IPO Report: Independence Contract Drilling (ICD)

Francis Gaskins |

Independence Contract Drilling (ICD) provides land-based contract drilling services for oil and natural gas producers targeting unconventional resource plays in the United States. It is headquartered in Houston, TX.

Five other new companies are scheduled to IPO for the week of Aug. 4, 2014. The full IPO calendar is available at IPOpremium.

The manager and co-managers are Morgan Stanley, Barclays, Tudor, Pickering, Holt. The joint managers are Canaccord Genuity, Capital One Securities, Cowen and Company, FBR, IBERIA Capital Partners, Johnson Rice & Company.

ICD scheduled a $150 million IPO with a market capitalization of $341 million at a price range midpoint of $15 for Friday, August 8, 2014 on the NYSE. SEC filings 

ICD IPO Overview

ICD provides land-based contract drilling services for oil and natural gas producers targeting unconventional resource plays in the United States.

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Conclusion on ICD's IPO

2013 rev +183%,
Q1 '14 rev +64%,
Q1 barely profitable on an adj basis 

The rating is neutral.

Business for ICD

ICD provides land-based contract drilling services for oil and natural gas producers targeting unconventional resource plays in the United States.

ICD constructs, owns and operates a premium fleet comprised entirely of newly constructed, technologically advanced, custom designed ShaleDriller™ rigs that are specifically engineered and designed to optimize the development of ICD’s customers’ most technically demanding oil and gas properties.

All of ICD’s operating rigs are currently drilling in the Permian Basin, but its rigs have previously operated in the Mid-Continent region and Eagle Ford Shale.

ICD is focused on creating stockholder and customer value through its commitment to operational excellence and its focus on safety.

ICD Believes There is a Shortage

ICD believes that it is strategically positioned to take advantage of the ongoing land-rig replacement cycle as the industry upgrades legacy fleets with premium rigs. ICD believes it will be able to expand its fleet and grow its business due to the shortage of the type of premium rigs and drilling services that ICD provides.

ICD’s standardized fleet currently consists of eleven premium rigs. Of these eleven rigs, two are currently under construction and scheduled for completion in August and November of 2014, and one is being upgraded with an integrated multi-directional walking system scheduled for completion in October 2014.

After this upgrade, nine of its eleven rigs will contain ICD’s integrated multi-directional walking system that is specifically designed to optimize pad drilling for its customers. ICD also has the option to upgrade its two non-walking rigs after completion of their existing contracts in 2015.

Every ShaleDriller™ rig in ICD’s fleet is a 1500-hp, AC programmable rig (“AC rig”) designed to be fast-moving between drilling sites and is equipped with top drives, automated tubular handling systems and blowout preventer (“BOP”) handling systems.

Nine of ICD’s eleven rigs are equipped with bi-fuel capabilities (they operate on either diesel or a natural gas-diesel blend).

Rig Growth

ICD currently intends to use a portion of the net proceeds from this offering and available borrowing capacity under its revolving credit facility to fund the construction of up to seven additional rigs for completion in 2015.


ICD’s first rig began drilling in May 2012 and since that time, ICD has averaged 96% utilization.

All of ICD’s operating rigs have been contracted prior to the completion of construction, and every rig has been constructed and commenced drilling operations in accordance with its customers’ delivery requirements.

All of ICD’s eleven premium rigs are currently under contract with customers, and seven of its operating rigs are currently working under contracts that represent repeat business in which its customer has either renewed the contract or contracted a second rig.

Although ICD’s ShaleDriller™ rig is capable of drilling in virtually any onshore area in the U.S., ICD currently focuses its operations on unconventional resource plays located in geographic regions that ICD can efficiently support from its Houston, Texas facilities in order to maximize economies of scale.

ICD's Dividend Policy

No dividends are planned.


ICD’s largest competitors for high-end AC land drilling contract services are Helmerich & Payne, Precision Drilling, Nabors Industries and Patterson-UTI, and based on public filings by these competitors.

ICD believes the AC rigs as a percentage of the total drilling rig fleets of Helmerich & Payne, Precision Drilling and Nabors Industries as of March 2014 were 80.2%, 63.1% and 45.5%, respectively, and the AC rigs as a percentage of Patterson-UTI’s total drilling fleet as of December 2013 was 44.4%.

All of these large competitors are in the process of expanding their rig fleets by manufacturing or purchasing new state-of-the-art land drilling rigs.

ICD also competes against smaller private and publicly-traded companies who offer contract drilling services on a regional basis in the U.S.

5% Stockholders

Sprott Resource Corp.               17.3%

4D Global Energy Advisors SAS            8.6%

Lime Rock Partners III, L.P.                    19.0%

Global Energy Services Operating, LLC 16.6%

Carey Trustees Limited as Trustee for the Alumbrera Trust           6.9%                         

Use of Proceeds

ICD intends to use the $137 million in proceeds from its IPO as follows:

to repay outstanding amounts under its existing revolving credit facility. The remaining net proceeds of $69.0 million will be used to finance the construction of additional drilling rigs (including an estimated $25.6 million for rigs under construction or being upgraded in 2014 as of June 30, 2014) and for working capital and general corporate purposes. Affiliates of Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC and Capital One Securities, Inc. are lenders under its revolving credit facility and will receive 5% or more of the net proceeds of this offering.

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Symbol Name Price Change % Volume
ICD Independence Contract Drilling Inc. 5.66 0.00 0.00 0


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