Adnoc Drilling announces 2021 net income of $604m

Strong and resilient operational growth drives FY21 revenue to $2.27 billion, up 8.2 per cent year-on-year
Strong and resilient operational growth drives FY21 revenue to $2.27 billion, up 8.2 per cent year-on-year

Industry leading fleet utilisation and excellent progress on cost efficiency results in full year EBITDA of over $1 billion


A Staff Reporter

Published: Fri 11 Feb 2022, 2:23 PM

Adnoc Drilling Company has announced its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ending December 31, 2021, with revenue for the 12-month period increasing 8.2 per cent to $2.27 billion compared to the same period last year.

Year-on-year revenue growth was led by the Onshore segment, as the company continues to support Adnoc Group’s program to significantly grow production capacity. The company’s Oilfield Services (OFS) segment also significantly grew revenue and EBITDA year-on-year.

Full year EBITDA was $1.047 billion, with a margin of 46.1 per cent, as the company made excellent progress on delivering further cost efficiencies. Net profit for the full year was $604 million, up six per cent year-on-year.

Year-on-year, Q4 2021 EBITDA grew by 2.7 per cent. Over the period, EBITDA margin expanded to 45.6 per cent, reflecting, in part, active management of centrally allocated expenses in the quarter. Revenue growth was strongest in OFS, helping to offset weaker Q4 2021 revenues in drilling segments, leaving Q4 2021 revenues essentially flat vs Q4 2020. Year-on-year underlying operating performance was stable. Financial performance was lower as a result of non- recurring drilling revenues booked in the prior comparative year.

Onshore revenue for the full year was $1.14 billion, up six per cent over 2020, largely driven by new rigs and rig reactivations. Year-on-year, Q4 2021 revenue was $293 million, down four per cent vs Q4 2020, impacted by stacking claim receipts booked in the comparative period. Overall operating rig days and underlying revenue in Q4 2021 was higher than in the prior corresponding period.

Offshore Jackup revenue for the full year was $596 million, broadly flat vs the prior year at $597 million. Offshore Island revenue was $204 million for the full year 2021, similar to 2020.

The Oilfield Services segment performed well throughout the year, driven by higher activity from continued expansion, with healthy margin development. OFS revenue for the full year period increased 48 per cent year-on-year to $329 million.

Adnoc Drilling reported a fleet utilisation rate of 96 per cent for the year to December 31, 2021. The company’s cash from operations increased seven per cent year-on-year to $1.085 billion, equating to cash conversion of 104 per cent of EBITDA. Capital expenditure for the full year increased by 34 per cent to $505 million in 2021, as the company pursues ambitious plans to cater to client demand.

Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology, Adnoc Managing Director and Group CEO, and Chairman of Adnoc Drilling, said: “Adnoc Drilling’s first full year results as a listed company are an important milestone in the company’s journey since its record-breaking IPO on ADX. The strong full year results and successful strategic execution are testament to the vital role that the company is playing in enabling significant production capacity growth for Adnoc as well as the UAE’s objective to achieve gas self sufficiency."

He added: "In light of strong performance in 2021, the board is pleased to recommend a final dividend of $325 million for the second half of 2021, bringing the total dividend for the financial year to $685 million, in line with the guidance we provided at the time of the IPO. We are also able to reconfirm our guidance objective of five per cent annual growth in dividend per share from 2022-2026.”

Abdulrahman Abdullah Al Seiari, CEO of Adnoc Drilling, said: “I am proud of the results that Adnoc Drilling has delivered over the past 12 months, particularly having delivered a record-breaking IPO and sustained business growth in a challenging year marked by the ongoing global pandemic. This was enabled by our clear strategic objectives, the commitment of our highly-skilled and dedicated workforce and our unwavering commitment to industry-leading health and safety standards."

"We remain very enthusiastic about the year ahead as we build out our drilling assets and Oilfield Services with our strategic partners Baker Hughes and Helmerich & Payne. Technology and innovation will be at the heart of that program, and we are looking forward to reporting on a number of important milestones for the Company in the months to come,” he said.

Earnings were supported by solid progress on efficiency and cost discipline objectives, including head office costs, where management believes further cost management is achievable and will help deliver improving margins. Meanwhile, the company’s strong working capital position at the year end reflects materially improved customer collections and cash conversion. Net debt at December 31, 2021 was $1.086 billion, representing a net debt/EBITDA multiple of 1.03.

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