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Ocean Rig UDW Inc. Reports Financial and Operating Results for the Second Quarter 2013


Ocean Rig UDW Inc. Reports Financial and Operating Results for the Second Quarter 2013

NICOSIA, CYPRUS -- (Marketwired) -- 08/07/13 -- Ocean Rig UDW Inc. (NASDAQ: ORIG), or Ocean Rig or the Company, an international contractor of offshore deepwater drilling services today announced its unaudited financial and operating results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2013.

Second Quarter 2013 Financial Highlights


 
--  For the second quarter of 2013, the Company reported a net income of
    $38.8 million, or $0.29 basic and diluted earnings per share.
    
    
--  The Company reported Adjusted EBITDA of $115.8 million for the second
    quarter of 2013, as compared to $101.1 million for the second quarter
    of 2012.(1)

Recent Events


 
--  On July 30, 2013, the Company signed definitive documentation with
    Total E&P Congo, following the previously announced Letter of
    Award, for its ultra deepwater drillship Ocean Rig Apollo. The
    contract is for a three-year drilling campaign offshore West Africa,
    with an estimated backlog of approximately $677 million, and is
    expected to commence in the first quarter of 2015.
    
    
--  On July 19, 2013, the Company received a Letter of Award for its ultra
    deepwater drillship Ocean Rig Skyros from a major oil company. The
    Letter of Award is for a six-year contract for drilling offshore West
    Africa, with an estimated backlog of approximately $1.3 billion. The
    contract is expected to commence in direct continuation of the
    previous contract for the Ocean Rig Skyros with Total E&P Angola
    before the first quarter of 2015.
    
    
--  In July 2013, the Company entered into a $1.9 billion senior secured
    term loan facility, comprised of tranche B-1 term loans in an
    aggregate principal amount equal to $1,075.0 million and tranche B-2
    term loans in an aggregate principal amount equal to $825.0 million,
    with respective maturity dates in the first quarter of 2021 and the
    third quarter of 2016.
    
    
--  On July 10, 2013, the Company entered into a drilling contract with
    Total E&P Angola for a five-well program or a minimum of 275 days
    for its ultra deepwater drillship Ocean Rig Skyros for drilling
    offshore West Africa, with an 
estimated backlog of approximately $190
    million. The Ocean Rig Skyros is expected to commence this contract
    upon delivery from the shipyard in November 2013.

(1) Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP measure; please see later in this press release for reconciliation to net income.

George Economou, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Company commented:

"We are very pleased with the operating performance of our fleet in the second quarter. Although our results were partially affected by the planned mobilization of three of our units, the improvement in fleet operating efficiency (96% average fleet-wide) and cost control initiatives have resulted in a strong quarter for our Company.

I am pleased to report that we have received a Letter of Award for the Ocean Rig Skyros for a six-year contract for drilling offshore West Africa. With the addition of this award our fleet is effectively fully contracted through 2014. I believe that our current contract backlog of approximately $6.0 billion provides us with a solid foundation for the years to come.

We believe that the ultra-deepwater ("UDW") drilling market for high quality assets will remain strong in the foreseeable future as indicated by the high level of demand we are continuing to witness. After multiple large offshore discoveries, the industry moves into the development stage of the well cycle, which is expected to result in more technically complex projects and longer term contracts. We are excited about the future employment prospects of our high quality homogeneous fleet and believe we are optimally positioned in the UDW market.

During the third quarter we successfully completed the refinancing of the Nordea and Deutsche Bank facilities with a new $1.9 billion senior secured term loan facility comprised of two term loans. The transition from project-based debt to corporate debt marks an important milestone in our Company's development. We have released restricted cash, extended and staggered our debt maturities, relaxed certain dividend restrictions and reduced our mandatory annual debt amortization by approximately $158.0 million. Our prime relationships with commercial lenders and national export credit agencies, as well as our proven access to the debt capital markets, have enabled us to diversify our funding sources and provide us with considerable financing flexibility.

We will continue to build on the Ocean Rig story and execute our plans to maximize long-term value for all our stakeholders."

Financial Review: 2013 Second Quarter

The Company recorded a net income of $38.8 million, or $0.29 basic and diluted earnings per share, for the three-month period ended June 30, 2013, as compared to a net loss of $2.8 million, or $0.02 basic and diluted losses per share, for the three-month period ended June 30, 2012. Adjusted EBITDA was $115.8 million for the second quarter of 2013, as compared to $101.1 million for the same period in 2012. (2)

Revenues from drilling contracts decreased marginally by $3.7 million to $259.8 million for the three-month period ended June 30, 2013, as compared to $263.5 million for the same period in 2012.

Rig operating expenses decreased to $117.0 million and total depreciation and amortization decreased to $55.6 million for the three-month period ended June 30 2013, from $145.1 million and $56.8 million, respectively, for the three-month period ended June 30, 2012. Total general and administrative expenses increased to $23.5 million in the second quarter of 2013 from $22.3 million during the comparative period in 2012.

Settlement with Cairn Energy

In July 2013, the Company reached an out of court settlement with Cairn Energy to receive compensation amounting to $5.0 million against an outstanding receivable of $11.0 million. As a result, during the second quarter of 2013, the Company wrote off $6.0 million. This agreement is subject to definitive documentation.

New Directors

On August 7, 2013, director Trygve Arnesen resigned for personal reasons. In his place, Mr. Kyros Melas was appointed to our board of directors. Mr. Melas serves as a Board member of, and is the Business Development Director and Founding Partner, of EDT Oil & Gas Ltd., a Cyprus-based oil and gas services company specializing in the supply of high specification offshore support vessels to oil and gas industry worldwide. He is a graduate of the University of Zurich and holds an M.Sc. in Shipping, Trade and Finance from City University. The Company would like to thank Trygve for his valuable contribution over the years, and wishes him well for the future.

(2) Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP measure; please see later in this press release for reconciliation to net income.

Fleet List

The table below describes our fleet profile and drilling contract backlog as of July 31, 2013:

Drilling Rigs / Drillships:


 
                                  Year                                Backlog 
Unit                             built   Redelivery Operating area     ($m)   
------------------------------- ------- ----------- --------------- ----------
Leiv Eiriksson                    2001    Q2 - 16   Norway             $542   
                                                                   
           
Eirik Raude                       2002    Q3 - 13   Ireland             $14   
                                                                              
                                                    Sierra Leone,             
                                          Q3 - 14   Ivory Coast         $217  
                                                                              
Ocean Rig Corcovado               2011    Q2 - 15   Brazil              $292  
                                                                              
Ocean Rig Olympia                 2011    Q3 - 15   Gabon, Angola       $432  
                                                                              
Ocean Rig Poseidon                2011     Q2 - 16  Angola              $721  
                                                                              
Ocean Rig Mykonos                 2011    Q1 - 15   Brazil              $265  
                                                                              
Newbuildings                                                                  
-------------------------------                                               
                                                                              
Ocean Rig Mylos (Expected                                                     
delivery Aug. 2013)               2013    Q3 - 16   Brazil             $662   
                                                                              
Ocean Rig Skyros (Expected                                                    
delivery Nov. 2013)               2013    Q4 - 14   Angola              $187  
                                                                              
                                          Q4 - 20   Angola           $1,266(1)
                                                                              
Ocean Rig Athena (Expected                                                    
delivery Dec. 2013)               2013    Q1 - 17   Angola              $752  
                                                                              
Ocean Rig Apollo (Expected                                                    
delivery Jan. 2015)               2015    Q1 - 18   Congo               $677  
                                                                    ----------
                                                                              
  Total                                                               $6,027  
-------------------------------                                     ----------
                                                                              
(1) Letter of Award is subject to definitive documentation.                 
                                                                            
                                                                            
                                                                            
                             Ocean Rig UDW Inc.                             
                                                                            
                            Financial Statements                            
         Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations          
                                                                            
                                                                            
(Expressed in                                                               
 Thousands of U.S.                                                          
 Dollars except for                                                         
 share and per share     Three Months Ended           Six Months Ended      
 data)                         June 30,                   June 30,          
                     --------------------------  -------------------------- 
                         2012          2013          2012          2013     
                     ------------  ------------  ------------  ------------ 
                                                                            
                                                                            
REVENUES:                                                                   
Revenues from                                                               
 drilling contracts  $    263,491  $    259,835  $    426,490  $    506,279 
                     ------------  ------------  ------------  ------------ 
                                                                            
                                                                            
EXPENSES:                                                                   
Drilling rig                                                                
 operating expenses       145,052       116,981       230,392       237,740 
Depreciation and                                                            
 amortization              56,806        55,560       111,486       108,967 
General and                                                                 
 administrative                                                             
 expenses and other        22,216        23,522        39,885        46,068 
Legal settlements             (30)        6,000         6,394         6,000 
                                                                            
                     ------------  ------------  ------------  ------------ 
Operating income           39,447        57,772        38,333       107,504 
                                                                            
OTHER                                                                       
 INCOME/(EXPENSES):                                                         
Interest and finance                                                        
 costs, net of                                                              
 interest income          (27,897)      (30,367)      (56,825)      (61,736)
(Loss)/Gain on                                                              
 interest rate swaps       (7,578)       19,273       (10,940)       19,871 
Other, net                  4,828         2,488         1,917         4,074 
Income taxes              (11,596)      (10,411)      (21,628)      (24,575)
                     ------------  ------------  ------------  ------------ 
Total other expenses      (42,243)      (19,017)      (87,476)      (62,366)
                     ------------  ------------  ------------  ------------ 
                                                                            
Net income/ (loss)   $     (2,796) $     38,755  $    (49,143) $     45,138 
                     ============  ============  ============  ============ 
Earnings/ (loss) per                                                        
 common share, basic                                                        
 and diluted         $      (0.02) $       0.29  $      (0.37) $       0.34 
Weighted average                                                            
 number of shares,                                                          
 basic and diluted    131,696,928   131,711,928   131,696,928   131,705,782 
                                                                            
                             
                                               
                                                                            
                             Ocean Rig UDW Inc.                             
                                                                            
               Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets              
                                                                            
                                                                            
                                                   December 31,   June 30,  
(Expressed in Thousands of U.S. Dollars)               2012         2013    
                                                  ------------- ------------
                                                                            
ASSETS                                                                      
  Cash and restricted cash (current and non-                                
   current)                                       $     510,061 $    338,385
  Other current assets                                  242,447      312,309
  Advances for drillships under construction            992,825    1,076,644
  Drilling rigs, drillships, machinery and                                  
   equipment, net                                     4,399,462    4,376,447
  Other non-current assets                               80,319      129,055
                                                  ------------- ------------
  Total assets                                        6,225,114    6,232,840
                                                  ============= ============
                                                                            
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY                                        
  Total debt                                          2,853,410    2,771,366
  Total other liabilities                               463,189      503,044
  Total stockholders' equity                          2,908,515    2,958,430
                                                  ------------- ------------
  Total liabilities and stockholders' equity      $   6,225,114 $  6,232,840
                                                  ============= ============

Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation

Adjusted EBITDA represents earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization and gains or losses on interest rate swaps. Adjusted EBITDA does not represent and should not be considered as an alternative to net income or cash flow from operations, as determined by United States generally accepted accounting principles, or U.S. GAAP, and our calculation of adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to that reported by other companies. Adjusted EBITDA is included herein because it is a basis upon which the Company measures its operations and efficiency. Adjusted EBITDA is also used by our lenders as a measure of our compliance with certain covenants contained in our loan agreements and because the Company believes that it presents useful information to investors regarding a company's ability to service and/or incur indebtedness.

The following table reconciles net income/ (loss) to Adjusted EBITDA:


 
                                                                            
                                                                            
                                  Three Months Ended     Six Months Ended   
(Dollars in thousands)                 June 30,              June 30,       
                                 --------------------  -------------------- 
                                    2012       2013       2012       2013   
                                 ---------  ---------  ---------  --------- 
Net income/ (loss)               $  (2,796) $  38,755  $ (49,143) $  45,138 
                                                                            
Add: Net interest expense           27,897     30,367     56,825     61,736 
Add: Depreciation and                                                       
 amortization                       56,806     55,560    111,486    108,967 
Add: Income taxes                   11,596     10,411     21,628     24,575 
Add: Loss/ (Gain) on interest                                               
 rate swaps                          7,578    (19,273)    10,940    (19,871)
                                 ---------  ---------  ---------  --------- 
Adjusted EBITDA                  $ 101,081  $ 115,820  $ 151,736  $ 220,545 
                                 =========  =========  =========  ========= 

Drill Rigs Holdings Inc - Supplemental Information

Leiv Eiriksson

Following significant investment in equipment and winterization upgrades, the Leiv Eiriksson commenced drilling operations under our three-year contract with Rig Management Norway on April 15, 2013. During the first 15 days of the second quarter, the Leiv Eiriksson earned no revenue and the majority of the operating expenses relating to the unit incurred during this 15-day period were capitalized.

Eirik Raude

During the second quarter of 2013, the Eirik Raude mobilized to Ireland and commenced drilling operations under its contract with ExxonMobil on April 21, 2013. Until it commenced drilling operations, the Eirik Raude was earning zero revenue and the majority of the operating expenses relating to the unit incurred during this period were capitalized. Following the completion of the ExxonMobil contract, the Eirik Raude commenced mobilization on August 3, 2013 (which such mobilization is expected to last for 25 days, including acceptance testing) from Ireland to offshore West Africa to commence a four to sixwell contract with Lukoil in the latter part of the third quarter of 2013.

Summary Financials of Drill Rig Holdings Inc.:


 
                                                  Year ended     Six Months 
                                                 December 31,      ended    
                                                     2012      June 30, 2013
                                                 ------------  -------------
(Dollars in thousands)                                                      
Total revenue                                    $                   169,121
EBITDA                                                                83,858
Total assets                                        1,271,829      1,502,746
Total debt, net of financing fees                    (781,001)       782,698
Shareholders equity                                  (337,086)       538,470
Total cash and cash equivalents                  $     62,429  $     154,067

EBITDA reconciliation of Drill Rig Holdings Inc.:


 
                                    Three Months Ended    Six Months Ended  
(Dollars in thousands)                   June 30,             June 30,      
                                  --------------------- --------------------
                                     2012       2013       2012       2013  
Net Income                        $   28,690 $   34,473 $    7,034 $  29,829
Add: Net interest expense              6,135      8,606     13,274    16,214
Add: Depreciation and                                                       
 amortization                         18,572     18,382     37,406    35,044
Add: Income taxes                        329        181      1,470     2,771
                                  ---------- ---------- ---------- ---------
EBITDA                            $   53,726 $   61,642 $   59,184 $  83,858
                                  ========== ========== ========== =========

Conference Call and Webcast: August 8, 2013

As announced, the Company's management team will host a conference call, on Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time to discuss the Company's financial results.

Conference Call Details

Participants should dial into the call 10 minutes before the scheduled time using the following numbers: 1(866) 819-7111 (from the US), 0(800) 953-0329 (from the UK) or +(44) (0) 1452 542 301 (from outside the US). Please quote "Ocean Rig"

A replay of the conference call will be available until August 15, 2013. The United States replay number is 1(866) 247-4222; from the UK 0(800) 953-1533; the standard international replay number is (+44) (0) 1452 550 000 and the access code required for the replay is: 55592075#.

A replay of the conference call will also be available on the Company's website at www.ocean-rig.com under the Investor Relations section.

Slides and audio webcast:

There will also be a simultaneous live webcast over the Internet, through the Ocean Rig UDW Inc. website www.ocean-rig.com. Participants to the live webcast should register on the website approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the webcast.

About Ocean Rig UDW Inc.

Ocean Rig is an international offshore drilling contractor providing oilfield services for offshore oil and gas exploration, development and production drilling, and specializing in the ultra-deepwater and harsh-environment segment of the offshore drilling industry. The company owns and operates 10 offshore ultra deepwater drilling units, comprising of 2 ultra deepwater semisubmersible drilling rigs and 8 ultra deepwater drillships, 3 of which are scheduled to be delivered to the Company during 2013 and 1 of which is scheduled to be delivered during 2015.

Ocean Rig's common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market where it trades under the symbol "ORIG."

Visit the Company's website at www.ocean-rig.com

Forward-Looking Statement

Matters discussed in this release may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides safe harbor protections for forward-looking statements in order to encourage companies to provide prospective information about their business. The Company desires to take advantage of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and is including this cautionary statement in connection with such safe harbor legislation.

Forward-looking statements relate to Ocean Rig's expectations, beliefs, intentions or strategies regarding the future. These statements may be identified by the use of words like "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "plan," "project," "should," "seek," and similar expressions. Forward-looking statements reflect Ocean Rig's current views and assumptions with respect to future events and are subject to risks and uncertainties.

The forward-looking statements in this release are based upon various assumptions, may of which are based, in turn, upon further assumptions, including without limitation, management's examination of historical operating trends, data contained in Ocean Rig's records and other data available from third parties. Although Ocean Rig believes that these assumptions were reasonable when made, because these assumptions are inherently subject to significant uncertainties and contingencies which are difficult or impossible to predict and are beyond Ocean Rig's control, Ocean Rig cannot assure you that it will achieve or accomplish these expectations, beliefs or projections described in the forward- looking statements contained herein. Actual and future results and trends could differ materially from those set forth in such statements.

Important factors that, in Ocean Rig's view, could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements include (i) factors related to the offshore drilling market, including supply and demand, utilization, day rates and customer drilling programs; (ii);hazards inherent in the drilling industry and marine operations causing personal injury or loss of life, severe damage to or destruction of property and equipment, pollution or environmental damage, claims by third parties or customers and suspension of operations; (iii) changes in laws and governmental regulations, particularly with respect to environmental matters; (iv) the availability of competing offshore drilling vessels; (v) political and other uncertainties, including risks of terrorist acts, war and civil disturbances; piracy; significant governmental influence over many aspects of local economies, seizure; nationalization or expropriation of property or equipment; repudiation, nullification, modification or renegotiation of contracts; limitations on insurance coverage, such as war risk coverage, in certain areas; political unrest; foreign and U.S. monetary policy and foreign currency fluctuations and devaluations; the inability to repatriate income or capital; complications associated with repairing and replacing equipment in remote locations; import-export quotas, wage and price controls imposition of trade barriers; regulatory or financial requirements to comply with foreign bureaucratic actions; changing taxation policies; and other forms of government regulation and economic conditions that are beyond our control; (vi) the performance of our rigs; (vii) our ability to procure or have access to financing and comply with our loan covenants; (viii) our ability to successfully employ our drilling units; (ix) our capital expenditures, including the timing and cost of completion of capital projects; and (x) our revenues and expenses. Due to such uncertainties and risks, investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance upon such forward-looking statements.

Risks and uncertainties are further described in reports filed by Ocean Rig UDW Inc. with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Investor Relations / Media:

Nicolas Bornozis Capital Link, Inc. (New York) Tel. 212-661-7566 E-mail: oceanrig@capitallink.com

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