Stolt Offshore reported
a third-quarter loss on Wednesday and said again that its full-year loss could be deeper than previous guidance.
Pre-tax losses for the three months to the end of August
grew to $13.6 million from $12.4 million a year ago, said Stolt
Offshore, which specialises in deep-water engineering.
It said that uncertainty prevented it from giving fresh
guidance but repeated in a statement that "losses for the year
may be substantially higher than previously indicated."
Stolt Offshore, which has been hit this year by troubled
projects in Africa
, reported accumulated losses before
taxes for the nine months to end-August billowed to $112.5
million from $4.9 million a year earlier.
It said the uncertainties included receivables from largely
completed contracts, the potential sell-off of asssets and
businesses and possible decisions on asset write-downs in the
The firm said it had a low order intake during the quarter,
with orders in hand shrinking to $1.2 billion by the end of the
period from $1.8 billion a year earlier. It said it had orders
of $334 million for the remainder of this year.
Stolt-Nielsen, which owns 63.5 percent of Stolt Offshore,
has said it might have been out of compliance with some
financial covenants at the end of its third fiscal quarter
because of exposure to the struggling unit.
After the results, shares in Stolt Offshore fell
to 10.70 Norwegian crowns ($1.51) by 1215 GMT on the Oslo
bourse, where the benchmark index was up one percent.