GlobalSantaFe SCORE Down Slightly

GlobalSantaFe reported that the company's worldwide SCORE, or Summary of Current Offshore Rig Economics, for March 2002 was down from the previous month's SCORE by 2.0 percent.

GlobalSantaFe President and CEO Sted Garber said, "Though overall rig utilization has improved in the Gulf of Mexico, the market has not yet tightened sufficiently to impact dayrates. The slight dip for March's Gulf SCORE is largely attributable to repricing of some semisubmersible fixtures. We don't expect SCORE to improve significantly until rig utilization approaches 85 to 90 percent."

GlobalSantaFe's SCORE compares the profitability of current mobile offshore drilling rig dayrates to the profitability of dayrates at the 1980-1981 peak of the offshore drilling cycle. In the 1980-1981 period, when SCORE averaged 100 percent, new contract dayrates equaled the sum of daily cash operating costs plus approximately $700 per day per million dollars invested. In addition to a worldwide SCORE covering key types of competitive offshore drilling rigs in key drilling markets, a separate SCORE is calculated for certain types of rigs and certain regions to indicate the relative condition of rig markets. The release, which is made available for publication on the third Monday of each month, includes separate SCORE calculations for the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, the North Sea, West Africa, and Southeast Asia. Rig types include jackup and semisubmersible rigs.