessels marketed through the Sonatide joint venture (owned 49% by Tidewater). As of June 30, 2014 and March 31, 2014, the carrying value of Tidewater’s investment in the Sonatide joint venture, which is included in “Investments in, at equity, and advances to unconsolidated companies,” is approximately $66 million and $62 million, respectively.

Due from affiliate at June 30, 2014 and March 31, 2014 of approximately $430 million and $430 million, respectively, represents cash received by Sonatide from customers and due to the company, costs paid by Tidewater on behalf of Sonatide and, finally, amounts due from customers that are expected to be remitted to the company through Sonatide.

Due to affiliate at June 30, 2014 and March 31, 2014 of approximately $118 million and $86 million, respectively, represents amounts due to Sonatide for commissions payable (approximately $51 million and $43 million, respectively) and other costs paid by Sonatide on behalf of the company.

Management is exploring ways to continue to profitably participate in the Angolan market while reducing the overall level of exposure of the company to the increased risks that the company believes currently characterize the Angolan market. Included among mitigating measures taken by the company to address these risks is the redeployment of vessels from time to time to other markets where demand for the company’s vessels remains strong. During the year ended March 31, 2014, the company redeployed vessels from its Angolan operations to other markets and also transferred vessels into its Angolan operations from other markets resulting in a net increase of one vessel operating in the area. Redeployment of vessels to other markets in the period beginning April 1, 2014 through July 31, 2014 has been more significant (net 9 vessels transferred out of Angola) than in prior periods.

We believe the global market for offshore support vessels is currently well balanced, with offshore vessel supply approximately equal to offshore vessel demand; however, there would likely be negative financial impacts associated with the redeployment of vessels to other markets, including mobilization costs and costs to redeploy Tidewater shore-based employees to other areas, in addition to lost revenues associated with potential downtime between vessel contracts. These financial impacts could, individually or in the aggregate,

 

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be material to our results of operations and cash flows for the periods when such costs would be incurred. If there is a need to redeploy vessels which are currently deployed in Angola to other international markets, Tidewater believes that there is sufficient demand for a majority of these vessels at prevailing market day rates.

International Labour Organization’s Maritime Labour Convention

The International Labour Organization’s Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (the “Convention”) seeks to mandate globally, among other things, seafarer working conditions, ship accommodations, wages, conditions of employment, health and other benefits for all ships (and the seafarers on those ships) that are engaged in commercial activities.

As of August 20, 2012, more than 50% of the world’s vessel tonnage ratified the Convention meeting the requisites for the Convention to become law, beginning one year from signatory countries’ respective dates of ratification. To date, the Convention has become law in 39 of the 61 countries that ratified the Convention, with more dates of enforcement continuing in the forthcoming months.

The 62 countries that have ratified are: Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Hungary, Islamic Republic of Iran, Italy, Japan, Kiribati, Republic of the Congo, Republic of Korea, Latvia, Lebanon, Liberia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Morocco, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Norway, Palau, Panama, Philippines, Poland, Russian Federation, Saint Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Togo, Tuvalu, United Kingdom, and Vietnam. Notably, although Bangladesh, Fiji, Gabon, and Lebanon have submitted instruments of ratification, their respective registrations for Member state social protection benefits are still pending.

Because the company has steadfastly maintained that this Convention is unnecessary in light of existing international labor laws that offer substantial equivalency to the labor provisions of the Convention, the company actively worked with its flag state and industry representatives to seek substantial equivalencies to comparable national and industry laws that meet the intent of the Convention. The company continues Convention certification on its vessels on an “as needed” priority basis linked to dates of enforcement by countries, drydock transits, or ocean voyages.

The company continues to assess its global seafarer labor relationships and to review its fleet operational practices in light of the Convention requirements. In those circumstances where the Convention does apply, the company and its customers’ operations may be negatively affected by future compliance costs, which cannot be reasonably estimated at this time.

Macroeconomic Environment and Outlook

The primary driver of our business (and revenues) is the level of our customers’ capital and operating expenditures for offshore oil and natural gas exploration, field development and production. These expenditures, in turn, generally reflect our customers’ expectations for future oil and natural gas prices, economic growth, hydrocarbon demand and estimates of current and future oil and natural gas production. The prices of crude oil and natural gas are critical factors in our customers’ investment and spending decisions, including their decisions to contract drilling rigs and offshore support vessels in support of offshore exploration, field development and production activities in the various international or U.S. markets.

The price of crude oil has experienced considerably less volatility over the previous twelve months, however, some analysts believe that more volatility is on the horizon due to global economic uncertainties and possible supply interruptions in the Middle East and North Africa, somewhat offset by higher growth of U.S. crude production. The global economy experienced a modest overall recovery during calendar year 2013 and has experienced incrementally higher growth levels in calendar year 2014; however, some analysts have tempered their original growth forecasts. Overall economic growth during calendar 2014 has been led by China, India, the Euro-zone and the U.S. As a result of these worldwide economic improvements, demand for crude in calendar year 2014 is also expected to increase at a rate higher than in calendar 2013.

 

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Tidewater anticipates that its longer-term utilization and day rate trends for its vessels will be correlated with demand for, and the price of, crude oil, which during July 2014, was trading around $104 per barrel for West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude and around $111 per barrel for Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) Brent crude. The favorable pricing outlook for crude oil bodes well for increases in drilling and exploration activity, which should support increases in demand for the company’s vessels.

The continuing rise in production of unconventional gas resources in North America and the commissioning of a number of new, large, Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) export facilities around the world have contributed to an oversupplied natural gas market. Earlier in the year, natural gas inventories in the U.S. declined from their historical highs primarily due to increased consumption during and a colder than average winter. More recently, however, natural gas inventories have increased, once again exerting downward pressure on natural gas prices in the U.S. Prolonged periods of oversupply of natural gas (whether from conventional or unconventional natural gas production or gas produced as a byproduct of conventional or unconventional crude oil production) will likely continue to suppress prices for natural gas, although over the longer term, relatively low natural gas prices may also lead to increased demand for the resource. High levels of onshore gas production along with a prolonged downturn in natural gas prices would be expected over the short and intermediate term to have a negative impact on the offshore exploration and development plans of energy companies, which in turn would suppress demand for offshore support vessel services, primarily in the Americas segment (specifically our U.S. operations where natural gas is a more prevalent, exploitable hydrocarbon resource). In July 2014, natural gas was trading in the U.S. at approximately $4.40 per Mcf which is significantly higher than $3.60 per Mcf in July 2013.

Certain oil and gas industry analysts have reported in their surveys of 2014 Exploration and Production (E&P) expenditure (both land-based and offshore) surveys that global capital expenditure budgets for E&P companies are forecast to increase in calendar year 2014 by 4%-6% over calendar year 2013 levels, with global offshore spending expected to grow at a considerably faster rate than global onshore spending. The surveys further note that international capital spending budgets will increase approximately 4%-6% while North American capital spending budgets are forecast to increase 4%-7% as compared to 2013 estimated levels. It is anticipated by these analysts that the North American capital budget increases will be driven by onshore projects as well as offshore in the U.S. GOM, while international E&P spending is expected to be largely offshore, with the strongest markets expected to include Latin America and the Middle East. Capital expenditure budgets incorporated into the spending surveys were based on an approximate $89-$92 WTI and $98 Brent average prices per barrel of oil. E&P companies are estimated to be using an approximate $3.66-$3.91 per Mcf average natural gas price for their 2014 capital budgets.

Deepwater activity continues to be a significant segment of the global offshore crude oil and natural gas markets, and it is also a source of potential growth for the company. Deepwater oil and gas development typically involves significant capital investment and multi-year development plans. Such projects are generally underwritten by the participating exploration, field development and production companies using relatively conservative assumptions relating to crude oil and natural gas prices. These projects are, therefore, considered to be less susceptible to short-term fluctuations in the price of crude oil and natural gas. During the past few years, worldwide rig construction increased as rig owners capitalized on the high worldwide demand for drilling and low shipyard and financing costs.

Reports published by IHS-Petrodata in July of 2014 indicate that the worldwide movable offshore drilling rig count, estimated at approximately 940 rigs, approximately 35% of which are designed to operate in deeper waters, will increase with the delivery within the next several years of approximately 100 new-build deepwater rigs that are on order and under construction. Of the estimated 940 movable offshore rigs worldwide, approximately 700 offshore rigs were working as of July 2014, approximately 250 of which are designed to operate in deeper waters. It is further estimated that approximately 40% of the approximate total 250 new-build rigs are being built to operate in deeper waters, which we believe highlights offshore rig owner’s expectation for increased deepwater exploration and development in the coming years. Investment is also being made in the floating production unit market, with approximately 78 new floating production units under construction and expected to be delivered primarily over the next three years to supplement the approximately 390 floating production units already in existence worldwide. There is some uncertainty as to how many of the deepwater rigs currently under construction, will either increase the working fleet or replace older, less productive drilling units.

 

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In addition to the increase in deepwater drilling activity, worldwide shallow-water exploration and production activity has also increased during the last 12 months. According to IHS-Petrodata, with approximately 400 working jack up rigs as of July 2014, the number of working jack-up rigs represents an increase of approximately 3% from the number of jack-up rigs working a year ago. Orders for new jack-up rigs have also increased nearly 32% over the last 12 months to approximately 140 jack-up rigs, nearly all of which are scheduled for delivery in the next three years. As discussed above with regards to the deepwater rig market, there is also uncertainty as to how many of the jack-up rigs currently under construction will either increase the working fleet or replace older, less productive jack-up rigs.

In recent reports, IHS-Petrodata also estimated that total worldwide working offshore rigs (including rigs designed to operate in deeper water and jack-up rigs) will increase by approximately 50 rigs, or approximately 7%, in our fiscal 2015. Based on this estimate, the growth in the worldwide working rig count in fiscal 2015 would be comparable to that experienced in our fiscal 2014.

Also according to IHS-Petrodata, there are approximately 460 new-build offshore support vessels (deepwater PSVs, deepwater AHTS vessels and towing-supply vessels only) under construction, on order or planned as of July 2014, most of which are expected to be delivered to the worldwide offshore vessel market within the next two years. Also as of July 2014, the worldwide fleet of these classes of vessels is estimated at approximately 3,150 vessels, of which Tidewater estimates more than 10% are currently stacked or are not being actively marketed by the vessels’ owners.

An increase in worldwide vessel capacity would tend to have the effect of lowering charter rates, particularly when there are lower levels of exploration, field development and production activity. The worldwide offshore marine vessel industry, however, also has a large number of aged vessels, including approximately 680 vessels, or 22%, of the worldwide offshore fleet, that are at least 25 years old and nearing or exceeding original expectations of their estimated economic lives. These older vessels, of which Tidewater estimates 40% to 50% are either stacked or are not being actively marketed by the vessels’ owners, could potentially be removed from the market within the next few years if the cost of extending the vessels’ lives is not economically justifiable. Although the future attrition rate of these aging vessels cannot be determined with certainty, the company believes that the retirement of a sizeable portion of these aged vessels could mitigate the potential negative effects of new-build vessels on vessel utilization and vessel pricing. Additional vessel demand, which could mitigate the possible negative effects of the new-build vessels being added to the offshore support vessel fleet, could also be created by the delivery of new drilling rigs and floating production units to the extent such new drilling rigs and/or floating production units both become operational and are not offset by the idling or retirement of existing active drilling rigs and floating production units.

Fiscal 2015 First Quarter Business Highlights

During the first three months of fiscal 2015 the company continued to focus on enhancing its competitive advantages and its market share in international markets and continued to modernize its vessel fleet to increase future earnings capacity while removing from active service certain older vessels that had more limited market opportunities. Key elements of the company’s strategy continue to be the preservation of its strong financial position and the maintenance of adequate liquidity to fund the expansion of its fleet of newer vessels. Operating management focused on safe operations, minimizing unscheduled vessel downtime, improving the oversight over major repairs and maintenance projects and drydockings and maintaining disciplined cost control.

At June 30, 2014, the company had 276 owned or chartered vessels (excluding joint-venture vessels and vessels withdrawn from service) in its fleet with an average age of 9.4 years. The average age of 245 newer vessels in the fleet (defined as those that have been acquired or constructed since calendar year 2000 as part of the company’s new build and acquisition program) is approximately 6.9 years.

The company’s consolidated net earnings for the first quarter of fiscal 2015 increased 45%, or $13.6 million, as compared to the first quarter of fiscal 2014, primarily due to a 15% increase in revenues, which was partially offset by an 11% increase in vessel operating costs, an 8% increase in depreciation expense and a 62% increase in vessel operating lease expense. The company recorded $381.5 million in vessel revenues during the first quarter of fiscal 2015, which is an increase of $49.9 million over the vessel revenue earned during the

 

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first quarter of fiscal 2014. The increase in vessel revenues was due to increased utilization from a larger fleet of newer, more sophisticated vessels, a full quarter of revenues from the company’s Troms Offshore subsidiary and a 10% increase in our total worldwide fleet average day rates due to the operation of higher specification equipment and a generally improving market environment.

Vessel revenues generated by the company’s Americas segment increased approximately 33%, or $29.7 million, during the first quarter of fiscal 2015 as compared to the vessel revenues earned during the first quarter of fiscal 2014, primarily due to a $27.3 million increase in revenues earned on the deepwater vessels as a result of an 11 percentage point increase in utilization rates and an increase in the number of deepwater vessels operating in the area. Vessel operating costs for the Americas segment also increased 30%, or $14.7 million, during the same comparative periods.

Vessel revenues generated by our Asia/Pacific segment decreased 6%, or $2.7 million, during the first quarter of fiscal 2015 as compared to the revenues earned during the first quarter of fiscal 2014, primarily due to a decrease in the number of towing-supply/supply vessels operating in this segment because of vessels transferring to other segments where market opportunities are considered more attractive. Vessel operating costs for the Asia/Pacific segment increased 39%, or $9.1 million (inclusive of a 271%, or $5.7 million increase in repairs and maintenance expense, which includes our major repairs and regulatory drydocking costs), during the same comparative periods due to the preparation and execution of certain projects in Australia.

Vessel revenues generated by our Middle East/North Africa segment increased 35%, or $14.3 million, during the first quarter of fiscal 2015 as compared to the revenues earned during the first quarter of fiscal 2014, primarily due to increased revenues from the towing-supply and deepwater vessel classes. Vessel operating costs for the Middle East/North Africa segment increased 54%, or $11.4 million million (inclusive of a 167%, or $5.5 million increase in repairs and maintenance expense, which includes our major repairs and regulatory drydocking costs), during the same comparative periods.

Vessel revenues generated by our Sub-Saharan Africa/Europe segment increased 5%, or $8.5 million, during the first quarter of fiscal 2015 as compared to the revenues earned during the first quarter of fiscal 2014, primarily due to a $4.4 million increase in revenues earned on the deepwater vessels as a result of an 11% increase in average day rates and the inclusion of a full quarter of operations of the company’s Troms Offshore subsidiary which was acquired in June of 2013. Revenues from the other vessel classes also increased $3.5 million, during the same comparative periods, due to an eight percentage point increase in utilization rates and a 14% increase in average day rates. Vessel operating costs for the Sub-Saharan Africa/Europe segment decreased 14%, or $14.2 million (inclusive of a 36%, or $12.2 million decrease in repairs and maintenance expense, which includes our major repairs and regulatory drydocking costs).

A more complete discussion of each of the above segment highlights is included in the “Results of Operations” section below.

 

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Results of Operations

We manage and measure our business performance in four distinct operating segments which are based on our geographical organization: Americas, Asia/Pacific, Middle East/North Africa, and Sub-Saharan Africa/Europe. The following table compares vessel revenues and vessel operating costs (excluding general and administrative expenses, depreciation expense, and gains on asset dispositions, net) for the company’s owned and operated vessel fleet and the related percentage of vessel revenue for the quarters ended June 30, 2014 and 2013:

 

            Quarter Ended
June 30,
(In thousands)            2014      %     2013      %       

Vessel revenues:

               

Americas

   $           119,983         31     90,244         27  

Asia/Pacific

        40,249         11     42,956         13  

Middle East/North Africa

        55,539         15     41,213         13  

Sub-Saharan Africa/Europe

              165,739         43     157,217         47    

Total vessel revenues

   $           381,510             100         331,630             100    
                

Vessel operating costs:

               

Crew costs

   $           111,285         29     93,232         28  

Repair and maintenance

        47,732         13     48,093         14  

Insurance and loss reserves

        5,394         1     6,020         2  

Fuel, lube and supplies

        22,369         6     18,805         6  

Other

              30,464         8     30,011         9    

Total vessel operating costs

   $           217,244         57     196,161         59    
                

The following table compares other operating revenues and costs related to third-party activities of the company’s shipyards (the remainder of which the company disposed of in the quarter ended June 30, 2013), brokered vessels, ROVs and other miscellaneous marine-related activities for the quarters ended June 30, 2014 and 2013:

 

            Quarter Ended
June 30,
(In thousands)            2014      2013        

Other operating revenues

   $                   4,167                     2,455      

Costs of other operating revenues

              4,661         2,020        

 

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The following table presents vessel operating costs by the company’s segments, the related segment vessel operating costs as a percentage of segment vessel revenues, total vessel operating costs and the related total vessel operating costs as a percentage of total vessel revenues for the ended June 30, 2014 and 2013.

 

            Quarter Ended
June 30,
(In thousands)            2014      %     2013      %       

Vessel operating costs:

               

Americas:

               

Crew costs

   $           36,566         31     27,841         31  

Repair and maintenance

        9,522         8     8,858         10  

Insurance and loss reserves

        1,601         1     1,901         2  

Fuel, lube and supplies

        7,542         6     3,553         4  

Other

              8,131         7     6,470         7    
        63,362         53     48,623         54  

Asia/Pacific:

               

Crew costs

   $           18,285         45     15,654         36  

Repair and maintenance

        7,842         20     2,112         5  

Insurance and loss reserves

        431         1     650         2  

Fuel, lube and supplies

        3,758         9     2,719         6  

Other

              2,269         6     2,354         6    
        32,585         81     23,489         55  

Middle East/North Africa:

               

Crew costs

   $           16,346         29     10,464         25  

Repair and maintenance

        8,780         16     3,288         8  

Insurance and loss reserves

        1,061         2     802         2  

Fuel, lube and supplies

        2,690         5     3,868         9  

Other

              3,674         7     2,717         7    
        32,551         59     21,139         51  

Sub-Saharan Africa/Europe:

               

Crew costs

   $           40,088         24     39,273         25  

Repair and maintenance

        21,588         13     33,835         22  

Insurance and loss reserves

        2,301         2     2,667         2  

Fuel, lube and supplies

        8,379         5     8,665         5  

Other

              16,390         10     18,470         12    
                88,746         54     102,910         66    

Total operating costs

   $           217,244               57           196,161               59    
                

 

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The following table compares operating income and other components of earnings before income taxes and its related percentage of total revenue for the quarters ended June 30, 2014 and 2013:

 

            Quarter Ended
June 30,
(In thousands)            2014     %     2013     %       

Vessel operating profit:

             

Americas

   $           30,208        8     20,301        6  

Asia/Pacific

        (971     (1 %)      10,289        3  

Middle East/North Africa

        11,793        3     10,123        3  

Sub-Saharan Africa/Europe

              37,602        10     17,519        5    
        78,632        20     58,232        17  

Other operating profit

              (2,423     (1 %)      (392     (<1 %)     
        76,209        19     57,840        17  

Corporate general and administrative expenses

        (12,332     (3 %)      (15,845     (5 %)   

Corporate depreciation

              (816     (<1 %)      (710     (<1 %)     

Corporate expenses

        (13,148     (3 %)      (16,555     (5 %)   

Gain on asset dispositions, net

              2,943        1     2,140        1    

Operating income

   $           66,004        17     43,425        13    

Foreign exchange loss

        (1,289     (<1 %)      (89     (<1 %)   

Equity in net earnings of unconsolidated companies

        5,283        1     4,420        1  

Interest income and other, net

        622        <1     740        <1  

Interest and other debt costs, net

              (13,129     (3 %)      (8,913     (3 %)     

Earnings before income taxes

   $           57,491            15             39,583            12    
       

Americas Segment Operations. Vessel revenues in the Americas segment increased 33%, or $29.7 million during the first quarter of fiscal 2015 as compared to the first quarter of fiscal 2014, due primarily to higher revenues earned on deepwater vessels, which increased 50%, or $27.3 million, during the comparative periods. The increase in deepwater revenues is primarily the result of an increase in the number of deepwater vessels operating in the Americas segment resulting from new deliveries and vessels which were transferred from other segments. Also contributing to the increase in deepwater revenues in the Americas segment is an eleven percentage point increase in utilization rates because of the increased demand for deepwater drilling services notably in Brazil and the U.S. GOM.

At the beginning of fiscal 2015, the company had 10 stacked Americas-based vessels. During the first quarter of fiscal 2015, the company stacked two additional vessels and sold five vessels from the previously stacked vessel fleet, resulting in a total of seven stacked Americas-based vessels as of June 30, 2014.

Operating profit for the Americas segment increased 49%, or $9.9 million, during the first quarter of fiscal 2015 as compared to the first quarter of fiscal 2014, primarily due to higher revenues, which were partially offset by a 30% or $14.7 million, increase in vessel operating costs (primarily crew costs, and fuel, lube and supplies costs), an increase in vessel operating lease costs and an increase in depreciation expense.

Crew costs increased 31%, or $8.7 million, fuel, lube and supplies costs increased 112%, or $4.0 million, and depreciation expense increased 13%, or $1.3 million, during the first quarter of fiscal 2015 as compared to the first quarter of fiscal 2014, due to an increase in the number of deepwater vessels operating in the segment. Vessel operating lease costs increased 405%, or $3.4 million, during the same comparative periods, due to the increase in the number of vessels operated by the company in the U.S GOM, Trinidad and Mexico pursuant to leasing arrangements.

Asia/Pacific Segment Operations. Vessel revenues in the Asia/Pacific segment decreased 6%, or $2.7 million, during the first quarter of fiscal 2015 as compared to the first quarter of fiscal 2014, primarily due to lower revenues earned on towing-supply vessels. Revenues from towing-supply vessels decreased 15%, or $2.7 million, during the same comparative periods, primarily due to the transfer of vessels to other segments where market opportunities are currently considered more attractive.

 

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At the beginning of fiscal 2015, the company did not have any Asia/Pacific-based stacked vessels and did not stack any additional vessels during the quarter ended June 30, 2014.

Operating profit for the Asia/Pacific segment decreased 109%, or $11.3 million, during the first quarter of fiscal 2015 as compared to the first quarter of fiscal 2014, due to decreased revenues and a 39%, or $9.1 million, increase in vessel operating costs (primarily crew costs, repair and maintenance costs, and fuel, lube and supplies costs).

Crew costs increased 17%, or $2.6 million, during the first quarter of fiscal 2015 as compared to the first quarter of fiscal 2014, due to increased crew on vessels manned for certain projects and ramp up of crew for work on new contracts in Australia. Repair and maintenance costs increased 271%, or $5.7 million, during the same comparative periods, due to an increase in the number scheduled drydocks and additional inspections performed to prepare vessels for certain projects also in Australia. Fuel, lube and supplies costs increased 38%, or $1.0 million, during the same comparative periods, due to additional vessel mobilizations within the region.

Middle East/North Africa Segment Operations. Vessel revenues in the Middle East/North Africa segment increased 35%, or $14.3 million, during the first quarter of fiscal 2015 as compared to the first quarter of fiscal 2014, due to increased revenues from the towing-supply and deepwater vessel classes. Towing-supply vessel revenue increased 44% or $10.8 million, during the same comparative periods, due to a 22 percentage point increase in utilization rates, a 6% increase in average day rates and an increase in the number of towing-supply vessels operating in the segment. Deepwater vessel revenue increased 23% or $3.6 million, during the same comparative periods, due to an 18% increase in average day rates as well as an increase in the number of deepwater vessels operating in the segment. Increases in dayrates and overall utilization in Middle East/North Africa segment is primarily the result of increased operations in the Mediterranean Sea and offshore Saudi Arabia driven by an increase in the number of jack up rigs working in this region.

At the beginning of fiscal 2015, the company had one stacked Middle East/North Africa-based vessel which was sold during the quarter ended June 30, 2014. There are no stacked vessels remaining in the Middle East/North Africa region as of June 30, 2014.

Operating profit for the Middle East/North Africa segment increased 17%, or $1.7 million, during the first quarter of fiscal 2015 as compared to the first quarter of fiscal 2014, primarily due to higher revenues which were offset by a 54%, or $11.4 million, increase in vessel operating costs (primarily crew costs and repair and maintenance), an increase in depreciation expense and an increase in general and administrative expenses.

Crew costs increased 56%, or $5.9 million, during the first quarter of fiscal 2015 as compared to the first quarter of fiscal 2014, primarily due to an increase in the number of vessels operating in the segment which was the result of the transfer of vessels from other segments. Repair and maintenance costs increased 167%, or $5.5 million, during the same comparative periods, due to an increase in the number of drydockings during the current period and the outfitting of vessels in preparation for the start of new term contracts. Depreciation expense increased 17% or $1.0 million, during the same comparative periods, also due to an increase in the number of vessels operating in the segment. General and administrative expenses increased 20%, or $0.8 million, during the same comparative periods, due to the increase in shore based personnel, primarily to support our growing operation in Saudi Arabia.

Sub-Saharan Africa/Europe Segment Operations. Vessel revenues in the Sub-Saharan Africa/Europe segment increased 5%, or $8.5 million, during the first quarter of fiscal 2015 as compared to the first quarter of fiscal 2014. Revenues from deepwater vessels increased 5%, or $4.4 million, primarily due to an 11% increase in average day rates from the replacement of older vessels operating in the area with the higher specification vessels that are generally required by our customers in the region and the inclusion of a full quarter of operations of the company’s Troms Offshore subsidiary which was acquired in June of 2013. These increases were partially offset by a reduction in the number of deepwater vessels in Sub-Saharan Africa due to transfers of vessels from Sub-Saharan Africa (in particular, Angola) to other regions. Revenues from other vessel classes also increased 23%, or $3.5 million, during the same comparative periods, due to an eight percentage point increase in utilization rates and a 14% increase in average day rates.

 

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At the beginning of fiscal 2015, the company had four stacked Sub-Saharan Africa/Europe-based vessels. During the first quarter of fiscal 2015, the company stacked one additional vessel and sold one previously stacked vessel, resulting in a total of four stacked Sub-Saharan Africa/Europe-based vessels as of June 30, 2014.

Operating profit for the Sub-Saharan Africa/Europe segment increased 115%, or $20.1 million, during the first quarter of fiscal 2015 as compared to the first quarter of fiscal 2014, primarily due to higher revenues as well as a 14%, or $14.2 million, decrease in vessel operating costs (primarily repair and maintenance costs), which were partially offset by an increase in general and administrative expenses.

Repair and maintenance costs decreased 36%, or $12.2 million, during the first quarter of fiscal 2015 as compared to the first quarter of fiscal 2014, due to the higher than normal volume of drydockings and major repairs during the first quarter of fiscal year 2014 due to deferrals from previous periods. General and administrative expenses increased 21%, or $3.1 million, during the same comparative periods, due to increases in administrative payroll (in part related to the acquisition of Troms Offshore which occurred in June of 2013).

Other Items. Insurance and loss reserves expense decreased 10%, or $0.6 million, during the first quarter of fiscal 2015 as compared to the first quarter of fiscal 2014 primarily due to downward adjustments to case-based and other reserves.

Gain on asset dispositions, net for the first quarter of fiscal 2015 increased $0.8 million, or 38%, as compared to the same period in fiscal 2014 primarily due to the amortization of $3.6 million of deferred gains related to sale/leaseback vessels and $0.3 million related to the sale of vessels and other assets which were offset by $1.0 million in asset impairments during the first quarter of fiscal 2015. During the first quarter of fiscal 2014 the company recognized a gain on sale of a shipyard of $4.0 million and gains of $2.1 million on the sale of vessels and other assets which were partially offset by $3.9 million in asset impairments.

The below table summarizes the combined fair value of the assets that incurred impairments during the quarters ended June 30, 2014 and 2013, along with the amount of impairment. The impairment charges were recorded in gain on asset dispositions, net.

 

            Quarter Ended
June 30,
(In thousands)            2014      2013        

Amount of impairment incurred

   $                   950         3,872      

Combined fair value of assets incurring impairment

              220                     4,305        

Vessel Class Revenue and Statistics by Segment

Vessel utilization is determined primarily by market conditions and to a lesser extent by drydocking requirements. Vessel day rates are determined by the demand created largely through the level of offshore exploration, field development and production spending by energy companies relative to the supply of offshore service vessels. Suitability of equipment and the quality of service provided may also influence vessel day rates. Vessel utilization rates are calculated by dividing the number of days a vessel works during a reporting period by the number of days the vessel is available to work in the reporting period. Stacked vessels depress utilization rates because stacked vessels are considered available to work, and as such, are included in the calculation of utilization rates. Average day rates are calculated by dividing the revenue a vessel earns during a reporting period by the number of days the vessel worked in the reporting period.

Vessel utilization and average day rates are calculated on all vessels in service (which includes stacked vessels and vessels in drydock) but do not include vessels withdrawn from service (none at June 30, 2014) or vessels owned by joint ventures (11 vessels at June 30, 2014).

 

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The following tables compare revenues, day-based utilization percentages and average day rates by vessel class and in total for the quarters ended June 30, 2014 and 2013:

 

                Quarter Ended
    June 30,
 
              2014           2013        

REVENUE BY VESSEL CLASS (in thousands):

          

Americas fleet:

          

Deepwater

   $                   82,282                   55,032         

Towing-supply

        29,517           27,670         

Other

        8,184           7,542         

Total

   $           119,983           90,244         

Asia/Pacific fleet:

          

Deepwater

   $           24,242           24,292         

Towing-supply

        15,037           17,722         

Other

        970           942         

Total

   $           40,249           42,956         

Middle East/North Africa fleet:

          

Deepwater

   $           19,467           15,852         

Towing-supply

        35,279           24,497         

Other

        793           864         

Total

   $           55,539           41,213         

Sub-Saharan Africa/Europe fleet:

          

Deepwater

   $           91,691           87,251         

Towing-supply

        55,436           54,860         

Other

        18,612           15,106         

Total

   $           165,739           157,217         

Worldwide fleet:

          

Deepwater

   $           217,682           182,427         

Towing-supply

        135,269           124,749         

Other

        28,559           24,454         

Total

   $           381,510             331,630         
   

UTILIZATION:

          

Americas fleet:

          

Deepwater

        88.7        77.8         

Towing-supply

        62.7           43.3         

Other

        69.3           82.2         

Total

        74.8        60.1         

Asia/Pacific fleet:

          

Deepwater

        70.6        92.7         

Towing-supply

        90.7           64.5         

Other

        100.0           100.0         

Total

        83.5        72.2         

Middle East/North Africa fleet:

          

Deepwater

        72.1        91.3         

Towing-supply

        93.6           72.1         

Other

        91.9           44.7         

Total

        87.8        73.3         

Sub-Saharan Africa/Europe fleet:

          

Deepwater

        86.3        79.3         

Towing-supply

        75.3           67.6         

Other

        78.1           70.2         

Total

        79.5        71.8         

Worldwide fleet:

          

Deepwater

        83.8        81.2         

Towing-supply

        78.4           60.8         

Other

        76.9           71.5         

Total

              79.8          68.8         
   

 

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                Quarter Ended
    June 30,
 
              2014           2013        

AVERAGE VESSEL DAY RATES:

          

Americas fleet:

          

Deepwater

   $                   31,175                   29,786         

Towing-supply

        16,559           15,161         

Other

        8,856           6,965         

Total

   $           22,443           18,977         

Asia/Pacific fleet:

          

Deepwater

   $           41,948           39,291         

Towing-supply

        13,017           13,022         

Other

        10,658           10,353         

Total

   $           22,066           20,749         

Middle East/North Africa fleet:

          

Deepwater

   $           25,081           21,202         

Towing-supply

        13,366           12,567         

Other

        4,742           4,750         

Total

   $           15,502           14,316         

Sub-Saharan Africa/Europe fleet:

          

Deepwater

   $           30,414           27,514         

Towing-supply

        16,867           15,386         

Other

        5,562           4,883         

Total

   $           17,179           15,993         

Worldwide fleet:

          

Deepwater

   $           31,061           28,572         

Towing-supply

        15,261           14,338         

Other

        6,306           5,496         

Total

   $           18,701             16,976         
   

 

The day-based utilization percentages, average day rates and the average number of the company’s new vessels (defined as vessels acquired or constructed since calendar year 2000 as part of its new build and acquisition program) by vessel class and in total for the quarters ended June 30, 2014 and 2013:

 

    

                Quarter Ended
    June 30,
 
              2014           2013        

UTILIZATION:

          

Deepwater vessels

          

PSVs

        86.8        84.0         

AHTS vessels

        83.5           95.9         

Towing-supply

        84.9           81.7         

Other

        76.9           73.3         

Total

              83.7          81.2         
   

AVERAGE VESSEL DAY RATES:

          

Deepwater vessels

          

PSVs

   $                   30,802                   28,689         

AHTS vessels

        34,116           29,561         

Towing-supply

        15,519           14,595         

Other

        6,706           5,843         

Total

   $           19,627             17,955         
   

AVERAGE VESSEL COUNT:

          

Deepwater vessels

          

PSVs

        76           69         

AHTS vessels

        12           11         

Towing-supply

        105           103         

Other

        52           53         

Total

              245             236         
   

 

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Vessel Count, Dispositions, Acquisitions and Construction Programs

The following table compares the average number of vessels by class and geographic distribution for the quarters ended June 30, 2014 and 2013:

 

         Quarter Ended
    June 30,
 
              2014                    2013        

Americas fleet:

        

Deepwater

     33            27         

Towing-supply

     31            46         

Other

     15              14         

Total

     79            87         

Less stacked vessels

     8              25         

Active vessels

     71              62         

Asia/Pacific fleet:

        

Deepwater

     9            7         

Towing-supply

     14            24         

Other

     1              1         

Total

     24            32         

Less stacked vessels

     --              6         

Active vessels

     24              26         

Middle East/North Africa fleet:

        

Deepwater

     12            9         

Towing-supply

     31            30         

Other

     2              4         

Total

     45            43         

Less stacked vessels

     1              3         

Active vessels

     44              40         

Sub-Saharan Africa/Europe fleet:

        

Deepwater

     38            44         

Towing-supply

     48            58         

Other

     47              48         

Total

     133            150         

Less stacked vessels

     4              10         

Active vessels

     129              140         

Active owned or chartered vessels

     268            268         

Stacked vessels

     13              44         

Total owned or chartered vessels

     281            312         

Vessels withdrawn from service

     ---            1         

Joint-venture and other

     11              10         

Total

     292              323         
   

Owned or chartered vessels include vessels stacked by the company. The company considers a vessel to be stacked if the vessel crew is furloughed and limited maintenance is being performed on the vessel. The company reduces operating costs by stacking vessels when management does not foresee opportunities to profitably or strategically operate the vessels in the near future. Vessels are stacked when market conditions warrant and they are no longer considered stacked when they are returned to active service, sold or otherwise disposed. When economically practical marketing opportunities arise, the stacked vessels can be returned to service by performing any necessary maintenance on the vessel and either rehiring or returning fleet personnel to operate the vessel. Although not currently fulfilling charters, stacked vessels are considered to be in service and are included in the calculation of the company’s utilization statistics. The company had 11 and 41 stacked vessels at June 30, 2014 and 2013, respectively. Most of the vessels stacked at June 30, 2014 are being marketed for sale and are not expected to return to the active fleet, primarily due to their age.

Vessels withdrawn from service are not included in the company’s utilization statistics.

 

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The following is a summary of net properties and equipment at June 30, 2014 and March 31, 2014:

 

    June 30, 2014           March 31, 2014  
    

Number

Of Vessels

    

Carrying    

Value    

          

Number

of Vessels

    

Carrying    

Value    

 
           (In thousands)                        (In thousands)       

Owned vessels in active service

    253         $   3,238,898                257         $        3,281,391       

Stacked vessels

    11         6,875                15         9,743       

Marine equipment and other assets under construction

       308,798                   268,189       

Other property and equipment (A)

             60,603                           62,285       

Totals

    264         $   3,615,174                  272         $        3,621,608       
                   

 

(A)

Other property and equipment includes six ROVs the company took delivery of in fiscal 2014.

Vessel Dispositions

The company seeks opportunities to sell and/or scrap its older vessels when market conditions warrant and opportunities arise. The majority of the company’s vessels are sold to buyers who do not compete with the company in the offshore energy industry. The following is a summary of the number of vessels disposed of by vessel type and segment during the three months ended June 30:

 

         Three Months Ended
    June 30,
 
              2014 (A)      2013        

Number of vessels disposed by vessel type:

     

Deepwater PSVs

     1               ---         

Towing-supply:

     

AHTS vessels

     ---               6         

PSVs

     5               2         

Other

     1               3         

Total

     7               11         
   

Number of vessels disposed by segment:

     

Americas

     5               1         

Asia/Pacific

     ---               5         

Middle East/North Africa

     1               5         

Sub-Saharan Africa/Europe

     1               --         

Total

     7               11         
   

 

(A)

Excluded from fiscal 2015 dispositions is one vessel that was sold and leased back by the company as disclosed in Note (13) in Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

Vessel and Other Deliveries and Acquisitions

During the first quarter of fiscal 2015, the company did not take delivery of any new vessels.

During fiscal 2014, the company took delivery of six newly-built vessels and acquired nine vessels from third parties. Two of the delivered vessels are deepwater PSVs, which are both 303-feet in length. The 303-feet PSVs were constructed at a U.S. shipyard for a total aggregate cost of $123.3 million. The company also took delivery of two towing-supply PSVs, of which one is 220-feet in length, and one is 217-feet in length. These two vessels were constructed at an international shipyard for a total aggregate cost of $51.4 million. The company also took delivery of two waterjet crewboats at an international shipyard for $6.0 million. In addition, the company acquired from third parties, two 290-feet deepwater PSVs for a total cost of $93.9 million and a 247-feet deepwater AHTS vessel for $29.0 million. The company also acquired a fleet of four deepwater PSVs, ranging from 280-feet to 285-feet, as a result of the Troms Offshore Supply AS acquisition. The purchase price allocated to these four vessels totals an aggregate $234.9 million. Two Troms vessel construction projects (related to a 270-foot, deepwater PSV and a 310-foot, deepwater PSVs) were also completed in fiscal 2014 for a total cost of $112.4 million. The company also acquired six ROVs for a total cost of $31.9 million.

 

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In addition to the 21 deliveries noted above, we acquired two additional deepwater PSVs and six towing-supply class PSVs during fiscal 2014 which had been sold and leased back during fiscal 2008 and fiscal 2010. The company elected to repurchase these vessels from the lessors for an aggregate total of $78.8 million. Please refer to the “Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements” section of Management Discussion and Analysis of this report for a discussion on the company’s sale/leaseback vessels.

Vessel and Other Commitments at June 30, 2014

The table below summarizes the various commitments to acquire and construct new vessels, by vessel type, and ROVs as of June 30, 2014:

 

(In thousands)    Number
of
Vessels/ROVs
     Shipyard
Location
      

Delivery

Dates

    

Total

Cost

     Amount
Invested
6/30/14
     Remaining
Balance
6/30/14
       

Towing-supply:

                        

7,145 BHP AHTS

     6                     International         1/2015 - 2/2016      $ 116,143         55,909         60,234      

Deepwater:

                        

246-foot PSV

     2                     International         8/2014              

261-foot PSV

     6                     International         9/2015 – 6/2016              

264-foot PSV

     1                     United States         10/2014              

268-foot PSV

     2                     International         2/2015, 5/2015              

275-foot PSV (A)

     10                     International         9/2014 – 7/2015              

292-foot PSV

     1                     International         5/2016              

300-foot PSV

     2                     United States         9/2015, 2/2016              

310-foot PSV

       2                     United States         11/2015, 2/2016              

Total Deepwater PSVs

     26                               843,784             230,331               613,453      

Other:

                        

Fast supply boat

     1                     International         ---        8,014         8,014         ---        

Total vessel commitments

     33                                     $ 967,941         294,254         673,687        

Total ROV commitments

     2                     United States         11/2014      $ 14,980         3,694         11,286        

Total commitments

     35                                     $    982,921         297,948         684,973        
                          

 

(A)

Two different international shipyards are constructing six and four 275-foot PSVs, respectively.

Currently the company is experiencing substantial delay with one fast supply boat under construction in Brazil that was originally scheduled to be delivered in September 2009. On April 5, 2011, pursuant to the vessel construction contract, the company sent the subject shipyard a letter initiating arbitration in order to resolve disputes of such matters as the shipyard’s failure to achieve payment milestones, its failure to follow the construction schedule, and its failure to timely deliver the vessel. The company has suspended construction on the vessel and both parties continue to pursue that arbitration. The company has third party credit support in the form of insurance coverage for 90% of the progress payments made on this vessel, or all but approximately $2.4 million of the carrying value of the accumulated costs through June 30, 2014. The company had committed and invested $8.0 million as of June 30, 2014.

In December 2013, the company took delivery of the second of two deepwater PSVs constructed in a U.S. shipyard. In connection with the delivery of those vessels, the company and the shipyard agreed to hold $11.7 million in escrow with a financial institution pending resolution of disputes over whether all or a portion of those funds are due to the shipyard as the shipyard has claimed. Some of the disputes may be resolved by high level management meetings between the parties or through a structured mediation. The balance of the claims will need to be resolved through litigation in New York state court. Although formal dispute resolution efforts are currently at an early stage, initial negotiations have thus far failed to resolve the parties’ disputes, and the company has retained New York counsel to represent the company in the mediation and litigation procedures. The escrowed amounts have been included in the cost of the acquired vessels.

 

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The table below summarizes by vessel class and vessel type the number of vessels and ROVs expected to be delivered by quarter along with the expected cash outlay (in thousands) of the various commitments as discussed above:

 

     Quarter Period Ended
Vessel class and type    09/14        12/14        03/15        06/15        09/15        Thereafter       

Deepwater PSVs

     5           4           3           2           3               

Towing-supply vessels

     ---           ---           1           1           1               

Other

     ---           ---           ---           ---           ---                 

Total vessel commitments

     5           4           4           3           4           13        

Total ROV commitments

     ---           2           ---           ---           ---           ---        

Total commitments

     5           6           4           3           4           13        
(In thousands)                                                        

Expected quarterly cash outlay

   $       130,207           135,523           124,933           120,099           53,749           120,462  (B)     
                             

 

(B)

The $120,462 of ‘Thereafter’ vessel construction obligations are expected to be paid as follows: $70,034 during fiscal 2016 and $50,428 during fiscal 2017.

Consistent with the approach we are taking on mitigating risk exposure in Angola and the other alternatives we have developed, we believe the company has retained the sufficient liquidity and financial capacity to support the continued investment in new vessels, assuming customer demand, acquisition and shipyard economics and other considerations justify such an investment. The company continues to evaluate its fleet renewal program, whether through new construction or acquisitions, relative to other investment opportunities and uses of cash, including the current share repurchase authorization, and in the context of its financial position and conditions in the credit and capital markets. In recent years, the company has funded vessel additions with available cash, operating cash flow, revolving credit facility borrowings, bank term loans, various leasing arrangements, and funds provided by the sale of senior unsecured notes as disclosed in Note (6) of Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements. The company has $685.0 million in unfunded capital commitments associated with the 33 vessels and two ROVs currently under construction at June 30, 2014.

General and Administrative Expenses

Consolidated general and administrative expenses and the related percentage of total revenue for the quarters ended June 30, 2014 and 2013 consist of the following components:

 

            Quarter Ended
June 30,
 
(In thousands)               2014               2013         %     

Personnel

   $           30,740         8     28,102         8%     

Office and property

        7,026         2     7,738         2%     

Sales and marketing

        4,225         1     2,512         1%     

Professional services

        6,487         2     9,542         3%     

Other

              2,582         1     2,586         1%     

Total

   $                   51,060               14             50,480         15%     
   

 

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Segment and corporate general and administrative expenses and the related percentage of total general and administrative expenses for the quarters ended June 30, 2014 and 2013 were as follows:

 

            Quarter Ended
June 30,
 
(In thousands)               2014               2013         %     

Vessel operations

   $           37,669         74     33,810         67%     

Other operating activities

        1,059         2     825         2%     

Corporate

              12,332         24     15,845         31%     

Total

   $                   51,060               100             50,480         100%     
            

General and administrative expenses during the first quarter of fiscal 2015, was 1%, or $0.6 million, higher than the first quarter of fiscal 2014. Increases in administrative payroll and sales and marketing costs of $2.6 million and $1.7 million were partially offset by decreases in professional services of $3.1 million. Incremental increases in personnel costs are primarily due to the inclusion of a full quarter of personnel costs related to Troms Offshore which was acquired in June of fiscal 2014 as well as the ramp up of shore-based personnel in the company’s Subsea operations. Additionally, professional services costs were higher during the first quarter of the prior fiscal year due to transactional costs associated with the acquisition of Troms Offshore.

Liquidity, Capital Resources and Other Matters

The company’s current ratio, level of working capital and amount of cash flows from operations for any year are primarily related to fleet activity, vessel day rates and the timing of collections and disbursements. Vessel activity levels and vessel day rates are, among other things, dependent upon the supply/demand relationship for offshore vessels, which tend to follow the level of oil and natural gas exploration and production. Variations from year-to-year in these items are primarily the result of market conditions.

Availability of Cash

At June 30, 2014, the company had $53.5 million in cash and cash equivalents, of which $41.4 million was held by foreign subsidiaries. The company currently intends that earnings by foreign subsidiaries will be indefinitely reinvested in foreign jurisdictions in order to fund strategic initiatives (such as investment, expansion and acquisitions), fund working capital requirements and repay debt (both third-party and intercompany) of its foreign subsidiaries in the normal course of business. Moreover, the company does not currently intend to repatriate earnings of foreign subsidiaries to the United States because cash generated from the company’s domestic businesses and credit available under its domestic financing facilities, as well as the repayment of intercompany liabilities from foreign subsidiaries, are currently sufficient (and are expected to continue to be sufficient for the foreseeable future) to fund the cash needs of its operations in the United States, including continuing to pay the quarterly dividend. However, if, in the future, cash and cash equivalents held by foreign subsidiaries are needed to fund the company’s operations in the United States, the repatriation of such amounts to the United States could result in a significant incremental tax liability in the period in which the decision to repatriate occurs. Payment of any incremental tax liability would reduce the cash available to the company to fund its operations by the amount of taxes paid.

Our objective in financing our business is to maintain adequate financial resources and access to sufficient levels of liquidity. Cash and cash equivalents, future net cash provided by operating activities and the company’s revolving credit facilities provide the company, in our opinion, with sufficient liquidity to meet our liquidity requirements, including repayment of debt that becomes due, required payments on vessel construction currently in progress and payments required to be made in connection with current vessel purchase commitments. The company also believes that it has reasonable access to capital and credit markets that would allow it to possibly make opportunistic investments in connection with its fleet renewal and modernization program.

 

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Indebtedness

Revolving Credit and Term Loan Agreement. In June 2013, the company amended and extended its existing credit facility. The amended credit agreement matures in June 2018 (the “Maturity Date”) and provides for a $900 million, five-year credit facility (“credit facility”) consisting of a (i) $600 million revolving credit facility (the “revolver”) and a (ii) $300 million term loan facility (“term loan”).

Borrowings under the credit facility are unsecured and bear interest at the company’s option at (i) the greater of prime or the federal funds rate plus 0.25 to 1.00%, or (ii) Eurodollar rates, plus margins ranging from 1.25 to 2.00% based on the company’s consolidated funded debt to capitalization ratio. Commitment fees on the unused portion of the facilities range from 0.15 to 0.30% based on the company’s funded debt to total capitalization ratio. The credit facility requires that the company maintain a ratio of consolidated debt to consolidated total capitalization that does not exceed 55%, and maintain a consolidated interest coverage ratio (essentially consolidated earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, or EBITDA, for the four prior fiscal quarters to consolidated interest charges, including capitalized interest, for such period) of not less than 3.0 to 1.0. All other terms, including the financial and negative covenants, are customary for facilities of its type and consistent with the prior agreement in all material respects.

The company had $300.0 million in term loan borrowings outstanding at June 30, 2014 (whose fair value approximates the carrying value because the borrowings bear interest at variable rates), and has the entire $600.0 million available under the revolver to fund future liquidity needs at June 30, 2014. The company had $300.0 million of term loan borrowings and did not have any revolver borrowings outstanding at March 31, 2014.

September 2013 Senior Notes. On September 30, 2013, the company executed a note purchase agreement for $500 million and issued $300 million of senior unsecured notes to a group of institutional investors. The company issued the remaining $200 million of senior unsecured notes on November 15, 2013. A summary of these outstanding notes at June 30, 2014 and March 31, 2014, is as follows:

 

(In thousands, except weighted average data)    June 30,
2014   
       March 31,
2014   
       

Aggregate debt outstanding

   $       500,000              500,000         

Weighted average remaining life in years

     9.2              9.4         

Weighted average coupon rate on notes outstanding

     4.86%           4.86%      

Fair value of debt outstanding

     522,988              520,979           

The multiple series of notes totaling $500 million were issued with maturities ranging from approximately seven to 12 years. The notes may be retired before their respective scheduled maturity dates subject only to a customary make-whole provision. The terms of the notes require that the company maintain a ratio of consolidated debt to consolidated total capitalization that does not exceed 55% and maintain a ratio of consolidated EBITDA to consolidated interest charges, including capitalized interest, of not less than 3.0 to 1.0.

August 2011 Senior Notes. On August 15, 2011, the company issued $165 million of senior unsecured notes to a group of institutional investors. A summary of these outstanding notes at June 30, 2014 and March 31, 2014, is as follows:

 

(In thousands, except weighted average data)   

June 30,

2014   

      

March 31,

2014   

       

Aggregate debt outstanding

   $       165,000              165,000         

Weighted average remaining life in years

     6.3              6.6         

Weighted average coupon rate on notes outstanding

     4.42%           4.42%      

Fair value of debt outstanding

     170,332              168,653           

The multiple series of notes were originally issued with maturities ranging from approximately eight to 10 years. The notes may be retired before their respective scheduled maturity dates subject only to a customary make-whole provision. The terms of the notes require that the company maintain a ratio of consolidated debt to consolidated total capitalization that does not exceed 55%.

 

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September 2010 Senior Notes. In fiscal 2011, the company completed the sale of $425 million of senior unsecured notes. A summary of the aggregate amount of these outstanding notes at June 30, 2014 and March 31, 2014, is as follows:

 

(In thousands, except weighted average data)    June 30,
2014   
       March 31,
2014   
       

Aggregate debt outstanding

   $       425,000              425,000         

Weighted average remaining life in years

     5.4              5.6         

Weighted average coupon rate on notes outstanding

     4.25%           4.25%      

Fair value of debt outstanding

     438,074              436,264           

The multiple series of these notes were originally issued with maturities ranging from five to 12 years. The notes may be retired before their respective scheduled maturity dates subject only to a customary make-whole provision. The terms of the notes require that the company maintain a ratio of consolidated debt to consolidated total capitalization that does not exceed 55%.

Included in accumulated other comprehensive income at June 30, 2014 and March 31, 2014, is an after-tax loss of $2.3 million ($3.4 million pre-tax), and $2.4 million ($3.7 million pre-tax), respectively, related to cash flow hedges purchased in connection with the September 2010 senior note offering, which met the effectiveness criteria and their acquisition costs are amortized to interest expense over the term of the individual notes matching the term of the hedges to interest expense.

July 2003 Senior Notes. In July 2003, the company completed the sale of $300 million of senior unsecured notes. A summary of the aggregate amount of these outstanding notes at June 30, 2014 and March 31, 2014, is as follows:

 

(In thousands, except weighted average data)    June 30,
2014   
       March 31,
2014   
       

Aggregate debt outstanding

   $       35,000              35,000         

Weighted average remaining life in years

     1.1              1.3         

Weighted average coupon rate on notes outstanding

     4.61%           4.61%      

Fair value of debt outstanding

     35,866              36,018           

The multiple series of notes were originally issued with maturities ranging from seven to 12 years. These notes can be retired in whole or in part prior to maturity for a redemption price equal to the principal amount of the notes redeemed plus a customary make-whole premium. The terms of the notes require that the company maintain a ratio of consolidated debt to consolidated total capitalization that does not exceed 55%.

Troms Offshore Debt. In January 2014, Troms Offshore entered into a 300 million NOK, 12 year unsecured borrowing agreement which matures in January 2026. The loan requires semi-annual principal payments of 12.5 million NOK (plus accrued interest) and bears interest at a fixed rate of 2.31% plus a premium based on the company’s consolidated funded indebtedness to total capitalization ratio (currently equal to 1.50% for a total all-in rate of 3.81%).

In May 2012, Troms Offshore entered into a 204.4 million NOK denominated borrowing agreement which matures in May 2024. The loan requires semi-annual principal payments of 8.5 million NOK (plus accrued interest), bears interest at a fixed rate of 6.38% and is secured by certain guarantees and various types of collateral, including a vessel. In January 2014, the loan was amended to, among other things, change the interest rate to a fixed rate equal to 3.88% plus a premium based on Tidewater’s funded indebtedness to capitalization ratio (currently equal to 1.50% for a total all-in rate of 5.38%), change the borrower, change the export creditor guarantor, and replace the vessel security with a company guarantee.

 

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A summary of the amount of these borrowings outstanding at June 30, 2014 and March 31, 2014, denominated in NOK and U.S. Dollars is as follows (fair values are based on Level 2 inputs):

 

(In thousands, except weighted average data)   

June 30,

2014   

      

March 31,

2014   

       

January 2014 notes:

          

NOK denominated

           300,000              300,000         

U.S. dollar equivalent

   $ 50,265              50,028         

Fair value (U.S. dollar equivalent)

     50,302              50,044         

May 2012 notes:

          

NOK denominated

     170,400              178,920         

U.S. dollar equivalent

   $ 28,550              29,867         

Fair value (U.S. dollar equivalent)

     28,417              29,588           

In May 2012, Troms Offshore entered into a 35.0 million NOK denominated borrowing agreement with a shipyard which matures in May 2015. In June 2013, Troms Offshore entered into a 25.0 million NOK denominated borrowing agreement a Norwegian Bank, which matures in June 2019. These borrowings bear interest based on three month NIBOR plus a credit spread of 2.0% to 3.5%. Troms Offshore had an aggregate of 45.0 million NOK, or approximately $7.5 million, and 60.0 million NOK, or approximately $10.0 million outstanding in floating rate debt at June 30, 2014 and March 31, 2014, respectively (whose fair value approximates the carrying value because the borrowings bear interest at variable NIBOR rates plus a margin).

Debt Costs

The company capitalizes a portion of its interest costs incurred on borrowed funds used to construct vessels. Interest and debt costs incurred, net of interest capitalized, for the quarters ended June 30, are as follows:

 

           Quarter Ended
June 30,
(In thousands)           2014        2013        

Interest and debt costs incurred, net of interest capitalized

   $          13,129           8,913      

Interest costs capitalized

             2,872           2,963        

Total interest and debt costs

   $          16,001           11,876        
        

Common Stock Repurchase Program

In May 2014, the company’s Board of Directors authorized the company to spend up to $200.0 million to repurchase shares of its common stock in open-market or privately-negotiated transactions. The effective period for this authorization is July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015. The company uses its available cash and, when considered advantageous, borrowings under its revolving credit facility or other borrowings, to fund any share repurchases. The company evaluates share repurchase opportunities relative to other investment opportunities and in the context of current conditions in the credit and capital markets.

In May 2013, the company’s Board of Directors authorized the company to spend up to $200 million to repurchase shares of its common stock in open-market or privately-negotiated transactions. The effective period for this authorization was July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014. No shares were repurchased under the May 2013 program.

Dividends

The declaration of dividends is at the discretion of the company’s Board of Directors. The Board of Directors declared the following dividends for the quarters ended June 30:

 

              Quarter Ended
June 30,
(In thousands, except dividend per share)              2014        2013        

Dividends declared

   $             12,589           12,499      

Dividend per share

                0.25           0.25        

 

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Operating Activities

Net cash provided by operating activities for any period will fluctuate according to the level of business activity for the applicable period.

Net cash provided by operating activities for the quarters ended June 30, is as follows:

 

(In thousands)    2014     Change     2013       

Net earnings

   $             43,699        13,616        30,083     

Depreciation and amortization

     43,111        3,003        40,108     

Provision (benefit) for deferred income taxes

     2,432        14,583        (12,151  

Gain on asset dispositions, net

     (2,943     (803     (2,140  

Changes in operating assets and liabilities

     (88,249           (82,158     (6,091  

Changes in due to/from affiliate, net

     31,552        80,067            (48,515  

Other non-cash items

     1,343        (958     2,301       

Net cash provided by operating activities

   $ 30,945        27,350        3,595       
 

Cash flows from operations increased $27.4 million, or 761%, to $30.9 million, during the three months ended June 30, 2014 as compared to $3.6 million during the three months ended June 30, 2013, due primarily to an $80.1 million change in the net due to/from affiliate balance, a $13.6 million increase in net income and a $14.6 million change in deferred taxes. These increases were partially offset by an $82.2 million decrease in cash flows from operating assets and liabilities primarily due to slower collections of receivables as well as a decrease in accrued expenses. The increase in due to/from affiliate of $80.1 million is attributable to our Angolan operation, which is included within our Sub-Saharan Africa/Europe segment. Changes in local laws in Angola have resulted in key customers making payments for goods and services into local bank accounts of an unconsolidated affiliate beginning in the third quarter of fiscal 2013 and the deferral of our billing certain customers for vessel charters beginning in the second quarter of fiscal 2014. For the quarter ended June 30, 2014, the company collected approximately $91 million from Sonatide, which represents slightly more than the approximately $87 million in revenue generated for the same period. Conversely, amounts due to affiliate increased by approximately $32 million which included commissions payable and other costs paid by Sonatide on behalf of the company. For additional information refer to the Sonatide Joint Venture disclosure in Management’s Discussion and Analysis of this Form 10-Q.

Investing Activities

Net cash used in investing activities for the quarters ended June 30, is as follows:

 

(In thousands)    2014     Change      2013       

Proceeds from the sale of assets

   $ 3,754        1,593         2,161     

Proceeds from the sale/leaseback of assets

     13,400        13,400         ---     

Additions to properties and equipment

     (39,874     116,560         (156,434  

Payments for acquisition, net of cash acquired

     ---              127,737           (127,737  

Other

     3        668         (665    

Net cash used in investing activities

   $             (22,717     259,958         (282,675    
 

Investing activities for the three months ended June 30, 2014 used $22.7 million of cash, which is primarily attributed to $39.9 million of additions to properties and equipment and partially offset by proceeds from the sale/leaseback of a vessel of $13.4 million. Additions to properties and equipment were comprised of approximately $3.6 million in capitalized major repair costs, $31.4 million for the construction of offshore support vessels, $3.7 for the purchase of ROVs, and $1.2 million in other properties and equipment purchases.

Investing activities for the three months ended June 30, 2013 used $282.7 million of cash, which is primarily attributed to $156.4 million of additions to properties and equipment as well as the acquisition of Troms Offshore. Refer to the “Fiscal 2014 First Quarter Business Highlights” section of this report for a discussion of the company’s acquisition of Troms Offshore. Additions to properties and equipment were comprised of approximately $5.5 million in capitalized major repair costs, $150.1 million for the construction and purchase of offshore marine vessels and $0.8 million in other properties and equipment purchases.

 

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Financing Activities

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities for the quarters ended June 30, is as follows:

 

(In thousands)    2014     Change     2013       

Principal payments on debt

   $ (3,959     93,531        (97,490  

Debt borrowings

     ---        (414,262           414,262     

Debt issuance costs

     ---        2,699        (2,699  

Proceeds from exercise of stock options

     994        (681     1,675     

Cash dividends

     (12,520     (84     (12,436  

Excess tax benefit on stock options exercised

     ---        (12     12     

Other

     349        349        ---       

Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities

   $             (15,136           (318,460     303,324       
 

Financing activities for the three months ended June 30, 2014 used $15.1 million of cash, primarily due to the quarterly payment of common stock dividends of $0.25 per common share. During the quarter, approximately $4.0 million was also used to make scheduled payments on Norwegian Kroner denominated borrowings.

Financing activities for the three months ended June 30, 2013 provided $303.3 million of cash, which is primarily the result of $410.0 million of draws from the revolving line of credit which was used to fund acquisitions and payments to shipyards for vessels under construction. Partially offsetting cash provided by the revolving line of credit was $32.5 million used to fund an early pay off of Troms Offshore debt, $65.0 million of repayments on the revolving line of credit as well as $12.4 million used for the quarterly payment of common stock dividends of $0.25 per common share.

Other Liquidity Matters

Vessel Construction. With its commitment to modernizing its fleet through its vessel construction and acquisition program over the past decade, the company has successfully replaced a significant number of the older vessels of its fleet with fewer, larger and more efficient vessels that have a more extensive range of capabilities. These efforts are expected to continue, as the company believes it has an imperative to maintain a modern, efficient vessel fleet. The company expects the fleet renewal and modernization program to continue, and anticipates that it will use some portion of its future operating cash flows and existing borrowing capacity as well as possible new borrowings or lease finance arrangements in order to fund current and future commitments in connection with the program. The company continues to evaluate its fleet renewal program, whether through new construction or acquisitions, relative to other investment opportunities and uses of cash, including the current share repurchase authorization, and in the context of current conditions in the credit and capital markets.

At June 30, 2014, the company had approximately $53.5 million of cash and cash equivalents, of which $41.4 million was held by foreign subsidiaries and is not expected to be repatriated. In addition, $600.0 million of undrawn capacity on the credit facility was available to the company.

Currently the company is experiencing substantial delay with one fast supply boat under construction in Brazil that was originally scheduled to be delivered in September 2009. On April 5, 2011, pursuant to the vessel construction contract, the company sent the subject shipyard a letter initiating arbitration in order to resolve disputes of such matters as the shipyard’s failure to achieve payment milestones, its failure to follow the construction schedule, and its failure to timely deliver the vessel. The company has suspended construction on the vessel and both parties continue to pursue that arbitration. The company has third party credit support in the form of insurance coverage for 90% of the progress payments made on this vessel, or all but approximately $2.4 million of the carrying value of the accumulated costs through June 30, 2014. The company had committed and invested $8.0 million as of June 30, 2014.

The company generally requires shipyards to provide third party credit support in the event that vessels are not completed and delivered in accordance with the terms of the shipbuilding contracts. That third party credit support typically guarantees the return of amounts paid by the company, and generally takes the form of refundment guarantees or standby letters of credit issued by major financial institutions located in the country of the shipyard. While the company seeks to minimize its shipyard credit risk by requiring these instruments, the ultimate return of amounts paid by the company in the event of shipyard default is still subject to the

 

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creditworthiness of the shipyard and the provider of the credit support, as well as the company’s ability to successfully pursue legal action to compel payment of these instruments. When third party credit support is not available or cost effective, the company endeavors to limit its credit risk by requiring cash deposits and through other contract terms with the shipyard and other counterparties.

Merchant Navy Officers Pension Fund. On July 15, 2013, a subsidiary of the company was placed into administration in the United Kingdom. Joint administrators were appointed to administer and distribute the subsidiary’s assets to the subsidiary’s creditors. The vessels owned by the subsidiary had become aged and were no longer economical to operate, which has caused the subsidiary’s main business to decline in recent years. Only one vessel generated revenue as of the date of the administration. As part of the administration, the company agreed to acquire seven vessels from the subsidiary (in exchange for cash) and to waive certain intercompany claims. The purchase price valuation for the vessels, all but one of which were stacked, was based on independent, third party appraisals of the vessels.

The company previously reported that a subsidiary of the company is a participating employer in an industry-wide multi-employer retirement fund in the United Kingdom, known as the Merchant Navy Officers Pension Fund (MNOPF). The subsidiary that participates in the MNOPF is the entity that was placed into administration in the U.K. MNOPF is that subsidiary’s largest creditor, and has claimed as an unsecured creditor in the administration. The Company believed that the administration was in the best interests of the subsidiary and its principal stakeholders, including the MNOPF. The MNOPF indicated that it did not object to the insolvency process and that, aside from asserting its claim in the subsidiary’s administration and based on the company’s representations of the financial status and other relevant aspects of the subsidiary, MNOPF will not pursue the subsidiary in connection with any amounts due or which may become due to the fund.

In December 2013, the administration was converted to a liquidation. That conversion allowed for an interim cash liquidation distribution to be made to MNOPF. The conversion is not expected to have any impact on the company. The liquidation is expected to be completed in calendar 2014. The company believes that the liquidation will resolve the subsidiary’s participation in the MNOPF. The company also believes that the ultimate resolution of this matter will not have a material effect on the consolidated financial statements.

Brazilian Customs. In April 2011, two Brazilian subsidiaries of Tidewater were notified by the Customs Office in Macae, Brazil that they were jointly and severally being assessed fines of 155.0 million Brazilian reais (approximately $70.3 million as of June 30, 2014). The assessment of these fines is for the alleged failure of these subsidiaries to obtain import licenses with respect to 17 Tidewater vessels that provided Brazilian offshore vessel services to Petrobras, the Brazilian national oil company, over a three-year period ending December 2009. After consultation with its Brazilian tax advisors, Tidewater and its Brazilian subsidiaries believe that vessels that provide services under contract to the Brazilian offshore oil and gas industry are deemed, under applicable law and regulations, to be temporarily imported into Brazil, and thus exempt from the import license requirement. The Macae Customs Office has, without a change in the underlying applicable law or regulations, taken the position that the temporary importation exemption is only available to new, and not used, goods imported into Brazil and therefore it was improper for the company to deem its vessels as being temporarily imported. The fines have been assessed based on this new interpretation of Brazilian customs law taken by the Macae Customs Office.

After consultation with its Brazilian tax advisors, the company believes that the assessment is without legal justification and that the Macae Customs Office has misinterpreted applicable Brazilian law on duties and customs. The company is vigorously contesting these fines (which it has neither paid nor accrued) and, based on the advice of its Brazilian counsel, believes that it has a high probability of success with respect to the overturn of the entire amount of the fines, either at the administrative appeal level or, if necessary, in Brazilian courts. In December 2011, an administrative board issued a decision that disallowed 149.0 million Brazilian reais (approximately $67.6 million as of June 30, 2014) of the total fines sought by the Macae Customs Office. In two separate proceedings in 2013, a secondary administrative appeals board considered fines totaling 127.0 million Brazilian reais (approximately $57.6 million as of June 30, 2014) and rendered decisions that disallowed all of those fines. The remaining fines totaling 28.0 million Brazilian reais (approximately $12.7 million as of June 30, 2014) are still subject to a secondary administrative appeals board hearing, but the company believes

 

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that both decisions will be helpful in that upcoming hearing. The secondary board decisions disallowing the fines totaling 127.0 million Brazilian reais are, however, still subject to the possibility of further administrative appeal by the authorities that imposed the initial fines. The company believes that the ultimate resolution of this matter will not have a material effect on the consolidated financial statements.

Potential for Future Brazilian State Tax Assessment. The company is aware that a Brazilian state in which the company operates has notified two of the company’s competitors that they are liable for unpaid taxes (and penalties and interest thereon) for failure to pay state import taxes with respect to vessels that such competitors operate within the coastal waters of such state pursuant to charter agreements. The import tax being asserted is equal to a percentage (which could be as high as 16% for vessels entering that state’s waters prior to December 31, 2010 and 3% thereafter) of the affected vessels’ declared values. The company understands that the two companies involved are contesting the assessment through administrative proceedings before the taxing authority.

The company’s two Brazilian subsidiaries have not been similarly notified by the Brazilian state that they have an import tax liability related to their vessel activities imported through that state. Although the company has been advised by its Brazilian tax counsel that substantial defenses would be available if a similar tax claim were asserted against the company, if an import tax claim were to be asserted, it could be for a substantial amount given that the company has had substantial and continuing operations within the territory of the state (although the amount could fluctuate significantly depending on the administrative determination of the taxing authority as to the rate to apply, the vessels subject to the levy and the time periods covered). In addition, under certain circumstances, the company might be required to post a bond or other adequate security in the amount of the assessment (plus any interest and penalties) if it became necessary to challenge the assessment in a Brazilian court. The statute of limitations for the Brazilian state to levy an assessment of the import tax is five years from the date of a vessel’s entry into Brazil. The company has not yet determined the potential tax assessment, and according to the Brazilian tax counsel, chances of defeating a possible claim/notification from the State authorities in court are probable. To obtain legal certainty and predictability for future charter agreements and because the company has imported several vessels to start new charters in Brazil, the company filed several suits in 2011, 2012 and 2013, against the Brazilian state and has deposited (or, in recent cases, is in the process of depositing) the respective state tax for these newly imported vessels. As of June 30, 2014, no accrual has been recorded for any liability associated with any potential future assessment for previous periods based on management’s assessment, after consultation with Brazilian counsel, that a liability for such taxes was not probable.

Venezuelan Operations. On February 16, 2010, Tidewater and certain of its subsidiaries (collectively, the “Claimants”) filed with the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (“ICSID”) a Request for Arbitration against the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. As previously reported by Tidewater, in May 2009 Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. (“PDVSA”), the national oil company of Venezuela, took possession and control of (a) eleven of the Claimants’ vessels that were then supporting PDVSA operations in Lake Maracaibo, (b) the Claimants’ shore-based headquarters adjacent to Lake Maracaibo, (c) the Claimants’ operations in Lake Maracaibo, and (d) certain other related assets. The company also previously reported that in July 2009 Petrosucre, S.A., a subsidiary of PDVSA, took possession and control of the Claimants’ four vessels, operations, and related assets in the Gulf of Paria. It is Tidewater’s position that, through those measures, the Republic of Venezuela directly or indirectly expropriated the Claimants’ investments, including the capital stock of the Claimants’ principal operating subsidiary in Venezuela.

The Claimants alleged in the Request for Arbitration that each of the measures taken by the Republic of Venezuela against the Claimants violates the Republic of Venezuela’s obligations under the bilateral investment treaty with Barbados and rules and principles of Venezuelan law and international law. An arbitral tribunal was constituted under the ICSID Convention to resolve the dispute. The tribunal first addressed the Republic of Venezuela’s objections to the tribunal’s jurisdiction over the dispute. A hearing on jurisdiction was held in Washington, D.C. on February 29 and March 1, 2012.

 

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On February 8, 2013, the tribunal issued its decision on jurisdiction. The tribunal found that it has jurisdiction over the claims under the Venezuela-Barbados bilateral investment treaty, including the claim for compensation for the expropriation of Tidewater’s principal operating subsidiary, but that it does not have jurisdiction based on Venezuela’s investment law. The practical effect of the tribunal’s decision is to exclude from the case the claims for expropriation of the fifteen vessels described above.

While the tribunal determined that it does not have jurisdiction over the claim for the seizure of the fifteen vessels, Tidewater received during fiscal 2011 insurance proceeds for the insured value of those vessels (less an additional premium payment triggered by those proceeds). Tidewater believes that the claims remaining in the case, over which the tribunal upheld jurisdiction, represent the most substantial portion of the overall value lost as a result of the measures taken by the Republic of Venezuela. Tidewater has discussed the nature of the insurance proceeds received for the fifteen vessels in previous quarterly and annual filings.

The tribunal has concluded the briefing and hearings to determine the merits of the claims over which the tribunal has jurisdiction. The final hearings on the merits were held in Washington, D.C. on June 9 -12, 2014. The merits phase will determine whether the Republic of Venezuela violated the Venezuela-Barbados bilateral investment treaty and will value the property expropriated by Venezuela. At the time of the expropriation, the principal operating subsidiary had sizeable accounts receivable from PDVSA and Petrosucre, denominated in both U.S. Dollars and Venezuelan Bolivars.

The next step is for the tribunal to issue its written determination on the merits. The time frame for issuance of that written determination by the tribunal is uncertain.

Legal Proceedings. On March 1, 2013, Tidewater filed suit in the London Commercial Court against Tidewater’s Nigerian marketing agent for breach of the agent’s obligations under contractual agreements between the parties. The alleged breach involves actions of the Nigerian marketing agent to discourage various affiliates of TOTAL S.A. from paying approximately $19 million (including Naira and U.S. dollar denominated invoices) due to the company for vessel services performed in Nigeria. Shortly after the London Commercial Court filing, TOTAL commenced interpleader proceedings in Nigeria naming the Nigerian agent and the company as respondents and seeking an order which would allow TOTAL to deposit those monies with a Nigerian court for the respondents to resolve. On April 25, 2013, Tidewater filed motions in the Nigerian Federal High Court to stop the interpleader proceedings in Nigeria or alternatively stay them until the resolution of the suit filed in London. The company will continue to actively pursue the collection of those monies. On April 30, 2013, the Nigerian marketing agent filed a separate suit in the Nigerian Federal High Court naming Tidewater and certain TOTAL affiliates as defendants. The suit seeks various declarations and orders, including a claim for the monies that are subject to the above interpleader proceedings, and other relief. The company is seeking dismissal of this suit and otherwise intends to vigorously defend against the claims made. The company has not reserved for this receivable and believes that the ultimate resolution of this matter will not have a material effect on the consolidated financial statements.

In October, 2012, Tidewater had notified the Nigerian marketing agent that it was discontinuing its relationship with the Nigerian marketing agent. The company has entered into a new strategic relationship with a different Nigerian counterparty that it believes will better serve the company’s long term interests in Nigeria. This new strategic relationship is currently functioning as the company intended

On December 21, 2012, one of the company’s anchor handling tugs, the NANA TIDE, sunk in shallow waters off the coast of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The cause of the loss is not known. The vessel was raised and recovered in early February 2014 and is now at a nearby port in the DRC. The NANA TIDE is inoperative and cannot be restored. The company currently intends to tow the vessel to a scrapping facility in a nearby country and to sell the vessel for scrap. The company is presently awaiting permission from DRC authorities to tow the vessel out of the DRC. The incident is being investigated by an ad hoc inter-ministerial commission. We understand that the commission has appointed a maritime environmental expert to evaluate the environmental impacts of the NANA TIDE sinking. We have been advised that the DRC authorities object to the vessel being towed from the DRC pending that investigation. We are currently uncertain as to the nature and timing of that investigation.

 

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In January 2013, the Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Tourism, an agency of the DRC with jurisdiction over environmental affairs, delivered a letter requesting that the company pay $0.25 million to the DRC. The request was made as indemnification for alleged environmental damages to the coastal waters of the DRC related to the sinking of the NANA TIDE. There has been no further environmental impact reported, other than the previously reported sheen, from time to time, in the immediate vicinity of the NANA TIDE prior to the vessel being raised.

By letter dated March 24, 2014 and delivered on April 17, 2014, Tidewater received a fine of approx. $1.2 million from the Ministry of Transport for failing to present appropriate authorization for the salvage operations to the Ministry of Transport. We are presently collecting responsive documents and further investigating this issue. We are also working with our customer to obtain and provide relevant documents under our customer’s control. The company believes that any such fines or assessments will be covered by insurance policies maintained by the company.

On or about June 23, 2014, DRC authorities denied outward clearance for the FONSECA TIDE to leave the DRC. The FONSECA TIDE is an anchor handling supply vessel that was assisting the NANA TIDE after the NANA TIDE had been raised and recovered. We do not understand the reasons and legal basis for the denial and have objected to the refusal to grant the outward clearance.

Various legal proceedings and claims are outstanding which arose in the ordinary course of business. In the opinion of management, the amount of ultimate liability, if any, with respect to these actions, will not have a material adverse effect on the company’s financial position, results of operations, or cash flows.

Contractual Obligations and Other Commercial Commitments

A discussion regarding the company’s vessel construction commitments is disclosed in the “Vessel Count, Dispositions, Acquisitions and Construction Programs” section above. The company did not have any other material changes in its contractual obligations and commercial commitments other than in the ordinary course of business since the end of fiscal 2014 except as noted below. The following table summarizes the changes to the company’s consolidated contractual obligations as of June 30, 2014 for the remaining months of fiscal 2015, and the next four fiscal years and thereafter, and the effect such obligations, inclusive of interest costs, are expected to have on the company’s liquidity and cash flows in future periods:

                                                                              
(In thousands)        </