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May 20, 2014
16:34 EDTHEROHercules Offshore announces five year drilling contract with Maersk Oil
Hercules Offshore announced that it has signed a five year drilling contract with Maersk Oil North Sea UK Limited for a newbuild jackup rig to be owned and operated by Hercules Offshore. Total contract value is approximately $420M, which includes approximately $9M of mobilization fees. Contract commencement is expected in mid-2016. Hercules Offshore has also signed a rig construction contract with Jurong Shipyard, or JSL, in Singapore. The rig is based on the Friede & Goldman JU-2000E design, with enhancements that will provide for greater load-bearing capabilities and operational flexibility. In addition, this High Specification, Harsh Environment, or HSHE, rig will feature a 400 foot water depth rating, 30,000 foot drilling capacity, two million pounds of static hook load, 75 foot cantilever reach, off-line pipe handling capability, 15,000 psi blowout preventer systems, high pressure/high temperature rating and accommodations capacity for up to 150 personnel. The shipyard cost of the rig is estimated at approximately $236M. Including project management, spares, commissioning and other costs, total delivery cost is estimated at approximately $270M. Hercules Offshore initially pays 10% of the shipyard cost, or approximately $24M to JSL, followed by a second 10% payment one year after the initial payment. The final 80% of the shipyard payment is due upon delivery of the rig, estimated in April 2016.
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July 23, 2014
07:28 EDTHEROHercules Offshore: Q3 results likely to be impacted by operational challenges
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07:27 EDTHEROHercules Offshore: Q2 results reflect slowdown in domestic drilling activity
Also cites idle timing on certain international rigs. The slowdown in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico has largely been driven by significant property transfers and consolidation among our customer base, which has led to disruptions in their respective drilling programs. The company said the latest discussions with various domestic customers suggest activity levels will rebound late this year. In the meantime, the company said it has taken proactive measures to reduce costs, including our recent decision to postpone the regulatory survey on one of our domestic rigs until visibility improves. Dayrates remain firm in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, as stable crude oil prices support customer economics.
07:11 EDTHEROHercules Offshore reports Q2 EPS 4c, consensus 1c
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