Noble Corp: What Investors Are Missing
After reporting earnings on Jan. 22, investors continue to sell off shares of Noble Corp (NYSE: NE ) due to fears of a cyclical downturn in the previously robust offshore drilling market. The company is busy completing a newbuild program that will modernize the fleet while at the same time spinning off the older standard assets into Noble Spinco. The spinoff will help focus the company into two separate companies with different objectives to benefit shareholders, but the old assets might lose significant value in a cyclical downturn.
The stock sold off on the news of an industry pause, but people appear to be missing the extreme valuation and the limited slowdown forecasted by management of Noble. In addition, the suggested pause probably has a different impact on companies with a young fleet of premium, high-specification rigs such as SeaDrill (NYSE: SDRL ) as opposed to companies with older fleets such as Transocean (NYSE: RIG ).
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