SOURCE: Ocean Rig UDW Inc.

Ocean Rig UDW Inc.

September 20, 2017 08:30 ET

Ocean Rig UDW Inc. Announces Extraordinary General Meeting of Shareholders

GRAND CAYMAN, CAYMAN ISLANDS--(Marketwired - Sep 20, 2017) - Ocean Rig UDW Inc. (NASDAQ: ORIG) (the "Company" or "Ocean Rig"), an international contractor of offshore deepwater drilling services, today announced that the Company will hold an Extraordinary General Meeting of Shareholders (the "Meeting") at the Company's offices located at 3rd Floor Flagship Building, Harbour Drive, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands on Friday, November 3, 2017 at 9:00 am, local time.

The Meeting is being held in connection with the previously announced restructuring of the Company. At the Meeting, shareholders of the Company will have the opportunity to vote on the proposals to: (i) adopt the second amended and restated memorandum and articles of association of the Company, (ii) reduce the authorized share capital of the Company and (iii) redesignate issued and unissued authorized common shares as class A common shares (which the Company believes will continue to be traded on NASDAQ under the symbol "ORIG") and class B common shares of the Company, to reduce the number of unissued authorized preferred shares of the Company and to cancel the remaining unissued authorized common shares.

The Company's Board of Directors has fixed the close of business on Monday, September 25, 2017 as the record date for the determination of the shareholders entitled to receive notice and vote at the Meeting or any adjournments or postponements thereof.

Formal notice of the Meeting, the Company's proxy statement and other proxy related materials are expected to be sent to shareholders on or about Thursday, October 5, 2017. Investors and shareholders are urged to read the proxy materials when they become available because they will contain the proposals to be considered at the Meeting and other important information. The proxy statement will be also be furnished to the SEC on a Form 6-K and available to shareholders without charge on the SEC's website ( Copies of the proxy statement can also be obtained, when available, without charge from the Company's website at

About Ocean Rig UDW Inc.

Ocean Rig is an international offshore drilling contractor providing oilfield services for offshore oil and gas exploration, development and production drilling, and specializing in the ultra-deepwater and harsh-environment segment of the offshore drilling industry.

Ocean Rig's common stock is listed on NASDAQ where it trades under the symbol "ORIG."

Our registered office is c/o Maples Corporate Services Limited, PO Box 309, Ugland House, Grand Cayman, KY1-1104, Cayman Islands. Visit the Company's website at

Forward-Looking Statements

Matters discussed in this release may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides safe harbor protections for forward-looking statements in order to encourage companies to provide prospective information about their business. The Company desires to take advantage of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and is including this cautionary statement in connection with such safe harbor legislation.

Forward-looking statements relate to Ocean Rig's expectations, beliefs, intentions or strategies regarding the future. These statements may be identified by the use of words like "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "plan," "project," "should," "seek," and similar expressions. Forward-looking statements reflect Ocean Rig's current views and assumptions with respect to future events and are subject to risks and uncertainties.

The forward-looking statements in this release are based upon various assumptions, many of which are based, in turn, upon further assumptions, including without limitation, management's examination of historical operating trends, data contained in Ocean Rig's records and other data available from third parties. Although Ocean Rig believes that these assumptions were reasonable when made, because these assumptions are inherently subject to significant uncertainties and contingencies which are difficult or impossible to predict and are beyond Ocean Rig's control, Ocean Rig cannot assure you that it will achieve or accomplish these expectations, beliefs or projections described in the forward-looking statements contained herein. Actual and future results and trends could differ materially from those set forth in such statements.

Important factors that, in Ocean Rig's view, could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements include factors related to (i) our ability to come to a satisfactory resolution with our creditors regarding a restructuring of our debt and to successfully conclude such a restructuring; (ii) the offshore drilling market, including supply and demand, utilization, day rates and customer drilling programs, commodity prices, effects of new rigs and drillships on the market and effects of declines in commodity process and downturns in the global economy on the market outlook for our various geographical operating sectors and classes of rigs and drillships; (iii) hazards inherent in the drilling industry and marine operations causing personal injury or loss of life, severe damage to or destruction of property and equipment, pollution or environmental damage, claims by third parties or customers and suspension of operations; (iv) newbuildings, upgrades, and shipyard and other capital projects; (v) changes in laws and governmental regulations, particularly with respect to environmental matters; (vi) the availability of competing offshore drilling vessels; (vii) political and other uncertainties, including risks of terrorist acts, war and civil disturbances; piracy; significant governmental influence over many aspects of local economies, seizure; nationalization or expropriation of property or equipment; repudiation, nullification, modification or renegotiation of contracts; limitations on insurance coverage, such as war risk coverage, in certain areas; political unrest; foreign and U.S. monetary policy and foreign currency fluctuations and devaluations; the inability to repatriate income or capital; complications associated with repairing and replacing equipment in remote locations; import-export quotas, wage and price controls imposition of trade barriers; regulatory or financial requirements to comply with foreign bureaucratic actions; changing taxation policies; and other forms of government regulation and economic conditions that are beyond our control; (viii) the performance of our rigs; (ix) our ability to procure or have access to financing and our ability comply with covenants in documents governing our debt; (x) our substantial leverage, including our ability to generate sufficient cash flow to service our existing debt and the incurrence of substantial indebtedness in the future; (xi) our ability to successfully employ our drilling units; (xii) our capital expenditures, including the timing and cost of completion of capital projects; (xiii) our revenues and expenses; (xiv) complications associated with repairing and replacing equipment in remote locations; and (xv) regulatory or financial requirements to comply with foreign bureaucratic actions, including potential limitations on drilling activities. Due to such uncertainties and risks, investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance upon such forward-looking statements.

Risks and uncertainties are further described in reports filed by Ocean Rig with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Company's most recently filed Annual Report on Form 20-F.

Contact Information


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    Prime Clerk LLC
    Ocean Rig Processing c/o Prime Clerk LLC
    830 Third Avenue, 3rd Floor
    New York, NY 10022
    Tel: +1 855-631-5346 (toll-free US and Canada)
    +1 917-460-0913 (International)


    Eleanor G. Fisher
    Kalo (Cayman) Limited
    38 Market Street 2nd Floor
    Suite 4208 Camana Bay
    Grand Cayman KY1-9006 Cayman Islands

    Simon Appell
    AlixPartners Services UK LLP
    6 New Street Square
    London EC4A 3BF
    United Kingdom