SBM OFFSHORE PROVIDES YEAR END UPDATE

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SCHIEDAM, Netherlands, Dec. 17, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ahead of the scheduled FY2013 earnings announcement1, SBM Offshore announces2:

Highlights

  • Production Acceptance Notice of Deep Panuke following debottlenecking
  • Company-wide review of decommissioning provisions and vessel values leading to non-cash charges of US$160 million
  • Sale and lease back transactions for two of three Monaco offices agreed with proceeds exceeding US$100 million
  • Anticipation of FY2013 IFRS revenue of approximately US$4.6 billion, compared to guidance of US$4.3 billion

Bruno Chabas, CEO of SBM Offshore commented: "From a difficult start, 2013 has been a year of achievements. As we close, we are updating the market on further steps that mark SBM Offshore's progress and our determination to manage our business rigorously and efficiently.

We are pleased to announce that the Deep Panuke facility has received Production Acceptance Notice and is formally on hire. This has been a tough project, but its delivery reflects the advances we have made. Today, SBM Offshore focuses on what the client wants and delivers it. This is a significant factor in the progress being made across our project portfolio, as reflected by today's increased 2013 IFRS revenue guidance.

We have recently concluded a Company-wide review of decommissioning provisions and vessel values. As a matter of prudent accounting, this will result in certain non-cash charges. Even so, the Company will return a positive IFRS net income for 2013 and remains firmly within its covenants."

Decommissioning Review

With the upcoming expiration of contracts for FPSO Kuito and FPSO Brasil, the Company has undertaken the reassessment of decommissioning costs for both vessels. The expected costs associated with removing the vessels from service have proven higher than earlier estimates. As a consequence, a Company-wide review was conducted in Q4 to reassess decommissioning expenses of all other vessels, resulting in a charge to income of approximately US$40 million.

Residual Value of Laid-Up Vessels

Within SBM Offshore's fleet, the FPSO Falcon and VLCC Alba have been laid up since 2009, and 2011, respectively. Due to more stringent requirements regarding the use of single hull vessels with limited storage capacity, the estimated recoverable amount under current market conditions is considerably lower than the carrying value. This will result in non-cash charges of approximately US$55 million in the second half of 2013.

Thunderhawk

Thunderhawk, a semisubmersible production facility in the US Gulf of Mexico, is the only facility in SBM Offshore's Lease fleet portfolio which bears exposure to reservoir risk. It started operations in 2009. On production trends from current reserves, and projections from planned new fields, total deliverable volumes will be insufficient to sustain the asset's current book value. As a result, the carrying value of the facility has been written down by approximately US$65 million.

Deep Panuke

The Company is pleased to announce that the team has completed the debottlenecking process, brought the platform to full production capacity safely and has received Production Acceptance Notice (PAN) from the client. The platform is currently on hire and generating full day rate as per contractual commitments. A charge of approximately US$5 million in connection with the final commissioning will be taken in the second half of 2013.

Divestment Update

The sale and lease back of real estate in Monaco continues to progress well. The Company is pleased to report sale and lease back transactions for two of three buildings. The remaining building is now expected to be sold in 2014. Sales proceeds thus far exceed US$100 million, resulting in a book profit of approximately US$30 million.

FY2013 IFRS Revenue Guidance

As the Company nears its fiscal year end, management anticipates FY2013 IFRS revenue of approximately US$4.6 billion. This represents an increase to prior IFRS revenue guidance of US$300 million, driven by the Turnkey segment.

Today's announced write-downs and charges are predominantly non-cash items. Despite all the provisions and impairments taken throughout the year, the Company continues to anticipate positive IFRS net income in FY2013 and to remain securely within its covenants.

Conference Call

SBM Offshore's management will host a conference call followed by a Q&A session at 7:30AM Central European Time on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 to further discuss today's announcement. Interested parties are invited to listen to the call by dialling +31 20 794 8484 in the Netherlands, +44 207 190 1590 in the UK or +1 480 629 9856 in the US, using access code: 4657361.

Financial Calendar Date Year
Full-Year 2013 Results - Press Release (07.30 CET) February 6 2014
Publication of AGM Agenda March 11 2014
Annual General Meeting of Shareholders April 17 2014
Trading Update Q1 2014 - Press Release May 9 2014
Half-Year 2014 Results - Press Release August 7 2014
Trading Update Q3 2014 - Press Release November 13 2014

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 9,600 people worldwide, who are spread over five execution centres, eleven operational shore bases, several construction yards and the offshore fleet of vessels. 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, December 17, 2013

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.
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