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SBM OFFSHORE 2015 HALF-YEAR EARNINGS

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SCHIEDAM, Netherlands, Aug. 5, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SBM Offshore is happy to report better than expected revenue. The Company continues to see a healthy appetite for its projects, as evidenced by the 45% taken up by joint venture partners in the Turritella project as well as the recently announced US$1.55 billion of project financing for Cidade de Saquarema. Progress in discussions with Brazilian authorities continues via the announced signing of a Memorandum of Understanding. SBM Offshore continued to achieve over 99% uptime across the fleet while Directional1 Backlog ended the period at US$20.0 billion. Full year Directional1 revenue guidance has been increased to at least US$2.6 billion.

Bruno Chabas, CEO of SBM Offshore, commented:

"The current downturn is having a profound impact on our industry, which is faced with the challenge to reinvent itself to survive profitably in the current oil price environment. SBM Offshore is determined and confident it can play its part based on its track record of technological innovation, its willingness to take decisive action through its restructuring and backed by its strong lease and operate cash flow."

Financial Highlights

  • Directional1 revenue ahead of expectations at US$1.6 billion
  • Underlying Directional1 EBIT of US$255 million and underlying EPS of $0.78 per share
  • Directional1 Backlog stood at US$20.0 billion
  • Cash and undrawn committed credit facilities at the end of the period stood at US$1,364 million
  • Proportional net debt at the end of June stood at US$3,568 million
  • Joint Venture partner participation in the Turritella project totaling 45%
  • Memorandum of Understanding signed with Brazilian authorities
  • Project financing secured post period for FPSO Cidade de Saquarema totaling US$1.55 billion

Guidance

The Company is updating 2015 Directional1 revenue guidance from at least US$2.2 billion to at least US$2.6 billion.  The increase is primarily attributable to the announced 45% stake in the Turritella project taken up by joint venture partners.  Turnkey revenue guidance for 2015 is now expected to be US$1.4 billion versus US$1.0 billion previously, while Lease & Operate segment guidance of US$1.2 billion remains unchanged.  Proportional net debt guidance below US$3.5 billion is being confidently reiterated for FY2015.

Management is introducing Directional1 capital expenditure guidance.  For the remaining three finance lease vessels under construction Directional1 capital expenditure is expected to total approximately US$265 million, with approximately 75% falling in the second half of 2015.  Directional1 capital expenditure excludes changes in net working capital and is presented net of upfront payments for FPSOs Cidade de Maricá and Cidade de Saquarema.

FIRST HALF 2015 RESULTS

Project Review

FPSO Cidade de Maricá and Cidade de Saquarema (Brazil)

Construction is ongoing for the two finance leased vessels.  Cidade de Maricá berthed safely at the Brasa yard near Rio de Janeiro on July 9, 2015 where topside integration work is ongoing in order to meet local content requirements.  Delivery to the client is expected in 1Q16. 

Concurrently refurbishment and conversion work on Cidade de Saquarema progressed during the first half of 2015 at a Chinese yard and is nearing completion.  Sail away for Brazil, where integration of the topside will take place, is expected in the second half of 2015. 

The charter contract for both vessels includes an initial period of 20 years with extension options.  The client will make upfront payments at first oil totalling US$282 million, split between both vessels, of which US$158 million represents SBM Offshore's 56% share in the joint ventures.  The two double-hull sister vessels will be moored in approximately 2,300 meters of water depth and possess a storage capacity of 1.6 million barrels each.  The topside facilities of each FPSO weigh approximately 22,000 tons, will be able to produce 150,000 bpd of well fluids, have associated gas treatment capacity of 6,000,000 Sm3/d and water injection capacity will be 200,000 bpd each.

FPSO Turritella (US Gulf of Mexico)

Construction continued for the finance leased vessel in the first half of the year, with refurbishment and conversion work near completion at Keppel Singapore.  Sail away for the Gulf of Mexico, where anchoring and commissioning will take place, is expected during the second half of 2015 with delivery to the client expected near the end of 1H16.  The charter contract includes an initial period of 10 years with extension options up to a total of 20 additional years.  

When installed at almost three kilometers of water depth, the FPSO Turritella will be the deepest offshore production facility of any type in the world.  The vessel is a typical Generation 2 design, with a disconnectable internal turret and processing facility capacity of 60,000 barrels of oil per day (bpd) and 15 mmscfd of gas treatment and export.

N'Goma FPSO (Angola)

Formal Production Readiness Notice was received in early January 2015 going into effect retroactively to late November.  The vessel is producing and has been on-hire generating dayrate retroactively since November 28, 2014.

FSO Yetagun (Myanmar)

Following fifteen years of operation with no lost time incident, the client has notified the Company of its intention to exercise an additional three-year extension option.  Additionally, a brownfield life extension award totalling approximately US$30 million has been agreed upon.  The Yetagun Life Extension project is expected to take 18 months and be completed in July 2016.  The vessel will remain in normal operation while brownfield life extension work is being completed.

FPSO Marlim Sul (Brazil)

Previously announced decommissioning activities, that were expected to be completed during the second quarter of 2015, have ceased as the client reviews continued production alternatives for the Marlim Sul field.  The vessel is receiving a standby dayrate through the end of 2015 while awaiting client confirmation to complete decommissioning activities.

Turret Mooring Systems

The three large, complex turrets for Prelude FLNG, Quad 204 and Ichthys are progressing in accordance to clients' schedule.  Integration of the Quad 204 turret with the vessel has been completed in Korea and the client has accepted delivery, while fabrication work on Prelude FLNG has been completed in Dubai with final integration in Korea.  The last elements of the Ichthys turret have been delivered for final integration in Korea with expected delivery in early 2016.

Main Projects Overview

Directional1 capital expenditure through the first half of 2015 amounted to a combined total of US$265 million, reflecting the advanced construction progress of the Company's main projects which are expected to be completed over the next twelve months.  These amounts correspond to the SBM Offshore share in SBM Inc. (the Company's construction subsidiary) costs as well as costs directly incurred at the joint venture level.

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The Company has continued to achieve improved safety performance in the first half of 2015 with the lowest frequencies of recordable injuries and lost time injuries since 2007.  Total Recordable Injury Frequency Rate (TRIFR) improved 30% to 0.15 compared to 0.22 at the end of 2014, while the Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate (LTIFR) improved by 80% to 0.01 in the first half of 2015 from 0.05 at the end of 2014.

Furthermore, the focus on the potentially severe incidents and on process safety has been strong allowing the Company to reach the lowest level frequency rate since 2011.  The volume of gas flared was 25% better than target, however GHG emissions per unit of production was 25% above the industry benchmark for first half year.  Offshore energy consumption and oil discharged from produced water improved compared to last year and stood well above the industry benchmark.

Compliance

On March 16, 2015 SBM Offshore announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Brazilian Comptroller General's Office (Controladoria-Geral da União - "CGU") and the Attorney General's Office (Advocacia Geral da União - "AGU").  This MoU sets a framework between the Company, the CGU and the AGU for discussions on a potential mutually acceptable settlement and for the disclosure by SBM Offshore of information relevant to the CGU's investigations.  

The Company continues to cooperate with all requests for information and is in active dialogue with the Brazilian Comptroller General's Office in order to come to an agreement to close the matter in Brazil.

Turritella Joint Venture

Effective June 30, SBM Offshore completed the divestment of a 45% stake in the Turritella project to joint venture partners Mitsubishi Corporation (MC) and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line).  Subsequently, the Company cash called the joint venture partners for their share in the construction costs, and an amount of US$446 million was received on July 15, 2015.  The total partners' cash contribution to the Turritella project is expected to amount to approximately US$590 million.  Future milestone payments will follow the stages of completion of the project.

Post-Period Events

Cidade de Saquarema Project Financing

On July 27, 2015 the Company secured project financing for FPSO Cidade de Saquarema totalling US$1.55 billion, at a weighted average cost of debt of 5.1%, from a consortium of sixteen international banks with insurance cover from four Export Credit Agencies (ECA).  The financing consists of three tranches, two with ECA insurance cover and one commercial, with fourteen year post-completion maturities.  This is the largest project financing in the Company's history.

Directional 1 Backlog

Directional1 backlog at the end of June 2015 came in at US$20.0 billion compared to US$21.8 billion at the end of 2014.  This reduction reflects the low order intake of US$0.3 billion, the revenue generated during the first half of 2015 and the US$0.5 billion decrease related to the 45% stake in the Turritella project by joint venture partners.  Approximately 37% of total future bareboat revenues will be generated from the lease contracts which have yet to commence operations.  Those include FPSOs Cidade de Maricá, Cidade de Saquarema and Turritella.

Directional1 Turnkey backlog decreased to US$0.9 billion compared to US$1.1 billion at the end of 2014 due to the execution of projects under construction, while being partially offset by the 45% partner's stake in the Turritella project.  Backlog as of June 30, 2015 is expected to be executed as per the below table:

Order Intake

New orders signed during the first half of 2015 totalled US$161 million, and variation orders totalled US$111 million.  The main new orders signed during the period include the Yetagun brownfield life extension award and various offshore contracting awards.

Restructuring

As announced with the first quarter 2015 trading update on May 7, workforce reductions over the period 2014 and 2015 were revised from 1,200 to 1,500 positions as a result of a further review of the cost structure and a prolonged market downturn.

Upon announcement of the original restructuring on December 11, 2014 the Company stated that annualized savings of approximately US$40 million related to Company employees were expected.  Management also indicated that redundancy costs were likely to total approximately US$25 million, of which US$8 million were taken in 2014 and a further US$17 million would be incurred in 2015.

Updated 2015 cost provisions of approximately US$49 million, an increase of US$32 million versus previous expectations, have been taken in the first half results and the Company anticipates realizing annualized savings of approximately US$80 million compared to previous guidance of US$40 million.

The Company's adaptation to market developments is focused on retaining core competencies.  While expectations for order intake remain subdued, maintaining some engineering overcapacity remains crucial to being properly positioned for a market upturn.

Divestment Update

The Company completed the disposal of FPSO Brasil, Kuito and VLCC Alba in the first quarter of 2015.

Master Limited Partnership

Following the completion of a strategic review of alternatives, the Company announced on November 13, 2014 its intent to pursue the development of a master limited partnership (MLP).  Structuring work is progressing with the Company working towards receiving the required regulatory approvals and filing a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  The Company currently expects any initial public offering of common units in the MLP to occur during the second or third quarter of 2016.  This is revised from initial expectations of third quarter 2015.  The anticipated offering would be subject to market conditions.

Extraordinary General Meeting of Shareholders

The Company will hold an Extraordinary General Meeting of Shareholders on November 4, 2015 where it will be proposed that Bruno Chabas (CEO) be reappointed as a member of the Management Board and CEO effective January 1, 2016 for a second four year term in office.

Investing in Our Future

The Company announced in 2014 a focused investment program in Research and Development (R&D), project capabilities (Odyssey24) and increased fleet maintenance, which would total approximately 2.5%-3% per year for two years of 2014 Directional1 revenue guidance of US$3.3 billion.

The R&D and Odyssey24 programs are on track with first half 2015 spending amounting to US$41 million compared to US$28 million in the year-ago period.  R&D efforts are largely focused on the new reality of delivering complex deepwater projects in the current oil price environment, while Odyssey24 is focused on step changes in project and supply chain management with an expected payback on investment with the next Generation 3 FPSO project.  

The Odyssey24 project will be completed in the second half of 2015, while the increased Research and Development efforts continue.  A substantial part of the efforts represent internal workforce, making optimal use and retaining available engineering capacity during the current downturn.

Outlook and Guidance 2015

The market outlook remains challenging as the Company continues to see delays in final investment decisions, and ultimately awards, by clients.  The Company maintains its positive medium to long-term outlook as the Company considers deepwater development a secular growth story.

The Company is updating 2015 Directional1 revenue guidance from at least US$2.2 billion to at least US$2.6 billion.  The increase is primarily attributable to the announced divestment of a 45% stake in the Turritella project.  Turnkey revenue guidance for 2015 is now expected to be US$1.4 billion versus US$1.0 billion previously, and Lease & Operate segment guidance of US$1.2 billion remains unchanged.  Proportional net debt guidance below US$3.5 billion is confidently reiterated for FY2015.

Management is introducing Directional1 capital expenditure guidance.  For the remaining three finance lease vessels under construction Directional1 capital expenditure is expected to total approximately US$265 million, with approximately 75% falling in the second half of 2015.  Directional1 capital expenditure excludes changes in net working capital and is presented net of upfront payments for FPSOs Cidade de Maricá and Cidade de Saquarema.

FINANCIAL REVIEW

Directional1 Performance

In 2013, SBM Offshore decided to extend its reporting with non-IFRS disclosures showing audited disclosures of Backlog and Income Statement based on Directional1 principles.  Directional1 reporting principles stand as follows:

  • Directional1 reporting represents an additional non-GAAP disclosure to IFRS reporting
  • Directional1 reporting assumes all lease contracts are classified as operating leases
  • Directional1 reporting assumes all JVs related to lease contracts are consolidated on a proportional basis
  • All other accounting principles remain unchanged compared to applicable IFRS standards.

Directional1 revenue for the first half of 2015 was down by 9% year-over-year to US$1,572 million versus US$1,729 million in the first half of 2014, reflecting the slowdown of Turnkey activity as a result of oil and gas macro market conditions.  Directional1 revenue by segment was as follows:

  • Directional1 Turnkey revenue decreased by 15% from the year-ago period reflecting lower activity on the construction of FPSOs Cidade de Maricá and Saquarema during the first half of 2015, the lack of significant order intake, partially offset by additional revenue invoiced to the new partners in the Turritella joint venture company.
  • Directional1 Lease and Operate revenue increased by 4% versus the first half of 2014 mainly due to the commencement of production of FPSOs Cidade de Ilhabela and N'Goma FPSO in late 2014 offset by FPSOs Brasil, Kuito and Marlim Sul no longer being in production in 2015.

Directional1 Earnings Before Interest and Taxes (EBIT) for the first half of 2015 increased to US$255 million compared with a loss of US$41 million in the year-ago period, which featured a US$240 million provision for the settlement of the investigation of improper sales practices and the US$15 million release of an impairment related to Deep Panuke.  Adjusted for both exceptional items in 2014, EBIT increased by 39% from US$184 million to US$255 million in the first half of 2015.  This was primarily attributable to:

  • Directional1 Turnkey EBIT increased by 60% due to the strong performance of various projects during the period and the positive contribution of the gross margin recognised during the engineering, procurement and construction of FPSO Turritella started in 2013 on the new partners who acquired a stake of 45% in this project.
  • Directional1 Lease and Operate EBIT increased by 7% compared with the year-ago period but includes the impact of increased costs associated with the two year focused fleet maintenance programme.  Directional1 Lease & Operate EBIT Margin came in at 27.6% in the first half of 2015 including some restructuring costs, compared to the 26.7% during the first half of 2014.
  • As a result of an on-going review of the cost structure and continued market downturn, the Company's workforce reduction is now expected to amount to at least 1,500 positions worldwide over the period  2014 and 2015.  Restructuring costs accounted for as "Other operating expense" over the period represent US$49 million, of which US$32 million relate to the Turnkey segment, US$11 million for Lease and Operate, and US$6 million for the "Other" segment.

Directional1 Overhead expenses reported in the "Other" segment increased to US$61 million in the first half of 2015 from US$47 million in the year-ago period.  The strong level of overhead expenses is mainly attributable to the ongoing investments in the two year transformation program, Odyssey 24, which will be completed by the end of 2015.  In general, Overhead expenses reflect the additional efforts to maintain the Company's leading technological position, as well as one-off items such as expenses related to the investigation in Brazil.

For the first half of 2015, Directional1 EBITDA increased to US$430 million, compared to US$98 million in 2014.  Adjusted for non-recurring items, Underlying Directional1 EBITDA increased by 27% due to strong project execution positively impacting the Turnkey segment and the positive effects of the partner contributions to the Turritella project.

Directional1 net financing costs totalled US$70 million in the first half of 2015, up from US$47 million in the year-ago period.  The increase was primarily due to interest costs related to the project financings of FPSOs Cidade de Ilhabela and N'Goma FPSO as both units commenced production at the end of 2014.

SBM Offshore recorded a Directional1 net profit of US$164 million for the first half of 2015 or US$0.78 per share, compared with a US$98 million loss or US$0.47 per share for the first half of 2014.  Adjusted for the US$240 million provision related to the settlement of the investigation of potentially improper sales practices and the US$15 million release of an impairment related to Deep Panuke in 2014, underlying Directional1 net income increased by 29% year-on-year to US$164 million or US$0.78 per share, compared to US$127 million or US$0.61 in the first half of 2014 for the reasons stated above.

IFRS Performance

IFRS revenue for the first half of 2015 amounted to US$1,457 million, decreasing by 48% compared to US$2,797 million in the year-ago period as a result of the reduction of investments in finance lease contracts under construction.

Under IFRS, the 45% stake taken by Joint Venture partners in the Turritella project has no visible impact.  The Turritella lease is classified as a finance lease, implying the project is already accounted for as a 100% sale during construction including deemed construction profit.  Also of importance is that SBM Offshore will retain control of the companies owning and operating the FPSO, resulting in continued full consolidation as if no partner contribution had taken place except for the recognition of additional non-controlling interests.

IFRS EBIT for the first half of 2015 remained stable to US$204 million compared to US$201 million in the year ago period which was including the US$240 million provision in 2014 for the settlement of the investigation of potentially improper sales practices and the US$15 million impairment release on Deep Panuke.  The underlying decrease of IFRS EBIT reflects the reduction of investments in finance lease projects under construction, due to projects nearing completion in 2015, and the lack of any impact under IFRS in the consolidated Income statement of the 45% partner's share in the joint venture companies owning and operating FPSO Turritella, which remain both fully controlled under IFRS 10.

IFRS net income attributable to shareholders came in at US$106 million compared to US$137 million a year ago.

Statement of Financial Position

Total assets remained stable at US$11.3 billion as of June 30, 2015 compared to US$11.1 billion at year-end 2014.  This reflects the lower investments in FPSOs Cidade de Maricá, Cidade de Saquarema and Turritella during the period and the planned amortisation of property, plant, and equipment and finance lease receivables.

As of June 30, 2015 net debt under IFRS standards slightly increased to US$5,159 million reflecting lower  investments in the ongoing Lease & Operate projects under construction.  Cash and cash equivalent balances came in at US$389 million and committed, undrawn, long-term bank facilities stood at US$975 million.  The average cost of debt is 4.2%, unchanged from the end of 2014.

Total equity as of June 30, 2015 slightly increased at US$3,363 million compared to December 31, 2014.  The Company's net debt to total equity remained stable at 152% at year-end 2014 to 153% at the end of the first half of 2015.  

The Company's solvency ratio stood at 32.5% while the leverage ratio came at 3.3 times and the interest cover ratio came in at 10.3 times, all firmly within covenant requirements.

Including cash outflows for finance leases under construction previously reported as investing activities, cash from operating activities was negative US$394 million for the period compared to negative US$817 million during the first half of 2014.  Cash outflows in finance leases under construction for the first half of 2015 decreased significantly to US$394 million compared to US$1,370 million in the year-ago period taking into consideration the decreasing investments in the fully consolidated FPSOs Cidade de Maricá, Saquarema, Ilhabela and Turritella.

Directional1 capital expenditure through the first half of 2015 amounted to a combined total of US$265 million, reflecting the advanced construction progress of the Company's main projects which are expected to be completed over the next twelve months.  These amounts correspond to the SBM Offshore share in SBM Inc. (the Company's construction subsidiary) costs as well as costs directly incurred at the joint venture level.

The remaining Directional1 capital expenditures for the three finance lease vessels under construction is expected to total approximately US$265 million, with approximately 75% falling in the second half of 2015.  Directional1 capital expenditure excludes changes in net working capital and is presented net of upfront payments for FPSOs Cidade de Maricá and Cidade de Saquarema.

Further financial information is provided in the consolidated interim financial statements included in this press release.

Analyst Presentation & Conference Call

SBM Offshore has scheduled a webcast of its presentation to the financial community and a conference call followed by a Q&A session at 19.30 Central European Summer Time on Wednesday, August 5, 2015.

The presentation will be hosted by Bruno Chabas (CEO), Peter van Rossum (CFO), Philippe Barril (COO) and Erik Lagendijk (CGCO).  Interested parties are invited to listen to the call by dialling +31 20 716 8256 in the Netherlands, +44 203 427 1918 in the UK or +1 646 254 3367 in the US. Conference ID: 1511299.  Interested parties may also listen to the presentation via webcast through a link posted on the Investor Relations section of the Company's website.

A replay of the conference call will be available shortly after the end of the conference call.  The replay can be accessed by dialling +31 20 708 5013 and using access code 1511299 until August 19, 2015.  The webcast replay will also be available on the Company's website.

 Corporate Profile

SBM Offshore N.V. is a listed holding company that is headquartered in Schiedam. It holds direct and indirect interests in other companies that collectively with SBM Offshore N.V. form the SBM Offshore group ("the Company").

SBM Offshore provides floating production solutions to the offshore energy industry, over the full product life-cycle.  The Company is market leading in leased floating production systems with multiple units currently in operation and has unrivalled operational experience in this field.  The Company's main activities are the design, supply, installation, operation and the life extension of Floating Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessels.  These are either owned and operated by SBM Offshore and leased to its clients or supplied on a turnkey sale basis.

Group companies employ over 9,000 people worldwide.  Full time company employees totalling 5,700 are spread over five regional centres, eleven operational shore bases and the offshore fleet of vessels.  A further 3,300 are working for the joint ventures with several construction yards.  Please visit our website at www.sbmoffshore.com.

The companies in which SBM Offshore N.V. directly and indirectly owns investments are separate entities.  In this communication "SBM Offshore" is sometimes used for convenience where references are made to SBM Offshore N.V. and its subsidiaries in general, or where no useful purpose is served by identifying the particular company or companies.

The Management Board Schiedam, The Netherlands, August 5, 2015

For further information, please contact:

Investor Relations Nicolas D. Robert
Head of Investor Relations

Telephone: +377 92 05 18 98
Mobile: +33 (0) 6 40 62 44 79
E-mail: nicolas.robert@sbmoffshore.com
Website: www.sbmoffshore.com

Media Relations Anne Guerin-Moens
Group Communications Director

Telephone: +377 92 05 30 83
Mobile: +33 (0) 6 80 86 36 91
E-mail: anne.guerin-moens@sbmoffshore.com 
Website: www.sbmoffshore.com

Disclaimer

Some of the statements contained in this release that are not historical facts are statements of future expectations and other forward-looking statements based on management's current views and assumptions and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results, performance, or events to differ materially from those in such statements.  Such forward-looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties, which may cause actual results and performance of the Company's business to differ materially and adversely from the forward-looking statements.  Certain such forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "believes", "may", "will", "should", "would be", "expects" or "anticipates" or similar expressions, or the negative thereof, or other variations thereof, or comparable terminology, or by discussions of strategy, plans, or intentions.  Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described in this release as anticipated, believed, or expected.  SBM Offshore NV does not intend, and does not assume any obligation, to update any industry information or forward-looking statements set forth in this release to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.  Nothing in this press release shall be deemed an offer to sell, or a solicitation of an offer to buy, any securities.

1 Directional view is a non-IFRS disclosure, which assumes all lease contracts are classified as operating leases and all vessel joint ventures are proportionally consolidated.

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