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NOBLE CORPORATION REPORTS FIRST QUARTER 2022 RESULTS

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  • Noble Gerry de Souza commenced operations in Suriname upgraded with MPD system and a second BOP

  • Backlog increased by approximately $700 million to $1.9 billion as of April 1, 2022

  • 2022 Adjusted EBITDA guidance increased

  • Maersk Drilling combination expected to close mid-2022, subject to UK antitrust clearance

SUGAR LAND, Texas, May 2, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Noble Corporation (NYSE: NE, "Noble", or the "Company") today reported first quarter 2022 results.

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Successor



Predecessor

(stated in millions, except per share amounts)

Three
Months

Ended

Mar 31,
2022


Three
Months

Ended

Dec 31,
2021


Period from
Feb 6, 2021-
Mar 31,
2021



Period from
Jan 1, 2021-
Feb 5, 2021

Total Revenue

$ 210


$ 208


$ 92



$ 77

Contract Drilling Services Revenue

195


192


85



74

Net Income (Loss)

(37)


123


(18)



250

Adjusted EBITDA*

27


12


6



22

Adjusted Net Loss*

(8)


(29)


(20)



(1)

Diluted Earnings (Loss) Per Share

(0.54)


1.70


(0.36)



0.98

Adjusted Diluted Loss Per Share*

(0.12)


(0.39)


(0.41)












* A Non-GAAP supporting schedule is included with the statements and schedules attached to this press release.

Robert W. Eifler, President and Chief Executive Officer of Noble Corporation, stated "Our strong operational performance, highlighted by the successful commencement of operations for the Noble Gerry de Souza in Suriname, coupled with significant contracting success across the fleet, sets the stage for an exciting year for Noble. The combination of our performance in the first quarter and continued improvements across all markets has increased our financial expectations for 2022. I would like to thank the entire Noble organization for their continued hard work and their commitment to operating safely every day."

First Quarter Results

Contract drilling services revenue for the first quarter of 2022 totaled $195 million compared to $192 million in the fourth quarter of 2021. Marketed fleet utilization was 75 percent in the three months ended March 31, 2022 compared to 77 percent in the fourth quarter of 2021. Contract drilling services costs for the first quarter were $166 million, down from $183 million in the fourth quarter of 2021.

Adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended March 31, 2022 was $27 million compared to $12 million in the fourth quarter of 2021. Capital expenditures totaled $45 million in the first quarter, which includes $11 million of client reimbursable investments.

Upon emergence from restructuring, Noble adopted fresh-start accounting which resulted in Noble becoming a new reporting entity for accounting and financial reporting purposes. Accordingly, financial statements and notes after February 5, 2021 are not comparable to financial statements and notes prior to that date. As required by GAAP, results must be presented separately for the predecessor period up to February 5, 2021 (the "Predecessor" period) and the successor period from February 6, 2021 through all dates after (the "Successor" period).

Operating Highlights

In the first quarter, the Noble Regina Allen was awarded a contract for six wells in Trinidad and Tobago. The work is expected to commence shortly after the conclusion of the rig's contract with Repsol in Guyana. In the U.K. North Sea, the Noble Sam Hartley was contracted by TotalEnergies for one firm well with an anticipated start in the third quarter of 2022. The contract also includes two one-well options. Noble also received a binding Letter of Award ("LOA") from Qatargas for the Noble Houston Colbert and Noble Mick O'Brien. The LOA is for 3.5 years of firm work per rig. The Noble Mick O'Brien contract will be in direct continuation with Qatargas and the Noble Houston Colbert is preparing to mobilize out of the UK North Sea this summer and begin operations in the third quarter of 2022. The associated revenue will be included in our backlog once the contracts have been executed.

The Noble Gerry de Souza, upgraded with an MPD system and second BOP, safely mobilized to Suriname and began its contract with APA Corp near the end of the first quarter. APA Corp has two one-well options for the rig. The Noble Globetrotter I is expected to conclude its 10-year contract with Shell in the third quarter and demobilize for an out-of-service period. Shortly after its shipyard stay, the Noble Globetrotter I is expected to mobilize to Mexico for a one-well contract with CNOOC and a two well program with Petronas. On April 1st, 2022, the four drillships operating under the Commercial Enabling Agreement ("CEA") were awarded 7.4 years of incremental term in connection with the sanctioning of the Yellowtail development in Guyana. Each rig is now contracted to the fourth quarter of 2025. Additionally, the Noble Clyde Boudreaux, a moored semisubmersible, was divested in the first quarter.

Backlog and Balance Sheet Highlights

As of April 1, 2022, Noble's estimated revenue backlog is approximately $1.9 billion. This includes the 7.4 rig year award under the CEA but does not include the 7 years of firm term associated with the LOA from Qatargas.

As of March 31, 2022, the Company had total liquidity of $767 million, including cash and cash equivalents of $105 million, and availability under its revolving credit facility of $662 million. The Company experienced an increase in accounts receivable in the first quarter above the expected level, but this is anticipated to normalize over the coming quarters.

Maersk Drilling Business Combination Update

On April 29, 2022, Noble provided an update on the merger control process for obtaining clearance in the UK for the previously announced business combination with Maersk Drilling. The process remains ongoing following the UK Competition and Markets Authority's ("UK CMA") Phase 1 decision on April 22, 2022 pursuant to which the UK CMA stated that the transaction gives rise to a realistic prospect of a substantial lessening of competition and that a remedy to address such effect would be required to avoid a reference to a Phase 2 review. As a result, Noble and possibly Maersk Drilling plan to offer to divest certain jackup rigs currently located in the North Sea (the "Remedy Rigs") to seek to obtain conditional antitrust clearance from the UK CMA in Phase 1 of the merger control process. The Remedy Rigs will comprise the Noble Hans Deul, Noble Sam Hartley, Noble Sam Turner, Noble Houston Colbert, and either the Maersk Innovator or the Noble Lloyd Noble, both of which are a CJ-70 design. Noble expects there to be clarity on which of the CJ-70 rigs will be included in the Remedy Rigs in the coming weeks. On this basis, Noble is examining different options to divest the Remedy Rigs. The duration and outcome of the UK CMA review process remains uncertain. If Noble is able to obtain a conditional Phase 1 antitrust clearance from the UK CMA, the closing of the business combination is expected to occur in mid-2022.

Outlook

The Company's full-year 2022 guidance range for Adjusted Revenue and Adjusted EBITDA increased to $1,130 to $1,180 million and $320 to $350 million, respectively. This increase, which is primarily driven by improved drillship activity and dayrates, is partially offset for Adjusted EBITDA by inflationary pressures. Full-year 2022 capital expenditure guidance range, net of client reimbursables, increased by $15 million to $145 to $160 million. This increase is primarily driven by contract preparation investments required by recent commercial awards for the Noble Globetrotter I and the Noble Houston Colbert. Further details may be found in the guidance table included at the back of this press release.

Commenting on Noble's outlook for 2022, Mr. Eifler stated, "We are encouraged by the steadily improving fundamentals in the offshore drilling market and expect to continue to see positive dayrate momentum. We anticipate realizing a meaningful improvement in financial results in the second quarter and have visibility to exiting the year at an Adjusted EBITDA run-rate of $125 million per quarter. As we look forward to the closing of the combination with Maersk Drilling, we remain focused on operating safely, serving the needs of our customers, and creating long-term value for our shareholders."

Fleet Status Report

In conjunction with first quarter results, the Company has also provided an updated "Fleet Status Report" which reflects the current status and contract information for each of its rigs. The updated report can be found under the "Our Fleet" section of the Company's website.

Conference Call

Noble will host a conference call related to its first quarter 2022 results on Tuesday, May 3, 2022, at 7:30 a.m. U.S. Central Time. Interested parties may dial +1 929-203-0901 and refer to conference ID 31391 approximately 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time. Alternatively, a live webcast link will be available on the Investor Relations section of the Company's website. A webcast replay will be accessible for a limited time following the scheduled call.

For additional information, visit www.noblecorp.com or email investors@noblecorp.com

About Noble Corporation

Noble is a leading offshore drilling contractor for the oil and gas industry. The Company owns and operates one of the most modern, versatile, and technically advanced fleets in the offshore drilling industry. Noble and its predecessors have been engaged in the contract drilling of oil and gas wells since 1921. Currently, Noble performs, through its subsidiaries, contract drilling services with a fleet of 19 offshore drilling units, consisting of 11 drillships and 8 jackups, focused largely on ultra-deepwater and high-specification jackup drilling opportunities in both established and emerging regions worldwide.

Additional Information and Where to Find It

In connection with the proposed transactions (the "Business Combination") contemplated by the Business Combination Agreement, dated as of November 10, 2021, by and among Noble, Noble Finco Limited ("Topco"), Noble Newco Sub Limited and The Drilling Company of 1972 A/S ("Maersk Drilling"), Topco has filed a Registration Statement on Form S-4 (which Registration Statement was declared effective on April 11, 2022) with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") that includes a proxy statement of Noble that also constitutes a prospectus for Topco and an offering prospectus of Topco to be used in connection with Topco's offer to exchange shares in Maersk Drilling for Topco shares. Noble mailed the proxy statement/prospectus to its shareholders in connection with the vote to approve the merger of Noble with a wholly-owned subsidiary of Topco, and Topco will distribute the offering prospectus in connection with the exchange offer. Should Maersk Drilling and Noble proceed with the proposed Business Combination, Maersk Drilling and Noble also expect that Topco will file an offer document with the Danish Financial Supervisory Authority (Finanstilsynet). This communication does not contain all the information that should be considered concerning the proposed Business Combination and is not intended to form the basis of any investment decision or any other decision in respect of the proposed Business Combination. INVESTORS AND SHAREHOLDERS ARE URGED TO CAREFULLY READ THE PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS AND THE OFFERING DOCUMENT RELATING TO THE PROPOSED BUSINESS COMBINATION IN ITS ENTIRETY AND ANY OTHER DOCUMENTS FILED BY EACH OF TOPCO AND NOBLE WITH THE SEC IN CONNECTION WITH THE BUSINESS COMBINATION OR INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE THEREIN BECAUSE THEY CONTAIN OR WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT TOPCO, MAERSK DRILLING AND NOBLE, THE PROPOSED BUSINESS COMBINATION AND RELATED MATTERS.

Investors and shareholders can obtain free copies of the proxy statement/prospectus and other documents filed with the SEC by Noble and Topco through the website maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov. In addition, investors and shareholders can obtain free copies of the proxy statement/prospectus and other documents related thereto on Maersk Drilling's website at www.maerskdrilling.com or on Noble's website at www.noblecorp.com or by written request to Noble at Noble Corporation, Attn: Richard B. Barker, 13135 Dairy Ashford, Suite 800, Sugar Land, Texas 77478.

Participants in the Solicitation

Maersk Drilling, Noble and their respective directors, executive officers and certain employees may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from the shareholders of Maersk Drilling and Noble, respectively in connection with the proposed Business Combination. Shareholders may obtain information regarding the names, affiliations and interests of Noble's directors and officers in Noble's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2021, which was filed with the SEC on February 17, 2022, and Items 10 through 14 of Part III of Amendment No. 1 thereto on Form 10-K/A, which was filed with the SEC on March 11, 2022. To the extent the holdings of Noble's securities by Noble's directors and executive officers have changed since the amounts set forth in such annual report, such changes have been or will be reflected on Statements of Change in Ownership on Form 4 filed with the SEC. Information regarding the names, affiliations and interests of Maersk Drilling's directors and officers is contained in Maersk Drilling's Annual Report for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2021 and can be obtained free of charge from the sources indicated above. Additional information regarding the interests of such individuals in the proposed Business Combination are included in the proxy statement/prospectus filed with the SEC. You may obtain free copies of these documents from the sources indicated above.

No Offer or Solicitation

This communication is not intended to and does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to subscribe for or buy or an invitation to purchase or subscribe for any securities or the solicitation of any vote in any jurisdiction pursuant to the proposed Business Combination or otherwise, nor shall there be any sale, issuance or transfer of securities in any jurisdiction, in each case in contravention of applicable law. No offer of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act and applicable European or UK, as appropriate, regulations. Subject to certain exceptions to be approved by the relevant regulators or certain facts to be ascertained, the public offer will not be made directly or indirectly, in or into any jurisdiction where to do so would constitute a violation of the laws of such jurisdiction, or by use of the mails or by any means or instrumentality (including, without limitation, facsimile transmission, telephone and the internet) of interstate or foreign commerce, or any facility of a national securities exchange, of any such jurisdiction.

Forward-looking Statements

This communication includes "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act and Section 21E of the Exchange Act. All statements other than statements of historical facts included in this communication, including those regarding future guidance, including Adjusted Revenue, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA run-rate, and capital expenditures, free cash flow, rig demand, the offshore drilling market, oil prices, contract backlog, fleet status, our future financial position, business strategy, liquidity, future capital expenditures, contract commitments, dayrates, contract commencements, extension or renewals, contract tenders, plans and objectives of management for future operations, industry conditions, impact of competition, worldwide economic conditions, the benefits of the Business Combination, the anticipated timing of the Business Combination, the divestment of drilling rigs in connection with the CMA's review of the transaction, the rigs to be included in such divestment, and the parties' ability to obtain the necessary merger control clearances to complete the transaction and timing, benefits or results of acquisitions or dispositions are forward-looking statements. When used in this communication, the words "anticipate," "believe," "could," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "might," "plan," "project," "should," "shall" and "will" and similar expressions are intended to be among the statements that identify forward-looking statements. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot assure you that such expectations will prove to be correct. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this communication and we undertake no obligation to revise or update any forward-looking statement for any reason, except as required by law. We have identified factors, including, but not limited to, the business combination with Maersk Drilling (including but not limited to the risk that the business combination may not be completed in a timely manner or at all, the failure to satisfy the conditions to the consummation of the business combination, the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstance that could give rise to the termination of the business combination agreement, the effect of the announcement or pendency of the business combination on Noble's business relationships, performance and business generally, the risk that the proposed business combination disrupts current plans and potential difficulties in employee retention as a result of the proposed business combination, the outcome of any legal proceedings that may be instituted against related to the proposed business combination, requirements, conditions or costs that may be imposed in connection with obtaining regulatory approvals of the business combination, the ability to implement business plans, forecasts, and other expectations (including with respect to synergies and financial and operational metrics, such as EBITDA and free cash flow) after the completion of the proposed business combination, and to identify and realize additional opportunities, the failure to realize anticipated benefits of the proposed business combination, the potential impact of announcement or consummation of the proposed business combination on relationships with third parties, and risks associated with assumptions that parties make in connection with the parties' critical accounting estimates and other judgments), the effects of public health threats, such as the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19, and the adverse impact thereof on our business, financial condition and results of operations (including but not limited to our operating costs, supply chain, availability of labor, logistical capabilities, customer demand for our services and industry demand generally, our liquidity, the price of our securities, our ability to access capital markets, and the global economy and financial markets generally), the effects of actions by, or disputes among OPEC+ members with respect to production levels or other matters related to the price of oil, market conditions, factors affecting the level of activity in the oil and gas industry, supply and demand of drilling rigs, factors affecting our drilling contracts, including duration, downtime, dayrates, operating hazards and delays, risks associated with operations outside the US, actions by regulatory authorities, credit rating agencies, customers, joint venture partners, contractors, lenders and other third parties, legislation and regulations affecting drilling operations, compliance with regulatory requirements, violations of anti-corruption laws, shipyard risk and timing, delays in mobilization of rigs, hurricanes and other weather conditions, and the future price of oil and gas, that could cause actual plans or results to differ materially from those included in any forward-looking statements. These factors include those "Risk Factors" referenced or described in the Company's most recent Form 10-K, Form 10-Q's, and other filings with the SEC. We cannot control such risk factors and other uncertainties, and in many cases, we cannot predict the risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those indicated by the forward-looking statements. You should consider these risks and uncertainties when you are evaluating us.

NOBLE CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

(Unaudited)




Successor


Successor



Predecessor





Period from



Period from





February 6, 2021



January 1, 2021



Three months ended


through



through



March 31, 2022


March 31, 2021



February 5, 2021

Operating revenues








Contract drilling services


$ 195,035


$ 84,629



$ 74,051

Reimbursables and other


15,195


7,804



3,430



210,230


92,433



77,481

Operating costs and expenses








Contract drilling services


166,083


79,589



46,965

Reimbursables


13,478


7,044



2,737

Depreciation and amortization


25,605


14,244



20,622

General and administrative


17,524


7,927



5,727

Merger and integration costs


9,521


2,013



Gain on sale of operating assets, net


(4,562)




Hurricane losses and (recoveries), net


17,212






244,861


110,817



76,051

Operating income (loss)


(34,631)


(18,384)



1,430

Other income (expense)








Interest expense, net of amounts capitalized


(7,680)


(6,895)



(229)

Interest income and other, net


450


8



399

Reorganization items, net





252,051

Income (loss) before income taxes


(41,861)


(25,271)



253,651

Income tax benefit (provision)


5,205


7,047



(3,423)

Net income (loss)


$ (36,656)


$ (18,224)



$ 250,228

Per share data








Basic:








Net income (loss)


(0.54)


$ (0.36)



$ 1.00

Diluted:








Net income (loss)


(0.54)


$ (0.36)



$ 0.98

NOBLE CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)




Successor



March 31, 2022


December 31, 2021

ASSETS





Current assets





Cash and cash equivalents


$ 105,167


$ 194,138

Accounts receivable, net


247,496


200,419

Prepaid expenses and other current assets


65,297


61,089

Total current assets


417,960


455,646

Intangible assets


47,750


61,849

Property and equipment, at cost


1,593,341


1,555,975

Accumulated depreciation


(101,726)


(77,275)

Property and equipment, net


1,491,615


1,478,700

Other assets


76,118


77,247

Total assets


$ 2,033,443


$ 2,073,442

LIABILITIES AND EQUITY





Current liabilities





Accounts payable


$ 122,243


$ 120,389

Accrued payroll and related costs


35,564


48,346

Other current liabilities


76,279


79,659

Total current liabilities


234,086


248,394

Long-term debt


216,000


216,000

Other liabilities


117,823


108,421

Total liabilities


567,909


572,815

Commitments and contingencies





Total shareholders' equity


1,465,534


1,500,627

Total liabilities and equity


$ 2,033,443


$ 2,073,442

NOBLE CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)



Successor



Predecessor




Period from



Period from




February 6, 2021



January 1, 2021


Three month ended


through



through


March 31, 2022


March 31, 2021



February 5, 2021

Cash flows from operating activities







Net income (loss)

$ (36,656)


$ (18,224)



$ 250,228

Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash flow from operating activities:







Depreciation and amortization

25,605


14,244



20,622

Amortization of intangible asset

14,099


8,459



Gain on sale of operating assets, net

(6,767)




Reorganization items, net




(280,790)

Changes in components of working capital







Change in taxes receivable

(1,820)


1,069



(1,789)

Net changes in other operating assets and liabilities

(46,274)


12,636



(33,719)

Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities

(51,813)


18,184



(45,448)

Cash flows from investing activities







Capital expenditures

(47,045)


(15,332)



(14,629)

Proceeds from disposal of assets, net

14,247


231



194

Net cash used in investing activities

(32,798)


(15,101)



(14,435)

Cash flows from financing activities







Issuance of second lien notes




200,000

Borrowings on credit facilities




177,500

Repayments of credit facilities




(545,000)

Debt issuance costs




(23,664)

Warrants exercised

118




Taxes withheld on employee stock transactions

(4,926)




(1)

Net cash used in financing activities

(4,808)




(191,165)

Net increase (decrease) in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

(89,419)


3,083



(251,048)

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, beginning of period

196,722


113,993



365,041

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, end of period

$ 107,303


$ 117,076



$ 113,993

NOBLE CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

OPERATIONAL INFORMATION

(Unaudited)



Average Rig Utilization









Predecessor


Successor








Period from



Period from






February 6, 2021



January 1, 2021


Three Months Ended


Three Months Ended


through



through


March 31, 2022


December 31, 2021


March 31, 2021



February 5, 2021

Floaters

71 %


68 %


83 %



86 %

Jackups

63 %


71 %


53 %



58 %

Total

68 %


70 %


64 %



68 %




















Operating Days









Predecessor


Successor








Period from



Period from






February 6, 2021



January 1, 2021


Three Months Ended


Three Months Ended


through



through


March 31, 2022


December 31, 2021


March 31, 2021



February 5, 2021

Floaters

729


751


314



216

Jackups

450


622


342



252

Total

1,179


1,373


656



...