Offshore housing merger bid called off, says Keppel

Keppel said yesterday that its associate company Floatel International and Oslo-listed Prosafe have dropped their bid to merge in a combination that would have created the world's largest offshore accommodation provider.

The decision comes after Norway's competition authorities blocked the proposed merger in October last year.

Keppel had said then that Floatel and Prosafe were assessing whether to appeal against the decision.

In a regulatory update on Thursday, Keppel said Floatel and Prosafe "were of the view that any near-term completion of a value-enhancing merger was unlikely".

The merger would have combined Prosafe's existing nine semi-submersible vessels and options for two newbuild semi-submersible vessels with Floatel's five semi-submersible vessels, said Prosafe in an announcement at the time.

Keppel said that the discontinuation of the proposed deal is not expected to have a material impact on its net tangible assets or earnings per share for the current financial year.

Keppel Offshore & Marine, a unit of Keppel, owns a 49.92 per cent stake in Floatel via its wholly owned subsidiary Fels Offshore. Fels Offshore's resultant shareholding in the post-merger Prosafe would have been about 22 per cent.

Keppel shares closed down 0.15 per cent at $6.72 yesterday.

Ann Williams

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 15, 2020, with the headline 'Offshore housing merger bid called off, says Keppel'. Print Edition | Subscribe