Tidewater Inc. announced second quarter net earnings for the period ended September 30, 2006, of $104.2 million, or $1.86 per common share, on revenues of $274.0 million. For the same quarter last year, net earnings were $82.2 million, or $1.42 per common share, on revenues of $204.4 million. The immediately preceding quarter ended June 30, 2006, had net earnings of $71.4 million, or $1.23 per common share, on revenues of $269.8 million.
Included in the current quarter's net earnings is a gain of $28.2 million ($17.2 million after tax, or $0.31 per common share) related to the August 2006 sale of 11 of the company's offshore tug vessels to Crosby Marine Transportation
, LLC for a total cash price of $34.8 million. Included in net earnings for the quarter ended September 30, 2005 is a gain of $65.9 million ($42.8 million after tax, or $0.74 per common share) from the sale of six of the company's KMAR 404 class of Anchor Handling Towing Supply vessel to Deep Sea Supply
ASA for a total cash purchase price of $188.0 million.
Tidewater Inc. owns over 490 vessels, the world's largest fleet of vessels serving the global offshore energy industry.