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Precision Drilling Corporation Announces 2018 Fourth Quarter and Year End Unaudited Financial Results


CALGARY, Alberta, Feb. 14, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — (Canadian dollars except as indicated)

This news release contains “forward-looking information and statements” within the meaning of applicable securities laws. For a full disclosure of the forward-looking information and statements and the risks to which they are subject, see the “Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Information and Statements” later in this news release. This news release contains references to Adjusted EBITDA, Covenant EBITDA, Operating Earnings (Loss), Funds Provided by (Used in) Operations and Working Capital. These terms do not have standardized meanings prescribed under International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and may not be comparable to similar measures used by other companies, see “Non-GAAP Measures” later in this news release.

Precision Drilling announces 2018 fourth quarter financial results:

  • Revenue of $427 million was an increase of 23% over the prior year comparative quarter.
  • Net loss of $198 million ($0.68 per share) compares to a net loss of $47 million ($0.16 per share) in the fourth quarter of 2017. During the quarter we incurred goodwill impairment charges totaling $208 million that, after-tax, reduced net earnings by $199 million and net earnings per diluted share by $0.68. Excluding the impact of the goodwill impairment net earnings would have been $1 million ($0.00 per share).
  • Earnings before income taxes, loss or gain on redemption and repurchase of unsecured senior notes, finance charges, foreign exchange, impairment of goodwill, impairment of property, plant and equipment and depreciation and amortization (adjusted EBITDA see “NON-GAAP MEASURES”) of $134 million was 48% higher than the fourth quarter of 2017. During the quarter we realized a transaction recovery, net of costs, of $14 million.
  • Funds provided by operations (see “NON-GAAP MEASURES”) of $93 million versus $28 million in the prior year comparative quarter.
  • During the fourth quarter we reduced the principal amount of our outstanding debt by US$74 million through redemptions and repurchases for a gain of $7 million. Fourth quarter ending cash balance was $97 million, up $32 million from the December 31, 2017 balance of $65 million.
  • Fourth quarter capital expenditures were $30 million.
  • As at December 31, 2018 we have classified 22 North American drilling rigs (18 in Canada and four in the U.S.) as assets held for sale and reported these assets at their carrying value of $20 million.

Precision’s President and CEO Kevin Neveu stated: “Precision executed on its 2018 business plan and delivered operating and financial results far exceeding our expectations. This execution was clear in all key financial and operating metrics; delivering strong rig and crew operating and safety performance, diligent variable and fixed cost control, growth in U.S. market share and forging the path to commercializing our technology initiatives, all while strictly controlling our capital spending. Precision’s execution in 2018 resulted in better than expected cash flow, allowing us to accelerate our debt repayment plan well beyond our stated target range for the year, retiring $174 million of debt in 2018.”

“In the fourth quarter, strong demand for our Super Series rigs and firm pricing in the U.S. combined with aggressive cost management in our Canadian businesses drove better than expected financial results. We enter 2019 with liquidity of over $800 million and remain firmly committed to our deleveraging plan, recently increasing our longer-term debt reduction target range by $100 million to $400 million to $600 million by the end of 2021.”

“While customer sentiment has recently improved with firming WTI pricing, the extreme volatility and widened Canadian differentials experienced during the fourth quarter weighed heavily on our customers’ planning as we entered 2019. We see the effects sharply in Canada as winter drilling activity is trending down 30% from last winter. In Canada, currently we have 58 rigs operating and do not expect activity to strengthen until the second half of the year as oil inventories decline and takeaway capacity improves. Canadian differentials have narrowed substantially following the Government of Alberta’s mandatory production curtailment program driving improved cash flows for many of our customers and potentially strengthening the outlook for later in the year. Despite near-term softness, our Canadian business is well positioned to generate strong cash flow through leveraging our scale with unmatched rig fleet quality and Precision’s High Performance operations.”

“In the U.S. we have 81 rigs operating, 16 more than this time last year representing 25% year-over-year growth. While our U.S. activity is steady, our customers are still cautiously assessing 2019 spending plans. Precision has signed eight term contracts year-to-date, in addition to 11 in the fourth quarter of 2018, indicative of continued strength in high spec rig demand. Over the last year we have increased our AC Super Triple 1500 rig fleet in the U.S. by five, including two rigs redeployed from Canada and three new builds largely assembled from spare components and vendor credits. Additionally, we completed 31 rig upgrades including pad-walking systems, third mud pump additions and Process Automation Control upgrades. All cash deployed to mobilize, build new and upgrade rigs was backed with take or pay customer contracts at leading edge rates and we managed these U.S. fleet enhancements with relatively modest capital spending.”

“Currently we have eight rigs operating in the Middle East all performing exceedingly well. In Saudi Arabia we expect to sign long-term contracts on the two rigs currently up for renewal by the end of the quarter, and in Kuwait we are on time and on budget to deploy a sixth new build rig in June. By mid-year we expect to have nine rigs operating in the Middle East, all under long-term contracts providing stable cash flow visibility.”

“Precision’s technology strategy displayed significant progress throughout 2018, with 33 Process Automation Control systems installed, 31 of which are active in the field. During the year, we were able to demonstrate to our customers our system’s ability to deliver consistent and repeatable, high-quality results while improving safety, performance and operational efficiency. Going into 2019, our priorities revolve around further commercialization of the Process Automation Control platform, PD-Apps and PD-Analytics as Precision remains a leader in advanced rig technology offerings.”

“Precision remains focused on the things in which it can control, namely, allocating free cash flow toward debt repayment, capital discipline, cost management and operational excellence. Commodity price volatility is likely to persist throughout 2019; however, we believe we are well-positioned across each of our geographies to manage our business and create value for our customers and investors,” concluded Mr. Neveu.


SELECT FINANCIAL AND OPERATING INFORMATION

Adjusted EBITDA and funds provided by operations are Non-GAAP measures. See “NON-GAAP MEASURES”.


Financial Highlights

Three months ended December 31,   Year ended December 31,
(Stated in thousands of Canadian dollars, except per share amounts) 2018     2017 % Change   2018     2017 % Change
Revenue   427,010     347,187 23.0   1,541,189     1,321,224 16.6
Adjusted EBITDA(1)   134,492     90,914 47.9   375,131     304,981 23.0
Net loss   (198,328 )   (47,005 ) 321.9   (294,270 )   (132,036 ) 122.9
Cash provided by operations   93,489     23,289 301.4   293,334     116,555 151.7
Funds provided by operations(1)   92,595     28,323 226.9   311,214     183,935 69.2
Capital spending:                
Expansion   9,064     966 838.3   35,444     11,946 196.7
Upgrade   2,402     2,984 (19.5 )   30,757     37,086 (17.1 )
Maintenance and infrastructure   18,128     13,553 33.8   48,375     25,791 87.6
Intangibles   687     7,452 (90.8 )   11,567     23,179 (50.1 )
Proceeds on sale   (12,020 )   (4,787 ) 151.1   (24,457 )   (14,841 ) 64.8
Net capital spending   18,261     20,168 (9.5 )   101,686     83,161 22.3
Net loss per share:                
Basic and diluted   (0.68 )   (0.16 ) 325.0   (1.00 )   (0.45 ) 122.2
(1)   See “NON-GAAP MEASURES”.
Operating Highlights
Three months ended December 31,   Year ended December 31,
  2018     2017 % Change   2018     2017 % Change
Contract drilling rig fleet   236     256 (7.8 )   236     256 (7.8 )
Drilling rig utilization days:    
Canada   4,517     4,983 (9.4 )   18,617     18,883 (1.4 )
U.S.   7,318     5,365 36.4   26,714     20,479 30.4
International   736     736   2,920     2,920
Revenue per utilization day:    
Canada(1) (Cdn$)   22,802     23,457 (2.8 )   21,644     21,143 2.4
U.S.(2) (US$)   23,369     20,226 15.5   21,864     19,861 10.1
International (US$)   51,982     50,319 3.3   50,469     50,240 0.5
Operating cost per utilization day:    
Canada (Cdn$)   15,115     13,544 11.6   14,493     13,140 10.3
U.S. (US$)   15,042     13,647 10.2   14,337     13,846 3.5
               
Service rig fleet   210     210   210     210
Service rig operating hours   35,773     44,325 (19.3 )   157,467     172,848 (8.9 )
Revenue per operating hour (Cdn$)   753     644 16.9   709     637 11.3
(1)   Includes lump sum revenue from contract shortfall.
(2)   Includes revenue from idle but contracted rig days.
Financial Position
 (Stated in thousands of Canadian dollars, except ratios) December 31, 2018   December 31, 2017
Working capital(1) 240,539   232,121
Cash 96,626   65,081
Long-term debt(2) 1,706,253   1,730,437
Total long-term financial liabilities 1,723,350   1,754,059
Total assets 3,636,043   3,892,931
Long-term debt to long-term debt plus equity ratio 0.52   0.49
(1)   See “NON-GAAP MEASURES”.
(2)   Net of unamortized debt issue costs.

Summary for the three months ended December 31, 2018:

  • Revenue this quarter was $427 million which is 23% higher than the fourth quarter of 2017. The increase in revenue is primarily the result of higher activity and higher average day rates in our U.S. contract drilling business. Compared with the fourth quarter of 2017 our activity for the quarter, as measured by drilling rig utilization days increased 36% in the U.S., decreased 9% in Canada and remained constant internationally. Revenue from our Contract Drilling Services segment increased over the comparative prior year period by 27% while revenue in our Completion and Production Services segment was down 10%.
  • Adjusted EBITDA (see “NON-GAAP MEASURES”) of $134 million this quarter is an increase of $44 million from the fourth quarter of 2017. Our adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenue was 31%, compared with 26% in the comparative quarter of 2017. Adjusted EBITDA was positively impacted by higher activity and day rates in the U.S., the receipt of a transaction fee and lower share-based incentive compensation partially offset by lower activity in our Canadian contract drilling operations versus the comparative prior year period. Total share-based incentive compensation recorded in the quarter was a recovery of $12 million compared to a recovery of $0.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2017. See discussion on share-based incentive compensation under “Other Items” later in this release for additional details.
  • Operating earnings (see “NON-GAAP MEASURES”) were $35 million compared with an operating loss of $19 million in the fourth quarter of 2017. In addition to the operating items impacting Adjusted EBITDA (see “NON-GAAP MEASURES”) we realized increased depreciation in our Contract Drilling segment from a review and subsequent accelerated depreciation of a portion of our spare equipment in 2018.
  • General and administrative expenses this quarter were $21 million, $1 million lower than the fourth quarter of 2017. The decrease is due to lower share-based incentive compensation expense tied to the price of our common shares (see “Other Items” later in this release) partially offset by a weakening of the Canadian dollar on our U.S. dollar denominated costs.
  • During the quarter we terminated an arrangement agreement to acquire an oil and gas drilling contractor. Subsequent to the termination a transaction fee was paid to us which, net of transaction costs, amounted to $14 million.
  • Under International Financial Reporting Standards, we are required to assess the carrying value of our assets in cash generating units containing goodwill annually. Due to the decrease in oil and natural gas well drilling in Canada and the outlook for activity in Canada and in our directional drilling division in the U.S., we recognized a $208 million goodwill impairment charge in the quarter. The charge represents the full amount of goodwill attributable to our Canadian contract drilling operations and our U.S. directional drilling operations.
  • Net finance charges were $32 million, a decrease of $6 million compared with the fourth quarter of 2017, primarily due to a reduction in interest expense related to debt retired in 2017 and 2018 partially offset by the weakening of the Canadian dollar on our U.S. dollar denominated interest.
  • During the quarter we redeemed US$30 million of our 6.5% unsecured senior notes due 2021 and repurchased and cancelled US$44 million principal amount of our 5.25% unsecured senior notes due 2024 resulting in a net gain of $7 million.
  • In Canada, average revenue per utilization day for contract drilling rigs was $22,802 compared to $23,457 in the fourth quarter of 2017. Overall, shortfall payments received in the prior year comparative quarter were partially offset by higher spot market day rates and higher expenses recovered through the day rate in the current quarter. During the quarter, we recognized shortfall payments in revenue of $1 million compared with $13 million in the prior year comparative period. Excluding the impact of shortfall payments, average day rates were up 8%, or $1,601. Revenue per utilization day in the U.S. increased in the fourth quarter of 2018 to US$23,369 from US$20,226 in the prior year fourth quarter. The increase in the U.S. revenue rate was the result of higher day rates and turnkey revenue compared with the prior year quarter and higher expenses recovered through the day rate. During the quarter, we had turnkey revenue of US$11 million compared with US$3 million in the 2017 comparative period and revenue from idle but contracted rigs of US$0.3 million compared with US$1 million in the prior year comparative period. Excluding the impact of turnkey and idle but contracted rig revenue, average day rates were up 13%, or US$2,428. On a sequential basis, revenue per utilization day excluding revenue from turnkey and idle but contracted rigs increased by US$521 compared with the third quarter of 2018 due to higher average day rates.
  • Average operating costs per utilization day for drilling rigs in Canada increased to $15,115 compared with the prior year fourth quarter of $13,544. The increase in average costs was due to timing of equipment certification and maintenance costs and higher expenses recovered through the day rate. On a sequential basis, operating costs per day increased by $951 compared to the third quarter of 2018 due to the timing of certification costs. In the U.S., operating costs for the quarter on a per day basis increased to US$15,042 compared with US$13,647 in 2017 due to higher expenses recovered through the day rate and higher turnkey activity. On a sequential basis, operating costs per day increased by US$891 compared to the third quarter of 2018 due to higher turnkey activity in the current quarter partially offset by fewer rig activations.
  • We realized revenue from international contract drilling of US$38 million in the fourth quarter of 2018, US$1 million higher than the prior year period. Average revenue per utilization day in our international contract drilling business was US$51,982, up 3% when compared with the prior year quarter.
  • Directional drilling services realized revenue of $9 million in the fourth quarter of 2018 compared with $4 million in the prior year period.
  • Funds provided by operations (see “NON-GAAP MEASURES”) in the fourth quarter of 2018 were $93 million, an increase of $65 million from the prior year comparative quarter. The increase was primarily the result of improved operating results and the timing of interest payments and tax refunds.
  • Capital expenditures were $30 million in the fourth quarter, a decrease of $5 million over the same period in 2017. Capital spending for the quarter included $11 million for upgrade and expansion capital, $18 million for the maintenance of existing assets and infrastructure spending and $1 million for intangibles.

Summary for the year ended December 31, 2018:

  • Revenue for 2018 was $1,541 million, an increase of 17% from 2017.
  • Operating earnings (see “NON-GAAP MEASURES”) were $9 million compared with an operating loss of $88 million in 2017. Operating earnings were 1% of revenue in 2018 compared with an operating loss of 7% of revenue in 2017. Operating results this year were positively impacted by higher activity and day rates in the U.S., the receipt of a transaction fee paid to us and lower share-based incentive compensation partially offset by lower shortfall payments received in our Canadian contract drilling operations. Total share-based incentive compensation recorded in the year was an expense of $16 million compared to an expense of $2 million in 2017. See discussion on share-based incentive compensation under “Other Items” later in this release for additional details.
  • General and administrative costs were $112 million, an increase of $22 million from 2017. The increase was due to higher share-based incentive compensation that is tied to the price of our common shares (see “Other Items” later in this release).
  • Net finance charges were $127 million, a decrease of $11 million from 2017 primarily due to a reduction in interest expense related to debt retired in 2017 and mid-2018 and the effect of a stronger Canadian dollar on our U.S. dollar denominated interest expense partially offset by higher interest income earned in the comparative period.
  • During the year we redeemed US$80 million and repurchased and cancelled US$3 million of our 6.5% unsecured senior notes due 2021 and repurchased and cancelled US$49 million principal amount of our 5.25% unsecured senior notes due 2024 resulting in a net gain of $6 million.
  • Funds provided by operations (see “NON-GAAP MEASURES”) in 2018 were $311 million, an increase of $127 million from the prior year comparative period. The increase was primarily the result of improved operating earnings and the timing of tax refunds.
  • Capital expenditures for the purchase of property, plant and equipment were $126 million for 2018, an increase of $28 million over the same period in 2017. Capital spending for 2018 included $66 million for upgrade and expansion capital, $48 million for the maintenance of existing assets and infrastructure and $12 million for intangibles related to a new ERP system.

STRATEGY

Precision’s strategic priorities for 2018 were as follows:

  1. Reduce debt by generating free cash flow while continuing to fund only the most attractive investment opportunities – we generated $311 million in funds provided by operations (see “NON-GAAP MEASURES”) in 2018, representing a $127 million increase over the prior year. Utilizing cash generated in 2018, we reduced debt by $174 million through a partial redemption of our 2021 unsecured senior notes and open market debt repurchases of our 2021 and 2024 notes, exceeding our targeted debt reduction goal of $75 million to $125 million. In addition, we ended the fourth quarter with $97 million of cash on the balance sheet. In 2018 we continued to invest in our fleet adding two new build drilling rigs in the U.S., completing 31 rig upgrades, and commenced the build of our sixth Kuwait rig, all of which were backed by long-term contracts and within a constrained expansion and upgrade capital spend of approximately $66 million.
  2. Reinforce Precision’s High Performance competitive advantage by deploying Process Automation Controls (PAC), Directional Guidance Systems (DGS) and Drilling Performance Apps (Apps) on a wide scale basis – in 2018 we drilled 119 wells using our DGS compared to 58 wells in 2017. We have 31 rigs currently running in the field with PAC and have drilled approximately 365 wells with this technology in 2018 compared to 154 in 2017. Earlier this year we also equipped our training rigs in Nisku and Houston with PAC technology. We are deploying revenue generating Apps on several rigs and currently have over 15 Apps in varying stages of commercial development showcasing the open platform of our PAC system. Several Apps are customer-built and supported by Precision’s PAC platform with specific hosting agreements in place.
  3. Enhance financial performance through higher utilization and improved operating margins – in 2018 overall utilization days are 14% higher than in 2017 while average operating margins (revenue less operating costs) are up 25% and 4% in our U.S. and Canadian contract drilling businesses, respectively.

Precision’s strategic priorities for 2019 are as follows:

  1. Generate strong free cash flow and utilize $100 million to $150 million to reduce debt in 2019. We have increased our long-term debt reduction targets to $400 million to $600 million by year-end 2021 (inclusive of 2018 debt repayments).
  2. Maximize financial results by leveraging our High Performance, High Value Super Series rig fleet and scale with disciplined cost management.

  3. Full scale commercialization and implementation of our Process Automation Control platform, PD-Apps and PD-Analytics.

OUTLOOK

For the fourth quarter of 2018, the average West Texas Intermediate (WTI) price of oil was 6% higher than the prior year comparative period while the average Henry Hub gas price was 33% higher and the average AECO price was 11% lower.

Three months ended December 31, Year ended December 31,
  2018 2017 2018 2017
Average oil and natural gas prices  
Oil  
West Texas Intermediate (per barrel) (US$) 58.89 55.45 64.88 50.95
Natural gas    
Canada    
AECO (per MMBtu) (CDN$) 1.49 1.67 1.49 2.16
United States    
Henry Hub (per MMBtu) (US$) 3.81 2.86 3.12 2.98

Contracts

During 2018 we entered into 54 term contracts. The following chart outlines the average number of drilling rigs by quarter that we had under contract for 2018 and 2019 as of February 13, 2019.

Average for the quarter ended 2018 Average for the quarter ended 2019
  Mar. 31 June 30 Sept. 30 Dec. 31 Mar. 31 June 30 Sept. 30 Dec. 31
Average rigs under term contract
as of February 13, 2019:
 
Canada 8 9 9 11 8 6 6 5
U.S. 36 48 50 51 55 44 31 21
International 8 8 8 8 8 5 5 5
Total 52 65 67 70 71 54 42 31
(1)   As of February 13, 2019.

The following chart outlines the average number of drilling rigs that we had under contract for 2018 and the average number of rigs we have under contract for 2019 and 2020 as of February 13, 2019.

Average for the year ended
  2018 2019 2020
Average rigs under term contract
as of February 13, 2019:
Canada 9 6 2
U.S. 46 38 8
International 8 6 4
Total 63 50 14
(1)   As of February 13, 2019.

In Canada, term contracted rigs normally generate 250 utilization days per year because of the seasonal nature of well site access. In most regions in the U.S. and internationally, term contracts normally generate 365 utilization days per year.

Drilling Activity

The following chart outlines the average number of drilling rigs that we had working or moving by quarter for the periods noted.

Average for the quarter ended 2017 Average for the quarter ended 2018
  Mar. 31 June 30 Sept. 30 Dec. 31 Mar. 31 June 30 Sept. 30 Dec. 31
Average Precision active rig count:
Canada 76 29 49 54 72 31 52 49
U.S. 47 59 61 58 64 72 76 80
International 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
Total 131 96 118 120 144 111 136 137

To start 2019, drilling activity has increased relative to this time last year in U.S. and decreased in Canada. According to industry sources, as of February 8, 2019, the U.S. active land drilling rig count was up approximately 7% from the same point last year while the Canadian active land drilling rig count was down approximately 26%. To date in 2019, approximately 60% of the Canadian industry’s active rigs and 81% of the U.S. industry’s active rigs are drilling for oil targets, compared with 66% for Canada and 80% for the U.S. at the same time last year.

Industry Conditions

We expect Tier 1 rigs to remain the preferred rigs of customers globally. The economic value created by the significant drilling and mobility efficiencies delivered by the most advanced XY pad-walking rigs has been highlighted and widely accepted by our customers. The trend to longer-reach horizontal completions and importance of the rig delivering these complex wells consistently and efficiently has been well established by the industry. We expect demand for leading edge high efficiency Tier 1 rigs will continue to strengthen, as drilling rig capability has been a key economic facilitator of horizontal/unconventional resource exploitation. Development and field application of drilling equipment process automation coupled with closed loop drilling controls and de-manning of rigs will continue this technical evolution while creating further cost efficiencies and performance value for customers.

Capital Spending

Capital spending in 2019 is expected to be $169 million and includes $53 million for sustaining and infrastructure and $116 million for upgrade and expansion, approximately $68 million of which relates to the completion of our sixth new build rig in Kuwait. We expect that the $169 million will be split $161 million in the Contract Drilling Services segment, $6 million in the Completion and Production Services segment and $2 million to the Corporate segment.

SEGMENTED FINANCIAL RESULTS

Precision’s operations are reported in two segments: Contract Drilling Services, which includes the drilling rig, directional drilling, oilfield supply and manufacturing divisions; and Completion and Production Services, which includes the service rig, snubbing, rental, camp and catering and wastewater treatment divisions.

Three months ended December 31, Year ended December 31,
(Stated in thousands of Canadian dollars) 2018   2017 % Change 2018   2017 % Change
Revenue:
Contract Drilling Services 391,843   308,973 26.8 1,396,492   1,173,930 19.0
Completion and Production Services 36,715   40,600 (9.6 ) 150,760   154,146 (2.2 )
Inter-segment eliminations (1,548 ) (2,386 ) (35.1 ) (6,063 ) (6,852 ) (11.5 )
427,010   347,187 23.0 1,541,189   1,321,224 16.6
Adjusted EBITDA:(1)
Contract Drilling Services 122,131   100,280 21.8 412,134   342,970 20.2
Completion and Production Services 7,011   2,714 158.3 14,881   11,888 25.2
Corporate and Other 5,350   (12,080 ) (144.3 ) (51,884 ) (49,877 ) 4.0
134,492   90,914 47.9 375,131   304,981 23.0
(1)   See “NON-GAAP MEASURES”.

SEGMENT REVIEW OF CONTRACT DRILLING SERVICES

Three months ended December 31, Year ended December 31,
(Stated in thousands of Canadian dollars, except where noted) 2018   2017 % Change 2018   2017 % Change
Revenue 391,843   308,973 26.8 1,396,492   1,173,930 19.0
Expenses:
Operating 258,255   200,615 28.7 945,203   798,655 18.3
General and administrative 11,457   8,078 41.8 39,155   32,305 21.2
Adjusted EBITDA(1) 122,131   100,280 21.8 412,134   342,970 20.2
Depreciation 95,934   82,680 16.0 334,555   334,587 (0.0 )
Impairment of property, plant and equipment   15,313 (100.0 )   15,313 (100.0 )
Operating earnings (loss)(1) 26,197   2,287 1,045.5 77,579   (6,930 ) (1,219.5 )
Operating earnings (loss)(1) as a percentage of revenue 6.7 % 0.7 % 5.6 % (0.6 )%
(1)   See “NON-GAAP MEASURES”.
Three months ended December 31,
Canadian onshore drilling statistics:(1) 2018   2017
Precision   Industry(2) Precision Industry(2)
Number of drilling rigs (end of period) 117   574   136 627
Drilling rig operating days (spud to release) 4,020   15,235   4,298 16,249
Drilling rig operating day utilization 33 % 28 % 35 % 29 %
Number of wells drilled 401   1,602   447 1,674
Average days per well 10.0   9.5   9.6 9.7
Number of metres drilled (000s) 1,153   4,609   1,245 4,780
Average metres per well 2,874   2,877   2,786 2,855
Average metres per day 287   303   290 294
Year ended December 31,
Canadian onshore drilling statistics:(1) 2018   2017
Precision   Industry(2) Precision Industry(2)
Number of drilling rigs (end of period) 117   574   136 627
Drilling rig operating days (spud to release) 16,479   64,491   16,696 66,138
Drilling rig operating day utilization 34 % 29 % 34 % 29 %
Number of wells drilled 1,663   6,781   1,729 6,929
Average days per well 9.9   9.5   9.7 9.5
Number of metres drilled (000s) 4,694   19,313   4,597 19,047
Average metres per well 2,823   2,848   2,659 2,737
Average metres per day 285   299   275 288
(1)   Canadian operations only.
(2)   Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors (“CAODC”), and Precision – excludes non-CAODC rigs and non-reporting CAODC members.
United States onshore drilling statistics:(1) 2018 2017
Precision Industry(2) Precision Industry(2)
Average number of active land rigs for quarters ended:
March 31 64 951 47 722
June 30 72 1,021 59 874
September 30 76 1,032 61 927
December 31 80 1,050 58 902
Year to date average 73 1,014 56 856
(1)   United States lower 48 operations only.
(2)   Baker Hughes rig counts.

Revenue from Contract Drilling Services was $392 million this quarter, or 27% higher than the fourth quarter of 2017, while adjusted EBITDA (see “NON-GAAP MEASURES”) increased by 22% to $122 million. The increase in revenue was primarily due to higher utilization days as well as higher spot market rates in the U.S. During the quarter we recognized $1 million in shortfall payments in our Canadian contract drilling business compared with $13 million in the prior year comparative period. In the U.S. we recognized turnkey revenue of US$11 million compared with US$3 million in the comparative period and we recognized US$0.3 million in idle but contracted rig revenue compared with US$1 million in the comparative quarter of 2017.

Drilling rig utilization days in Canada (drilling days plus move days) were 4,517 during the fourth quarter of 2018, a decrease of 9% compared to 2017 primarily due to decreased industry activity brought on by lower commodity prices and takeaway capacity challenges in Canada. Drilling rig utilization days in the U.S. were 7,318, or 36% higher than the same quarter of 2017 as our U.S. activity was up with higher industry activity. Drilling rig utilization days in our international business were 736, in-line with the same quarter of 2017.

Compared with the same quarter in 2017, drilling rig revenue per utilization day in Canada decreased 3% as lower shortfall revenue in the current quarter was partially offset by increases in spot market rates and higher expenses recovered through the day rate compared with the prior period. Drilling rig revenue per utilization day for the quarter in the U.S. was up 16% compared to the prior year as we realized higher average day rates and turnkey revenue. International revenue per utilization day for the quarter was up by 3% compared with the prior year comparative period due to fewer rig moves.

In Canada, 15% of our utilization days in the quarter were generated from rigs under term contract, compared with 13% in the fourth quarter of 2017. In the U.S., 62% of utilization days were generated from rigs under term contract as compared with 55% in the fourth quarter of 2017.

Operating costs were 66% of revenue for the quarter, one percentage point higher than the prior year period. On a per utilization day basis, operating costs for the drilling rig division in Canada were higher than the prior year period due to timing of equipment certification and equipment maintenance costs and higher expenses recovered through the day rate. In the U.S., operating costs for the quarter on a per day basis were higher than the prior year period primarily due to expenses recovered through the day rate and higher turnkey activity.

Depreciation expense in the quarter was $13 million higher than the prior year comparative period due to the recognition of accelerated depreciation on excess spare equipment.

SEGMENT REVIEW OF COMPLETION AND PRODUCTION SERVICES

Three months ended December 31, Year ended December 31,
(Stated in thousands of Canadian dollars, except where noted) 2018   2017 % Change 2018   2017 % Change
Revenue 36,715   40,600 (9.6 ) 150,760   154,146 (2.2 )
Expenses:
Operating 28,515   35,595 (19.9 ) 128,731   134,368 (4.2 )
General and administrative 1,189   2,291 (48.1 ) 7,148   7,890 (9.4 )
Adjusted EBITDA(1) 7,011   2,714 158.3 14,881   11,888 25.2
Depreciation 5,351   8,410 (36.4 ) 23,879   29,638 (19.4 )
Operating earnings (loss)(1) 1,660   (5,696 ) (129.1 ) (8,998 ) (17,750 ) (49.3 )
Operating earnings (loss)(1) as a percentage of revenue 4.5 % (14.0 )% (6.0 )% (11.5 )%
Well servicing statistics:
Number of service rigs (end of period) 210   210 210   210
Service rig operating hours 35,773   44,325 (19.3 ) 157,467   172,848 (8.9 )
Service rig operating hour utilization 19 % 23 % 21 % 23 %
Service rig revenue per operating hour 753   644 16.9 709   637 11.3
(1)   See “NON-GAAP MEASURES”.

Revenue from Completion and Production Services was down $4 million or 10% compared with the fourth quarter of 2017 due to lower activity in our Canadian businesses. Our service rig operating hours in the quarter were down 19% from the fourth quarter of 2017 while rates increased an average of 17%. Approximately 81% of our fourth quarter Canadian service rig activity was oil related.

During the quarter, Completion and Production Services generated 90% of its revenue from Canadian operations and 10% from U.S. operations compared with the fourth quarter of 2017 where 92% of revenue was generated in Canada and 8% in the U.S.

Average service rig revenue per operating hour in the quarter was $753 or $109 higher than the fourth quarter of 2017. The increase was primarily the result of increased costs passed through to the customer and rig mix.

Adjusted EBITDA (see “NON-GAAP MEASURES”) was higher than the fourth quarter of 2017 primarily because of higher average rates and improved cost structure, partially offset by lower activity.

Operating costs as a percentage of revenue was 78% compared with the prior year comparative quarter of 88%.

Depreciation expense in the quarter was $3 million lower than the prior year comparative period due to the recognition of gains on disposal of capital assets in the current year compared with losses on disposal in the prior year.

SEGMENT REVIEW OF CORPORATE AND OTHER

Our Corporate and Other segment provides support functions to our operating segments. The Corporate and Other segment had an adjusted EBITDA (see “NON-GAAP MEASURES”) of $5 million, a $17 million increase compared with the fourth quarter of 2017 primarily due to lower share-based incentive compensation and the receipt of the transaction termination fee partially offset by costs associated with our unsuccessful arrangement agreement.

OTHER ITEMS

Share-based Incentive Compensation Plans

We have several cash-settled share-based incentive plans for non-management directors, officers, and other eligible employees. The fair values of the amounts payable under these plans are recognized as an expense with a corresponding increase in liabilities over the period that the participant becomes entitled to payment. The recorded liability is re-established at the end of each reporting period until settlement with the resultant change to fair value of the liability recognized in net earnings (loss) for the period.

We also have two equity-settled share-based incentive plans. Under the Executive Performance Share (PSU) plan, which commenced in May 2017, the fair value of the PSUs granted is calculated at the date of grant using a Monte Carlo simulation, and that value is recorded as compensation expense over the grant’s vesting period with an offset to contributed surplus. Upon redemption of the PSUs into common shares, the associated amount is reclassified from contributed surplus to shareholders’ capital. The share option plan is treated similarly, except that the fair value of the share purchased options granted are valued using the Black-Scholes option pricing model and consideration paid by employees upon exercise of the equity purchase options are recognized in share capital.

A summary of the amounts expensed (recovered) under these plans during the reporting periods are as follows:

Three months ended December 31, Year ended December 31,
(Stated in thousands of Canadian dollars) 2018   2017 2018 2017
Cash settled share-based incentive plans (14,208 ) (1,622 ) 6,391 (3,166 )
Equity settled share-based incentive plans:      
Executive PSU 1,527   551 5,871 1,912
Stock option plan 681   645 3,336 3,188
Total share-based incentive compensation plan expense (recovery) (12,000 ) (426 ) 15,598 1,934
Allocated:
Operating (5,437 ) (711 ) 3,656 414
General and Administrative (6,563 ) 285 11,942 1,520
(12,000 ) (426 ) 15,598 1,934

Cash settled shared-based compensation recovery was $14 million in the current quarter compared to $2 million in the same quarter in 2017. The increase is primarily due to the declining share price experienced in the current quarter compared to an increasing share price in the comparative 2017 period.

Executive PSU share-based incentive compensation expense for the quarter was $2 million compared to $1 million in the same quarter in 2017. This increase is a result of the plan being implemented part way through the second quarter in 2017 and from additional grants in 2018.

Financing Charges

Net financial charges for the quarter were $32 million, a decrease of $6 million compared with the fourth quarter of 2017 primarily because of debt retired in 2017 and mid-2018 partially offset by a weaker Canadian dollar on our U.S. dollar denominated interest expense.

Gain on Repurchase and Redemption of Unsecured Senior Notes

During the quarter we redeemed US$30 million of our 6.5% unsecured senior notes due 2021 and repurchased and cancelled US$44 million principal amount of our 5.25% unsecured senior notes due 2024 resulting in a net gain of $7 million.

Income Tax

Income tax expense for the quarter was a recovery of $2 million compared with a recovery of $17 million in the same quarter in 2017. The tax recovery in the quarter decreased over the prior year period due to improved results prior to the non-taxable portion of the goodwill impairment.

LIQUIDITY AND CAPITAL RESOURCES

The oilfield services business is inherently cyclical in nature. To manage this, we focus on maintaining a strong balance sheet so we have the financial flexibility we need to continue to manage our growth and cash flow, regardless of where we are in the business cycle. We maintain a variable operating cost structure so we can be responsive to changes in demand.

Our maintenance capital expenditures are tightly governed by and highly responsive to activity levels with additional cost savings leverage provided through our internal manufacturing and supply divisions. Term contracts on expansion capital for new-build and upgrade rig programs provide more certainty of future revenues and return on our capital investments.

Liquidity

Amount Availability Used for Maturity
Senior facility (secured)
US$500 million (extendible, revolving
term credit facility)
Undrawn, except US$28 million in
outstanding letters of credit
General corporate purposes November 21, 2022
Operating facilities (secured)  
$40 million Undrawn, except $28 million in
outstanding letters of credit
Letters of credit and general
corporate purposes
US$15 million Undrawn Short term working capital
requirements
Demand letter of credit facility (secured)      
US$30 million Undrawn, except US$2 million in
outstanding letters of credit
Letters of credit
Senior notes (unsecured)  
US$166 million – 6.5% Fully drawn Capital expenditures and general
corporate purposes
December 15, 2021
US$350 million – 7.75% Fully drawn Debt redemption and repurchases December 15, 2023
US$351 million – 5.25% Fully drawn Capital expenditures and general
corporate purposes
November 15, 2024
US$400 million – 7.125% Fully drawn Debt redemption and repurchases January 15, 2026

As at December 31, 2018, we had $1,729 million outstanding under our unsecured senior notes. The current blended cash interest cost of our debt is approximately 6.7%.

During the year we redeemed US$80 million and repurchased and cancelled US$3 million of our 6.5% unsecured senior notes due 2021 and repurchased and cancelled US$49 million principal amount of our 5.25% unsecured senior notes due 2024.

Covenants

Following is a listing of our applicable financial covenants as at December 31, 2018.

Covenant As at December 31,
Senior Facility (secured)
Consolidated senior debt to consolidated covenant EBITDA(1) < 2.50 (0.16 )
Consolidated covenant EBITDA to consolidated interest expense(1) > 2.00 3.31
Senior Notes (unsecured)
Consolidated interest coverage ratio > 2.00 2.80
(1)   For purposes of calculating the leverage ratio consolidated senior debt only includes secured indebtedness.

At December 31, 2018, we were in compliance with the covenants of our senior credit facility and unsecured senior notes.

Average shares outstanding

The following table reconciles the weighted average shares outstanding used in computing basic and diluted net loss per share:

Three months ended December 31, Year ended December 31,
(Stated in thousands) 2018 2017 2018 2017
Weighted average shares outstanding – basic 293,782 293,239 293,560 293,239
Effect of stock options and other equity compensation plans
Weighted average shares outstanding – diluted 293,782 293,239 293,560 293,239

QUARTERLY FINANCIAL SUMMARY

 (Stated in thousands of Canadian dollars, except per share amounts) 2018
Quarters ended March 31 June 30 September 30 December 31  
Revenue 401,006 330,716 382,457 427,010  
Adjusted EBITDA(2) 97,469 62,182 80,988 134,492  
Net loss (18,077 ) (47,217 ) (30,648 ) (198,328 )
Net loss per basic and diluted share (0.06 ) (0.16 ) (0.10 ) (0.68 )
Funds provided by operations(2) 104,026 50,225 64,368 92,595  
Cash provided by operations 38,189 129,695 31,961 93,489  
 (Stated in thousands of Canadian dollars, except per share amounts) 2017
Quarters ended March 31 June 30 September 30 December 31
Revenue(1) 368,673 290,860 314,504 347,187
Adjusted EBITDA(2) 84,308 56,520 73,239 90,914
Net loss (22,614 ) (36,130 ) (26,287 ) (47,005 )
Net loss per basic and diluted share (0.08 ) (0.12 ) (0.09 ) (0.16 )
Funds provided by (used in) operations(2) 85,659 (15,187 ) 85,140 28,323
Cash provided by operations 33,770 2,739 56,757 23,289
(1)   Comparatives for revenue have changed for the periods ending March 2017 and June 2017 to reflect a recast of certain amounts previously netted against operating expense. See our 2017 Annual Report.
(2)   See “NON-GAAP MEASURES”.

NON-GAAP MEASURES

In this press release we reference non-GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) measures. Adjusted EBITDA, Covenant EBITDA, Operating Earnings (Loss), Funds Provided by (Used in) Operations and Working Capital are terms used by us to assess performance as we believe they provide useful supplemental information to investors. These terms do not have standardized meanings prescribed under International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and may not be comparable to similar measures used by other companies.

Adjusted EBITDA

We believe that adjusted EBITDA (earnings before income taxes, loss or gain on redemption and repurchase of unsecured senior notes, finance charges, foreign exchange, impairment of goodwill, impairment of property, plant and equipment and depreciation and amortization), as reported in the Interim Consolidated Statement of Loss, is a useful measure, because it gives an indication of the results from our principal business activities prior to consideration of how our activities are financed and the impact of foreign exchange, taxation and depreciation and amortization charges.

Covenant EBITDA

Covenant EBITDA, as defined in our senior credit facility agreement, is used in determining the Corporation’s compliance with its covenants. Covenant EBITDA differs from Adjusted EBITDA by the exclusion of bad debt expense, restructuring costs and certain foreign exchange amounts.

Operating Earnings (Loss)

We believe that operating earnings (loss), as reported in the Interim Consolidated Statements of Loss, is a useful measure because it provides an indication of the results of our principal business activities before consideration of how those activities are financed and the impact of foreign exchange and taxation.

Funds Provided By (Used In) Operations

We believe that funds provided by (used in) operations, as reported in the Interim Consolidated Statements of Cash Flow, is a useful measure because it provides an indication of the funds our principal business activities generate prior to consideration of working capital, which is primarily made up of highly liquid balances.

Working Capital

We define working capital as current assets less current liabilities as reported on the Interim Consolidated Statement of Financial Position.

CAUTIONARY STATEMENT REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION AND STATEMENTS

Certain statements contained in this release, including statements that contain words such as “could”, “should”, “can”, “anticipate”, “estimate”, “intend”, “plan”, “expect”, “believe”, “will”, “may”, “continue”, “project”, “potential” and similar expressions and statements relating to matters that are not historic facts constitute “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation and “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (collectively, “forward-looking information and statements”).

In particular, forward looking information and statements include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • our strategic priorities for 2019;
  • our capital expenditure plans for 2019;
  • anticipated activity levels in 2019 and our scheduled infrastructure projects;
  • anticipated demand for Tier 1 rigs;
  • the average number of term contracts in place for 2019 and 2020; and
  • our future debt reduction plans beyond 2018.

These forward-looking information and statements are based on certain assumptions and analysis made by Precision in light of our experience and our perception of historical trends, current conditions, expected future developments and other factors we believe are appropriate under the circumstances. These include, among other things:

  • the fluctuation in oil prices may pressure customers into reducing or limiting their drilling budgets;
  • the status of current negotiations with our customers and vendors;
  • customer focus on safety performance;
  • existing term contracts are neither renewed nor terminated prematurely;
  • our ability to deliver rigs to customers on a timely basis; and
  • the general stability of the economic and political environments in the jurisdictions where we operate.

Undue reliance should not be placed on forward-looking information and statements. Whether actual results, performance or achievements will conform to our expectations and predictions is subject to a number of known and unknown risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from our expectations. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to:

  • volatility in the price and demand for oil and natural gas;
  • fluctuations in the demand for contract drilling, well servicing and ancillary oilfield services;
  • our customers’ inability to obtain adequate credit or financing to support their drilling and production activity;
  • changes in drilling and well servicing technology which could reduce demand for certain rigs or put us at a competitive disadvantage;
  • shortages, delays and interruptions in the delivery of equipment supplies and other key inputs;
  • the effects of seasonal and weather conditions on operations and facilities;
  • the availability of qualified personnel and management;
  • a decline in our safety performance which could result in lower demand for our services;
  • changes in environmental laws and regulations such as increased regulation of hydraulic fracturing or restrictions on the burning of fossil fuels and greenhouse gas emissions, which could have an adverse impact on the demand for oil and gas;
  • terrorism, social, civil and political unrest in the foreign jurisdictions where we operate;
  • fluctuations in foreign exchange, interest rates and tax rates; and
  • other unforeseen conditions which could impact the use of services supplied by Precision and Precision’s ability to respond to such conditions.

Readers are cautioned that the forgoing list of risk factors is not exhaustive. Additional information on these and other factors that could affect our business, operations or financial results are included in reports on file with applicable securities regulatory authorities, including but not limited to Precision’s Annual Information Form for the year ended December 31, 2018, which may be accessed on Precision’s SEDAR profile at www.sedar.com or under Precision’s EDGAR profile at www.sec.gov. The forward-looking information and statements contained in this news release are made as of the date hereof and Precision undertakes no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statements or information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

INTERIM CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL POSITION (UNAUDITED)

 (Stated in thousands of Canadian dollars) December 31,
2018
  December 31,
2017
ASSETS      
Current assets:      
Cash $ 96,626   $ 65,081
Accounts receivable   372,336   322,585
Income tax recoverable     29,449
Inventory   34,081   24,631
  503,043   441,746
Assets held for sale   19,658  
Total current assets   522,701   441,746
Non-current assets:      
Income taxes recoverable   2,449   2,256
Deferred tax assets   36,880   41,822
Property, plant and equipment   3,038,612   3,173,824
Intangibles   35,401   28,116
Goodwill     205,167
Total non-current assets   3,113,342   3,451,185
Total assets $ 3,636,043   $ 3,892,931
     
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY      
Current liabilities:      
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities $ 274,489   $ 209,625
Income tax payable   7,673  
Total current liabilities   282,162   209,625
     
Non-current liabilities:      
Share based compensation   6,520   13,536
Provisions and other   10,577   10,086
Long-term debt   1,706,253   1,730,437
Deferred tax liabilities   72,779   118,911
Total non-current liabilities   1,796,129   1,872,970
Shareholders’ equity:      
Shareholders’ capital   2,322,280   2,319,293
Contributed surplus   52,332   44,037
Deficit   (978,874 ) (684,604 )
Accumulated other comprehensive income   162,014   131,610
Total shareholders’ equity   1,557,752   1,810,336
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity $ 3,636,043   $ 3,892,931

INTERIM CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF LOSS (UNAUDITED)

Three months ended December 31, Year ended December 31,
(Stated in thousands of Canadian dollars, except per share amounts) 2018     2017 2018     2017
                               
                         
Revenue $ 427,010     $ 347,187 $ 1,541,189     $ 1,321,224
Expenses:                
Operating   285,222     233,824   1,067,871     926,171
General and administrative   21,496     22,449   112,387     90,072
Other recoveries   (14,200 )     (14,200 )  
Earnings before income taxes, loss (gain) on redemption
and repurchase of unsecured senior notes, finance
charges, foreign exchange, impairment of goodwill,
impairment of property, plant and equipment and
depreciation and amortization
  134,492     90,914   375,131     304,981
Depreciation and amortization   99,041     94,229   365,660     377,746
Impairment of property, plant and equipment       15,313       15,313
Operating earnings (loss)   35,451     (18,628 )   9,471     (88,078 )
Impairment of goodwill   207,544       207,544    
Foreign exchange   3,198     (1,534 )   4,017     (2,970 )
Finance charges   32,220     38,196   127,178     137,928
Loss (gain) on redemption and repurchase of unsecured
senior notes
  (6,848 )   9,021   (5,672 )   9,021
Loss before tax   (200,663 )   (64,311 )   (323,596 )   (232,057 )
Income taxes:                
Current   2,177     (1,670 )   8,573     (1,331 )
Deferred   (4,512 )   (15,636 )   (37,899 )   (98,690 )
  (2,335 )   (17,306 )   (29,326 )   (100,021 )
Net loss $ (198,328 )   $ (47,005 ) $ (294,270 )   (132,036 )
Loss per share:                
Basic and Diluted $ (0.68 )   $ (0.16 ) $ (1.00 )   $ (0.45 )

INTERIM CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE LOSS (UNAUDITED)

  Three months ended December 31,   Year ended December 31,
(Stated in thousands of Canadian dollars) 2018     2017   2018     2017
Net loss $ (198,328 ) $ (47,005 ) $ (294,270 ) $ (132,036 )
Unrealized gain (loss) on translation of assets and
liabilities of operations denominated in foreign
currency
  128,674   9,146   175,630   (146,545 )
Foreign exchange gain (loss) on net investment hedge
with U.S. denominated debt, net of tax
  (104,716 ) (10,383 )   (145,226 ) 121,699
Comprehensive loss $ (174,370 ) $ (48,242 ) $ (263,866 ) $ (156,882 )

INTERIM CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOW (UNAUDITED)

Three months ended December 31,   Year ended December 31,
(Stated in thousands of Canadian dollars) 2018     2017   2018     2017
Cash provided by (used in):
Operations:
Net loss $ (198,328 ) $ (47,005 ) $ (294,270 ) $ (132,036 )
Adjustments for:            
Long-term compensation plans   (1,599 ) 2,519   17,401   6,795
Depreciation and amortization   99,041   94,229   365,660   377,746
Impairment of property, plant and equipment     15,313     15,313
Impairment of goodwill   207,544     207,544  
Foreign exchange   2,556   (1,280 )   2,341   (2,873 )
Finance charges   32,220   38,196   127,178   137,928
Loss (gain) on redemption and repurchase of
unsecured senior notes
  (6,848 ) 9,021   (5,672 ) 9,021
Income taxes   (2,335 ) (17,306 )   (29,326 ) (100,021 )
Other   (27 ) (1,320 )   (1,269 ) (2,025 )
Income taxes paid   (477 ) (345 )   (4,446 ) (3,645 )
Income taxes recovered   1,775     33,283   11,932
Interest paid   (41,369 ) (63,929 )   (108,622 ) (136,065 )
Interest received   442   230   1,412   1,865
Funds provided by operations   92,595   28,323   311,214   183,935
Changes in non-cash working capital balances   894   (5,034 )   (17,880 ) (67,380 )
Cash provided by operations   93,489   23,289   293,334   116,555
           
Investments:            
Purchase of property, plant and equipment   (29,594 ) (17,503 )   (114,576 ) (74,823 )
Purchase of intangibles   (687 ) (7,452 )   (11,567 ) (23,179 )
Proceeds on sale of property, plant and
equipment
  12,020   4,787   24,457   14,841
Changes in non-cash working capital balances   (1,190 ) 2,727   892   (7,989 )
Cash used in investing activities   (19,451 ) (17,441 )   (100,794 ) (91,150 )
           
Financing:            
Redemption and repurchase of unsecured senior
notes
  (92,065 ) (571,975 )   (168,722 ) (571,975 )
Debt issuance costs     (9,196 )     (9,196 )
Debt amendment fees   (638 ) (1,452 )   (638 ) (1,793 )
Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt     509,180     509,180
Issuance of common shares on the exercise of
options
      275  
Cash used in financing activities   (92,703 ) (73,443 )   (169,085 ) (73,784 )
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash
equivalents
  5,529   934   8,090   (2,245 )
Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents   (13,136 ) (66,661 )   31,545   (50,624 )
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period   109,762   131,742   65,081   115,705
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $ 96,626   $ 65,081 $ 96,626   $ 65,081

INTERIM CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CHANGES IN EQUITY (UNAUDITED)

(Stated in thousands of Canadian dollars) Shareholders’
capital
  Contributed
surplus
  Accumulated
other
comprehensive
income
  Deficit   Total
equity
Balance at January 1, 2018 $ 2,319,293 $ 44,037 $ 131,610 $ (684,604 ) $ 1,810,336
Net loss for the period (294,270 ) (294,270 )
Other comprehensive income for the period 30,404 30,404
Redemption of non-management directors
DSUs
2,609 (809 ) 1,800
Share options exercised 378 (103 ) 275
Share based compensation expense 9,207 9,207
Balance at December 31, 2018 $ 2,322,280     $ 52,332     $ 162,014     $ (978,874 )   $ 1,557,752  
(Stated in thousands of Canadian dollars) Shareholders’
capital
Contributed
surplus
Accumulated
other
comprehensive
income
Deficit Total
equity
Balance at January 1, 2017 $ 2,319,293 $ 38,937 $ 156,456 $ (552,568 ) $ 1,962,118
Net loss for the period (132,036 ) (132,036 )
Other comprehensive loss for the period (24,846 ) (24,846 )
Share based compensation expense 5,100 5,100
Balance at December 31, 2017 $ 2,319,293 $ 44,037 $ 131,610 $ (684,604 ) $ 1,810,336

FOURTH QUARTER 2018 EARNINGS CONFERENCE CALL AND WEBCAST

Precision Drilling Corporation has scheduled a conference call and webcast to begin promptly at 1:00 p.m. MT (3:00 p.m. ET) on Thursday, February 14, 2019.

The conference call dial in numbers are 1-844-515-9176 or 614-999-9312.

A live webcast of the conference call will be accessible on Precision’s website at www.precisiondrilling.com by selecting “Investor Relations”, then “Webcasts & Presentations”. Shortly after the live webcast, an archived version will be available for approximately 60 days.

An archived recording of the conference call will be available approximately one hour after the completion of the call until February 20, 2019 by dialing 1-855-859-2056 or 404-537-3406, pass code 4578429.

About Precision

Precision is a leading provider of safe and High Performance, High Value services to the oil and gas industry. Precision provides customers with access to an extensive fleet of contract drilling rigs, directional drilling services, well service and snubbing rigs, camps, rental equipment, and wastewater treatment units backed by a comprehensive mix of technical support services and skilled, experienced personnel.

Precision is headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Precision is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the trading symbol “PD” and on the New York Stock Exchange under the trading symbol “PDS”.

For further information, please contact:

Carey Ford, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
713.435.6111

Ashley Connolly, Manager, Investor Relations
403.716.4725

800, 525 – 8th Avenue S.W.
Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2P 1G1
Website:  www.precisiondrilling.com



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