Teekay Corporation
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Teekay Corporation

September 30, 2011 02:00 ET

Teekay Agrees to Acquire Three FPSO Units From Sevan Marine ASA and Invest in a Recapitalized Sevan

HAMILTON, BERMUDA--(Marketwire - Sept. 30, 2011) - Teekay Corporation (Teekay or the Company) (NYSE:TK) today announced that it has reached an agreement in principle to acquire three floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) units from Sevan Marine ASA (Sevan), a Norway-based developer, owner and operator of FPSO units, and acquire an equity interest in a recapitalized Sevan.

Under the terms of the agreement in principle, which has been approved by the Teekay and Sevan boards of directors, Teekay will:

  • Acquire from Sevan three FPSO units, the Hummingbird, Piranema and Voyageur (upon completion of upgrade), along with their existing charter contracts;
  • Finance the completion of the Voyageur FPSO upgrade;
  • Subscribe to a new issuance of Sevan equity to acquire a significant ownership position in a recapitalized Sevan; and
  • Enter into a cooperation agreement to acquire future FPSO projects developed by Sevan.

"Our investment reflects our confidence in Sevan's strong offshore project development expertise while providing Teekay with an enhanced pipeline of future on-the-water FPSO growth opportunities," commented Peter Evensen, Teekay's President and Chief Executive Officer. "Although the negotiation process has been complex, with many moving parts and counterparties, this is an important transaction for the FPSO industry and represents a rare opportunity to combine the bench strength of two leading specialty FPSO solution providers. The proprietary Sevan cylindrical hull is widely regarded as a safe, highly versatile, and flexible design that can be readily deployed in harsh or benign waters at water depths of up to 3,000 meters. Coupled with Teekay's operational capabilities and balance sheet strength, Sevan's engineering and offshore design capabilities and intellectual property represent a powerful FPSO project development combination."

Teekay reached the agreement in principle for its participation in a consensual restructuring of Sevan's capital structure following discussions with Sevan's board of directors, some of its largest shareholders, and a group of bondholders holding a majority of each of Sevan's bond classes. The transaction remains subject to finalizing details and agreement of definitive documentation, in addition to formal approval by the bondholders in each of Sevan's bond classes, the approval from Sevan's shareholders, consent from Sevan FPSO charterers, and approvals by regulatory authorities. Prior and subsequent to the transaction closing, Sevan will continue operate as a publicly-listed company on the Oslo Bors. It is expected that the terms of the transaction will be announced during the week of October 3, 2011.

About Teekay

Teekay Corporation provides a comprehensive set of marine services to the world's leading oil and gas companies, helping them seamlessly link their upstream energy production to their downstream processing operations. Teekay is growing its operations in the offshore oil production, storage and transportation sector through its publicly-listed subsidiary, Teekay Offshore Partners L.P. (NYSE:TOO), continues to expand its significant presence in the liquefied natural gas shipping sector through its publicly-listed subsidiary, Teekay LNG Partners L.P. (NYSE:TGP), and seeks to grow its conventional tanker business through its publicly-listed subsidiary, Teekay Tankers Ltd. (NYSE:TNK). With a fleet of 152 vessels, offices in 16 countries and approximately 6,400 seagoing and shore-based employees, Teekay transports approximately 10 percent of the world's seaborne oil and its reputation for safety, quality and innovation has earned it a position with its customers as The Marine Midstream Company.

Teekay's common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange where it trades under the symbol "TK".

About Sevan

Sevan Marine ASA is specializing in owning, operating and licensing FPSOs, based on its patented cylindrical floater technology. Sevan Marine ASA is listed on Oslo Børs with ticker SEVAN. For more information, please refer to http://www.sevanmarine.com/.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This release contains forward-looking statements (as defined in Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended) which reflect management's current views with respect to certain future events and performance, including statements regarding: completion of the transactions contemplated in the agreement in principle between Teekay and Sevan; the impact of the transaction on the offshore project development capability of Teekay and Sevan; the impact of the transaction on Teekay's pipeline of on-the-water FPSO growth opportunities; the relative industry position of Teekay and Sevan in the provision of specialty FPSO solutions; the scheduled upgrading of Sevan's Voyageur FPSO; the continuation of Sevan as a publicly-listed company on the Oslo Bors; and timing for release of additional details of the transactions contemplated in the agreement in principle between Teekay and Sevan. The following factors are among those that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements, which involve risks and uncertainties, and that should be considered in evaluating any such statement: potential inability of the parties to negotiate and agree to definitive documentation; potential failure to satisfy closing conditions for the transaction; failure to attain Sevan bondholder and shareholder approvals, required regulatory approvals, or consent from existing Sevan FPSO charterers; the inability of Teekay and Sevan project development employees to collaborate on future FPSO projects; shipyard delays and cost overruns; the potential cancellation of FPSO contracts by existing charterers; the inability to re-charter the acquired Sevan FPSOs upon expiry of their existing charter contracts; the inability to attain financing for existing FPSO units and/or future FPSO projects; any decision by the Oslo Bors to prevent trading of Sevan shares on the Oslo Bors; and other factors discussed in Teekay Corporation's filings from time to time with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, including its report on Form 20-F for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2010. The Company expressly disclaims any obligation of undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect any change to the Company's expectation with respect thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based.

Contact Information

  • Teekay Corporation
    Kent Alekson
    Investor Relations Enquiries
    +1 (604) 844-6654
    www.teekay.com