Oslo, Norway, August 8, 2023
In July 2023, the Company’s 11 drilling rigs achieved an average operating day rate of approximately USD 30,700 and rig utilization was 85.7%.
As of August 8, 2023, 75% of available rig days in August were contracted at an average operating day rate of approximately USD 30,200. The contracted backlog beyond August was approximately USD 13.2 million with an average daily operating rate of approximately USD 28,700.
Currently 9 of 11 rigs are working and later in August, one more of the Company’s rigs will be released and marketed for new work. We expect activity to pick up later in 2023 and we will keep the idle rigs warm-stacked for now. During the time between contracts, the Company expects the rigs’ opex to be approximately 30% lower than in a contracted mode.
The Board of Directors approved today a monthly cash distribution of USD 3.9 million or USD 0.09 per share for August 2023. The distribution will be made from the Company’s Contributed Surplus account which consists of previously paid in share premium transferred from the Company’s Share Premium account.
Distribution amount: USD 0.09 per share
Declared currency: US$. Payment to shares registered with Euronext VPS will be distributed in NOK.
Date of approval: August 8, 2023
Last day including right: August 11, 2023
Ex-date: August 14, 2023
Record date: August 15, 2023
Payment date: On or about August 18, 2023
For further queries, please contact:
Marius Furuly, Director of IR and Strategy
Tel: +47 90626191
About NorAm Drilling
NorAm Drilling owns and operates a portfolio of eleven advanced drilling rigs upgraded to maximize drilling efficiency in the Permian Basin in Texas, which is the largest oil producing region in North America. NorAm Drilling is debt free and has industry leading operating margins. The Company has a full pay-out dividend strategy, targeting frequent cash distributions in a profitable market.