Patterson-UTI Energy acquires East Texas pressure pumping operations Patterson-UTI Energy announced that one of its subsidiaries has entered into an agreement to acquire the East Texas-based pressure pumping operations of a privately held company. The acquisition includes 31,500 horsepower of hydraulic fracturing equipment and provides Patterson-UTI with a new base of operations and employees to efficiently support drilling programs in East Texas and Louisiana. The pending transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and receipt of required third party consents, and is expected to close within 10 days. The acquired assets will supplement Patterson-UTI's existing Texas-based pressure pumping operations in the Permian Basin, the Eagle Ford shale of South Texas and the Barnett shale of North Texas.
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Patterson-UTI Energy price target raised to $44 from $39 at RBC Capital RBC Capital increased its price target on Patterson-UTI Energy as the firm is positive on the outlook for U.S. land drillers and likes the company's frac operating leverage, improving cash margins and valuation. The firm keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.