SOURCE: Ocean Rig UDW Inc.

Ocean Rig UDW Inc.

November 07, 2011 16:05 ET

Ocean Rig UDW Inc. Reports Financial and Operating Results for the Third Quarter 2011

NICOSIA, CYPRUS--(Marketwire - Nov 7, 2011) - Ocean Rig UDW Inc. (NASDAQ: ORIG), or the Company, a global contractor of off-shore deepwater drilling services today announced its unaudited financial and operating results for the third quarter and nine month period ended September 30, 2011.

Third Quarter 2011 Financial Highlights

  • For the third quarter of 2011, the Company reported net income of $49.1 million, or $0.37 basic and diluted earnings per share. Included in the third quarter 2011 results are losses incurred on interest rate swaps, totaling $15.5 million, or $0.12 per share. Excluding these items, the Company's net results would have amounted to net income of $64.6 million or $0.49 per share.

  • The Company reported Adjusted EBITDA of $133.6 million for the third quarter of 2011 as compared to $87.5 million for the third quarter of 2010.

Recent Events

  • On October 6, 2011 the Company commenced trading on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the ticker symbol "ORIG."

  • On October 12, 2011 the Company entered into drilling contracts for three additional wells offshore West Africa, with two independent oil operators based in the UK and the USA respectively, for the semi-submersible rig Eirik Raude. The total revenue backlog, excluding mobilization cost, to complete the three wells program is estimated at $96 million for a period of approximately 175 days. The new contracts commenced in direct continuation after the completion of the existing Tullow contract around mid-October.

  • The charterer of the Ocean Rig Olympia, Vanco-Lukoil, did not exercise its option to extend the term of the original contract in West Africa at the operating day rate of $415,000. The contract is currently scheduled to expire in April 2012.

  • On September 30, 2011 Ocean Rig took delivery of its newbuilding drillship, the Ocean Rig Mykonos, the last of four sixth generation, ultra-deepwater sister drillships constructed by Samsung. In connection with the delivery of the Ocean Rig Mykonos, the final yard installment of $305.7 million was paid, which was financed with additional drawdowns in September 2011 under the Company's Deutsche Bank credit facility.

  • At the current time, the Company's rig availability in 2012 consists of 1 ultra deepwater drillship unit, the Ocean Rig Olympia and the 2 harsh weather ultra deepwater semisubmersible drilling rigs, the Eirik Raude and Leiv Eiriksson.

George Economou, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Company commented:

"We are pleased to report Ocean Rig's earnings for the third quarter of 2011 which is also the first quarter since the Company's listing in the NASDAQ last month. The last few months represent a milestone in Ocean Rig's history as we have successfully executed our stated business plan and delivered on the promises made almost a year ago:

  • "With the delivery of the Ocean Rig Mykonos in September we took delivery of the last 6th generation ultra deepwater drillship in a series of four drillships ordered at Samsung almost three years ago. All vessels were delivered on time and on budget.
  • "Today we have a fleet of six ultra deep water units and three 7th generation drillships under construction at Samsung for delivery on 2013 making us the largest pure play ultra deepwater drilling contractor in the world.
  • "We continued to increase our contract backlog which today stands at $1.8 billion. With three available units in 2012 we are uniquely positioned to secure premium contracts in the next few months.
  • "We successfully listed Ocean Rig on the NASDAQ in October gaining access to a liquid market where we believe in time will reflect the right valuation for our company.
  • "With our strong backlog, all our units in operations, fully financed and approximately $320 million of available free cash we are in a very comfortable position to take delivery of our three newbuildings in 2013, further growing the Company.

"We have a positive outlook for the ultra deep water drilling industry given high oil prices, rising expenditures from the oil companies and success in ultra deep water oil field discoveries. We believe that 2012 will be a breakout year for Ocean Rig. As one of only a handful of contractors with ultra deep water units available in 2012, Ocean Rig is strategically positioned to capitalize on these developments for the benefit of its shareholders."

Financial Review: 2011 Third Quarter

The Company recorded net profit of $49.1 million, or $0.37 basic and diluted earnings per share, for the three-month period ended September 30, 2011, as compared to net income of $50.2 million, or $0.49 basic and diluted earnings per share, for the three-month period ended September 30, 2010. Adjusted EBITDA, which is defined and reconciled later in this press release, was $133.6 million for the third quarter of 2011 as compared to $87.5 million for the same period in 2010.

Included in the third quarter 2011 results are losses incurred on our interest rate swap totaling $15.5 million, or $0.12 per share. Excluding these infrequent items, our adjusted Net Income amounts to $64.6 million, or $0.49 per share.

Revenues from drilling contracts increased by $111.8 million to $226.0 million for the three-month period ended September 30, 2011 as compared to $114.2 million for the same period in 2010.

Rig operating expenses and total depreciation and amortization increased to $84.6 million and $43.1 million, respectively, for the three-month period ended September 30, 2011 from $26.8 million and $19.3 million, respectively, for the three-month period ended September 30, 2010. Total general and administrative expenses increased to $6.8 million in the third quarter of 2011 from $4.2 million during the comparative period in 2010.

Fleet List

The table below describes our fleet profile as of November 7, 2011:

Unit Year built Redelivery Operating area Backlog ($m) (*)
Leiv Eiriksson 2001 Q3 - 12 Greenland, Falklands $ 154
Eirik Raude 2002 Q2 - 12 Offshore Ghana, Ivory Coast $ 107
Ocean Rig Corcovado 2011 Q1 - 15 Greenland, Brazil $ 562
Ocean Rig Olympia 2011 Q2 - 12 West Africa $ 90
Ocean Rig Poseidon 2011 Q2 - 13 Tanzania $ 349
Ocean Rig Mykonos 2011 Q4 - 14 Brazil $ 528
Total $ 1,790

(*) Backlog as of September 30, 2011 as adjusted for material developments thereafter

Ocean Rig UDW Inc.
Financial Statements
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(Expressed in Thousands of U.S. Dollars except for share and per share data)

Three Months Ended
September 30,

Nine Months Ended
September 30,
2010
(as restated)
2011 2010
(as restated)
2011
REVENUES:
Revenues from drilling contracts $ 114,184 $ 226,036 $ 303,412 $ 461,991
EXPENSES:
Drilling rig operating expenses 26,846 84,639 86,354 188,777
Depreciation and amortization 19,295 43,095 57,261 108,003
Loss on sale of assets, net 321 - 751 87
General and administrative expenses 4,157 6,845 14,232 22,574
Operating income 63,565 91,457 144,814 142,550
OTHER INCOME / (EXPENSES):
Interest and finance costs, net of interest income 3,189 (18,010 ) 3,276 (29,830 )
Loss on interest rate swaps (18,280 ) (15,542 ) (52,781 ) (34,158 )
Other, net 4,609 (993 ) 857 (1,439 )
Income taxes (2,858 ) (7,778 ) (14,796 ) (17,556 )
Total other expenses (13,340 ) (42,323 ) (63,444 ) (82,983 )
Net income $ 50,225 $ 49,134 $ 81,370 $ 59,567
Earnings per common share, basic and diluted $ 0.38 $ 0.37 $ 0.62 $ 0.45
Weighted average number of shares, basic and diluted 131,696,928 131,696,928 131,696,928 131,696,928
Ocean Rig UDW Inc.
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(Expressed in Thousands of U.S. Dollars)
December 31, 2010
September 30, 2011
ASSETS
CURRENT ASSETS:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 95,707 $ 329,836
Restricted cash 512,793 41,085
Trade accounts receivable 24,286 69,615
Other current assets 39,220 66,491
Total current assets 672,006 507,027
FIXED ASSETS, NET:
Advances for assets under construction and acquisitions 1,888,490 745,606
Drilling rigs, machinery and equipment, net 1,249,333 4,530,884
Total fixed assets, net 3,137,823 5,276,490
OTHER NON-CURRENT ASSETS:
Restricted cash 50,000 125,021
Other non-current assets 483,869 82,819
Total non-current assets 533,869 207,840
Total assets 4,343,698 5,991,357


LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
CURRENT LIABILITIES:
Current portion of long-term debt 560,561 219,167
Other current liabilities 107,357 185,302
Total current liabilities 667,918 404,469
NON-CURRENT LIABILITIES
Long-term debt, net of current portion 696,986 2,547,787
Other non-current liabilities 97,712 80,163
Total non-current liabilities 794,698 2,627,950

STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY:
Total stockholders' equity 2,881,082 2,958,938
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 4,343,698 $ 5,991,357

Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation

Adjusted EBITDA represents net income before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, vessel impairments and gains or losses on interest rate swaps. Adjusted EBITDA does not represent and should not be considered as an alternative to net income or cash flow from operations, as determined by United States generally accepted accounting principles, or U.S. GAAP, and our calculation of adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to that reported by other companies. Adjusted EBITDA is included herein because it is a basis upon which the Company measures its operations and efficiency. Adjusted EBITDA is also used by our lenders as a measure of our compliance with certain covenants contained in our loan agreements and because the Company believes that it presents useful information to investors regarding a company's ability to service and/or incur indebtedness.

The following table reconciles net income to Adjusted EBITDA:

(Dollars in thousands)

Three Months Ended September 30,


Nine Months Ended September 30,
2010
(as restated)
2011 2010
(as restated)
2011
Net income $ 50,225 49,134 81,370 $ 59,567
Add: Net interest expense (3,189 ) 18,010 (3,276 ) 29,830
Add: Depreciation and amortization 19,295 43,095 57,261 108,003
Add: Income taxes 2,858 7,778 14,796 17,556
Add: Loss on interest rate swaps 18,280 15,542 52,781 34,158
Adjusted EBITDA $ 87,469 133,559 202,932 $ 249,114

Conference Call and Webcast: November 8, 2011

As announced, the Company's management team will host a conference call, on November 8, 2011 at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time to discuss the Company's financial results.

Conference Call Details

Participants should dial into the call 10 minutes before the scheduled time using the following numbers: 1(866) 819-7111 (from the US), 0(800) 953-0329 (from the UK) or +(44) (0) 1452 542 301 (from outside the US). Please quote "OceanRig."

A replay of the conference call will be available until November 10, 2011. The United States replay number is 1(866) 247- 4222; from the UK 0(800) 953-1533; the standard international replay number is (+44) (0) 1452 55 00 00 and the access code required for the replay is: 55592075#.

A replay of the conference call will also be available on the Company's website at www.ocean-rig.com under the Investor Relations section.

Slides and Audio Webcast

There will also be a simultaneous live webcast over the Internet, through the Ocean Rig UDW Inc. website (www.ocean-rig.com). Participants to the live webcast should register on the website approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the webcast.

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. The company owns and operates 9 offshore ultra deepwater drilling units, comprising of 2 ultra deepwater semisubmersible drilling rigs and 7 ultra deepwater drillships, 3 of which remain to be delivered to the company during 2013.

Ocean Rig' common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market where it trades under the symbol "ORIG"

Visit the Company's website at www.ocean-rig.com

Forward-Looking Statement

Matters discussed in this release may constitute forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements reflect our current views with respect to future events and financial performance and may include statements concerning plans, objectives, goals, strategies, future events or performance, and underlying assumptions and other statements, which are other than statements of historical facts.

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 our records and other data available from third parties. Although we believe 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 our control, we cannot assure you that it will achieve or accomplish these expectations, beliefs or projections.

Important factors that, in our view, could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements include the strength of world economies and currencies, general market conditions, including changes in charterhire rates and vessel values, changes in demand that may affect attitudes of time charterers to scheduled and unscheduled drydocking, changes in our operating expenses, including bunker prices, dry-docking and insurance costs, or actions taken by regulatory authorities, potential liability from pending or future litigation, domestic and international political conditions, potential disruption of shipping routes due to accidents and political events or acts by terrorists.

Risks and uncertainties are further described in reports filed by Ocean Rig UDW Inc. with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

Contact Information

  • Investor Relations / Media:
    Nicolas Bornozis
    Capital Link, Inc. (New York)
    Tel. 212-661-7566
    E-mail: dryships@capitallink.com