Pacific Drilling Revenue Up Again in Q1 2014

Posted by George Backwell
Tuesday, May 06, 2014
Image courtesy of Pacific Drilling

In its First-Quarter 2014 results Pacific Drilling announces revenue of $225.6 million for the three months ended March 31, 2014, as compared to revenue of $200.5 million for fourth-quarter 2013 and $175.0 million for first-quarter 2013.


  • EBITDA(a) for the first quarter of $100.9 million, a 27 percent increase over the prior year
  • Revenue for the first quarter of $225.6 million, a 29 percent increase over the prior year
  • First-quarter cash flow from operations reached $122.8 million
  • Option exercised for two-year extension of Pacific Scirocco contract to January 2017, adding $364 million to contract backlog

Net income for first-quarter 2014 was $22.2 million or $0.10 per diluted share. Net income for first-quarter 2013 was $15.1 million or $0.07 per diluted share.

CEO Chris Beckett said, “We delivered our fifth consecutive quarter of increasing revenue. Cash flow from operations reached a new high, and EBITDA exceeded $100 million for the first time. However, we have room to improve. During the first quarter, the challenges of starting operations with the Pacific Khamsin were greater than we anticipated and resulted in a reduction to revenue and EBITDA.”

Regarding the market for ultra-deepwater drillships, Beckett added, "During the first quarter, we saw an increase in bidding activity compared to the previous quarter; but this activity has yet to translate into signed contracts. Although there are very few modern, high-specification ultra-deepwater rigs available, we expect 2014 to continue to be a challenging market. There are many older fifth-generation rigs, which we expect will provide lower-priced competition on some projects.

“In an effort to minimize the impact of these lower-specification units on our dayrates, we are focusing on opportunities that require the newest and highest-specification rigs. We are pleased to have extended Pacific Scirocco through 2017, our discussions to extend Pacific Mistral are ongoing, and we remain confident that we will contract Pacific Meltem prior to delivery.”

About the Company
Pacific Drilling’s fleet of eight ultra-deepwater drillships will represent one of the youngest and most technologically advanced fleets in the world. The company currently operates five drillships under customer contract, and has three drillships under construction at Samsung, one of which is under customer contract.


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