BW Offshore and Prosafe Production to combine


    Reference is made to the offer document dated 27 July 2010 (the “Offer Document”) from BW Offshore Limited (“BW Offshore”) regarding the voluntary exchange offer (the “Offer”) for all of the issued and outstanding shares of Prosafe Production Public Limited (“Prosafe Production”) not currently owned, directly or indirectly, by BW Offshore.

    Following negotiations during the weekend, BW Offshore and Prosafe Production seek to combine the two companies. The Board of Prosafe Production intends to enter into a transaction agreement and recommend its shareholders to accept the Offer, following a Board meeting in Cyprus on 15 September 2010. BW Offshore is therefore extending the current Offer Period until 15 September 2010 at 17.30 CET. Subject to the Board of Prosafe Production resolving to approve the transaction agreement and to recommend the Offer, and the Board of Prosafe SE giving their pre acceptance to the Offer, BW Offshore will adjust the Offer by increasing the cash consideration to NOK 3.00. The Offer will then be a total consideration of 1.2 BWO shares and NOK 3.00 in cash per Prosafe Production share. Subject to such adjustment of the Offer, the Offer Period will be extended until 30 September 2010.

    A combined company will become the second largest FPSO lease operator in the world with a diversified portfolio of 15 FPSOs with solid contract coverage and four major FPSO projects currently being executed. The joint resources in engineering, operations, business development and client relationships are expected to create a highly effective combination in a growing market.

    “We are creating an FPSO industry leader with a global footprint that is well positioned to capture the attractive growth opportunities we now see in the market. The FPSO sector needs larger entities that can meet steadily increasing requirements from clients and regulators. The combined entity will have the sufficient diversification, presence, financial scale and competence to play a more significant role in the FPSO space going forward and we are very enthusiastic about what our two companies can become together,“ say Ronny Johan Langeland and Andreas Sohmen-Pao, Chairman and Board member of the Board of Directors of Prosafe Production and BW Offshore respectively, in a joint statement.

    As is further detailed in a separate announcement made by BW Offshore today, BW Offshore has also entered into an agreement to sell all of its shares in its subsidiary APL (Advanced Production & Loading) Plc (“APL”) to National Oilwell Varco. The total consideration for the sale of USD 500 million will significantly strengthen the combined entity’s balance sheet and improve strategic flexibility going forward, which will enable even further profitable growth in the present market.

    “Following the recent strong contract awards in BW Offshore and the agreement with National Oilwell Varco this weekend regarding a sale of APL, it is clear to us that BW Offshore’s currency has a significantly higher value than what was apparent at the time of announcement of the Offer” says Ronny Johan Langeland, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Prosafe Production.

    As a consequence of this intention to combine, Prosafe Production and its advisors will not pursue other alternatives.

    If all Prosafe Production shareholders accept the Offer, then Prosafe Production’s shareholders will hold approximately 34 percent and BW Offshore’s shareholders will hold approximately 66 percent of the combined company and at the same time BW Group Limited will be diluted to approximately 47% ownership. The combined company will aim to have a Board of Directors representing both shareholder groups.

    As a result of the APL transaction and the adjustment of the Offer, BW Offshore will publish a combined information memorandum and supplemental offer document (the “Supplemental Offer Document”) to the Offer Document dated 27 July 2010. BW Offshore expects the Supplemental Offer Document to be published later this week following review by the Oslo Stock Exchange and the Norwegian Financial Supervisory Authority.

    Investors that have accepted the Offer before the publishing of the Supplemental Offer Document have the right to withdraw their acceptance within two days after the date of the publishing of the Supplemental Offer Document. In order to exercise such right, Carnegie ASA must be contacted by mail, fax or delivered by hand to Carnegie ASA within the said deadline to: Carnegie ASA, Stranden 1, Aker Brygge, P.O.Box 684 Sentrum, 0106 Oslo, Norway (fax number +47 22 00 99 60).