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Cal Dive International CEO Discusses Q3 2010 Results – Earnings Call Transcript

Sequentially though, our third quarter 2010 was much better than the second quarter of 2010 as the expected seasonality led to much better financial results for the third quarter, and this happens typically year in and year out.

Overall, from an operational point of view, in the third quarter this year, our women and men executed our projects very safely and very well offshore, and we’re pleased with these results in what’s a tough operating environment.

With the drilling moratorium in place for the entire quarter, which negatively impacted deep water and shallow water permits across the board, we did have less new construction activity in the Gulf of Mexico as you would expect, and this is reflected in our lower construction barge utilization rates across the board, but, we did have strong levels of RM work and salvage work.

Internationally, we faced different headwinds with increased competition and clients insisting on tougher terms and conditions which negatively impacted activity levels. Two DSC’s that are overseas did work during the quarter in China, the Black Sea in Oman, but we did not win a project for the Sea Horizon, which is our large combination direct lay barge.

The revenue split for the third quarter between international and the U.S. business was 84% in the U.S. and 16% overseas revenues.

Turning to slide five, we’ll talk a little bit about our backlog. We have a $233 million backlog at the end of the third quarter which we feel is a healthy number, given that we burned off some of the second quarter backlog in the third quarter 2010.

If you compare the third quarter backlog to 2009, with this year’s third quarter backlog, the 2010 backlog amounted to about 10% ahead of the 2009 number at the same time last year. In our present backlog, about 43% of the backlog involves U.S. based projects and about 57% are overseas projects.

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