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Vantage Drilling Company Reports Second Quarter 2014 Results

August 11, 2014



ENP Newswire - 11 August 2014

Release date- 05082014 - HOUSTON, TX - Vantage Drilling Company (NYSE MKT: VTG) reports net income for the three months ended June 30, 2014 of $15.1 million or $0.05 per diluted share, excluding charges for the early retirement of debt and a revision to the tax provision, as compared to earnings of $4.2 million or $0.01 per diluted share for the three months ended June 30, 2013.

Including approximately $1.4 million charge for the early retirement of debt and a $3.5 million revision to the tax provision for the three months ended June 30, 2014 the Company reported earnings of $10.2 million or $0.03 per diluted share.

The $1.4 million charge for the early retirement of debt consists of the writing off a portion of deferred financing costs and original debt issuance discount associated with the discretionary prepayment of $42 million on our 2017 Term Loan. The total debt paydown for the quarter, including scheduled maturities and open market purchases of our Senior Notes, totaled $56.9 million.

During the second quarter, our customer for the Titanium Explorer revised their upcoming drilling location for the rig, which coupled with revised financial estimates, had a significant impact on our estimated annual effective tax rate. We are required to calculate the effective tax rate on an annual basis and apply it to the financial statements on a year-to-date basis. The change in estimates resulted in the recognition of an additional $3.5 million tax provision for the second quarter.

Paul Bragg, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented, 'We are pleased to achieve another quarter of strong operating results. The highlight of the quarter was our debt paydown of nearly $57 million. We remain on track to reach our 2014 debt reduction goal, given our contracted backlog and continued high operating efficiency across the fleet.'

Vantage, a Cayman Islands exempted company, is an offshore drilling contractor, with an owned fleet of three ultra-deepwater drillships, the Platinum Explorer, the Titanium Explorer and the Tungsten Explorer, as well as an additional ultra-deepwater drillship, the Cobalt Explorer, now under construction, and four Baker Marine Pacific Class 375 ultra-premium jackup drilling rigs.

Vantage's primary business is to contract drilling units, related equipment and work crews primarily on a dayrate basis to drill oil and natural gas wells. Vantage also provides construction supervision services for, and will operate and manage, drilling units owned by others. Through its fleet of seven owned drilling units, Vantage is a provider of offshore contract drilling services globally to major, national and large independent oil and natural gas companies.

The information above includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions identified above or as disclosed from time to time in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. As a result of these factors, actual results may differ materially from those indicated or implied by such forward-looking statements.

Investor Contact:

Paul A. Bragg

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Vantage Drilling Company

Tel: (281) 404-4700


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