Oslo, Norway, October 10, 2023
In September 2023, the Company’s 11 drilling rigs achieved an average operating day rate of approximately USD 28,800 and rig utilization was 71.5%.
As of October 10, 2023, 78% of available rig days in October are contracted at an average operating day rate of approximately USD 27,500. The contracted backlog beyond October was approximately USD 19.9 million with an average daily operating rate of approximately USD 26,800.
Currently 8 of 11 rigs are contracted and working. One of the idle rigs will mobilize for a new contract with a new operator in mid-October. We expect activity to pick up later in 2023 and plan to keep the two remaining 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 1.7 million or USD 0.04 per share for October 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 0.04 per share
Declared currency: US$. Payment to shares registered with Euronext VPS will be distributed in NOK
Date of approval: October 10, 2023
Last day including right: October 13, 2023
Ex-date: October 16, 2023
Record date: October 17, 2023
Payment date: On or about October 20, 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.