BOURBON confirms its objective of 8-10% growth in revenues for 2014 with a slight increase in the EBITDAR/revenue margin.
BOURBON 2014 1st quarter revenues were €320.0 million an increase of 7.9% at constant exchange rates (2.9% at current rates).

Paris, April 30, 2014,

 

  • Quarterly revenues rose 7.9% (at constant rates) partly due to a 7.1% increase in the size of the fleet. 1st quarter activities were impacted sequentially by seasonal effects in the North Sea and in South East Asia.
  • The fleet utilization rate excluding Crewboats was over 90%, helped by stronger activity in the shallow market in West Africa.
  • Average daily rates stable overall, with a strong increase in Subsea Services (+12.4%) and smaller increases in the Deepwater and Crewboat segments, partly due to vessel mix and geographic effects.
  • Foreign exchange rate movements continued to have an impact on revenues, partly offsetting the addition of new vessels in some segments and improvements in average daily rates and utilization rates in others.

Consolidated revenues for the 1st quarter of 2014 were established for the first time according to the new accounting standards IFRS 10, IFRS 11 and IFRS 12 relating to consolidation which became mandatory as of January 1, 2014. Specifically, joint ventures on which BOURBON has joint control are now consolidated using the equity method which replaces the proportionate consolidation method. Comparative figures are restated accordingly.

The financial information is presented by Activity and by Segment based on the internal reporting system and shows internal segment information used by the principal operating decision maker to manage and measure the performance of BOURBON (IFRS 8). The principles of internal reporting do not reflect the application of the new IFRS 10, IFRS 11 and IFRS 12. Consequently, joint ventures are still proportionately consolidated, as in previous years.

In millions of euros, except as noted Quarter
Q1 2014 Q1 2013 Δ Q1 2014 / 2013 Current rates Δ Q1 2014 / 2013 Constant rates Q4 2013
Marine Services 270.3 258.5 +4.6%   270.3
Deepwater offshore vessels 93.6 93.0 +0.7%   95.7
Shallow water offshore vessels 105.1 92.8 +13.3%   100.0
Crewboats 71.6 72.8 -1.6%   74.7
Subsea Services 52.0 51.6 +0.8%   55.4
Other 4.7 4.9 -4.3%   5.8
Total revenues by Activity/Segment 327.1 315.1 +3.8% +8.8% 331.6
Adjustments ** (7.0) (4.2)     (6.0)
GROUP TOTAL 320.0 310.9 +2.9% +7.9% 325.6
Number of vessels (end of period) * 498 465 +33 vessels   485
Average utilization rate excl. Crewboats 90.6% 88.7% +1.9 pt   90.1%
Average daily rate excl. Crewboats (in US$/d) 19,497 19,427 +0.4%   19,329

 * Vessels operated by BOURBON (including vessels owned or on bareboat charter)

** effect of consolidation of joint ventures using the equity method

 “Sequentially, the first quarter saw a contrast in results between different segments, with satisfactory performance in shallow water and weaker performance in Deepwater and Crewboats. In Subsea, activity was supported by a utilization rate of more than 94%”, says Christian Lefèvre, Chief Executive Officer of BOURBON.

“Sequential revenues were impacted by seasonal effects while year on year results were impacted by foreign exchange rate movements. The trend in average daily rates is still positive and we anticipate an increase in activity for the rest of 2014.”

MARINE SERVICES

 

Quarter

 

Q1 2014

Q1 2013

∆ Q1 2014 / Q1 2013

Q4 2013

Revenues
(in millions of euros)

270.3

258.5

+4.6%

270.3

Number of vessels
(end of period)*

479

445

+34 vessels

466

Average utilization rate

82.4%

83.9%

-1.5 pt

+83.3%

* Vessels operated by BOURBON (including vessels owned or on bareboat charter)

The operational performance in the Deepwater and Shallow water segments in the 1st quarter were partially offset by the negative effect of foreign exchange rate movements and a weaker utilization rate in the Crewboats segment. Revenues were up 4.6% in the 1st quarter 2014 compared with the same period last year, due in part to a large number of deliveries during the past year, Seasonal effects in the North Sea and South East Asia impacted results in the 1st quarter compared with the 4th quarter of 2013.

Marine Services indicators by segment

  • Deepwater offshore vessels
 

Quarter

 

Q1 2014

Q1 2013

∆ Q1 2014 / Q1 2013

Q4 2013

Revenues
(in millions of euros)

93.6

93.0

+0.7%

95.7

Number of vessels
(end of period)*

73

73

No
change

72

Average utilization rate

88.6%

86.6%

+2 pts

90.1%

Average daily rate (in US$/day)

22,839

21,392

+6.8%

22,241

* Vessels operated by BOURBON (including vessels owned or on bareboat charter)

Market conditions overall in the first quarter contributed to higher utilization rates and higher average daily rates compared with the same period last year. Several new contracts and extensions of existing contracts were secured at higher rates as well as the addition of some larger PSV into the segment. The sequential decline in utilization rates compared with the 4th quarter of 2013 was partly due to seasonal effects in the North Sea and to a lesser degree due to a higher number of classification drydocks, which were at a similar level compared with the same period last year. The increases in both average daily rates and utilization rates have been partly offset by the impact of foreign exchange rate movements.

  • Shallow water offshore vessels
 

Quarter

 

Q1 2014

Q1 2013

∆ Q1 2014 / Q1 2013

Q4 2013

Revenues
(in millions of euros)

105.1

92.8

+13.3%

100.0

Number of vessels
(end of period)*

130

105

+25 vessels

122

Average utilization rate

91.2%

89.8%

+1.4 pt

90.2%

Average daily rate (in US$/day)

14,199

14,315

-0.8%

14,013

* Vessels operated by BOURBON (including vessels owned or on bareboat charter)

The trend for modern and efficient vessel demand is still present in the Shallow water market. The revenue growth in the first quarter of 2014 compared with the same period last year was largely driven by vessel deliveries and an increase in the utilization rate. Revenues also benefited from reduced classification drydocks in the quarter both sequentially and year on year. Average daily rates declined slightly as newbuild vessels were almost exclusively allocated to the Asia and Mediterranean/Middle East/India regions where daily rates are generally lower than those of other regions such as West Africa.

  • Crewboats
 

Quarter

 

Q1 2014

Q1 2013

∆ Q1 2014 / Q1 2013

Q4 2013

Revenues
(in millions of euros)

71.6

72.8

-1.6%

74.7

Number of vessels
(end of period)

276

267

+9 vessels

272

Average utilization rate

76.6%

80.8%

-4.2 pts

78.4%

Average daily rate (in US$/day)

5,323

5,034

+5.7%

5,309

The reduced utilization rates both year on year and sequentially were partly due to slower growth conditions in a competitive market in West Africa. Average daily rates improved year on year due to the addition of FSIV vessels which earn higher daily rates than other smaller crewboats.

SUBSEA SERVICES

 

Quarter

 

Q1 2014

Q1 2013

∆ Q1 2014 / Q1 2013

Q4 2013

Revenues
(in millions of euros)

52.0

51.6

+0.8%

55.4

Number of vessels
(end of period)*

18

19

-1 vessel

18

Average utilization rate

94.4%

90.6%

+3.8 pts

89.2%

Average daily rate (in US$/day)

45,407

40,405

+12.4%

43,120

IMR activity in West Africa has continued to show demand growth, particularly among contractors. During the first quarter, 2 new vessels (the 4th and 5th vessels in the Bourbon Evolution series) entered the fleet yet had no impact on revenues due to the timing of their availability. In addition, Subsea Services continued to align its fleet positioning strategy with the transfer of 2 smaller Subsea Services vessels to Marine Services, which had a negative impact on revenues and a positive impact on average daily rates due to the mix effect.

Other

 

Quarter

 

Q1 2014

Q1 2013

∆ Q1 2014 / Q1 2013

Q4 2013

Revenues
(in millions of euros)

4.7

4.9

-4.3 %

5.8

Using chartered vessels has two advantages for BOURBON: it makes it possible to meet client demands and generate contracts while new vessels are being built and added to the fleet. Using chartered vessels also enables BOURBON to offer vessels that are not part of its regular line of services when needed for global calls for tenders. Volatility of “Other” revenues is largely due to the variation in the number of chartered vessels during the period.

OUTLOOK

The demand for offshore vessels continues to grow, helped by a relatively stable oil price during the past several years.

Oil & gas companies have launched capital discipline campaigns impacting mostly onshore projects while in the offshore market, project focus is shifting towards high return projects and enhanced oil recovery from existing fields.

Even though their have been fewer awards to contractors from oil & gas companies, their backlog is still strong and we do not foresee an impact in 2014 on offshore Marine and Subsea Services Activities.

Deepwater offshore vessel demand growth is being driven by high return projects. The high number of large PSVs coming out of the shipyards could negatively affect the spot market. This should have only a small impact on BOURBON, taking into account the high contractualization rate of its PSVs.

The demand in the shallow water offshore market remains driven by the renewal of the fleet with modern, safe and efficient vessels, strengthened further by projects using enhanced oil recovery on existing fields and by new jack ups entering into service.

The BOURBON Evolution 800 series is progressively finding its place and is becoming a reference for IMR duties for deep offshore fields, reducing oil & gas field operating costs through high technical availability and low fuel consumption. The first 4 vessels in this series are currently under contract. The subsea market remains supported by the growth of subsea wellheads to be delivered.

MAJOR OPERATIONS AND HIGHLIGHTS

In line with the “Transforming for beyond” “Asset Smart” action plan, a total of 21 vessels were transferred to ICBCL during 2013, as part of the sale and bareboat charter agreement for up to 51 vessels signed with ICBCL on April 9, 2013. Thus far in 2014, 15 additional vessels have been transferred (4 Deepwater vessels, 10 Shallow water vessels, 1 Subsea Services vessel) for US$464 million. This brings the total vessels transferred under the deal with ICBCL to 36 vessels for a total amount of US$986 million.

In the agreement signed in November 2013 with Standard Chartered Bank (“SCB”) for the sale and bareboat charter of 6 new build vessels, the ownership of the first 3 vessels were transferred in 2013 for US$65 million and the remaining 3 vessels will be delivered to SCB during the second half of 2014.

The Company notes that on March 16, 2014, JACCAR HOLDINGS announced its intention to propose a bid for BOURBON shares at a price of 24 euros (with dividend rights attached) per share. The main elements of this proposed offer can be found in the press release issued by BOURBON on March 17, 2014. On March 17, 2014, the Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF) published a decision indicating that the announcement of the offer marks the start of the pre-offer period during which the provisions relating to tradings (Articles 231-38 to 231-43 of the General Regulation of the AMF) and the reports of transactions (Articles 231-44 to 231-52 the General Regulations of the AMF) are applicable to shares in BOURBON. The draft offer remains subject to review by the AMF.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • While there was some hedging activity in the first half of 2013, since the beginning of the 3rd quarter of this year, BOURBON no longer has any hedging in place. At constant exchange rates, 1st quarter 2014 revenues rose 7.9% compared with the same period last year
  • BOURBON’s results will continue to be affected by the €/US$ exchange rate

APPENDIX

Quarterly revenue breakdown

In millions of euros

2014

2013

Q1

Q4

Q3

Q2

Q1

Marine Services

270.3

270.3

267.0

268.7

258.5

Deepwater offshore vessels

93.6

95.7

100.6

102.3

93.0

Shallow water offshore vessels

105.1

100.0

93.0

90.1

92.8

Crewboats

71.6

74.7

73.4

76.3

72.8

Subsea Services

52.0

55.4

58.9

57.3

51.6

Other

4.7

5.8

6.5

6.7

4.9

Total revenues by Activity/Segment

327.1

331.6

332.4

332.8

315.1

Adjustments *

(7.0)

(6.0)

(7.8)

(4.3)

(4.2)

GROUP TOTAL

320.0

325.6

324.6

328.5

310.9

* effect of consolidation of joint ventures using the equity method

Quarterly average utilization rates for the BOURBON offshore fleet

In %

2014

2013

Q1

Q4

Q3

Q2

Q1

Marine Services

82.4

83.3

82.4

82.4

83.9

Deepwater offshore vessels

88.6

90.1

88.8

90.0

86.6

Shallow water offshore vessels

91.2

90.2

90.2

89.1

89.8

Crewboats

76.6

78.4

77.5

77.7

80.8

Subsea Services

94.4

89.2

93.6

88.0

90.6

"Total fleet excluding Crewboats"

90.6

90.1

90.0

89.3

88.7

"Total fleet" average utilization rate

82.8

83.5

82.9

82.6

84.2

Quarterly average daily rates for the BOURBON offshore fleet

In US$/day

2014

2013

Q1

Q4

Q3

Q2

Q1

Deepwater offshore vessels

22,839

22,241

22,683

22,092

21,392

Shallow water offshore vessels

14,199

14,013

13,728

13,850

14,315

Crewboats

5,323

5,309

5,204

5,122

5,034

Subsea Services

45,407

43,120

41,331

40,644

40,405

"Total fleet excluding Crewboats" average daily rate

19,497

19,329

19,573

19,458

19,427

Quarterly deliveries of vessels

In number of vessels

2014

2013

Q1

Q4

Q3

Q2

Q1

Marine Services

12

10

9

9

9

Deepwater offshore vessels

2

1

0

1

1

Shallow water offshore vessels

6

5

8

4

3

Crewboats

4

4

1

4

5

Subsea Services

2

0

0

0

1

FLEET TOTAL

14

10

9

9

10

Breakdown of BOURBON revenues by geographical region

In millions of euros

2014

2013

Q1

Q4

Q3

Q2

Q1

Africa

191.1

186.1

186.8

190.5

187.0

Europe & Mediterranean/Middle East

52.5

56.7

63.3

57.7

50.2

Americas

43.9

46.7

44.6

49.9

46.3

Asia

39.6

42.0

37.7

34.6

31.6

Other key indicators

Quarterly breakdown

 

2014

2013

Q1

Q4

Q3

Q2

Q1

Average €/US$ exchange rate for the quarter (in €)

1.37

1.36

1.32

1.31

1.32

€/US$ exchange rate at closing (in €)

1.38

1.38

1.35

1.31

1.28

Average price of Brent for the quarter (in US$/bbl)

108

109

110

102

112