Pacific Drilling S.A. announced revenue of $225.6 million for the three months ended March 31, 2014, as compared to revenue of $200.5 million for fourth-quarter 2013 and $175.0 million for first-quarter 2013.
CEO Chris Beckett said, “We delivered our fifth consecutive quarter of increasing revenue. Cash flow from operations reached a new high, and EBITDA exceeded $100 million for the first time. However, we have room to improve. During the first quarter, the challenges of starting operations with the Pacific Khamsin were greater than we anticipated and resulted in a reduction to revenue and EBITDA.”
Regarding the market for ultra-deepwater drillships, Beckett added, “During the first quarter, we saw an increase in bidding activity compared to the previous quarter; but this activity has yet to translate into signed contracts. Although there are very few modern, high-specification ultra-deepwater rigs available, we expect 2014 to continue to be a challenging market. There are many older fifth-generation rigs, which we expect will provide lower-priced competition on some projects.
“In an effort to minimize the impact of these lower-specification units on our dayrates, we are focusing on opportunities that require the newest and highest-specification rigs. We are pleased to have extended Pacific Scirocco through 2017, our discussions to extend Pacific Mistral are ongoing, and we remain confident that we will contract Pacific Meltem prior to delivery.”
Press Release, May 06, 2014