Rowan Companies

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Rowan Companies
Type Public
Traded as NYSERDC
S&P 500 Component
Industry Oil & Gas Drilling & Exploration
Founded 1923
Headquarters Williams Tower
Houston, Texas, USA
Key people Thomas P. Burke, President, and Matt Ralls, CEO
  • Increase US$ 1,579.284 million (2013) [1]
  • Increase US$ 1,392.607 million (2012) [1]
Operating income
  • Increase US$ 331.676 million (2013) [1]
  • Increase US$ 255.052 million (2012) [1]
Net income
  • Increase US$ 252.576 million (2013) [1]
  • Decrease US$ 180.602 million (2012) [1]
Total assets
  • Increase US$ 7,975.761 million (2013) [2]
  • Increase US$ 7,699.487 million (2012) [1]
Total equity
  • Increase US$ 4,893.761 million (2013) [2]
  • Increase US$ 4,531.724 million (2012) [2]
Employees 4,846 (2009)[3]

Rowan Companies plc, founded in 1923 and based in Houston, Texas, is an American S&P 500 company which provides contract oil well drilling services and rigs. Rowan Companies is located at 2800 Post Oak Boulevard, Suite 5450, in Houston, Texas. Thomas P. Burke is President. W. Matt Ralls is Chief Executive Officer.

The company operates a fleet of 30 offshore drilling jackup rigs. In North America the company operates offshore in the Gulf of Mexico, and internationally in Trinidad, the Middle East, North Sea, Southeast Asia, and Egypt.[4]

Corporate history[edit]

Rowan Companies[edit]

Rowan Drilling Company, Inc. was founded in 1923 by brothers Charles and Arch Rowan as a contract drilling business.[5]

In 1947, the drilling company was reorganized as Rowan Companies, Inc.[6]

In 1964, the company began paying a cash dividend to shareholders, which it continued without interruption for the next couple of decades. The company was publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol RDC.[7]

The company performed well through the long secular bear market and economic malaise of the 1970s. Its primary businesses were contract drilling, and also aircraft service through its subsidiary business Era Aviation, Inc. In 1981, earnings came in at US$121 million, and the stock split two-for-one. During that prior decade the stock had risen by over 30-fold in price, from its low of the decade. By that time the stock had been added to the S&P 500 Index list of the largest publicly traded companies in the United States.[7]

The company continued to perform well following the early 1980s recession, however, in 1982, both the stock price and the company's earnings reached their all-time high for many years to follow. Earnings peaked at almost US$129 million that year.[7]

In the early 1980s, Rowan began building its heavy-duty Gorilla Class jackup rigs for use in harsher offshore environments.[6] By 1983, the company began to run into serious troubles, as earnings dropped to less than US$21 million. By 1984, earnings were down to only US$4 million, and the stock price had dropped by nearly two-thirds from its 1982 all-time high.[7]

In 1985, earnings were flat from the prior year, and the stock price lost an additional 25% from its 1984 low. By that time, the company had accumulated US$143 million in long-term debt.[7] Between 1985 and 1995, Rowan incurred cumulative net losses of over US$360 million.[6]

By 1986, the company was running a loss of US$58 million, and the stock dropped by half again from its 1985 low, down cumulatively by 86% from its 1982 all-time high.[7]

In 1987, the company lost an additional US$83 million. Adding to the problems, the company's long-term debt by then had grown to US$196 million, and the company had diluted shareholder equity by issuing an additional 30% of its common shares outstanding within the prior couple of years. The company also discontinued payment of its cash dividend that year. Despite the financial troubles, the stock performed well early that year, rising over threefold from its 1986 low. However, in the fourth quarter it fell victim to the 1987 stock market crash, and dropped by two-thirds again from that earlier 1987 peak.[7]

In 1990 the company earned a small profit of several million dollars. But it fell victim to the 1990-1991 recession, and by 1991 it posted a loss of US$45 million.[7]

In 1992, the loss grew to US$85 million, but by 1993 the loss had improved to only US$14 million.[7]

In 1994, Rowan Companies acquired the assets of Marathon LeTourneau Company.[6] The company lost US$23 million that year, and the stock still traded no higher than 60% below its 1982 all-time peak. It also lost some of its value that year resulting from the 1994 economic soft landing.[7] It makes the LeTourneau L-2350 the largest production model Wheeled loader built for the mining industries.[8]

By 1995, the company's long-term debt had grown to US$249 million, and the string of losses continued, with US$19 million lost that year. However, the stock price continued to steadily rise, and reached a new intermediate-term high above its 1994 peak price. By early 1996, the stock price had more than doubled from its 1995 lows, but was still trading 45% below its 1982 all-time high.[7]

In 2000, C. Robert Palmer was Chairman and CEO of Rowan Companies, through at least 2002.[9][10]

In 2001, Rowan began designing its Tarzan Class jackup rigs, and delivered the first one in 2004.[6]

In 2002, Rowan's revenue dropped by 19%, and the company lost US$26.1 million.[6]

In 2003, Rowan reached its peak number of employees up to that time, and also for the following years after, at 5,395. That year, the company lost US$3.9 million.[6]

In 2004, Rowan sold its aviation subsidiary business Era Aviation, Inc. for US$118.1 million in cash. The subsidiary chartered helicopter and fixed-wing aviation services. In 2004, Rowan Companies lost US$1.3 million.[6]

In 2009, W. Matt Ralls became Rowan's President and Chief Executive Officer.

In 2013, Thomas P. Burke became President of Rowan, while remaining Chief Operating Officer. W. Matt Ralls remained Chief Executive Officer.


LeTourneau Technologies[edit]

R. G. LeTourneau founded his company R.G. LeTourneau, Inc. in 1929 in California as a contractor of earthmoving equipment. LeTourneau manufactured products in Longview, Texas.[9] During World War II, the company provided 70% of the Allies' earthmoving equipment. In 1954, it built the first jack-up drilling platform. In 1955, it made the first log-stacker machine. In 1965, the company made the first intermodal crane.[11]

Marathon LeTourneau Company designed all of Rowan Companies' jack-up rigs, and delivered the last one to Rowan as an independent company in 1986.[6]

In 1994, Rowan Companies acquired the assets of Marathon LeTourneau Company.[6]

In 2004, LeTourneau formed an alliance with SourceOne Drilling Systems.[11]

In 2006, LeTourneau changed its name to LeTourneau Technologies, Inc.[11]

In 2011, Rowan announced the sale of LeTourneau Technologies to Joy Global.[12] The sale of LeTourneau Technologies to Joy Global was completed in late 2011. Joy Global subsequently sold LeTourneau's Drilling, Marine, and Power divisions to Cameron International in October 2011.[13]

LeTourneau Ellis Williams[edit]

Ellis Williams, Jr. founded the Ellis Williams Company, of Houston, Texas. Michael R. Williams served as President. EWCO, Inc. was a sibling company which operated as Traitex Machine Co. and made drilling mud pumps.[9][11]

On January 31, 2000, Rowan's subsidiary LeTourneau acquired Ellis Williams Company, and also its sibling company EWCO, Inc., for US$9 million.[11] After the acquisition, Ellis Williams, Jr. remained with the new subsidiary as a design consultant, and Michael R. Williams remained as Senior Vice President and General Manager.[9] The new subsidiary company was renamed LeTourneau Ellis Williams, Inc.


Oilfield-Electric-Marine, Inc. had been in business in Houston, Texas since the late 1970s. It made both AC and DC motors and drive systems, electric consoles for marine drilling industries, and medium voltage switchgear.[10]

On February 1, 2002, the Rowan Electric, Inc. subsidiary unit of Rowan Companies acquired assets of Oilfield-Electric-Marine, Inc., which operated as OEM Power Systems, and the Rowan subsidiary company also acquired Industrial Logic Systems, Inc. the same day. The deal was completed for US$8 million in Rowan common stock.[6][10][11]

Kevin R. Williams had been President of Oilfield-Electric-Marine, Inc., and he stayed on as President of Rowan Electric, Inc., which then became the Rowan subsidiary division Oilfield-Electric-Marine.[10]

Business areas[edit]

Drilling rigs[edit]

Its 30 offshore jackup rigs include cantilever jackup rigs that are designated as Gorilla Class rigs, Super Gorilla Class rigs, Tarzan Class rigs, 240C Class Rigs, EXL class rigs and N-class rigs, as well as conventional jackup rigs.[4] It has four deepwater drillships on order. The first, the Rowan Renaissance, launched in March.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "ROWAN COMPANIES PLC 2013 Annual Report Form (10-K)" (XBRL). United States Securities and Exchange Commission. March 3, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c "ROWAN COMPANIES PLC 2014 Q1 Quarterly Report Form (10-Q)" (XBRL). United States Securities and Exchange Commission. May 12, 2014. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ a b Rowan Companies Inc RDC (NYSE), Full Description,
  5. ^ Rowan Companies, Inc., Corporate Overview
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k ROWAN COMPANIES INC, Form:10-K, EdgarOnline, SEC Filing Date:3/16/2005
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Standard & Poor's Stock Guide, various issues
  8. ^ LeTourneau mining products
  9. ^ a b c d Rowan Companies Inc · 8-K · For 1/13/00,, Filed On 2/14/00, SEC File 1-05491, Accession Number 950129-0-596
  10. ^ a b c d Rowan "bolts on" manufacturing capabilities,, February 1, 2002
  11. ^ a b c d e f LeTourneau Technologies. A History of Innovation., LeTourneau Technologies, Inc.
  12. ^ "Rowan Announces Agreement to Sell LeTourneau Technologies, Inc.". May 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-17. 
  13. ^

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