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Ensco (ESV) Prices Class A Ordinary Shares Public Offering

Ensco plc ESV announced that it has priced an upsized underwritten public offering of 57 million Class A ordinary shares. Each share was priced at $9.25. The original size of the offering was 50 million shares which was upsized to 57 million. The offering is expected to close on Apr 20, 2016. The company expects to use the net proceeds from the offering for general corporate purposes.

At the end of the fourth quarter, Ensco had $121.3 million in cash and cash equivalents. Long-term debt (including current maturities) was $5,895.1 million, with net debt-to-capitalization ratio coming in at 41%. The annual interest expense of the Notes was approximately $42 million. Net interest expense is expected at approximately $57 million in second-quarter 2016 and $58 million in third-quarter 2016.

Ensco is expected to witness increased downtime in 2016. This will affect its utilization rates in the coming quarters and thus lower revenues. Further, getting contract extension for rigs in Brazil is increasingly becoming a challenge for the firm and is a cause for concern.

Crude price has declined sharply and is currently trading around $37 a barrel. Therefore, the top energy companies have resorted to spending cuts (in particular on the costly upstream projects) to counter lower profit margins. This, in turn, means less work for drilling contractors like Ensco.

Ensco's business depends on oil and gas exploration and production (E&P) activity.  Hence, any change in oil and gas prices could put further pressure on E&P spending and lower demand for its service offerings.

The increased supply of high-spec rigs is likely to put pressure on the utilization of standard jackups in the long run. Also, the company's execution with respect to jackups under construction will play a big role in determining its growth.

Ensco carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). Some better-ranked players from the energy sector are Sasol Ltd. SSL, ReneSola Ltd. SOL and Vanguard Natural Resources, LLC VNR. Each of these stocks sports a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy).

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