Operating profit for the first quarter was, excluding gain on sales of the two FPSOs, US$82.2 million as compared to US$78.9 million in the fourth quarter 2006.
Operating profit from the Mobile units, excluding gains on sale, amounted to US$51.8 million as compared to an operating profit of US$47.6 million in the fourth quarter 2006. The increase was mainly due to higher average dayrates for some of the Company's units.
Operating profit from the Tender rigs amounted to US$22.6 million as compared to US$20.8 million in the fourth quarter 2006. The increase mainly reflects the successful start-up of operations for the new semi-tender West Berani.
Operating profit from Well services amounted to US$7.8 million. This was lower than the fourth quarter of US$10.5 million, which reflected extraordinary high activities.
Net financial items for the first quarter showed an income of US$21.8 million as compared to US$21.4 million in the fourth quarter 2006.
Income before income taxes amounted to US$183.7 million. Income taxes were US$13.7 million.
Net income for the quarter amounted to US$168.2 million.
Earnings per share were US$0.44 for the third quarter.
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