Atwood Oceanics (ATW) Q4 2011 Earnings Call November 18, 2011 10:00 am ET Executives Mark L. Mey - Chief Financial Officer, Chief Accounting Officer and Senior Vice President Robert J. Saltiel - Chief Executive Officer, President, Director and Member of Executive Committee Analysts Matthew H. Beeby - Global Hunter Securities, LLC, Research Division Andreas Stubsrud - Pareto Securities AS, Research Division Darren Gacicia - Vertical Research Partners Inc. Christopher W. Wicklund - Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, Research Division Truls Olsen - Fearnley Fonds ASA, Research Division David Wilson - Howard Weil Incorporated, Research Division Douglas Garber - Dahlman Rose & Company, LLC, Research Division David C. Smith - Johnson Rice & Company, L.L.C., Research Division G. Scott Burk - Canaccord Genuity, Research Division Judson E. Bailey - Jefferies & Company, Inc., Research Division Stewart Glickman - S&P Equity Research Rhett Carter Presentation Operator
Robert J. SaltielThank you, Mark, and good morning to all of you joining today's call. I will make a few comments on the highlights from the fourth quarter and the key developments for Atwood and our industry since our last earnings call. Mark will then provide the details on the quarter's numbers and offer cost guidance for the fiscal year ahead. I'm pleased to report that our company enjoyed another solid quarter of financial results. In fact, our quarterly revenue of nearly $178 million was the best in our company's 43-year history. Earnings were very strong as well at just under $73 million or $1.12 per diluted share. These results allowed us to achieve record high earnings for the 2011 fiscal year of $272 million or $4.15 per diluted share. Our fiscal year revenue of $645 million was just shy of last year's record of $651 million. These excellent results are once again due to delivering reliable drilling services to our clients, while managing our costs prudently. Our rig operations teams continue to drill our wells, maintain our equipment and respond to our clients' needs in accordance with our expectations as a top-performing drilling company. This is how we achieved a fleet-wide reliability factor of 97% for the fourth quarter. I will add that the Atwood Osprey concluded its first complete quarter of operation, with a 94% uptime. Our asset management team in Houston is spending significant time with our rig teams to identify and scope maintenance projects well in advance of their due dates to ensure that potential supply chain issues do not jeopardize our fleet reliability down the road. Reliability and revenue recognition depend on solid execution, and our people continue to execute very well. On the cost side, we are working to manage both onshore and offshore costs, even as we expand the Atwood team to accommodate our rig fleet growth over the next few years. We are adding some very talented people to Atwood who bring skills, experience and fresh ideas to our organization, however, we are very protective of our efficient structure and streamlined decision-making processes, and this is helping us to keep the costs in line.
Turning to our fleet operations for the quarter. We completed our planned regulatory work and associated maintenance on the Atwood Hunter in less than our expected out-of-service time prior to the rig's move from Ghana to Equatorial Guinea. We also completed maintenance work on the Vicksburg without incurring any lost revenue due to some good planning by the rig and our Houston technical team.The regulatory work that we anticipated completing on the Atwood Beacon in the fourth quarter has now been delayed until at least this current quarter, owing to the extended duration of the drilling program in Suriname. This past quarter and the month of October, we're very busy for our marketing team as we achieve 3 significant fixtures, which I will discuss in more detail. Altogether, these 3 agreements added more than $890 million to our contract backlog. Our revenue backlog stands at approximately $1.8 billion as of November 1, which is approximately 50% higher than it was on this date a year ago. The first 2 significant fixtures were for the Atwood Eagle and Atwood Falcon, as both rigs committed to drill for Apache offshore in northwest Australia. The Eagle's program is for 18 months and will commence upon conclusion of our 6-month contract with Chevron next year. We anticipate this to occur around September of 2012, meaning the Eagle will be busy with Apache until March 2014. Read the rest of this transcript for free on seekingalpha.com