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ROWAN COMPANIES PLC FILES (8-K) Disclosing Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement, Creation of a Direct Financial Obligation or an Obligation under an Off-Balance Sheet Arrangement of a Registrant, Financial Statements and Exhibits

January 28, 2014

Item 1.01 Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement On January 23, 2014 , Rowan Companies, Inc. (the "Company") and Rowan Companies, plc (the "Parent") entered into the Amended and Restated Credit Agreement dated as of January 23, 2014 (the " Amended Credit Agreement") among the Company, the Parent, the lenders party thereto, Wells Fargo Bank, National Association , as administrative agent, issuing lender and swingline lender and Citibank, N.A ., DNB Bank ASA, New York Branch, Royal Bank of Canada, Bank of America, N.A ., Barclays Bank PLC and Goldman Sachs Bank USA, as co-syndication agents. By entering into the Amended Credit Agreement, the Company amended its principal bank credit facility to increase its borrowing capacity thereunder from $750 million to $1.0 billion , and to provide for an accordion feature that will permit, subject to the requisite consent of the lenders, its borrowing capacity under the facility to be increased to a maximum of $1.25 billion . The $1.0 billion in lending commitments under the Amended Credit Agreement includes a $150 million sublimit for standby letters of credit and a $50 million sublimit for swingline loans. The Company intends to use this revolving credit facility to finance ongoing working capital requirements and for other general corporate purposes. The Company may request advances, including swingline advances, pursuant to the revolving commitment of the lenders in the form of base rate advances or eurodollar advances. Interest on base rate advances will accrue at a base rate margin (currently 0.5%) based on the Company's debt rating plus the greatest of: (a) a prime rate in effect on the date of the borrowing request, (b) the federal funds rate on the date of the borrowing request plus 0.5% and (c) LIBOR plus 1.0%. Interest on eurodollar advances will accrue at LIBOR plus a eurodollar margin (currently 1.5%) based on the Company's debt rating. The Amended Credit Agreement matures on January 23, 2019 . In the Amended Credit Agreement, the Company and the Parent have agreed to certain covenants, including one financial covenant limiting the total indebtedness of the Parent and its subsidiaries on a consolidated basis. The Amended Credit Agreement also contains customary events of default, the occurrence of which may trigger an acceleration of the maturity date under the Amended Credit Agreement. The foregoing summary of the Amended Credit Agreement does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the Amended Credit Agreement, which is filed as Exhibit 10.1 hereto and is incorporated herein by reference. Item 2.03 Creation of a Direct Financial Obligation or an Obligation Under an Off-Balance Sheet Arrangement of a Registrant The information required by Item 2.03 of Form 8-K is set forth in Item 1.01 above, the contents of which are incorporated by reference herein. Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits. (d) Exhibits. Exhibit No. Description 10.1 Amended and Restated Credit Agreement dated January 23, 2014 among Rowan Companies, Inc. , as Borrower, Rowan Companies plc , as Parent, the Lenders named therein, Wells Fargo Bank, National Association , as Administrative Agent, Issuing Lender and Swingline Lender and Citibank, N.A ., DnB Bank ASA, New York Branch, Royal Bank of Canada, Bank of America, N.A ., Barclays Bank PLC and Goldman Sachs Bank USA, as Co-Syndication Agents. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------


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