The company reported adjusted EBITDA of US$40 million in 1Q20 compared to US$22 million in 4Q19, and an adjusted loss of US$1.66 per share in 1Q20 versus an adjusted loss of US$1.55 per share in 4Q19.
CEO and President Tom Burke said: "In the Covid-19 pandemic and corresponding economic crisis, the energy sector is facing a severe industry downturn caused by lower energy demand and a simultaneous increase in hydrocarbon supply. In response to these market conditions including lower oil prices, customers for offshore drilling services have significantly reduced their planned capital expenditures and are seeking to cancel or defer projects, which has led to terminations or renegotiations of existing contracts. The combination of these factors negatively impacted our first quarter 2020 financial results, and we expect to continue to report losses and negative cash flows throughout the remainder of the year."
Burke concluded: "In light of these challenges, we are taking further steps to manage our cost base and preserve liquidity. We expect to stack certain uncontracted rigs and remove others from our fleet, including three drillships and four semisubmersibles. We are executing plans that will lower operating costs for contracted rigs, rightsize our onshore organisation for anticipated lower levels of fleet utilisation, and improve our working capital management. We are also evaluating various alternatives to address our capital structure and annual interest costs, including, without limitation, a comprehensive debt restructuring that may require a substantial conversion of our indebtedness to equity."
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