Patterson-UTI 2Q16: $86M Loss, “Well Positioned” for a Recovery

Patterson-UTI logoEach month MDN tracks how many rigs oilfield services company Patterson-UTI Energy reports operating–as a proxy for when/if the drop in rig counts for the Marcellus/Utica will turn around. Patterson operates a number of rigs in the northeast, as well as other areas of the continental United States (and Canada). After more than a year, Patterson’s June report finally showed a small turnaround (see Tide has Turned: Patterson-UTI June Rig Count Ticks Up by 2). But what about Patterson’s financial health? The company released their second quarter 2016 update earlier today. Patterson reports losing $86 million in 2Q16, versus losing $19 million in 2Q15. The reason for the drop: Patterson averaged 55 operating rigs in 2Q16 versus an average of 71 rigs operating in 1Q16. According to comments by the company’s top brass, they are doing everything they can to make it through the downturn and believe they are “well positioned for a recovery.” If things have truly turned around and drilling is back, hopefully Patterson will come roaring back. The Marcellus/Utica is counting on it!…

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