SDRL - Seadrill reports third quarter and nine months 2012

SDRL - Seadrill reports third quarter and nine months 2012 results 
HAMILTON, NORWAY -- (Marketwire) -- 11/26/12 -- 

  * Seadrill generates third quarter 2012 EBITDA*()) of US$574 million
  * Seadrill reports third quarter 2012 net income of US$216 million and
    earnings per share of US$0.40
  * Seadrill distributes an increased third quarter regular cash dividend
    of US$0.85 per share and also resolves to distribute an accelerated
    dividend of US$0.85 per share for the fourth quarter 2012,
    in December 2012
  * Seadrill ordered a new ultra-deepwater drillship for an all-in cost of
    US$600 million
  * Seadrill issued US$1 billion in unsecured notes due 2017
Subsequent events
  * Seadrill announces the potential sale of 18 tender rigs to
    SapuraKencana Petroleum Bhd. for a total consideration of
    US$2.9 billion
  * Seadrill Partners LLC lists its common units on the NYSE raising US$207
  * Alf C.Thorkildsen resigns as CEO of Seadrill Management AS, Fredrik
    Halvorsen appointed as the new CEO
  * Seadrill secures a five-year commitment with Husky for the newbuild
    ultra- deepwater semi-submersible rig West Mira for operations offshore
    Canada, with an estimated total revenue potential of US$1.2 billion
  * Seadrill secures contracts with an estimated revenue potential of
    US$820 million for seven jack-up rigs, of which five are newbuilds
  * Seadrill increases its ownership stake in Asia Offshore Drilling to
    65.94% and submits mandatory offer for the remaining shares
  * Seadrill's majority owned subsidiary, North Atlantic Drilling Ltd.
    submits its initial registration statement to the SEC
  * A subsidiary of Seadrill signs a Letter of Agreement (LOA) to acquire
    the ultra-deepwater semi-submersible rig Songa Eclipse for
    US$590 million

*)  EBITDA is defined as earnings before interest, depreciation and
equal to operating profit plus depreciation and
Condensed consolidated income statements Third quarter and nine
months 2012 results 
Consolidated revenues for the third quarter of 2012 amounted to
US$1,092 million
compared to US$1,122 million in the second quarter
Operating  profit for the quarter was  US$413 million compared to
US$483 millio
in the preceding quarter. 
Net  financial items for the quarter showed a loss of US$158 million
compared to a  gain of US$114 million  in the previous quarter,  due
largely to recording an accounting gain of US$253 million related to
the merger of SapuraCrest Petroleum
Bhd (SapuraCrest) and Kencana
Petroleum Bhd (Kencana) in second quarter 2012, as well as gains on
derivatives and foreign exchange losses in the current
Included  in results from associated companies is  a US$53
million loss from our 39.9 percent equity associate, Archer Limited. 
Income  taxes for the third quarter were  US$39 million, down from
US$43 million
in the previous quarter. 
Net  income for the  quarter was US$216  million representing basic
earnings per share of US$0.40. 
This information is subject of the disclosure requirements pursuant
to section
5-12 of the Norwegian Securities Trading Act. 
Fleet status report 3Q 2012: 
Third quarter and nine months 2012 results: 
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Source: Seadrill Limited via Thomson Reuters ONE 
Analyst contact
Rune Magnus Lundetrae
Chief Financial Officer
Seadrill Management AS
+47 51 30 91 26 
Media contact
Fredrik Halvorsen
Chief Executive Officer
Seadrill Management AS
+47 51 30 92 04
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