Tough Times: Patterson-UTI’s Net Income Drops 135% in 1 Year

Not that we need it, but we have evidence of more tough times in the oilfield services business. We previously reported on tough times for Halliburton (see Tough Times: Halliburton’s Net Income Drops 93% in 1 Year) and Baker Hughes (see Tough Times: Baker Hughes Net Income Drops 153% in 1 Year). They are some of the largest oilfield services companies in the world–both operating in the Marcellus/Utica region. Patterson-UTI Energy is another Marcellus/Utica oilfield services firm, although much smaller than Halliburton and BH. Sometimes being smaller means being more maneuverable–fleet of foot–able to adapt quicker. Being smaller has not, however, shielded Patterson from the current downturn. Patterson reports revenue for 2Q14 (a year ago) was $757.3 million. Revenue for 2Q15 was $472.8 million–a drop of 38% year over year. When you add in expenses of all types, the picture is dismal: In 2Q14 Patterson’s net income was $54.3 million. In 2Q15 it was minus $19.0 million, or $19M in the hole–which is a 135% drop year over year. Patterson’s ratios similar to both Halliburton and BH…

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