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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%.
Tue, Jul. 19, 2:27 PM
- Ensco (ESV -4.9%) has sold off six assets for scrap and signed new short-term contracts but also was hit by a contract cancellation, according to its latest fleet status report.
- ESV says Japan’s Marubeni exercised its right to terminate its contract early, effective in August, for the Ensco 8505 semisubmersible, which was operating at a dayrate in the low $150Ks.
- Inpex extended its contract by about 15 months for an ESV semisubmersible at a lower dayrate in the mid $350Ks, plus ~$125K/day for capital upgrades and dayrates during shipyard stay and mobilizations; the contract is expected to end in September 2019.
- Summing up, Fun Trading finds encouragement that ESV was able to secure some contracts recently despite terminations and slashed dayrates.
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%.
Wed, Jun. 29, 4:49 PM
- Stone Energy (NYSE:SGY) +6.4% AH after announcing the termination of its existing long-term deepwater rig contract with Ensco (NYSE:ESV) for $20M; the ENSCO 8503 deepwater rig contract was at a dayrate of $341K and was scheduled to expire in August 2017.
- Additionally, SGY says it entered into an interim gas gathering and processing agreement with Williams Cos. (NYSE:WMB) at the Mary field in Appalachia, which SGY says provides near-term relief by permitting it to resume production at the Mary field.
Wed, Jun. 29, 3:35 PM
- Transocean (RIG +5.1%) is upgraded to Hold from Sell with a $12 price target, raised from $11, at Evercore ISI, which says it is optimistic that the company has the management team to lead it out of the current downturn, and that earnings visibility and the balance sheet should improve shortly.
- The firm notes that RIG has enjoyed some success in securing new contracts, and some potential blend-and-extends are expected to be finalized shortly, but dayrates likely are at or near cash breakeven levels and RIG still needs to take additional steps to right-size its fleet.
- Evercore rates offshore drilling peers Ensco (ESV +3.3%), Noble Corp. (NE +2.4%) and Rowan (RDC +0.8%) at Buy, while Seadrill (SDRL +0.9%) and North Atlantic Drilling (NADL +0.7%) are rated Sell.
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%.
Wed, Jun. 22, 5:36 PM
Mon, May 2, 3:45 PM
- Diamond Offshore (DO +1.4%) is higher after Q1 earnings easily exceeded analyst estimates, but it is not helping shares of other oilfield services companies in today's trade.
- Wells Fargo views DO's report positively, although results likely included noise from the accounting of a demobilization fee and notes that another contract termination in Mexico could be viewed as a partial negative offset.
- The Zephirin Group contends that DO's do not overshadow weak fundamental conditions in the offshore industry likely to persist, hurting earnings through 2018 and beyond for the likes of Noble Corp. (NE -2%) and Ensco (ESV -3.2%), which reported earnings last week (I, II).
- Zephirin rates NE and ESV at Hold - High Risk, forecasting a 30% reduction in dayrates for NE's Sam Croft and Tom Madden drillships and rate reductions of up to 25% or termination in the near future for ESV's four rigs working in Brazil for Petrobras at a day rate range of $300K-345K.
- Also: RIG -0.7%, RDC -1.4%, ATW -0.7%.
- Now read Diamond Offshore names Youngblood as new CFO
Fri, Apr. 15, 9:13 AM
Fri, Apr. 15, 8:28 AM
- Ensco (NYSE:ESV) discloses preliminary Q1 financial results, and revises its planned 2016 capex to $400M.
- ESV expects Q1 operating revenues of $812M-$817M vs. $788M analyst consensus, benefiting from better than expected 64%-66% fleet utilization and average dayrates that fell by 3%-4% instead of a 7%-8% decline in its prior guidance.
- ESV -7.7% premarket following yesterday's announcement that it will begin a public offering of 50M Class A ordinary shares.
- Update: ESV upsizes its public offering to 57M shares, priced at $9.25M, with an underwriters option to purchase up to an additional 8.55M shares.
Thu, Apr. 14, 5:40 PM
Thu, Apr. 14, 4:30 PM
- Ensco (NYSE:ESV) -6.5% AH after announcing a public offering of 50M common shares, with an underwriters option to purchase up to an additional 7.5M shares.
- ESV says it plans to use the proceeds for general corporate purposes.
- Now read How to earn a higher than 10% annual return with Ensco
Thu, Apr. 14, 3:30 PM
- The Obama administration announces new oil well control rules aimed at preventing the kind of blowout that happened in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
- The regulations announced by the Interior Department tighten requirements for blowout preventers, well design, well control casing, cementing and sub-sea containment, and call for real-time monitoring, third-party reviews of equipment, regular inspections and safe drilling margin requirements.
- The effects will be particularly acute for the Gulf’s top crude oil and gas producers, Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A +1.1%), BP (BP -1.6%), Chevron (CVX +0.1%) and Exxon Mobil (XOM +0.4%); XOM says the new rules will cost $25B over 10 years and render many offshore discoveries worthless.
- Offshore drilling stocks are broadly lower on the news: RIG -6.1%, DO -1.4%, ESV -5.1%, RDC -7.3%, NE -5.4%, ATW -9%, SDRL -8.9%, SDLP -4%.
- ETFs: XLE, VDE, ERX, OIH, XOP, FCG, ERY, GASL, DIG, DUG, BGR, XES, IYE, IEO, FENY, IEZ, PXE, FIF, PXJ, RYE, NDP, GUSH, DRIP, DDG, FXN
Thu, Mar. 24, 5:43 PM
- Hologic (NASDAQ:HOLX) is replacing Pepco Holdings (was just acquired by Exelon), and Centene (NYSE:CNC) will replace Ensco (NYSE:ESV), in the S&P 500 after Tuesday's close. (Press Release - .pdf)
- Abiomed (NASDAQ:ABMD) will take Hologic's spot in the S&P MidCap 400, and Ensco will take Centene's spot. First Industrial Realty Trust (NYSE:FR) will replace Health Net (just acquired by Centene) in the 400.
- ServisFirst Bancshares (NASDAQ:SFBS) will replace National Penn Bancshares (about to be acquired by BB&T) in the S&P SmallCap 600 after the April 1 close. Banc of California (NYSE:BANC) will take Abiomed's spot in the 600.
- HOLX +2% after hours. CNC +1.6%. FR +3.5%. BANC +3.5%. ESV -0.5%.
Wed, Mar. 9, 3:23 PM
- Ocean Rig UDW (ORIG -22.9%) plunges after missing Q4 earnings expectations and saying "prospects for the industry remain bleak” and “are likely to remain so at least until 2018.”
- ORIG says it is in discussions with lenders of its loan agreement related to the consequences of Ocean Rig Apollo termination, and that the situation could evolve into a "significant prepayment" of the loan.
- ORIG says its fleet operated at 99.5% utilization during Q4, and FY 2015 fleet operating efficiency was ~98.2%.
- Although ORIG’s comments were more bearish than the outlook described by other offshore drillers, the company’s earnings are hurting other names in the space: DRYS -19.6%, SDRL -16.4%, RIG -2.3%, NE -5.7%, ESV -3.9%, DO -1.4%, RDC -4.4%, ATW -3.3%.
Thu, Mar. 3, 2:58 PM
- Offshore drillers are surging today, which RBC analysts at least partially attribute to Noble Corp.'s (NE +16.1%) news that it spent $200M to buy back bonds due in 2020 and 2021, greatly reducing its debt.
- RBC estimates that NE would be able to retire ~$300M of debt principal at face value for $200M with new borrowings on the revolver, which should generate annual interest savings of ~$10M or a ~$0.03 impact to EPS.
- Ben Levisohn of Barron's also notes that oil companies in general have been able to offer stock and pay down debt, which has reduced some of the fears that the entire sector could go bankrupt, and that short interest in offshore drillers has been high.
- Also: RIG +9.9%, SDRL +11.7%, ESV +13.2%, RDC +10.5%, DO +5.9%, ATW +20%, PACD +42.6%.
Ensco Plc provides offshore drilling services to the petroleum industry. The company provides drilling services to major international, government-owned and independent oil and gas companies. It operates its business through the following segments: Floaters, Jackups and Others. The Floaters... More
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Industry: Oil & Gas Drilling & Exploration
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