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Paragon Offshore: Classic Spin-Off With High Dividend Yield

By Alex Gavrish, Etalon Investment Research; author of "Wall Street Back To Basics"

 

Noble Corp completes spin-off of Paragon Offshore

On August 4th, Noble Corp plc (NE - Get Report) completed the spin-off of its standard specification offshore rig business into an independent, publicly traded company called Paragon Offshore plc (PGN). Noble distributed one share of Paragon Offshore for each three shares. Paragon Offshore started trading on August 4th on New York Stock Exchange under the symbol PGN. The spin-off was received coldly by the market and share price declined 14% during first two days of regular trading. We believe Paragon Offshore spin-off provides investors with classic spin-off and orphan equity situation.

Spin-off company profile

Paragon Offshore plc (PGN) is a pure-play global provider of standard specification offshore drilling rigs. Company’s drilling fleet consists solely of standard specification rigs and includes 34 jackups and eight floaters five drillships and three semisubmersibles. This focus on a single specification supports company’s strategy to deliver its services in an efficient and cost-effective manner. Paragon Offshore’s primary business is to contract its rigs, related equipment and work crews to conduct oil and gas drilling and workover operations forexploration and production, or E&P, customers on a dayrate basis around the world.

Valuation

Based on a recent share price, Paragon Offshore plc (PGN) had maket capitalization of $880 million and an estimated using net debt estimate provided by company enterprise value of $2,580 million. Based on pro-forma financial statements for 2013, Paragon Offshore had EBITDA of $759 million and is currently valued at an EV/EBITDA multiple of x3.4.According to historical financial statements for 2013, standard specification rig business generated $822 million in cash flow from operations and $456 million in free cash flow. Paragon Offshore plans, initially, to spend approximately $85 million annually to pay a regular quarterly dividend. Such payout would provide a 9.9% dividend yield, based on the August 5th closing share price.

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