Keppel to Acquire Golar Hilli Interest

By George Backwell
Thursday, September 04, 2014
LNG carrier: File photo

KSI Production Pte Ltd (KSI), an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of the Keppel Corp. says it has agreed to acquire 50 ordinary shares representing a 10% interest in Golar Hilli Corporation, which owns one Moss LNG carrier.

Golar Hilli is the owner of the Moss LNG carrier HILLI which, as announced on 3 July 2014, is scheduled to be converted into a Floating Liquefaction Vessel (FLNGV) by Keppel Shipyard Limited, another wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company. (Both Golar GHK and Golar Hilli are subsidiaries of Golar LNG Limited, with Golar GHK currently being the sole shareholder of Golar Hilli.)

Keppel believes that this acquisition strengthens the alignment of strategic interests between Keppel Shipyard Limited and Golar LNG Limited, and reflects Keppel's confidence in the prospects of Golar Hilli, the world's first FLNGV conversion project. The Company also believes that this investment will provide an attractive risk-adjusted return.

The aggregate cash consideration of US$50 was arrived at on a willing buyer willing seller basis, taking into account the book value and net tangible asset value of the Acquired Shares, being US$50 as at 1 September 2014, and was funded through the internal working capital of KSI.

As part of the Acquisition, KSI will also be extending a shareholders' loan of US$21,688,029 to Golar Hilli, representing 10% of the total amount of shareholders' loan extended to Golar Hilli, taking into account Golar Hilli's capital expenditure.

Source: Keppel Corporation

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