Vantage Drilling International Reports Second Quarter Results for 2019

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HOUSTON, Aug. 14, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Vantage Drilling International ("Vantage" or the “Company”) reported net income attributable to controlling interest of approximately $590.7 million or $116.96 per share for the three months ended June 30, 2019 compared to a net loss attributable to controlling interest of $31.1 million or $6.22 per share for the three months ended June 30, 2018.

The net income stems from the recent payments by Petrobras Venezuela Investments & Services, BV, (“PVIS”), a subsidiary of Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. (“Petrobras”), of approximately $690.8 million to Vantage Deepwater Company, one of our subsidiaries (“VDEEP”), and by Petrobras America, Inc., a subsidiary of Petrobras (“PAI”), of approximately $10.1 million to Vantage Deepwater Drilling, Inc., also one of our subsidiaries (“VDDI”).  The payments were made pursuant to an agreement between the parties and in satisfaction of the previously rendered arbitration award and related U.S. judgment confirming the award. 

The dispute arose following the Petrobras’s parties’ termination of the Agreement for the Provision of Drilling Services for the Titanium Explorer dated February 4, 2009 (the “Drilling Contract”) between PVIS and VDEEP and which had been novated to PAI and VDDI. The Petrobras parties claimed the Vantage parties had breached their obligations under the Drilling Contract.  The Vantage parties immediately filed the international arbitration claim against PAI, PVIS, and Petrobras, claiming wrongful termination of the Drilling Contract.

In July 2018, the international arbitration panel ruled in favor of the Vantage entities, rendering an arbitration award of $622 million plus interest against PVIS, PAI and Petrobras.  In May 2019, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas confirmed the arbitration award and denied the Petrobras parties’ petition to vacate the award.

As previously announced, the Petrobras parties filed their notice of appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit seeking the reversal of the U.S. judgment.  The Vantage parties believe there is no basis for reversal and intend to vigorously contest the appeal.

The three months ended June 30, 2019 includes Drilling Contract termination revenue of approximately $594.0 million and interest income of approximately $106.9 million associated with the payments, together with related legal contingency fee and income taxes. Adjusting for these items, pro-forma net loss for the three months ended June 30, 2019 was approximately $37.4 million or $7.41 per share.

As of June 30, 2019, Vantage had approximately $896.8 million in cash, including $10.4 million of restricted cash, compared to $239.4 million in cash, including $14.4 million of restricted cash at December 31, 2018.   

Ihab Toma, CEO, commented. “I am very pleased about our agreement with the Petrobras parties and their payments’ to us in aggregate of approximately $701 million.  Separately, I am pleased to report that we continue to achieve operational and safety excellence, recording 99% revenue efficiency for the quarter and over two years without a lost time incident. We remain focused on providing the best service to our customers.”

Vantage, a Cayman Islands exempted company, is an offshore drilling contractor, with a fleet of three ultra-deepwater drillships and five premium jackup drilling rigs. Vantage's primary business is to contract drilling units, related equipment and work crews primarily on a dayrate basis to drill oil and natural gas wells globally for major, national and independent oil and natural gas companies. Vantage also provides construction supervision services and preservation management services for, and will operate and manage, drilling units owned by others.

The information above includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions identified above or as disclosed from time to time in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. As a result of these factors, actual results may differ materially from those indicated or implied by such forward-looking statements.  Vantage disclaims any intention or obligation to update publicly or revise such statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

     Thomas J. Cimino     Chief Financial Officer     Vantage Drilling International     (281) 404-4700



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Globe Newswire: 11:00 GMT Wednesday 14th August 2019

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