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Diamond Offshore Announces Fourth Quarter 2012 Results

Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. (NYSE: DO) today reported net income for the fourth quarter of 2012 of $156 million, or $1.12 per share on a diluted basis, compared with net income of $188 million, or $1.36 per share on a diluted basis, in the same period a year earlier. Revenues in the fourth quarter of 2012 were $751 million, compared with revenues of $748 million in the prior-year quarter.

During the fourth quarter, the Company reclassified its four cold-stacked rigs as held for sale and recognized an after-tax impairment charge of $40.6 million, or $0.29 per share. These units are the semisubmersible rigs Ocean Epoch, Ocean New Era and Ocean Whittington and the jack-up rig Ocean Spartan.

The effective tax rate for the quarter was 15.9 percent, compared with 7.4 percent in the fourth quarter of 2011. Lower tax expense in the prior-year quarter was driven by a reduction of the Company’s liability for uncertain tax positions. The full-year 2012 effective tax rate was 21.5 percent versus the prior-year effective tax rate of 18.4 percent.

For the full-year 2012, the Company reported net income of $720 million, or $5.18 per share on a diluted basis, compared with net income of $963 million, or $6.92 per share on a diluted basis, in 2011. Revenues for the full-year 2012 were $2.987 billion, compared with $3.322 billion in 2011.

“Our results for the fourth quarter and full year reflect our continuing efforts to manage operating costs across the fleet,” said Larry Dickerson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Diamond Offshore. “While there is some cost inflation pressure in our industry, we remain focused on controlling and reducing expenses.”

The Company announced that the Ocean Patriot was awarded a three-year contract in the North Sea at a rate of $400,500 per day, which is expected to generate maximum total revenue of approximately $439 million. After completing its current contracts in Southeast Asia, the rig will undergo required North Sea enhancements at a total estimated cost of approximately $120 million. Following these upgrades and subsequent mobilization to the North Sea, the rig is expected to commence work early in the second quarter of 2014.

“The opportunity to upgrade the Ocean Patriot to work for our customer Shell in the North Sea demonstrates the ongoing strength in that market,” said Larry Dickerson. “This project is consistent with Diamond Offshore’s long-term strategy of investing in our fleet at attractive capital costs.”

Capital expenditures for the six rigs currently under construction totaled $499 million in full-year 2012, excluding capitalized interest. To complete these projects, the Company estimates that remaining capital expenditures, excluding capitalized interest, will be $1.3 billion in 2013 and $1.1 billion in 2014.

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