Switzerland: Transocean Posts Q2 Net Income of USD 155 million
Transocean Ltd. today reported net income attributable to controlling interest of $155 million, or $0.48 per diluted share, for the three months ended June 30, 2011. The results compare to net income attributable to controlling interest of $715 million, or $2.22 per diluted share, for the three months ended June 30, 2010.
- Revenues increased nine percent to $2.334 billion compared to $2.144 billion in the first quarter 2011
- Second quarter 2011 net income attributable to controlling interest was $155 million, which included $36 million of certain net unfavorable items, compared to $310 million in the first quarter 2011, which included $139 million of certain net favorable items noted in our first quarter earnings release
- Revenue efficiency improved to 92.1 percent, up from 90.0 percent in the first quarter 2011
- Fleet utilization was 55 percent, unchanged from the first quarter 2011
- Operating and maintenance expenses were $1.492 billion, up from $1.359 billion in the first quarter 2011
- The Annual Effective Tax Rate for 2011 has increased to 22.6 percent from 19.3 percent in the first quarter 2011
- New contracts totaling $1.5 billion were secured in the Fleet Status Report period April 14, 2011 through July 13, 2011
- Non-core assets George H. Galloway and GSF Labrador were classified as assets held for sale, in addition to the previously announced GSF Britannia
- The first quarterly installment of the dividend was paid on June 15, 2011
Second quarter 2011 results included the following items, after tax, that resulted in a net unfavorable impact of approximately $36 million, or $0.11 per diluted share:
- $25 million loss on impairment relating to the three Standard Jackups, George H. Galloway, GSF Labrador and GSF Britannia, classified as assets held for sale at June 30, 2011, and
- $11 million of net charges related to discrete tax items and the effect of discontinued operations.
Second quarter 2011 results also included expenses associated with the Macondo well incident of approximately $26 million, $19 million after tax, or $0.06 per diluted share. These expenses were primarily related to legal costs and professional service fees.
Operations Quarterly Review
Revenues for the three months ended June 30, 2011 were $2.334 billion, compared to revenues of $2.144 billion during the three months ended March 31, 2011. Second quarter contract drilling revenues, which increased to $2.086 billion from $1.95 billion in the first quarter, were positively impacted by improved activity in the Gulf of Mexico, the commencement of operations of the newbuild Ultra-Deepwater Floater Deepwater Champion, the reactivation of previously idled rigs, and higher revenue efficiency for our Ultra-Deepwater and Deepwater Floaters, partially offset by the stacking of additional Deepwater and Midwater Floaters. Overall utilization was flat during the period compared to the first quarter.
Other revenues increased $54 million to $238 million, primarily due to additional drilling management services activity.
The company reported improved revenue efficiency for our Ultra-Deepwater and Deepwater Floaters compared to the first quarter, as our program to improve efficiency yielded results. Similar to the first quarter, compliance with new well control equipment certification requirements, higher standards for equipment condition and capacity constraints on our vendors continued to adversely impact revenue efficiency and out-of-service time compared to the prior year.
Operating and maintenance expenses totaled $1.492 billion for the second quarter 2011, up from $1.359 billion for the prior quarter. The increase was primarily due to higher maintenance expenses along with increased levels of contract drilling and drilling management services activity.
Net Interest Expense, Capital Expenditures and Cash Flow
Net Interest Expense was $142 million in the period compared to $130 million in the first quarter. The increase is due primarily to interest income associated with a tax refund recognized in the first quarter.
Capital expenditures increased to $293 million for the second quarter compared to $240 million in the first quarter 2011. The higher expenditures were primarily due to our newbuild construction program.
Cash flows from operating activities decreased to $340 million for the second quarter 2011 compared to $390 million for the first quarter 2011. The decrease in cash flows from operations resulted primarily from an increase in working capital.
Effective Tax Rate
Transocean’s second quarter Effective Tax Rate(3) was 33.5 percent compared to 33.1 percent in the first quarter. The company’s Annual Effective Tax Rate(4) for 2011, which excludes various discrete items, was 22.6 percent in the second quarter compared to 19.3 percent in the first quarter. The increases are primarily due to a shift in activity between tax jurisdictions. Please see the accompanying schedule entitled “Supplemental Effective Tax Rate Analysis.”
Source: Transoceqan, August 04, 2011;