Ensco plc (NYSE: ESV) announced today that its Board of Directors has declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of US$0.75 per Class A ordinary share payable on 20 December 2013 to holders of Ensco’s shares as of the 9 December 2013 record date. The prior quarterly dividend was $0.50 per share.
Based upon today’s closing stock price of $57.07 per share and the new $3.00 per share annualized dividend, Ensco’s dividend yield is approximately 5.3%. This is among the top 5% of all S&P 500 companies. The new annualized dividend is approximately 55% of Ensco’s trailing twelve months earnings per share.
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Dan Rabun stated, “Our strong balance sheet, $11 billion in contracted revenue backlog and positive outlook for future earnings and cash flow growth support this increase to our quarterly cash dividend. Our active fleet has grown with the commencement of four additional rigs during the past year alone and we will continue to grow our active fleet as we deliver six new rigs currently under construction.”
Mr. Rabun added, “Management and the Board believe the new dividend payout is prudent and sustainable, as well as responsive to investors who have shared constructive feedback regarding returning more capital to shareholders. We expect to continue to have adequate liquidity to fund our rigs under construction, while maintaining flexibility to return additional capital to shareholders and invest in new rigs that leverage our intellectual property.”
Today’s dividend increase announcement is the second by Ensco this year. On 26 February 2013, the Company announced a 33% dividend increase to $0.50 per share. On 20 May 2013, Ensco’s shareholders approved a $2 billion share buyback authorization over a five-year period.
As of 30 September 2013, Ensco’s total debt-to-capital ratio was 28%, the second lowest among major offshore drilling contractors. Cash and cash equivalents totaled $325 million and a $2 billion revolving credit facility was fully available.
Ensco plc (NYSE: ESV) brings energy to the world as a global provider of offshore drilling services to the petroleum industry. For more than 25 years, the company has focused on operating safely and exceeding customer expectations. Ensco is ranked #1 for total customer satisfaction with top honors in 10 of 16 categories in the most recent annual survey by EnergyPoint Research. Operating the world’s newest ultra-deepwater fleet and largest fleet of premium jackups, Ensco has a major presence in the most strategic offshore basins across six continents. Ensco plc is an English limited company (England No. 7023598) with its registered office and corporate headquarters located at 6 Chesterfield Gardens, London W1J 5BQ. To learn more, visit our website at www.enscoplc.com.
Statements contained in this press release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Forward-looking statements include words or phrases such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “plan,” “project,” “could,” “may,” “might,” “should,” “will” and similar words and specifically include statements regarding expected financial performance, day rates and backlog; and general market, business and industry conditions, trends and outlook. Such statements are subject to numerous risks, uncertainties and assumptions that may cause actual results to vary materially from those indicated, including downtime and other risks associated with offshore rig operations; and possible cancellation or suspension of drilling contracts as a result of mechanical difficulties, performance or other reasons. In addition to the factors described above, you should also carefully read and consider “Item 1A. Risk Factors” in Part I and “Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” in Part II of our most recent annual report on Form 10-K, which is available on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov or on the Investor Relations section of our website at www.enscoplc.com. Each forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date of the particular statement, and we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward looking statements, except as required by law.
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