NOTE: THE COMPANY IS AN INVESTMENT ENTITY AND SHALL NOT CONSOLIDATE ITS
(Limassol, 14 February 2019) S.D. Standard Drilling Plc (Standard Drilling,
OSE:SDSD) had a positive adjusted EBITDA of USD 0.3 million in the fourth
quarter of 2018 from the underlying operations of Platform Supply Vessels (PSVs)
(Q4 2017: USD -0.1 million), with a utilization of 90% on the five fully owned
large-sized PSVs (Q4 2017 84%). The company has zero debt, cost effective
operations, low overhead cost and is well positioned to take part in the
expected upturn in the PSV market during 2019.
Standard Drilling is an investment entity and shall not consolidate its
subsidiaries. Consequently, the company measures it's investments in PSVs based
on fair value estimates from reputable independent valuers. Revenues and EBITDA
from chartering out the vessels are not consolidated into, nor reflected in the
financial statements. Consequently, Standard Drilling reported an operating
profit of USD 1.56 million in the fourth quarter of 2018 (Q4 2017: USD 3.6
million), following unrealized gain on revaluation of financial assets of USD
The group had an underlying positive adjusted EBITDA, excluding non-recurring
cost and dry dock, special survey, maintenance and repair, in the fourth quarter
2018 of USD 0.3 million (Q4 2017 USD -0.1 million). The utilization of the
large-sized PSVs was 90% in the quarter (Q4 2017 84%), and 91% for the year
2018 (2017 80%). The total cash balance was USD 25.6 million at the end of 2018,
including pro-rata ownership of the subsidiaries and investments, up from USD
15.2 million at the end of 2017. The company has no debt.
"Standard Drilling expects there will be an upturn in the PSV market in the
North Sea Sector during the spring and summer season 2019. With an available
fleet of modern and cost efficient PSVs, low overhead costs and a strong
financial position with no debt, the company is well positioned to take part of
the expected upturn. Further, the company will take advantage of opportunities
that may appear within the market the company operates in, " says Martin Nes,
Chairman of the Board of Standard Drilling Plc.
Standard Drilling owns 100% of five large-size modern PSVs. In addition, the
company has invested in 13 mid-size PSVs, bringing the total fleet of partly and
fully owned vessels to 18 PSVs, including one vessel on a bare-boat contract.
For additional information, please contact:
General Manager, Evangelia Panagide at +357 99 77 11 16
Chairman of the Board, Martin Nes at +47 92 01 48 14
S.D. Standard Drilling was founded in 2010. The company currently has 100%
ownership interest in five large-size Platform Supply Vessels ('PSVs') and an
indirect ownership interest in thirteen mid-size PSVs including one vessel on a
1 year bare- boat contract.
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