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Rowan Reports First Quarter 2016 Results

HOUSTON, May 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- For the three months ended March 31, 2016, Rowan Companies plc ("Rowan" or the "Company") RDC, -0.52% reported net income of $122.8 million, or $0.98 per share, compared to $123.7 million, or $0.99 per share in the first quarter of 2015.

Rowan's revenues were $500.2 million in the first quarter of 2016, down by 9% from the prior-year quarter due primarily to lower utilization of jack-up rigs. The lower jack-up utilization was partially offset by contributions from the Company's third and fourth newbuild ultra-deepwater drillships, which began operating in February and June of 2015, respectively.

Tom Burke, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "Our first quarter results reflect our focus on safe and reliable operations with particular attention to careful cost control as we navigate a challenging 2016. Our offshore crews are striving to continuously improve our operational efficiency. Additionally, I'm pleased with our ability to secure some new contracts in a difficult market."

Rowan will conduct its earnings conference call on Wednesday, May 4, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. Central Time. Interested parties are invited to listen to the call by telephone or over the Internet. Individuals who wish to participate on the conference call by telephone may dial (877) 201-0168, or internationally (647) 788-4901. The conference ID is 79160656. You should dial-in approximately five to ten minutes prior to the scheduled start time. Alternatively, to access the online simulcast and rebroadcast of the conference call, please visit Rowan's website at www.rowan.com. You should connect to our website at least 15 minutes prior to the conference call to register, and download any necessary software.

Rowan is a global provider of contract drilling services with a fleet of 31 mobile offshore drilling units, comprised of 27 jack-up rigs and four ultra-deepwater drillships. The Company's fleet operates worldwide, including the United States Gulf of Mexico, the United Kingdom and Norwegian sectors of the North Sea, the Middle East, and Trinidad. The Company's Class A Ordinary Shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "RDC." For more information on the Company, please visit www.rowan.com.

Statements herein that are not historical facts are forward looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including, without limitation, statements as to the expectations, beliefs and future expected business, financial and operating performance and prospects of the Company. These forward-looking statements are based on our current expectations and are subject to certain risks, assumptions, trends and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by the forward-looking statements. Among the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include oil and natural gas prices; the level of offshore expenditures by energy companies; variations in energy demand; changes in day rates; cancellation, early termination or renegotiation by our customers of drilling contracts; risks associated with fixed-cost drilling operations; cost overruns or delays in transportation of drilling units; cost overruns or delays in maintenance and repairs; cost overruns or delays for conversion or upgrade projects; operating hazards and equipment failure; risks of collision and damage; casualty losses and limitations on insurance coverage; customer credit and risk of customer bankruptcy; conditions in the general economy and energy industry; weather conditions and severe weather in the Company's operating areas; increasing complexity and costs of compliance with environmental and other laws and regulations; changes in tax laws and interpretations by taxing authorities; civil unrest and instability, terrorism, piracy and hostilities in our areas of operations that may result in loss or seizure of assets; the outcome of disputes and legal proceedings; effects of the change in our corporate structure...


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