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Diamond Offshore Drilling

Leading deepwater drilling company.

15415 Katy Freeway, Suite 100
Houston, Texas 77094-1810
Employees: 5,300
CEO: Lawrence Dickerson
Stock Symbol: DO

Website: http://www.diamondoffshore.com

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Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc., a leading deepwater drilling contractor, owns and operates one of the largest fleets of offshore drilling units in the world. The company's diverse fleet consists of 33 semisubmersibles, 7 jack-ups and 5 dynamically positioned drillships. 

Diamond Offshore provides contract drilling services to the energy industry around the globe and is a leader in deepwater drilling. Configured to achieve the optimum balance of flexibility and performance, Diamond Offshore's fleet has built its reputation on more than four decades of real-world global drilling experience. Its crews have honed their skills in the harshest environments. From the North Sea, the Gulf of Alaska, the Straits of Magellan, the south China Sea and Australia's Bass Strait, Diamond Offshore's industry veterans know how to meet the most formidable challenges.
Headquartered in Houston, Texas, the Company also maintains regional offices in Louisiana, Africa, Australia, Brazil, Indonesia, Scotland, Singapore and The Netherlands.

Jack-up rigs are mobile, self-elevating drilling platforms equipped with legs that are lowered to the ocean floor. The company's jackups are used for drilling in water depths from 20 feet to 350 feet.

In 2012, revenues were $2.98 billion, down from $3.32 billion, and net income was $720 million.


The predecessor companies:  ODECO, Zapata, and Diamond M  
Diamond Offshore's roots date back to May 1953, when Alden J. (Doc) Laborde founded Ocean Drilling and Exploration Co. (ODECO) in New Orleans. Laborde had designed what was probably the first submersible drilling rig. After finding a financial backer in Charlie Murphy of Murphy Oil Co., a grateful Laborde built the rig in 1954 and named the unit Mr. Charlie in honor of his benefactor. Today, the Mr. Charlie is a museum and training facility in Morgan City, La.
After noticing the stability of submersible rigs when they were only partially submerged for relocation, Laborde designed and constructed the first purpose-built semisubmersible rig, Ocean Driller, in 1964.
ODECO rigs continued to rack up "firsts" in the industry in the 1970s, with Ocean Viking discovering the giant Ecofisk Field for Phillips Petroleum in the North Sea, and Ocean Victory discovering the Piper and Claymore fields, also in the North Sea, for Occidental Petroleum.
Zapata Petroleum Corp.
Zapata Petroleum Corp. was an oil exploration company formed in West Texas in the early 1950s by a partnership of young entrepreneurs, including George H.W. Bush (the 41st U.S. President), John Overbey, J. Hugh Liedtke, and his brother William (Bill) Liedtke.
The fledgling company formed an offshore exploration company, Zapata Off-Shore Co., in 1954, with Bush as its president. The company split in 1959 into Zapata Petroleum (headed by the Liedtke brothers and later to become a part of Pennzoil) and Zapata Off-Shore (headed by Bush).  The offshore company's name was changed to Zapata Corp. in 1982, and it was purchased by Arethusa (Offshore) Ltd. in the early 1990s.
Diamond M Drilling Co.
In the early 1960s, an onshore drilling company, Brewster-Bartle, went bankrupt. The banks that had become the owners of the company's rigs contacted Don McMahon, a Texas rancher and oil man, and asked him to take over the failed company. McMahon accepted the challenge and formed Diamond M Drilling Co. in 1964.  He named the company after Diamond M Acres, his ranch near Simonton, Texas.
McMahon took his company public in 1970 and expanded into offshore waters with the building and purchase of jack-up, barge, and semisubmersible rigs. In the early 1970s, Diamond M was one of the largest owners of barge rigs in the energy industry. The company continued to drill both on land and offshore.
In the late 1970s, Western Oceanic tendered an offer to buy Diamond M.  Unwilling to be purchased, Diamond sought and found a "white knight" in Kaneb Services, Inc.
Putting together the pieces
After the oil collapse of the 1980s, Kaneb was fighting bankruptcy. Jim Tisch of Loews Corp., New York, (a diversified holding company) had been buying drilling rigs at distress prices. He approached Diamond M's president, Bob Rose, in 1989 with an offer to buy a rig. Rose instead suggested that Tisch buy substantially all of the company's assets, which Tisch did.
In an opportunistic transaction in 1992, Diamond M Corporation, under Loews' ownership, purchased all of the outstanding stock of ODECO Drilling Inc. from ODECO Oil and Gas Co., a subsidiary of Murphy Oil.  Through the transaction, Diamond M acquired a total of 39 rigs ­ almost half of which remain in our fleet today. Among the 39 rigs were 19 semisubmersibles, 14 jack-ups, one drillship, three platform units and two submersibles. [Note: Diamond acquired only a 50 percent leasehold interest in the Ocean Alliance] The total price was approximately $372 million, roughly half the cost of a single new-build deepwater semisubmersible today. Shortly thereafter, Diamond M Corp. briefly changed its name to Diamond M-ODECO Drilling Inc. before becoming Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc., in 1993.
Until October 1995, Diamond Offshore remained a wholly owned subsidiary of Loews Corp. Then Loews sold 30 percent of the company in an initial public offering, and Diamond Offshore began trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol "DO."
In April 1996, Diamond Offshore acquired Arethusa (Offshore) Ltd. (including eight semisubmersibles and three jack-up rigs) with stock, reducing Loews' ownership in the company to 54 percent.  Since that time, Loews' share in the company has remained constant, and the remaining public shares have been reduced through stock buybacks.  In December 1996, Diamond Offshore sold its land division, Diamond M Onshore, to DI Industries, Inc.


Life and Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance
· Employer provided
· Two times annual salary
Dependent Life Insurance
· Employer provided
· Child Life
· Spouse Life
Optional Life Insurance
· Employees may elect additional life coverage up to $1,500,000 or
· 5 times base annual pay, whichever is less
Optional Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance
· Employees may elect additional coverage up to $500,000 or 10 times
  base annual pay, whichever is less
Short Term and Long Term Disability Insurance
· Employer provided partial income replacement for hourly and salaried employees in the event of disability
Medical, Dental and Prescription Drug Coverage
· A PPO managed health care network with United Health Care
· A PPO managed dental network with CIGNA
· Prescription drug plan administered by Caremark
Voluntary Vision Coverage
· Network of vision service providers
Safety Eyewear Coverage
· Provides reasonably priced prescription safety glasses for employees whose work takes them offshore
Employee Assistance Plan (EAP)
· Employer provided counseling assessment service for employees
  and dependents
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
· Health FSA
· Dependent Care FSA
Diamond Offshore 401k Plan
· Employer match - 100% up to 6% employee pretax contribution;
  100% immediate vesting
· Profit Sharing - 5%; 100% vested 3 years from hire date
International Benefits available for non-US citizens residing outside of the US

Updated December 9, 2013