After reporting their quarterly results, Precision Drilling (NYSE:PDS) maintained their "Buy" rating from Canaccord Genuity.
Rob McNally, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, said on the conference call:
"Precision had a very solid quarter. We reported net earnings of $61 million or $0.21 per diluted share on revenues of $359 million for the third quarter. These results do include an $18 million foreign exchange gain which equates to about $0.05 per share relating to our debt being primarily US dollar denominated.
"Our Q3 2010 EBITDA was $113 million, which represents a 31% increase over the $86 million achieved in the third quarter of 2009. The improved third quarter results primarily reflect increased utilization. Activity levels have increased meaningfully with the continuation of positive momentum building from the beginning of the year."
Canaccord said, "We reiterate our rating and target price (based on 6.0x 2011E EV/EBITDA) following PD’s in-line Q3 results; our thesis remains intact as the company has a large mix of high-performance rigs and enjoys geographic diversity across North America. The company also continues to benefit from increasing oil and liquids-rich drilling, pricing traction starting to take in Canada, and moving forward with its new build programs."
Precision closed Friday at $7.76, gaining $0.21, or 2.78 percent. Canaccord has a price target of C$10 on them.
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