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July 21, 2010

Repair costs impact Tidewater earnings

Offshore service vessel giant Tidewater Inc. (NYSE: TDW) announced today that fiscal first quarter financial results for the three months ended June 30, 2010, are estimated to be between $0.75 - $0.80 on a fully diluted per share basis. Tidewater said that though it does not provide its own earnings forecast or endorse forecasts prepared by others, it notes that the Thomson First Call consensus estimate for the second quarter is currently $0.95 per share. The company reported fully diluted earnings of $1.10 per share for the quarter ended March 31, 2010.

June 2010 quarterly results are expected to reflect vessel revenues of approximately $262 million, slightly higher than the vessel revenues that were reported in the March quarter. The increase in vessel revenues is primarily due to one additional day in the current quarter given relatively flat trend lines in average vessel count, vessel utilization and day rates. Consistent with estimates provided on the company's May 20, 2010 earnings conference call, vessel operating costs for the current quarter are expected to approximate $155 million, reflecting higher repair and maintenance costs (in part, due to the drydocking in the June quarter of one of the company's largest anchor handling towing supply vessels) and the cost to mobilize several stacked vessels within the internationally-based fleet in advance of such vessels' possible disposition. Results for the current quarter also reflect an assumed effective tax rate for fiscal 2011 of approximately 18.5%, primarily reflecting the current mix of pre-tax earnings between the U.S. and international businesses. In addition, the current quarter had no tax benefits similar to those recognized in the quarter ended March 31, 2010.

During the June quarter, seven newbuild vessels were delivered to Tidewater while the company stacked an additional 21 of its older vessels.

Tidewater also announced that its fiscal 2011 first quarter (ended June 30, 2010) earnings release and conference call have been scheduled for Thursday, August 5, 2010.


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