Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Dan Rabun stated, “The past year has been a remarkable period of growth for Ensco. We achieved record revenues and earnings as we added new ultra-deepwater rigs, increased utilization and benefited from rising customer demand. During the year, we delivered ENSCO 8505 and ENSCO 8506, the final two rigs in the ENSCO 8500 Series ®, as well as ENSCO DS-6, our fourth Samsung DP-3 ultra-deepwater drillship. Each of these rigs has commenced work on multi-year programs for repeat customers, reinforcing the advantages of fleet standardization.”
Mr. Rabun added, “We are gratified to, once again, achieve the #1 customer satisfaction award given the exceptional work of our crews who achieved the best safety record in our history and a significant increase in overall rig utilization. All of this was accomplished as we integrated our acquisition - achieving expense synergies above initial targets.”
Mr. Rabun concluded, “Ensco’s growth will continue as we complete the construction of six additional rigs that are scheduled for delivery through the end of next year. These rigs will provide future earnings growth and afford us the flexibility to invest further in our fleet while returning additional capital to shareholders.”
Revenues grew 12% to $1.086 billion in fourth quarter 2012 from $973 million a year ago. A growing active fleet, higher average day rates in the jackups segment and improved utilization and average day rates for the floaters segment contributed to this increase.Contract drilling expense was $525 million, up from $498 million in fourth quarter 2011. More rigs in the active fleet as well as higher utilization in the floaters segment drove this increase along with a rise in unit labor costs. Warranty claim settlements of $11 million related to lost revenues and costs incurred in prior periods reduced fourth quarter 2012 contract drilling expense. Adjusted for this item and acquisition-related costs equaling $4 million in fourth quarter 2011, contract drilling expense increased 9%.