Precision Drilling Corporation Announces 2021 Second Quarter Unaudited Financial Results

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CALGARY, Alberta, July 22, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- 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 2021 second quarter financial results:

  • Revenue of $201 million was an increase of 6% compared with the second quarter of 2020.
  • Net loss of $76 million or $5.71 per share compared with a net loss of $49 million or $3.56 per share in the second quarter of 2020.
  • Earnings before income taxes, loss (gain) on repurchase of unsecured senior notes, finance charges, foreign exchange, gain on asset disposals and depreciation and amortization (Adjusted EBITDA, see “NON-GAAP MEASURES”) of $29 million was 50% lower than the second quarter of 2020. Excluding the impact of $26 million of share-based compensation charges, our second quarter Adjusted EBITDA was $55 million.
  • Generated cash and funds provided by operations (see “NON-GAAP MEASURES”) of $42 million and $13 million, respectively.
  • Second quarter ending cash balance was $63 million.
  • Extended the maturity of the Senior Credit Facility to June 18, 2025.
  • Issued US$400 million of 6.875% unsecured senior notes due in 2029 and redeemed in full our 2023 and 2024 unsecured senior notes.
  • Second quarter and year to date debt reduction of $23 million and $52 million, respectively.
  • Second quarter capital expenditures were $20 million.
  • Recognized the Canadian government’s Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) program assistance of $9 million.

Precision’s President and CEO Kevin Neveu stated:

“Precision delivered higher than expected second quarter revenue of $201 million, supported by increased activity and improved pricing resulting from strengthening energy fundamentals and higher oil and natural gas prices. In addition, field margins were better than expected in our contract drilling business with strict cost control, Alpha technology revenues, and the benefit of operating leverage from higher than expected activity. Adjusted EBITDA excluding the $26 million share-based compensation accrual was $55 million, significantly higher than our expectations, and reflective of our focus on cost management and maximizing our operating leverage.”

“Our Canadian operations produced second quarter activity up three-fold from 2020 levels and the strength of the market continues to surprise to the upside. Currently, we are running 52 rigs, well above both our 2019 pre-pandemic levels and in-line with our 2021 first quarter activity peak. We expect to activate several more rigs over the coming weeks, and early in the third quarter, we agreed to a multi-year contract to redeploy an AC Super Triple rig from Colorado to the Montney, enhancing our leadership position in this important Canadian play. In addition to the Montney, we are experiencing increased customer demand for our Super Single rigs in heavy oil applications where our rigs deliver outstanding performance in these industrialized drilling operations. Our Canadian well service business is also experiencing a similar rebound with activity up over five-fold from July of 2020, supported by commodity prices and the Canadian well abandonment program. The outlook for the overall Canadian market over the next 12 months remains exceptionally bright.”

“In the U.S., we are experiencing growing customer demand with second quarter activity up over 30% from the same period last year and up 21% sequentially. Activity is trending in line with our expectations with 42 rigs running today, an increase from 37 at the end of the first quarter. We expect steady U.S. activity growth to continue throughout 2021 and are gaining confidence in accelerated rig additions to start 2022 as customers deploy fresh budget capital for drilling projects to address declining drilled but uncompleted well inventories.”

“Our international drilling operations remain steady with six rigs active in Kuwait and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Bidding activity is trending upwards as the national oil companies plan for the relaxation of OPEC production and export limits in 2022. We continue to see opportunities to activate several of our idle rigs in the region later this year or early next year and are increasingly confident in our likelihood of success.”

“Our recent debt refinancing and revolver extension activities pushed out our debt maturities, reduced our cash interest expenses and sustained our high liquidity level with the success of the transactions reflecting capital markets and bank confidence in Precision. Importantly, the refinancing left approximately $200 million of prepayable debt, the amount we are committed to repay by the end of 2022 to achieve our goal of reducing debt by $800 million over a five-year period. Debt reduction in the quarter was $23 million and year to date we have reduced debt by $52 million. We utilized cash from operations and cash on the balance sheet to offset costs associated with our debt refinancing, including call premiums and transaction costs. We expect robust cash flow in the second half of the year with an improving business and only $22 million of cash interest expense remaining in 2021. With no senior note maturities until 2026 and approximately $500 million of available liquidity, our balance sheet remains in excellent shape to support our business activities.”

“We believe our AlphaAutomation and AlphaApps offerings crossed a tipping point with customer acceptance at the beginning of this year, and now we are finding virtually all new rig activations for our AC Super Triple rigs include our full suite of services. With quarter-over-quarter growth almost doubling our app revenue days, and a 30% increase in paid AlphaAutomation days, we are well on track to deliver on our Alpha technology strategic objective. Our customers are clearly maintaining capital discipline and are utilizing industrial scale, digital technologies and operational efficiency to drive cash flow. With this market backdrop, we expect our Alpha technology offering will continue to be attractive to our customers and increasingly necessary for our customers to achieve their goals.”

“I continue to be encouraged by the progress Precision is making on our ESG initiatives including our recently published Corporate Responsibility Report. The report details our activities and commitments to reduce our environmental footprint and GHG emissions, and improve the diversity, opportunities and experiences for our workforce and the communities where we operate. I am particularly pleased with the formation of our E-Team and S-Team, which are cross-functional teams working across Precision’s business units to develop and implement our strategies and tactics as we continue our ESG journey.”

“I would like to conclude by thanking all the employees of Precision Drilling once again for their hard work and the very good results they delivered for all of Precision’s stakeholders,” concluded Mr. Neveu.

 

SELECT FINANCIAL AND OPERATING INFORMATION

Financial Highlights

 For the three months ended June 30,  For the six months ended June 30, 
(Stated in thousands of Canadian dollars, except per share amounts)2021  2020  % Change  2021  2020  % Change 
Revenue 201,359   189,759   6.1   437,832   569,243   (23.1)
Adjusted EBITDA(1) 28,944   58,465   (50.5)  83,483   160,369   (47.9)
Operating earnings (loss)(1) (39,856)  (19,189)  107.7   (55,271)  3,410   (1,720.9)
Net loss (75,912)  (48,867)  55.3   (112,018)  (54,144)  106.9 
Cash provided by operations 42,219   104,478   (59.6)  57,641   179,431   (67.9)
Funds provided by operations(1) 12,607   26,639   (52.7)  56,037   107,956   (48.1)
Capital spending:                       
Expansion and upgrade 6,446   12,111   (46.8)  9,883   13,764   (28.2)
Maintenance and infrastructure 13,809   11,816   16.9   18,808   21,648   (13.1)
Intangibles -   -  n.m.   -   57   (100.0)
Proceeds on sale (2,590)  (5,021)  (48.4)  (5,914)  (10,711)  (44.8)
Net capital spending 17,665   18,906   (6.6)  22,777   24,758   (8.0)
Net loss per share:                       
Basic (5.71)  (3.56)  60.3   (8.41)  (3.94)  113.5 
Diluted (5.71)  (3.56)  60.3   (8.41)  (3.94)  113.5 

(1)    See “NON-GAAP MEASURES.”
n.m. Not meaningful

 

Operating Highlights

 For the three months ended June 30,  For the six months ended June 30, 
 2021  2020  % Change  2021  2020  % Change 
Contract drilling rig fleet 227   227   -   227   227   - 
Drilling rig utilization days:                       
U.S. 3,579   2,743   30.5   6,530   7,727   (15.5)
Canada 2,497   834   199.4   6,315   6,603   (4.4)
International 546   687   (20.5)  1,086   1,415   (23.3)
Revenue per utilization day:                       
U.S.(1) (US$) 20,497   29,370   (30.2)  21,236   25,828   (17.8)
Canada (Cdn$) 20,634   22,940   (10.1)  20,935   21,633   (3.2)
International (US$) 54,269   54,779   (0.9)  53,512   54,529   (1.9)
Operating cost per utilization day:                       
U.S. (US$) 13,745   14,172   (3.0)  14,360   14,406   (0.3)
Canada (Cdn$) 13,510   13,898   (2.8)  13,216   14,196   (6.9)
                        
Service rig fleet 123   123   -   123   123   - 
Service rig operating hours 26,630   4,702   466.4   61,533   39,067   57.5 

(1)    Includes revenue from idle but contracted rig days.

 

Financial Position

(Stated in thousands of Canadian dollars, except ratios)June 30, 2021  December 31, 2020 
Working capital(1) 115,507   175,423 
Cash 63,437   108,772 
Long-term debt 1,145,317   1,236,210 
Total long-term financial liabilities 1,217,662   1,304,162 
Total assets 2,696,309   2,898,878 
Long-term debt to long-term debt plus equity ratio 0.47   0.47 

(1)    See “NON-GAAP MEASURES.”

 

Summary for the three months ended June 30, 2021:

  • Revenue for the second quarter was $201 million, 6% higher than in 2020 and was the result of increased drilling and service activity, partially offset by lower drilling day rates. Drilling rig utilization days increased by 30% in the U.S. and 199% in Canada as compared with the second quarter of 2020. Our international drilling activity decreased 21% from 2020 due to the expiration of drilling contracts.
  • Adjusted EBITDA (see “NON-GAAP MEASURES”) for the quarter was $29 million, $30 million lower than 2020. Our Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenue was 14% this quarter, compared with 31% in the comparative quarter. Our current quarter Adjusted EBITDA was negatively impacted by higher share-based compensation charges due to our increased share price and lower average day rates, partially offset by improved activity. Excluding the impact of $26 million of share-based compensation charges, our Adjusted EBITDA was $55 million in the second quarter of 2021. See additional discussion on share-based compensation under “Other Items” later in this release.
  • Operating loss (see “NON-GAAP MEASURES”) for the quarter was $40 million compared with $19 million in 2020.
  • General and administrative expenses this quarter were $31 million, $13 million higher than in 2020 due to our increased share-based compensation charges and lower CEWS program assistance. Excluding share-based compensation and CEWS program assistance, our general and administrative expenses decreased by 12% as compared with the second quarter of 2020.
  • In the second quarter of 2020, we incurred restructuring charges of $6 million, comprised of severance, as we aligned our cost structure to reflect reduced global activity, and certain costs associated with the shutdown of our U.S. directional drilling operations. No restructuring charges were incurred in 2021.
  • Net finance charges for the quarter were $28 million, consistent with 2020. As compared with 2020, our second quarter interest charges on our long-term debt decreased by $6 million but was offset by higher debt issue costs as we accelerated the amortization of issue costs on our fully redeemed unsecured senior notes.
  • In the U.S., revenue per utilization day in the second quarter of 2021 decreased to US$20,497 compared with US$29,370 in 2020. The decrease was primarily the result of lower revenue from idle but contracted rigs and lower fleet average day rates, partially offset by higher Alpha revenue. Our second quarter revenue from turnkey projects and idle but contracted rigs of US$3 million and nil, respectively, compared with US$3 million and US$16 million in 2020. Our second quarter operating costs on a per day basis decreased to US$13,745, compared with US$14,172 in 2020, and was mainly due to lower rig operating costs and lower fixed costs, partially offset by higher rig repairs and rig activations. We activated six rigs in the quarter as compared with nil in 2020. On a sequential basis, revenue per utilization day, excluding revenue from turnkey drilling and idle but contracted rigs, decreased by US$872 primarily due to lower fleet average day rates, while operating costs per day decreased by US$1,360 due to lower turnkey activity and the impact of fixed operating costs being spread over higher activity days.
  • In Canada, average revenue per utilization day for contract drilling rigs for the quarter was $20,634 compared with $22,940 in 2020. The lower average revenue per utilization day in 2021 was primarily due to our rig mix. Average operating costs per utilization day in Canada for the quarter decreased to $13,510 compared with $13,898 in 2020. The decrease was mainly due to fixed costs being spread over higher activity days and lower repairs and maintenance.
  • During the quarter, we recognized CEWS program assistance of $9 million, consistent with 2020. CEWS program assistance was presented as offsets to operating and general and administrative costs of $8 million and $1 million, respectively, as compared with $6 million and $3 million in 2020.
  • We realized second quarter revenue from international contract drilling of US$30 million of 2021, as compared with US$38 million in 2020. The lower revenue in 2021 was primarily due to lower activity. Average revenue per utilization day for the quarter was US$54,269, consistent with 2020.
  • Cash and funds provided by operations (see “NON-GAAP MEASURES”) in the second quarter of 2021 were $42 million and $13 million, respectively, compared with $104 million and $27 million in 2020.
  • Capital expenditures were $20 million, $4 million lower than the second quarter of 2020. Capital spending included $6 million for expansion and upgrade capital and $14 million for the maintenance of existing assets, infrastructure spending and intangibles.
  • During the second quarter of 2021, we reduced long-term debt by $23 million.

Summary for the six months ended June 30, 2021:

  • Revenue for the first six months of 2021 was $438 million, a decrease of 23% from 2020.
  • Operating loss (see “NON-GAAP MEASURES”) was $55 million, compared with operating earnings of $3 million in 2020. Operating results this year were negatively impacted by lower drilling activity and average day rates.
  • General and administrative costs were $53 million, an increase of $15 million from 2020. The increase was the result of higher share-based compensation charges. Excluding share-based compensation and CEWS program assistance, our general and administrative costs for the first half of 2021 decreased 27% as compared with 2020.
  • In the first half of 2020, we incurred restructuring charges of $16 million, comprised of severance and shutdown costs for our U.S. directional drilling operations. No restructuring charges were incurred in 2021.
  • Net finance charges were $50 million, a decrease of $6 million from 2020 primarily due to a reduction in interest expense related to retired debt, partially offset by higher amortized debt issue costs.
  • Cash provided by operations was $58 million in 2021 as compared with $179 million in 2020. Funds provided by operations (see “NON-GAAP MEASURES”) in the first half of 2021 were $56 million, a decrease of $52 million from the prior year comparative period of $108 million.
  • Capital expenditures were $29 million for the first half of 2021, a decrease of $7 million for the same period in 2020. Capital spending for the first half of 2021 included $10 million for expansion and upgrade capital and $19 million for the maintenance of existing assets, infrastructure spending and intangibles.
  • During the first half of 2021, we reduced long-term debt by $52 million and repurchased and cancelled 155,168 common shares for $4 million pursuant to our Normal Course Issuer Bid.

STRATEGY

Precision’s strategic priorities for 2021 are as follows:

  1. Grow revenue and market share through our digital leadership position – Precision exited the second quarter with 44 AC Super Triple Alpha-rigs equipped with our AlphaAutomation platform and 16 commercialized AlphaApps. Our second quarter paid AlphaApp days increased 89% compared with the first quarter of 2021, with the increase largely driven by operational performance, additional revenue generating days and further uptake of customers fully utilizing our suite of Alpha technologies. During the quarter, Precision added two new AlphaAutomation customers and increased paid AlphaAutomation days, AlphaApp days and AlphaAnalytics days quarter-over-quarter by 30%, 89% and 71%, respectively.
  2. Demonstrate operational leverage to generate free cash flow and reduce debt – In the second quarter of 2021, Precision generated $42 million of cash provided by operations (see “NON-GAAP MEASURES”) and $3 million of cash proceeds from the divestiture of non-core assets. We issued US$400 million of 6.875% unsecured senior notes due 2029, redeemed in full our 2023 and 2024 unsecured senior notes and extended the maturity of our Senior Credit Facility. Through these transactions, we extended our debt maturities, reduced our average cost of borrowing and increased the amount of prepayable debt under our Senior Credit Facility. As of June 30, 2021, we have reduced debt levels by $52 million, leaving $48 million of further debt reduction to achieve the low end of our 2021 debt reduction target of $100-$125 million. Precision exited the quarter with a cash balance of $63 million, US$167 million drawn on our US$500 million Senior Credit Facility and available liquidity of approximately $500 million.
  3. Deliver leading ESG (environmental, social and governance) performance to strengthen customer and stakeholder positioning – On July 15, 2021, we released our second annual Corporate Responsibility Report that highlights our progress in ESG efforts and outlines our ESG strategies, focus areas and performance. Furthermore, we announced the launch of our EverGreen suite of environmental solutions, bolstering our commitment to reduce the environmental impact of oilfield operations. Our EverGreen suite of environmental solutions is comprised of our EverGreen Monitoring, EverGreen Energy, and EverGreen Fuel Cell initiatives. We remain committed to partnering with suppliers, customers, industry groups and government agencies to innovate and implement green drilling technologies. This collaborative approach, along with our position as a drilling technology leader, will continue to result in more eco-friendly drilling solutions, returns on investment and improved social perception for Precision’s customers. For additional information on our ESG initiatives and our Corporate Responsibility Report, please see our website.

OUTLOOK

The oilfield services industry outlook and customer sentiment both continue to improve as global COVID-19 vaccination rates increase, economies reopen and commodity prices strengthen. Improved fundamentals from recovering global oil demand have resulted in higher commodity prices and increased activity levels. We anticipate our customers will remain focused on capital discipline and maximize operational efficiencies. We expect these industry dynamics to accelerate the industry’s transition toward service providers with the highest performing assets and competitive digital technology offerings. Pursuit of predictable and repeatable results will further drive field application of drilling automation processes to create additional cost efficiencies and performance value for customers.

Contracts

Year to date in 2021 we have entered into 20 term contracts. The following chart outlines the average number of drilling rigs under contract by quarter as of July 21, 2021. For those quarters ending after June 30, 2021, this chart represents the minimum number of long-term contracts from which we will earn revenue. We expect the actual number of contracted rigs to vary in future periods as we sign additional contracts.

  Average for the quarter ended 2020  Average for the quarter ended 2021 
  Mar. 31  June 30  Sept. 30  Dec. 31  Mar. 31  June 30  Sept. 30  Dec. 31 
Average rigs under term contract as of July 21, 2021:                                
U.S.  41   32   26   24   21   24   20   17 
Canada  5   4   3   4   6   6   7   7 
International  8   8   6   6   6   6   6   6 
Total  54   44   35   34   33   36   33   30 

The following chart outlines the average number of drilling rigs that we had under contract for 2020 and the average number of rigs we have under contract as of July 21, 2021.

  Average for the year ended   
  2020  2021   
Average rigs under term contract as of July 21, 2021:          
U.S.  31   21   
Canada  4   7   
International  7   6   
Total  42   34   

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 2020 Average for the quarter ended 2021 
 Mar. 31  June 30  Sept. 30  Dec. 31  Mar. 31  June 30 
Average Precision active rig count:                       
U.S. 55   30   21   26   33   39 
Canada 63   9   18   28   42   27 
International 8   8   6   6   6   6 
Total 126   47   45   60   81   72 

According to industry sources, as of July 21, 2021, the U.S. active land drilling rig count has increased 93% from the same point last year while the Canadian active land drilling rig count increased by 369%. To date in 2021, approximately 82% of the U.S. industry’s active rigs and 53% of the Canadian industry’s active rigs were drilling for oil targets, compared with 82% for the U.S. and 58% for Canada at the same time last year.

Capital Spending

Capital spending in 2021 is expected to be $63 million and includes $41 million for sustaining, infrastructure and intangibles and $22 million for expansion and upgrades. We expect that the $63 million will be split $59 million in the Contract Drilling Services segment, $3 million in the Completion and Production Services segment and $1 million to the Corporate segment. At June 30, 2021, Precision had capital commitments of $127 million with payments expected through 2023.

SEGMENTED FINANCIAL RESULTS

 For the three months ended June 30,  For the six months ended June 30, 
(Stated in thousands of Canadian dollars)2021  2020  % Change  2021  2020  % Change 
Revenue:                       
Contract Drilling Services 181,256   184,738   (1.9)  386,075   531,287   (27.3)
Completion and Production Services 20,667   5,525   274.1   53,211   39,188   35.8 
Inter-segment eliminations (564)  (504)  11.9   (1,454)  (1,232)  18.0 
  201,359   189,759   6.1   437,832   569,243   (23.1)
Adjusted EBITDA:(1)                       
Contract Drilling Services 47,703   74,613   (36.1)  107,734   185,346   (41.9)
Completion and Production Services 4,252   (1,220)  (448.5)  12,054   2,015   498.2 
Corporate and Other (23,011)  (14,928)  54.1   (36,305)  (26,992)  34.5 
  28,944   58,465   (50.5)  83,483   160,369   (47.9)

(1)    See “NON-GAAP MEASURES.”

 

SEGMENT REVIEW OF CONTRACT DRILLING SERVICES

 For the three months ended June 30,  For the six months ended June 30, 
(Stated in thousands of Canadian dollars, except where noted)2021  2020  % Change  2021  2020  % Change 
Revenue 181,256   184,738   (1.9)  386,075   531,287   (27.3)
Expenses:                       
Operating 126,394   101,498   24.5   264,515   323,827   (18.3)
General and administrative 7,159   6,083   17.7   13,826   14,853   (6.9)
Restructuring -   2,544   (100.0)  -   7,261   (100.0)
Adjusted EBITDA(1) 47,703   74,613   (36.1)  107,734   185,346   (41.9)
Depreciation 63,101   74,062   (14.8)  128,333   149,786   (14.3)
Gain on asset disposals (595)  (3,091)  (80.8)  (2,320)  (5,933)  (60.9)
Operating earnings (loss)(1) (14,803)  3,642   (506.5)  (18,279)  41,493   (144.1)
Operating earnings (loss)(1) as a percentage of revenue (8.2)%  2.0%      (4.7)%  7.8%    

 (1)    See “NON-GAAP MEASURES.”

 

United States onshore drilling statistics:(1)2021  2020 
 Precision  Industry(2)  Precision  Industry(2) 
Average number of active land rigs for quarters ended:               
March 31 33   378   55   764 
June 30 39   437   30   378 
Year to date average 36   408   42   571 

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

 

Canadian onshore drilling statistics:(1)2021  2020 
 Precision  Industry(2)  Precision  Industry(2) 
Average number of active land rigs for quarters ended:               
March 31 42   145   63   196 
June 30 27   72   9   25 
Year to date average 35   109   36   110 

(1)    Canadian operations only.
(2)    Baker Hughes rig counts.

 

SEGMENT REVIEW OF COMPLETION AND PRODUCTION SERVICES

 For the three months ended June 30,  For the six months ended June 30, 
(Stated in thousands of Canadian dollars, except where noted)2021  2020  % Change  2021  2020     
Revenue 20,667   5,525   274.1   53,211   39,188   35.8 
Expenses:                       
Operating 15,125   5,558   172.1   38,515   32,184   19.7 
General and administrative 1,290   915   41.0   2,642   2,394   10.4 
Restructuring -   272   (100.0)  -   2,595   (100.0)
Adjusted EBITDA(1) 4,252   (1,220)  (448.5)  12,054   2,015   498.2 
Depreciation 3,854   4,119   (6.4)  7,855   8,402   (6.5)
Gain on asset disposals (213)  (262)  (18.7)  (456)  (1,001)  (54.4)
Operating earnings (loss)(1) 611   (5,077)  (112.0)  4,655   (5,386)  (186.4)
Operating earnings (loss)(1) as a percentage of revenue 3.0%  (91.9)%      8.7%  (13.7)%    
Well servicing statistics:                       
Number of service rigs (end of period) 123   123   -   123   123   - 
Service rig operating hours 26,630   4,702   466.4   61,533   39,067   57.5 
Service rig operating hour utilization 24%  4%      56%  35%    

(1)    See “NON-GAAP MEASURES.”

 

SEGMENT REVIEW OF CORPORATE AND OTHER

Our Corporate and Other segment provides support functions to our operating segments. The Corporate and Other segment had negative Adjusted EBITDA (see “NON-GAAP MEASURES”) of $23 million as compared with $15 million in the second quarter of 2020. Our Adjusted EBITDA was negatively impacted by higher share-based compensation costs as a result of our increased share price and lower CEWS program assistance. During the quarter, CEWS program assistance offset general and administrative costs by $1 million as compared with $2 million in 2020.

OTHER ITEMS

Share-based Incentive Compensation Plans

We have several cash and equity-settled share-based incentive plans for non-management directors, officers, and other eligible employees. Our accounting policies for each share-based incentive plan can be found in our 2020 Annual Report.

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

 For the three months ended June 30,  For the six months ended June 30, 
(Stated in thousands of Canadian dollars)2021  2020  2021  2020 
Cash settled share-based incentive plans 24,830   5,372   34,698   (1,021)
Equity settled share-based incentive plans:               
Executive PSU 1,398   2,959   2,171   5,694 
Stock option plan 34   168   165   554 
Total share-based incentive compensation plan expense (recovery) 26,262   8,499   37,034   5,227 
                
Allocated:               
Operating 5,901   1,987   8,165   1,014 
General and Administrative 20,361   6,512   28,869   4,213 
  26,262   8,499   37,034   5,227 

Cash settled share-based compensation expense increased by $19 million in the current quarter primarily due to our increasing share price and the reclassification of Executive PSUs as a cash settled share-based incentive plan. Our equity settled share-based compensation expense for the second quarter of 2021 decreased by $2 million as fewer Executive PSUs were outstanding as compared with 2020.

Finance Charges

Net finance charges were $28 million, consistent with the second quarter of 2020. Interest charges on our U.S. denominated long-term debt in the second quarter of 2021 were US$16 million ($19 million) as compared with US$19 million ($26 million) in 2020. We recognized $7 million of debt issue costs as compared with $1 million in 2020. The increased debt issue cost was primarily related to the accelerated amortization of issue costs associated with the fully redeemed unsecured senior notes in the second quarter of 2021.

Income Tax

Income tax recovery for the quarter was $1 million as compared with an income tax expense of $4 million in 2020. During the second quarter of 2021 and 2020, we did not recognize deferred tax assets on certain Canadian and international operating losses.

LIQUIDITY AND CAPITAL RESOURCES

Liquidity

Amount Availability Used for Maturity
Senior credit facility (secured)      
US$500 million1 (extendible, revolving
term credit facility with US$300 million accordion feature)
 US$167 million drawn and US$31 million in outstanding letters of credit General corporate purposes June 18, 20251
Real estate credit facilities (secured)      
US$10 million Fully drawn General corporate purposes November 19, 2025
$20 million Fully drawn General corporate purposes March 16, 2026
Operating facilities (secured)      
$40 million Undrawn, except $7 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$3 million in
outstanding letters of credit
 Letters of credit  
Unsecured senior notes (unsecured)      
US$348 million – 7.125% Fully drawn Debt redemption and repurchases January 15, 2026
US$400 million – 6.875% Fully drawn Debt redemption and repurchases January 15, 2029

(1)   US$53 million expires on November 21, 2023.

At June 30, 2021, we had $1,166 million outstanding under our Senior Credit Facility, Real Estate Credit Facilities and unsecured senior notes as compared with $1,250 million at December 31, 2020.

On June 15, 2021, we issued US$400 million of 6.875% unsecured senior notes due in 2029 in a private offering. These unsecured senior notes were issued at a price equal to 99.253% of the face value.

The net proceeds from the issuance, along with amounts drawn on our Senior Credit Facility, were used to redeem in full US$286 million aggregate principal amount of the 7.750% unsecured senior notes due 2023 and redeem in full US$263 million aggregate principal amount of the 5.250% unsecured senior notes due 2024 for US$557 million, plus accrued and unpaid interest, resulting in a loss on redemption of US$8 million.

The current blended cash interest cost of our debt is approximately 6.2%.

Senior Credit Facility

The Senior Credit Facility requires 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.

On June 18, 2021, we agreed with the lenders of our Senior Credit Facility to extend the facility’s maturity date and extend and amend certain financial covenants during the Covenant Relief Period. The maturity date of the Senior Credit Facility was extended to June 18, 2025; however, US$53 million of the US$500 million will expire on November 21, 2023.

The lenders agreed to extend the Covenant Relief Period to September 30, 2022 and amend the consolidated Covenant EBITDA to consolidated interest coverage ratio for the most recent four consecutive quarters to be greater than or equal to 1.75:1 for the periods ending June 30, 2021 and September 30, 2021, 2.0:1, for the periods ending December 31, 2021 and March 31, 2022, 2.25:1 for the periods ending June 30, 2022 and September 30, 2022 and 2.5:1 for periods ending thereafter.

During the Covenant Relief Period, our distributions in the form of dividends, distributions and share repurchases are restricted to a maximum of US$25 million in each of 2021 and 2022, subject to a pro forma senior net leverage ratio (as defined in the credit agreement) of less than or equal to 1.75:1.

During 2021, the North American and acceptable secured foreign assets must directly account for at least 65% of consolidated Covenant EBITDA calculated quarterly on a rolling twelve-month basis, increasing to 70% thereafter. We also have the option to voluntarily terminate the Covenant Relief Period prior September 30, 2022.

Unsecured Senior Notes

The unsecured senior notes contain a restricted payment covenant that limits our ability to make payments in the nature of dividends, distributions and for share repurchases from shareholders. This restricted payment basket grows from a starting point of October 1, 2017 for the 2026 unsecured senior notes and from July 1, 2021 for the 2029 unsecured 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 senior note agreements, and payments made to shareholders. The governing net restricted payments basket is currently negative, limiting our ability to declare and make dividend payments until such time as the restricted payments baskets become positive.

For further information, please see the unsecured senior note indentures which are available on SEDAR and EDGAR.

Covenants

Following is a listing of applicable financial covenants and their calculations for our Senior Credit Facility and Real Estate Credit Facilities:

 Covenant At June 30, 2021 
Senior Credit Facility     
Consolidated senior debt to consolidated covenant EBITDA(1)< 2.50  1.30 
Consolidated covenant EBITDA to consolidated interest expense> 1.75  1.94 
Real Estate Credit Facilities     
Consolidated covenant EBITDA to consolidated interest expense> 1.75  1.94 

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

At June 30, 2021, we were in compliance with the covenants of our Senior Credit Facility and Real Estate Credit Facilities.

Average shares outstanding

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

 For the three months ended June 30,  For the six months ended June 30, 
(Stated in thousands)2021  2020  2021  2020 
Weighted average shares outstanding – basic 13,304   13,712   13,327   13,741 
Effect of stock options and other equity compensation plans           
Weighted average shares outstanding – diluted 13,304   13,712   13,327   13,741 

 

QUARTERLY FINANCIAL SUMMARY

(Stated in thousands of Canadian dollars, except per share amounts) 2020  2021 
Quarters ended September 30  December 31  March 31  June 30 
Revenue  164,822   201,688   236,473   201,359 
Adjusted EBITDA(1)  47,771   55,263   54,539   28,944 
Net loss  (28,476)  (37,518)  (36,106)  (75,912)
Net loss per basic and diluted share  (2.08)  (2.74)  (2.70)  (5.71)
Funds provided by operations(1)  27,489   35,282   43,430   12,607 
Cash provided by operations  41,950   4,737   15,422   42,219 


(Stated in thousands of Canadian dollars, except per share amounts) 2019  2020 
Quarters ended September 30  December 31  March 31  June 30 
Revenue  375,552   372,301   379,484   189,759 
Adjusted EBITDA(1)  97,895   105,006   101,904   58,465 
Net loss  (3,534)  (1,061)  (5,277)  (48,867)
Net loss per basic and diluted share  (0.23)  (0.08)  (0.38)  (3.56)
Funds provided by operations(1)  79,930   75,779   81,317   26,639 
Cash provided by operations  66,556   74,981   74,953   104,478 

(1)   See “NON-GAAP MEASURES.”

 

NON-GAAP MEASURES

In this 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 (gain) on repurchase of unsecured senior notes, finance charges, foreign exchange, gain on assets disposals and depreciation and amortization), as reported in the Interim Consolidated Statement of Net 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, certain foreign exchange amounts and the deduction of cash lease payments incurred after December 31, 2018.

Operating Earnings (Loss)

We believe that operating earnings (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. Operating earnings is calculated as follows:

 For the three months ended June 30,  For the six months ended June 30, 
(Stated in thousands of Canadian dollars)2021  2020  2021  2020 
Revenue 201,359   189,759   437,832   569,243 
Expenses:               
Operating 140,955   106,552   301,576   354,779 
General and administrative 31,460   18,449   52,773   37,984 
Restructuring    6,293      16,111 
Depreciation and amortization 69,704   81,124   141,717   164,038 
Gain on asset disposals (904)  (3,470)  (2,963)  (7,079)
Operating earnings (loss) (39,856)  (19,189)  (55,271)  3,410 
Foreign exchange (296)  (928)  (360)  1,763 
Finance charges 27,698   28,083   50,144   55,663 
Loss (gain) on repurchase of unsecured notes 9,520   (1,121)  9,520   (1,971)
Loss before income taxes (76,778)  (45,223)  (114,575)  (52,045)

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 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 2021;
  • our capital expenditure plans for 2021;
  • anticipated activity levels in 2021;
  • anticipated demand for our drilling rigs;
  • the average number of term contracts in place for 2021;
  • anticipated cash savings and liquidity;
  • customer adoption of Alpha technologies;
  • potential commercial opportunities and rig contract renewals; and
  • our future debt reduction plans.

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 success of our response to the COVID-19 global pandemic;
  • 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 level of oil and natural gas exploration and development activities;
  • fluctuations in the demand for contract drilling, directional drilling, well servicing and ancillary oilfield services;
  • our customers’ inability to obtain adequate credit or financing to support their drilling and production activity;
  • the success of vaccinations for COVID-19 worldwide;
  • changes in drilling and well servicing technology, which could reduce demand for certain rigs or put us at a competitive advantage;
  • shortages, delays and interruptions in the delivery of equipment supplies and other key inputs;
  • liquidity of the capital markets to fund customer drilling programs;
  • availability of cash flow, debt and equity sources to fund our capital and operating requirements, as needed;
  • the impact of weather and seasonal conditions on operations and facilities;
  • competitive operating risks inherent in contract drilling, directional drilling, well servicing and ancillary oilfield services;
  • ability to improve our rig technology to improve drilling efficiency;
  • general economic, market or business conditions;
  • the availability of qualified personnel and management;
  • a decline in our safety performance which could result in lower demand for our services;
  • changes in laws or regulations, including 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, 2020, 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 report 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.

 

CONDENSED INTERIM CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL POSITION (UNAUDITED)

(Stated in thousands of Canadian dollars) June 30, 2021  December 31, 2020 
ASSETS        
Current assets:        
Cash $63,437  $108,772 
Accounts receivable  207,743   207,209 
Inventory  24,761   26,282 
Total current assets  295,941   342,263 
Non-current assets:        
Deferred tax assets  1,098   1,098 
Right-of-use assets  51,869   55,168 
Property, plant and equipment  2,321,160   2,472,683 
Intangibles  26,241   27,666 
Total non-current assets  2,400,368   2,556,615 
Total assets $2,696,309  $2,898,878 
         
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY        
Current liabilities:        
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities $166,300  $150,957 
Income taxes payable  885   3,702 
Current portion of lease obligations  11,043   11,285 
Current portion of long-term debt  2,206   896 
Total current liabilities  180,434   166,840 
         
Non-current liabilities:        
Share-based compensation  19,605   11,507 
Provisions and other  6,787   7,563 
Lease obligations  45,953   48,882 
Long-term debt  1,145,317   1,236,210 
Deferred tax liabilities  16,557   21,236 
Total non-current liabilities  1,234,219   1,325,398 
Shareholders’ equity:        
Shareholders’ capital  2,281,444   2,285,738 
Contributed surplus  75,250   72,915 
Deficit  (1,201,612)  (1,089,594)
Accumulated other comprehensive income  126,574   137,581 
Total shareholders’ equity  1,281,656   1,406,640 
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity $2,696,309  $2,898,878 

 

CONDENSED INTERIM CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF NET LOSS (UNAUDITED)

  Three Months Ended June 30,  Six Months Ended June 30, 
(Stated in thousands of Canadian dollars, except per share amounts) 2021  2020  2021  2020 
                 
                 
Revenue $201,359  $189,759  $437,832  $569,243 
Expenses:                
Operating  140,955   106,552   301,576   354,779 
General and administrative  31,460   18,449   52,773   37,984 
Restructuring     6,293      16,111 
Earnings before income taxes, loss (gain) on repurchase of unsecured senior notes, finance charges, foreign exchange, gain on asset disposals and depreciation and amortization  28,944   58,465   83,483   160,369 
Depreciation and amortization  69,704   81,124   141,717   164,038 
Gain on asset disposals  (904)  (3,470)  (2,963)  (7,079)
Foreign exchange  (296)  (928)  (360)  1,763 
Finance charges  27,698   28,083   50,144   55,663 
Loss (gain) on repurchase of unsecured senior notes  9,520   (1,121)  9,520   (1,971)
Loss before income taxes  (76,778)  (45,223)  (114,575)  (52,045)
Income taxes:                
Current  788   2,116   1,572   3,175 
Deferred  (1,654)  1,528   (4,129)  (1,076)
   (866)  3,644   (2,557)  2,099 
Net loss $(75,912) $(48,867) $(112,018) $(54,144)
Net loss per share:                
Basic $(5.71) $(3.56) $(8.41) $(3.94)
Diluted $(5.71) $(3.56) $(8.41) $(3.94)

 

CONDENSED INTERIM CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE LOSS (UNAUDITED)

  Three Months Ended June 30,  Six Months Ended June 30, 
(Stated in thousands of Canadian dollars) 2021  2020  2021  2020 
Net loss $(75,912) $(48,867) $(112,018) $(54,144)
Unrealized gain (loss) on translation of assets and liabilities of operations denominated in foreign currency  (21,548)  (71,311)  (42,546)  85,697 
Foreign exchange gain (loss) on net investment hedge with U.S. denominated debt  15,630   53,920   31,539   (64,236)
Tax expense related to net investment hedge of long-term debt  (285)         
Comprehensive loss $(82,115) $(66,258) $(123,025) $(32,683)

 

CONDENSED INTERIM CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (UNAUDITED)

  Three Months Ended June 30,  Six Months Ended June 30, 
(Stated in thousands of Canadian dollars) 2021  2020  2021  2020 
Cash provided by (used in):                
Operations:                
  Net loss $(75,912) $(48,867) $(112,018) $(54,144)
  Adjustments for:                
  Long-term compensation plans  13,653   6,324   20,801   5,621 
  Depreciation and amortization  69,704   81,124   141,717   164,038 
  Gain on asset disposals  (904)  (3,470)  (2,963)  (7,079)
  Foreign exchange  464   (1,718)  1,022   1,154 
  Finance charges  27,698   28,083   50,144   55,663 
  Income taxes  (866)  3,644   (2,557)  2,099 
  Other  (567)  (823)  (564)  (763)
  Loss (gain) on repurchase of unsecured senior notes  9,520   (1,121)  9,520   (1,971)
  Income taxes paid  (3,905)  (3,128)  (4,066)  (3,948)
  Income taxes recovered  3      3    
  Interest paid  (26,412)  (33,548)  (45,178)  (53,043)
  Interest received  131   139   176   329 
Funds provided by operations  12,607   26,639   56,037   107,956 
Changes in non-cash working capital balances  29,612   77,839   1,604   71,475 
   42,219   104,478   57,641   179,431 
Investments:                
Purchase of property, plant and equipment  (20,255)  (23,927)  (28,691)  (35,412)
Purchase of intangibles           (57)
Proceeds on sale of property, plant and equipment  2,590   5,021   5,914   10,711 
Changes in non-cash working capital balances  7,515   (1,880)  2,713   (5,406)
   (10,150)  (20,786)  (20,064)  (30,164)
Financing:                
Issuance of long-term debt  676,341   5,030   696,341   5,030 
Repayments of long-term debt  (712,034)  (4,911)  (761,459)  (45,465)
Repurchase of share capital     (15)  (4,294)  (5,259)
Debt issuance costs  (9,550)     (9,794)   
Debt amendment fees  (910)  (647)  (910)  (668)
Lease payments  (1,709)  (1,897)  (3,330)  (3,625)
Changes in non-cash working capital balances  1,829      1,829    
   (46,033)  (2,440)  (81,617)  (49,987)
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash  (430)  (3,129)  (1,295)  1,144 
Increase (decrease) in cash  (14,394)  78,123   (45,335)  100,424 
Cash, beginning of period  77,831   97,002   108,772   74,701 
Cash, end of period $63,437  $175,125  $63,437  $175,125 

 

CONDENSED 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, 2021 $2,285,738  $72,915  $137,581  $(1,089,594) $1,406,640 
Net loss for the period           (112,018)  (112,018)
Other comprehensive loss for the period        (11,007)     (11,007)
Share repurchases  (4,294)           (4,294)
Share-based compensation reclassification     (1,958)        (1,958)
Share-based compensation expense     4,293         4,293 
Balance at June 30, 2021 $2,281,444  $75,250  $126,574  $(1,201,612) $1,281,656 


(Stated in thousands of Canadian dollars) Shareholders’
Capital
  Contributed
Surplus
  Accumulated
Other
Comprehensive
Income
  Deficit  Total
Equity
 
Balance at January 1, 2020 $2,296,378  $66,255  $134,255  $(969,456) $1,527,432 
Net loss for the period           (54,144)  (54,144)
Other comprehensive income for the period        21,461      21,461 
Share repurchases  (5,259)           (5,259)
Redemption of non-management director DSUs  677   (502)        175 
Share-based compensation reclassification     (1,498)        (1,498)
Share-based compensation expense     6,248         6,248 
Balance at June 30, 2020 $2,291,796  $70,503  $155,716  $(1,023,600) $1,494,415 

 

SECOND QUARTER 2021 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 22, 2021.

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 version of the webcast 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 26, 2021 by dialing 855-859-2056 or 404-537-3406, passcode 4636469.

About Precision

Precision is a leading provider of safe and environmentally responsible High Performance, High Value services to the energy industry, offering customers access to an extensive fleet of Super Series drilling rigs. Precision has commercialized an industry-leading digital technology portfolio known as “Alpha” that utilizes advanced automation software and analytics to generate efficient, predictable, and repeatable results for energy customers. Additionally, Precision offers well service rigs, camps and rental equipment and directional drilling services all backed by a comprehensive mix of technical support services and skilled, experienced personnel.

Precision is headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and 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
713.435.6100

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


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