Eidesvik Sells Two OSV's, Buys New One

Press Release
Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Eidesvik takes gain in Brazil & buys new offshore supply vessel

Eidesvik has entered into sales agreements of US$ 64 million for the two supply vessels Viking Surf (built 2002) and Viking Thaumas (built 2005). Both vessels are employed on contracts in Brazil.

The deliveries of the vessels are expected to take place in the first half of May 2012. The company will record a gain of approximately 77 million Kroner. A seller credit of US$ 12 million is established in connection with the transaction. The credit is secured by a bank guarantee and will be repaid by 12 installments during the next 12 months. The transaction will give a positive net liquidity of US$ 32 million after mortgages have been paid.

Simultaneously Eidesvik has entered into an agreement for buying a supply vessel, a UT 755L built at STX Aukra Norway in 2004, for US$ 24 million. The delivery is expected to take place during first half of May 2012.

The financial return on the operations in Brazil has not been as good as expected. Hence, Eidesvik has chosen to sell these vessels and is now to be positioned to invest in vessels that give significantly higher return. 

The new OSV will be used in the spot market in the North Sea for the summer season 2012 where this market is expected to be strong this summer. 

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