SFL – Sale of a single-hull VLCC

Press release from Ship Finance International Limited July 27, 2009
Ship Finance International Limited (NYSE:SFL) (“Ship Finance” or the “Company”), today announced that it has agreed to sell the single-hull VLCC Front Duchess to an unrelated third party for net sales proceeds of $18.8 million.
Delivery to the new owner is expected to take place in September/October 2009, and Ship Finance will receive a net amount of approximately $16.0 million after compensation of approximately $2.8 million to Frontline for the termination of the current charter.
At the end of September 2009 there will be approximately $13.8 million in loans outstanding against the vessel, and the net cash effect to Ship Finance from the transaction is estimated to be approximately $2.2 million.
Following this sale, and excluding two vessels previously announced sold on hire/purchase terms, Ship Finance will have only five single-hull crude oil tankers remaining in the fleet.
The reduction of the single-hull tanker exposure is in line with the Company’s strategy of focusing on modern assets in various shipping and offshore segments.
July 27, 2009
The Board of Directors
Ship Finance International Limited
Hamilton, Bermuda
Contact Persons:
Ole B. Hjertaker: Chief Executive Officer, Ship Finance Management AS
+47 2311 4011 / +47 9014 1243
Magnus T. Valeberg: Vice President, Ship Finance Management AS
+47 2311 4012 / +47 9344 0960
About Ship Finance
Ship Finance is a major ship owning company listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: SFL). Including newbuildings, the Company has a fleet of 66 vessels, including 32 crude oil tankers (VLCC and Suezmax), two chemical tankers, eight oil/bulk/ore vessels, one dry-bulk carrier, 13 container vessels, six offshore supply vessels, one jack-up drilling rigs and three ultra-deepwater drilling units. The fleet is one of the largest in the world 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.