OREANDA-NEWS. August 09, 2016. Paragon Offshore plc (Paragon) (OTC:PGNPQ) today reported a second quarter 2016 net loss of \\$25.1 million, or a loss of \\$0.29 per diluted share, as compared to second quarter 2015 net income of \\$47.3 million, or \\$0.51 per diluted share.

Results for the second quarter of 2015 included a \\$4.1 million, or \\$0.04 per diluted share, loss on the sale of an asset and a \\$1.7 million, or \\$0.02 per diluted share, non-cash impairment charge related to assets which the company previously announced it had decided to retire from service. Excluding these charges, Paragons adjusted net income for the second quarter of 2015 was \\$53.1 million, or \\$0.57 per diluted share (for a reconciliation to net income for all adjusted metrics, see the Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Measures Table).

Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income (loss) before taxes, plus interest expense, depreciation, losses on impairments, foreign currency losses, and reorganization items, less gains on the sale of assets, interest income, and foreign currency gains.  For the second quarter of 2016, adjusted EBITDA was \\$66.0 million, compared to \\$115.4 million in the first quarter of 2016.

Despite the ongoing challenges in the offshore drilling industry, Paragons second quarter results reflect our continued focus on controlling costs and maintaining liquidity, said

Randall D. Stilley, President and Chief Executive Officer. Utilization of the fleet declined and we responded quickly by stacking idle assets and lowering our contract drilling services costs by 19 percent compared to the first quarter of 2016.  We also kept a tight control over capital expenditures and increased our cash balance to approximately \\$890 million, outperforming our expectations.

Total revenues for the second quarter of 2016 were \\$184.9 million compared to \\$265.1 million in the first quarter of 2016. Paragon reported that utilization for its marketed rig fleet, which excludes available days related to rigs that were stacked and not marketed during the quarter, declined to 38 percent for the second quarter of 2016 compared to 53 percent for the first quarter of 2016. Average daily revenues remained relatively flat in the second quarter of 2016 to \\$135,000 per rig compared to the previous quarter average of \\$135,000 per rig. Contract drilling services costs declined 19 percent in the second quarter of 2016 to \\$91.6 million compared to \\$112.7 million in the first quarter of 2016.

General and administrative (G&A) costs for the second quarter of 2016 totaled \\$9.8 million compared to \\$12.2 million for the first quarter of 2016.  Reorganization costs totaled \\$17.5 million in the second quarter of 2016 compared to \\$21.8 million in the first quarter of 2016.

Net cash from operating activities was \\$101.8 million in the second quarter of 2016 as compared to \\$106.2 million for the first quarter of 2016.  Cash used for capital expenditures in the second quarter of 2016 totaled \\$12.0 million.  At June 30, 2016, liquidity, defined as cash and cash equivalents, totaled \\$889.1 million.

Operating Highlights
Paragons total contract backlog at June 30, 2016 was approximately \\$472 million compared to \\$806 million at March 31, 2016. Although Paragon continues to contest the approximately \\$143 million of backlog associated with what we believe to be an early release of the Paragon DPDS3 by Paragons customer Petrobras, we have removed that amount from our June 30, 2016 backlog total.   The March 31, 2016 backlog total included this disputed amount.

Utilization of Paragons marketed floating rig fleet declined to 35 percent in the second quarter of 2016 when compared to the 68 percent utilization achieved in the first quarter of 2016. The decrease in marketed utilization in the second quarter of 2016 reflects the reduced number of operating days in the second quarter as both the Paragon MSS1 and Paragon MSS2 completed contracts during the quarter. Average daily revenues for Paragons floating rig fleet increased by 51 percent to \\$399,000 per day in the second quarter of 2016 from \\$265,000 per rig in the first quarter of 2016, reflecting that the Paragon DPDS3 was the only floating rig under contract during the full quarter.  In addition, the company recognized revenue earned for unused shipyard days upon completion of the Paragon MSS2s contract.

Utilization of Paragons marketed jackup rig fleet was lower at 39 percent in the second quarter compared to the 51 percent utilization in the first quarter of 2016 as a number of rigs completed contracts during the second quarter.  Average daily revenues for Paragons jackup fleet during the second quarter decreased by two percent to \\$112,000 per rig from \\$114,000 per rig during the first quarter of 2016. 

At the end of the second quarter of 2016, an estimated 29 percent of the companys marketed rig operating days were committed for 2016, including 10 percent and 30 percent for floating and jackup rig days, respectively.  The calculations for committed operating days exclude available days related to rigs that were stacked and not marketed during the quarter.

Outlook

We expect continued volatility in commodity prices throughout the remainder of 2016, Mr. Stilley said.  As we search for signs of increasing activity, we are nevertheless positioning the company for success by looking at innovative ways to maintain our position as the high quality, low cost offshore drilling contractor.  Of course, our main efforts are centered around achieving a positive outcome to our restructuring process which would leave us with a much improved balance sheet.  We expect that process will be completed in October.

Paragon Provides Fleet Status Report and Information on Going Concern Risk

Paragon also announced today that it issued a report on drilling rig status and contract information as of August 8, 2016.  The report, titled Fleet Status Report, can be accessed on the company's website at www.paragonoffshore.com under the Our Fleet or Investor Relations-Fleet Status Reports sections of the website.

The accompanying consolidated financial statements have been prepared assuming that Paragon will continue as a going concern and contemplate the realization of assets and the satisfaction of liabilities in the normal course of business. The companys ability to continue as a going concern is contingent upon the Bankruptcy Courts approval of its plan of reorganization. This represents a material uncertainty related to events and conditions that may cause significant doubt on the companys ability to continue as a going concern and, therefore, the company may be unable to realize its assets and discharge its liabilities in the normal course of business.  During the period that the company is operating as debtors-in-possession under Chapter 11, Paragon may sell or otherwise dispose of or liquidate assets or settle liabilities, subject to the approval of the Bankruptcy Court or as otherwise permitted in the ordinary course of business (and subject to restrictions in the companys debt agreements), for amounts other than those reflected in the companys consolidated financial statements.  Investors are urged to review the contents of the companys Form 10-Q including the discussions under Risk Factors when the document is filed.

About Paragon Offshore

Paragon is a global provider of offshore drilling rigs.  Paragons operated fleet includes 34 jackups, including two high specification heavy duty/harsh environment jackups, four drillships, and two semisubmersibles. Paragons primary business is contracting its rigs, related equipment and work crews to conduct oil and gas drilling and workover operations for its exploration and production customers on a dayrate basis around the world. Paragons principal executive offices are located in Houston, Texas. Paragon is a public limited company registered in England and Wales with company number 08814042 and registered office at 20-22 Bedford Row, London, WC1R 4JS, England. Additional information is available at www.paragonoffshore.com.

Forward-Looking Disclosure Statement

This release contains forward-looking statements. Statements regarding contract backlog, earnings, costs, cost reductions, revenue, rig demand, fleet condition or performance, contract commitments, dayrates, contract disputes, industry fundamentals, future performance, market outlook, ability to achieve value through the companys Chapter 11 filing, ability to implement the transactions contemplated by the Revised Plan, the timing of any court proceedings and their outcomes, as well as any other statements that are not historical facts in this release, are forward-looking statements that involve certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions. These include but are not limited to risks associated with the general nature of the oil and gas industry, risks associated with the operation of Paragon as a separate, publicly traded company, actions by regulatory authorities, customers and other third parties, and other factors detailed in the Risk Factors section of Paragons annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2015, and in Paragons other filings with the SEC, which are available free of charge on the SECs website at www.sec.gov. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those indicated.

Conference Call

Paragon also scheduled a teleconference and webcast related to its second quarter 2016 results on Tuesday, August 9, 2016, at 8:00 a.m. U.S. Central Time. The teleconference can be accessed from the U.S. and Canada by dialing 1-888-771-4371, or internationally by dialing 1-847-585-4405, and using access code: 42991725. Interested parties may also listen to the webcast through a link posted on Paragons website at www.paragonoffshore.com, under Events & Presentations in the Investor Relations section of the website.

A telephonic replay of the conference call will be available on Tuesday, August 9, 2016, beginning at approximately 11:00 a.m. U.S. Central Time, through Tuesday, August 23, 2016, ending at approximately 11:00 p.m. U.S. Central Time. The phone number for the conference call replay is 1-888-843-7419 or, for calls from outside of the U.S., 1-630-652-3042, using access code: 42991725.  A replay of the conference call will also be available on Paragons website at www.paragonoffshore.com, under Events & Presentations in the Investor Relations section of the website.

PARAGON OFFSHORE plc
(DEBTOR-IN-POSSESSION)
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(In thousands, except per share amounts)
(Unaudited)
     
  Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
  June 30, June 30,
  2016 2015 2016 2015
Operating revenues        
Contract drilling services \\$164,464  \\$363,089  \\$399,508  \\$762,908 
Labor contract drilling services 5,485  7,206  12,233  14,371 
Reimbursables and other 14,986  22,949  38,314  46,613 
  184,935  393,244  450,055  823,892 
Operating costs and expenses        
Contract drilling services 91,631  196,969  204,337  422,074 
Labor contract drilling services 4,193  5,681  9,252  11,294 
Reimbursables 13,308  18,678  33,092  38,656 
Depreciation and amortization 59,556  94,673  131,462  184,748 
General and administrative 9,821  13,737  21,995  29,101 
Loss on impairments   1,701    1,701 
(Gain) loss on sale of assets   4,078    (12,717)
(Gain) on repurchase of long-term debt       (4,345)
  178,509  335,517  400,138  670,512 
Operating income before interest, reorganization items and income taxes 6,426  57,727  49,917  153,380 
Interest expense (12,836) (29,029) (39,853) (59,207)
Other, net (2,054) 156  (1,292) 2,404 
Reorganization items, net (17,549)   (39,391)  
Income (loss) before income taxes (26,013) 28,854  (30,619) 96,577 
Income tax benefit 904  18,477  300  11,912 
Net income  (loss) \\$(25,109) \\$47,331  \\$(30,319) \\$108,489 
Net income attributable to non-controlling interest       (31)
Net income (loss) attributable to Paragon \\$(25,109) \\$47,331  \\$(30,319) \\$108,458 
         
Earnings (loss) per share        
Basic and diluted \\$(0.29) \\$0.51  \\$(0.35) \\$1.19 
                 
PARAGON OFFSHORE plc
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CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)
     
  June 30, December 31,
  2016 2015
ASSETS    
Current assets    
Cash and cash equivalents \\$889,090  \\$773,571 
Restricted cash 3,002  3,000 
Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts 192,960  266,325 
Prepaid and other current assets 93,278  110,027 
Total current assets 1,178,330  1,152,923 
     
Property and equipment, net 1,015,864  1,111,098 
Restricted cash 44,010  25,030 
Other long-term assets 46,834  73,796 
Total assets \\$2,285,038  \\$2,362,847 
     
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY    
Current liabilities    
Current maturities of long-term debt \\$666,272  \\$40,629 
Accounts payable and accrued expenses 77,347  85,374 
Accrued payroll and related costs 41,591  48,246 
Other current liabilities 72,066  109,640 
Total current liabilities 857,276  283,889 
     
Long-term debt 197,776  2,538,444 
Deferred income taxes 7,908  9,373 
Other liabilities 36,637  37,731 
Liabilities subject to compromise 1,709,347   
Total liabilities 2,808,944  2,869,437 
     
Total shareholders deficit (523,906) (506,590)
Total liabilities and equity \\$2,285,038  \\$2,362,847 
         
PARAGON OFFSHORE plc
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CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)
   
  Six Months Ended
  June 30,
  2016 2015
Cash flows from operating activities    
Net income (loss) \\$(30,319) \\$108,489 
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash from operating activities:    
Depreciation and amortization 131,462  184,748 
Loss on impairments   1,701 
Gain on sale of assets   (12,717)
Gain on repurchase of long-term debt   (4,345)
Reorganization items, non-cash 18,791   
Other changes in operating activities 88,133  29,144 
Net cash provided by operating activities 208,067  307,020 
     
Cash flows from investing activities    
Capital expenditures (29,882) (113,071)
Change in accrued capital expenditures (5,361) (12,533)
Proceeds from sale of assets   29,316 
Acquisition of Prospector Offshore Drilling S.A. non-controlling interest   (2,185)
Change in restricted cash (18,982) 12,502 
Net cash used in investing activities (54,225) (85,971)
     
Cash flows from financing activities    
Net Activity Revolving Credit Facility   11,000 
Additional Borrowings Revolving Credit Facility   200,000 
Repayments on Sale-Leaseback Financing (38,323)  
Repayment of Term Loan Facility   (3,250)
Repayment of Prospector Senior Credit Facility   (265,666)
Repayment of Prospector Bonds   (101,000)
Purchase of Senior Notes   (6,546)
Net cash used in financing activities (38,323) (165,462)
Net change in cash and cash equivalents 115,519  55,587 
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period 773,571  56,772 
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period \\$889,090  \\$112,359 
         
PARAGON OFFSHORE plc
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OPERATIONAL INFORMATION
(Unaudited)
 
   
  Three Months Ended
  June 30, March 31,
  2016 2015 2016
Rig fleet operating statistics (1)      
Jackups:      
Average Rig Utilization 36% 64% 48%
Marketed Utilization (2) 39% 64% 51%
Operating Days 1,126  1,989  1,491 
Average Dayrate \\$112,007  \\$123,556  \\$113,885 
Floaters:      
Average Rig Utilization 18% 83% 45%
Marketed Utilization (2) 35% 100% 68%
Operating Days 96  455  246 
Average Dayrate \\$398,910  \\$257,764  \\$264,779 
Total:      
Average Rig Utilization 34% 67% 48%
Marketed Utilization (2) 38% 69% 53%
Operating Days 1,222  2,444  1,737 
Average Dayrate \\$134,586  \\$148,537  \\$135,296 
             
(1)  We define average rig utilization for a specific period as the total number of days our rigs are operating under contract, divided by the product of the total number of our rigs, including cold-stacked rigs, and the number of calendar days in such period. Information reflects our policy of reporting on the basis of the number of available rigs in our fleet.
(2)  Marketed utilization excludes the impact of Paragon cold-stacked rigs for each comparable quarter, respectively.
 
PARAGON OFFSHORE plc
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CALCULATION OF BASIC AND DILUTED EARNINGS/LOSS PER SHARE
(In thousands, except per share amounts)
(Unaudited)
 
The following table sets forth the computation of basic and diluted earnings (loss) per share:
     
  Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
  June 30, June 30,
  2016 2015 2016 2015
Allocation of income (loss):        
Basic and diluted        
Net income (loss) \\$(25,109) \\$47,331  \\$(30,319) \\$108,458 
Earnings allocated to unvested share-based payment awards (1)   (3,532)   (6,611)
Net income (loss) attributable to ordinary shareholders - basic and diluted \\$(25,109) \\$43,799  \\$(30,319) \\$101,847 
         
Weighted average shares outstanding - basic and diluted 87,601  85,836  87,099  85,549 
         
Weighted average unvested share-based payment awards 4,328  6,922  5,136  5,553 
         
Earnings (loss) per share        
Basic and diluted \\$(0.29) \\$0.51  \\$(0.35) \\$1.19 
                 
(1)  No earnings were allocated to unvested share-based payment awards in our earnings per share calculation for the three and six months ended June 30, 2016 due to a net loss.
                 
PARAGON OFFSHORE plc
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RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
(In thousands, except per share amounts)
(Unaudited)
 
The following table sets forth the reconciliation of net income (loss) to adjusted net income (non-GAAP):
     
  Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
  June 30, June 30,
  2016 2015 2016 2015
         
Net income (loss) \\$(25,109) \\$47,331  \\$(30,319) \\$108,458 
Adjustments:        
(Gain) on repurchase of long-term debt       (4,345)
(Gain) loss on sale of assets   4,078    (12,717)
Loss on impairments   1,701    1,701 
Adjusted net income (loss) \\$(25,109) \\$53,110  \\$(30,319) \\$93,097 
         
Allocation of adjusted net income:        
Basic and diluted        
Adjusted net income (loss) \\$(25,109) \\$53,110  \\$(30,319) \\$93,097 
Earnings allocated to unvested share-based payment awards (1)   (3,963)   (5,675)
Adjusted net income (loss) to ordinary shareholders - basic and diluted \\$(25,109) \\$49,147  \\$(30,319) \\$87,422 
         
Weighted average number of shares outstanding - basic and diluted 87,601  85,836  87,099  85,549 
         
Weighted average unvested share-based payment awards 4,328  6,922  5,136  5,553 
         
Adjusted earnings (loss) per share        
Basic and diluted \\$(0.29) \\$0.57  \\$(0.35) \\$1.02 
                 
(1)  No earnings were allocated to unvested share-based payment awards in our earnings per share calculation for the three and six months ended June 30, 2016 due to a net loss.                
                 
PARAGON OFFSHORE plc
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RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES (Contd)
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)
   
  Three Months Ended
  June 30, March 31,
  2016 2015 2016
Operating revenues      
Contract drilling services \\$164,464  \\$363,089  \\$235,044 
Labor contract drilling services 5,485  7,206  6,748 
Reimbursables and other 14,986  22,949  23,328 
  184,935  393,244  265,120 
Operating costs and expenses      
Contract drilling services 91,631  196,969  112,706 
Labor contract drilling services 4,193  5,681  5,059 
Reimbursables 13,308  18,678  19,784 
Depreciation and amortization 59,556  94,673  71,906 
General and administrative 9,821  13,737  12,174 
Loss on impairments   1,701   
Loss on sale of assets   4,078   
  178,509  335,517  221,629 
Operating income before interest, reorganization items and income taxes 6,426  57,727  43,491 
Interest expense (12,836) (29,029) (27,017)
Other, net (2,054) 156  762 
Reorganization items, net (17,549)   (21,842)
Income (loss) before income taxes (26,013) 28,854  (4,606)
Income tax benefit (provision) 904  18,477  (604)
Net income (loss) \\$(25,109) \\$47,331  \\$(5,210)
       
Adjustments:      
Depreciation and amortization 59,556  94,673  71,906 
Loss on impairments   1,701   
Loss on sale of assets   4,078   
Other, net 2,054  (156) (762)
Reorganization items, net 17,549    21,842 
Interest expense 12,836  29,029  27,017 
Income tax provision (benefit) (904) (18,477) 604 
Adjusted EBITDA \\$65,982  \\$158,179  \\$115,397