Seadrill Announces Second Quarter 2023 Results and $250 Million Share Repurchase Authorization
- Delivered $159 million of Adjusted EBITDA(1) on $414 million of revenue, resulting in an Adjusted EBITDA Margin(1) of 38.4%, and net income of $94 million, or $1.16 per diluted share
- Closed Aquadrill transaction on April 3, increasing contracted floater count for the quarter by four to 12
- After the quarter, successfully issued $575 million of 8.375% senior secured second lien notes due 2030 and executed a new $225 million revolving credit facility with an accordion feature of up to $100 million
- On July 28, completed the sale of three tender-assist units for approximately $85 million, as the Company focuses on deepwater
- Initiated shareholder return program with share repurchase authorization of up to $250 million
Hamilton, Bermuda, August 15, 2023 - Seadrill Limited (“Seadrill” or the "Company") (NYSE & OSE: SDRL) today reported strong second quarter 2023 results, which reflect a full quarter’s contribution from contracted rigs acquired as part of the Aquadrill transaction, completed on April 3, 2023. Seadrill now owns 12 benign deepwater floaters, beyond the two it manages as part of a 50:50 joint venture with Sonangol; three harsh-environment rigs; and four jackups, three of which it plans to sell consistent with ongoing fleet refinement.
|Financial Highlights||Three months ended|
|Figures in USD million, unless otherwise indicated||June 30, 2023||March 31, 2023|
|Total Operating Revenues||414||266|
|Adjusted EBITDA Margin||38.4%||32.0%|
|Diluted Earnings Per Share ($)||1.16||0.83|
"We delivered strong results this quarter, and the full year continues to be in line with previous guidance. This quarter, we executed decisively on strategic initiatives that simplify and strengthen our organization,” stated President and Chief Executive Officer, Simon Johnson. “We established greater scale with the closing of the Aquadrill acquisition. We continued to refine our fleet through value-accretive asset divestitures, completing the sale of three tender-assist units at attractive valuations and announcing intentions to sell our jackup fleet in Qatar. We also strengthened our financial position, refinancing our secured debt at competitive rates to reduce our cost of capital and improve our strategic flexibility.”
Johnson further explained, "We remain committed to prioritizing a conservative capital structure, a refined fleet, and a disciplined, value- accretive approach to growth. Our new repurchase authorization will allow us to evaluate opportunities to return capital to shareholders when available and prudent, driving further value creation.”
Financial and Operational Results
Seadrill generated $414 million in total operating revenues, a sequential increase of $148 million, or 56%. During the quarter, Seadrill operated an average of 13 rigs(2) that contribute to contract revenues at an average day rate of $276 thousand and economic utilization of 93%, compared to an average of nine rigs in the first quarter. This translated into contract revenues of $329 million, an increase of $143 million, or 77%, from the prior quarter, primarily due to a greater number of total operating days reflecting contracted Aquadrill rigs now included in Seadrill's results. In addition, the Company generated $66 million in management contract revenues, largely related to the rigs the Company manages under its 50:50 joint venture with Sonangol, and $19 million in reimbursable and other revenues.
Seadrill incurred $308 million in operating expenses, an increase of $89 million, or 41%, from the previous quarter, primarily due to higher vessel and rig operating expense consistent with the growth in the Company’s fleet size. One-time merger and integration-related expenses of $16 million also contributed to the increase.
Adjusted EBITDA nearly doubled from $85 million in the prior quarter to $159 million, or 38.4% of Adjusted EBITDA Margin.
Net cash provided by operating activities totaled $20 million, compared to $15 million in the prior quarter. Adverse working capital movements negatively impacted operating cash flows. Long-term maintenance costs of $23 million, included within operating activities, and $14 million of capital upgrades resulted in total capital expenditures of $37 million, as the Company supported a larger fleet of contracted rigs.
Share Repurchase Authorization
Seadrill’s Board of Directors has authorized a share repurchase program that allows the Company to repurchase up to $250 million of its outstanding common shares. The $250 million authorization does not have a fixed expiration, and may be modified, suspended, or discontinued at any time. The Company is under no obligation to purchase any shares under the program. Shares may be repurchased at any time and from time to time under the program in open market purchases, privately negotiated purchases, block trades, tender offers, accelerated share repurchase transactions or other derivative transactions, through the purchase of call options or the sale of put options, or otherwise, or by any combination of the foregoing. The manner, timing, pricing and amount of any repurchases will be subject to the discretion of the Company and may be based upon a number of factors, including market conditions, the Company’s financial position and capital requirements, financial conditions, competing uses for cash, the restrictions in the Company’s credit agreements and other factors.
Balance Sheet and Debt Refinancing
At quarter-end, Seadrill had total debt of $355 million and $539 million in cash and cash equivalents, including $127 million in restricted cash. After the quarter, Seadrill refinanced its secured debt, issuing $575 million in aggregate principal amount of 8.375% senior secured second lien notes due 2030 and establishing a $225 million senior secured five-year revolving credit facility with an accordion feature of up to a further $100 million. Importantly, the refinancing removes certain restrictive covenants, allowing the Company greater flexibility to act on accretive opportunities that maximize shareholder value.
Operational and Commercial Activity
Throughout the last year, Seadrill has focused increasingly on the floater segment, through continued accretive acquisitions and divestitures, believing that this part of the rig market will produce the most growth and value for shareholders. The Company announced the potential sale of three jackup rigs and related interest in its 50:50 joint venture with Gulf Drilling International ("GDI") and completed the sale of its three tender-assist units to certain affiliates of Energy Drilling Pte. Ltd. (“Edrill”) for aggregate cash proceeds of approximately $85 million at the end of July.
At quarter-end, Seadrill's Order Backlog(3) stood at $2.6 billion, reflecting approximately $203 million of contract additions. During the quarter, the Company secured multi-well contract extensions against existing agreements for two drillships, the Sonangol Quenguela and the West Gemini, operating in Angola through the Company's 50:50 joint venture with Sonangol. These exercised options will commence in direct continuation of the rigs' existing contracts, committing the Sonangol Quenguela through January 2025 and the West Gemini through May 2025. Additionally, the operator of the West Capella exercised a one-well option, extending its operations by approximately two months. Two of the Company's jackups, the West Castor and the West Tucana, received contract extensions for continued operations offshore Qatar through the Company's 50:50 joint venture with GDI. As of August 15, 2023, the Company's Order Backlog stands at $2.4 billion.
Conference Call Information
The Company will host a call to discuss its results today at 09:00 EST / 14:00 BST / 15:00 CET. Interested participants may join the call by dialing +1 855 979 6654 or +44 800 358 1035 (Passcode: 610792) at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time. The Company will also webcast the call live at https://bit.ly/3rBMARr and provide a replay on its website (www.seadrill.com/investors).
(1) Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Margin are non-GAAP measures. For a definition and a reconciliation to the most comparable GAAP measure, see Appendices.
(2) The number of rigs contributing to contract revenue includes fleet additions from the Aquadrill transaction (West Capella, West Vela, West Auriga, West Polaris, T-15); excludes rigs managed on behalf of Sonadrill (West Gemini, Sonangol Quenguela, Sonangol Libongos); and excludes rigs managed on behalf of Gulfdrill (West Telesto, West Castor, West Tucana).
(3) 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.
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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.
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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.
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