HAMILTON, Bermuda, September 06, 2022--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Valaris Limited (NYSE: VAL) ("Valaris" or the "Company") announced today that it has received a payment of $40 million from its joint venture ARO Drilling, representing a partial early repayment of its shareholder notes receivable. Following this payment, Valaris has shareholder notes receivable totaling approximately $403 million, with $225 million due in October 2027 and approximately $178 million due in October 2028.
President and Chief Executive Officer Anton Dibowitz said, "ARO is an important strategic asset for Valaris, providing a unique partnership with the largest customer for jackups in the world. We are excited by ARO’s growth prospects over the next several years through its 20-rig newbuild program, backed by attractive long-term contracts with Saudi Aramco."
Dibowitz added, "ARO is actively exploring financing options for its newbuild rigs and expects financing to be secured prior to delivery of newbuilds 1 and 2 in the first half of 2023. The partial early repayment of our shareholder notes demonstrates ARO’s confidence that the newbuild rigs will be financed by third-party financing and cash from ARO operations. We do not expect that either Valaris or Saudi Aramco will need to provide any additional financing to ARO to fund the newbuild program."
About Valaris Limited
Valaris Limited (NYSE: VAL) is the industry leader in offshore drilling services across all water depths and geographies. Operating a high-quality rig fleet of ultra-deepwater drillships, versatile semisubmersibles and modern shallow-water jackups, Valaris has experience operating in nearly every major offshore basin. Valaris maintains an unwavering commitment to safety, operational excellence, and customer satisfaction, with a focus on technology and innovation. Valaris Limited is a Bermuda exempted company (Bermuda No. 56245). To learn more, visit our website at www.valaris.com.
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