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Tom Burke, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "Recent jack-up awards for the ARO Drilling fleet in the Middle East and Rowan rigs in the North Sea demonstrate improvements within key shallow water markets. The clear long-term benefit of Rowan’s partnership in ARO Drilling is supported by the pending addition of four incremental jack-ups to the ARO Drilling fleet, owned 100% by Rowan. Backlog additions for our ultra-harsh heavy duty units reflect the somewhat healthier dynamics within the North Sea region, which we believe will continue to lead the recovery in the shallow water. Lastly, we added backlog to one of our top-tier deepwater assets, and have increasing confidence that further backlog additions for our deepwater fleet should materialize as 2018 unfolds. Though the environment remains challenging, we continue to execute operationally, focus on financial discipline, and aggressively pursue contracting opportunities."

Rowan will conduct its earnings conference call on Tuesday, May 1, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. Central Time. Interested parties are invited to listen to the call by telephone or over the Internet. Individuals who wish to participate on the conference call by telephone may dial (833) 241-4252, or internationally (647) 689-4203. The conference ID is 2585558. You should dial-in approximately five to 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time. Alternatively, to access the online simulcast and rebroadcast of the conference call, please visit Rowan’s website at www.rowan.com. You should connect to our website at least 15 minutes prior to the conference call to register, download and install any necessary software.

Rowan is a global provider of offshore contract drilling services to the oil and gas industry with a fleet of 27 mobile offshore drilling units, comprised of 23 self-elevating jack-up rigs and four ultra-deepwater drillships. The Company’s fleet operates worldwide, including the United States Gulf of Mexico, the United Kingdom and Norwegian sectors of the North Sea, the Middle East, and Trinidad. Additionally, the Company is a 50/50 partner in a joint venture with Saudi Aramco, named ARO Drilling, that owns a fleet of five self-elevating jack-up rigs that are contracted in the Arabian Gulf.

Statements herein that are not historical facts are forward looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including, without limitation, statements as to the expectations, beliefs and future expected business, financial and operating performance and prospects of the Company. These forward-looking statements are based on our current expectations and are subject to numerous risks, assumptions, trends and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by the forward-looking statements. Among the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include oil and natural gas prices and the impact of the economic climate; changes in the offshore drilling market, including fluctuations in supply and demand; variable levels of drilling activity and expenditures in the energy industry; changes in day rates; ability to secure future drilling contracts; cancellation, early termination or renegotiation by our customers of drilling contracts; customer credit and risk of customer bankruptcy; risks associated with fixed cost drilling operations; unplanned downtime; risks related to our joint venture with Saudi Aramco, including the timing and amount of future distributions from the joint venture or contributions to the joint venture; cost overruns or delays in transportation of drilling units; cost overruns or delays in maintenance, repairs, or other rig projects; operating hazards and equipment failure; risks of collision and damage; casualty losses and limitations on insurance coverage; weather conditions in the Company’s operating areas; increasing costs of compliance with regulations; changes in tax laws and interpretations by taxing authorities; hostilities, terrorism, and piracy; impairments; cyber incidents; the outcomes of disputes, including tax disputes and legal proceedings; and other risks disclosed in the Company’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Each forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date hereof, and the Company expressly disclaims any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, except as required by law.

We report our financial results in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") in the United States. However, in our earnings release and during our earnings calls we may reference company information that does not conform to GAAP. Generally, a non-GAAP financial measure is a numerical measure of a company’s performance, financial position, or cash flows that excludes or includes amounts that are not normally excluded or included in the most directly comparable measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP. Management believes that an analysis of this data is meaningful to investors because it provides insight with respect to ongoing operating results of the Company and allows investors to better evaluate the financial results of the Company. However, these measures should not be viewed as an alternative to or substitute for GAAP measures of performance, and these non-GAAP measures may not be consistent with previously published Company reports on Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K. Non-GAAP measures we may reference have been reconciled to the nearest GAAP measure in the tables entitled Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Measures below.