4th quarter 2015 results: Steadily strengthening solidity

16 February 2016 - Steadily strengthening solidity. Kvaerner continued to strengthen its financial solidity in the fourth quarter in spite of the demanding market. The results reinforce the already strong financial position with no net debt.

16 February 2016 - Steadily strengthening solidity. Kvaerner continued to strengthen its financial solidity in the fourth quarter in spite of the demanding market. The results reinforce the already strong financial position with no net debt. This also increases resilience against the uncertain market conditions. In the last quarter, the financial result (adjusted EBITDA) grew to NOK 178 million. This is an increase from both the third quarter 2015 and from the fourth quarter 2014, when the EBITDA results were NOK 148 million and 175 million respectively. A good order backlog of NOK 14.3 billion at 31 December gives the company a sound starting point for the activity level through 2016.


The revenues in the fourth quarter were NOK 2 577 million, compared to NOK 3 591 million in the same quarter in 2014. For the full year 2015, revenues were NOK 12 084 million, down from NOK 13 945 million in 2014.

Adjusted EBITDA for the full year 2015 was NOK 536 million, down from NOK 828 million in 2014. Adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter was NOK 178 million. The result is a 20 percent increase from the third quarter 2015, and up about 1.5 per cent from the fourth quarter 2014. The EBITDA margin for fourth quarter 2015 ended at 6.9 percent, compared to 4.9 percent in the corresponding quarter in 2014.

The Board of Directors has proposed no dividend distribution during the first half of 2016. A strong balance sheet and cash position is important to maintain the resilience through a challenging cycle. Retaining the solid financial platform may also provide additional opportunities which Kvaerner can leverage in the market.

- Through last year including the fourth quarter, Kvaerner managed to maintain a good activity level, and the productivity has developed positively in several areas. We are continuing to meet all key milestones in our project portfolio, and we were proud to contribute to first oil on the new Edvard Grieg platform in late November, says Jan Arve Haugan, President & CEO of Kvaerner.

The order backlog was NOK 14.3 billion at the end of the year, against NOK 16.2 billion the previous quarter, and NOK 16.5 billion at the end of 2014. The company continues to have a strong balance sheet, maintains a negative working capital of more than NOK 1 billion, and a net cash position of almost NOK 1.6 billion. For 2015 and 2016 combined, Kvaerner will reduce overhead cost with approximately 20 percent. The enhanced competitiveness provides a good position for winning new contracts in a challenging market.  In this landscape, the improvements the organisation is in the process to implement, have started to yield concrete effects.

- Last year, we were awarded almost 90 percent of the contract values for platform substructures to Johan Sverdrup. In a competitive joint venture with KBR, we were awarded one of the largest topside contracts in the market last year, for the Utility & Living Quarter platform at Johan Sverdrup. For 2016, we see some few opportunities for new contracts of moderate size. Simultaneously, we see that the timing of key decisions is uncertain. This makes it difficult to predict the activity level in 2017, but our order backlog provides a good starting point for our operations in the current year and the next, says Haugan.

The full report and presentation can be downloaded at www.kvaerner.com and at the links to the right.

ENDS

For further information, please contact:

Investor Relations:
Ingrid Aarsnes, SVP Investor Relations & Communications, Kvaerner, Tel: +47 67 59 50 46,
Mob: +47 950 38 364, email: ir@kvaerner.com

Media:
Torbjørn Andersen, VP Communications, Kvaerner, Mob: +47 928 85 542,
email: torbjorn.andersen@kvaerner.com

About Kvaerner:
Kvaerner is a leading provider of engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services, and delivers offshore installations and onshore plants for upstream oil and gas production around the world. Kværner ASA, through its subsidiaries and affiliates ("Kvaerner"), is an international contractor and preferred partner for oil and gas operators and other engineering and fabrication contractors. Kvaerner and its approximately 2 800 HSSE-focused and experienced employees are recognized for delivering some of the world's most amazing and demanding projects.

In 2015, the Kvaerner group had consolidated annual revenues of NOK 12 billion and the company reported an order backlog at 31 December 2015 of NOK 14.3 billion. Kvaerner is publicly listed with the ticker "KVAER" at the Oslo Stock Exchange. For further information, please visit www.kvaerner.com.

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