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Helmerich & Payne, Inc. Announces Second Quarter Results

Segment operating income for the Company's offshore operations was $13,650,000 for the second fiscal quarter of 2013, compared with $9,818,000 for last year's second fiscal quarter and $15,006,000 for this year's first fiscal quarter. The sequential decline in operating income was attributable to a slightly lower number of revenue days along with a lower average rig margin per day during the most recent quarter. Average rig margin per day for this year's second fiscal quarter was $24,838 as compared to $25,782 for this year's first fiscal quarter.

The Company's international land operations reported segment operating income of $13,169,000 for this year's second fiscal quarter, compared with an operating loss of $974,000 for last year's second fiscal quarter and operating income of $9,111,000 for this year's first fiscal quarter. The sequential increase in segment operating income was primarily attributable to early termination compensation equivalent to approximately $2,600 of rig revenue per day during this year's second fiscal quarter. As a result, average rig margin per day increased to $11,053 in the second fiscal quarter of 2013 from $8,400 in the first fiscal quarter of 2013. As compared to this year's first fiscal quarter, the level of activity for the second fiscal quarter decreased by approximately ten percent to a total of 2,023 revenue days.

Helmerich & Payne, Inc. is primarily a contract drilling company. As of April 25, 2013, the Company's existing fleet included 302 land rigs in the U.S., 29 international land rigs and nine offshore platform rigs. In addition, the Company is scheduled to complete two new rigs under long-term contracts. Upon completion of these commitments, the Company's global fleet is expected to have a total of 333 land rigs, including 301 FlexRigs.

Helmerich & Payne, Inc.'s conference call/webcast is scheduled to begin this morning at 11:00 a.m. ET (10:00 a.m. CT) and can be accessed at http://www.hpinc.com under Investors. If you are unable to participate during the live webcast, the call will be archived on H&P's website indicated above.

This release includes "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and such statements are based on current expectations and assumptions that are subject to risks and uncertainties. All statements other than statements of historical facts included in this release, including, without limitation, statements regarding the registrant's future financial position, business strategy, budgets, projected costs and plans and objectives of management for future operations, are forward-looking statements. For information regarding risks and uncertainties associated with the Company's business, please refer to the "Risk Factors" and "Management's Discussion & Analysis of Results of Operations and Financial Condition" sections of the Company's SEC filings, including but not limited to, its annual report on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. As a result of these factors, Helmerich & Payne, Inc.'s actual results may differ materially from those indicated or implied by such forward-looking statements. We undertake no duty to update or revise our forward-looking statements based on changes in internal estimates, expectations or otherwise, except as required by law.

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