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Noble Management Discusses Q2 2012 Results - Earnings Call Transcript

Before I turn the call over to David, I'll once again remind everyone that any statements we make about our plans, expectations, estimates, predictions or similar expressions for the future, including those concerning the drilling business; market outlook and industry fundamentals; financial performance, operating results, fleet condition, performance and downtime; also tax rates, spending guidance, backlog, dayrates, contract opportunities, tenders, announcements, commencements and extensions; letters of intent; and finally, growth opportunities, newbuild delivery costs and dates and plans and objectives of management for future operations are all forward-looking statements and are subject to risks and uncertainties.

Our filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, which are posted on our website, discuss the risks and uncertainties in our business and industry and the various factors that could keep outcomes of any forward-looking statements from being realized. Our actual results could differ materially from these forward-looking statements.

Also note that we may use non-GAAP financial measures in the call today. If we do, you will find the required supplemental disclosure for these measures including the most directly comparable GAAP measure and an associated reconciliation on our website.

With that, I'll now turn the call over to David Williams, Chairman, President and Chief Executive. David?

David W. Williams

Thanks, Jeff. Good morning, everyone, and welcome to the call. Joining me today in Geneva in addition to Jeff are James MacLennan, our Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer; and Roger Hunt, our Senior Vice President of Marketing and Contracts.

Roger's recovering from a summer cold, so Simon Johnson, our Vice President of Marketing and Contracts, who's based in Geneva, will make some comments on the market, and Roger will be available for some questions after the call.

Today, I'll provide some opening comments on the second quarter and cover some recent achievements as it pertains to our fleet transformation efforts, and James will give you more in-depth explanation for the quarterly performance and more importantly, some updated guidance for the balance of 2012. Simon will share some views on the offshore market, which continues to be quite strong, and he will highlight some recent and expected developments. Finally, I'll offer some closing thoughts on where we are as a company and where we're going before we begin addressing your questions.

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