Transocean Limited (RIG - Free Report) reported an adjusted loss of 4 cents per share in the second quarter of 2018, narrower than the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 17 cents. The improved results came on the back of higher-than-anticipated revenues from the Ultra-Deepwater floaters. Revenues from the Ultra-Deepwater Floaters came in at $470 million, comfortably surpassing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $396 million.
However, the bottom line deteriorated from break-even earnings per share a year ago amid increased operational and general/administrative costs due to the acquisition of Songa Offshore and lower dayrates.
Revenues of $790 million topped the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $754 million on higher fleet utilization. The top line also increased 5.2% year over year on the back of higher contract drilling revenues from the Harsh-Environment floaters.
Transocean’s High-Specification floaters contributed about 91.4% to total contract drilling revenues, while Deepwater floaters, Midwater floaters, High-Specification Jackups accounted for the remainder. In the quarter under review, revenues from Ultra-Deepwater and Harsh Environment floaters totaled $470 million and $252 million, respectively.
Revenue efficiency in the quarter was 97.4%, reflecting an increase from the prior-quarter level of 91.5%. Revenue efficiency, however, remained unchanged from the year-ago quarter.
Transocean’s operating and maintenance expenses rose 30.2% to $431 million year over year. General and administrative expenses increased 48.6% from the year-ago figure to a total of $52 million.
In the second quarter of 2018, cash flow from operating activities came in at $3 million compared with $103 million and $319 million recorded in the first quarter of 2018 and second-quarter 2017, respectively. The sharp decline was on account of higher interest outgo.
Dayrates and Utilization
Compared with the second quarter of 2017, dayrates fell almost 17.4% in the quarter (from $329,000 to $308,300), unfavorably impacted by decline in the Midwater, Deepwater and Ultra Deepwater floaters.
However, overall fleet utilization was 57% during the quarter, up from the utilization rate of 44% and 52% recorded in the year-ago quarter and last reported quarter, respectively.
Transocean’s strong backlog, which stands at $11.7 billion as of July 2018, reflects steady demand from customers. The backlog includes $405 million in new orders awarded during the quarter under review.
Capital Expenditure & Balance Sheet
Transocean spent $39 million on capital expenditure in the first quarter of 2018. As of Jun 30, 2018, Transocean had cash and cash equivalents of $2,506 million. Long-term debt of the company was $7,814 million, with a debt-to-capitalization ratio of 38.7%.
Zacks Rank & Key Picks
Currently, Transocean has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
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