Indonesia's Ministry of Finance Imposes Customs Duty on Jackup KS Java Star
KS Energy Limited (the Company and together with its subsidiaries, the Group) reported Thursday that PT Java Star Rig (PT JSR), held by a joint venture company of KS Drilling Pte Ltd. (KS Drilling), has received notice from the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Indonesia - Directorate General Customs and Excise (the DGC) that the importation of the jackup named KS Java Star (300' ILC) (the Rig) was not in accordance with certain terms of the importation permit and customs duty exemption facility (the Permit) issued by the Indonesian Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) and therefore not exempted from import duty.
The Permit was granted to PT JSR in 4Q 2012 by BKPM prior to the importation of the Rig into Indonesia.
In reviewing the case, DGC concluded that the implementation of the Permit granted to PT JSR by BKPM was not in accordance with the terms of the Permit and therefore assessed that import duty and fines totalling $19.7 million or IDR 197.0 billion (approximately SGD 20.5 million based on the exchange rate of SGD 1.00 to IDR 9,600) are due and payable by PT JSR. As a result, a customs bond arranged by KS Drilling has been called upon to settle the amount.
The Group expects the import duty and fines will negatively impact the net result for the full year ended Dec. 31, 2015 (FY 2015) based on the preliminary assessment made by the Board with reference to the unaudited management accounts of the Group and information currently available to the Board, which may be different from the actual audited financial information of the Group for FY 2015. Further details on the unaudited financial information will be disclosed when the Group publishes its annual results for FY 2015 which is expected to be around the end of February 2016.
PT JSR is currently reviewing the decision of the DGC with their legal advisors and plans to file an appeal at the Indonesian tax court. The Company will release further announcements as and when there are material developments on the above.
KS Drilling, an 80 percent-owned subsidiary of the Company, is an investment holding company. The main activities of its subsidiaries are in the provision of onshore and offshore drilling services, rig management and support services, oilfield equipment ownership and leasing.
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