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Precision Drilling Corporation Announces 2019 Fourth Quarter and Year End Unaudited Financial Results

GlobeNewswire - Thu Feb 13, 5:00AM CST

(Canadian dollars except as indicated)

This news release contains "forward-looking information and statements" within the meaning of applicable securities laws. For a full disclosure of the forward-looking information and statements and the risks to which they are subject, see the "Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Information and Statements" later in this news release. This news release contains references to Adjusted EBITDA, Covenant EBITDA, Operating Earnings (Loss), Funds Provided by (Used in) Operations and Working Capital. These terms do not have standardized meanings prescribed under International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and may not be comparable to similar measures used by other companies, see "Non-GAAP Measures" later in this news release.

Precision Drilling announces 2019 fourth quarter and year end highlights:

Precision's President and CEO Kevin Neveu stated: "During the fourth quarter, Precision's strong financial results were led by rising Canadian activity in our Contract Drilling Services and Completion and Production Services segments, firm international activity, and flattening customer demand in the U.S. As a result of Precision's High Performance, High Value strategy, market positioning in key basins, commercialization of AlphaAutomation, intense cost control and cash management efforts, we generated Adjusted EBITDA of $105 million and cash provided by operations of $75 million. Results delivered this quarter demonstrate Precision's ability to consistently generate cash, reduce debt and repurchase shares."

"In Canada, Precision maintained its record level market share, supported by leading market positions in the Montney, Duvernay and heavy oil regions. Our 26 AC Super Triples and over 60 Super Singles provide Precision an unmatched scale efficiency and competitive advantage throughout all key regions in the Western Canadian market. This momentum has continued into the first quarter of 2020, as seasonal customer demand has remained strong well into February. The Company reached a peak of 83 active rigs in January, compared with a peak of 62, up 34% from the first quarter of 2019 and has 80 rigs running today compared to 55 this time last year. Although longer-term Canadian demand will be driven by customer capital discipline and commodity prices, we expect our market positioning and scale in our Canadian Drilling segment to continue to generate strong cash flows throughout the course of the year."

"In the U.S., Precision's fourth quarter average rig count was in-line with our expectations and generated sequentially improved margins supported by firm day rates and aggressive cost management. Our rig count ended the year softer than anticipated, due to a large customer reducing operations and idling three contracted AC ST-1500's. Precision remains confident in its ability to redeploy these rigs as the oil and gas operators continue to high grade drilling operations in 2020. We anticipate capital discipline, operating efficiency and industrial scale will remain central themes in the U.S. market and customer spending behavior will be largely defined by remaining within cash flow and maximizing drilling efficiencies. These market trends align well with Precision's High Performance, High Value strategy, our Alpha technologies offering and our ability to deliver industrial efficiencies to our customers."

"Internationally, the business remains a stable source of cash generation. Looking to 2020, Precision will continue to leverage its expanded scale in Kuwait and will prioritize reactivating idle assets in the Middle East region."

"Precision's Completion and Production Services segment finished the year on firm footing, generating strong free cash flow, improved margins and good progress on both pricing and market share despite a highly fractured market. Our team has focused and delivered on effectively managing all elements within their control including reducing fixed and variable costs, strong operational performance, training and crewing rigs and ensuring the integrity of the assets, all while continuing to effectively manage customer relationships. We expect customer spending in 2020 will largely be tied to the commodity macro and our scale and operational efficiency will continue to support free cash flow generation in the current environment."

"Precision delivered on its 2019 strategic priorities established at the beginning of the year. First, the Company generated substantial free cash flow, allowing us to exceed our annual debt repayment targets for the second consecutive year by paying down $205 million of debt. Since the beginning of 2018, Precision has reduced its debt levels by $412 million, already eclipsing the low end of our four-year targeted debt reduction range of $400 million to $600 million by end of year 2021. For 2020, we plan to reduce debt by $100 million to $150 million and are now providing guidance for an additional year with a goal to reduce debt by $700 million between 2018 and 2022. Second, Precision continued to leverage its scale and High-Performance Super Series fleet to drive both strong operating margins and market share gains in the U.S. and Canada. Finally, the Company delivered on its technology initiatives for the year, achieving full commercialization of our AlphaAutomation system."

"Achieving our AlphaAutomation commercialization milestone was a result of three years of field-hardening the technology with over 1,100 wells drilled to date, extensive training of over 100 crews and close collaboration with our customers to demonstrate the efficiency and value this technology delivers. Looking to 2020, we plan to deploy an additional 24 AlphaAutomation systems, driven by continued customer demand to maximize drilling efficiencies. Additionally, Precision remains focused on commercializing 15 or more AlphaApps, which will further expand our portfolio of technology offerings," concluded Mr. Neveu.

IMPACT OF IFRS 16 - LEASES ON FINANCIAL INFORMATION

On January 1, 2019, Precision applied IFRS 16 using the modified retrospective approach under which comparative information has not been restated and continues to be reported under IAS 17 and related interpretations. Please refer to "CHANGES IN ACCOUNTING POLICY" for additional information on the impact to our financial information.

SELECT FINANCIAL AND OPERATING INFORMATION

Financial Highlights

Three months ended December 31,                   Year ended December 31,
(Stated in thousands of Canadian dollars, except per share amounts) 2019             2018              % Change       2019             2018             % Change
Revenue                                                                 372,301          427,010            (12.8  )     1,541,320        1,541,189          0.0
Adjusted EBITDA                                                         105,006          134,492            (21.9  )     391,905          375,131            4.5
Operating earnings (loss)                                               7,699            (172,093 )         (104.5 )     94,577           (198,073  )        (147.7 )
Net earnings (loss)                                                     (1,061  )        (198,328 )         (99.5  )     6,618            (294,270  )        (102.2 )
Cash provided by operations                                             74,981           93,489             (19.8  )     288,159          293,334            (1.8   )
Funds provided by operations                                            75,779           92,595             (18.2  )     292,652          311,214            (6.0   )
Capital spending:
Expansion                                                               7,916            9,064              (12.7  )     108,064          35,444             204.9
Upgrade                                                                 199              2,402              (91.7  )     12,846           30,757             (58.2  )
Maintenance and infrastructure                                          13,426           18,128             (25.9  )     38,976           48,375             (19.4  )
Intangibles                                                             332              687                (51.7  )     808              11,567             (93.0  )
Proceeds on sale                                                        (4,931  )        (12,020  )         (51.1  )     (90,768   )      (24,457   )        275.0
Net capital spending                                                    16,942           18,261             (12.4  )     69,926           101,686            (32.2  )
Net earnings (loss) per share:
Basic                                                                   (0.00   )        (0.68    )         (99.4  )     0.02             (1.00     )        (102.3 )
Diluted                                                                 (0.00   )        (0.68    )         (99.4  )     0.02             (1.00     )        (102.2 )

(1) See "NON-GAAP MEASURES".

Operating Highlights

Three months ended December 31,         Year ended December 31,
                                    2019         2018         % Change      2019         2018         % Change
Contract drilling rig fleet             226          236           (4.2  )     226          236            (4.2  )
Drilling rig utilization days:
U.S.                                    5,814        7,318         (20.6 )     26,544       26,714         (0.6  )
Canada                                  3,919        4,517         (13.2 )     14,498       18,617         (22.1 )
International                           818          736           11.1        3,093        2,920          5.9
Revenue per utilization day:
U.S. (US$)                              23,949       23,369        2.5         23,397       21,864         7.0
Canada (Cdn$)                           22,182       22,802        (2.7  )     21,569       21,644         (0.3  )
International (US$)                     52,283       51,982        0.6         51,360       50,469         1.8
Operating cost per utilization day:
U.S. (US$)                              14,073       15,042        (6.4  )     14,447       14,337         0.8
Canada (Cdn$)                           14,791       15,115        (2.1  )     15,240       14,493         5.2
Service rig fleet                       123          210           (41.4 )     123          210            (41.4 )
Service rig operating hours             39,865       35,773        11.4        147,154      157,467        (6.5  )
Revenue per operating hour (Cdn$)       746          753           (0.9  )     739          709            4.2

(1) Includes revenue from idle but contracted rig days.

(2) In 2019, 75 rigs were not registered with the industry association and 12 snubbing units were sold.

Financial Position

(Stated in thousands of Canadian dollars, except ratios) December 31, 2019    December 31, 2018
Working capital                                                   201,696              240,539
Cash                                                              74,701               96,626
Long-term debt                                                    1,427,181            1,706,253
Total long-term financial liabilities                             1,500,950            1,723,350
Total assets                                                      3,269,840            3,636,043
Long-term debt to long-term debt plus equity ratio                0.48                 0.52

(1) See "NON-GAAP MEASURES".

Summary for the three months ended December 31, 2019:

Summary for the year ended December 31, 2019:

STRATEGY

Precision's strategic priorities for 2019 were as follows:

For the full year 2019, Precision reported Adjusted EBITDA of $392 million, up 5% from 2018 despite a 22% reduction in Canadian drilling activity levels.

Precision's strategic priorities for 2020 are as follows:

-- Generate strong free cash flow and reduce debt by $100 million to $150 million in 2020 and by $700 million between 2018 and 2022.

-- Demonstrate operational excellence in all aspects of our business including operational, financial and ESG (environmental, social and governance) metrics.

-- Leverage our Alpha technology platform as a competitive differentiator and source of financial returns for Precision.

OUTLOOK

For the fourth quarter of 2019, the average price of West Texas Intermediate and Henry Hub were down 3% and 37%, respectively. The average price of Western Canadian Select and AECO gas prices were 111% and 66% higher, respectively.

Three months ended December 31,   Year ended December 31,
                                           2019          2018                2019        2018
Average oil and natural gas prices
Oil
West Texas Intermediate (per barrel) (US$)       57.02         58.89             57.07       64.88
Western Canadian Select (per barrel) (US$)       41.12         19.47             44.28       38.46
Natural gas
United States
Henry Hub (per MMBtu) (US$)                      2.40          3.81              2.56        3.12
Canada
AECO (per MMBtu) (Cdn$)                          2.47          1.49              1.77        1.49

Contracts

During 2019 we entered into 56 term contracts. The following chart outlines the average number of drilling rigs by quarter that we had under contract for 2019 and 2020 as of February 12, 2020. For those quarters ended after December 31, 2019, this chart represents the minimum number of term contracts where we will be earning revenue. We expect the actual number of contracted rigs to be higher in future periods as we continue to sign contracts.

Average for the quarter ended 2019        Average for the quarter ended 2020
                                  Mar. 31   June 30   Sept. 30    Dec. 31   Mar. 31   June 30   Sept. 30    Dec. 31
Average rigs under term contract
as of February 12, 2020:
U.S.                                  56        52         49         41        41        34         26         20
Canada                                8         5          5          5         5         4          3          3
International                         8         8          9          9         8         8          6          6
Total                                 72        65         63         55        54        46         35         29

The following chart outlines the average number of drilling rigs under contract for 2019 and the average number of rigs we have under contract for 2020 and 2021 as of February 12, 2020.

Average for the year ended
                                  2019    2020    2021
Average rigs under term contract
as of February 12, 2020:
U.S.                                 49      30      5
Canada                               6       4       1
International                        9       7       6
Total                                64      41      12

In Canada, term contracted rigs normally generate 250 utilization days per year because of the seasonal nature of well site access. In most regions in the U.S. and internationally, term contracts normally generate 365 utilization days per year.

Drilling Activity

The following chart outlines our average number of drilling rigs working or moving by quarter for the periods noted.

Average for the quarter ended 2018       Average for the quarter ended 2019
                                    Mar. 31   June 30   Sept. 30    Dec. 31  Mar. 31   June 30   Sept. 30    Dec. 31
Average Precision active rig count:
U.S.                                    64        72         76         80       79        77         72         63
Canada                                  72        31         52         49       48        27         42         43
International                           8         8          8          8        8         8          9          9
Total                                   144       111        136        137      135       112        123        115

To start 2020, drilling activity has decreased relative to the prior year in the U.S. and Canada. According to industry sources, as of February 12, 2020, the U.S. active land drilling rig count was down 26% compared with the same point last year and the Canadian active land drilling rig count was up approximately 8%. Furthermore, approximately 85% of the U.S. industry's active rigs and 61% of the Canadian industry's active rigs were drilling for oil targets, compared with 81% for the U.S. and 60% for Canada at the same time last year.

Industry Conditions

We expect Tier 1 rigs to remain the preferred rigs of customers globally. The economic value created by the significant drilling and mobility efficiencies delivered by the most advanced XY pad walking rigs has been highlighted and widely accepted by our customers. The trend to longer-reach horizontal completions and importance of the rig delivering these complex wells consistently and efficiently has been well established by the industry. We expect demand for leading edge high efficiency Tier 1 rigs will continue to strengthen relative to less capable rigs, as drilling rig capability has been a key economic facilitator of horizontal/unconventional resource exploitation. Development and field application of drilling equipment process automation coupled with closed loop drilling controls and de-manning of rigs will continue this technical evolution while creating further cost efficiencies and performance value for customers.

Capital Spending

Capital spending in 2020 is expected to be $95 million and includes $58 million for sustaining, infrastructure and intangibles and $37 million for upgrade and expansion. We expect our spending to be split $86 million in the Contract Drilling Services segment, $7 million in the Completion and Production Services segment and $2 million to the Corporate segment.

SEGMENTED FINANCIAL RESULTS

Precision's operations are reported in two segments: Contract Drilling Services, which includes the drilling rig, directional drilling, oilfield supply and manufacturing divisions; and Completion and Production Services, which includes the service rig, rental and camp and catering divisions.

Three months ended December 31,                  Year ended December 31,
(Stated in thousands of Canadian dollars) 2019             2018             % Change       2019             2018             % Change
Revenue:
Contract Drilling Services                    338,886          391,843           (13.5  )     1,399,068        1,396,492          0.2
Completion and Production Services            34,985           36,715            (4.7   )     147,829          150,760            (1.9 )
Inter-segment eliminations                    (1,570  )        (1,548  )         1.4          (5,577    )      (6,063    )        (8.0 )
                                              372,301          427,010           (12.8  )     1,541,320        1,541,189          0.0
Adjusted EBITDA:
Contract Drilling Services                    112,566          122,131           (7.8   )     429,483          412,134            4.2
Completion and Production Services            6,259            7,011             (10.7  )     24,155           14,881             62.3
Corporate and Other                           (13,819 )        5,350             (358.3 )     (61,733   )      (51,884   )        19.0
                                              105,006          134,492           (21.9  )     391,905          375,131            4.5

(1) See "NON-GAAP MEASURES".

SEGMENT REVIEW OF CONTRACT DRILLING SERVICES

Three months ended December 31,                   Year ended December 31,
(Stated in thousands of Canadian dollars, except where noted) 2019             2018              % Change       2019             2018             % Change
Revenue                                                           338,886          391,843            (13.5  )     1,399,068        1,396,492          0.2
Expenses:
Operating                                                         216,305          258,255            (16.2  )     927,612          945,203            (1.9   )
General and administrative                                        10,015           11,457             (12.6  )     38,927           39,155             (0.6   )
Restructuring                                                     -                -             n/m               3,046            -             n/m
Adjusted EBITDA                                                   112,566          122,131            (7.8   )     429,483          412,134            4.2
Depreciation                                                      73,196           98,460             (25.7  )     300,882          341,712            (11.9  )
Gain on asset disposals                                           (3,621  )        (2,526   )         43.3         (46,849   )      (7,157    )        554.6
Loss on asset decommissioning                                     20,263           -             n/m               20,263           -             n/m
Reversal of impairment of property, plant and equipment           -                -             n/m               (5,810    )      -             n/m
Impairment of goodwill                                            -                207,544            (100.0 )     -                207,544            (100.0 )
Operating earnings (loss)                                         22,728           (181,347 )         (112.5 )     160,997          (129,965  )        (223.9 )
Operating earnings (loss) as a percentage of revenue              6.7     %        (46.3    )%                     11.5      %      (9.3      )%

(1) See "NON-GAAP MEASURES".

n/m Calculation not meaningful.

United States onshore drilling statistics:             2019                     2018
                                                       Precision   Industry     Precision   Industry
Average number of active land rigs for quarters ended:
March 31                                                    79          1,023        64          951
June 30                                                     77          967          72          1,021
September 30                                                72          896          76          1,032
December 31                                                 63          798          80          1,050
Year to date average                                        73          921          73          1,014

(1) United States lower 48 operations only.

(2) Baker Hughes rig counts.

Three months ended December 31,
Canadian onshore drilling statistics:          2019                           2018
                                               Precision      Industry        Precision      Industry
Number of drilling rigs (end of period)             109            517             117            574
Drilling rig operating days (spud to release)       3,496          11,392          4,020          15,235
Drilling rig operating day utilization              33    %        23     %        33    %        28     %
Number of wells drilled                             350            1,160           401            1,602
Average days per well                               10.0           9.8             10.0           9.5
Number of metres drilled (000s)                     1,100          3,600           1,153          4,609
Average metres per well                             3,143          3,103           2,874          2,877
Average metres per day                              315            316             287            303
Year ended December 31,
Canadian onshore drilling statistics:          2019                          2018
                                               Precision      Industry       Precision      Industry
Number of drilling rigs (end of period)             109            517            117            574
Drilling rig operating days (spud to release)       12,900         45,334         16,479         64,491
Drilling rig operating day utilization              31     %       22     %       34     %       29     %
Number of wells drilled                             1,314          4,769          1,663          6,781
Average days per well                               9.8            9.5            9.9            9.5
Number of metres drilled (000s)                     3,968          14,241         4,694          19,313
Average metres per well                             3,020          2,986          2,823          2,848
Average metres per day                              308            314            285            299

(1) Canadian operations only.

(2) Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors ("CAODC"), and Precision - excludes non-CAODC rigs and non-reporting CAODC members.

Revenue from Contract Drilling Services for the fourth quarter of 2019 was $339 million, $53 million lower than the fourth quarter of 2018, while Adjusted EBITDA (see "NON-GAAP MEASURES") decreased 8% to $113 million. The lower revenue in 2019 was primarily due to lower U.S. and Canada utilization days, partially offset by higher international activity and U.S. pricing. During the quarter, we had US$3 million of revenue from each of idle but contracted rigs and turnkey projects as compared with fourth quarter 2018 idle but contracted rig and turnkey revenue of US$0.3 million and US$11 million, respectively.

Drilling rig utilization days (drilling days plus move days) in both the U.S. and Canada were down in the fourth quarter of 2019 as compared to 2018. In the U.S., we had 5,814 drilling rig utilization days, 21% lower than the same quarter of 2018. Canada had 3,919 days in the quarter, a decrease of 13% compared to 2018. The reduced activity in both regions was consistent with lower industry activity. Drilling rig utilization days in our international business was 818, 11% higher than the same quarter of 2018, as we deployed our sixth Kuwait rig in the third quarter of 2019.

Revenue per utilization day in the U.S. increased in the fourth quarter of 2019 to US$23,949 from US$23,369 in the prior year quarter. The increase was the result of higher day rates, idle but contracted rig revenue and rig technology revenue, partially offset by lower turnkey activity. On a sequential basis, U.S. revenue per utilization day, excluding revenue from turnkey and idle but contracted rigs, was consistent with the third quarter of 2019. In Canada, average revenue per utilization day for contract drilling rigs was $22,182 compared with $22,802 in the fourth quarter of 2018. The lower average revenue per utilization day in the fourth quarter of 2019 was primarily due to lower rates from a higher proportion of Super Singles in our rig mix and lower shortfall payments, partially offset by higher technology revenue. We did not receive shortfall payments in the fourth quarter of 2019 as compared to $1 million in the 2018 quarter. Average revenue per utilization day in our international contract drilling business was US$52,283 compared with US$51,982 in the respective prior year quarter. The higher average rate in 2019 was primarily due to day rate increases from the renewal and extension of drilling contracts and the deployment of the sixth Kuwait rig, partially offset by lower amortization of the initial upfront mobilization revenue. Directional drilling services realized revenue of $9 million in the fourth quarter of 2019, consistent with 2018.

In the U.S., 66% of utilization days were generated from rigs under term contract as compared with 70% in the fourth quarter of 2018. In Canada, 9% of our utilization days in the quarter were generated from rigs under term contract, compared with 15% in the fourth quarter of 2018.

Operating costs were 64% of revenue for the quarter, 2% lower than the prior year quarter. Our U.S. operating costs on a per day basis decreased to US$14,073 in the fourth quarter of 2019 compared with US$15,042 in 2018. The decrease was mainly due to lower turnkey activity, the impact from the reversal of prior period provisions and the componentization of rig recertification costs. Excluding the impact of the provision reversals and componentization of recertification costs, our operating costs on a per day basis for the quarter were US$14,974. In the U.S., on a sequential basis, operating costs per day decreased by US$414 due to lower repair and maintenance costs, third party charges partially offset by higher turnkey costs. Average operating costs per utilization day for drilling rigs in Canada decreased to $14,791 compared with the prior year quarter of $15,115. The decrease was mainly caused by the impact of lower repair and maintenance costs due to the componentization of rig recertification costs. Excluding the impact of componentization of recertifications, our operating costs on a per day basis for the quarter were $15,044.

Depreciation expense in the quarter was 26% lower than the fourth quarter of 2018. The lower 2019 expense was primarily due to asset sales, assets becoming fully depreciated and non-recurring accelerated depreciation of excess spare equipment recorded in the fourth quarter of 2018. In 2019, we recognized a loss on the decommissioning of drilling rigs and ancillary equipment of $20 million. See discussion on rig decommissioning under "Other Items" for additional details.

In the fourth quarter of 2019, through the completion of normal course business operations, we sold used assets resulting in a gain on asset disposals of $4 million as compared to $3 million in the 2018 quarter.

SEGMENT REVIEW OF COMPLETION AND PRODUCTION SERVICES

Three months ended December 31,               Year ended December 31,
(Stated in thousands of Canadian dollars, except where noted) 2019            2018            % Change      2019           2018           % Change
Revenue                                                           34,985          36,715           (4.7  )     147,829        150,760          (1.9   )
Expenses:
Operating                                                         26,982          28,515           (5.4  )     116,932        128,124          (8.7   )
General and administrative                                        1,744           1,189            46.7        6,285          6,591            (4.6   )
Restructuring                                                     -               -           n/m              457            1,164            (60.7  )
Adjusted EBITDA                                                   6,259           7,011            (10.7 )     24,155         14,881           62.3
Depreciation                                                      4,309           5,416            (20.4 )     17,881         22,801           (21.6  )
Loss (gain) on asset disposals                                    (201   )        (65    )         209.2       (3,767  )      1,078            (449.4 )
Operating earnings (loss)                                         2,151           1,660            29.6        10,041         (8,998  )        (211.6 )
Operating earnings (loss) as a percentage of revenue              6.1    %        4.5    %                     6.8     %      (6.0    )%
Well servicing statistics:
Number of service rigs (end of period)                            123             210              (41.4 )     123            210              (41.4  )
Service rig operating hours                                       39,865          35,773           11.4        147,154        157,467          (6.5   )
Service rig operating hour utilization                            35     %        19     %                     32      %      21      %
Service rig revenue per operating hour                            746             753              (0.9  )     739            709              4.2

(1) See "NON-GAAP MEASURES".

(2) In 2019, 75 rigs were not registered with the industry association and 12 snubbing units were sold.

n/m Calculation not meaningful.

Revenue from Completion and Production Services decreased $2 million compared with the fourth quarter of 2018 due to lower activity in our rental and camp and catering divisions and the impact of the disposal of our snubbing units and waste water assets partially offset by higher well service activity in Canada and the U.S. Our service rig operating hours in the quarter were up 11% from the fourth quarter of 2018 while average service rig revenue per operating hour decreased slightly to $746. Excluding the impact of snubbing assets, which were disposed in the first quarter, our fourth quarter 2019 service activity and rates increased 20% and 5%, respectively, over the comparative 2018 period. Approximately 78% of our fourth quarter Canadian service rig activity was oil related.

Adjusted EBITDA (see "NON-GAAP MEASURES") of $6 million in the fourth quarter of 2019 was 11% lower than the 2018 quarter primarily due to lower activity in our non-well servicing divisions and the impact of asset disposals, partially offset by higher well service activity and lower costs resulting from our cost control measures.

During the fourth quarter, the segment generated 81% of its revenue from Canadian operations and 19% from U.S. operations compared with 90% from Canada and 10% in the U.S. in the 2018 quarter.

Operating costs as a percentage of revenue was 77% compared with the prior year comparative quarter of 78%. The reduction of operating costs as a percentage of revenue was primarily the result of a higher proportion of 24-hour well service work and continued cost control.

Depreciation expense in the quarter was 20% lower than the prior year comparative period. The decrease in depreciation expense was primarily due to a lower capital asset base resulting from the disposition of snubbing units and waste water assets and assets becoming fully depreciated.

In the first quarter of 2019, as a cost control measure, Precision did not renew the registration of 75 Canadian-based well service rigs with industry associations due to low anticipated activity levels for the year.

SEGMENT REVIEW OF CORPORATE AND OTHER

Our Corporate and Other segment provides support functions to our operating segments. The Corporate and Other segment had negative Adjusted EBITDA (see "NON-GAAP MEASURES") of $14 million compared with Adjusted EBITDA of $5 million in the comparative 2018 quarter. The lower Adjusted EBITDA in 2019 was primarily the result of higher share-based incentive compensation in the current quarter and the non-recurring receipt of the transaction termination fee in the fourth quarter of 2018.

OTHER ITEMS

Share-based Incentive Compensation Plans

We have several cash-settled share-based incentive plans and two equity-settled share-based incentive plans. Details of vesting conditions, fair value determination and accounting policy for each plan can be found in the notes to our consolidated annual financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2018.

A summary of the amounts expensed under these plans during the reporting periods are as follows:

Three months ended December 31,    Year ended December 31,
(Stated in thousands of Canadian dollars)             2019          2018                 2019         2018
Cash settled share-based incentive plans                    3,529         (14,208     )      8,193        6,391
Equity settled share-based incentive plans:
Executive PSU                                               3,149         1,527              11,648       5,871
Stock option plan                                           524           681                2,275        3,336
Total share-based incentive compensation plan expense       7,202         (12,000     )      22,116       15,598
Allocated:
Operating                                                   1,711         (5,437      )      5,025        3,656
General and Administrative                                  5,491         (6,563      )      17,091       11,942
                                                            7,202         (12,000     )      22,116       15,598

Cash settled shared-based compensation expense for the fourth quarter of 2019 was an expense of $4 million compared to a recovery of $14 million in the comparable 2018 quarter. The higher share-based compensation expense in 2019 was the result of our share price increasing in the 2019 fourth quarter versus a decline in the 2018 quarter.

Executive PSU share-based incentive compensation expense for the quarter was $3 million compared with $2 million in the same quarter in 2018. The increased compensation expense was the result of additional Executive PSUs granted in 2019 offset partially by lower fair values for the 2019 grants.

Finance Charges

Net finance charges were $28 million, a decrease of $4 million compared with the fourth quarter of 2018, primarily due to a reduction in interest expense related to the debt retired in 2018 and 2019, partially offset by the impact of the adoption of IFRS 16. Interest charges on our U.S. denominated long-term debt in the fourth quarter of 2019 were US$20 million ($26 million) compared with US$23 million ($30 million) in 2018.

Normal Course Issuer Bid

In 2019, the Toronto Stock Exchange approved our application to implement a Normal Course Issuer Bid. As at December 31, 2019, we purchased and cancelled a total of 16 million common shares for $26 million. Subsequent to December 31, 2019, we purchased and cancelled an additional 2 million common shares for $3 million.

Rig Decommissioning

In the fourth quarter of 2019, we decommissioned certain drilling and ancillary equipment that no longer met our High-Performance technology standards. Included in the decommissioned assets were those drilling rigs previously held for sale. We recognized a $20 million loss on the decommissioning of these assets.

Change in Rig Components

In the fourth quarter of 2019, we performed our annual review of estimated useful lives, residual values and methods and components of depreciation of property, plant and equipment. Due to changes in circumstance surrounding the timing, nature and complexity of rig recertifications, we determined the associated costs represent a separate component of property, plant and equipment. This change has been recognized prospectively and is expected to increase our 2020 depreciation expense by approximately $3 million.

Income Tax

Income tax recovery for the quarter was $12 million compared with $2 million in the same quarter in 2018. In 2019, the Province of Alberta announced various reductions to corporate income tax rates, that when fully implemented over the next three years will decrease the provincial corporate income tax rate from 12% to 8% by 2022. The increase in the income tax recovery for the quarter was mainly due to a larger fourth quarter loss prior to the non-taxable portion of the goodwill impairment in 2018; adjustments for prior period taxes; reversal of unrecognized tax benefits; and U.S. tax reform legislation clarification enacted in December 2019, offset by a reduction in the benefit from the Alberta income tax rate reductions.

LIQUIDITY AND CAPITAL RESOURCES

The oilfield services business is inherently cyclical in nature. To manage this, we focus on maintaining a strong balance sheet so we have the financial flexibility we need to continue to manage our growth and cash flow, regardless of where we are in the business cycle. We maintain a variable operating cost structure so we can be responsive to changes in demand.

Our maintenance capital expenditures are tightly governed by and highly responsive to activity levels with additional cost savings leverage provided through our internal manufacturing and supply capabilities. Term contracts on expansion capital for new-build and upgrade rig programs provide more certainty of future revenues and return on our capital investments.

Liquidity

Amount                                                                                             Availability                                                    Used for                                             Maturity
Senior credit facility (secured)
US$500 million (extendible, revolving term credit facility with US$300 million accordion feature)  Undrawn, except US$25 million in outstanding letters of credit  General corporate purposes                           November 21, 2023
Operating facilities (secured)
$40 million                                                                                        Undrawn, except $26 million in outstanding letters of credit    Letters of credit and general corporate purposes
US$15 million                                                                                      Undrawn                                                         Short term working capital requirements
Demand letter of credit facility (secured)
US$30 million                                                                                      Undrawn, except US$2 million in outstanding letters of credit   Letters of credit
Unsecured senior notes  (unsecured)
US$91 million - 6.5%                                                                               Fully drawn                                                     Capital expenditures and general corporate purposes  December 15, 2021
US$345 million - 7.75%                                                                             Fully drawn                                                     Debt redemption and repurchases                      December 15, 2023
US$308 million - 5.25%                                                                             Fully drawn                                                     Capital expenditures and general corporate purposes  November 15, 2024
US$370 million - 7.125%                                                                            Fully drawn                                                     Debt redemption and repurchases                      January 15, 2026

As of December 31, 2019, we had US$1,113 million ($1,445 million) outstanding under our unsecured senior notes as compared with US$1,267 million ($1,729 million) at December 31, 2018. The current blended cash interest cost of our debt is approximately 6.8%.

During 2019, we repurchased and cancelled US$30 million of our 7.125% unsecured senior notes due 2026, US$5 million of our 7.75% notes due 2023 and US$43 million of our 5.25% notes due 2024. In addition, we redeemed US$75 million principal amount of our 6.50% unsecured senior notes due 2021.

Subsequent to December 31, 2019, we redeemed an additional US$25 million of our 6.5% unsecured senior notes due 2021.

Covenants

Following is a listing of our currently applicable covenants and the calculations as of December 31, 2019:

Covenant                       At December 31, 2019
Senior Credit Facility
Consolidated senior debt to consolidated covenant EBITDA      less-than or equal to 2.50                0.00
Consolidated covenant EBITDA to consolidated interest expense greater-than or equal to 2.50             3.39
Unsecured Senior Notes
Consolidated interest coverage ratio                          greater-than or equal to 2.00             3.30

(1) For purposes of calculating the leverage ratio consolidated senior debt only includes secured indebtedness.

At December 31, 2019, we were in compliance with the covenants of our senior credit facility and unsecured senior notes.

Senior Credit Facility

The senior credit facility requires that we comply with certain restrictive and financial covenants including a leverage ratio of consolidated senior debt to consolidated Covenant EBITDA (see "NON-GAAP MEASURES") of less than 2.5:1. For purposes of calculating the leverage ratio consolidated senior debt only includes secured indebtedness.

Under the senior credit facility, we are required to maintain a ratio of consolidated Covenant EBITDA (see "NON-GAAP MEASURES") to consolidated interest expense, for the most recent four consecutive quarters, of greater than 2.5:1.

Unsecured Senior Notes

Our unsecured senior notes require we comply with restrictive and financial covenants including an incurrence based consolidated interest coverage ratio test of consolidated cash flow, as defined in the unsecured senior note agreements, to consolidated interest expense of greater than 2.0:1 for the most recent four consecutive fiscal quarters. In the event this ratio is less than 2.0:1 for the most recent four consecutive fiscal quarters, the unsecured senior notes restrict our ability to incur additional indebtedness.

The unsecured senior notes contain a restricted payment covenant that limits our ability to make payments in the nature of dividends, distributions and for repurchases from shareholders. This restricted payment basket grows from a starting point of October 1, 2010 for the 2021 and 2024 unsecured senior notes, from October 1, 2016 for the 2023 unsecured senior notes and October 1, 2017 for the 2026 unsecured senior notes by, among other things, 50% of consolidated cumulative net earnings and decreases by 100% of consolidated cumulative net losses, as defined in the note agreements, and payments made to shareholders. Beginning with the December 31, 2015 calculation the governing net restricted payments basket was negative which limits our ability to declare and make dividend payments or share repurchases until such time as the governing restricted payments basket becomes positive.

For further information, please see the unsecured senior note indentures which are available on SEDAR and EDGAR.

Impact of foreign exchange rates

On average, the Canada-U.S. foreign exchange rate was consistent in the fourth quarter of 2019 as compared to 2018. For the year ended December 31, 2019, the Canadian dollar weakened by 2% from 2018. The devaluation of the Canadian dollar resulted in higher translated U.S. denominated revenue and costs. The following table summarizes the average and closing Canada-U.S. foreign exchanges rates:

Three months ended December 31,   Year ended December 31,
                                   2019          2018                2019       2018
Canada-U.S. foreign exchange rates
Average                                  1.32          1.32              1.33       1.30
Closing                                  1.30          1.37              1.30       1.37

Hedge of investments in foreign operations

We utilize foreign currency long-term debt to hedge our exposure to changes in the carrying values of our net investment in certain foreign operations as a result of changes in foreign exchange rates.

We have designated our U.S. dollar denominated long-term debt as a net investment hedge in our U.S. operations and other foreign operations that have a U.S. dollar functional currency. To be accounted for as a hedge, the foreign currency denominated long-term debt must be designated and documented as such and must be effective at inception and on an ongoing basis. We recognize the effective amount of this hedge (net of tax) in other comprehensive income. We recognize ineffective amounts (if any) in net earnings (loss).

Average shares outstanding

The following table reconciles the weighted average shares outstanding used in computing basic and diluted net earnings (loss) per share:

Three months ended December 31,   Year ended December 31,
(Stated in thousands)                                       2019            2018              2019          2018
Weighted average shares outstanding - basic                       282,850         293,782         290,782       293,560
Effect of stock options and other equity compensation plans       --              --              6,397         --
Weighted average shares outstanding - diluted                     282,850         293,782         297,179       293,560

QUARTERLY FINANCIAL SUMMARY

(Stated in thousands of Canadian dollars, except per share amounts)  2019
Quarters ended                                                       March 31       June 30        September 30      December 31
Revenue                                                                   434,043       359,424           375,552          372,301
Adjusted EBITDA                                                           107,967       81,037            97,895           105,006
Net earnings (loss)                                                       25,014        (13,801 )         (3,534  )        (1,061  )
Net earnings (loss) per basic share                                       0.09          (0.05   )         (0.01   )        (0.00   )
Net earnings (loss) per diluted share                                     0.08          (0.05   )         (0.01   )        (0.00   )
Funds provided by operations                                              95,993        40,950            79,930           75,779
Cash provided by operations                                               40,587        106,035           66,556           74,981
(Stated in thousands of Canadian dollars, except per share amounts)  2018
Quarters ended                                                       March 31        June 30        September 30      December 31
Revenue                                                                   401,006        330,716           382,457          427,010
Adjusted EBITDA                                                           97,469         62,182            80,988           134,492
Net loss                                                                  (18,077 )      (47,217 )         (30,648 )        (198,328 )
Net loss per basic                                                        (0.06   )      (0.16   )         (0.10   )        (0.68    )
Net loss per diluted share                                                (0.06   )      (0.16   )         (0.10   )        (0.68    )
Funds provided by operations                                              104,026        50,225            64,368           92,595
Cash provided by operations                                               38,189         129,695           31,961           93,489

(1) See "NON-GAAP MEASURES".

CRITICAL ACCOUNTING JUDGEMENTS AND ESTIMATES

Because of the nature of our business, we are required to make judgments and estimates in preparing our Condensed Interim Consolidated Financial Statements that could materially affect the amounts recognized. Our judgments and estimates are based on our past experiences and assumptions we believe are reasonable in the circumstances. The critical judgments and estimates used in preparing the Condensed Interim Consolidated Financial Statements are described in our 2018 Annual Report and there have been no material changes to our critical accounting judgments and estimates during the three months and year ended December 31, 2019 except for those impacted by the adoption of new accounting standards.

CHANGES IN ACCOUNTING POLICY

New standards adopted

The following standards became effective on January 1, 2019:

-- IFRS 16 Leases

-- IFRIC 23 Uncertainty over Income Tax Treatments

Precision adopted these standards using the modified retrospective method on January 1, 2019. Please see the unaudited September 30, 2019 Condensed Interim Consolidated Financial Statements and related notes for further details on the adoption of these standards.

Impact of IFRS 16 Leases on Adjusted EBITDA

With the adoption of IFRS 16, the accounting treatment for operating leases when Precision is the lessee, changed effective January 1, 2019. Precision adopted IFRS 16 using the modified retrospective approach and our comparative information was not restated. As a result, the comparability of our 2019 Adjusted EBITDA to periods prior to January 1, 2019 is impacted.

Under IFRS 16, leases classified as operating leases were recognized on our statement of financial position with a right of use asset and corresponding lease obligation representing the present value of Precision's future lease payments. Once recognized, right of use assets are depreciated over the shorter of their useful life and the term of the lease. The lease obligation is measured at amortized cost using the effective interest method. Under this approach, an interest charge is applied to accrete the lease obligation to the present value of future lease payments. As lease payments are made, the lease obligation is reduced.

Historically, operating lease obligations were accounted for as 'off-balance sheet' and lease expenses were only recognized at the time of payment in either operating or general and administrative expense. However, under IFRS 16, lease costs are reflected on the statement of earnings (loss) through depreciation and interest expense, resulting in an increase to Adjusted EBITDA.

Upon transition, we recognized right of use assets and corresponding lease obligations of $73 million. For the three months and year ended December 31, 2019, we recorded lease interest charges of $1 million and $3 million and depreciated our right of use assets by $2 million and $8 million, respectively. As a result of the new lease standard, our Adjusted EBITDA was positively impacted for the three months and year ended December 31, 2019 by $3 million and $11 million, respectively.

NON-GAAP MEASURES

In this release we reference non-GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) measures. Adjusted EBITDA, Covenant EBITDA, Operating Earnings (Loss), Funds Provided by (Used in) Operations and Working Capital are terms used by us to assess performance as we believe they provide useful supplemental information to investors. These terms do not have standardized meanings prescribed under International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and may not be comparable to similar measures used by other companies.

Adjusted EBITDA

We believe that Adjusted EBITDA (earnings before income taxes, gain on repurchase and redemption of unsecured senior notes, finance charges, foreign exchange, impairment of goodwill, reversal of impairment of property, plant and equipment, loss on asset decommissioning, gain on asset disposals and depreciation and amortization), as reported in the Interim Consolidated Statement of Earnings (Loss), is a useful measure, because it gives an indication of the results from our principal business activities prior to consideration of how our activities are financed and the impact of foreign exchange, taxation and depreciation and amortization charges.

Covenant EBITDA

Covenant EBITDA, as defined in our senior credit facility agreement, is used in determining the Corporation's compliance with its covenants. Covenant EBITDA differs from Adjusted EBITDA by the exclusion of bad debt expense, restructuring costs, certain foreign exchange amounts and with the adoption of the new lease standard IFRS 16 - Leases, the deduction of cash lease payments incurred after December 31, 2018.

Operating Earnings (Loss)

We believe that operating earnings (loss) is a useful measure because it provides an indication of the results of our principal business activities before consideration of how those activities are financed and the impact of foreign exchange and taxation. Operating earnings (loss) is calculated as follows:

Three months ended December 31,    Year ended December 31,
(Stated in thousands of Canadian dollars)               2019             2018              2019               2018
Revenue                                                       372,301          427,010         1,541,320          1,541,189
Expenses:
Operating                                                     241,717          285,222         1,038,967          1,067,264
General and administrative                                    25,578           21,496          104,010            111,830
Restructuring                                                 --               --              6,438              1,164
Other                                                         --               (14,200  )      --                 (14,200   )
Depreciation and amortization                                 80,932           106,946         333,616            377,044
Gain on asset disposals                                       (3,888  )        (7,905   )      (50,741   )        (11,384   )
Loss on asset decommissioning                                 20,263           --              20,263             --
Reversal of impairment of property, plant and equipment       --               --              (5,810    )        --
Impairment of goodwill                                        --               207,544         --                 207,544
Operating earnings (loss)                                     7,699            (172,093 )      94,577             (198,073  )
Foreign exchange                                              (4,306  )        3,198           (8,722    )        4,017
Finance charges                                               28,275           32,220          118,453            127,178
Gain on repurchase and redemption of unsecured notes          (3,178  )        (6,848   )      (6,815    )        (5,672    )
Loss before income taxes                                      (13,092 )        (200,663 )      (8,339    )        (323,596  )

Funds Provided By (Used In) Operations

We believe that funds provided by (used in) operations, as reported in the Interim Consolidated Statements of Cash Flow, is a useful measure because it provides an indication of the funds our principal business activities generate prior to consideration of working capital, which is primarily made up of highly liquid balances.

Working Capital

We define working capital as current assets less current liabilities as reported on the Condensed Interim Consolidated Statement of Financial Position.

CAUTIONARY STATEMENT REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION AND STATEMENTS

Certain statements contained in this release, including statements that contain words such as "could", "should", "can", "anticipate", "estimate", "intend", "plan", "expect", "believe", "will", "may", "continue", "project", "potential" and similar expressions and statements relating to matters that are not historical facts constitute "forward-looking information" within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation and "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the "safe harbor" provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (collectively, "forward-looking information and statements").

In particular, forward looking information and statements include, but are not limited to, the following:

These forward-looking information and statements are based on certain assumptions and analysis made by Precision in light of our experience and our perception of historical trends, current conditions, expected future developments and other factors we believe are appropriate under the circumstances. These include, among other things:

Undue reliance should not be placed on forward-looking information and statements. Whether actual results, performance or achievements will conform to our expectations and predictions is subject to a number of known and unknown risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from our expectations. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to:

Readers are cautioned that the forgoing list of risk factors is not exhaustive. Additional information on these and other factors that could affect our business, operations or financial results are included in reports on file with applicable securities regulatory authorities, including but not limited to Precision's Annual Information Form for the year ended December 31, 2018, which may be accessed on Precision's SEDAR profile at www.sedar.com or under Precision's EDGAR profile at www.sec.gov. The forward-looking information and statements contained in this release are made as of the date hereof and Precision undertakes no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statements or information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

CONDENSED INTERIM CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL POSITION (UNAUDITED)

(Stated in thousands of Canadian dollars)   December 31, 2019     December 31, 2018
ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash                                        $        74,701       $        96,626
Accounts receivable                                  310,204               372,336
Income tax recoverable                               1,142                 --
Inventory                                            31,718                34,081
Assets held for sale                                 --                    19,658
Total current assets                                 417,765               522,701
Non-current assets:
Income tax recoverable                               --                    2,449
Deferred tax assets                                  4,724                 36,880
Right of use assets                                  66,142                --
Property, plant and equipment                        2,749,463             3,038,612
Intangibles                                          31,746                35,401
Total non-current assets                             2,852,075             3,113,342
Total assets                                $        3,269,840    $        3,636,043
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities    $        199,478      $        274,489
Income taxes payable                                 4,142                 7,673
Lease obligation                                     12,449                --
Total current liabilities                            216,069               282,162
Non-current liabilities:
Share-based compensation                             8,830                 6,520
Provisions and other                                 9,959                 10,577
Lease obligation                                     54,980                --
Long-term debt                                       1,427,181             1,706,253
Deferred tax liabilities                             25,389                72,779
Total non-current liabilities                        1,526,339             1,796,129
Shareholders' equity:
Shareholders' capital                                2,296,378             2,322,280
Contributed surplus                                  66,255                52,332
Deficit                                              (969,456  )           (978,874  )
Accumulated other comprehensive income               134,255               162,014
Total shareholders' equity                           1,527,432             1,557,752
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity  $        3,269,840    $        3,636,043

CONDENSED INTERIM CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS (LOSS) (UNAUDITED)

Three Months Ended December 31,    Year Ended December 31,
(Stated in thousands of Canadian dollars, except per share amounts)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2019             2018              2019               2018
Revenue                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      $     372,301    $     427,010     $   1,541,320      $   1,541,189
Expenses:
Operating                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            241,717          285,222         1,038,967          1,067,264
General and administrative                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            25,578           21,496          104,010            111,830
Restructuring                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            --               --              6,438              1,164
Other recoveries                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            --               (14,200  )      --                 (14,200   )
Earnings before income taxes, gain on repurchase and redemption of unsecured senior notes, finance charges, foreign exchange, impairment of goodwill, reversal of impairment of property, plant and equipment, loss on asset decommissioning, gain on asset disposals and depreciation and amortization        105,006          134,492         391,905            375,131
Depreciation and amortization                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            80,932           106,946         333,616            377,044
Gain on asset disposals                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            (3,888  )        (7,905   )      (50,741   )        (11,384   )
Loss on asset decommissioning                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            20,263           --              20,263             --
Reversal of impairment of property, plant and equipment                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            --               --              (5,810    )        --
Impairment of goodwill                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            --               207,544         --                 207,544
Foreign exchange                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            (4,306  )        3,198           (8,722    )        4,017
Finance charges                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            28,275           32,220          118,453            127,178
Gain on repurchase and redemption of unsecured senior notes                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            (3,178  )        (6,848   )      (6,815    )        (5,672    )
Loss before income taxes                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            (13,092 )        (200,663 )      (8,339    )        (323,596  )
Income taxes:
Current                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            (3,473  )        2,177           1,080              8,573
Deferred                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            (8,558  )        (4,512   )      (16,037   )        (37,899   )
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            (12,031 )        (2,335   )      (14,957   )        (29,326   )
Net earnings (loss)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      $     (1,061  )  $     (198,328 )  $   6,618          $   (294,270  )
Net earnings (loss) per share:
Basic                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      $     (0.00   )  $     (0.68    )  $   0.02           $   (1.00     )
Diluted                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      $     (0.00   )  $     (0.68    )  $   0.02           $   (1.00     )

CONDENSED INTERIM CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE LOSS (UNAUDITED)

Three Months Ended December 31,    Year Ended December 31,
(Stated in thousands of Canadian dollars)                                                                      2019             2018              2019              2018
Net earnings (loss)                                                                                            $     (1,061  )  $     (198,328 )  $   6,618         $   (294,270 )
Unrealized gain (loss) on translation of assets and liabilities of operations denominated in foreign currency        (41,849 )        128,674         (106,781 )        175,630
Foreign exchange gain (loss) on net investment hedge with U.S. denominated debt, net of tax                          28,941           (104,716 )      79,022            (145,226 )
Comprehensive loss                                                                                             $     (13,969 )  $     (174,370 )  $   (21,141  )    $   (263,866 )

CONDENSED INTERIM CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOW (UNAUDITED)

Three Months Ended December 31,    Year Ended December 31,
(Stated in thousands of Canadian dollars)                    2019             2018              2019              2018
Cash provided by (used in):
Operations:
Net earnings (loss)                                          $     (1,061  )  $     (198,328 )  $   6,618         $   (294,270 )
Adjustments for:
Long-term compensation plans                                       6,072            (1,599   )      19,457            17,401
Depreciation and amortization                                      80,932           106,946         333,616           377,044
Gain on asset disposals                                            (3,888  )        (7,905   )      (50,741  )        (11,384  )
Loss on asset decommissioning                                      20,263           --              20,263            --
Reversal of impairment of property, plant and equipment            --               --              (5,810   )        --
Impairment of goodwill                                             --               207,544         --                207,544
Foreign exchange                                                   (4,263  )        2,556           (8,585   )        2,341
Finance charges                                                    28,275           32,220          118,453           127,178
Income taxes                                                       (12,031 )        (2,335   )      (14,957  )        (29,326  )
Other                                                              (783    )        (27      )      (981     )        (1,269   )
Gain on repurchase and redemption of unsecured senior notes        (3,178  )        (6,848   )      (6,815   )        (5,672   )
Income taxes paid                                                  (316    )        (477     )      (5,060   )        (4,446   )
Income taxes recovered                                             1,337            1,775           2,479             33,283
Interest paid                                                      (35,919 )        (41,369  )      (116,655 )        (108,622 )
Interest received                                                  339              442             1,370             1,412
Funds provided by operations                                       75,779           92,595          292,652           311,214
Changes in non-cash working capital balances                       (798    )        894             (4,493   )        (17,880  )
                                                                   74,981           93,489          288,159           293,334
Investments:
Purchase of property, plant and equipment                          (21,541 )        (29,594  )      (159,886 )        (114,576 )
Purchase of intangibles                                            (332    )        (687     )      (808     )        (11,567  )
Proceeds on sale of property, plant and equipment                  4,931            12,020          90,768            24,457
Changes in non-cash working capital balances                       609              (1,190   )      (4,574   )        892
                                                                   (16,333 )        (19,451  )      (74,500  )        (100,794 )
Financing:
Redemption and repurchase of unsecured senior notes                (55,812 )        (92,065  )      (198,387 )        (168,722 )
Share repurchase                                                   (17,719 )        --              (25,902  )        --
Lease payments                                                     (1,699  )        --              (6,823   )        --
Debt amendment fees                                                (702    )        (638     )      (702     )        (638     )
Issuance of common shares on the exercise of options               --               --              --                275
                                                                   (75,932 )        (92,703  )      (231,814 )        (169,085 )
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash                            (1,776  )        5,529           (3,770   )        8,090
Increase (decrease) in cash                                        (19,060 )        (13,136  )      (21,925  )        31,545
Cash, beginning of period                                          93,761           109,762         96,626            65,081
Cash, end of period                                          $     74,701     $     96,626      $   74,701        $   96,626

CONDENSED INTERIM CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CHANGES IN EQUITY (UNAUDITED)

(Stated in thousands of Canadian dollars)  Shareholders'       Contributed    Accumulated       Deficit         Total
                                           capital             surplus        other                             equity
                                                                              comprehensive
                                                                              income
Balance at January 1, 2019                 $      2,322,280    $     52,332   $      162,014    $   (978,874 )  $   1,557,752
Lease transition adjustment                       --                 --              --             2,800           2,800
Net earnings for the period                       --                 --              --             6,618           6,618
Other comprehensive loss for the period           --                 --              (27,759 )      --              (27,759   )
Share repurchase                                  (25,902   )        --              --             --              (25,902   )
Share-based compensation expense                  --                 13,923          --             --              13,923
Balance at December 31, 2019               $      2,296,378    $     66,255   $      134,255    $   (969,456 )  $   1,527,432
(Stated in thousands of Canadian dollars)                   Shareholders'      Contributed     Accumulated      Deficit         Total
                                                            capital            surplus         other                            equity
                                                                                               comprehensive
                                                                                               income
Balance at January 1, 2018                                  $      2,319,293   $     44,037    $      131,610   $   (684,604 )  $   1,810,336
Net loss for the period                                            --                --               --            (294,270 )      (294,270  )
Other comprehensive income for the period                          --                --               30,404        --              30,404
Shares issued on redemption non-management directors' DSUs         2,609             (809   )         --            --              1,800
Share options exercised                                            378               (103   )         --            --              275
Share-based compensation expense                                   --                9,207            --            --              9,207
Balance at December 31, 2018                                $      2,322,280   $     52,332    $      162,014   $   (978,874 )  $   1,557,752

FOURTH QUARTER 2019 EARNINGS CONFERENCE CALL AND WEBCAST

Precision Drilling Corporation ("Precision") intends to release its 2019 fourth quarter results before the market opens on Thursday, February 13, 2020, and has scheduled a conference call and webcast to begin promptly at 12:00 Noon MT (2:00 p.m. ET) on the same day.

The conference call dial in numbers are 844-515-9176 or 614-999-9312.

A live webcast of the conference call will be accessible on Precision's website at www.precisiondrilling.com by selecting "Investor Relations", then "Webcasts & Presentations". Shortly after the live webcast, an archived version will be available for approximately 60 days.

An archived recording of the conference call will be available approximately one hour after the completion of the call until February 19, 2020 by dialing 855-859-2056 or 404-537-3406, passcode 9196243.

About Precision

Precision is a leading provider of safe and High Performance, High Value services to the oil and gas industry. Precision provides customers with access to an extensive fleet of Super Series drilling rigs supported by an industry leading technology platform that offers innovative drilling solutions to deliver efficient, predictable and repeatable results through service differentiation. Precision also offers directional drilling services, well service rigs, camps and rental equipment all backed by a comprehensive mix of technical support services and skilled, experienced personnel.

Precision is headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Precision is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the trading symbol "PD" and on the New York Stock Exchange under the trading symbol "PDS".

For further information, please contact:

Carey Ford, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

713.435.6100

Dustin Honing, Manager, Investor Relations

403.716.4500

800, 525 - 8th Avenue S.W.

Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2P 1G1

Website: www.precisiondrilling.com

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