Songa Offshore SE : Report for the fourth quarter 2012
February 25, 2013 - London
Songa Offshore SE ("Songa" or the "company") reports operating revenue for the fourth quarter 2012 of USD 134.6 million and an EBITDA of USD 41.8 million. Net loss for the quarter is USD 218.9 million, including the recognition of an impairment loss of USD 213.3 million.
"We have put a couple of very challenging months behind us, with major delays and cost overruns on Songa Delta and Songa Trym, changes in top management, and the sale of Songa Eclipse. On the positive side, we now have all five rigs on cash generating contracts, we have restored liquidity, and we have strengthened both the board and the management team. Songa will now focus on then financing of the CAT-D project, which are the most important task ahead. With three rigs in operation for Statoil, we will also ensure that we use the opportunity to obtain operational benefits of scale," says interim CEO and Chairman of the Board, Jens A Wilhelmsen.
In addition to continuous operational improvements, the focus for Songa going forward will be to ensure that the company can take possession of the four new CAT D rigs on time and budget. Songa has strengthened the operational management team through the recruitment of Bjørnar Iversen as new president of Songa Rig AS, who will take responsibility for bringing the Cat D rigs in operation under the contracts with Statoil.
"The top management of Songa has recently been to Korea to assess the new build project first hand, and to discuss all aspects of the delivery with the DSME management. We are confident that the project is on track, with regard to both delivery and costs. With a contract back log of USD 6.6 billion, we are also confident that we will secure necessary financing of the new rigs," says Jens A Wilhelmsen.
Please see attached the Q4 2012 Report.
Limassol, 25 February 2013
Board of Directors
Songa Offshore SE
Questions should be directed to:
Jens A Wilhelmsen, CEO and Chairman +357 976 49126
Geir Karlsen, CFO +47 23 01 14 24 / +47 91 60 83 32
This information is subject of the disclosure requirements pursuant to section 5-12 of the Norwegian Securities Trading Act.
The owner of this announcement warrants that:
(i) the releases contained herein are protected by copyright and other applicable laws; and
(ii) they are solely responsible for the content, accuracy and originality of the
information contained therein.
Source: Songa Offshore SE via Thomson Reuters ONE