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Precision Drilling Corporation Announces 2018 Second Quarter Unaudited Financial Results

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CALGARY, Alberta, July 26, 2018 (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 second quarter financial results:

  • Second quarter revenue of $331 million was an increase of 14% over the prior year comparative quarter.
  • Second quarter net loss of $47 million ($0.16 per share) compares to a net loss of $36 million ($0.12 per share) in the second quarter of 2017.
  • Second quarter earnings before income taxes, loss on repurchase and redemption of unsecured senior notes, finance charges, foreign exchange and depreciation and amortization (adjusted EBITDA see "NON-GAAP MEASURES") of $62 million was 10% higher than the second quarter of 2017.
  • Funds provided by operations (see "NON-GAAP MEASURES") in the second quarter of $50 million versus funds used in operations of $15 million in the prior year comparative quarter.
  • Second quarter ending cash balance was $95 million.
  • Second quarter capital expenditures were $37 million.

Precision's President and CEO Kevin Neveu stated: "Precision's strong second quarter results were driven by continued growth in North American activity, having achieved our highest U.S. market share to date. Additionally, we captured higher day rates and margins in both markets. We attribute our market share gains and sequential rate increases to customers' intense focus on capital efficiency which leads them to contract the best performing and most efficient drilling rigs and crews, lowering total well-pad cost."

"During the quarter, we activated eight rigs in the U.S. and currently have 78 rigs running with visibility for four to six additional activations in the coming weeks. We believe customer focus on efficiency and cost may intensify, presenting additional growth opportunities for Precision. With established positions in all major U.S. shale plays and proven performance of our Super Series rigs we are in a strong position to take advantage of increased activity and customer capital reallocation. A similar trend is evident in Canada where despite flat year-over-year customer spending we already have 60 rigs active, surpassing last year's third quarter peak. We expect Precision's year-over-year growth in activity to continue through the third quarter."   

"We continue to demonstrate positive momentum with regard to our key strategic priorities for the year. First and foremost, we have reached the low end of our stated 2018 debt reduction range, reducing debt by $75 million year-to-date. Next, our financial performance has improved year-over-year through increased activity, pricing and margins in North America with particular strength in the U.S. Lastly, as it relates to technology, demand continues to improve for PAC (Process Automation Control), DGS (Directional Guidance System), and Drilling Performance Applications (Apps) with full commercialization expected by year end. We are purchasing ten additional PAC systems that will be deployed on our rigs in the second half of the year bringing us to 31 Super Series rigs in the field with PAC."

"In the U.S., our High Performance field results are also showing up in our pricing and margins and I am pleased to report both day rates and margins per day increased nearly US$1,200 quarter-over-quarter with no increase in daily operating costs. I expect to see continued increases in our average rates and margins throughout the second half of the year with continued strength in pricing, further value capture from our technology initiatives and continued fixed cost leverage. In Canada, Precision's activity levels increased 7% year-over-year outperforming the 3% increase in industry drilling days. In addition, day rates excluding shortfall revenue increased approximately $1,400 per day year-over-year largely as a result of improved spot pricing. Since our last earnings announcement Precision signed ten term contracts in the U.S. and two term contracts in Canada, which coupled with our activity increase and improved day rates, is a clear indication of continued customer alignment with our High Performance, High Value service offering."

"Internationally, we previously announced our newbuild rig contract in Kuwait strengthening our Middle East footprint and increasing our Kuwait active rig count to six rigs by the third quarter of 2019. We are adding this newbuild with no increase in fixed costs, supported by sufficient scale in country. In the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, three rigs are currently active, two of which roll off contract next month and we fully expect them to be re-contracted. We are actively bidding our four idle rigs in the Middle East and believe the prospects to activate these rigs are improving."

"Customer adoption of PAC is strengthening and we have completed several analytical field case studies demonstrating the system's ability to consistently and repeatedly deliver high quality wells while improving safety, performance and efficiency of operations. Our DGS technology is also gaining momentum having now drilled over two million feet to date utilizing the software including over 70 wells in 2018. Additionally, we are deploying revenue generating Apps on several rigs and currently have 12 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. We are pleased our technology initiatives are beginning to impact our revenue and margins."

"Our updated 2018 capital plan is approximately $135 million. The $19 million increase from our previous update includes spending for our newbuild award in Kuwait, completion of a newbuild in the U.S., foreign exchange impact from a weaker Canadian dollar, and a minor increase in upgrade capital spending. With $95 million of cash on the balance sheet coupled with cash flow in the second half of the year I fully expect to fund growth and upgrade opportunities while reserving capacity to retire more of our debt," concluded Mr. Neveu.

SELECT FINANCIAL AND OPERATING INFORMATION

Adjusted EBITDA and funds provided by (used in) operations are Non-GAAP measures. See "NON-GAAP MEASURES."

Financial Highlights

  Three months ended June 30,     Six months ended June 30,  
(Stated in thousands of Canadian dollars, except per share amounts) 2018     2017     % Change     2018     2017     % Change  
Revenue(1)   330,716       290,860       13.7       731,722       659,533       10.9  
Adjusted EBITDA(2)   62,182       56,520       10.0       159,651       140,828       13.4  
Net loss   (47,217 )     (36,130 )     30.7       (65,294 )     (58,744 )     11.2  
Cash provided by operations   129,695       2,739       4,635.1       167,884       36,509       359.8  
Funds provided by (used in) operations(2)   50,225       (15,187 )     (430.7 )     154,251       70,472       118.9  
Capital spending:                                              
Expansion   15,786       4,852       225.4       16,471       8,644       90.5  
Upgrade   5,447       13,287       (59.0 )     16,810       26,934       (37.6 )
Maintenance and infrastructure   13,091       2,997       336.8       23,334       5,981       290.1  
Intangibles   2,429       7,301       (66.7 )     10,220       8,970       13.9  
Proceeds on sale   (2,630 )     (3,563 )     (26.2 )     (8,680 )     (5,781 )     50.1  
Net capital spending   34,123       24,874       37.2       58,155       44,748       30.0  
Net loss per share:                                              
Basic   (0.16 )     (0.12 )     33.3       (0.22 )     (0.20 )     10.0  
Diluted   (0.16 )     (0.12 )     33.3       (0.22 )     (0.20 )     10.0  

(1) Prior year comparatives have changed to reflect a recast of certain amounts previously netted against operating expense. See our 2017 Annual Report.
(2) See "NON-GAAP MEASURES".


Operating Highlights

  Three months ended June 30,     Six months ended June 30,  
  2018     2017     % Change     2018     2017     % Change  
Contract drilling rig fleet   257       256       0.4       257       256       0.4  
Drilling rig utilization days:                                              
Canada   2,834       2,639       7.4       9,302       9,458       (1.6 )
U.S.   6,588       5,331       23.6       12,383       9,521       30.1  
International   728       728       -       1,448       1,448       -  
Revenue per utilization day:                                              
Canada(1)(2) (Cdn$)   22,072       22,177       (0.5 )     22,167       21,620       2.5  
U.S.(1)(3) (US$)   21,795       19,826       9.9       21,237       20,147       5.4  
International (US$)   49,832       49,679       0.3       49,935       50,054       (0.2 )
Operating cost per utilization day:                                              
Canada (Cdn$)   16,712       16,368       2.1       14,361       13,815       4.0  
U.S. (US$)   14,026       14,248       (1.6 )     14,026       14,695       (4.6 )
Service rig fleet   210       210       -       210       210       -  
Service rig operating hours   31,824       33,813       (5.9 )     84,525       85,870       (1.6 )
Revenue per operating hour (Cdn$)   676       629       7.5       691       633       9.2  

(1) Prior year comparatives have changed to reflect a recast of certain amounts previously netted against operating expense. See our 2017 Annual Report.
(2) Includes lump sum revenue from contract shortfall for the six months ended June 30, 2018 and prior year comparatives.
(3) 2017 comparative periods include revenue from idle but contracted rig days.

Financial Position

 (Stated in thousands of Canadian dollars, except ratios) June 30, 2018     December 31, 2017  
Working capital(1)   196,149       232,121  
Cash   94,669       65,081  
Long-term debt(2)   1,735,842       1,730,437  
Total long-term financial liabilities   1,753,580       1,754,059  
Total assets   3,858,221       3,892,931  
Long-term debt to long-term debt plus equity ratio   0.50       0.49  

(1) See "NON-GAAP MEASURES".
(2) Net of unamortized debt issue costs.

Summary for the three months ended June 30, 2018:

  • Revenue this quarter was $331 million which is 14% higher than the second quarter of 2017. The increase in revenue is primarily the result of higher activity in our U.S. contract drilling business. Compared with the second quarter of 2017 our activity for the quarter, as measured by drilling rig utilization days, respectively increased 24% and 7% in the U.S. and Canada, respectively, and remained consistent internationally. Revenue from our Contract Drilling Services segment increased over the comparative prior year period by 16% while revenue in our Completion and Production Services segment was down 6%.

  • Adjusted EBITDA (see "NON-GAAP MEASURES") this quarter of $62 million is an increase of $6 million from the second quarter of 2017. Our adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenue was 19% this quarter in-line with the comparative quarter of 2017. Adjusted EBITDA this quarter was positively impacted by higher activity and day rates in the U.S. offset by higher share-based incentive compensation from an increase in the Corporation's share price versus the comparative prior year. Total share-based incentive compensation expensed in the quarter was $10 million compared to a recovery of $3 million in the second quarter of 2017. See discussion on share-based incentive compensation under "Other Items" later in this report for additional details.

  • Operating loss (see "NON-GAAP MEASURES") this quarter was $26 million compared with an operating loss of $39 million in the second quarter of 2017. Operating results this quarter were positively impacted by the increase in activity in our U.S. contract drilling business and lower depreciation expense.

  • General and administrative expenses this quarter were $32 million, $12 million higher than the second quarter of 2017. The increase is due to higher share-based incentive compensation expense tied to the price of our common shares partially offset by a strengthening of the Canadian dollar on our U.S. dollar denominated costs.

  • Net finance charges were $32 million, a decrease of $2 million compared with the second quarter of 2017, primarily due to a reduction in interest expense related to debt retired in 2017, the impact of the strengthening of the Canadian dollar on our U.S. dollar denominated costs and higher interest income in the current quarter.

  • During the quarter we redeemed US$50 million, and repurchased and cancelled US$8 million of our previously outstanding unsecured senior notes incurring a loss of $1 million.

  • In Canada, average revenue per utilization day for contract drilling rigs was $22,072 in the second quarter compared to $22,177 in the second quarter of 2017. Overall, shortfall payments received in the prior year comparative quarter and a greater number of rigs on long-term contracts at legacy pricing were largely offset by higher spot market day rates in the current quarter. During the quarter, we did not recognize any shortfall payments in revenue compared with $4 million in the prior year comparative period. Excluding the impact of shortfall payment revenue, average day rates were up 7%. In the U.S., revenue per utilization day increased in the second quarter of 2018 to US$21,795 from US$19,826 in the prior year second quarter. The increase in the U.S. revenue rate was the result of higher spot market day rates and higher turnkey revenue offset by lower revenue from idle but contracted rigs and lower mobilization revenue. During the quarter, we had turnkey revenue of US$10 million compared with US$5 million in the 2017 comparative period and no revenue from idle but contracted rigs in the current quarter versus US$2 million in the comparative period. On a sequential basis, revenue per utilization day excluding revenue from idle but contracted rigs increased by US$1,192 due to higher fleet average day rates and higher turnkey revenue when compared to the first quarter of 2018.

  • Average operating costs per utilization day for drilling rigs in Canada increased to $16,712 compared with the prior year second quarter of $16,368. The increase in average costs was due to larger average crew formations with increased pad rig activity in the quarter. On a sequential basis, operating costs per day increased by $3,381 compared to the first quarter of 2018 due to lower fixed cost absorption from lower activity with spring break-up. In the U.S., operating costs for the quarter on a per day basis decreased to US$14,026 in 2018 compared with US$14,248 in 2017 due to lower lump sum move costs and fixed costs spread over a greater number of utilization days partially offset by increased turnkey activity. On a sequential basis, operating costs per day remain consistent with the first quarter of 2018.

  • We realized revenue from international contract drilling of US$36 million in the second quarter of 2018, in-line with the prior year period. Average revenue per utilization day in our international contract drilling business was US$49,832, consistent with the comparable prior year quarter.

  • Directional drilling services realized revenue of $7 million in the second quarter of 2018 compared with $12 million in the prior year period. 

  • Funds provided by operations (see "NON-GAAP MEASURES") in the second quarter of 2018 were $50 million, an increase of $65 million from the prior year comparative quarter of funds used in operations of $15 million. The increase was primarily the result of improved operating results, a $28 million tax refund received in the quarter and the timing of interest paid.

  • Capital expenditures were $37 million in the second quarter, an increase of $8 million over the same period in 2017. Capital spending for the quarter included $21 million for upgrade and expansion capital, $13 million for the maintenance of existing assets and infrastructure spending and $3 million for intangibles related to a new ERP system.

Summary for the six months ended June 30, 2018:

  • Revenue for the first half of 2018 was $732 million, an increase of 11% from the 2017 period.

  • Operating loss (see "NON-GAAP MEASURES") was $16 million, a decrease of $36 million over the same period in 2017. Operating loss was 2% of revenue in 2018 compared with 8% of revenue in 2017. Operating results this year were positively impacted by increased activity in our North American businesses.

  • General and administrative costs were $61 million, an increase of $16 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 report) partially offset by the strengthening of the Canadian dollar on our U.S. dollar denominated costs.

  • Net finance charges were $64 million, a decrease of $4 million from 2017 primarily due to a reduction in interest expense related to debt retired in 2017 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.

  • Funds provided by operations (see "NON-GAAP MEASURES") in the first half of 2018 were $154 million, an increase of $84 million from the prior year comparative period of $70 million.

  • Capital expenditures for the purchase of property, plant and equipment were $67 million for the first half of 2018, an increase of $16 million over the same period in 2017. Capital spending for 2018 to date includes $33 million for upgrade and expansion capital, $23 million for the maintenance of existing assets and infrastructure and $10 million for intangibles related to a new ERP system.

STRATEGY

Precision's strategic priorities for 2018 are as follows:

  1. Reduce debt by generating free cash flow while continuing to fund only the most attractive investment opportunities – we generated $154 million in funds provided by operations (see "NON-GAAP MEASURES") in the first half of 2018, representing an $84 million increase over the prior year comparative period. Utilizing cash generated in the second quarter, we reduced debt by $75 million through a partial redemption of our 2021 unsecured senior notes and open market debt repurchases of our 2021 and 2024 notes. We communicated a firm goal to reduce debt by $75 to $125 million in 2018 and have successfully achieved the low end of that range in the first half of this year. In addition, we ended the second quarter with $95 million of cash on the balance sheet.

  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 – year to date in 2018 we have drilled over 70 wells using our DGS compared to 58 wells in all of 2017. In addition, approximately 60% of these jobs used a reduced crew compared to only 30% in 2017. We have 21 rigs currently running in the field with PAC and have drilled approximately 230 wells with this technology in 2018 compared to 154 in all of 2017. Earlier this year we also equipped our training rigs in Nisku and Houston with PAC technology. Customer adoption is rising, and we expect to be running a total of 31 systems by year end, continuing full scale deployment and commercialization. Additionally, we are deploying revenue generating Apps on several rigs and currently have 12 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 the first half of 2018 overall utilization days are 13% higher than the prior year comparative period while average operating margins (revenue less operating costs) are up 32%, 12% and 4% in our U.S., international and Canada contract drilling businesses, respectively.

OUTLOOK

For the second quarter of 2018, the average West Texas Intermediate price of oil was 41% higher than the prior year comparative period while the average Henry Hub gas price was 3% lower and the average AECO price was 55% lower.

  Three months ended June 30,     Year ended December 31,
  2018     2017     2017
Average oil and natural gas prices                    
Oil                    
West Texas Intermediate (per barrel) (US$)   67.91       48.33       50.95
Natural gas                    
Canada                    
AECO (per MMBtu) (CDN$)   1.20       2.69       2.16
United States                    
Henry Hub (per MMBtu) (US$)   2.86       2.94       2.98

Contracts

Year to date in 2018 we have entered into 38 term contracts. The following chart outlines the average number of drilling rigs by quarter that we had under contract for 2017, the first two quarters of 2018 and the average number of drilling rigs by quarter we have under contract for 2018 as of July 25, 2018.

    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 rigs under term contract
  as at July 25, 2018:
                                                               
Canada     27       23       19       12       8       9       9       9  
U.S.     26       33       31       27       36       48       47       35  
International     8       8       8       8       8       8       7       6  
Total     61       64       58       47       52       65       63       50  

The following chart outlines the average number of drilling rigs that we had under contract for 2017 and the average number of rigs we have under contract for 2018 as of July 25, 2018.

    Average for the year ended  
    2017     2018  
Average rigs under term contract
  as at July 25, 2018:
               
Canada     20       9  
U.S.     29       42  
International     8       7  
Total     57       58  

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

For the first half of 2018, drilling activity has increased relative to this time last year in the U.S. and is down slightly in Canada. According to industry sources, as of July 20, 2018, the U.S. active land drilling rig count was up approximately 11% from the same point last year and the Canadian active land drilling rig count was down approximately 2%. To date in 2018, approximately 63% of the Canadian industry's active rigs and 81% of the U.S. industry's active rigs were drilling for oil targets, compared with 53% 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 2018 is expected to be $135 million and includes $72 million for sustaining and infrastructure, $48 million for upgrade and expansion and $15 million on intangibles related to a new ERP system. We expect that the $135 million will be split $113 million in the Contract Drilling Services segment, $6 million in the Completion and Production Services segment and $16 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 June 30,     Six months ended June 30,  
(Stated in thousands of Canadian dollars) 2018     2017     % Change     2018     2017     % Change  
Revenue:(1)                                              
Contract Drilling Services   304,353       262,458       16.0       657,155       586,388       12.1  
Completion and Production Services   27,706       29,381       (5.7 )     77,748       75,730       2.7  
Inter-segment eliminations   (1,343 )     (979 )     37.2       (3,181 )     (2,585 )     23.1  
    330,716       290,860       13.7       731,722       659,533       10.9  
Adjusted EBITDA:(2)                                              
Contract Drilling Services   83,441       67,031       24.5       194,407       160,696       21.0  
Completion and Production Services   (1,402 )     336       (517.3 )     3,242       4,923       (34.1 )
Corporate and other   (19,857 )     (10,847 )     83.1       (37,998 )     (24,791 )     53.3  
    62,182       56,520       10.0       159,651       140,828       13.4  

(1) Prior year comparatives have changed to reflect a recast of certain amounts previously netted against operating expense. See our 2017 Annual Report.
(2) See "NON-GAAP MEASURES".

SEGMENT REVIEW OF CONTRACT DRILLING SERVICES

  Three months ended June 30,     Six months ended June 30,  
(Stated in thousands of Canadian dollars, except where noted) 2018     2017     % Change     2018     2017     % Change  
Revenue(1)   304,353       262,458       16.0       657,155       586,388       12.1  
Expenses:                                              
Operating(1)   211,008       188,080       12.2       444,156       408,897       8.6  
General and administrative   9,904       7,347       34.8       18,592       16,795       10.7  
Adjusted EBITDA(2)   83,441       67,031       24.5       194,407       160,696       21.0  
Depreciation   80,179       85,065       (5.7 )     157,879       171,254       (7.8 )
Operating earnings (loss)(2)   3,262       (18,034 )     (118.1 )     36,528       (10,558 )     (446.0 )
Operating earnings (loss)(2) as a percentage of revenue   1.1 %     (6.9 )%             5.6 %     (1.8 )%        

(1) Prior year comparatives have changed to reflect a recast of certain amounts previously netted against operating expense. See our 2017 Annual Report.
(2) See "NON-GAAP MEASURES".

    Three months ended June 30,  
Canadian onshore drilling statistics:(1)   2018     2017  
    Precision     Industry(2)     Precision     Industry(2)  
Number of drilling rigs (end of period)     135       618       136       634  
Drilling rig operating days (spud to release)     2,526       9,536       2,358       9,252  
Drilling rig operating day utilization     21 %     17 %     19 %     16 %
Number of wells drilled     227       903       267       1,024  
Average days per well     11.1       10.6       8.8       9.0  
Number of metres drilled (000s)     731       2,756       758       2,928  
Average metres per well     3,218       3,052       2,839       2,859  
Average metres per day     289       289       321       316  


    Six months ended June 30,  
Canadian onshore drilling statistics:(1)   2018     2017  
    Precision     Industry(2)     Precision     Industry(2)  
Number of drilling rigs (end of period)     135       618       136       634  
Drilling rig operating days (spud to release)     8,180       32,381       8,400       32,756  
Drilling rig operating day utilization     34 %     29 %     34 %     28 %
Number of wells drilled     742       3,133       831       3,308  
Average days per well     11.0       10.3       10.1       9.9  
Number of metres drilled (000s)     2,228       9,201       2,229       9,088  
Average metres per well     3,003       2,937       2,682       2,747  
Average metres per day     272       284       265       277  

(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  
Year to date average   68       986       53       798  

(1) United States lower 48 operations only.
(2) Baker Hughes rig counts.

Revenue from Contract Drilling Services was $304 million this quarter, or 16% higher than the second quarter of 2017, while adjusted EBITDA increased by 24% to $83 million. The increase in revenue was primarily due to higher utilization days in the United States. During the quarter we did not recognize any shortfall payments in our Canadian contract drilling business compared with $4 million in the prior year comparative period. In the U.S. we recognized turnkey revenue of US$10 million compared with US$5 million in the comparative period and we did not recognize any idle but contracted revenue compared with US$2 million in the comparative quarter of 2017.

Drilling rig utilization days in Canada (drilling days plus move days) were 2,834 during the second quarter of 2018, an increase of 7% compared to 2017 primarily due to increased Deep Basin activity with several customers working pad rigs through spring break-up. Drilling rig utilization days in the U.S. were 6,588, or 24% 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 728, in-line with the same quarter of 2017.

Compared with the same quarter in 2017, drilling rig revenue per utilization day in Canada was in-line with last year as increases in spot market rates in the current quarter offset lower shortfall revenue and a higher number of rigs under long-term contract in the prior period. Drilling rig revenue per utilization day for the quarter in the U.S. was up 10% compared to prior year as higher average day rates and higher turnkey revenue were partially offset by lower lump sum move revenue and lower idle but contract revenue. International revenue per utilization day was in-line with the prior year comparative period.

In Canada, 8% of our utilization days in the quarter were generated from rigs under term contract, compared with 31% in the second quarter of 2017. In the U.S., 67% of utilization days were generated from rigs under term contract as compared with 57% in the second quarter of 2017.

Operating costs were 69% of revenue for the quarter which was two percentage points lower than the prior year period. On a per utilization day basis, operating costs for the drilling rig division in Canada were slightly higher than the prior year period primarily driven by larger average crew sizes associated with increased pad rig activity in the quarter. In the U.S., operating costs for the quarter on a per day basis were slightly lower than the prior year period primarily due to higher lump sum move costs in the prior period and the impact of fixed costs spread over higher activity partially offset by higher costs associated with turnkey activity.

Depreciation expense in the quarter was 6% lower than in the second quarter of 2017. The decrease in depreciation expense was primarily due to the strengthening of the Canadian dollar on our U.S. dollar denominated costs and a lower capital asset base as assets become fully depreciated.

SEGMENT REVIEW OF COMPLETION AND PRODUCTION SERVICES

  Three months ended June 30,     Six months ended June 30,  
(Stated in thousands of Canadian dollars, except where noted) 2018     2017     % Change     2018     2017     % Change  
Revenue   27,706       29,381       (5.7 )     77,748       75,730       2.7  
Expenses:                                              
Operating   26,814       27,231       (1.5 )     70,078       67,099       4.4  
General and administrative   2,294       1,814       26.5       4,428       3,708       19.4  
Adjusted EBITDA(1)   (1,402 )     336       (517.3 )     3,242       4,923       (34.1 )
Depreciation   5,012       7,094       (29.3 )     11,887       14,497       (18.0 )
Operating loss(1)   (6,414 )     (6,758 )     (5.1 )     (8,645 )     (9,574 )     (9.7 )
Operating loss(1) as a percentage of revenue   (23.2 )%     (23.0 )%             (11.1 )%     (12.6 )%        
Well servicing statistics:                                              
Number of service rigs (end of period)   210       210       -       210       210       -  
Service rig operating hours   31,824       33,813       (5.9 )     84,525       85,870       (1.6 )
Service rig operating hour utilization   17 %     18 %     (5.6 )     22 %     23 %     (4.3 )
Service rig revenue per operating hour   676       629       7.5       691       633       9.2  

(1) See "NON-GAAP MEASURES".

Revenue from Completion and Production Services was down $2 million or 6% compared with the second quarter of 2017 due to lower activity in our Canadian well servicing and rental businesses partially offset by higher camp activity. Our service rig operating hours in the quarter were down 6% from the second quarter of 2017 while rates increased an average of 7%. Approximately 98% of our second quarter Canadian service rig activity was oil related.

During the quarter, Completion and Production Services generated 88% of its revenue from Canadian operations and 12% from U.S. operations compared with the second quarter of 2017 where 86% of revenue was generated in Canada and 14% in the U.S.

Average service rig revenue per operating hour in the quarter was $676 or $47 higher than the second quarter of 2017. The increase was primarily the result of increased costs passed through to the customer.

Adjusted EBITDA was lower than the second quarter of 2017 primarily due to reorganization costs of $1 million incurred in the current quarter.

Operating costs as a percentage of revenue was 97% compared with the prior year comparative quarter of 93%.

Depreciation in the quarter was $2 million lower than the prior year comparative period. The lower depreciation is due to a lower asset base as assets become fully depreciated.

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 loss of $20 million, a $9 million increase compared with the second quarter of 2017 primarily due to higher share-based incentive compensation.

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 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 June 30,     Six months ended June 30,  
(Stated in thousands of Canadian dollars) 2018     2017     2018     2017  
Cash settled share-based incentive plans   7,681       (4,452 )     15,471       (2,314 )
Equity settled share-based incentive plans                              
Executive PSU   1,696       821       2,749       821  
Stock option plan   901       587       1,718       1,720  
Total share-based incentive compensation plan expense   10,278       (3,044 )     19,938       227  
                               
Allocated:                              
Operating   3,305       (944 )     6,801       434  
General and Administrative   6,973       (2,100 )     13,137       (207 )
    10,278       (3,044 )     19,938       227  

Cash settled shared-based compensation expense increased $12 million in the current quarter to $8 million compared to a recovery of $4 million in the same quarter in 2017. The increase is primarily due to the increasing share price experienced in the current quarter compared to a declining 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 $2 million compared with the second quarter of 2017 primarily because of a stronger Canadian dollar on our U.S. dollar denominated interest expense, reduction in interest expense related to debt retired in 2017 and higher interest income in the current period.

Loss on Repurchase and Redemption of Unsecured Senior Notes

During the quarter we redeemed US$50 million of our 6.5% unsecured senior notes due 2021 and repurchased and cancelled US$3 million principal amount of our 2021 notes and US$5 million principal amount of our 2024 notes incurring a net loss of $1 million.

Income Tax

Income tax expense for the quarter was a recovery of $13 million compared with a recovery of $37 million in the same quarter in 2017. The recoveries are due to negative pretax earnings.

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 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 with US$250 million(1) accordion feature)
  Undrawn, except US$28 million in
outstanding letters of credit
  General corporate purposes   November 21, 2021
Operating facilities (secured)            
$40 million   Undrawn, except $29 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$13 million in
outstanding letters of credit
  Letters of credit    
Unsecured senior notes (unsecured)            
US$196 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$395 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

(1) Increases to US$300 million at the end of the covenant relief period of March 31, 2019.

As at June 30, 2018, we had $1,762 million outstanding under our unsecured senior notes. The current blended cash interest cost of our debt is approximately 6.6%.

Covenants

Following is a listing of our currently applicable financial covenants and the calculations as at June 30, 2018.

  Covenant   As at June 30, 2018  
Senior Facility          
Consolidated senior debt to consolidated Covenant EBITDA(1) < 2.50     0.08  
Consolidated Covenant EBITDA to consolidated interest expense > 2.00     2.98  
Unsecured Senior Notes          
Consolidated interest coverage ratio > 2.00     2.39  

(1) For purposes of calculating the leverage ratio consolidated senior debt only includes secured indebtedness.

At June 30, 2018, we were in compliance with the covenants of our senior credit facility and unsecured senior notes.

Senior Facility

The senior credit facility requires that we comply with certain covenants including a leverage ratio of consolidated senior debt to consolidated Covenant EBITDA (see "NON-GAAP MEASURES") of less than 2.5:1. For purposes of calculating the leverage ratio consolidated senior debt only includes secured indebtedness.

Under the senior credit facility, we are required to maintain a ratio of consolidated Covenant EBITDA to consolidated interest expense for the most recent four consecutive quarters, of greater than 2.0:1 for the periods ending June 30, September 30, and December 31, 2018 and March 31, 2019. For periods ending after March 31, 2019 the ratio reverts to 2.5:1.

The senior credit facility prevents us from making distributions prior to April 1, 2019, after which, distributions are subject to a pro forma consolidated senior net leverage covenant of less than or equal to 1.75:1. The senior credit facility also limits the redemption and repurchase of junior debt subject to a pro forma consolidated senior net leverage covenant ratio of less than or equal to 1.75:1.

In addition, the senior credit facility contains certain covenants that place restrictions on our ability to incur or assume additional indebtedness; dispose of assets; pay dividends, undertake share redemptions or other distributions; change our primary business; incur liens on assets; engage in transactions with affiliates; enter into mergers, consolidations or amalgamations; and enter into speculative swap agreements.

Unsecured Senior Notes

The senior notes require that we comply with financial covenants including an incurrence based consolidated interest coverage ratio test of consolidated cash flow, as defined in the senior note agreements, to consolidated interest expense of greater than 2.0:1 for the most recent four consecutive fiscal quarters. In the event that our consolidated interest coverage ratio is less than 2.0:1 for the most recent four consecutive fiscal quarters the senior notes restrict our ability to incur additional indebtedness.

The senior notes contain a restricted payments covenant that limits our ability to make payments in the nature of dividends, distributions and for repurchases from shareholders. This restricted payment basket grows from a starting point of October 1, 2010 for the 2021 and 2024 senior notes, from October 1, 2016 for the 2023 senior notes and October 1, 2017 for the 2026 senior notes by, among other things, 50% of consolidated cumulative net earnings and decreases by 100% of consolidated cumulative net losses, as defined in the note agreements, and payments made to shareholders. Beginning with the December 31, 2015 calculation the governing net restricted payments basket was negative and as of that date we were no longer able to declare and make dividend payments until such time as the restricted payments baskets once again become positive. For further information, please see the senior note indentures which are available on SEDAR and EDGAR.

In addition, the senior notes contain certain covenants that limit our ability, and the ability of certain subsidiaries, to incur additional indebtedness and issue preferred shares; create liens; create or permit to exist restrictions on our ability or certain subsidiaries to make certain payments and distributions; engage in amalgamations, mergers or consolidations; make certain dispositions and engage in transactions with affiliates.

Hedge of investments in foreign operations

We utilize foreign currency long-term debt to hedge our exposure to changes in the carrying values of our net investment in certain foreign operations as a result of changes in foreign exchange rates.

We have designated our U.S. dollar denominated long-term debt as a net investment hedge in our U.S. operations and other foreign operations that have a U.S. dollar functional currency. To be accounted for as a hedge, the foreign currency denominated long-term debt must be designated and documented as such and must be effective at inception and on an ongoing basis. We recognize the effective amount of this hedge (net of tax) in other comprehensive income. We recognize ineffective amounts (if any) in net earnings (loss).

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 June 30,     Six months ended June 30,  
(Stated in thousands) 2018     2017     2018     2017  
Weighted average shares outstanding – basic   293,471       293,239       293,355       293,239  
Effect of stock options and other equity compensation plans                      
Weighted average shares outstanding – diluted   293,471       293,239       293,355       293,239  

 QUARTERLY FINANCIAL SUMMARY

 (Stated in thousands of Canadian dollars, except per share amounts)   2017     2018  
Quarters ended   September 30     December 31     March 31     June 30  
Revenue(1)     314,504       347,187       401,006       330,716  
Adjusted EBITDA(2)     73,239       90,914       97,469       62,182  
Net loss     (26,287 )     (47,005 )     (18,077 )     (47,217 )
Net loss per basic and diluted share     (0.09 )     (0.16 )     (0.06 )     (0.16 )
Funds provided by (used in) operations(2)     85,140       28,323       104,026       50,225  
Cash provided by (used in) operations     56,757       23,289       38,189       129,695  


 (Stated in thousands of Canadian dollars, except per share amounts)   2016     2017  
Quarters ended   September 30     December 31     March 31     June 30  
Revenue(1)     213,668       302,653       368,673       290,860  
Adjusted EBITDA(2)     41,411       65,000       84,308       56,520  
Net loss     (47,377 )     (30,618 )     (22,614 )     (36,130 )
Net loss per basic and diluted share     (0.16 )     (0.10 )     (0.08 )     (0.12 )
Funds provided by (used in) operations(2)     31,688       11,466       85,659       (15,187 )
Cash provided by (used in) operations     17,515       (27,846 )     33,770       2,739  


(1) Prior year comparatives have changed to reflect a recast of certain amounts previously netted against operating expense. See our 2017 Annual Report.
(2) See "NON-GAAP MEASURES".

CRITICAL ACCOUNTING JUDGEMENTS AND ESTIMATES

Because of the nature of our business, we are required to make judgments and estimates in preparing our Consolidated Interim Financial Statements that could materially affect the amounts recognized. Our judgments and estimates are based on our past experiences and assumptions we believe are reasonable in the circumstances. The critical judgments and estimates used in preparing the Interim Financial Statements are described in our 2017 Annual Report and there have been no material changes to our critical accounting judgments and estimates during the three and six-month periods ended June 30, 2018 except for those impacted by the adoption of new accounting standards.

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 on repurchase and redemption of unsecured senior notes, finance charges, foreign exchange, 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 report, 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 historical 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 2018;
  • our capital expenditure plans for 2018;
  • anticipated activity levels in 2018 and our scheduled infrastructure projects;
  • anticipated demand for Tier 1 rigs; and
  • the average number of term contracts in place for 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, 2017, 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)   June 30,
2018
    December 31,
2017
 
ASSETS                
Current assets:                
Cash   $ 94,669     $ 65,081  
Accounts receivable     314,970       322,585  
Income tax recoverable     952       29,449  
Inventory     33,784       24,631  
Total current assets     444,375       441,746  
Non-current assets:                
Income tax recoverable     2,358       2,256  
Deferred tax assets     38,024       41,822  
Property, plant and equipment     3,130,686       3,173,824  
Intangibles     36,129       28,116  
Goodwill     206,649       205,167  
Total non-current assets     3,413,846       3,451,185  
Total assets   $ 3,858,221     $ 3,892,931  
                 
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY                
Current liabilities:                
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities   $ 248,226     $ 209,625  
Non-current liabilities:                
Share based compensation     7,841       13,536  
Provisions and other     9,897       10,086  
Long-term debt     1,735,842       1,730,437  
Deferred tax liability     90,350       118,911  
Total non-current liabilities     1,843,930       1,872,970  
Shareholders' equity:                
Shareholders' capital     2,321,902       2,319,293  
Contributed surplus     47,695       44,037  
Deficit     (749,898 )     (684,604 )
Accumulated other comprehensive income     146,366       131,610  
Total shareholders' equity     1,766,065       1,810,336  
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity   $ 3,858,221     $ 3,892,931  

 

INTERIM CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF LOSS (UNAUDITED)

    Three months ended June 30,     Six months ended June 30,  
(Stated in thousands of Canadian dollars, except per share amounts)   2018   2017     2018     2017  
                           
                               
Revenue   $ 330,716   $ 290,860     $ 731,722     $ 659,533  
Expenses:                              
Operating     236,479     214,332       511,053       473,411  
General and administrative     32,055     20,008       61,018       45,294  
Earnings before income taxes, loss on
  repurchase and redemption of unsecured senior
  notes, finance charges, foreign exchange and
  depreciation and amortization
    62,182     56,520       159,651       140,828  
Depreciation and amortization     88,621     95,799       175,929       192,962  
Operating loss     (26,439 )   (39,279 )     (16,278 )     (52,134 )
Foreign exchange     556     (798 )     1,771       (751 )
Finance charges     32,103     34,532       63,782       67,514  
Loss on repurchase and redemption of unsecured senior notes     1,176           1,176        
Loss before income taxes     (60,274 )   (73,013 )     (83,007 )     (118,897 )
Income taxes:                              
Current     3,599     (640 )     5,165       250  
Deferred     (16,656 )   (36,243 )     (22,878 )     (60,403 )
      (13,057 )   (36,883 )     (17,713 )     (60,153 )
Net loss   $ (47,217 ) $ (36,130 )   $ (65,294 )     (58,744 )
Net loss per share:                              
Basic   $ (0.16 ) $ (0.12 )   $ (0.22 )   $ (0.20 )
Diluted   $ (0.16 ) $ (0.12 )   $ (0.22 )   $ (0.20 )

  

INTERIM CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE LOSS (UNAUDITED)

    Three months ended June 30,     Six months ended June 30,  
(Stated in thousands of Canadian dollars)   2018     2017     2018     2017  
Net loss   $ (47,217 )   $ (36,130 )   $ (65,294 )   $ (58,744 )
Unrealized gain (loss) on translation of assets and
  liabilities of operations denominated in foreign currency
    39,592       (57,408 )     93,326       (75,962 )
Foreign exchange gain (loss) on net investment hedge
  with U.S. denominated debt, net of tax
    (33,115 )     48,901       (78,570 )     64,025  
Comprehensive loss   $ (40,740 )   $ (44,637 )   $ (50,538 )   $ (70,681 )

INTERIM CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOW (UNAUDITED)

    Three months ended June 30,     Six months ended June 30,  
(Stated in thousands of Canadian dollars)   2018     2017     2018     2017  
Cash provided by (used in):                                
Operations:                                
Net loss   $ (47,217 )   $ (36,130 )   $ (65,294 )   $ (58,744 )
Adjustments for:                                
Long-term compensation plans     6,027       (602 )     13,926       2,331  
Depreciation and amortization     88,621       95,799       175,929       192,962  
Foreign exchange     (15 )     (1,402 )     1,433       (1,354 )
Finance charges     32,103       34,532       63,782       67,514  
Income taxes     (13,057 )     (36,883 )     (17,713 )     (60,153 )
Other     (217 )     (607 )     (1,133 )     (777 )
Loss on repurchase and redemption of unsecured senior notes     1,176             1,176        
Income taxes paid     (3,282 )     (1,711 )     (3,606 )     (2,761 )
Income taxes recovered     27,551             27,587       332  
Interest paid     (42,021 )     (68,351 )     (42,521 )     (70,259 )
Interest received     556       168       685       1,381  
Funds provided by (used in) operations     50,225       (15,187 )     154,251       70,472  
Changes in non-cash working capital balances     79,470       17,926       13,633       (33,963 )
      129,695       2,739       167,884       36,509  
Investments:                                
Purchase of property, plant and equipment     (34,324 )     (21,136 )     (56,615 )     (41,559 )
Purchase of intangibles     (2,429 )     (7,301 )     (10,220 )     (8,970 )
Proceeds on sale of property, plant and equipment     2,630       3,563       8,680       5,781  
Changes in non-cash working capital balances     (8,204 )     (2,175 )     (8,032 )     (10,566 )
      (42,327 )     (27,049 )     (66,187 )     (55,314 )
Financing:                                
Debt amendment fees                       (341 )
Redemption and repayment of unsecured senior notes     (76,657 )           (76,657 )      
      (76,657 )           (76,657 )     (341 )
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents     2,085       (1,206 )     4,548       (1,495 )
Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents     12,796       (25,516 )     29,588       (20,641 )
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period     81,873       120,580       65,081       115,705  
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period   $ 94,669     $ 95,064     $ 94,669     $ 95,064  

 

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                       (65,294 )     (65,294 )
Other comprehensive income for the period                 14,756             14,756  
Shares issued on redemption non-management directors' DSUs     2,609       (809 )                 1,800  
Share based compensation expense           4,467                   4,467  
Balance at June 30, 2018   $ 2,321,902     $ 47,695     $ 146,366     $ (749,898 )   $ 1,766,065  


 (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                       (58,744 )     (58,744 )
Other comprehensive loss for the period                 (11,937 )           (11,937 )
Share based compensation expense           2,541                   2,541  
Balance at June 30, 2017   $ 2,319,293     $ 41,478     $ 144,519     $ (611,312 )   $ 1,893,978  

SECOND QUARTER 2018 EARNINGS CONFERENCE CALL AND WEBCAST

Precision Drilling Corporation has scheduled a conference call and webcast to begin promptly at 12:00 noon MT (2:00 p.m. ET) on Thursday, July 26, 2018.

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 July 31, 2018 by dialing 1-855-859-2056 or 404-537-3406, pass code 1184468.

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 water 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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