Maersk Drilling revises financial guidance
Maersk Drilling has re-assessed the commercial and operational assumptions underlying the financial forecasts for 2020 and revises its guidance for 2020 for EBITDA before special items to 250-300m dollar - previous guidance of 325-375m dollar.
The revised guidance reflects expected adjustments to the existing contracts based on current customer dialogues, no additional contracts with financial impact in 2020, and COVID-19 related costs. To adapt the cost structure to the new business environment, Maersk Drilling has taken precautionary measures, including stacking of rigs and revised maintenance programmes. The impact of these measures is included in the revised guidance.
As announced on 24 April 2020, Maersk Drilling has taken steps to adapt the offshore crew pool to the lower activity in the offshore drilling market. Further, the need for onshore support is expected to be adversely impacted by the reduced offshore activity. Therefore, Maersk Drilling today announces that it intends to reduce its onshore organisation in the Danish headquarters and offices globally, and that steps have been taken to initiate consultations with employee representatives and trade unions where such consultations are required locally.
“With the outbreak of COVID-19 and the lower oil prices we are facing an unprecedented reality with significant implications for our business. Our ambition is to remain a leading company in our industry, and in order to safeguard that position we need to adapt our cost structure to the current business environment. This means that we need to take steps to reduce the workforce, which is unfortunate, not least in the light of the great efforts by our competent and dedicated employees, also over the past critical months”, says CEO Jorn Madsen.
Maersk Drilling expects that the initiated steps will lead to a total of 150-170 onshore redundancies globally. The consultation processes will follow varying timelines in compliance with local regulations.
Source: Maersk Drilling