Prosafe ASA reached agreement on June 29th with KCA Drilling Deutag Norge AS on the sale of the Drilling Services division. This transaction was completed on 1 August and will generate a gain of about US $80 million, which will be recognised in the third-quarter accounts.
The sale of Drilling Services represents the next step in Prosafe's strategy, and will allow the company to focus its managerial and financial resources on the Floating Production and Offshore Support Services divisions. These resources will be devoted to furthering the development of the positions held by these divisions in fast-growing offshore markets.
Operating profit for the second quarter came to US $29.2 million (US $16.6 million), excluding discontinued operations. The main reasons for the improvement are increased fleet utilization and higher day rates in Offshore Support Services.
Net profit for the second quarter was US $21.3 million (US $2.8 million), and diluted earnings per share were US $0.63 (0.38). Operating profit for the first half-year amounted to US $48.1 million (US $36.1 million). Net profit for the first half was US $36.0 million (US $26.8 million), and diluted earnings per share were US $1.06 (US $0.79).
Total assets at June 30th amounted to US $979.0 million (US $972.4 million), while the equity ratio was 46.7 per cent (44.5 per cent).
The accounts have been prepared in accordance with the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), and accord with International Accounting Standard (IAS) 34 for interim reporting. In 2004 and earlier, Prosafe reported in accordance with Norwegian generally-accepted accounting principles (NGAAP). Figures for 2004 have been restated to the IFRS to make them comparable. The effect on equity and results is shown in connection with the profit and loss account and balance sheet in this report, and in a separate stock exchange announcement issued on April 26, 2005.
Prosafe has taken advantage of the opportunity to implement IAS 32 and 39 relating to financial instruments with effect from January 1, 2005, so that the comparable figures for 2004 are based on NGAAP. From January 1, 2005, financial instruments are recorded at market value in the balance sheet and the change in value is recognized in the profit and loss account. The positive effect on book equity at the implementation date was USD 1.9 million. A loss of USD 4.6 million from the decreased market value of financial instruments was recognized for the second quarter. The loss for the first half amounted to US $1.1 million.
Profit from Drilling Services is presented net in the profit and loss account under net profit from discontinued operations. Assets and liabilities relating to discontinued operations are shown separately in the balance sheet. Correspondingly, net cash flow from discontinued operations is presented separately in the cash flow statement.
Offshore Support Services
Rig business and tax
The contract portfolio comprises a mix of long- and short-term assignments. Consequently, Prosafe still has the opportunity to take advantage of increased rate levels in the segment for accommodation and service rigs. Market prospects are also positive in a longer perspective, and the company takes a positive view of opportunities for continued profitable development of the division.
All units in Floating Production are on long-term contracts. At the same time, the company has seen a steady increase in bid activity and is accordingly optimistic about winning a new FPSO project in the short term. Simultaneously, the company is adding capacity to its organization in order to carry out several projects at a time. A good cost structure, high operating regularity and upgrading projects for existing units also ensure good results in periods without new conversion projects.
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