Vantage Drilling on Track to Reach Its Goal for 2014
Vantage Drilling Company reports net income for the three months ended March 31, 2014 of $24.8 million or $0.07 per diluted share as compared to a net loss of $24.9 million or ($0.08) per diluted share excluding approximately $98.3 million of charges for the early retirement of debt, for the three months ended March, 31, 2013.
Including the charges for the early retirement of debt for the three months ended March 31, 2013, the Company reported a net loss of $123.2 million or ($0.41) per diluted share.
Paul Bragg, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “We are pleased to announce another strong quarter of operating results. We also made good initial progress on our debt reduction plan, paying down almost $30 million during the quarter and we remain on track to reach our goal for 2014 given our contracted backlog and high operating efficiency across the fleet.”
Vantage, a Cayman Islands exempted company, is an offshore drilling contractor, with an owned fleet of three ultra-deepwater drillships, the Platinum Explorer, the Titanium Explorer and the Tungsten Explorer, as well as an additional ultra-deepwater drillship, the Cobalt Explorer, now under construction, and four Baker Marine Pacific Class 375 ultra-premium jackup drilling rigs. Vantage’s primary business is to contract drilling units, related equipment and work crews primarily on a dayrate basis to drill oil and natural gas wells. Vantage also provides construction supervision services for, and will operate and manage, drilling units owned by others. Through its fleet of seven owned drilling units, Vantage is a provider of offshore contract drilling services globally to major, national and large independent oil and natural gas companies.
Press Release, May 06, 2014; Image: Vantage