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Transocean Ltd. Reports First Quarter 2023 Results

May 1, 2023
  • Total contract drilling revenues were $649 million, compared to $606 million in the fourth quarter of 2022 (total adjusted contract drilling revenues of $667 million, compared to $625 million in the fourth quarter of 2022);
  • Revenue efficiency(1) was 97.8%, compared to 98.0% in the prior quarter;
  • Operating and maintenance expense was $409 million, compared to $423 million in the prior period;
  • Net loss attributable to controlling interest was $465 million, $0.64 per diluted share, compared to $350 million, $0.48 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2022;
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $217 million, compared to $140 million in the prior quarter; and
  • Contract backlog was $8.6 billion as of the April 2023 Fleet Status Report.

STEINHAUSEN, Switzerland, May 01, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Transocean Ltd. (NYSE: RIG) today reported a net loss attributable to controlling interest of $465 million, $0.64 per diluted share, for the three months ended March 31, 2023.

First quarter results included net unfavorable items of $190 million, or $0.26 per diluted share as follows:

  • $169 million, $0.23 per diluted share, loss on disposal of assets; and
  • $32 million, $0.04 per diluted share, loss on retirement of debt.

These unfavorable items were partially offset by:

  • $11 million, $0.01 per diluted share, discrete tax items.

After consideration of these net unfavorable items, first quarter 2023 adjusted net loss was $275 million, $0.38 per diluted share.

Contract drilling revenues for the three months ended March 31, 2023, increased sequentially by $43 million to $649 million, primarily due to increased activity for rigs that returned to work after being idle in the fourth quarter and increased dayrate for two rigs, partially offset by two fewer calendar days in the first quarter.

Contract intangible amortization represented a non-cash revenue reduction of $18 million. This compares with $19 million in the prior period.

Operating and maintenance expense was $409 million, compared with $423 million in the prior quarter. The sequential decrease was primarily due to lower in-service maintenance costs across our fleet.

General and administrative expense was $45 million, down from $55 million in the fourth quarter of 2022. The decrease was primarily due to legal, professional fees and advisory fees.

Interest expense, net of amounts capitalized, was $249 million, compared with $263 million in the prior quarter. Interest expense included a non-cash loss of $133 million, compared with $157 million in the prior quarter, associated with the fair value adjustment of the bifurcated exchange feature embedded in our exchangeable bonds issued in September of 2022. Interest income was $19 million, compared with $12 million in the previous quarter.

The Effective Tax Rate(2) was (12.3)%, down from (11.0)% in the prior quarter. The decrease was primarily due to the recording of deferred taxes related to rig operations and releases of uncertain tax positions in the fourth quarter of 2022. The Effective Tax Rate excluding discrete items was (29.0)% compared to (12.6)% in the previous quarter.

Net cash flows used in operating activities were $47 million, compared to net cash provided by operating activities of $178 million in the prior quarter. The first quarter net cash used in operating activities increased sequentially primarily due to reduced collections from customers, increased payments to employees and the timing of interest payments.

First quarter 2023 capital expenditures of $81 million, compared to $409 million in the prior quarter, were primarily related to the cash component of the final milestone payment for the delivery of Deepwater Titan in December 2022.

“The Transocean team delivered an outstanding quarter of safe, reliable and efficient operations, with an adjusted EBITDA margin of 33% on adjusted revenues of $667 million.” said Chief Executive Officer, Jeremy Thigpen. “The strong performance is the result of excellent revenue efficiency of nearly 98 percent and exemplifies our commitment to operational excellence.”

Thigpen continued, “Additionally, the contracts we secured during the quarter, which were predominantly for our harsh environment fleet, complement the wave of ultra-deepwater fixtures we announced over the last several quarters, providing further evidence of a broad, sustained upcycle.”

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

We present our operating results in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the U.S. (“U.S. GAAP”). We believe certain financial measures, such as Adjusted Contract Drilling Revenues, EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Net Income, which are non-GAAP measures, provide users of our financial statements with supplemental information that may be useful in evaluating our operating performance. We believe that such non-GAAP measures, when read in conjunction with our operating results presented under U.S. GAAP, can be used to better assess our performance from period to period and relative to performance of other companies in our industry, without regard to financing methods, historical cost basis or capital structure. Such non-GAAP measures should be considered as a supplement to, and not as a substitute for, financial measures prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP.

All non-GAAP measure reconciliations to the most comparative U.S. GAAP measures are displayed in quantitative schedules on the company’s website at: www.deepwater.com.

About Transocean

Transocean is a leading international provider of offshore contract drilling services for oil and gas wells. The company specializes in technically demanding sectors of the global offshore drilling business with a particular focus on ultra-deepwater and harsh environment drilling services, and operates the highest specification floating offshore drilling fleet in the world.

Transocean owns or has partial ownership interests in and operates a fleet of 37 mobile offshore drilling units, consisting of 27 ultra-deepwater floaters and 10 harsh environment floaters. In addition, Transocean is constructing one ultra-deepwater drillship and holds a noncontrolling ownership interest in a company that is constructing one ultra-deepwater drillship.

For more information about Transocean, please visit: www.deepwater.com.

Conference Call Information

Transocean will conduct a teleconference starting at 9 a.m. EDT, 3 p.m. CEST, on Tuesday, May 2, 2023, to discuss the results. To participate, dial +1 785-424-1634 and refer to conference code 761543 approximately 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time.

The teleconference will be simulcast in a listen-only mode at: www.deepwater.com, by selecting Investors, News, and Webcasts. Supplemental materials that may be referenced during the teleconference will be available at: www.deepwater.com, by selecting Investors, Financial Reports.

A replay of the conference call will be available after 12 p.m. EDT, 6 p.m. CEST, on Tuesday, May 2, 2023. The replay, which will be archived for approximately 30 days, can be accessed at +1 402-220-4940, passcode 761543. The replay will also be available on the company’s website.

Forward-Looking Statements

The statements described herein that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These statements could contain words such as \"possible,\" \"intend,\" \"will,\" \"if,\" \"expect,\" or other similar expressions. Forward-looking statements are based on management’s current expectations and assumptions, and are subject to inherent uncertainties, risks and changes in circumstances that are difficult to predict. As a result, actual results could differ materially from those indicated in these forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include, but are not limited to, estimated duration of customer contracts, contract dayrate amounts, future contract commencement dates and locations, planned shipyard projects and other out-of-service time, sales of drilling units, timing of the company’s newbuild deliveries, operating hazards and delays, risks associated with international operations, actions by customers and other third parties, the fluctuation of current and future prices of oil and gas, the global and regional supply and demand for oil and gas, the intention to scrap certain drilling rigs, the success of our business following prior acquisitions, the effects of the spread of and mitigation efforts by governments, businesses and individuals related to contagious illnesses, such as COVID-19, and other factors, including those and other risks discussed in the company's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2022, and in the company's other filings with the SEC, which are available free of charge on the SEC's website at: www.sec.gov. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize (or the other consequences of such a development worsen), or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those indicated or expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. All subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements attributable to the company or to persons acting on our behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by reference to these risks and uncertainties. You should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Each forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date of the particular statement, and we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that occur, or which we become aware of, after the date hereof, except as otherwise may be required by law. All non-GAAP financial measure reconciliations to the most comparative GAAP measure are displayed in quantitative schedules on the company’s website at: www.deepwater.com.

This press release, or referenced documents, do not constitute an offer to sell, or a solicitation of an offer to buy, any securities, and do not constitute an offering prospectus within the meaning of the Swiss Financial Services Act (“FinSA”) or advertising within the meaning of the FinSA. Investors must rely on their own evaluation of Transocean and its securities, including the merits and risks involved. Nothing contained herein is, or shall be relied on as, a promise or representation as to the future performance of Transocean.

Notes

(1) Revenue efficiency is defined as actual operating revenues, excluding revenues for contract terminations and reimbursements, for the measurement period divided by the maximum revenue calculated for the measurement period, expressed as a percentage. Maximum revenue is defined as the greatest amount of contract drilling revenues the drilling unit could earn for the measurement period, excluding revenues for incentive provisions, reimbursements and contract terminations. See the accompanying schedule entitled “Revenue Efficiency.”

(2) Effective Tax Rate is defined as income tax expense or benefit divided by income or loss before income taxes. See the accompanying schedule entitled “Supplemental Effective Tax Rate Analysis.”

Analyst Contact:
Alison Johnson
+1 713-232-7214

Media Contact:
Pam Easton
+1 713-232-7647

TRANSOCEAN LTD. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(In millions, except per share data)
(Unaudited)


  Three months ended
  March 31
  2023     2022
           
Contract drilling revenues $ 649     $ 586  
           
Costs and expenses          
Operating and maintenance   409       412  
Depreciation and amortization   182       183  
General and administrative   45       42  
    636       637  
           
Gain (loss) on disposal of assets, net   (170 )     1  
Operating loss   (157 )     (50 )
           
Other income (expense), net          
Interest income   19       2  
Interest expense, net of amounts capitalized   (249 )     (102 )
Loss on retirement of debt   (32 )      
Other, net   5       1  
    (257 )     (99 )
Loss before income tax expense   (414 )     (149 )
Income tax expense   51       26  
           
Net loss   (465 )     (175 )
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest          
Net loss attributable to controlling interest $ (465 )   $ (175 )
           
Loss per share, basic and diluted $ (0.64 )   $ (0.26 )
Weighted-average shares, basic and diluted   728       664  
               


TRANSOCEAN LTD. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In millions, except share data)
(Unaudited)


  March 31   December 31
  2023     2022
           
Assets          
Cash and cash equivalents $ 747     $ 683  
Accounts receivable, net of allowance of $2 at March 31, 2023 and December 31, 2022   499       485  
Materials and supplies, net of allowance of $201 and $199 at March 31, 2023 and December 31, 2022, respectively   390       388  
Restricted cash and cash equivalents   208       308  
Other current assets   187       144  
Total current assets   2,031       2,008  
           
Property and equipment   23,996       24,217  
Less accumulated depreciation   (6,876 )     (6,748 )
Property and equipment, net   17,120       17,469  
Contract intangible assets   38       56  
Deferred tax assets, net   17       13  
Other assets   988       890  
Total assets $ 20,194     $ 20,436  
           
Liabilities and equity          
Accounts payable $ 246     $ 281  
Accrued income taxes   28       19  
Debt due within one year   283       719  
Other current liabilities   496       539  
Total current liabilities   1,053       1,558  
           
Long-term debt   7,342       6,628  
Deferred tax liabilities, net   533       493  
Other long-term liabilities   941       965  
Total long-term liabilities   8,816       8,086  
           
Commitments and contingencies          
           
Shares, CHF 0.10 par value, 905,094,091 authorized, 142,362,093 conditionally authorized, 797,245,335 issued and 731,847,899 outstanding at March 31, 2023, and 905,093,509 authorized, 142,362,675 conditionally authorized, 797,244,753 issued and 721,888,427 outstanding at December 31, 2022   72       71  
Additional paid-in capital   13,992       13,984  
Accumulated deficit   (3,544 )     (3,079 )
Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (196 )     (185 )
Total controlling interest shareholders’ equity   10,324       10,791  
Noncontrolling interest   1       1  
Total equity   10,325       10,792  
Total liabilities and equity $ 20,194     $ 20,436  


 
TRANSOCEAN LTD. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(In millions)
(Unaudited)


  Three months ended
  March 31
  2023      2022
Cash flows from operating activities          
Net loss $ (465 )   $ (175 )
Adjustments to reconcile to net cash provided by operating activities:          
Contract intangible asset amortization   18       29  
Depreciation and amortization   182       183  
Share-based compensation expense   9       7  
(Gain) loss on disposal of assets, net   170       (1 )
Fair value adjustment to bifurcated compound exchange feature   133        
Loss on retirement of debt   32        
Deferred income tax expense   36       23  
Other, net   27       21  
Changes in deferred revenues, net   6       (11 )
Changes in deferred costs, net   (24 )     (4 )
Changes in other operating assets and liabilities, net   (171 )     (73 )
Net cash used in operating activities   (47 )     (1 )
           
Cash flows from investing activities          
Capital expenditures   (81 )     (106 )
Investments in equity of unconsolidated affiliates   (10 )     (15 )
Proceeds from disposal of assets, net   1       1  
Net cash used in investing activities   (90 )     (120 )
           
Cash flows from financing activities          
Repayments of debt   (1,564 )     (165 )
Proceeds from issuance of debt, net of issue costs   1,665        
Proceeds from issuance of shares, net of issue costs         103  
Other, net         (3 )
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities   101       (65 )
           
Net decrease in unrestricted and restricted cash and cash equivalents   (36 )     (186 )
Unrestricted and restricted cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period   991       1,412  
Unrestricted and restricted cash and cash equivalents, end of period $ 955     $ 1,226  


                       
TRANSOCEAN LTD. AND SUBSIDIARIES
FLEET OPERATING STATISTICS
                       
  Three months ended
  March 31   December 31   March 31
Contract Drilling Revenues (in millions) 2023    2022    2022
Contract drilling revenues                      
Ultra-deepwater floaters $ 484     $ 434     $ 390  
Harsh environment floaters   165       172       196  
Total contract drilling revenues $ 649     $ 606     $ 586  


  Three months ended
  March 31   December 31   March 31
Average Daily Revenue (1) 2023    2022    2022
Ultra-deepwater floaters $ 360,000     $ 344,800     $ 305,600  
Harsh environment floaters   376,000       357,900       399,100  
Total fleet average daily revenue $ 364,100     $ 348,600     $ 334,500  


  Three months ended
  March 31    December 31    March 31
Utilization (2) 2023   2022   2022
Ultra-deepwater floaters 52.5 %   47.9 %   49.8 %
Harsh environment floaters 50.1 %   53.5 %   60.3 %
Total fleet average rig utilization 51.9 %   49.4 %   52.7 %


  Three months ended
  March 31   December 31   March 31
Revenue Efficiency (3) 2023   2022   2022
Ultra-deepwater floaters 97.4 %   97.8 %   94.9 %
Harsh environment floaters 98.7 %   98.4 %   95.0 %
Total fleet average revenue efficiency 97.8 %   98.0 %   94.9 %
                 

(1) Average daily revenue is defined as operating revenues, excluding revenues for contract terminations, reimbursements and contract intangible amortization, earned per operating day. An operating day is defined as a day for which a rig is contracted to earn a dayrate during the firm contract period after operations commence.

(2) Rig utilization is defined as the total number of operating days divided by the total number of rig calendar days in the measurement period, expressed as a percentage.

(3) Revenue efficiency is defined as actual operating revenues, excluding revenues for contract terminations and reimbursements, for the measurement period divided by the maximum revenue calculated for the measurement period, expressed as a percentage. Maximum revenue is defined as the greatest amount of contract drilling revenues the drilling unit could earn for the measurement period, excluding revenues for incentive provisions, reimbursements and contract terminations.

TRANSOCEAN LTD. AND SUBSIDIARIES
NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES AND RECONCILIATIONS
ADJUSTED NET INCOME (LOSS) AND ADJUSTED DILUTED EARNINGS (LOSS) PER SHARE
(in millions, except per share data)
     
  YTD
  03/31/23
Adjusted Net Loss    
Net loss attributable to controlling interest, as reported $ (465 )
Loss on disposal of assets, net   169  
Loss on retirement of debt   32  
Discrete tax items   (11 )
Net loss, as adjusted $ (275 )
     
Adjusted Diluted Loss Per Share:    
Diluted loss per share, as reported $ (0.64 )
Loss on disposal of assets, net   0.23  
Loss on retirement of debt   0.04  
Discrete tax items   (0.01 )
Diluted loss per share, as adjusted $ (0.38 )


  YTD   QTD   YTD   QTD   YTD   QTD   YTD
  12/31/22     12/31/22    09/30/22     09/30/22    06/30/22    06/30/22    03/31/22
Adjusted Net Loss                                        
Net loss attributable to controlling interest, as reported $ (621 )   $ (350 )   $ (271 )   $ (28 )   $ (243 )   $ (68 )   $ (175 )
Gain on retirement of debt   (8 )     (1 )     (7 )     (7 )                  
Discrete tax items   (19 )     (5 )     (14 )     (6 )     (8 )           (8 )
Net loss, as adjusted $ (648 )   $ (356 )   $ (292 )   $ (41 )   $ (251 )   $ (68 )   $ (183 )
                                         
Adjusted Diluted Loss Per Share:                                        
Diluted loss per share, as reported $ (0.89 )   $ (0.48 )   $ (0.39 )   $ (0.04 )   $ (0.36 )   $ (0.10 )   $ (0.26 )
Gain on retirement of debt   (0.01 )           (0.01 )     (0.01 )                  
Discrete tax items   (0.03 )     (0.01 )     (0.02 )     (0.01 )     (0.01 )           (0.02 )
Diluted loss per share, as adjusted $ (0.93 )   $ (0.49 )   $ (0.42 )   $ (0.06 )   $ (0.37 )   $ (0.10 )   $ (0.28 )
                                                       


TRANSOCEAN LTD. AND SUBSIDIARIES
NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES AND RECONCILIATIONS
ADJUSTED CONTRACT DRILLING REVENUES
EARNINGS BEFORE INTEREST, TAXES, DEPRECIATION AND AMORTIZATION AND RELATED MARGINS
(in millions, except percentages)
     
  YTD
  03/31/23
     
Contract drilling revenues $ 649  
Contract intangible asset amortization   18  
Adjusted Contract Drilling Revenues $ 667  
     
Net loss $ (465 )
Interest expense, net of interest income   230  
Income tax expense   51  
Depreciation and amortization   182  
Contract intangible asset amortization   18  
EBITDA   16  
     
Loss on disposal of assets, net   169  
Loss on retirement of debt   32  
Adjusted EBITDA $ 217  
     
     
Loss margin   (71.6 )%
EBITDA margin   2.4 %
Adjusted EBITDA margin   32.5 %


  YTD   QTD   YTD   QTD   YTD   QTD   YTD
  12/31/22   12/31/22   09/30/22   09/30/22   06/30/22   06/30/22   03/31/22
                                         
Contract drilling revenues $ 2,575     $ 606     $ 1,969     $ 691     $ 1,278     $ 692     $ 586  
Contract intangible asset amortization   117       19       98       39       59       30       29  
Adjusted Contract Drilling Revenues $ 2,692     $ 625     $ 2,067     $ 730     $ 1,337     $ 722     $ 615  
                                         
Net loss $ (621 )   $ (350 )   $ (271 )   $ (28 )   $ (243 )   $ (68 )   $ (175 )
Interest expense, net of interest income   534       251       283       87       196       96       100  
Income tax expense (benefit)   59       35       24       (5 )     29       3       26  
Depreciation and amortization   735       186       549       182       367       184       183  
Contract intangible asset amortization   117       19       98       39       59       30       29  
EBITDA   824       141       683       275       408       245       163  
                                         
Gain on retirement of debt   (8 )     (1 )     (7 )     (7 )                  
Adjusted EBITDA $ 816     $ 140     $ 676     $ 268     $ 408     $ 245     $ 163  
                                         
                                         
Loss margin   (24.1 )%     (57.8 )%     (13.8 )%     (4.1 )%     (19.0 )%     (9.8 )%     (29.9 )%
EBITDA margin   30.6 %     22.7 %     33.0 %     37.6 %     30.5 %     33.9 %     26.5 %
Adjusted EBITDA margin   30.3 %     22.4 %     32.7 %     36.7 %     30.5 %     33.9 %     26.5 %
                                         


TRANSOCEAN LTD. AND SUBSIDIARIES
SUPPLEMENTAL EFFECTIVE TAX RATE ANALYSIS
(in millions, except tax rates)
                 
  Three months ended
  March 31      December 31,      March 31
  2023      2022      2022
                 
Loss before income taxes $ (414 )   $ (315 )   $ (149 )
Loss on disposal of assets, net   169              
(Gain) loss on retirement of debt   32       (1 )      
Adjusted loss before income taxes $ (213 )   $ (316 )   $ (149 )
                 
                 
Income tax expense $ 51     $ 35     $ 26  
Loss on disposal of assets, net                
(Gain) loss on retirement of debt                
Changes in estimates (1)   11       5       8  
Adjusted income tax expense $ 62     $ 40     $ 34  
                 
Effective Tax Rate (2)   (12.3 )%     (11.0 )%     (17.6 )%
                 
Effective Tax Rate, excluding discrete items (3)   (29.0 )%     (12.6 )%     (22.8 )%
                 

(1) Our estimates change as we file tax returns, settle disputes with tax authorities, or become aware of changes in laws and other events that have an effect on our (a) deferred taxes, (b) valuation allowances on deferred taxes and (c) other tax liabilities.

(2) Our effective tax rate is calculated as income tax expense or benefit divided by income or loss before income taxes.  

(3) Our effective tax rate, excluding discrete items, is calculated as income tax expense or benefit, excluding various discrete items (such as changes in estimates and tax on items excluded from income before income taxes), divided by income or loss before income taxes, excluding gains and losses on sales and similar items pursuant to the accounting standards for income taxes related to estimating the annual effective tax rate.


Transocean Ltd.