Pacific Drilling: All You Have To Know About The Q2 2016 Results

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Pacific Drilling released its 2Q'16 results on August 8, 2016. Revenues were $203.71 million, down 0.8% quarter over quarter.

On July 22, 2016, Total rescinded the termination of the Pacific Scirocco and notified PACD of its intent to restart operations at the full dayrate by September 15, 2016.

I recommend PACD as a hold.

This article is an update of my previous article on Pacific Drilling (NYSE:PACD) from May 8, 2016, about the Q1'16 results.

Image: Pacific Santa Ana

Note: Quantum Pacific LLP is PACD's majority shareholder and is represented on its board of directors by three board members (~70%).

Note: PACD approved a 1-for-10 reverse stock split of the company's common shares. The reverse stock split was effective May 25, 2016. Please read my article about the subject here.

Q2'16 conference call transcript from Seeking alpha, click here.

Fleet Status as of August 7, 2016. Company's fleet status here.

N Name







Day Rate

K $/d



1 Pacific Bora 2011 Samsung 10,000 design





2 Pacific Mistral 2012 Samsung 10,000 design

Smart stacked



3 Pacific Scirocco 2011 Samsung 10,000 design

9/15/16 (standby)








4 Pacific Santa Ana 2012 Samsung 10,000 design 4/17 559


US Gulf of Mexico

5 Pacific Khamsin 2013 Samsung 12,000 design Ready Stacked -



6 Pacific Sharav


Samsung 12,000 design




US Gulf of Mexico

7 Pacific Meltem 2014 Samsung 12,000 design

Smart stacked



Note : In April 2016, Total (NYSE:TOT) notified us of its intent to terminate the drilling contract for the Pacific Scirocco for convenience. Throughout the second quarter, we continued to engage in discussions with Total regarding alternatives to early termination. On July 22, 2016, Total rescinded the termination and notified us of its intent to restart operations at the full dayrate by September 15, 2016. During the third quarter until the date of restarting operations, we will continue to earn 80% of the current dayrate. We have further agreed to reduce the full dayrate to $455,000 from October 15, 2016 until the end of the contract term through January 19, 2017.

Backlog as of 8/8/2016 is estimated at $918 million.

(6-K filing) As of August 1, 2016 our contract backlog was approximately $927.3 million.

Note: 2016 indicates the remaining backlog as of 8/8/2016, using an average for the Pacific Scirocco new deal with Total.

Q2 2016 Financial Snapshot (Seven consecutive quarters).

Q2 2016 Q1 2016 Q4 2015 Q3 2015 Q2 2015 Q1 2015 Q4 2014


in $ million

203.71 205.38 267.60 260.18 273.9 283.4 319.7

Contract drilling expenses

in $ million

75.988 78.973 104.9 98.33 110.4 117.7 123.8

Net income

in $ million

8.234 (2.511) (13.6) 41.0 47.1 51.7 68.0

Earning per share

in $/sh




(0.06) 0.19 0.22 0.24 0.32
Revenue efficiency 53.9% 55% 56% 57.0% 54.7% 52.0% 56.0%

Adjusted EBITDA

in $ million

109.711 112.911 149.757 148.2 149.8 147.3 179.1

Cash flow from op.

In $ million

27.987 86.703 59.667 153.917 60.60 147.90 72.5

Capital expenditures

in $ million

13.089 28.588 38.134 41.208 44.6 57.5 386.519

Cash and cash equivalent

in $ million

371.08 407.273 116.03 151.1 105.3 132.9 167.8


in $ million

14.195 15.126 12.6 13.21 13.3 16.4 14.9

Interest Expense

in $ million

46.116 45.493 50.064 36.36 33.22 36.72 39.9

Outstanding long-term debt

Net debt

$ billion

Ratio Net debt/EBITDA






















Shares outstanding

in million




210.770 210.661 211.067 213.686 217.197

M. Paul T. Reese, CFO, said in the conference call:

The net income for the quarter was $8.2 million or $0.39 per diluted share. The increase in second quarter 2016 net income versus first quarter 2016 was primarily a result of a $14.2 million gain on the extinguishment of $23.7 million in principal amount of our senior notes due 2017. Contract drilling revenue for the second quarter decreased over the prior quarter by $1.7 million to $203.7 million primarily due to the reduction in day rate to 80% standby rate on the Pacific Scirocco as a result of Total's initial intent to terminate the contract during second quarter 2016.

During the second quarter 2016, we repurchased $23.7 million in principal amount of our senior notes due 2017, resulting in a gain of $14.2 million or approximately 60% (10:38) of the repurchase principal amount. Payments for the debt extinguishment and scheduled debt amortization amounted to $51 million and included $9.8 million for the settlement cost of the debt extinguishment including accrued interest.


Pacific Drilling released its Q2'16 results on August 8, 2016. Revenues were $203.71 million, down 0.8% quarter over quarter.

In terms of liquidity, the company had $371.1 million of cash and cash equivalents. The company has in place a $500 million in revolving credit facility maturing in June 2018 and $285.0 million have been drawn under this facility.

In the 6-K filing it is indicated:

As of June 30, 2016, we were in compliance with all of our debt covenants. However, market conditions continue to be challenging and it is possible we will need to seek amendments or waivers of such covenants during the next twelve months.

In short, it was a good quarter, and the street bought the news yesterday, and reversed the trend today, as usual. First, you buy thinking it is cheap, and then logic and common sense sets in.

M. Michael Acuff, marketing, is not depicting an encouraging picture about the offshore drilling sector:

In short, the offshore drilling market continues to be severely challenged by a slowdown in demand from customers and a continued oversupply of rigs. Looking forward, we have confidence that the oil price will improve over the remainder of 2016 as supply inevitably works off the excess storage and production continues its decline.... Unfortunately, drilling activity for 2017 will most likely be planned and budgeted before we see sufficient stability for many offshore development projects for exploration programs to be sanctioned in the near term.

M. Michael Acuff concluded after these depressing statement by a note of optimism:

However, as the repricing of rigs and services cascades through the supply chain, we anticipate that some exploration and development programs will return mid-2017, confirming a bottoming of the floating rig demand in late 2016, early 2017. I would also point out that in discussions with our largest customers, they remain committed to the deepwater segment and have robust plans to expand in this space eventually as part of their long-term strategic portfolio.

This corroborates what has been said recently by other offshore drillers. The potential recovery will likely come late in 2017. The problem is that the rig oversupply will remain an issue next year as well, which will affect the day rate negatively even longer.

The expected delay is not really a good omen for Pacific Drilling; it will have to restructure its debt under a potential bankruptcy plan. We learned at the conference call that the company is still continuing to have a dialogue with certain stakeholders as to PACD's capital structure.

The chart above is saying a great deal about what to expect. The first strong support is around $4 and will probably be re-tested before long. If it is breached, then the stock will have to find another lower support at around $3. However, it is unlikely, in my opinion, if PACD is not putting out a "bad" news.

The upside potential is less likely, but in case of a rally, $8.50 will be re-tested as resistance. Whereas, the stock has fallen back from its recent highs significantly since early June, I believe the risk of an imminent restructuring should be a subject of caution and always present in your trading strategy.

I recommend PACD as a hold.

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