Hamilton, Bermuda, February 28, 2024 - Seadrill Limited (“Seadrill” or the "Company") (NYSE & OSE: SDRL) today reported its fourth quarter and full year 2023 results.

Quarterly highlights

  • Delivered full-year operating profit of $329 million and full-year Adjusted EBITDA(1) of $495 million, in line with guidance
  • Reported fourth quarter Adjusted EBITDA(1) of $100 million, consistent with management expectations
  • Secured market-leading contracts in both Brazil and the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, representing some of the highest dayrates achieved so far in this market cycle
  •  As of February 27, 2024, completed $342 million of share repurchases, representing 11% of its share capital, as part of its share repurchase program initiated in September 2023 and expanded in December 2023

 

Financial highlights

 

Three months ended

Figures in USD million, unless otherwise indicated

December 31, 2023

September 30, 2023

Total Operating Revenues

                                408      

                                414      

Contract Revenues

                                315      

                                324      

Operating Profit

                                  52      

                                117      

Adjusted EBITDA (1)

                                100      

                                151      

Adjusted EBITDA Margin (1)

24.5  %

36.5  %

Diluted Earnings Per Share ($)

                               0.95      

                               1.10      

 

"We continued to simplify and strengthen our business through 2023, achieving scale through the Aquadrill acquisition and delivering operational and financial results that allowed us to make meaningful returns to shareholders through our repurchase program," remarked President and Chief Executive Officer, Simon Johnson. 

 "We have long anticipated 2024 will be a year of transition. We have planned and prepared for a busy inventory of shipyard stays and accompanying capital expenditure. We continue to act proactively to manage and mitigate our exposure to contracting gaps and cost inflation when these appear. Though 2024 will certainly have some challenges, our optimism about the medium- and longer-term outlook for the offshore deepwater drilling industry and our competitive positioning within it remains positive and unchanged."

 

Financial and operational results

For the fourth quarter 2023, Seadrill recognized $408 million in total operating revenues. The Company generated $315 million in contract revenues, compared to $324 million the prior quarter, operating an average of 12 rigs at an economic utilization of 92.4%. These figures exclude the three drillships (West GeminiSonangol Quenguela, and Sonangol Libongos) the Company manages through Sonadrill, its 50:50 joint venture with Sonangol E.P., which generated an additional $73 million in management contract revenues. The Company earned an additional $20 million in reimbursable and other revenues, which includes bareboat charter income from Gulfdrill, a 50:50 joint venture between Seadrill and Gulf Drilling International. Operating expenses increased sequentially to $356 million from $304 million the prior quarter. The increase was primarily attributable to a change in provisions, repair and maintenance projects, severance, and personnel costs. Adjusted EBITDA(1) was $100 million, a $51 million decrease from the prior quarter. 

 Net cash provided by operating activities was $140 million for the fourth quarter, a $28 million, or 25%, sequential improvement compared to the third quarter. Capital expenditures totaled $90 million in the fourth quarter, compared to $61 million in the third quarter, and consisted of long-term maintenance costs of $42 million, included in operating cash flows, and $48 million of capital upgrades, related to contract preparation and incremental equipment spend. Resulting Free Cash Flow(1) for the fourth quarter was $92 million.

 Full-year total operating revenues were approximately $1.5 billion, a 48% increase from $1.0 billion the prior year. Full-year operating profit was $329 million and full-year Adjusted EBITDA(1) was $495 million, or 33.0% of revenues, in line with guidance. The results reflect three quarters of earnings from rigs acquired through the Company’s Aquadrill transaction, which closed in April 2023.

 

Share repurchases

During the fourth quarter, Seadrill completed its initial $250 million buyback program, which started on September 12, 2023, and commenced an incremental $250 million program, on December 14, 2023. As of February 27, 2024, Seadrill had repurchased a total of eight million shares, equating to 11% of its share capital, at an average price of $43.36 per share for a total of $342 million in shareholder returns.

 

Balance sheet

As of December 31, 2023, Seadrill had gross principal debt of $625 million, consisting of $575 million in aggregate principal amount of 8.375% senior secured second lien notes due 2030 and $50 million in senior unsecured convertible notes, and $728 million in cash and cash equivalents, including $31 million in restricted cash. The Company maintains an additional $225 million in available borrowings under its undrawn senior secured revolving credit facility.

 

Operational and commercial activity

As of February 28, 2024 Seadrill's Order Backlog(2) stood at approximately $2.9 billion, including approximately $1.1 billion in contract additions and adjustments since November 27, 2023. The Company previously announced notable contracts in Brazil and the U.S. Gulf of Mexico that represent some of the highest dayrates for those regions during this market cycle.

 

  • In December 2023, Seadrill announced it had secured $1.1 billion in Brazil contracts, following a competitive bidding process. Petrobras awarded 1,064-day fixed-term contracts to both the West Auriga and the West Polaris, representing approximately $577 million and $518 million in respective contract value, inclusive of additional services and mobilization fees. The Company expects the contracts to commence in the fourth quarter of 2024, after which Seadrill will be operating six drillships offshore Brazil.
  • In January 2024, Seadrill announced Talos Production Inc. had awarded the West Vela a contract in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico with an estimated duration of 150 days and a total contract value of approximately $74 million, excluding managed pressure drilling (MPD) services. The Company expects the contract to commence following the completion of the rig’s existing firm-term contracts with other independent operators in the region.

 

Prior to beginning their new contracts, all three of these rigs will transition from existing third-party managers to Seadrill, allowing the Company to capture intended cost savings from its Aquadrill acquisition.

 The Company today provided an updated fleet status report on its website, www.seadrill.com/investors.

 

Conference call information

Seadrill will host a conference call to discuss its results on Thursday, February 29, 2024 at 09:00 CST / 16:00 CET. Interested participants may join the call by dialing +1 (888) 660-6819 (Passcode: 7310670) at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time. The Company will also webcast the call live on its website, www.seadrill.com/investors, where a replay and prepared remarks, which  includes guidance for fiscal year 2024 and a reconciliation of any non-GAAP financial metrics in such guidance, will be available afterwards.

 

(1)Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA Margin and Free Cash Flow are non-GAAP measures. The appendices to this press release include definitions of these non-GAAP measures and reconciliations to the most comparable GAAP measure.

(2) Order Backlog includes all firm contracts at the contractual operating dayrate multiplied by the number of days remaining in the firm contract period. It includes management contract revenues and lease revenues from bareboat charter arrangements and excludes revenues for mobilization, demobilization, contract preparation, and other incentive provisions and backlog relating to non-consolidated entities.

 

Seadrill contact information

Lydia Brantley Mabry

Director of Investor Relations

T: +1 (832) 252-7064

E: lydia.mabry@seadrill.com

 

About Seadrill

Seadrill is a leading offshore drilling contractor utilizing advanced technology to unlock oil and gas resources for clients across harsh and benign locations around the globe. Seadrill’s high-quality, technologically-advanced fleet spans all asset classes allowing its experienced crews to conduct operations across geographies, from shallow to ultra-deepwater environments.

 

Forward-looking statements

This news release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act and Section 21E of the Exchange Act. All statements other than statements of historical facts included in this communication, including those regarding the Company’s outlook and guidance, plans, strategies, business prospects, rig activity, share repurchases, changes and trends in its business and the markets in which it operates are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements can often, but not necessarily, be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology, including the terms "assumes", "projects", "forecasts", "estimates", "expects", "anticipates", "believes", "plans", "intends", "may", "might", "will", "would", "can", "could", "should" or, in each case, their negative, or other variations or comparable terminology. These statements are based on management’s current plans, expectations, assumptions and beliefs concerning future events impacting the Company and therefore involve a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this news release. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to offshore drilling market conditions including supply and demand, day rates, customer drilling programs and effects of new rigs on the market, contract awards and rig mobilizations, contract backlog, dry-docking and other costs of maintenance of the drilling rigs in the Company’s fleet, the cost and timing of shipyard and other capital projects, the performance of the drilling rigs in the Company’s fleet, delay in payment or disputes with customers, Seadrill's ability to successfully employ its drilling units, procure or have access to financing, ability to comply with loan covenants, liquidity and adequacy of cash flow from operations, fluctuations in the international price of oil, international financial market conditions, inflation, changes in governmental regulations that affect the Company or the operations of the Company’s fleet, increased competition in the offshore drilling industry, the impact of global economic conditions and global health threats, pandemics and epidemics, our ability to maintain relationships with suppliers, customers, employees and other third parties and our ability to maintain adequate financing to support our business plans, our ability to successfully complete any acquisitions, divestitures and mergers, our liquidity and the adequacy of cash flows for our obligations, our liquidity and the adequacy of cash flows for our obligations, our ability to satisfy the continued listing requirements of the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) and the Oslo Stock Exchange (“OSE”), or other exchanges where our common shares may be listed, or to cure any continued listing standard deficiency with respect thereto, the cancellation of drilling contracts currently included in reported contract backlog, losses on impairment of long-lived fixed assets, shipyard, construction and other delays, the results of meetings of our shareholders, political and other uncertainties, including those related to the conflict in Ukraine, the effect and results of litigation, regulatory matters, settlements, audit, assessments and contingencies, including any litigation related to the Merger of the Company (“Merger”) with Aquadrill LLC (“Aquadrill”), our ability to successfully integrate with Aquadrill following the Merger, the concentration of our revenues in certain geographical jurisdictions, limitations on insurance coverage, our ability to attract and retain skilled personnel on commercially reasonable terms, the level of expected capital expenditures, our expected financing of such capital expenditures, and the timing and cost of completion of capital projects, fluctuations in interest rates or exchange rates and currency devaluations relating to foreign or U.S. monetary policy, tax matters, changes in tax laws, treaties and regulations, tax assessments and liabilities for tax issues, legal and regulatory matters in the jurisdictions in which we operate, customs and environmental matters, the potential impacts on our business resulting from decarbonization and emissions legislation and regulations, the impact on our business from climate-change generally, the occurrence of cybersecurity incidents, attacks or other breaches to our information technology systems, including our rig operating systems and other important factors described from time to time in the reports filed or furnished by us with the SEC . Consequently, no forward-looking statement can be guaranteed. When considering these forward-looking statements, you should also keep in mind the risks described from time to time in the Company’s filings with the SEC, including its Annual Report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2022, filed with the SEC on April 19, 2023 (File No. 001-39327), and subsequent reports on Form 6-K.

The Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which such statement is made or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. New factors emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for us to predict all of these factors. Further, the Company cannot assess the impact of each such factors on its business or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause actual results to be materially different from those contained in any forward-looking statement.

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