Verlust und Kosten reduziert, Div allerdings von 0,15 auf 0,01. Ist aber auch vernünfig, spart 130m$. Ein paar Details:
Ensco plc (NYSE: ESV) today reported a loss of $10.64 per diluted share in fourth quarter 2015 compared to a loss of $14.89 per diluted share in fourth quarter 2014. The loss from discontinued operations in fourth quarter 2015 was $0.41 per share compared to a loss of $1.67 per share last year. The loss from continuing operations in fourth quarter 2015 was $10.23 per share compared to a loss of $13.22 per share a year ago.
To improve capital management flexibility in light of the market downturn and less visibility in terms of customer demand, Ensco’s Board of Directors declared a $0.01 cash dividend per Class A ordinary share payable on 18 March 2016, a $0.14 per share reduction from the prior level. The ex-dividend date is 3 March 2016 with a record date of 7 March 2016.
“As the downturn in the offshore drilling market continues given further declines in commodity prices — we believe it is prudent to take additional steps to increase liquidity and improve capital management flexibility by reducing our dividend," said Chief Executive Officer and President Carl Trowell. “Reducing the dividend will provide us with $130 million of additional liquidity on an annual basis, bolstering our current liquidity position of more than $3.5 billion, including $1.3 billion of cash and short-term investments and a fully available $2.25 billion revolving credit facility."
Mr. Trowell added, "We are also taking additional steps to restructure our fleet and intend to scrap or permanently retire five more jackups and one more floater not currently held for sale. These six rigs in continuing operations — ENSCO 56, ENSCO 81, ENSCO 82, ENSCO 86, ENSCO 99 and ENSCO DS-1 — are no longer part of Ensco's go-forward fleet. Three floaters and three jackups previously classified as held for sale will also be scrapped. All 12 of these rigs have been cold stacked to significantly reduce expenses. By scrapping rigs, we eliminate costs and contribute to reducing global rig supply.”
Mr. Trowell concluded, “Despite challenging market conditions during 2015, we further improved rig uptime and safety performance with record operational utilization across the fleet and our best-ever safety record. Combined, this strong performance led to top scores for total customer satisfaction in the annual EnergyPoint survey — the sixth consecutive year we have been honored with this distinction. Also during the year, we delivered three new rigs from the shipyard — all of which are contributing to earnings.”