Press release from Ship Finance International Limited January 31, 2008
Ship Finance International Limited (NYSE:SFL) (“Ship Finance” or the “Company”), announced today that is has signed new 12-year charters for the two 1700 TEU container vessels Sea Alfa and Sea Beta to an Asia-based regional liner company (the “Charterer”).
The two 2005-built vessels have previously been employed on shorter-term charters, and Ship Finance has now concluded 12-year employment for the vessels, consistent with our strategy to continue adding to our substantial order backlog and further strengthening of our long-term dividend capacity.
The vessels will be chartered on Time Charter (“T/C”) basis for the first year, and thereafter the charters will change to Bareboat (“BB”) basis, where the Charterer will pay for all vessel operating costs, including crewing, maintenance and dry-docking.
The annual net charter revenues from the new charters will be approximately $14.1 million the first year, $11.1 million the second year and $92.2 million in aggregate for the remaining 10 years. As part of the new charter agreements, the Charterer has been granted fixed price purchase options after 8, 10 and 12 years, respectively.
Following this transaction, Ship Finance will have an aggregate estimated charter backlog of approximately $5.6 billion ($77 per share) and weighted average charter duration of 13.5 years for the fleet.
January 31, 2008
The Board of Directors
Ship Finance International Limited
Lars Solbakken: Chief Executive Officer, Ship Finance Management AS
+47 2311 4006 / +47 9119 8844
Ole B. Hjertaker: Chief Financial Officer, Ship Finance Management AS
+47 2311 4011 / +47 9014 1243
About Ship Finance
Ship Finance is a major ship owning company listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: SFL). Including newbuildings and announced acquisitions/disposals, Ship Finance has a fleet consisting of 69 vessels, including 34 crude oil tankers (VLCC and Suezmax), 8 oil/bulk/ore vessels, 13 container vessels, 3 dry bulk carriers, 2 jack-up drilling rigs, 6 offshore supply vessels and 3 seismic vessels. The fleet is one of the largest in the world with a total cargo capacity of more than 11 million dwt. and most of the vessels are employed on long term charters.
More information can be found on the Company’s website: www.shipfinance.org
Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward Looking Statements
This press release may contain forward looking statements. These statements are based upon various assumptions, many of which are based, in turn, upon further assumptions, including Ship Finance management’s examination of historical operating trends. Although Ship Finance believes that these assumptions were reasonable when made, because assumptions are inherently subject to significant uncertainties and contingencies which are difficult or impossible to predict and are beyond its control, Ship Finance cannot give assurance that it will achieve or accomplish these expectations, beliefs or intentions.
Important factors that, in the Company’s view, could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed in this presentation include the strength of world economies and currencies, general market conditions including fluctuations in charter hire rates and vessel values, changes in demand in the tanker market as a result of changes in OPEC’s petroleum production levels and world wide oil consumption and storage, changes in the Company’s operating expenses including bunker prices, dry-docking and insurance costs, changes in governmental rules and regulations or actions taken by regulatory authorities, potential liability from pending or future litigation, general domestic and international political conditions, potential disruption of shipping routes due to accidents or political events, and other important factors described from time to time in the reports filed by the Company with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.