Rowan Reports Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2012 Results

HOUSTON, Feb. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- For the three months ended December 31, 2012, Rowan Companies plc ("Rowan" or the "Company") (NYSE: RDC) generated net income from continuing operations of $70.5 million or $0.57 per share, compared to $33.1 million or $0.27 per share in the fourth quarter of 2011. 

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Net income from continuing operations during the fourth quarter of 2012 included $9.6 million of non-recurring or unusual items, or $0.06 per share after tax, including costs associated with the remaining repairs to the EXL I due to a tanker collision, settlement costs related to the Company's frozen manufacturing pension plan, a noncash asset impairment charge and certain corporate restructuring costs, net of gains on asset disposals and proceeds from a legal settlement.  Excluding such items, net income from continuing operations was $78.6 million or $0.63 per share during the fourth quarter of 2012.

The fourth quarter results also reflect a significant tax benefit primarily related to a change in tax method for the treatment of certain items and the mix of foreign and domestic earnings.  As a result, tax expense for continuing operations was reduced by approximately $23.7 million or $0.19 per share in the fourth quarter.

Net income totaled $54.1 million or $0.44 per share in the fourth quarter of 2012, compared to $45.1 million or $0.36 per share in the fourth quarter of 2011.  The fourth quarter of 2012 included a loss from discontinued operations of $16.4 million, or $0.13 per share primarily due to a noncash asset impairment charge and tax-related items.  The prior-year quarter included income from discontinued operations of $12.0 million or $0.09 per share.

Rowan's revenues were $354.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, up 29% over the prior-year quarter due primarily to incremental activity from fleet additions and higher utilization for existing rigs between periods. 

For the year ended December 31, 2012, the Company generated net income from operations of $203.3 million or $1.64 per share on revenues of $1.4 billion, compared to net income from continuing operations of $135.7 million or $1.07 per share on revenues of $939.2 million in 2011.

Matt Ralls, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "In the past year we made substantial progress on our strategy of focusing on offshore drilling as a global operator of high specification rigs.  Total revenues from drilling in 2012 increased by 48% as we realized a full year contribution of seven new high spec jack ups delivered in 2011 as well as revenues from the delivery of our final newbuild jack up in February of this year. 

During the year we built key deepwater support functions as we prepared for delivery of our four state of the art drillships over the next two years.  We entered into an attractive three year contract for the first of those drillships, which contributed to a contract backlog at year end of $3.5 billion.  That backlog is near an all-time high for Rowan, and we expect it to grow substantially in 2013 as we contract our remaining three drillships."

Rowan will conduct its earnings conference call on Thursday, February 28, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. Central Time.  Interested parties are invited to listen to the call by telephone or over the Internet.  Individuals who wish to participate on the conference call by telephone can dial (877) 869-3847, or internationally (201) 689-8261.  You should dial-in approximately five to 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time.  Alternatively, to access the online simulcast and rebroadcast of the conference call, please visit Rowan's website at www.rowancompanies.com.  You should connect to our website at least 15 minutes prior to the conference call to register, download and install any necessary software.

Rowan Companies plc is a major provider of international and domestic contract drilling services with a leading position in high-specification jack-up rigs.  The Company's fleet of 31 jack-up rigs is located worldwide, including the Middle East, the North Sea, Trinidad, Southeast Asia and the Gulf of Mexico.  Rowan will enter the ultra-deepwater market with four high-specification drillships expected to be delivered starting in late 2013.  The Company's Class A Ordinary Shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "RDC". For more information on the Company, please visit www.rowancompanies.com.

Statements herein that are not historical facts are forward looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including, without limitation, statements as to the expectations, beliefs and future expected business, financial performance and prospects of the Company.  These forward-looking statements are based on our current expectations and are subject to certain risks, assumptions, trends and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by the forward-looking statements.  Among the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include oil and natural gas prices, the level of offshore expenditures by energy companies, variations in energy demand, changes in day rates, cancellation by our customers of drilling contracts or letter agreements or letters of intent for drilling contracts or the exercise of early termination provisions, risks associated with fixed cost drilling operations, cost overruns or delays on shipyard repair or transportation of rigs, maintenance and repair costs, costs or delays for conversion or upgrade projects, operating hazards and equipment failure, risks of collision and damage, casualty losses and limitations on insurance coverage, customer credit and risk of customer bankruptcy,  conditions in the general economy and energy industry, weather conditions and severe weather in the Company's operating areas, increasing complexity and costs of compliance with environmental and other laws and regulations, changes in tax laws and interpretations by taxing authorities, civil unrest and instability, terrorism and hostilities in our areas of operations that may result in loss or seizure of assets, the outcome of disputes and legal proceedings, effects of the change in our corporate structure, and other risks disclosed in the Company's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  Each forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date hereof, and the Company expressly disclaims any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, except as required by law.

ROWAN  COMPANIES  plc

CONDENSED  CONSOLIDATED  BALANCE  SHEETS

Unaudited  (In  Millions)


















DECEMBER 31,


DECEMBER 31,



2012


2011






ASSETS









Cash and cash equivalents

$       1,024.0


$           438.9

Accounts receivable

423.8


283.6

Other current assets

81.8


71.6

Assets of discontinued operations

23.0


27.6

     Total current assets

1,552.6


821.7

Property, plant and equipment - net

6,071.7


5,678.7

Other assets

75.2


97.4

     TOTAL

$       7,699.5


$       6,597.8











LIABILITIES  AND  STOCKHOLDERS'  EQUITY









Current maturities of long-term debt

$                    -


$             45.0

Accounts payable

83.0


111.1

Other current liabilities

189.8


167.3

Liabilities of discontinued operations

21.3


25.0

     Total current liabilities

294.1


348.4

Long-term debt

2,009.6


1,089.3

Other liabilities

864.1


834.1

Stockholders' equity

4,531.7


4,326.0

     TOTAL

$       7,699.5


$       6,597.8






ROWAN  COMPANIES  plc

CONDENSED  CONSOLIDATED  STATEMENTS  OF  OPERATIONS

Unaudited  (In  Millions  Except  Per  Share  Amounts)






















THREE  MONTHS


TWELVE MONTHS




ENDED  DECEMBER  31


ENDED  DECEMBER  31




2012


2011


2012


2011











REVENUES

$       354.2


$       275.1


$   1,392.6


$       939.2











COSTS  AND  EXPENSES:









Operations

193.8


162.5


752.2


508.1


Depreciation and amortization

64.5


54.6


247.9


183.9


Selling, general and administrative

25.8


23.1


99.7


88.3


(Gain)/loss on disposals of property and equipment

0.2


(0.2)


(2.5)


(1.6)


Material charges and other expenses

9.4


4.9


40.3


11.0



Total

293.7


244.9


1,137.6


789.7

INCOME  FROM  OPERATIONS

60.5


30.2


255.0


149.5

Net interest and other income

(12.7)


(1.7)


(71.5)


(19.5)

INCOME  FROM  CONTINUING  OPERATIONS  BEFORE  INCOME  TAXES

47.8


28.5


183.5


130.0

Provision (credit) for income taxes

(22.7)


(4.6)


(19.8)


(5.7)

NET  INCOME  FROM  CONTINUING  OPERATIONS

70.5


33.1


203.3


135.7

Discontinued operations, net of tax

(16.4)


12.0


(22.7)


601.1

NET  INCOME

$         54.1


$         45.1


$       180.6


$       736.8











PER  SHARE  AMOUNTS:









Income from continuing operations

$         0.57


$         0.27


$         1.64


$         1.07


Discontinued operations, net of tax

$       (0.13)


$         0.09


$       (0.18)


$         4.76


Net income

$         0.44


$         0.36


$         1.46


$         5.83











AVERAGE  DILUTED  SHARES

124.1


124.9


123.9


126.4





























ROWAN  COMPANIES  plc

CONDENSED  CONSOLIDATED   STATEMENTS  OF  CASH  FLOWS

Unaudited  (In  Millions)










TWELVE  MONTHS


ENDED  DECEMBER  31


2012


2011

CASH  PROVIDED  BY  (USED  IN):




   Operations:




      Net income

$       180.6


$       736.8

      Adjustments  to  reconcile  net  income  to  net




      cash  provided  by  operations:




         Depreciation  and  amortization

247.9


204.9

         Deferred  income  taxes

(4.6)


(21.5)

         Gain  on  disposals  of  assets

(2.5)


(887.6)

         Other -  net

31.1


(6.1)

      Net  changes  in  current  assets  and  liabilities

(74.0)


38.5

      Net  changes  in  other  noncurrent  assets  and  liabilities

15.2


29.7

   Net  cash  provided  by  operations

393.7


94.7





   Investing  activities:




      Property,  plant  and  equipment  additions

(685.3)


(1,517.7)

      Proceeds  from  disposals  of  property,  plant  and  equipment

10.5


5.7

      Proceeds  from  sale  of  manufacturing  operations - net

-


1,555.5

      Change  in  Restricted  cash

-


15.3

   Net  cash  provided by  (used  in)  investing  activities

(674.8)


58.8





   Financing  activities:




      Proceeds from borrowings

1,102.9


-

      Repayments  of  borrowings

(238.5)


(52.2)

      Proceeds  from  equity  compensation  plans  and  other

1.8


25.1

      Payments to acquire treasury stock



(125.0)

   Net  cash  provided  by  (used  in)  financing  activities

866.2


(152.1)





INCREASE (DECREASE)  IN  CASH  AND  CASH  EQUIVALENTS

585.1


1.4

CASH  AND  CASH  EQUIVALENTS,  BEGINNING  OF  PERIOD

438.9


437.5

CASH  AND  CASH  EQUIVALENTS,  END  OF  PERIOD

$   1,024.0


$       438.9





ROWAN  COMPANIES  plc

SUPPLEMENTAL  OPERATING  INFORMATION

Unaudited




























THREE  MONTHS  ENDED


TWELVE  MONTHS  ENDED




December 31,


September 30,


December 31,


DECEMBER 31,




2012


2012


2011


2012


2011













RIG  DAYS:











Operating

2,242


2,130


1,810


8,677


6,531


Shipyard / transit / inspections

296


401


444


1,310


2,199


Stacked and other downtime

314


321


415


1,314


1,172















Total available

2,852


2,852


2,669


11,301


9,902















Utilization

79%


75%


68%


77%


66%

























AVERAGE  DAY  RATES  (in  thousands):











North Sea

$    234.9


$         250.2


$      218.6


$     237.0


$     209.3


Middle East

129.6


129.3


137.6


133.0


128.7


Gulf of Mexico

127.5


120.4


114.2


121.0


116.9


All rigs

153.5


161.5


149.9


156.3


142.1

























OPERATIONS  COSTS  AND  EXPENSES  (in  millions):











Personnel (a)

$    111.4


$         112.8


$         98.5


$  443.0


$     296.2


Repairs and maintenance

38.0


34.5


30.8


143.4


106.3


Insurance

8.0


8.6


7.5


32.7


30.3


Rig moves

7.2


6.3


8.6


30.3


21.9


Rebillables

9.9


9.8


4.1


35.8


10.8


All other

19.3


16.2


13.0


67.0


42.6















Total

$    193.8


$         188.2


$      162.5


$     752.2


$     508.1



























(a)  Includes labor, fringes, training, travel and catering costs.





SOURCE Rowan Companies plc



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