Oct 27 (Reuters) - Precision Drilling Corp , Canada’s largest oil and natural gas drilling contractor, reported a 79 percent jump in third-quarter profit, helped by higher pricing and drilling activity.
The company’s net income rose to C$52.8 million ($47 million), or 18 Canadian cents per share, in the quarter ended Sept. 30, from C$29.4 million, or 10 Canadian cents per share, a year earlier.
The Calgary, Alberta-based company’s revenue rose about 20 percent to C$584.6 million.
The company also raised its quarterly dividend 17 percent to 7 Canadian cents per share. ($1 = C$1.1226) (Reporting By Shubhankar Chakravorty in Bangalore; Editing by Savio D‘Souza)