Oct. 27, 2014, 8:55 AM
- Goldman Sachs lowers its ratings on the oil services sector (NYSEARCA:OIH) to Cautious from Attractive and downgrades several specific stocks as it cuts its 2015 oil price forecast.
- U.S. land activity will suffer the biggest impact of the lower price deck, Goldman says, with customer capital spending expected to decline 6% next year vs. its prior outlook for a 9% increase; as a result, the firm now forecasts the horizontal U.S. rig count to fall 7%, or ~200 rigs, over the next 12 months.
- Goldman downgrades Parsley Energy (PE -3.8% premarket), Diamond Offshore (DO -1.5%), Laredo Petroleum (LPI -9%) and Basic Energy Services (BAS -6.2%) to Sell with sharply lower price targets; Patterson-UTI (NASDAQ:PTEN), Pioneer Energy (NYSE:PES) and Emerge Energy (NYSE:EMES) are cut to Neutral.
- The firm adds Oceaneering (OII -0.3%) to its Conviction Buy list; it also removes Halliburton (HAL -1.5%) from the list but maintains its Buy rating on the stock.
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Oct. 17, 2014, 3:17 PM
- UBS is upgrading the U.S. land drillers, believing that the selloff in the sector has been overdone, even assuming a more cautious North America environment.
- The firm stresses that buying the land drillers is partially a play on oil prices - it sees upside risk of 40%-80% if oil prices return to $90/bbl for WTI but downside risk of 25% if oil prices slide to $75 for a sustained period of time - but it says underlying industry fundamentals also are positive and the demand for pad-capable rigs will grow.
- Helmerich & Payne (HP -2.1%), Nabors Industries (NBR +1.1%) and Patterson-UTI Energy (PTEN +0.2%) are all upgraded to Buy from Neutral.
Oct. 15, 2014, 3:59 PM
- Oil services companies are rising after Citigroup issued positive comments on a number of stocks in the sector.
- Baker Hughes earns a Buy rating, seen as having a strong chance of meeting EPS estimates before tomorrow's open given recent contract wins in Norway and Brazil, and the stock's valuation is "compelling."
- Among small- and mid-caps, Citi starts Patterson-UTI (PTEN +5.7%) and RPC (RES +2.3%) with Buy ratings, seeing each as likely to outperform if, as the firm forecasts, crude prices rebound and E&P companies' capital expenditures are higher than expected.
- Citi tags Schlumberger (SLB +0.5%), Halliburton (HAL +2.1%), Weatherford (WFT +1%), Superior Energy (SPN +2%) and Helmerich & Payne (HP +5.1%) with Neutral ratings.
Oct. 9, 2014, 3:43 PM
- Offshore drillers have company now that falling oil prices are hitting the shares of land drillers such as Helmerich & Payne (HP -3.7%), Patterson-UTI (PTEN -6.8%), Nabors Industries (NBR -4.7%) and Seventy Seven Energy (SSE -5%) - with good reason, Susquehanna analysts say.
- The firm views land drillers at considerable risk to estimate revisions, given high current dayrates and significant newbuild construction activity, which could be problematic if lower crude prices persist or a weaker outlook on U.S. E&P spending comes out of earnings season.
- Nevertheless, the firm finds valuations much better in land drilling for now, and it prefers PTEN and NBR at a respective 3.7x and 4.5x 2015 EBITDA.
Sep. 19, 2014, 6:25 PM
- Patterson-UTI Energy (NASDAQ:PTEN) today announced the purchase of a fleet of pressure pumping assets from an unnamed privately held company in a move praised by analysts.
- The acquisition includes 143,250 horsepower of fracking equipment and provides PTEN with two additional bases of operations and employees to support customer activity in the Eagle Ford and Haynesville shale plays.
- The seller is believed to be Clearlake Capital's Platinum Energy, with an estimated $143M price.
Jul. 24, 2014, 6:12 AM| Comment!
Jun. 11, 2014, 5:59 PM
- It's time to lock in profits in Patterson-UTI Energy (PTEN), Barron's David Englander writes, after shares have surged 123% since July 2012.
- While drilling demand shows signs of strengthening, Englander thinks PTEN shares likely reflect much of the good prospects, trading for an enterprise value of 4.8x next year's EBITDA and above their average 4.4x multiple since 2006.
- Cowen analyst James Crandell warns to expect little improvement in dayrates from this point thanks to the aggressive adding of rigs by several contract drillers.
Jun. 6, 2014, 2:24 PM
- Patterson-UTI (PTEN +2%) is higher on news of a deal with an unidentified privately-held company to acquire pressure pumping operations in east Texas, including 31.5K horsepower of hydraulic fracturing equipment.
- PTEN says the purchase provides it with a new base of operations to support drilling programs, supplementing its existing operations in the Permian Basin as well as the Eagle Ford and Barnett shale formations; PTEN also has a significant presence in the Marcellus and Utica shale plays in the eastern U.S.
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Apr. 22, 2014, 5:15 PM
- Some S&P energy stocks set new 52-week highs today, including Hess (HES), EQT and Baker Hughes (BHI), as the sector begins to catch up to the hype about the U.S. energy renaissance.
- Analysts say oil and gas drillers are just starting to reap the benefits of an ancillary boom in energy-related technology and innovation; RBC Capital sees bullish prospects for rig companies, adding that drillers such as Helmerich & Payne (HP), Patterson-UTI (PTEN) and Nabors Industries (NBR) are best positioned to capitalize on the boom.
- BofA/Merrill's Stephen Suttmeier offers a technical set-up, seeing energy poised for a breakout similar to Oct. 2010, when the sector moved above its 13-, 26- and 40-week relative moving averages and outperformed for another six months.
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Apr. 17, 2014, 11:29 AM
- Deutsche Bank analysts raise their price targets on top oil service stocks (OIH), seeing increasing strength in a North American cyclical recovery with current forward earnings estimates perhaps proving to be conservative.
- Basic Energy Services (BAS) gets a big price boost to $43 from $18, citing a recent activity update that indicated utilization levels had increased across all the company’s business segments.
- Other top stocks rated Buy at the firm, including those whose price objectives have been raised: BHI, EXH, HAL, PTEN, PES, SLB.
Mar. 17, 2014, 12:25 PM
- Patterson-UTI Energy (PTEN +4.3%) is upgraded to Buy from Neutral with a new $37 price target, up from $28.50, at Goldman Sachs on expectations for higher onshore pricing in North America that should help PTEN reach margin targets.
- Goldman says it is adding PTEN, the second largest land driller and premier Marcellus and Permian pressure pumper, to its Conviction Buy list given its price increase forecast for drilling rigs and pressure pumping; Halliburton (HAL +2.3%), the leading U.S. pressure pumper, already is on Goldman's list.
Feb. 20, 2014, 12:44 PM
- Nabors Industries (NBR +3.4%) extends yesterday's big gains after posting strong Q4 results, and Morgan Stanley thinks shares can move a lot higher, upgrading NBR to Overweight from Equal Weight and raising its price target to $28 from $18.
- NBR has underperformed peers Helmerich & Payne (HP) and Patterson-UTI (PTEN) by ~25% since Q3 2013 on poor operational execution and a muddled corporate strategy, but Stanley sees signs that NBR's North America results have bottomed and execution has gained relative traction.
- The firm also expects operational streamlining to gain momentum over coming quarters and is encouraged by the appointment of a new CFO.
Feb. 7, 2014, 12:49 PM
- Patterson-UTI Energy (PTEN +1%) is upgraded to Buy from Neutral with a $33 price target, raised from $22, at Global Hunter even after yesterday's 13.5% surge following a Q4 earnings beat.
- In its earnings call, the firm says PTEN elaborated on its solid beat by outlining incremental rig activations, equipment and service upgrades that increase demand and reduce costs, rate improvements and controlled costs for drilling services, and strong pressure pumping revenues.
- The firm believes PTEN is setting itself up for a strong future and thinks investors will pony up 5x EBITDA for the shares.
Feb. 6, 2014, 2:24 PM
- Patterson-UTI Energy (PTEN +14.2%) soars after issuing Q4 earnings above analyst expectations, and investors focus on the company’s ongoing replacement of its rig fleet with higher specification, higher margin electrical rigs.
- PTEN added 11 of the high-spec rigs during 2013 and plans to add another 20 in 2014, 10 of which are already under contract.
- At year-end 2013, PTEN had term contracts for drilling rigs providing for ~$946M of future dayrate drilling revenue; operating days slid from 80,833 in 2012 to 69,918 in 2013, though the average revenue gained from each day rose from to ~$24K from ~$22.5K as newer rigs gained higher rates.
- Based on contracts in place, PTEN expects an average of 124 rigs operating under term contracts during Q1 and an average of 93 rigs operating under term contracts during FY 2014.
- Doubles its quarterly stock dividend to $0.10/share.
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Patterson-UTI Energy Inc is a provider of contract services to the oil and natural gas industry. It operates in three segments namely contract drilling services, pressure pumping services, and oil and natural gas exploration and production.
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