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Patterson-UTI Energy Reports Financial Results for Three and Nine Months Ended September 30, 2012

Repurchased 2.4 Million Shares in Third Quarter

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HOUSTON, Oct. 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- PATTERSON-UTI ENERGY, INC. (NASDAQ: PTEN) today reported financial results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012.  The Company reported net income of $50.8 million, or $0.33 per share, for the third quarter of 2012, compared to net income of $81.9 million, or $0.53 per share, for the quarter ended September 30, 2011.  Revenues for the third quarter of 2012 were $644 million, compared to $674 million for the third quarter of 2011.

The Company reported net income of $241 million, or $1.56 per share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2012, compared to net income of $235 million, or $1.50 per share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2011.  Revenues for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 were $2.1 billion, compared to $1.8 billion for the same nine month period in 2011.

The financial results for the three months ended September 30, 2012 include certain items that reduced net income per share by $0.06. These items include pretax impairment charges of $12.5 million ($7.8 million after-tax) from the retirement of 36 drilling rigs and approximately 37,000 horsepower of pressure pumping equipment, as well as pretax interest expense charges of $978,000 ($605,000 after-tax) from the refinancing of our revolving credit facility. Components from the retired drilling rigs are now available as spare parts to support other rigs in the fleet.  The financial results for the nine month period ended September 30, 2012 reflect a net gain of $0.06 per share from asset sales 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 in the second quarter, partially offset by the third quarter charges described above. 

During the quarter, the Company repurchased approximately 2.4 million shares for approximately $39 million, and has approximately $111 million remaining under its share repurchase authorization.  During the nine months ended September 30, 2012, the Company repurchased a total of 7.1 million shares, or approximately 5% of the outstanding shares, for $109 million

Andy Hendricks, Patterson-UTI's Chief Executive Officer, stated, "Our drilling activity during the third quarter was impacted by the overall softness in U.S. rig demand, and by the slower than expected seasonal recovery in Canada.  Our average number of rigs operating during the third quarter was 216, including 211 in the United States and 5 rigs in Canada.  This compares to an average of 224 rigs operating in the second quarter of 2012, including 224 in the United States and less than 1 rig in Canada."

Mr. Hendricks added, "Average revenue per operating day for the third quarter of 2012 decreased by $120 to $22,450, from $22,570 for the second quarter of 2012.  Average direct operating cost per operating day for the third quarter of 2012 was $13,340 compared to $13,370 for the second quarter of 2012.  As a result, average margin per operating day for the third quarter of 2012 was $9,110 compared to $9,200 for the second quarter.

"Our average rig count in the third quarter included approximately 10 rigs that were earning standby rates under term contracts. In the third quarter, the Company received no lump-sum early termination payments.

"As of September 30, 2012, we had term contracts providing for approximately $1.3 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 132 rigs operating under term contracts during the fourth quarter of 2012 and an average of approximately 79 rigs for 2013. 

"We completed 7 new APEX™ rigs during the third quarter, bringing our year-to-date total to 16 new APEX™ rigs.  We expect to complete 7 additional rigs in the fourth quarter, bringing the total for 2012 to 23 new APEX™ rigs, with 21 of these rigs already having contracts in place.  We have now deferred one additional rig into 2013 leaving us with at least 7 new APEX™ rigs to be completed in 2013.

"The pressure pumping market continues to be oversupplied, and some customers reduced activity as they slowed spending.  During the third quarter of 2012, our pressure pumping revenues decreased 12% sequentially to $182 million.  The pressure pumping segment generated third quarter EBITDA of $48.6 million and $183 million through the first three quarters of 2012.  

"Taking into account the total pressure pumping horsepower that was retired in the third quarter and total horsepower that was ordered in mid-2011 and will have been received by year-end, our total fleet will be approximately 750,000 horsepower at the end of 2012," he concluded.

Mark S. Siegel, Chairman of Patterson-UTI, stated, "Our performance in a challenging market environment underscores the tremendous transformation of our Company.  We achieved greater than 95% utilization of our APEX™ rig fleet during the third quarter, and our drilling segment contributed $179 million of EBITDA out of $232 million of total EBITDA.

"We remain confident in the demand for our advanced technology rigs and the returns to be achieved from building these rigs.  Going forward, we will continue to balance further APEX™ newbuilds with share repurchases, dividends and acquisitions in order to seek the best long-term returns for our shareholders.  We expect that our strong financial position and balance sheet will continue to afford us the opportunity to both add new equipment and to return capital to our shareholders. 

"Since the beginning of 2006, we have built 107 new APEX™ rigs and added 700,000 pressure pumping horsepower to our fleet, all while returning more than $1 billion of capital to shareholders through dividends and repurchases.  Moreover, in 2012, we have repurchased approximately $109 million of the Company's stock, and we have approximately $111 million remaining under our share repurchase authorization," he concluded.

The Company declared a quarterly cash dividend on its common stock of $0.05 per share, to be paid on December 28, 2012 to holders of record as of December 14, 2012.

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 September 30, 2012 is scheduled for October 25, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. Central Time. The dial-in information for participants is 800-510-9661 (Domestic) and 617-614-3452 (International). The Passcode for both numbers is 20192581. 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 November 8, 2012 and at 888-286-8010 (Domestic) and 617-801-6888 (International) through October 29, 2012. The Passcode for both telephone numbers is 43036538.

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 has more than 300 marketable land-based drilling rigs and operates primarily in oil and natural gas producing regions of Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Michigan, Alaska and western Canada. Universal Pressure Pumping, Inc. and Universal Well Services, Inc. provide pressure pumping services primarily in Texas and the Appalachian region.

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, 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



Nine Months Ended




September 30, 2012



September 30, 2011



September 30, 2012



September 30, 2011























REVENUES

$

643,631


$

673,828


$

2,070,664


$

1,841,296














COSTS AND EXPENSES













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


397,385



416,301



1,262,975



1,105,295


Depreciation, depletion, amortization and impairment


142,393



110,713



393,823



309,677


Selling, general and administrative


17,222



15,957



47,809



48,681


Net gain on asset disposals


(1,963)



(1,437)



(32,695)



(4,058)


Provision for bad debts


-



-



1,600



-


     Total costs and expenses


555,037



541,534



1,673,512



1,459,595














OPERATING INCOME


88,594



132,294



397,152



381,701














OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE)













Interest income


149



47



382



135


Interest expense


(7,207)



(3,835)



(16,840)



(11,238)


Other 


624



375



535



572


     Total other expense


(6,434)



(3,413)



(15,923)



(10,531)



























INCOME FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS BEFORE INCOME TAXES


82,160



128,881



381,229



371,170

INCOME TAX EXPENSE


31,354



46,953



140,611



135,985

INCOME FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS


50,806



81,928



240,618



235,185














LOSS FROM DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS, NET OF

INCOME TAXES


-



-



-



(367)

NET INCOME

$

50,806


$

81,928


$

240,618


$

234,818














BASIC INCOME (LOSS) PER COMMON SHARE:













INCOME FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS

$

0.34


$

0.53


$

1.56


$

1.52


LOSS FROM DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS, NET OF INCOME TAXES

$

0.00


$

0.00


$

0.00


$

0.00


NET INCOME

$

0.34


$

0.53


$

1.56


$

1.52














DILUTED INCOME (LOSS) PER COMMON SHARE:













INCOME FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS

$

0.33


$

0.53


$

1.56


$

1.50


LOSS FROM DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS, NET OF INCOME TAXES

$

0.00


$

0.00


$

0.00


$

0.00


NET INCOME

$

0.33


$

0.53


$

1.56


$

1.50














WEIGHTED AVERAGE NUMBER OF COMMON SHARES OUTSTANDING:













Basic


149,846



152,617



152,570



153,661


Diluted


150,522



154,120



153,066



155,369














CASH DIVIDENDS PER COMMON SHARE

$

0.05


$

0.05


$

0.15


$

0.15














    

PATTERSON-UTI ENERGY, INC.

Additional Financial and Operating Data (Unaudited)

(dollars in thousands)


















Three Months Ended



Nine Months Ended





September 30, 2012



September 30, 2011



September 30, 2012



September 30, 2011


























Contract Drilling:














Revenues

$

446,735


$

436,827


$

1,396,466


$

1,200,664



Direct operating costs (excluding depreciation)

$

265,542


$

264,418


$

820,911


$

701,871



Selling, general and administrative

$

2,206


$

2,240


$

4,828


$

4,833



Depreciation and impairment

$

101,020


$

84,461


$

290,453


$

242,598



Operating income

$

77,967


$

85,708


$

280,274


$

251,362

















Operating days - United States


19,395



19,217



60,173



54,618



Operating days - Canada


506



1,153



1,730



2,804



Total operating days


19,901



20,370



61,903



57,422

















Average revenue per operating day - United States

$

22.16


$

21.19


$

22.29


$

20.63



Average direct operating costs per operating day - United States

$

13.12


$

12.74


$

13.01


$

11.94



Average rigs operating - United States


211



209



220



200

















Average revenue per operating day - Canada

$

33.32


$

25.69


$

32.08


$

26.42



Average direct operating costs per operating day - Canada

$

22.03


$

17.05


$

22.17


$

17.78



Average rigs operating - Canada


5



12



6



10

















Average revenue per operating day - Total

$

22.45


$

21.44


$

22.56


$

20.91



Average direct operating costs per operating day - Total

$

13.34


$

12.98


$

13.26


$

12.22



Average rigs operating - Total


216



221



226



210

















Capital expenditures

$

183,060


$

224,288


$

565,352


$

556,263
















Pressure Pumping:














Revenues

$

181,963


$

225,164


$

629,858


$

604,954



Direct operating costs (excluding depreciation and amortization)

$

129,139


$

149,577


$

434,047


$

397,018



Selling, general and administrative

$

4,191


$

4,455


$

12,810


$

13,250



Depreciation and amortization

$

33,624


$

20,706


$

84,359


$

52,542



Operating income

$

15,009


$

50,426


$

98,642


$

142,144

















Fracturing jobs


296



416



952



1,150



Other jobs


1,377



1,990



4,461



5,071



Total jobs


1,673



2,406



5,413



6,221

















Average revenue per fracturing job

$

525.13


$

453.78


$

566.04


$

445.29



Average revenue per other job

$

19.26


$

18.29


$

20.40


$

18.31

















Total average revenue per job

$

108.76


$

93.58


$

116.36


$

97.24



Total average costs per job

$

77.19


$

62.17


$

80.19


$

63.82

















Capital expenditures

$

40,433


$

52,826


$

152,532


$

135,442
















Oil and Natural Gas Production and Exploration:














Revenues - Oil

$

13,557


$

10,081


$

40,879


$

31,168



Revenues - Natural gas and liquids

$

1,376


$

1,756


$

3,461


$

4,510



Revenues - Total

$

14,933


$

11,837


$

44,340


$

35,678



Direct operating costs (excluding depletion and impairment)

$

2,704


$

2,306


$

8,017


$

6,406



Depletion

$

5,564


$

3,359


$

14,532


$

9,727



Impairment of oil and natural gas properties

$

1,230


$

1,418


$

1,614


$

2,844



Operating income

$

5,435


$

4,754


$

20,177


$

16,701



Capital expenditures

$

7,320


$

5,467


$

22,624


$

15,213
















Corporate and Other:














Selling, general and administrative

$

10,825


$

9,262


$

30,171


$

30,598



Depreciation

$

955


$

769


$

2,865


$

1,966



Net gain on asset disposals

$

(1,963)


$

(1,437)


$

(32,695)


$

(4,058)



Provision for bad debts

$

-


$

-


$

1,600


$

-



Capital expenditures

$

1,470


$

1,237


$

3,840


$

4,518
















Total capital expenditures

$

232,283


$

283,818


$

744,348


$

711,436





















































September 30, 2012



December 31, 2011














Selected Balance Sheet Data (Unaudited):














Cash and cash equivalents







$

83,473


$

23,946



Current assets







$

695,235


$

764,950



Current liabilities







$

372,195


$

418,712



Working capital







$

323,040


$

346,238



Current portion of long-term debt







$

-


$

10,000



Borrowings outstanding under revolving credit facility







$

-


$

110,000



Other long-term debt







$

600,000


$

382,500
















 

PATTERSON-UTI ENERGY, INC.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures (Unaudited)

(dollars in thousands)


















Three Months Ended



Nine Months Ended





September 30, 2012



September 30, 2011



September 30, 2012



September 30, 2011


























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














Net income

$

50,806


$

81,928


$

240,618


$

234,818



Income tax expense


31,354



46,953



140,611



135,985



Net interest expense


7,058



3,788



16,458



11,103



Depreciation, depletion, amortization and impairment


142,393



110,713



393,823



309,677



Results of discontinued operations:














  Income tax benefit


-



-



-



(209)



EBITDA

$

231,611


$

243,382


$

791,510


$

691,374
















Total revenue

$

643,631


$

673,828


$

2,070,664


$

1,841,296
















EBITDA margin


36.0%



36.1%



38.2%



37.5%
















EBITDA by operating segment:














Contract drilling

$

178,987


$

170,169


$

570,727


$

493,960



Pressure pumping


48,633



71,132



183,001



194,686



Oil and natural gas


12,229



9,531



36,323



29,272



Corporate and other


(8,238)



(7,450)



1,459



(26,544)



Consolidated EBITDA

$

231,611


$

243,382


$

791,510


$

691,374

















(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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