Noble Corporation (ticker: NE, exchange: New York Stock Exchange (.N))
News Release -
Noble Corporation Declares Special Cash Dividend of $0.75 Per Ordinary Share
SUGAR LAND, Texas, April 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Noble Corporation
(NYSE: NE) announced today that the Company's Board of Directors has declared
a special cash dividend of $0.75 per ordinary share. The dividend payout will
total approximately $202 million based on the number of ordinary shares of the
Company currently outstanding. The special cash dividend will be paid on May
16, 2008 to shareholders of record on April 30, 2008.
The Company's Board of Directors took no action to modify the Company's
existing dividend policy, which became effective in the first quarter of 2005,
of paying a quarterly cash dividend. The Company's Board of Directors has an
agenda item scheduled for its April 30, 2008 meeting to consider the quarterly
cash dividend for the 2008 second quarter.
The declaration and payment of dividends in the future are at the
discretion of the Company's Board of Directors, and the amount of any future
dividends will depend on our results of operations, financial condition, cash
requirements, future business prospects, contractual restrictions and other
factors deemed relevant by the Company's Board of Directors.
Noble Corporation is a leading offshore drilling contractor for the oil
and gas industry. The Company performs contract drilling services with its
fleet of 62 mobile offshore drilling units located in key markets worldwide,
including the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, Middle East, Mexico, the North Sea, Brazil,
West Africa and India. The fleet count includes five rigs under construction.
Additional information on Noble Corporation is available via the worldwide web
This news release may contain "forward-looking statements" about the
business, financial performance and prospects of the Company. Statements about
the Company's or management's plans, intentions, expectations, beliefs,
estimates, predictions, or similar expressions for the future are
forward-looking statements. No assurance can be given that the outcomes of
these forward-looking statements will be realized, and actual results could
differ materially from those expressed as a result of various factors. A
discussion of these factors, including risks and uncertainties, is set forth
from time to time in the Company's filings with the U.S. Securities and
SOURCE Noble Corporation
/CONTACT: Investors, Lee M. Ahlstrom, Vice President, Investor Relations
and Planning, +1-281-276-6440, or Media, John S. Breed, Director of Corporate
Communications, +1-281-276-6729, both of Noble Drilling Services Inc.
/Web Site: http://www.noblecorp.com /