HOUSTON, June 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Deep Down, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: DPDW) ("DEEP DOWN") is an oilfield services company specializing in complex deepwater and ultra-deepwater oil production distribution system support services.
In response to recent investor inquires, our company today commented that the recently announced 180-day moratorium on exploration drilling in water depths in excess of 500 feet in the Gulf of Mexico (the "Drilling Moratorium") has had no material negative impact on our current operations. However, we have seen an increase in activity in our operations related to cleanup and subsea monitoring in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.
Additionally, we do not envision that the Drilling Moratorium will have a material impact on the operations of Cuming Corporation. On May 3, 2010, we announced that we had entered into a conditional purchase agreement to acquire Cuming Corporation. Consummation of the transaction remains subject to several conditions which include, among other things, obtaining adequate external financing to fund the approximately $34 million cash component of the purchase price.
Cuming Corporation, which primarily provides buoyancy products for drilling riser systems, had a backlog and signed letters of intent (LOI) of $138 million and $32 million, respectively at March 31, 2010. Recently, the $32 million of LOI's for international projects have become backlog in the form of signed contracts. Over 80% of the Cuming backlog involves drilling vessels that are either contracted for or seeking contracts to work on projects outside the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. Both Deep Down and Cuming continue to bid on deepwater buoyancy product business. We expect that the demand for such products is and will continue to be driven by deepwater exploration and production activity occurring outside the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.
"The impact beyond 2010 of the Drilling Moratorium on our customers' exploration, development and production activities in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico remains unclear, but we continue to monitor and remain actively involved with our customers during this difficult time for our industry. We will continue to support our customers' ongoing operations in the Gulf of Mexico and around the world," stated Ron Smith, Deep Down, Inc. Chief Executive Officer, "and we will continue to provide solutions to meet our customers' needs, for which Deep Down is well known."
About Deep Down, Inc.
Deep Down, Inc. is an oilfield services company serving the worldwide offshore exploration and production industry. Deep Down's proven services and technological solutions include distribution system installation support and engineering services, umbilical terminations, loose-tube steel flying leads, distributed and drill riser buoyancy, ROVs and tooling, marine vessel automation, control, and ballast systems. Deep Down supports subsea engineering, installation, commissioning, and maintenance projects through specialized, highly experienced service teams and engineered technological solutions. The company's primary focus is on more complex deepwater and ultra-deepwater oil production distribution system support services and technologies, used between the platform and the wellhead. More information about Deep Down is available at www.deepdowncorp.com.
Information set forth in this document contain "forward-looking statements" (as defined in Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended), which reflect Deep Down's expectations regarding future events. The forward-looking statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements about the benefits of the business combination transaction involving Deep Down and Cuming, including future financial and operating results, whether and when the transactions will be consummated, the new combined company's plans, market and other expectations, objectives, intentions and other statements that are not historical facts.
The following additional factors, among others, could cause actual results to differ from those set forth in the forward-looking statements: the ability to obtain financing and approvals for the transaction; the risk that any synergies from the transaction may not be realized or may take longer to realize than expected; disruption from the transaction making it more difficult to maintain relationships with customers, employees or suppliers; the ability to successfully integrate the businesses, unexpected costs or unexpected liabilities that may arise from the transaction, whether or not consummated; the inability to retain key personnel; continuation or deterioration of current market conditions; future regulatory or legislative actions that could adversely affect the companies; and the business plans of the customers of the respective parties. Additional factors that may affect future results are contained in Deep Down's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), which are available at the SEC's web site http://www.sec.gov. Deep Down disclaims any obligation to update and revise statements contained in these materials based on new information or otherwise.
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