Patterson-UTI reports Q1 EPS (14c), consensus (21c)
Reports Q1 revenue $704M, consensus $694.06M. Andy Hendricks, Patterson-UTI's CEO, stated, "Drilling and completion activity slowed during the first quarter as E&P companies reacted to the sharp drop in oil prices at the end of 2018. In contract drilling, our rig count averaged 175 rigs during the first quarter, compared to an average of 183 during the fourth quarter. While oil prices strengthened and operator cash flow expectations have improved, operators have remained fiscally conservative and demand levels remain subdued. For the second quarter, we expect our rig count to average approximately 160 rigs. Hendricks added, "During the first quarter, average rig revenue per day increased $620 to $23,590, more than offsetting a $310 increase in average rig operating costs per day to $13,880. Accordingly, the average rig margin per day increased $310 to $9,700. As of March 31, 2019, we had term contracts for drilling rigs providing for approximately $650 million of future dayrate drilling revenue. Based on contracts currently in place, we expect an average of 104 rigs operating under term contracts during the second quarter, and an average of 59 rigs operating under term contracts during the 12 months ending March 31, 2020. In pressure pumping, as expected, completion activity slowed in the first quarter. We ended the first quarter with 16 active spreads compared to 20 at the end of the fourth quarter. As we remain focused on reducing costs and improving cash flow, we took the proactive step of removing spreads from the market until we can redeploy them at attractive economics. With the sequential decrease in activity, pressure pumping revenues for the first quarter declined to $248 million. Gross margin of $44.9 million for the first quarter exceeded our expectation, as we were able to improve internal efficiencies during the quarter. While we have reduced our spread count, we expect our second quarter activity to be similar to the first quarter. In directional drilling, gross margin improved to $7.4 million in the first quarter from $6.7 million in the fourth quarter, as we reduced expenses for repairs and maintenance and third-party rentals. Revenues for the first quarter were $53.0 million compared to $56.4 million for the fourth quarter."