Ship Finance International Limited (NYSE: SFL) (“Ship Finance” or the “Company”), today announced that it has entered into an agreement to sell two newbuilding Suezmax crude oil tankers, currently under construction in China. Scheduled delivery from the shipyard is in 2009, and delivery to the new owner will take place immediately after delivery from the shipyard.
The gross sales price per vessel has been agreed to $111 million, and net of construction costs and broker commissions we expect to recognize a book profit of approximately $68 million ($0.94 per share), or approximately $34 million per vessel upon delivery to the new owner.
Lars Solbakken, Chief Executive Officer in Ship Finance Management AS, said in a comment: “We are pleased to announce this very profitable sale of two newbuildings which we ordered without long term employment two years ago. The sale is consistent with our strategy to maximize returns for our shareholders, and we will book a profit of approximately $68 million on a very moderate equity investment in this project. We see significant growth opportunities across our target segments, and the net proceeds from this sale will be redeployed as equity in new accretive projects that we expect will increase our long-term dividend capacity.”
July 31, 2008
The Board of Directors
Ship Finance International Limited
Lars Solbakken: Chief Executive Officer, Ship Finance Management AS
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Ole B. Hjertaker: Chief Financial Officer, Ship Finance Management AS
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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, the Company has a fleet of 71 vessels, including 33 crude oil tankers (VLCC and Suezmax), 2 chemical tankers, 8 oil/bulk/ore vessels, 13 container vessels, 3 dry bulk carriers, 6 offshore supply vessels and 3 seismic vessels, 2 jack-up drilling rigs and one ultra-deepwater drillship. 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.