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  • Mon, Oct. 17, 1:19 PM
    • Atwood Oceanics (ATW +2.4%) is downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform with a $7 price target, down from $8, at BMO Capital, whose stress test analysis suggests that the company is most at risk of needing high cost capital or even equity.
    • BMO sees risk of ATW running out of liquidity by Q2 2018 unless it is able to defer $400M of payments related to two uncontracted ultra-deepwater rigs, but even if ATW is able to defer payments, there is risk of running out of liquidity in Q2 209, which also is when its credit facility expires.
    • The firm says there are 32 idle UDW floaters, and ATW is highly unlikely to be able to secure a cash flow positive contract on one of its two undelivered new builds, which is what it likely needs to secure additional financing.
    • BMO believes there are better options to gain exposure to a potential recovery in offshore drilling, notably Ensco (ESV +0.7%), which the firm upgrades to Market Perform from Underperform and moves to the top of its list for investors that want long exposure to offshore drillers.
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  • Thu, Aug. 25, 12:27 PM
    • Transocean (RIG +1.4%) is upgraded to Neutral from Sell with an $11 price target at Citigroup, which says RIG has exceeded expectations for cost reductions while the backlog remains superior to peers.
    • Citi says that while RIG's EBITDA should steadily decline, the company does not face an EBITDA cliff unlike some peers, and the company also was able to issue debt which has lowered bond yields.
    • Among offshore drillers, Citi rates Ensco (ESV +0.1%), Diamond Offshore Drilling (DO +0.1%), Noble Corp. (NE -0.6%), Atwood Oceanics (ATW -1.4%), Rowan (RDC -0.6%) and RIG at Neutral, while Pacific Drilling (PACD -2.7%) remains rated a Sell.
    | Thu, Aug. 25, 12:27 PM | 47 Comments
  • Fri, Aug. 12, 5:30 PM
    • It's still too early to get involved in offshore drillers, RBC analysts say as they expect the group to continue to underperform through 2017 with the supply overhang requiring years to balance out.
    • The firm says drillers will need to continue the current pace of rig retirements and retire an additional ~110 rigs by 2020 to balance the market, another 70 retirements are still needed to balance the floater market, and the jackup market will need ~40 additional retirements over the next four years to reach mid-cycle equilibrium by 2020.
    • RBC cuts its price targets for Transocean (NYSE:RIG) to $11 from $14, Diamond Offshore (NYSE:DO) to $23 to $29, Atwood Oceanics (NYSE:ATW) to $11 from $14, Rowan (NYSE:RDC) to $16 from $22, and Noble Corp. (NYSE:NE) to $8 from $11.
    | Fri, Aug. 12, 5:30 PM | 96 Comments
  • Mon, Aug. 1, 6:53 PM
    • Atwood Oceanics (NYSE:ATW) is up 4% after hours following Q2 profits that came in ahead of expectations
    • Revenues tumbled more than 31% without $77M in Deepwater sales from a year ago, though Ultra-Deepwater revenues gained slightly.
    • Net income dropped 18.7% for the quarter and fell 7.4% for the nine months.
    • Revenue breakout: Ultra-Deepwater, $182M (up 4.6%); Deepwater, none (vs. year-ago $77M); Jackups, $36M (down 46%); Reimbursable, $10M (down 23.1%).
    • Conference call to come tomorrow at 10 a.m. ET.
    • Press Release
    | Mon, Aug. 1, 6:53 PM
  • Mon, Aug. 1, 5:07 PM
    • Atwood Oceanics (NYSE:ATW): FQ3 EPS of $1.53 beats by $0.63.
    • Revenue of $227.8M (-31.1% Y/Y) misses by $4.94M.
    • Shares +4.5% AH.
    • Press Release
    | Mon, Aug. 1, 5:07 PM
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  • Wed, Jul. 27, 5:57 PM
    • Offshore drilling stocks were slammed today as crude oil prices fell to three month lows, but Atwood Oceanics (NYSE:ATW) took the worst beating, -8.6% following its latest fleet status update.
    • The contract for the Atwood Osprey rig, which had been expected to start working for Woodside Energy until January 2017 at a $450K dayrate, was extended but at a new rate of $190K; also, no contracts were announced for two uncontracted, newbuild drillships despite talk of a potential Brazil agreement in the works.
    • Also in today's trade: RIG -4.1%, DO -3.1%, RDC -4.6%, ESV -4.7%, SDRL -0.6%, NE -3%.
    | Wed, Jul. 27, 5:57 PM | 13 Comments
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  • Fri, Jul. 22, 2:23 PM
    • Transocean (RIG -5.5%) falls more than 5% after its latest fleet status report showed it stacked an additional six rigs, taking its total number of currently stacked rigs to 28, with reduced dayrates for others.
    • RIG says it won a two-year contract for one of its semi-submersibles to operate off India for ONGC at a $127K dayrate, and a newbuild ultra-deepwater rig started operations on a 10-year contract in the Gulf of Mexico at a $498K dayrate.
    • Following the report, RBC's Kurt Hallead says RIG shares have limited upside until the market gains more confidence in the supply and demand outlook for floating rigs in 2017-18. Currently, fundamentals continue to weaken for floating rigs, and it remains unclear where dayrates and utilization may bottom.
    • Offshore drillers are broadly lower: RIGP -1%, DO -1.5%, ESV -4.2%, RDC -5%, SDRL -1.6%, NE -4.8%, ATW -3.6%, PACD -3.8%.
    | Fri, Jul. 22, 2:23 PM | 20 Comments
  • Mon, Jul. 11, 3:19 PM
    • Transocean (RIG -2.4%) is sharply lower after Seaport Global downgraded its rating to Sell from Neutral with a $10 price target, as valuation "seems stretched... given that little has changed regarding the protracted oversupply of rigs in offshore markets."
    • RIG also will have a higher annual cash interest expense burden due to last week's $1.25B unsecured note issuance, Seaport says.
    • Offshore drillers are broadly lower as crude oil futures fell 1.4% to a two-month low $44.76/bbl: RIGP -2.2%, SDRL -1.1%, DO -0.3%, ESV -3%, NE -1.1%, RDC -0.4%, ATW -2.6%.
    | Mon, Jul. 11, 3:19 PM | 12 Comments
  • Tue, Jul. 5, 7:19 PM
    • Citigroup reshuffles its rankings a bit among offshore drillers in light of the wide spread in YTD performance that has seen the likes of Ensco (NYSE:ESV) and Noble Corp. (NYSE:NE) suffer sizeable losses while Diamond Offshore (NYSE:DO) and Atwood Oceanics (NYSE:ATW) sport double-digit gains.
    • The firm ranks ESV at Neutral but nevertheless atop the group given its YTD underperformance (-37%) and balance sheet improvement through its April debt tender, while DO ranks second given backlog into 2019 and healthy balance sheet, and ATW is a close third as short covering could fuel further upside.
    • Citi says Rowan (NYSE:RDC) has slipped to the bottom of its Neutral-rated stocks in the group on YTD outperformance (+4%), risk of contract cancellation and an EBITDA cliff in 2018; the firm continues to rate Transocean (NYSE:RIG) and Pacific Drilling (NYSE:PACD) at Sell.
    | Tue, Jul. 5, 7:19 PM | 15 Comments
  • Tue, Jun. 28, 3:28 PM
    • Ensco (ESV +5.9%) surges after Susquehanna upgrades shares to Neutral from Negative, citing recovering crude oil prices and the stock's valuation and relative underperformance; of course, rising crude prices today also are helping.
    • The firm says higher crude prices has not sparked improved demand for offshore rigs, and it could take through 2018 before any material demand potentially arises, but ESV has underperformed other offshore drillers by a wide margin and now trades below the average for offshore drillers.
    • But Evercore ISI remains cautious on offshore drillers, arguing that "not a single stock screens 'cheap,'" although it prefers ESV, Noble Corp. (NE +1.2%) and Rowan (RDC +3.5%) as relative Buys for their superior fleet quality, low operating cost basis, low capex and solid backlog, while Hold-rated Ocean Rig UDW (ORIG +3.6%) and Diamond Offshore (DO +1.8%) deserve "a degree of valuation differentiation due to its highly contracted fleet in the near term."
    • Also higher today: RIG +3.9%, ATW +7.1%, SDRL +2.2%, SDLP +12.3%, PACD +2.7%.
    | Tue, Jun. 28, 3:28 PM | 15 Comments
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  • Wed, Jun. 8, 7:12 PM
    • The recent sharp rally in offshore drillers may be due to short covering, potentially in the midst of a “2 sigma short interest unwind" if oil prices continue to strengthen, according to Evercore ISI analyst James West.
    • A portfolio of lower-risk offshore drillers - Atwood Oceanics (NYSE:ATW), Diamond Offshore (NYSE:DO), Ensco (NYSE:ESV), Noble Corp. (NYSE:NE), Rowan (NYSE:RDC) and Transocean (NYSE:RIG) - has been shorted 4.4x their historical average, and a total of 200M shares were short as of May 31 vs. a 50M monthly average during 2005-13, West calculates.
    • Short interest as a percentage of the float as of yesterday, according to Markit: ATW 34.5%, DO 20%, RDC 17%, RIG 17%, NE 14%, ESV 3.5%.
    • While the firm rates ESV, NE and RDC as relative Buys and believes Hold-rated Ocean Rig UDW (NASDAQ:ORIG) and DO deserve a degree of valuation differentiation, West urges caution on the overall group, seeing the industry as fundamentally oversupplied.
    | Wed, Jun. 8, 7:12 PM | 34 Comments