Aker Solutions sells remaining ownership in Lewek Connector

10/11/2012, 8:31 AM (Source: GlobeNewswire)

11 October 2012 - AMC Connector AS, a joint venture between Aker Solutions and Emas Offshore Limited, has agreed to sell subsea construction and cable-lay vessel Lewek Connector (previously called AMC Connector) to Ocean Yield AS.

In October 2010, Aker Solutions announced that it would sell its offshore construction and installation subsidiary Aker Marine Contractors to Ezra Holdings Limited (Ezra), which operates in the offshore construction market under the EMAS AMC brand name. As part of this transaction, Ezra agreed to acquire 50 percent of the shares in Lewek Connector's vessel owning company, AMC Connector AS.

The divestment of Aker Marine Contractors marked the start of a restructuring of Aker Solutions, which has since streamlined the company into becoming a fully-fledged provider of oilfield products, systems and services.

AMC Connector AS, which is a 50/50 joint venture between Aker Solutions and Emas Offshore Limited, is now selling the vessel Lewek Connector to vessel owning company Ocean Yield AS.

Lewek Connector is being sold for a total consideration of USD 315 million, which will give a small positive result effect for Aker Solutions. The sale also provides Aker Solutions with a net cash release of approximately NOK 345 million.

Aker Solutions owns approximately 7.4% of Ezra, which is listed on the Singapore stock exchange.

The transaction will be completed in Q4 2012.

Ocean Yield AS is a wholly owned subsidiary of Aker ASA, which owns 28 percent of Aker Solutions through Aker Kvaerner Holding. The transaction was conducted according to the amended shareholder agreement pertaining to related party transactions in Aker Kvaerner Holding.

ENDS

For further information, please contact:

Media:
Endre Johansen, VP Corporate Communications, Aker Solutions. Tel: +47 22 94 58 91, Mob: +47 416 10 605, E-mail: endre.johansen@akersolutions.com

Investor relations:
Lasse Torkildsen, SVP Investor Relations, Aker Solutions. Tel: +47 67 51 30 39, Mob: +47 911 37 194, E-mail: lasse.torkildsen@akersolutions.com

Suppliers:
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Aker Solutions provides oilfield products, systems and services for customers in the oil and gas industry world-wide. The company's knowledge and technologies span from reservoir to production and through the life of a field.

Aker Solutions brings together engineering and technologies for oil and gas drilling, field development and production. The company employs approximately 25 000 people in more than 30 countries. They apply the knowledge and create and use technologies that deliver their customers' solutions.

Aker Solutions ASA is the parent company in the group, which consists of a number of separate legal entities. Aker Solutions is used as the common brand and trademark for most of these entities. In 2011 Aker Solutions had aggregated annual revenues of approximately NOK 36.5 billion. The company is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange.

This press release may include forward-looking information or statements and is subject to our disclaimer, see www.akersolutions.com.

This information is subject of the disclosure requirements pursuant to section 5-12 of the Norwegian Securities Trading Act.





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