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Pacific Drilling Announces Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year 2019 Results

  • Pacific Sharav awarded a new two well contract from Murphy in Mexico
  • Revenue efficiency of 99.3% for the fourth quarter and 97.4% for the full year 2019 

Pacific Drilling S.A. (NYSE: PACD) ("Pacific Drilling" or the "Company") today reported fourth quarter and full-year results for 2019.

Pacific Drilling CEO Bernie Wolford commented, "In the fourth quarter, Pacific Khamsin returned to operations as we started a new contract with Equinor in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. We also began mobilizing Pacific Bora to Oman where it is drilling that country’s first-ever deepwater well during its contract with Eni. We have continued this positive momentum in early 2020 as we capitalize on strengthening demand for our premium deepwater rigs. Our reputation for operational excellence and customer service resulted in a new relationship with Murphy Oil Corporation for Pacific Sharav in Mexico."

Mr. Wolford continued, "While we were surprised and disappointed with the Tribunal’s decision in the arbitration related to the construction of Pacific Zonda, this outcome has not impacted our operations. As we previously disclosed, our two subsidiaries involved in the dispute have filed an application with the High Court in London for permission to appeal the arbitration decision. While we hope for a positive resolution of the appeal process, a positive outcome from this arbitration was never relied upon in our corporate financial planning. As always, we remain focused on our core business and delivering operational excellence for our customers."

Mr. Wolford concluded, "As we look ahead, we see significant uncertainty in the global markets from the demand reduction related to COVID-19 and recent changes to oil supply and pricing strategies. Through late 2019 and early 2020, we experienced substantial tightening of ultra-deepwater rig supply in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico and more limited supply of active rigs in other regions. At the same time, there are more active tenders in the market today than we have seen at any one time since 2014. We continue to work toward delivering positive cash flow from our operations as the market for our rigs improves and dayrates become more favorable. To this end, we were pleased to recently secure a $50 million revolving credit facility which allows us the financial flexibility to take advantage of new market opportunities."

Fourth-Quarter 2019 Operational and Financial Commentary

Fourth-quarter 2019 contract drilling revenue was $33.1 million compared to $54.3 million in third-quarter 2019. The decrease in revenue resulted primarily from the Pacific Sharav completing its legacy Chevron five-year contract in late August 2019 and rolling over to continue working for Chevron at a lower dayrate reflective of the current market. The decrease in revenue was partially offset by revenues earned from the commencement of contract operations for the Pacific Santa Ana and the Pacific Khamsin in December 2019.

Operating expenses for the fourth quarter of 2019 were $63.3 million compared to $60.3 million in the third quarter of 2019.

General and administrative expenses for the fourth quarter of 2019 were $8.2 million, as compared to $8.9 million for the third quarter of 2019.

Net loss for fourth-quarter 2019 was $308.1 million compared to $90.8 million in third-quarter 2019. Included in the net loss for fourth-quarter 2019 is a $217.6 million loss from unconsolidated subsidiaries predominately related to the elimination of the receivable from the balance sheet due to the Pacific Zonda arbitration decision in favor of Samsung Heavy Industries Co. Ltd ("SHI").

Adjusted EBITDA(a) for fourth-quarter 2019 was $(36.8) million, compared to $(13.8) million in third-quarter 2019.

Capital expenditures for the fourth quarter of 2019 were $4.0 million compared to $9.7 million in the third quarter of 2019. The decrease in capital expenditures was primarily due to lower payments for the purchase of a managed pressure drilling system.

Footnotes

(a)

EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are non-GAAP financial measures. For a definition of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA and a reconciliation to net loss, please refer to the schedule included in this release. Management uses this operational metric to track company results and believes that this measure provides additional information that highlights the impact of our operating efficiency as well as the operating and support costs incurred in achieving the revenue performance.

2020 Guidance

A schedule of Pacific Drilling’s 2020 guidance as of March 11, 2020 is available in the "Results" subsection of the "Investor Relations" section of our website, www.pacificdrilling.com.

Conference Call

Pacific Drilling will conduct a conference call at 10 a.m. US Central Time on Thursday, March 12, 2020 to discuss fourth-quarter and full-year 2019 results.

To access the conference call, listeners should contact the Conference Call Operator at +1 866-253-3270 within North America or +1 646-843-4609 outside of North America approximately 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time and provide access code 2196217#. Participants are invited to use the following link to register for the call in advance: http://bit.ly/RegisterQ42019Call. A replay of the call will be available on the company’s website or by dialing +1 866-595-5357 and providing access code 2196217#.

About Pacific Drilling

With its best-in-class drillships and highly experienced team, Pacific Drilling is committed to exceeding our customers’ expectations by delivering the safest, most efficient and reliable deepwater drilling services in the industry. Pacific Drilling’s fleet of seven drillships represents one of the youngest and most technologically advanced fleets in the world. Pacific Drilling has principal offices in Luxembourg and Houston. For more information about Pacific Drilling, including our current Fleet Status, please visit our website at www.pacificdrilling.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements and information contained in this press release constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, and are generally identifiable by their use of words such as "anticipate," "believe," "could," "estimate," "expect," "forecast," "intend," "our ability to," "may," "plan," "potential," "predict," "project," "projected," "should," "will," "would", or other similar words which are not generally historical in nature. The forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof, and we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements after the date they are made, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Our forward-looking statements express our current expectations or forecasts of possible future results or events, including future financial and operational performance and cash balances; revenue efficiency levels; market outlook; forecasts of trends; future client contract opportunities; future contract dayrates; our business strategies and plans or objectives of management; estimated duration of client contracts; backlog; expected capital expenditures; projected costs and savings; expectations regarding our two subsidiaries’ application to appeal the arbitration award against them related to the drillship known as the Pacific Zonda in favor of SHI, the outcome of such subsidiaries’ ongoing bankruptcy proceedings and the potential impact of the Tribunal’s decision on our future operations, financial position, results of operations and liquidity.

Although we believe that the assumptions and expectations reflected in our forward-looking statements are reasonable and made in good faith, these statements are not guarantees, and actual future results may differ materially due to a variety of factors. These statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties and are based on a number of judgments and assumptions as of the date such statements are made about future events, many of which are beyond our control. Actual events and results may differ materially from those anticipated, estimated, projected or implied by us in such statements due to a variety of factors, including if one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or if our underlying assumptions prove incorrect.

Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from our expectations include: evolving risks from the coronavirus outbreak and resulting significant disruption in international economies, and international financial and oil markets, including a substantial decline in the price of oil during 2020; the global oil and gas market and its impact on demand for our services; the offshore drilling market, including changes in capital expenditures by our clients; changes in worldwide oil and gas supply and demand; rig availability and supply and demand for high-specification drillships and other drilling rigs competing with our fleet; our ability to enter into and negotiate favorable terms for new drilling contracts or extensions; our ability to successfully negotiate and consummate definitive contracts and satisfy other customary conditions with respect to letters of intent and letters of award that we receive for our drillships; actual contract commencement dates; possible cancellation, renegotiation, termination or suspension of drilling contracts as a result of mechanical difficulties, performance, market changes or other reasons; costs related to stacking of rigs and costs to reactivate a stacked rig; downtime and other risks associated with offshore rig operations, including unscheduled repairs or maintenance, relocations, severe weather or hurricanes or accidents; our small fleet and reliance on a limited number of clients; the risks of litigation in foreign jurisdictions and delays caused by third parties in connection with such litigation; the outcome of our two subsidiaries’ bankruptcy proceedings and any actions that SHI or others may take in the bankruptcy or other proceedings against the Company and its subsidiaries; the risk that our common shares could be delisted from trading on the New York Stock Exchange; and the other risk factors described in our 2018 Annual Report on Form 20-F filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 12, 2019 and our Reports on Form 6-K. These documents are available through our website at www.pacificdrilling.com or through the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov.

PACIFIC DRILLING S.A. AND SUBSIDIARIES

 

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(in thousands, except per share information) (unaudited)

 

 

 

Successor

 

Predecessor

 

Successor

 

Predecessor

 

 

Three

 

Three

 

Period from

 

Period from

 

 

 

Period from

 

Period from

 

 

 

 

Months

 

Months

 

November 20,

 

October 1,

 

 

 

November 20,

 

January 1,

 

Year

 

 

Ended

 

Ended

 

through

 

through

 

Year Ended

 

through

 

through

 

Ended

 

 

December 31,

 

September 30,

 

December 31,

 

November 19,

 

December 31,

 

December 31,

 

November 19,

 

December 31,

 

 

2019

 

2019

 

2018

 

2018

 

2019

 

2018

 

2018

 

2017

Revenues

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contract drilling

 

$

33,131

 

 

$

54,315

 

 

$

28,489

 

 

$

31,073

 

 

$

229,777

 

 

$

28,489

 

 

$

236,379

 

 

$

319,716

 

Costs and expenses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating expenses

 

 

63,269

 

 

 

60,324

 

 

 

19,744

 

 

 

25,050

 

 

 

228,143

 

 

 

19,744

 

 

 

189,606

 

 

 

244,089

 

General and administrative expenses

 

 

8,182

 

 

 

8,855

 

 

 

4,245

 

 

 

9,572

 

 

 

38,293

 

 

 

4,245

 

 

 

50,604

 

 

 

87,134

 

Depreciation and amortization expense

 

 

27,165

 

 

 

47,734

 

 

 

27,277

 

 

 

38,187

 

 

 

193,128

 

 

 

27,277

 

 

 

248,302

 

 

 

278,949

 

Loss from unconsolidated subsidiaries

 

 

217,640

 

 

 

488

 

 

 

806

 

 

 

 

 

 

220,152

 

 

 

806

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

316,256

 

 

 

117,401

 

 

 

52,072

 

 

 

72,809

 

 

 

679,716

 

 

 

52,072

 

 

 

488,512

 

 

 

610,172

 

Operating loss

 

 

(283,125

)

 

 

(63,086

)

 

 

(23,583

)

 

 

(41,736

)

 

 

(449,939

)

 

 

(23,583

)

 

 

(252,133

)

 

 

(290,456

)

Other income (expense)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest expense

 

 

(24,794

)

 

 

(24,459

)

 

 

(10,904

)

 

 

(29,046

)

 

 

(97,698

)

 

 

(10,904

)

 

 

(106,632

)

 

 

(178,983

)

Write-off of deferred financing costs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(30,846

)

Reorganization items

 

 

(70

)

 

 

(24

)

 

 

(1,300

)

 

 

(1,743,556

)

 

 

(1,975

)

 

 

(1,300

)

 

 

(1,799,664

)

 

 

(6,474

)

Interest income

 

 

1,145

 

 

 

1,510

 

 

 

1,008

 

 

 

428

 

 

 

6,292

 

 

 

1,008

 

 

 

3,148

 

 

 

2,717

 

Other income (expense)

 

 

(9

)

 

 

(409

)

 

 

526

 

 

 

350

 

 

 

(729

)

 

 

526

 

 

 

(1,904

)

 

 

(8,261

)

Loss before income taxes

 

 

(306,853

)

 

 

(86,468

)

 

 

(34,253

)

 

 

(1,813,560

)

 

 

(544,049

)

 

 

(34,253

)

 

 

(2,157,185

)

 

 

(512,303

)

Income tax expense (benefit)

 

 

1,264

 

 

 

4,315

 

 

 

(6,769

)

 

 

(3,261

)

 

 

12,416

 

 

 

(6,769

)

 

 

(2,308

)

 

 

12,863

 

Net loss

 

$

(308,117

)

 

$

(90,783

)

 

$

(27,484

)

 

$

(1,810,299

)

 

$

(556,465

)

 

$

(27,484

)

 

$

(2,154,877

)

 

$

(525,166

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss per common share, basic

 

$

(4.11

)

 

$

(1.21

)

 

$

(0.37

)

 

$

(84.72

)

 

$

(7.42

)

 

$

(0.37

)

 

$

(100.89

)

 

$

(24.64

)

Weighted-average shares outstanding, basic

 

 

75,007

 

 

 

75,005

 

 

 

75,010

 

 

 

21,368

 

 

 

75,011

 

 

 

75,010

 

 

 

21,359

 

 

 

21,315

 

Loss per common share, diluted

 

$

(4.11

)

 

$

(1.21

)

 

$

(0.37

)

 

$

(84.72

)

 

$

(7.42

)

 

$

(0.37

)

 

$

(100.89

)

 

$

(24.64

)

Weighted-average shares outstanding, diluted

 

 

75,007

 

 

 

75,005

 

 

 

75,010

 

 

 

21,368

 

 

 

75,011

 

 

 

75,010

 

 

 

21,359

 

 

 

21,315

 

...

PACIFIC DRILLING S.A. AND SUBSIDIARIES

 

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(in thousands) (unaudited)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 31,

 

September 30,

 

December 31,

 

 

2019

 

2019

 

2018

Assets:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

278,620

 

 

$

355,906

 

 

$

367,577

 

Restricted cash

 

 

6,089

 

 

 

6,076

 

 

 

21,498

 

Accounts receivable, net

 

 

29,252

 

 

 

29,751

 

 

 

40,549

 

Other receivable

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28,000

 

Materials and supplies

 

 

43,933

 

 

 

43,986

 

 

 

40,429

 

Deferred costs, current

 

 

16,961

 

 

 

1,397

 

 

 

482

 

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

 

 

15,732

 

 

 

10,288

 

 

 

8,667

 

Total current assets

 

 

390,587

 

 

 

447,404

 

 

 

507,202

 

Property and equipment, net

 

 

1,842,549

 

 

 

1,860,724

 

 

 

1,915,172

 

Receivable from unconsolidated subsidiaries

 

 

 

 

 

204,790

 

 

 

204,790

 

Intangible asset

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

85,053

 

Investment in unconsolidated subsidiaries

 

 

 

 

 

11,400

 

 

 

11,876

 

Other assets

 

 

23,423

 

 

 

22,252

 

 

 

24,120

 

Total assets

 

$

2,256,559

 

 

$

2,546,570

 

 

$

2,748,213

 

Liabilities and shareholders’ equity:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accounts payable

 

$

24,223

 

 

$

12,009

 

 

$

14,941

 

Accrued expenses

 

 

27,924

 

 

 

20,292

 

 

 

25,744

 

Accrued interest

 

 

15,703

 

 

 

31,406

 

 

 

16,576

 

Deferred revenue, current

 

 

7,567

 

 

 

5,931

 

 

 

 

Total current liabilities

 

 

75,417

 

 

 

69,638

 

 

 

57,261

 

Long-term debt

 

 

1,073,734

 

 

 

1,064,643

 

 

 

1,039,335

 

Payable to unconsolidated subsidiaries

 

 

 

 

 

4,194

 

 

 

4,400

 

Other long-term liabilities

 

 

38,577

 

 

 

33,143

 

 

 

28,259

 

Total liabilities

 

 

1,187,728

 

 

 

1,171,618

 

 

 

1,129,255

 

Shareholders’ equity:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Common shares

 

 

751

 

 

 

751

 

 

 

750

 

Additional paid-in capital

 

 

1,652,681

 

 

 

1,650,685

 

 

 

1,645,692

 

Treasury shares, at cost

 

 

(652

)

 

 

(652

)

 

 

 

Accumulated deficit

 

 

(583,949

)

 

 

(275,832

)

 

 

(27,484

)

Total shareholders’ equity

 

 

1,068,831

 

 

 

1,374,952

 

 

 

1,618,958

 

Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity