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Ensco's Next Significant Debt Maturity Offers 8.1% Yield

May 08, 2018 10:07 AM ETValaris Limited (VAL)4 Comments
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Jeremy LaKosh


  • Ensco's first quarter saw further declines in revenue, operating income, and operating cash flow.
  • Ensco is currently working to bring rigs online and increase production.
  • Ensco's use of its recent debt issuance should give fixed income owners some relief.

Ensco (ESV) reported its first quarter earnings a couple of weeks ago. The company missed earnings and revenue expectations. By all accounts, the company continued its operational struggle as it tries to rebound with the increase in energy prices. The company's 2024 bonds remain priced under par and combined with an 8% coupon, currently offer investors 8.1% yield to maturity. A deeper dive into the company's financials shows progress towards the company's ability to service its debt.

Source: FINRA

Ensco's financial weakness in the first quarter was driven by two forces. First, the company's revenue declined by more than $50 million or 12% from the prior year. Second, the company's contract drilling expenses increased by nearly $50 million. This expense increase was mainly due to the addition of new rigs into service, according to the conference call. Ultimately, Ensco's operating income finished the quarter $122 million lower than the first quarter of 2017.

Source: 10-Q

Ensco's balance sheet continued to look strong in the first quarter. The company continued to hold in between $800 and $900 million in cash and short-term investments. Additionally, the company did increase its long-term debt by nearly $250 million. Overall, at the end of the quarter, Ensco had $8.5 billion in shareholder equity.

Source: 10-Q

Ensco's first quarter cash flow also underperformed the first quarter of 2017. The company's operating cash flow for the quarter was $60 million lower, and its free cash flow deficit grew from $178 to $230 million. The company covered this gap by issuing $1 billion in new senior notes maturing in 2026. After the free cash flow deficit, the remaining cash proceeds were used to pay down debt.

Source: 10-Q

In terms of debt repayment, Ensco used its additional cash from note issuance to pay down its nearest maturing notes. According to

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About My Writing: I am currently focused on income investing through either common shares, preferred shares, or bonds.  I will occasionally break away and write about the economy at large or a special situation involving a company I've been researching in. I target two articles per week for publication on Monday and Tuesday.About My Background: Bachelors in history/political science, Masters in Business Administration with a specialization in Finance and Economics. I enjoy numbers. I have been investing since 2000. Professionally, I am the CEO of an independent living retirement community in Illinois.

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