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Transocean Ltd. Announces Schedule for Fourth Dividend Installment and Currency Election Period

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Transocean Ltd. Announces Schedule for Fourth Dividend Installment and Currency Election Period16:15 EST Thursday, February 09, 2012ZUG, SWITZERLAND--(Marketwire - February 09, 2012) - Transocean Ltd. (NYSE: RIG) (SIX: RIGN) today announced the schedule for the fourth installment of its dividend of approximately U.S. $1 billion to be paid out of additional paid in capital. The fourth installment is $0.79 per outstanding share, or approximately $276.3 million in total, based on the current number of the company's outstanding shares.The dividend is denominated in U.S. dollars and represents the fourth of four installments totaling $3.16 per outstanding share. The dividend was approved by shareholders at the company's Annual General Meeting on May 13, 2011.Fourth Installment Schedule- February 22, 2012 -- Ex-dividend date- February 24, 2012 -- Record date- March 21, 2012 -- Installment payment date</ul>Currency Election Period</b>For shareholders who choose to receive the fourth dividend installment in Swiss francs, the dividend payment will be converted into Swiss francs as transacted by BNY Mellon on or about March 19, 2012. The period to elect to receive payment of the fourth dividend installment in Swiss francs starts on February 27, 2012, 5 p.m. EST, 11 p.m. CET, and ends on March 2, 2012, 5 p.m., EST, 11 p.m. CET.NOTE: NO ACTION IS REQUIRED IF YOU WISH TO RECEIVE YOUR DIVIDEND IN U.S. DOLLARS.Holders of shares registered in our share register who would like to receive the fourth dividend installment in Swiss francs must make their election in writing to the following address during the election period:Computershare Attn: Steven Myers 480 Washington Boulevard 29th Floor Jersey City, NJ 07310 USAEmail: steven.myers@computershare.comFax: +1 201-680-4606 Phone: +1 201-680-5333If you hold your shares in the name of a bank, broker or nominee, please contact your bank, broker or nominee to make the election arrangements.Forward-Looking StatementsStatements regarding the dividend and timing of dividend payment dates, as well as any other statements that are not historical facts, are forward-looking statements that involve certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions. These include but are not limited to the number of shares outstanding at the time of the payment of the dividend, exchange rates, actions by regulatory authorities, and other factors detailed in the company's most recent Form 10-K, Form 10-Q, and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), which are available free of charge on the SEC's website at Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those indicated.About Transocean</b>Transocean is the world's largest offshore drilling contractor and the leading provider of drilling management services worldwide. With a fleet of 134 mobile offshore drilling units, excluding two Ultra-Deepwater Drillships, three High-Specification Jackups under construction and one High-Specification Jackup delivered to Transocean by the shipyard in December 2011. Transocean's fleet is considered one of the most modern and versatile in the world due to its emphasis on technically demanding segments of the offshore drilling business. Transocean owns or operates a contract drilling fleet of 50 High-Specification Floaters (Ultra-Deepwater, Deepwater and Harsh-Environment semisubmersibles and drillships), 25 Midwater Floaters, nine High-Specification Jackups, 49 Standard Jackups and one swamp barge.For more information about Transocean, please visit our website at FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: Thad VaydaAnalyst Contacts:+1 713-232-7551OR+1 713-232-7420Chris KettmannORGuy A. CantwellMedia Contact:+1 713-232-7647