Transocean Exits Second Quarter with Lower Earnings
Transocean has reported net income attributable to controlling interest for the three months ended June 30, 2009 of $806 million, or $2.49 per diluted share, compared to net income attributable to controlling interest of $1.065 billion, or $3.31 per diluted share for the three months ended June 30, 2008. Revenues for the second quarter of 2009 were $2.882 billion compared to $3.102 billion for the second quarter of 2008.
Second quarter 2009 results were adversely impacted by certain net charges, after tax, totaling $96 million, or $0.30 per diluted share, as follows:
- $67 million of write-downs to fair market value for the GSF Arctic II and GSF Arctic IV semisubmersible rigs held for sale, as well as an impairment of an intangible asset related to drilling management services, and
- A $29 million net loss primarily related to discrete tax items, the retirement of debt, the sale of an interest in a joint venture and expenses associated with the merger of Transocean and GlobalSantaFe.
Operations Quarterly Review
Revenues for the three months ended June 30, 2009 decreased 7.6 percent to $2.882 billion compared to revenues of $3.118 billion during the three months ended March 31, 2009. Of the $236 million quarter-to-quarter decrease, $209 million primarily reflected a decline in rig utilization across all rig categories, primarily related to the stacking of jackup and midwater units, a planned increase in shipyard activity and downtime resulting from unplanned operational events. Non-cash contract drilling intangible revenues also declined $29 million, compared to the first quarter 2009.
Operating and maintenance expenses for the three months ended June 30, 2009 were $1.277 billion compared to $1.171 billion for the prior three-month period, an increase of $106 million or 9.1 percent. The quarter-to-quarter increase in operating and maintenance costs consisted of $87 million related to an increase in shipyard and maintenance costs and increased costs related to newbuild rigs about to commence operations, partially offset by reduced operating costs due to stacked rigs.
General and administrative expenses decreased 5.4 percent to $53 million for the second quarter of 2009 compared to $56 million for the first quarter 2009. The decrease primarily reflects a $4 million decline in expenses related to the merger with GlobalSantaFe.
Interest Expense and Liquidity
Interest expense, net of amounts capitalized, for the second quarter of 2009 totaled $114 million compared to $136 million for the first quarter of 2009. The decrease in interest expense primarily related to lower average outstanding debt balances during the quarter compared to the first quarter 2009.
As of June 30, 2009, total debt was $12.053 billion, compared to total debt of $12.964 billion as of March 31, 2009, a decrease of $911 million.
Cash flow from operating activities totaled $1.576 billion for the second quarter of 2009 compared to $1.441 billion for the first quarter of 2009.
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