Schiedam, Netherlands, July 16, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- July 16, 2016

The Ministry of Transparency, Oversight and Control (Ministério da Transparência, Fiscalização e Controle - "MTFC"), the Public Prosecutor's Office (Ministério Público Federal - "MPF"), the General Counsel for the Republic (Advocacia Geral da União - "AGU"), Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. - Petrobras ("Petrobras") and SBM Offshore signed a settlement agreement ("Settlement Agreement") today that closes out the inquiries of the MPF, the MTFC and Petrobras into the payment of undue advantages to employees of Petrobras. The MTFC investigation was suspended as a result of the execution of a Memorandum of Understanding between the MTFC and SBM Offshore in March 2015. Following the execution of the Memorandum of Understanding, SBM Offshore, the MTFC, the MPF, the AGU and Petrobras engaged in negotiations which resulted in the signature on Friday, July 15 of the Settlement Agreement.

Under the terms of the Settlement Agreement, SBM Offshore is granted, by the MTFC, the MPF, the AGU and Petrobras, full discharge and exemption from legal actions for all matters related to or arising from any acts relating to its then main Brazilian agent and his companies over the period 1996 - 2012 and all related investigations conducted by Petrobras, the MPF and the MTFC.

The Settlement Agreement provides for Petrobras and SBM Offshore to resume normal business relationships.

The terms for final settlement negotiated between the Parties are made up as follows:

  • cash payment by SBM Offshore totalling US$162.8 million, of which US$149.2 million will go to Petrobras, US$6.8 million to the MPF and US$6.8 million to the Council of Control of Financial Activities (Conselho de Controle de Atividades Financeiras - "COAF") for the implementation of units for massive electronic process of information and other instruments to be used in the prevention and combat against corruption by the MPF and the COAF. This amount will be paid in three installments. The first installment of US$142.8 million will be payable as of the effective date of the Settlement Agreement. The two further installments of US$10 million each will be due respectively one and two years following the effective date of the Settlement Agreement; and
  • a reduction of 95% in future performance bonus payments related to FPSOs Cidade de Anchieta and Capixaba lease and operate contracts, representing a nominal value of approximately US$179 million over the period 2016 to 2030, or a present value for SBM Offshore of approximately US$112 million
  • SBM Offshore further remains under the obligation to cooperate with the procedures that may be conducted by the MTFC and the MPF against third parties, as developments of the case
  • the implementation by SBM Offshore of improvements of its internal compliance program in relation to Brazil, in consultation with the MTFC, to whom SBM for three years following the effective date of the Settlement Agreement, will periodically report on matters addressed in the agreement. These arrangements do not affect the regular activities of the compliance departments of Petrobras and of SBM Offshore.

The Settlement Agreement constitutes the results of the institutional collaboration efforts between the MTFC, the AGU and the Federal Prosecutor Service of the State of Rio de Janeiro, which jointly conducted the negotiations, with a view to reaching the best solution for the case.The Public Prosecutor's Office shall submit the Settlement Agreement for approval of the Fifth Chamber for Coordination and Review and Anti-Corruption of the Federal Prosecutor Service, to the extent it is concerned. The MTFC will additionally send the Settlement Agreement to the Federal Court of Accounts (Tribunal de Contas da União - "TCU").

Conference Call

SBM Offshore has scheduled a conference call followed by a Q&A session at 08.00 Central European Summer Time on Monday, July 18, 2016 to discuss the Settlement Agreement.

The call will be hosted by Bruno Chabas (CEO), Peter van Rossum (CFO) and Erik Lagendijk (CGCO). Interested parties are invited to listen to the call by dialing +31 20 531 5867 in the Netherlands, +44 20 3365 3210 in the UK or +1 866 349 6093 in the US.

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 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
Amsterdam, The Netherlands, July 16, 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
E-mail: nicolas.robert@sbmoffshore.com
Website: www.sbmoffshore.com

Media Relations
Vincent Kempkes
Head of Communications

Telephone: +31 (0) 20 2363 170
Mobile: +31 (0) 6 25 68 71 67
E-mail: vincent.kempkes@sbmoffshore.com
Website: www.sbmoffshore.com


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.

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Source: SBM Offshore N.V.