Total Energy's net profit was $20.6 million in the same quarter in 2011.
The company had a 16 per cent drop in third-quarter revenue to $73.5 million from $87.8 million. Earnings per share diluted were 30 cents, down from 61 cents in the prior-year period.
"Oil and gas exploration and production companies have generally taken a cautious approach to capital spending, with many capital programs being deferred to the first quarter of 2013," the company said Monday in a news release.
Total Energy Services Inc. is an energy services company involved in contract drilling, rentals and transportation services and the fabrication, sale, rental and servicing of natural gas compression and process equipment.