SBM Offshore has released its preliminary results for the fiscal year 2008.
Financial Results (unaudited)
The net profit for 2008 is currently estimated at US$ 227 million of which US$ 222 million (US$ 1.54 per share) is attributable to shareholders, compared with US$ 263 million in 2007 (US$ 1.85 per share). All operating companies have made positive contributions to this result which includes estimated variation orders and recoveries from clients where negotiations or discussions are at a sufficiently advanced stage. Additional relevant information prior to the date of approval of the 2008 financial statements (March 10, 2009) could lead to amendment of the results disclosed herein.
Dividend proposal will be to maintain the same level as for 2007, at US$ 0.93 per share, representing a pay-out ratio of 60%. To preserve balance sheet flexibility and cash-flow predictability the dividend will, exceptionally, be payable 50% in cash and 50% in shares.
Turnover rises to US$ 3,060 million (2007: US$ 2,871 million), of which 73% derived from turnkey sales and services projects (76% in 2007).
EBITDA is US$ 531 million (2007: US$ 548 million); EBIT is US$ 276 million (2007: US$ 302 million), of which 76% is generated from lease and operate activities (60% in 2007). Net debt increased from US$ 875 million at 31 December 2007 to US$ 1,464 million at 2008 year-end, mainly due to ongoing investments in new units for the lease fleet. Capital expenditure reached US$ 1.0 billion (2007: US$ 0.55 billion). At December 31, 2008 the Company had over US$ 400 million in committed undrawn bank facilities, cash and cash equivalents of US$ 230 million, and all bank covenants were comfortably met. Equity decreased during the year from US$ 1,338 million to US$ 1,260 million due to the negative impact of unrealized losses on the Company’s portfolio of interest rate and foreign exchange hedges. Such impact is a consequence of the Company's conservative hedging policy, and the significant movements in US interest rates and foreign exchange rates in the latter part of 2008. The net gearing ratio increased accordingly to around 116%.
Development Order Portfolio
New orders and variation orders in 2008 totalled US$ 4.34 billion of which US$ 1.44 billion relate to lease and operate activities and US$ 2.90 billion relate to turnkey supply and services orders. Total year-end order portfolio increased to US$ 9.24 billion (2007: US$ 7.95 billion).
Lease and Operate Portfolio
At the end of 2008 the lease portfolio value amounted to US$ 6.28 billion (2007: US$ 5.65 billion) representing the non discounted lease revenues to be received under the eighteen long-term “lease and operate” contracts and four “operate only” contracts for oil and gas production facilities (2007: twenty-two contracts and three contracts respectively). A total of fifteen (2007: seventeen) of the owned or part-owned units were in operation and three (2007: five) under construction.
The portfolio developed over the year as follows:
Start of operations:
End of lease contracts:
Turnkey Supply and Services Portfolio
The value of the turnkey supply and services portfolio amounted at the end of 2008 to US$ 2.96 billion (2007: US$ 2.30 billion). The major completions and milestones during the year included the following projects:
The most significant awards during the year included:
Expectations for 2009
In the current economic climate, awards of a number of oil and gas projects targeted by the Company in 2009 are likely to be delayed. As a result the Company is unable at this time to provide net profit expectations for full-year 2009. Average EBIT margins in 2009 in the Turnkey supply and services segment are expected to return to 5% - 10% range. Excluding non-recurring items, and depending upon the variable, production related revenues from the Thunder Hawk semi-submersible unit, the EBIT contribution from the lease and operate segment is expected to be close to the level achieved in 2008.
Net interest charge in 2009 will double compared to 2008 due to start of operations on major lease contracts and low expected interest income on liquidities. Capital expenditure, excluding any new operating lease contracts to be obtained in 2009, is expected to amount to US$ 0.5 billion.
Net gearing is expected to remain at or below the current level, with debt ratios well within all financing covenants.
The medium and long term fundamentals of the business remain sound and the demand for the Company's products is still strong. This is supported by the current high level of bidding activities similar to previous years. However, due to the current turmoil in the financial markets and lower oil price it is anticipated that there will be a slow down in the award of new contracts in the short term as some oil companies may decide to postpone project developments, either because the projects become uneconomic at current low oil price levels or that they will wait before awarding contracts in the expectation that the costs will decrease.
It is also anticipated that some of the smaller operators may run into difficulty to raise financing for their project developments, resulting in the projects being cancelled or at least delayed. It should be noted however, that the Company generally targets the major oil companies who are less likely to be affected by financing concerns. We expect to be successful in obtaining new orders to maintain current portfolio levels in both segments over the next couple of years.
The lease fleet is contracted with major and national oil companies on long term charters independent of oil price fluctuations, production volumes (except for Murphy Thunder Hawk) or financial turmoil.
The investments in the operating units have been fully financed to the extent necessary, with the exception of the EnCana Deep Panuke project, for which the Company intends to obtain financing during 2009. The solid and robust nature of our clients and contracts give a high level of confidence for profit generation in the years to come and continued repayment of debt on schedule.
The execution of the current turnkey portfolio backlog is progressing on schedule. Input costs remain tight, even though there are some signs of easing in the construction activities.
With respect to the LNG FPSO we expect to start front end engineering and design work for a client in 2009, although a final investment decision is not expected before the end of 2009. No material capex requirements are expected in 2009 for the LNG FPSO.
The Company will continue to develop technology for the increasing challenge of deepwater, complex oil fields and natural gas exploitation, which are considered to be the long term growth areas.
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