Chiles Offshore Announces 4Q Results

Wednesday, February 13, 2002
For the quarter ended December 31, 2001, the Chiles Offshore reported net income of $7.6 million compared to net income of $4.4 million reported for the corresponding quarter ended December 31, 2000. Revenue for the quarter ended December 31, 2001, was $20.8 million compared to revenue of $16.8 million for the corresponding quarter ended December 31, 2000. For the fourth quarter they reported other income of $3.8 million relating to economic hedges regarding the anticipated future issuance of long-term debt and short positions in natural gas futures contracts, of which $1.8 million represents cash received from realized positions and $2 million or $0.10 per diluted share represents unrealized positions. Of the $3.8 million in other income, $2.8 million represents economic hedges on interest rate movements and $1 million represents short positions in natural gas futures contracts. For the year ended December 31, 2001, they reported net income of $22.5 million or $1.20 per diluted share, on revenue of $74.2 million. They reported a net loss of $17.7 million or a $1.73 loss per diluted share on revenue of $56 million for 2000. The rig fleet operated at 100 percent utilization and generated an average dayrate of $71,643 as compared to 100 percent utilization and an average dayrate of $60,696, for the corresponding quarter ended December 31, 2000.

The two rigs currently under construction, the "Chiles Discovery", at the Keppel FELS shipyard in Singapore, and the "Chiles Galileo", at the AMFELS shipyard in Brownsville, Texas, are presently "on schedule" for delivery and commissioning during the second and third quarters of 2002, respectively. Chiles Offshores has entered into a drilling contract with an affiliate of Phillips Petroleum for a minimum expected contract period of 600 days for the use of the "Chiles Discovery" in the Timor Gap Zone of Cooperation between Australia and East Timor.

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