Thursday, November 3, 2011

Transocean Drops on Biggest Earnings Miss in Half a Decade

Transocean Ltd. (RIG), the world’s largest offshore oil driller, fell the most in almost three years after third quarter earnings missed analysts’ estimates by the biggest margin in at least half a decade.

Transocean declined 12 percent to close at $49 in New York. Earlier, the stock plunged as much as 14 percent for the worst intraday performance since November 2008. After regular trading on U.S. markets closed yesterday, the company posted a loss of $71 million, or 22 cents a share, its largest third quarter loss in at least 10 years.

Excluding one time items such as foreign exchange contract costs associated with last month’s Aker Drilling ASA acquisition, the Vernier, Switzerland based company recorded per share profit of 3 cents, 73 cents lower than the average of 32 analysts’ estimates compiled by Bloomberg.

The company “did not deliver” in the third quarter, Chief Executive Officer Steven Newman told analysts and investors on a conference call today.

Manufacturing delays among equipment providers prolonged downtime for rigs subject to more stringent U.S. safety rules imposed in the wake of last year’s Macondo disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, Newman said........Read the entire Bloomberg article.

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