Transocean Inc. (NYSE:RIG) has called its 6.95% Senior Notes due April 2008 for redemption on March 21, 2005. The face value of the notes is $247.8 million, and the cost to redeem the notes is expected to be approximately $279.8 million, including accrued and unpaid interest. The redemption price also includes a make-whole premium determined by reference to a fixed spread of 20 basis points over a specified U.S. Treasury yield referenced in the "Federal Reserve Statistical Release H.15 (519)" to be published March 14, 2005. Transocean expects to recognize a loss on retirement of the notes during the first quarter of 2005 of approximately $10.8 million and plans to use existing cash balances to fund the redemption. The redemption does not affect the 6.95% Senior Notes due April 2008 of TODCO, a publicly traded company in which Transocean owns an equity interest.
Statements regarding estimated cost, loss on retirement and funding of the redemption, as well as any other statements that are not historical facts in this release are forward-looking statements that involve certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions. These include but are not limited to the actual U.S. Treasury yield used to calculate the make-whole premium, adequacy of sources of liquidity and factors detailed in Transocean's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those indicated.