ADNOC Drilling Shareholders Approve Robust Final Full Year Dividend Reinforcing Confidence in Company’s Performance and Sustained Growth at Inaugural AGM
Shareholder approval underpins strong confidence in ADNOC Drilling’s central role in enabling ADNOC’s significant production capacity growth plans
Final dividend amounts to a robust $325 million or 7.46 fils per share and brings total dividend to $685 million for the full-year 2021
Company reaffirms its commitment to deliver highly attractive shareholder returns with 5% annual dividend per share growth for the next five years
ADNOC Drilling remains a key enabler of ADNOC’s ambitious growth targets that will deliver 5 million barrels daily production capacity and realize gas self-sufficiency for the UAE
Management confirms strong future value creation outlook, driven by ongoing investment in world-class rigs, growth in integrated drilling services and technology driven operating efficiencies
ADNOC Drilling Company PJSC (“ADNOC Drilling” or the “Company”) (ADX symbol: ADNOCDRILL / ISIN: AEA007301012), announced today that its inaugural Annual General Assembly approved all agenda items in its meeting (“AGM”) held on Wednesday, April 20, 2022. Voting on the agenda included approval of the Board’s recommendation to distribute a highly attractive final cash dividend for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2021, amounting to $325 million, or 7.46 fils per share, in line with previous guidance. This brings the total dividend to an impressive $685 million for the full-year 2021.
The dividend is backed by very robust full year 2021 results which saw revenues increase by 8.2%, EBITDA of more than $1 billion and 6% in net income growth. The dividend will be paid to shareholders in accordance with Securities and Commodities Authority (SCA) regulations.
H.E. Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Chairman of ADNOC Drilling, said: “Our shareholders’ approval of the very attractive 2021 final dividend of $325 million in ADNOC Drilling’s inaugural AGM is cemented by the Company’s strong full year results and its unique role as ADNOC’s sole drilling services provider. ADNOC Drilling will continue to deliver the thousands of wells required for ADNOC’s significant production capacity growth targets, resulting in ongoing demand for drilling services and enabling sustainable growth while ensuring robust future returns for our shareholders.
“The Company remains committed to a progressive dividend policy and we remain firmly on track to deliver on our objective to achieve 5% annual growth in our dividend over the next five years. I am confident ADNOC Drilling will build on the achievements realized in 2021, as it strives to unlock further value.”
Since its inception in 1972, ADNOC Drilling has gone from strength to strength, culminating in October 2021 when the Company’s record-breaking IPO received an overwhelming response from local and international investors. Building on that momentum, in December 2021, ADNOC Drilling signed a $3.8 billion long-term drilling contract with ADNOC Onshore and entered into a Framework Agreement with its strategic alliance partner and global onshore drilling leader Helmerich and Payne to enable further growth and unlock efficiencies.
Abdulrahman Abdalla Al Seiari, Chief Executive Officer of ADNOC Drilling, said: “At the start of 2021, we set out to achieve disciplined growth, deliver on our program for improved operational efficiency, maintain core financial strength, and to list ADNOC Drilling on Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX). I am pleased to report that we have accomplished all these strategic priorities.
“Looking across 2022, we expect to accelerate our growth trajectory, driven by our new world-class rigs coming online, continued investments in integrated drilling services and technology, and a laser focus on driving cost efficiencies whilst ensuring we continue to deliver long-term value to our shareholders.”
In a further elevation to ADNOC Drilling’s growing maturity and stature as a publicly listed company, on March 30, 2022, it was included among 15 constituents of the newly launched FTSE Russell ADX 15 Index (“FADX15”). FADX15 is the first co-developed index under ADX’s strategic partnership with FTSE Russell, positioned to be the main benchmark for the ADX market and specifically designed as a tradable index.
Shareholders attending the AGM, which was hosted as a hybrid event both online and at ADNOC’s Business Centre in Abu Dhabi, passed all other agenda items for the meeting.