Acquisition of Offshore Construction Vessel

11 Oct 2012
Ocean Yield, a 100 per cent owned subsidiary of Aker ASA, has entered into an agreement to acquire the offshore construction and cable lay vesselLewek Connectorfrom AMC Connector AS for a total consideration of USD 315 million. After delivery, the vessel will be chartered on a hell and high water bareboat charter contract to EMAS AMC AS, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ezra Holdings Ltd. (“Ezra”). The bareboat charter will be fully guaranteed by Ezra.The “Lewek Connector” was built in 2011 and is a large and sophisticated subsea construction vessel. The vessel is equipped for subsea installation in harsh environments and can operate down to 3000 meters water depth. EMAS AMC AS will have options to acquire the vessel during the charter period, with the first option being exercisable after five years. “We are very pleased to announce this transaction with Ezra, a company with an excellent reputation in the subsea installation market,’’ Ocean Yield’s Chief Executive Officer Lars Solbakken said in a comment.  “This transaction will contribute to further diversify our portfolio of vessels on long-term charters to high quality counterparties. Combined with the PCTC newbuildings recently announced, the two transactions will generate an annual EBITDA of more than USD 52 million for Ocean Yield, once all vessels have been delivered.”Ezra, operating under the brand name EMAS, is a leading global contracting group providing offshore/subsea construction, marine, production and well intervention services. The company is listed in Singapore. Ocean Yield has secured long-term financing with banks for approximately 75 per cent of the investment on competitive terms. The remaining amount will be funded with equity. Ocean Yield’s charter backlog will after the transaction near USD 1.7 billion. Delivery is expected in October 2012.The seller of the vessel, AMC Connector AS, is a 50/50 joint venture between Ezra and Aker Solutions ASA. Aker ASA indirectly owns 28 per cent in Aker Solutions ASA through Aker Kværner Holding AS. The transaction was executed according to Aker’s principles for related party transactions. END