Adnoc Drilling posts 24% growth in 9-month net profits

Continued growth is underpinned by margin-enhancing fleet expansion program, with nine new rigs added so far in 2022; Industry-leading fleet utilisation supports nine-month revenue growth of 15% year-on-year, to reach $1.94 billion

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During the third quarter, Adnoc Drilling was awarded two contracts at a combined value of $3.4 billion to provide eight jack-up rigs to Adnoc Offshore.
During the third quarter, Adnoc Drilling was awarded two contracts at a combined value of $3.4 billion to provide eight jack-up rigs to Adnoc Offshore.

Published: Mon 14 Nov 2022, 3:28 PM

Last updated: Mon 14 Nov 2022, 3:29 PM

Adnoc Drilling Company on Monday announced that its first nine-month net profit in 2022 rose 24 per cent to $568 million due to significant performance of onshore and oilfield services segments.

In a statement, the Abu Dhabi-listed company said its revenue increased 15 per cent to $1.94 billion during the January-September 2022 compared to the same period last year. Nine-month EBITDA rose 12 per cent to $879 million at an industry-leading EBITDA margin of 45.3 per cent.


"Year-on-year revenue growth was led by the onshore segment, with Adnoc Drilling positioned as a key enabler of Adnoc’s ambitious program to significantly boost production capacity. The company’s oilfield services segment equally achieved very strong year-on-year gains," according to the statement.

Third quarter revenue grew 17 per cent year-on-year to $671 million, driven primarily by the onshore and oilfield services segments. Third quarter EBITDA increased by five per cent year-on-year to $299 million for the period. Net profit for the third quarter grew by six per cent year-on-year basis to $189 million.


“Our strong nine-month results were underpinned by the consistent execution of our strategic priorities as we continue to prove our value as a reliable and efficient operator and fast-growing drilling leader. Our accelerating rig fleet expansion programme is a prime example," Abdulrahman Abdullah Al Seiari, chief executive officer of Adnoc Drilling.

"Supporting the UAE’s long-term production capacity targets, the programme is already paying off as new rigs commence operations. A significant number of additional rigs are scheduled to come onstream in the fourth quarter, further boosting our financial and operating performance as we head towards 2023 and continued shareholder value creation," he said.

“Sustainability continues to be a major focus as we deliver on our committment to reduce and, where possible, eliminate emissions from our operations. We are also partnering with our customers to support their sustainability goals," he said. "An example is the recently delivered 50,000ft extended reach well for Adnoc Offshore in the giant Zakum field, tapping into an undeveloped part of the reservoir. This well helps unlock an additional production capacity of 15,000 barrels per day and achieves this without the need for further costly infrastructure and with minimal environmental footprint, and is the world’s longest extended reach well. Such pioneering drilling engineering achievements, reinforce Adnoc Drilling's prime position in the drilling and completion services industry,” he added.

On October 3, 2022, Adnoc Drilling celebrated one year since listing on the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX). At the time, the initial public offering was the largest listing in the history of the exchange and was 31 times oversubscribed. Since listing, the company has delivered a total shareholder return of 53.7 per cent as at September 30, 2022.

Al Seiari concluded: “As we celebrate our first anniversay as an ADX-listed company, we are proud of the value we have created for shareholders, with our progressive dividend policy having distributed $666.25 million to investors since listing. At the same time, we have added more than $13 billion of contract backlog, achieved strong top- and bottom-line growth, and expanded our owned rig fleet from 95 to 108. We are excited for the year ahead, and look forward to continued growth in 2023 and beyond.”

Strong growth for Onshore and OFS

Onshore: Revenue for the nine-month period was $1,074 million, up 27 per cent year-on-year, largely driven by new rigs joining the fleet. 3Q 2022 revenue was $372 million, up 33 per cent year-on-year.

Offshore Jackup: Revenue for the nine-month period was $431 million, broadly flat versus the prior year. Q3 2022 revenue was $143 million and, due to planned maintenance, down nine per cent year-on-year. During the third quarter, Adnoc Drilling was awarded two contracts at a combined value of $3.4 billion to provide eight jack-up rigs to Adnoc Offshore.

Offshore Island: Revenue for the nine-month period was $153 million, similar to 2022. Q3 2022 revenue of $52 million was down 14 per cent year-on-year due to a one-off claim concluded and recognised in Q3 2021. During the third quarter, Adnoc Drilling was awarded a $711 million contract for the provision of four Island Drilling Units for up to ten years for Adnoc’s Hail and Ghasha Development Project.

Oilfield Services (OFS): The OFS segment performed very well in the nine-month period, with revenue of $282 million, up 22 per cent year-on-year, driven by higher activity from continued expansion, with healthy margin development. Q3 2022 revenue was $103 million, up 40 per cent year-on-year. During the third quarter, the OFS business was awarded contracts totalling $1.3 billion by Adnoc for the Hail and Ghasha Development Project, to provide integrated drilling services and fluids for up to ten years. In addition, OFS was awarded a $23 million contract by Adnoc Onshore for up to five years’ supply of production chemicals; as well as a four-year $2 million well head maintenance contract by Al Dhafra Petroleum.

The company has accelerated its rig fleet expansion program during the course of 2022, and in the third quarter signed two sale and purchase agreements to acquire a further three premium jack-up drilling units for $210 million.

— muzaffarrizvi@khaleejtimes.com


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