Solstad selger alle 37 PSV'er til Tidewater


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Exit from PSV segment through a strategic sale of its PSV-fleet​

Skudeneshavn, Norway, 7 March 2023 – Subsidiaries of Solstad Offshore ASA ("Solstad", OSE: SOFF) have today signed an agreement with U.S. based Tidewater Inc. ("Tidewater", NYSE: TDW) for the sale of 37 platform supply vessels (the "PSV Fleet") (the "Transaction").

The total cash consideration payable for the PSV Fleet is approximately USD 577 million.

  • This strategic move reduces Solstad’s debt by approximately NOK 6 billion and will considerably strengthen Solstad’s balance sheet, debt service ability and liquidity position.
  • The transaction repositions Solstad as one of the main global owners and operators of high-end AHTS and Subsea vessels that are essential to realise the energy transition.
  • It further enables Solstad to increase its presence in the renewable energy segment, and expand its service offering, including ROV services, tooling and project support, in cooperation with strategic partners
  • Exiting the PSV segment will significantly reduce Solstad’s capex program in 2023 and 2024.
“The sale of the PSVs represents a shift in our strategy in a changing market. The PSVs mainly support the oil and gas industry, while the AHTSs and CSVs can service all offshore energy sectors, including oil and gas and renewables. This move is therefore in line with our strategy of being a key enabler in the energy transition. Further, the transaction will give Solstad greater financial leeway and a significantly improved debt and cash position going forward,” says Lars Peder Solstad, CEO of Solstad Offshore.
After the transaction has been completed, Solstad’s fleet* in operation will consist of 41 high-end offshore vessels. In addition, six vessels are non-operational and considered to be sold.

Solstad’s fleet will continue to support clients that operate in the offshore energy sector. Both offshore renewables and oil and gas are predicted to see significant investments in the coming years.

Solstad has one of the most sophisticated fleets of offshore vessels in the world and will maintain its global footprint in all key offshore regions, including the North Sea, Brazil and Asia Pacific.

“Following the transaction, the core competence of future Solstad will be even better applied to further developing the CSV and AHTS segments, including building up our service division and capitalizing on a stronger position in the renewable energy market. The generally higher margins for AHTS and CSVs will allow us to improve our financials, strengthen our renewable energy presence, and put us in a position to, over time, renew our fleet” Lars Peder Solstad adds.

The Transaction will considerably strengthen Solstad’s balance sheet by facilitating a repayment of approximately NOK 6 billion of the group’s total outstanding debt. The Transaction will improve Solstad’s debt servicing abilities and liquidity position.

Key pro forma financial effects of the Transaction as per 31 December 2022 can be summarised as follows (unaudited preliminary numbers):

Indicators (amounts in NOK million)2022*Excl. PSV Fleet**
Firm backlog9,2006,300
EBITDA adjusted1,9951,687
EBITDA margin31%36%
Renewable % of income17%23%
Net interest-bearing debt21,11715,400

* P&L figures are YTD 4Q22 whereas balance sheet figures are per 4Q22
** Pro forma figures based on 4Q reporting
*** Two additional vessels are sold after quarter end

The Transaction will facilitate an exit from the PSV segment and in line with Solstad's strategy going forward with focus on high-end CSV and AHTS vessel and project related work. The AHTS and the CSV segments increasingly generate its EBITDA from the renewable energy market. An enhanced focus on these segments signals a strong commitment to the green transition and enables the group to pursue investments to further reduce its carbon footprint.

Ongoing charter parties will, subject to the necessary consents from the charterer, be transferred/novated to Tidewater. Absent such consents in time for completion of the Transaction, the economic interest in the charter party will be transferred to Tidewater and until the necessary consents are given or the charter party expires. Solstad will offer management services to Tidewater in a transition period to facilitate a smooth transfer for the parties and the customers.

The offshore employees associated with the PSV Fleet will be offered employment with Tidewater. Tidewater will also offer employment to certain of the onshore employees.

The transaction will have a minor accounting effect to be reflected upon closing.

Completion of the Transaction is contingent on third party approvals such as certain charterers and competition authorities, buyers financing and fulfilment of conditions precedent. The Parties may abandon the Transaction if it is not completed within the longstop date 30 June 2023.
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Sale of PSV Fleet to Tidewater - timing completion​

Reference is made to the stock exchange notice March 7, 2023, where the transaction for the sale of 37 PSV vessels to Tidewater was announced.

The transaction is scheduled to be completed in week 27.

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Sale of PSV fleet to Tidewater successfully completed​

Reference is made to the announcement 7 March 2023 on the sale of the Solstad PSV fleet to Tidewater for the price of approximately $580 million. The transaction was completed today with all 37 vessels being delivered to Tidewater. This will reduce Solstads interest bearing debt with approximately NOK 6 billion.

«We are very pleased with the sale of our PSV fleet. This will strengthen the balance sheet of Solstad considerably and the remaining fleet of 40 high-end CSV and AHTS vessels will all be relevant for both oil & gas and renewable energy clients. As such, Solstad will be an important operator in the ongoing energy transition», says Lars Peder Solstad, CEO of Solstad Offshore.

The transaction will have a positive accounting effect of approximately NOK 250 million to be reflected in 2Q 2023.
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