ADNOC Drilling Delivers Robust Growth in Third Quarter, with Net Profit Up 36% Year-on-Year to $257 million - Drilling

ADNOC Drilling Delivers Robust Growth in Third Quarter, with Net Profit Up 36% Year-on-Year to $257 million 

Strong revenue growth of 16% year-on-year to $776 million, enabled by new rigs entering the operational fleet

Additional activity and effective cost management initiatives deliver EBITDA of $381 million, leading to 49% margin

Oilfield Services continues its exceptional growth as integrated drilling services delivers on customer expectations of high performance, low cost, lower carbon operations

Company positively updates full year 2023 guidance, driven by increased earnings visibility 


Abu Dhabi, UAE – November 14, 2023: ADNOC Drilling Company PJSC (“ADNOC Drilling” or “the Company”) (ADX symbol: ADNOCDRILL / ISIN: AEA007301012) today announced its financial results for the third quarter and first nine months of 2023.

Third quarter revenue increased to $776 million, up 16% year-on-year with growth across all segments. Third quarter EBITDA increased by an impressive 27% year-on-year to $381 million as a result of strong top line growth and effective cost management initiatives, delivering an EBITDA margin of 49%. Net profit for the quarter reached $257 million, up 36% year-on-year.

For the first nine months of 2023, revenue grew 14% year-on-year to $2.2 billion, driven by increased activity and the expansion of Oilfield Services (OFS). During the same period net profit grew 24% year-on-year to $704 million and EBITDA grew 20% year-on-year to $1,058 million.

Abdulrahman Abdulla Al Seiari, Chief Executive Officer, ADNOC Drilling, commented: “Our positive third quarter results clearly demonstrate the effective execution of our comprehensive strategy to grow earnings by expanding our fleet and our service offering. These results demonstrate the Company’s ability to continue to deliver profitable growth as we maintain our safe, efficient and sustainable operations. Long-term shareholder value creation remains central to our strategy and future development.”

ADNOC Drilling’s sequential growth comes on the back of its two-pronged strategy of expanding its fleet and service offering. The Company now has a total fleet of 134 operational rigs. The accelerated fleet expansion since IPO underpins our growth targets, while boosting revenue as incoming rigs commence operations.

At the same time, OFS revenue reached $145 million in the third quarter 2023, up 41% year-on-year. Through OFS, ADNOC Drilling is delivering improved well delivery times and an associated emissions reduction, as a result of the adoption of advanced technologies and greater efficiencies.

Strong growth across all segments

  • Onshore: Third quarter revenue grew 2% compared to the prior year, the overall increase in activity more than offset the lower year-on-year recovery of fuel costs.
  • Offshore - Jack-up: Third quarter revenue increased 39% year-on-year, mainly attributable to higher activity and lower major maintenance. First nine months revenue stood at $575 million, up 33% year-on-year.
  • Offshore - Island: Third quarter revenue grew 4% compared to the prior year, driven by increased activity. First nine months revenue stood at $157 million, up 3% year-on-year.

  • Oilfield Services (OFS): Third quarter revenue grew 41% year-on-year, driven by increased activity from pressure pumping, drilling fluids, directional drilling, and one-off sale of certain materials. First nine months revenue stood at $405 million, up 44% year-on-year.

Updated FY 2023 guidance

Driven by increased visibility on earnings and profitability, ADNOC Drilling updated its fiscal year 2023 guidance on EBITDA, Net Profit and CapEx, while it confirms the guidance on other metrics.The Company now expects total revenue between $3.0 to $3.2 billion, EBITDA of $1.4 - $1.5 billion (previously $1.35 - $1.5 billion), with a margin range of 47% - 49% (previously 45% - 47%) and Net Profit of $0.9 - $1.0 billion (previously $0.85 - $1.0 billion), with a margin range of 29% - 32% (previously 28% - 31%).  Moreover, ADNOC Drilling now expects CapEx to be around $1.3 billion for 2023 (previously $1.30 - $1.75 billion).

Update on decarbonization initiatives

ADNOC Drilling has also continued its investment in various decarbonization initiatives across its operations, supporting ADNOC's target to reduce carbon intensity by 25% by 2030.

During the first half of the year the Company announced the acquisition of 16 newbuild hybrid land rigs that are expected to join the operational fleet in 2024. Each hybrid rig can deliver an emissions reduction of up to 15%.  

Additionally, two of ADNOC Drilling's central camps will be connected to the grid by year-end, reducing the need for traditional diesel generators and the associated emissions, with two more connected in early 2024. At the same time, the company is progressively rolling out solar power across its mobile camps.

Events Subsequent to the Third Quarter

ADNOC Drilling entered into a joint venture agreement with Alpha Dhabi Holdings to invest up to $1.5 billion in the acquisition of technology-enabled companies in the OFS and energy sectors, spurring significant future growth in ADNOC Drilling’s OFS offering.

ADNOC Drilling will embark on its international growth journey, providing integrated drilling services in Jordan, with economics in line with existing returns achieved in Abu Dhabi.

Key Financial Metrics

USD Millions 3Q23 3Q22 Y-o-Y% 2Q23 QoQ%  9M23 9M22   YoY%
Revenue 776 670 16% 724 7% 2,216 1,940 14%
EBITDA 381 299 27% 344 11% 1,058 879 20%
Net Profit 257 189 36% 228 13% 704 568 24%
Earnings per share (USD/share) 0.016 0.012 36% 0.014 13% 0.044 0.036 24%
Capital Expenditure 592 223 165% 181 227% 849 508 67%
Cash from Operating Activities 337 317 9% 395 -15% 958 1,135 -16%



Release Details

  • November 14, 2023
  • Abu Dhabi, UAE