Patterson-UTI Energy to acquire Pioneer Energy Services in $295MM deal


HOUSTON – Patterson-UTI Energy Inc. has entered into an agreement to acquire Pioneer Energy Services Corp. for approximately $295 million, which includes the retirement of all Pioneer Energy Services’ debt. Consideration for this acquisition consists of the issuance of up to 26,275,000 shares of Patterson-UTI common stock plus payment of $30 million of cash. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2021, subject to regulatory approvals, customary closing conditions and the approval of Pioneer Energy Services’ stockholders.


Andy Hendricks
Andy Hendricks

Andy Hendricks, Patterson-UTI’s Chief Executive Officer, stated, “As a leading provider of contract drilling services in the United States, we are proud to announce this transaction. Pioneer’s high-quality fleet of 17 drilling rigs in the United States, of which 16 are super-spec, will be a valuable addition to our business. Additionally, many of these rigs are capable of substituting cleaner-burning natural gas for diesel, a technology that is becoming increasingly important to operators for reduced emissions."


“Following the closing of this transaction, Patterson-UTI will own 166 super-spec rigs in the United States, with almost half of these rigs equipped to utilize alternative power sources for reduced emissions. Furthermore, this transaction expands our geographic footprint into the international markets with the addition of eight rigs in Colombia, where Pioneer has worked for 14 years with an experienced operations team and a well-established infrastructure. I want to recognize the Pioneer employees for their hard work in creating such an attractive company with great performance for their customers, and I look forward to welcoming the Pioneer employees to the Patterson-UTI family.”

In addition to the U.S. and Colombian contract drilling businesses, Pioneer Energy Services includes a well-run and high-quality well service rig business consisting of 123 service rigs with a leadership position in the Gulf Coast region. Patterson-UTI believes this business would be better served as part of a larger well service rig business or as a focused standalone business. Accordingly, Patterson-UTI expects that this well service rig business would be divested following the closing of the transaction.


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