SFL – First Quarter 2009 Results

Ship Finance International Limited (NYSE: SFL) – Earnings Release
Reports preliminary first quarter 2009 results and quarterly dividend of $0.30 per share
Hamilton, Bermuda, May 14, 2009. Ship Finance International Limited (“Ship Finance” or the “Company”) today announced its preliminary financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2009.
  •   Declared a quarterly dividend of $0.30 per share for 1Q 2009.
  •   Net income for the quarter of $50.0 million, or $0.69 per share, excluding a non-cash $7.3 million negative adjustment in mark-to-market of swaps.
  •   Accrued profit share in 1Q 2009 of $14.5 million, or $0.20 per share.
  •   Postponed delivery and yard payment schedule relating to five newbuilding container vessels by up to 18 months. Remaining newbuilding commitments, net of the agreed sale of two newbuilding Suezmax tankers, is only $37 million.
  •   From mid-February 2009, all ultra-deepwater drilling units are earning their full day rate, generating aggregate base bareboat charter revenues of approximately $98 million per quarter.
  •   55% of our shareholders elected to receive the 4Q 2008 dividend in the form of newly issued shares, and approximately 2.1 million shares were issued in April 2009.
  •   At the end of the first quarter, the gross fixed-rate charter backlog was more than $7.8 billion. This is an increase of $2.3 billion compared to the first quarter of 2008.
    The Board of Directors has declared a quarterly dividend of $0.30 per share in cash or, at the election of the shareholder, payable in newly issued common shares. The dividend will be paid on or about July 6, 2009 to shareholders of record as of May 27, 2009. The ex-dividend date will be May 22, 2009.
    Shareholders may make an election to receive the dividend in newly issued common shares after reviewing a prospectus supplement relating to the dividend payment which will be filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). The number of common shares to be issued as dividend will be set based on the volume-weighted average price of the shares on the New York Stock Exchange during the three trading days prior to the ex-dividend date, less a 5% discount.
    The Company’s largest shareholders, Farahead Investments Inc. and Hemen Holding Ltd., who collectively own 42.4 % of the shares and are indirectly controlled by Mr. John Fredriksen, have informed the Company that they would like to receive all of their dividends in the form of newly issued common shares.
    Results for the Quarter ended March 31, 2009
    The Company reported total operating revenues of $96.8 million, or $1.33 per share, in the first quarter of 2009.  This number does not include revenues in subsidiaries classified as ‘investment in associate’. Net operating income for the quarter was $62.6 million, or $0.86 per share, and reported net income was $42.7 million, or $0.59 per share.
    The profit share accrued in the first quarter was $14.5 million, or $0.20 per share, compared to $15.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2008.
    The change in fair value of the Company’s bond and equity swap agreements resulted in a $7.3 million negative non-cash mark-to-market adjustment.
    Under US GAAP, the 100% owned ultra-deepwater drilling units West Polaris, West Hercules and West Taurus and the Panamax dry bulk vessel Golden Shadow are accounted for as ‘investment in associate’. Consequently, only the aggregate ‘net income’ from these vessel owning subsidiaries are recognized in the consolidated income statement of Ship Finance as ‘results in associate’.
    May 14, 2009
    The Board of Directors
    Ship Finance International Limited
    Hamilton, Bermuda
    Questions should be directed to:
    Lars Solbakken: Chief Executive Officer, Ship Finance Management AS
    +47 23114006 / +47 91198844
    Ole B. Hjertaker: Chief Financial Officer, Ship Finance Management AS
    +47 23114011 / +47 90141243

    1st quarter 2009 results