Patterson-UTI Energy Inc.

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Patterson-UTI Energy Reports Financial Results for Three and Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2012

HOUSTON, Feb. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- PATTERSON-UTI ENERGY, INC. (NASDAQ: PTEN) today reported financial results for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2012.  The Company reported net income of $58.9 million, or $0.40 per share, for the fourth quarter of 2012, compared to net income of $87.6 million, or $0.56 per share, for the quarter ended December 31, 2011.  Revenues for the fourth quarter of 2012 were $653 million, compared to $725 million for the fourth quarter of 2011.

The Company reported net income of $299 million, or $1.96 per share, for the twelve months ended December 31, 2012, compared to net income of $322 million, or $2.06 per share, for the twelve months ended December 31, 2011.  Revenues for the twelve months ended December 31, 2012 were $2.7 billion, compared to $2.6 billion for 2011.

During the quarter, the Company repurchased approximately 3.4 million shares for approximately $60 million.  In total, the Company repurchased approximately 10.7 million shares for $170 million during 2012, which reduced the outstanding shares by approximately 7%. 

Andy Hendricks, Patterson-UTI's Chief Executive Officer, stated, "We are pleased with our results for the fourth quarter in contract drilling, and especially pleased with our results in pressure pumping.

"Our average number of rigs operating during the fourth quarter was 198 in the United States, which was better than expected, and 7 rigs in Canada.  This compares to 211 in the United States and 5 rigs in Canada during the third quarter."

Mr. Hendricks added, "Average revenue and direct operating cost per day increased slightly in the fourth quarter, with an overall effect of average margin per day declining by only $90 to $9,020.  Both average revenue and margin per day were also better than expected.

"Our average U.S. rig count during the fourth quarter included 12 rigs that received standby rates compared to 10 during the third quarter.  The Company did not receive any lump-sum early termination payments in the fourth quarter. 

"As of December 31, 2012, we had term contracts for drilling rigs providing for approximately $1.24 billion of dayrate drilling revenue.  Based on contracts currently in place with an initial duration of at least six months, we expect to have an average of 97 rigs operating under term contracts during 2013, including an average of approximately 123 rigs in the first quarter. 

"We completed 6 new APEX® rigs during the fourth quarter, bringing our total to 22 new APEX® rigs completed in 2012.  The capital budget for 2013 provides for the construction of 13 new APEX® rigs, of which 8 are rigs deferred from 2012.  We demonstrated the flexibility of our APEX® rig manufacturing program during 2012 by deferring rigs as demand softened.  This allows us to keep components in inventory and scale our efforts based upon newbuild rig demand in 2013. 

"Far better than expected, our pressure pumping business achieved a 16% sequential improvement in revenues during the fourth quarter to $212 million.  As a result, EBITDA increased 25% to $60.9 million for the fourth quarter.  Despite market conditions that became more challenging throughout the year, our pressure pumping business EBITDA decreased by only 9% from the prior year and generated EBITDA of $244 million during 2012. 

"Our hydraulic fracturing activity increased during the fourth quarter as customers performed well completions that had been delayed in previous quarters.  Additionally, a greater amount of 24-hour work and more work on multi-well pads combined to positively impact our efficiency.  Existing customers, who increased their levels of hydraulic fracturing activity during the quarter, awarded us additional work that is requiring the commissioning of new equipment for which activation had previously been deferred.  We also purchased an extra 13,500 horsepower during the fourth quarter to support this increased activity.  By the end of the first quarter, we expect to have activated all of the horsepower in our fleet," he concluded.

Mark S. Siegel, Chairman of Patterson-UTI, stated, "Our significantly better than expected fourth quarter financial performance capped a year of significant achievement for Patterson-UTI.  Our strong results in 2012, and especially in the fourth quarter, again proved the value of our customer-centric approach, with its dedication to safety and efficiency.   

"In contract drilling, we efficiently moved rigs in 2012 from natural gas directed drilling to oil and liquids-rich drilling, and we scaled our APEX® rig newbuild program to meet the changing market environment by adding 22 new APEX® rigs to our fleet.  APEX® rigs continue to be an industry leader in both drilling and move-time efficiency.  We continue to see strong demand for our multi-directional, walking rigs for pad drilling, a technology we introduced in 2006 and an area in which we have demonstrated multi-year industry leadership.     

"In pressure pumping – with our strong customer alignment and sharp focus on well-site execution, we were able to earn incremental business from our customers and achieve strong margins relative to our peers despite challenging market conditions.  In the fourth quarter, the increases in utilization and efficiency enabled us to demonstrate some of the continued upside potential that we see in our pressure pumping business.

"Our 2012 operational achievements were complemented by financial achievements, which included the sale of our flowback operations, the issuance of $300 million of aggregate principal amount 4.27% fixed rate 10-year senior unsecured notes, and the refinancing of our credit agreement, which includes a 5-year, $500 million revolving line of credit and a $100 million term loan. 

"Our financial strength allowed us to return more than $200 million to shareholders through share repurchases and dividends during 2012.  Even after returning more than $200 million to shareholders and investing almost $1 billion in capital expenditures, we ended 2012 in a strong financial position.  At the end of the year we had almost $571 million of liquidity, including $111 million of cash and $460 million of availability under our revolving line of credit.  Furthermore, as of the end of 2012, our net debt to total capitalization remained low at 18%.

"As we progress into 2013, we continue to be well-positioned.  We will remain disciplined with our capital, as we consider opportunities to maximize shareholder returns through company growth and return of capital.  None of our achievements in 2012 would be possible without the dedicated hard work of the men and women of our company; we salute and thank them," he concluded. 

The Company declared a quarterly cash dividend on its common stock of $0.05 per share, to be paid on March 29, 2013 to holders of record as of March 15, 2013.

The financial results for the twelve months ended December 31, 2012 include pretax charges of $13.5 million ($8.4 million after-tax) from the retirement of drilling rigs and pressure pumping equipment, as well as the refinancing of the Company's revolving credit facility.  The financial results for the twelve month period ended December 31, 2012 also include a pretax gain on the sale of assets of $27.2 million ($17.2 million after-tax) related to the sale of the Company's flowback operations and the auction sale of certain excess drilling assets.  The financial results for the twelve months ended December 31, 2011 include pretax impairment charges of $15.7 million ($10.0 million after-tax) from the retirement of drilling rigs during 2011, including $11.3 million ($7.1 million after-tax) for the fourth quarter.

All references to "net income per share" in this press release are diluted earnings per common share as defined within Accounting Standards Codification Topic 260.

The Company's quarterly conference call to discuss the operating results for the quarter ended December 31, 2012 is scheduled for February 7, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. Central Time. The dial-in information for participants is 866-362-4666 (Domestic) and 617-597-5313 (International).  The Passcode for both numbers is 48970041.  The call is also being webcast and can be accessed through the Investor Relations section at www.patenergy.com.  Webcast participants should log on 10-15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time.  Replay of the conference call will be available at www.patenergy.com through February 21, 2013 and at 888-286-8010 (Domestic) and 617-801-6888 (International) through February 12, 2013. The Passcode for both telephone numbers is 43844178.

About Patterson-UTI

Patterson-UTI Energy, Inc. subsidiaries provide onshore contract drilling and pressure pumping services to exploration and production companies in North America.  Patterson-UTI Drilling Company LLC and its subsidiaries have more than 300 marketable land-based drilling rigs and operates primarily in oil and natural gas producing regions in the continental United States, Alaska, and western and northern Canada.  Universal Pressure Pumping, Inc. and Universal Well Services, Inc. provide pressure pumping services primarily in Texas and the Appalachian region.

Location information about the Company's drilling rigs and their individual inventories is available through the Company's website at www.patenergy.com.

Statements made in this press release which state the Company's or management's intentions, beliefs, expectations or predictions for the future are forward-looking statements. It is important to note that actual results could differ materially from those discussed in such forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include, but are not limited to, deterioration of global economic conditions, declines in customer spending and in oil and natural gas prices that could adversely affect demand for the Company's services, and their associated effect on rates, utilization, margins and planned capital expenditures, excess availability of land drilling rigs and pressure pumping equipment, including as a result of  reactivation or construction, adverse industry conditions, adverse credit and equity market conditions, difficulty in integrating acquisitions, shortages of labor, equipment, supplies  and materials, supplier issues, weather, loss of key customers, liabilities from operations, changes in technology and efficiencies, governmental regulation and ability to retain management and field personnel. Additional information concerning factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements is contained from time to time in the Company's SEC filings, which may be obtained by contacting the Company or the SEC. These filings are also available through the Company's web site at http://www.patenergy.com or through the SEC's Electronic Data Gathering and Analysis Retrieval System (EDGAR) at http://www.sec.gov. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement.

 

 

PATTERSON-UTI ENERGY, INC.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income (Unaudited)

(in thousands, except per share amounts)





      Three Months Ended

December 31,

     Twelve Months Ended

December 31,


2012

2011

2012

2011






REVENUES

$     652,750

$     724,647

$  2,723,414

$  2,565,943






COSTS AND EXPENSES





Direct operating costs (excluding depreciation, depletion, amortization  and impairment)

404,697

438,496

1,667,672

1,543,791

Depreciation, depletion, amortization  and impairment

132,791

127,602

526,614

437,279

Selling, general and administrative

16,664

15,590

64,473

64,271

Net gain on asset disposals

(1,111)

(941)

(33,806)

(4,999)

Provision for bad debts

(500)

1,100

Total costs and expenses

552,541

580,747

2,226,053

2,040,342






OPERATING INCOME

100,209

143,900

497,361

525,601






OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE)





Interest income

172

52

554

187

Interest expense

(5,910)

(4,414)

(22,750)

(15,652)

Other

(27)

10

508

582

Total other expense

(5,765)

(4,352)

(21,688)

(14,883)






INCOME FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS BEFORE INCOME TAXES

94,444

139,548

475,673

510,718

INCOME TAX EXPENSE

35,585

51,953

176,196

187,938

INCOME FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS

58,859

87,595

299,477

322,780






LOSS FROM DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS, NET OF INCOME TAXES

(367)

NET INCOME

$       58,859

$       87,595

$     299,477

$     322,413






BASIC INCOME (LOSS) PER COMMON SHARE:





INCOME FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS

$          0.40

$          0.56

$          1.96

$          2.08

LOSS FROM DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS, NET OF INCOME TAXES

$          0.00

$          0.00

$          0.00

$          0.00

NET INCOME

$          0.40

$          0.56

$          1.96

$          2.08






DILUTED INCOME (LOSS) PER COMMON SHARE:





INCOME FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS

$          0.40

$          0.56

$          1.96

$          2.06

LOSS FROM DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS, NET OF INCOME TAXES

$          0.00

$          0.00

$          0.00

$          0.00

NET INCOME

$          0.40

$          0.56

$          1.96

$          2.06






WEIGHTED AVERAGE NUMBER OF COMMON SHARES OUTSTANDING:





Basic

146,895

154,493

151,144

153,871

Diluted

147,515

155,268

151,699

155,304






CASH DIVIDENDS PER COMMON SHARE

$          0.05

$          0.05

$          0.20

$          0.20

 

 

 

PATTERSON-UTI ENERGY, INC.

Additional Financial and Operating Data (Unaudited)

(dollars in thousands)





      Three Months Ended

December 31, 

    Year Ended

December 31,


2012

2011

2012

2011






Contract Drilling:





Revenues

$     425,247

$     468,917

$  1,821,713

$  1,669,581

Direct operating costs (excluding depreciation and impairment)

$     254,580

$     270,907

$  1,075,491

$     972,778

Selling, general and administrative

$         1,685

$         1,575

$          6,513

$          6,408

Depreciation and impairment

$       99,863

$     101,714

$     390,316

$     344,312

Operating income

$       69,119

$       94,721

$     349,393

$     346,083






Operating days – United States

18,247

20,250

78,420

74,868

Operating days – Canada

683

1,086

2,413

3,890

Total operating days

18,930

21,336

80,833

78,758






Average revenue per operating day – United States

$         21.99

$         21.56

$        22.22

$         20.88

Average direct operating costs per operating day – United States

$         13.11

$         12.34

$        13.03

$         12.05

Average rigs operating – United States

198

220

214

205






Average revenue per operating day – Canada

$         35.03

$         29.83

$        32.92

$         27.38

Average direct operating costs per operating day – Canada

$         22.58

$         19.36

$        22.29

$         18.22

Average rigs operating – Canada

7

12

7

11






Average revenue per operating day – Total

$        22.46

$         21.98

$        22.54

$         21.20

Average direct operating costs per operating day – Total

$        13.45

$         12.70

$        13.31

$         12.35

Average rigs operating – Total

206

232

221

216






Capital expenditures

$     179,597

$     228,423

$     744,949

$     784,686






Pressure Pumping:





Revenues

$     211,913

$     240,849

$     841,771

$     845,803

Direct operating costs (excl deprec,  amort & impairment)

$     146,831

$     164,380

$     580,878

$     561,398

Selling, general and administrative

$         4,226

$         4,436

$       17,036

$       17,686

Depreciation, amortization and impairment

$       26,703

$       20,737

$     111,062

$       73,279

Operating income

$       34,153

$       51,296

$     132,795

$     193,440






Fracturing jobs

277

381

1,229

1,531

Other jobs

1,198

1,939

5,659

7,010

Total jobs

1,475

2,320

6,888

8,541






Average revenue per fracturing job

$      675.44

$       535.94

$      590.70

$       467.85

Average revenue per other job

$        20.71

$         18.91

$        20.46

$         18.48






Total average revenue per job

$      143.67

$       103.81

$      122.21

$         99.03

Total average costs per job

$        99.55

$         70.85

$        84.33

$         65.73






Capital expenditures

$       41,585

$       62,619

$     194,117

$     198,061






Oil and Natural Gas Production and Exploration:





Revenues – Oil

$       14,456

$       13,327

$       55,335

$       44,495

Revenues – Natural gas and liquids

$         1,134

$         1,554

$         4,595

$         6,064

Revenues – Total

$       15,590

$       14,881

$       59,930

$       50,559

Direct operating costs (excluding depletion and impairment)

$         3,286

$         3,209

$       11,303

$         9,615

Depletion

$         5,019

$         4,259

$       19,551

$       13,986

Impairment of oil and natural gas properties

$            252

$            132

$         1,866

$         2,976

Operating income

$         7,033

$         7,281

$       27,210

$       23,982

Capital expenditures

$         7,264

$         7,671

$       29,888

$       22,884






Corporate and Other:





Selling, general and administrative

$       10,753

$         9,579

$       40,924

$       40,177

Depreciation

$            954

$            760

$         3,819

$         2,726

Net gain on asset disposals

$        (1,111)

$           (941)

$      (33,806)

$        (4,999)

Provision for bad debts

$           (500)

$               —

$         1,100

$               —

Capital expenditures

$         1,194

$         1,429

$         5,034

$         5,947






Total capital expenditures

$     229,640

$     300,142

$     973,988

$  1,011,578









December 31,

December 31,

Selected Balance Sheet Data (Unaudited):



2012

2011

Cash and cash equivalents



$        110,723

$          23,946

Current assets



$        699,991

$        764,950

Current liabilities



$        359,863

$        418,712

Working capital



$        340,128

$        346,238

Current portion of long-term debt



$            6,250

$          10,000

Borrowings outstanding under revolving credit facility



$                   —

$        110,000

Other long-term debt



$        692,500

$        382,500

 

 

 

PATTERSON-UTI ENERGY, INC.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures (Unaudited)

(dollars in thousands)





        Three Months Ended

December 31,

 Year Ended

December 31,


2012

2011

2012

2011






Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (EBITDA)(1):





Net income

$       58,859

$       87,595

$     299,477

$     322,413

Income tax expense

35,585

51,953

176,196

187,938

Net interest expense

5,738

4,362

22,196

15,465

Depreciation, depletion, amortization and impairment

132,791

127,602

526,614

437,279

Results of discontinued operations:





Income tax benefit

(209)

EBITDA

$     232,973

$     271,512

$  1,024,483

$     962,886






Total revenue

$     652,750

$     724,647

$  2,723,414

$  2,565,943






EBITDA margin

35.7%

37.5%

37.6%

37.5%






EBITDA by operating segment:





Contract drilling

$     168,982

$     196,435

$     739,709

$     690,395

Pressure pumping

60,856

72,033

243,857

266,719

Oil and natural gas

12,304

11,672

48,627

40,944

Corporate and other

(9,169)

(8,628)

(7,710)

(35,172)

Consolidated EBITDA

$     232,973

$     271,512

$  1,024,483

$     962,886






 

(1)  EBITDA is not defined by generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP").  We present EBITDA (a non-GAAP measure) because we believe it provides additional information with respect to both the performance of our fundamental business activities and our ability to meet our capital expenditures and working capital requirements.  EBITDA should not be construed as an alternative to the GAAP measures of net income or operating cash flow.

SOURCE PATTERSON-UTI ENERGY, INC.

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