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Energy Stock News: Transocean Ltd. (NYSE: $RIG) Reports Second Quarter 2017 Results


ZUG, Switzerland - August 3, 2017 ( Newswire) Transocean Ltd. (NYSE:RIG) today reported net loss attributable to controlling interest of $1.690 billion, $4.32 per diluted share, for the three months ended June 30, 2017.

Second quarter 2017 results included net unfavorable items of $1.691 billion, or $4.32 per diluted share as follows:

  • $1.597 billion, $4.08 per diluted share, loss on the divestiture of the jackup fleet;
  • $113 million, $0.29 per diluted share, loss on impairment of primarily the midwater floater asset group;
  • $48 million, $0.12 per diluted share, loss related to the early retirement of debt; and
  • $3 million associated with unfavorable litigation matters and restructuring charges.

These net unfavorable items were partially offset by:

  • $70 million, $0.17 per diluted share, in discrete tax benefits.

After consideration of these net unfavorable items, second quarter 2017 adjusted net income was $1 million.

Contract drilling revenues for the three months ended June 30, 2017, decreased $33 million sequentially to $705 million due primarily to reduced activity.

Other revenues were $46 million, compared with $47 million in the prior quarter.

Operating and maintenance expense was $333 million, including $4 million in unfavorable items associated with litigation matters and restructuring charges. This compares with $343 million in the prior quarter, including $8 million in favorable items associated with litigation matters. The decrease was due to ongoing cost control initiatives and a favorable adjustment to value added taxes, partially offset by reactivation costs related to the contract preparation on the harsh environment semisubmersible Transocean Barents.

General and administrative expense was $35 million, down from $39 million in the first quarter of 2017. The decrease was due largely to the reimbursement of legal fees and other costs related to the settlement of a court case.

Depreciation expense was $219 million, down from $232 million in the first quarter of 2017. The decrease was due to the sale of the jackup fleet.

Interest expense, net of amounts capitalized, was $129 million, compared with $127 million in the prior quarter. Capitalized interest was unchanged at $30 million. Interest income was $7 million, compared with $6 million in the prior quarter.

The Effective Tax Rate(2) was 2.2 percent, up from (73.0) percent in the prior quarter. The increase was due primarily to lower pre tax income largely associated with the loss on sale of the jackup fleet. The Effective Tax Rate excluding discrete items(3) was 74.0 percent, compared with 82.1 percent in the previous quarter.

Cash flows from operating activities increased $135 million sequentially to $319 million due primarily to the collection of certain receivables.

Second quarter 2017 capital expenditures of $136 million were primarily related to the company's newbuild drillships. This compares with $122 million in the previous quarter.

"We continue to safely and efficiently convert our industry leading $10.2 billion backlog into cash," said Jeremy Thigpen, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Across our global fleet, we have now operated for 15 consecutive months without a single lost time incident. Our revenue efficiency, which is a close proxy for rig uptime, once again exceeded 97%. And, despite a sequential decline in revenue, our Adjusted Normalized EBITDA improved to 49%."

Thigpen added: "In addition to this excellent and consistent operating performance, during the quarter, we continued to further strengthen our balance sheet, including the private offering of $410 million in senior secured notes, the divestiture of the jackup fleet for a total consideration of $1.35 billion, and a successful cash tender offer resulting in the repurchase of approximately $1.2 billion in existing notes with maturities between 2017 and 2021."

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

We present our operating results in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the U.S. (U.S. GAAP). We believe certain financial measures, such as Adjusted Net Income, EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Normalized EBITDA, which are non-GAAP measures, provide users of our financial statements with supplemental information that may be useful in evaluating our operating performance. We believe that such non-GAAP measures, when read in conjunction with our operating results presented under U.S. GAAP, can be used to better assess our performance from period to period and relative to performance of other companies in our industry, without regard to financing methods, historical cost basis or capital structure. Such non-GAAP measures should be considered as a supplement to, and not as a substitute for, financial measures prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP.

All non-GAAP measure reconciliations to the most comparative U.S. GAAP measures are displayed in quantitative schedules on the company's website at:

About Transocean

Transocean is a leading international provider of offshore contract drilling services for oil and gas wells. The company specializes in technically demanding sectors of the global offshore drilling business with a particular focus on deepwater and harsh environment drilling services, and believes that it operates one of the most versatile offshore drilling fleets in the world.

Transocean owns or has partial ownership interests in, and operates a fleet of 44 mobile offshore drilling units consisting of 30 ultra-deepwater floaters, seven harsh environment floaters, three deepwater floaters and four midwater floaters. We also operate two high-specification jackups that were under drilling contracts when the rigs were sold, and we continue to operate these jackups until completion or novation of the drilling contracts. In addition, the company has four ultra-deepwater drillships under construction or under contract to be constructed.

For more information about Transocean, please visit:

Conference Call Information

Transocean will conduct a teleconference starting at 9 a.m. EDT, 3 p.m. CEST, on Thursday, August 3, 2017, to discuss the results. To participate, dial +1 719-325-2440 and refer to confirmation code 6269827 approximately 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time.

The teleconference will be simulcast in a listen-only mode over the internet and can be accessed at:, by selecting Investors, News, and Webcasts. Supplemental materials that may be referenced during the teleconference will be posted to Transocean's website and can be found by selecting Investors, Financial Reports.

A replay of the conference call will be available after 12 p.m. EDT, 6 p.m. CEST, on August 3, 2017. The replay, which will be archived for approximately 30 days, can be accessed at +1 719-457-0820, passcode 6269827 and PIN 9876. The replay will also be available on the company's website.

Forward-Looking Statements

The statements described in this press release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These statements contain words such as "possible," "intend," "will," "if," "expect," or other similar expressions. Forward-looking statements are based on management's current expectations and assumptions, and are subject to inherent uncertainties, risks and changes in circumstances that are difficult to predict. As a result, actual results could differ materially from those indicated in these forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include, but are not limited to, estimated duration of customer contracts, contract dayrate amounts, future contract commencement dates and locations, planned shipyard projects and other out-of-service time, sales of drilling units, timing of the company's newbuild deliveries, operating hazards and delays, risks associated with international operations, actions by customers and other third parties, the future prices of oil and gas, the intention to scrap certain drilling rigs, the results of our final accounting for the periods presented in this press release and other factors, including those and other risks discussed in the company's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016, and in the company's other filings with the SEC, which are available free of charge on the SEC's website at: Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize (or the other consequences of such a development worsen), or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those indicated or expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. All subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements attributable to the company or to persons acting on our behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by reference to these risks and uncertainties. You should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Each forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date of the particular statement, and we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that occur, or which we become aware of, after the date hereof, except as otherwise may be required by law. All non-GAAP financial measure reconciliations to the most comparative GAAP measure are displayed in quantitative schedules on the company's website at:

This press release, or referenced documents, do not constitute an offer to sell, or a solicitation of an offer to buy, any securities, and do not constitute an offering prospectus within the meaning of article 652a or article 1156 of the Swiss Code of Obligations. Investors must rely on their own evaluation of Transocean and its securities, including the merits and risks involved. Nothing contained herein is, or shall be relied on as, a promise or representation as to the future performance of Transocean.


(1) Revenue efficiency is defined as actual contract drilling revenues for the measurement period divided by the maximum revenue calculated for the measurement period, expressed as a percentage. Maximum revenue is defined as the greatest amount of contract drilling revenues the drilling unit could earn for the measurement period, excluding amounts related to incentive provisions. See the accompanying schedule entitled "Revenue Efficiency."

(2) Effective Tax Rate is defined as income tax expense for continuing operations divided by income from continuing operations before income taxes. See the accompanying schedule entitled "Supplemental Effective Tax Rate Analysis."

(3) Effective Tax Rate excluding discrete items is defined as income tax expense from continuing operations, excluding various discrete items (such as changes in estimates and tax on items excluded from income before income taxes), divided by income from continuing operations before income tax expense excluding gains and losses on sales and similar items pursuant to the accounting standards for income taxes and estimating the annual effective tax rate. See the accompanying schedule entitled "Supplemental Effective Tax Rate Analysis."

Analyst Contacts:

Bradley Alexander
+1 713-232-7515

Diane Vento
+1 713-232-8015

Media Contact:

Pam Easton
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