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Patterson-UTI Announces New Term Loan Agreement and Intention to Reduce Total Debt by $150 Million


HOUSTON, Aug. 23, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- PATTERSON-UTI ENERGY, INC. (NASDAQ:PTEN) today announced that the Company has entered into a $150 million senior unsecured term loan agreement maturing June 2022.  Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. served as administrative agent, co-lead arranger and lender, with U.S. Bank, N.A. serving as syndication agent, co-lead arranger and lender.  The Company intends to use the proceeds from this loan, which will bear interest at a rate of Libor + 1.125%, along with cash on hand to repay the $300 million of borrowings under its 4.97% Series A senior notes due October 2020.

Andy Smith, Patterson-UTI's Chief Financial Officer, stated, "The terms and conditions of this new loan are consistent with our investment grade credit rating, and the ultimate result of these transactions will be a reduction of $150 million in total debt outstanding.  Additionally, these transactions will further enhance our already strong financial position.  We will continue to have strong liquidity and will have no term debt maturities until 2022."     

About Patterson-UTI

Patterson-UTI is a provider of oilfield services and products to oil and natural gas exploration and production companies in North America, including market leading positions in contract drilling, pressure pumping and directional drilling services.  For more information, visit  

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements which are protected as forward-looking statements under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that are not limited to historical facts, but reflect Patterson-UTI's current beliefs, expectations or intentions regarding future events.  Words such as "anticipate," "believe," "budgeted," "continue," "could," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "plan," "predict," "potential," "project," "pursue," "should," "strategy," "target," or "will," and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements.  The statements in this press release that are not historical statements, including statements regarding Patterson-UTI's future expectations, beliefs, plans, objectives, financial conditions, assumptions or future events or performance that are not historical facts, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws.  These statements are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond Patterson-UTI's control, which could cause actual results to differ materially from the results expressed or implied by the statements.  These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: volatility in customer spending and in oil and natural gas prices, which could adversely affect demand for Patterson-UTI's services and their associated effect on rates, utilization, margins and planned capital expenditures; global economic conditions; excess availability of land drilling rigs and pressure pumping equipment, including as a result of low commodity prices, reactivation, improvement or construction; liabilities from operations; weather; decline in, and ability to realize, backlog; equipment specialization and new technologies; shortages, delays in delivery and interruptions of supply of equipment and materials; ability to hire and retain personnel; loss of, or reduction in business with, key customers; cybersecurity risk; difficulty with growth and in integrating acquisitions and new technology; governmental regulation; product liability; legal proceedings, including technology disputes, and actions by governmental or other regulatory agencies; political, economic and social instability risk; ability to effectively identify and enter new markets; dependence on our subsidiaries to meet our long-term debt obligations; variable rate indebtedness risk; ability to maintain credit rating and service debt; and anti-takeover measures in our charter documents; contingent tax liabilities; and ability to use net operating losses.

Additional information concerning factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements is contained from time to time in Patterson-UTI's SEC filings.  Patterson-UTI's filings may be obtained by contacting Patterson-UTI or the SEC or through Patterson-UTI's website at or through the SEC's Electronic Data Gathering and Analysis Retrieval System (EDGAR) at  Patterson-UTI undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement.

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