Louisiana Court Reviews Bankruptcy Plan for Babcock & Wilcox

McDermott International reports that on Oct. 8, 2004, the Honorable Judge Jerry A. Brown of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana issued his findings of fact, conclusions of law and recommendations regarding confirmation of The Babcock & Wilcox Company ("B&W") Chapter 11 Joint Plan of Reorganization (the "Plan") and the associated settlement contained therein. As a wholly-owned subsidiary of McDermott, B&W filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in New Orleans, La., on Feb. 22, 2000, as a result of asbestos-related claims.

The Plan will now proceed to the Honorable Judge Sarah S. Vance of the United States District Court. Judge Vance is expected to review Judge Brown's findings and recommendations, which review may include conducting hearings related to any objections to confirmation of the Plan. After completing her review, it is anticipated that Judge Vance would issue an order granting or denying confirmation of the Plan. Once Judge Vance's order is issued, any appeals would proceed to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and thereafter possibly to the United States Supreme Court. The Plan will not become effective until all appeals have been exhausted and certain conditions are either satisfied or waived, including the entry of a final order of confirmation. Additionally, McDermott's Board of Directors must give its approval to the Plan and associated settlement within a thirty day period prior to the Plan becoming effective. The Board will consider numerous factors when contemplating approval, including any developments associated with national legislation on the proposed Fairness in Asbestos Injury Resolution Act. Due to the variables involved, McDermott is unable to anticipate the likely timeline as to when, or if, the Plan would become effective.

Effective Feb. 22, 2000, B&W was deconsolidated from McDermott's reported financial statements. During the 2002 fiscal year, McDermott wrote-off its remaining investment in B&W and accrued in its financial statements the anticipated liability associated with implementing the Plan which is marked-to-market on a quarterly basis. For additional detail, please reference McDermott's annual report for the year ended Dec. 31, 2003, filed on Form 10-K with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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