SCHIEDAM, Netherlands, May 11, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --


  • Year-to-date 2016 Directional1 revenue in line with Management expectations at US$442 million
  • Cidade de Maricá first oil achieved and on hire
  • FPSOs Cidade de Saquarema and Turritella on target for mid-year delivery
  • Reiterating 2016 Directional1 revenue and EBITDA guidance of at least US$2.0 billion and around US$750 million, respectively

Bruno Chabas, CEO of SBM Offshore commented:

"I'm pleased to see Lease and Operate cash flows continuing to grow with the delivery of Cidade de Maricá in the first quarter and the expected delivery of FPSOs Cidade de Saquarema and Turritella around mid-year, all contributing to our strong liquidity position. Delivery of these vessels combined with fleet operational reliability and focused cost management remain areas of attention while new business in the offshore deepwater segment is not expected to return to pre-downturn levels."

Financial Highlights

Year-to-date 2016 Directional1 revenue came in at US$442 million versus US$601 million in the year-ago period. This decrease was entirely driven by lower Turnkey activity levels on remaining projects under construction and low order intake in 2015 and 2016. Directional1 Turnkey segment revenue was down 55% year-on-year at US$148 million, while Lease and Operate segment revenue increased 7% from the year-ago period to US$293 million. The growth in Lease and Operate revenue is mostly attributable to the first quarter 2016 start-up of FPSO Cidade de Maricá and the fourth quarter 2015 new field start-up under the Thunder Hawk DeepDraft(TM) Semi Production Handling Agreement in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.

Directional1 Backlog as of March 31, 2016 stood at US$18.5 billion. The Company added US$55 million in new orders related to FEED and offshore installation contracts. Although SBM Offshore is actively involved in several tenders for FEED studies and final awards, it remains cautious on order intake in view of the continuing downturn in the oil and gas industry.

Proportional net debt as of March 31, 2016 amounted to US$3.1 billion, unchanged compared to the end of December 2015 as investments in new projects are offset by cash generation from the Lease and Operate portfolio and cash received from joint venture partners for the Turritella project.

Gross Directional1 capital expenditure through the first three months of 2016 amounted to US$63 million, before the deduction of roughly US$78 million of upfront client payments. This reflects the advanced construction progress of the Company's main projects nearing completion in the first half of 2016. 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, excluding changes in net working capital.

Post period, the Cidade de Maricá joint venture received the US$140 million contractual start-up payment from the client, of which US$78 million is booked against SBM Offshore's Directional1 capital expenditure on the project.

Project Review

FPSO Cidade de Maricá (Brazil)

On February 16, 2016 SBM Offshore announced that Cidade de Maricá was formally on hire as of February 7, 2016 after achieving first oil and the completion of the 72-hour continuous production test leading to final acceptance.

FPSO Cidade de Saquarema (Brazil)

Construction is ongoing for the finance leased vessel. Cidade de Saquarema is nearing completion of topside commissioning at the joint venture Brasa yard outside of Rio de Janeiro. The charter contract for the vessel includes an initial period of 20 years. Delivery is scheduled for mid-2016.

FPSO Turritella (US Gulf of Mexico)

The vessel is on location in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. Start-up of the facility is expected in mid-2016. The charter contract includes an initial period of 10 years with extension options up to a total of 20 years.


On March 23, 2016, participants in the Browse Floating Liquified Natural Gas (FLNG) project in Australia decided not to proceed with the development. As a result, SBM Offshore's FEED activites related to the project have ceased.

Deep Panuke (Canada)

The Company's Deep Panuke production facility experienced a malfunctioning of its flarestack on March 20, 2016. The facility is shutdown for repairs which are expected to be completed within a 120 day shutdown allowance, during which time there are no consequences to dayrate income.


Discussions with the Brazilian authorities and Petrobras regarding a settlement agreement are progressing. Timing and size of any potential settlement remain to be confirmed. The Company took a US$245 million provision in the 2015 accounts.

The Company is cooperating with the US Department of Justice in its enquiries following the reopening of its case in January 2016.


On January 13, 2016 SBM Offshore announced that Premier Oil plc awarded the Company the Front-End Engineering and Design (FEED) contract for an FPSO for Phase 1 of its Sea Lion development in the North Falkland Basin.

Revolving Credit Facility

SBM Offshore, together with its core relationship banks, have agreed to an amendment of its Revolving Credit Facility (RCF), providing headroom improvements to the leverage and interest coverage ratios.

The interest coverage ratio threshold has been lowered from 5.0x to 4.0x from December 31, 2016 through to maturity of the RCF at the end of 2019. The leverage covenant is temporarily being adjusted upwards to 4.25x in December 2016, 4.50x in June 2017 and 4.25x in December 2017 before reverting back to the originally agreed upon level of 3.75x through to maturity of the facility.

The agreed upon amendments, combined with a strong cash position, provide the Company will a larger degree of flexibility given the current industry downturn.

Post-Period Events


On April 6, 2016, the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders voted in favor of the proposed US$0.21 per ordinary share dividend distribution. Dividends were paid in Euros using an exchange rate of 1.1368, which equates to €0.1847 per ordinary share. The cash dividend was paid on May 3, 2016 to all shareholders of record as of April 11, 2016.

FPSO Marlim Sul (Brazil)

Decommissioning activities were completed in April 2016. The vessel received a decommissioning dayrate through the end of the first quarter of 2016. The vessel will be marketed for future conversion opportunities.

Outlook and Guidance

As the downturn persists and client investment decisions continue to be postponed, Management expects immaterial order intake in 2016 and 2017 while maintaining its positive medium to long-term outlook. The Company considers offshore development to be a crucial component of the overall energy mix to meet future demand.

The Company is reiterating its 2016 Directional1 revenue guidance of at least US$2.0 billion, of which US$0.6-0.7 billion is expected in the Turnkey segment and US$1.3-1.4 billion in the Lease and Operate segment. The Company also reconfirms the 2016 Directional1 EBITDA guidance of around US$750 million.

Directional[1] capital expenditure guidance for the remaining three finance lease vessels under construction is expected to be approximately US$90 million. Directional1 capital expenditure excludes changes in net working capital and is presented net of SBM Offshore's share of upfront client payments for FPSOs Cidade de Maricá and Cidade de Saquarema.

Conference Call

SBM Offshore has scheduled a conference call followed by a Q&A session at 09:00 Central European Summer Time on Wednesday, May 11, 2016.

The call 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 dialing +31 (0) 800 26 58 619 in the Netherlands, +44 (0) 80 82 37 00 30 in the UK or +1 866 928 7517 in the US and using access ID 44586863#.

A replay will be available shortly after the end of the conference call. Interested parties can listen to the replay by dialing +31 (0) 20 716 84 20 and using access code 671939# until June 11, 2016.

Corporate Profile

SBM Offshore N.V. is a listed holding company that is headquartered in Amsterdam. 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 approximately 7,000 people worldwide. Full time company employees totaling 4,900 are spread over five regional centres, eleven operational shore bases and the offshore fleet of vessels. A further 2,100 are working for the joint ventures with several construction yards. Please visit our website at

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
Amsterdam, the Netherlands, May 11, 2016

Financial Calendar Date Year
Half-Year 2016 Earnings - Press Release August 10 2016
Trading Update 3Q 2016 - Press Release November 9 2016
Full-Year 2016 Earnings - Press Release February 8 2017
Annual General Meeting of Shareholders April 13 2017
Trading Update 1Q 2017 - Press Release May 10 2017

For further information, please contact:

Investor Relations
Nicolas D. Robert
Head of Investor Relations

Telephone: +31 (0) 20 2363 126
Mobile: +31 (0) 6 5461 2410

Media Relations
Vincent Kempkes
Head of Communications

Telephone: +31 (0) 20 2363 170
Mobile: +31 (0) 6 25 68 71 67


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.

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.



Source: SBM Offshore N.V.