SBM OFFSHORE: EXCEPTIONAL 2005 RESULTS

Monday, 30. January 2006 17:17

Highlights

* Unaudited net profit for 2005 of US$ 222 million, including the
profit resulting from the sale of FPSO Serpentina, versus restated
US$ 99 million in 2004;
* Dividend proposal will be based on 50% of the full net profit. Per
share the dividend will increase from US$ 1.70 to US$ 3.25;
* Expected net profit for 2006 of US$ 165 million.


1. Financial

The unaudited result for 2005 is a net profit estimated at US$ 222
million (US$ 6.53 per share). This figure includes a substantial gain
relating to the FPSO Serpentina, for which Mobil Equatorial Guinea
exercised its contractual purchase option on 1 November 2005, and
includes the impact of IFRS which reduced the book value of the FPSO
upon conversion from previous accounting principles. Specific
information relating to the FPSO Serpentina transaction will be
provided in the Annual Report.

The above result is the first that the Company reports under the IFRS
accounting principles. For comparison purposes, the IFRS restated
2004 net profit amounted to US$ 99 million (prior to the impairment
loss related to the Company's former shipbuilding division).

Turnover rose to US$ 1,510 million (2004: US$ 1,069 million as
restated under IFRS and excluding shipbuilding).

Cash flow amounted to over US$ 425 million and EBITDA exceeded US$
475 million.

Net debt decreased from US$ 1,187 million at 31 December 2004 to US$
809 million at 2005 year-end. Net gearing decreased accordingly to
below 100%. Capital expenditure exceeded US$ 400 million.


2. Development Order Portfolio

New orders in 2005 totalled US$ 1,520 million of which US$ 500
million are FPSO lease and operate revenues and US$ 1,020 million
relate to turnkey supply and services orders. Total order portfolio
remained stable at US$ 4.0 billion (2004: US$ 4.0 billion as restated
under IFRS and excluding shipbuilding).

2.1. Lease and Operate Portfolio

At the beginning of 2005 the lease portfolio value amounted to US$
3.6 billion representing the non discounted lease revenues to be
received under the seventeen long-term lease and operate contracts
for FPSOs and FSOs. At 1 January 2005 fourteen units were in
operation and three under construction.

The portfolio developed over the year as follows:

New orders and extensions:
* In January the signing of an eight-year lease contract for an FPSO
for the development of the Kikeh field offshore Malaysia, operated
by Murphy Sabah Oil Co Ltd. executed in Joint Venture with Malaysia
International Shipping Corporation Berhad (MISC);
* Confirmation of extensions of several lease contracts and
compensation for an upgrade of the process capacity of the FPSO
Falcon.

Start of operation:
* In May the start of operation of the Sanha LPG FPSO offshore Angola
under the eight year lease contract between Chevron and the
SBM/Sonangol Joint Ventures Sonasing and OPS.

Exercise of purchase option:
* On 1 November 2005 Mobil Equatorial Guinea exercised their purchase
option on the FPSO Serpentina, whilst continuing the operating
contract with SBM for this unit.

At the end of 2005 the count is therefore "unchanged" with fourteen
units in operation and three under construction for a total portfolio
value of US$ 3.3 billion.

2.2 Turnkey Supply and Services portfolio

The value of the turnkey supply and services portfolio, restated for
the percentage of completion method under IFRS, amounted at the
beginning of 2005 to US$ 0.4 billion.

The major completions during the year included the following
projects:
* Delivery of the disconnectable internal turret system for Husky's
FPSO for the White Rose field;
* Supply and installation of the deepwater export system and the FPSO
anchoring system for Shell's Bonga project in Nigeria;
* Supply and installation of a turret moored FSO for ExxonMobil at
the Yoho field offshore Nigeria;
* Supply of a deepwater export system for the Kizomba "B" field of
ExxonMobil (Angola).

The most significant awards during the year included:
* Confirmation by Enterprise Products of the full scope design and
supply of the deep draft Semi-Submersible platform for the
Independence Hub, Gulf of Mexico;
* Contracts for deepwater export systems for BP's Greater Plutonio
field (Angola), Chevron's Agbami field (Nigeria) and Total's Akpo
field (Nigeria);
* Order for the design and supply of the internal turret mooring
system for the P-53 Floating Production Unit of Petrobras;
* Contract for the design, supply and installation of a Gravity
Actuated Pipe (GAP) fluid transfer system for the Kikeh Field,
Malaysia;
* Contract from BHP Billiton for the turnkey supply of a SeaStar® TLP
for the Neptune Field, Gulf of Mexico, USA;
* Order from Shell Nigeria for the supply and installation of a
"Trelline" flexible export line between the spread moored FPSO and
the deepwater export system at the Bonga field.

The above awards combined with orders for standard tanker loading
systems and the carry over into 2006 of a number of large projects,
such as the compression barges for AGIP KCO in the Caspian Sea and
the Semi-Submersible for the Independence Hub in the Gulf of Mexico,
bring the turnkey supply and services portfolio to US$ 0.7 billion at
the end of 2005.

2.3 Developments since the beginning of 2006

In January the Company has signed with an ExxonMobil affiliate, Esso
Exploration Angola (Block 15) Limited, as Operator of Angola's Block
15, an agreement under which SBM will proceed with project
development activities for two FPSOs for the Kizomba "C" development
offshore Angola. Subject to a funding decision by the co-venturers,
it is the intention of the parties to enter into definitive lease and
operate contracts.

The contracts will be between Esso and the Sonangol / SBM Joint
Venture companies Sonasing and OPS. Therefore the Company's portfolio
value will include the "sale" of 50% of the units to the partner and
50% of the non discounted bareboat and operating revenues over the
firm contract durations.


3. Expectations for 2006

The projected 2006 net profit is US$ 165 million, excluding the
impact of any change in ownership relating to the FPSO lease fleet.

EBITDA is expected to amount to US$ 460 million and cash flow to US$
400 million. Capital expenditure is expected to accelerate to around
US$ 525 million.


4. Market Developments

The demand for the Company's products and services has been strong in
2005. The order intake is satisfactory in quantity when counting the
two FPSOs obtained lately under ExxonMobil's letter of intent, and
particularly in quality with sales of technology recently developed
or acquired by the Company.

More importantly, a strong market is likely to persist given the
expected upcoming global energy shortage. E&P budgets are at their
highest and this high cycle will last a few years, offering
opportunity for growth in the sector.

The execution capacity in the industry is already stretched:
shipbuilding yards, construction yards and equipment suppliers are
already fairly booked, raising the level of execution risk with
respect to prices and delivery times. The Company has controls and
procedures in place to mitigate such risk. At the same time, steps
have been taken to ensure that SBM's own resources in engineering and
project management do not become a bottleneck.

It is also important to prepare the Company for continued growth
beyond this favourable period.
The selected strategy is based upon important initiatives related to:
* expansion of the product line through development of new
technologies;
* expansion of the lease business model to increase the portfolio of
long-term revenues.

In the business of floating production facilities, the Company's main
revenue stream, focus will be on high standard projects requiring
integrated in-house resources. The units for ExxonMobil correspond to
these criteria and similar projects will continue to remain a primary
objective during the coming years. Further prospects include several
projects on which discussion with clients has already started.

The Gas Business Development Group is now actively pursuing several
projects in the LNG infrastructure market such as floating
re-gasification units.

The Services Division will increase its contribution to the Company's
results with the arrival in February 2006 of the new deep water
offshore construction vessel Normand Installer, which will be fully
occupied during the year.


5. Conclusion

The year 2005 has seen excellent earnings boosted by the sale of the
FPSO Serpentina. Management is convinced that the 2006 result
forecast is a robust prediction. The high cycle period that has
already commenced is likely to continue; it provides the opportunity
for the Company to expand its turnkey portfolio, generating near-term
returns, and to enhance the portfolio value of its lease business for
a secure long-term perspective.


6. Conference Call

Management of SBM Offshore will be available to discuss the contents
of this press release in a conference call at 18.00 hrs on Monday 30
January 2006. The dial-in number for participants will be +31 (0) 20
531 5851 and the replay number, available for 48 hours, is +31 (0) 70
315 4300 replay code: 123784#.


Contact person: Mr. Hans Peereboom, V.P. Investor Relations

Telephone: (+377) 92 05 14 34
Mobile: (+377) 6 80 86 52 58
Fax: (+377) 92 05 89 40
E-mail: hans.peereboom@sbmoffshore.com
Website: www.sbmoffshore.com



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