SBM Offshore Update on Legacy Issue in Brazil

Further to the Update issued on November 6, 2017 the Company reports on two developments in Brazil.

  • The Company learned that following a review of the leniency agreement pending the injunction order suspending signing of the leniency agreement, the Federal Court of Accounts (Tribunal de Contas da União – “TCU”) decided to allow the Ministry of Transparency, Oversight and Control (Ministério da Transparência, Fiscalização e Controle – “MTFC”), the General Counsel for the Republic (Advocacia Geral da União – “AGU”) and Petrobras to move forward with the signing of the leniency agreement.
  • The Federal Prosecutor’s Office (Ministério Público Federal – “MPF”) has filed a damage claim based on the Brazilian Improbity Act with the Federal Court in Rio de Janeiro against a Brazilian subsidiary of the Company, an intermediate holding company in Switzerland and a number of individuals, including former employees of the SBM Offshore Group. The claim relates to the alleged improper sales practices before 2012 that are also the subject of the leniency agreements under discussion with the Brazilian authorities and Petrobras. The judge handling the case will now have to decide on the acceptance of the lawsuit before the Brazilian court, after which the defendants could be served with the court documents. In the context of this lawsuit, the MPF asked the court to impose a provisional measure as a means to secure damages potentially awarded.


The Company is analyzing the legality of the MPF damage claim and the potential impact of these developments on the ongoing discussions at large and is actively seeking the views from the authorities involved. If and when necessary, the relevant Group companies will defend their position before the authorities and in court.

The Company again reaffirms its commitment to close out its legacy issues in Brazil by means of a leniency agreement. However, to enter into the leniency agreements, the Company would need to be in a position to reach satisfactorily closure with all Brazilian authorities and Petrobras on all outstanding leniency issues at the same time. Under the current circumstances, the Company cannot guarantee that a satisfactory resolution will be reached.

For more information the Company refers to its earlier disclosures, and in particular its press release of November 6, 2017.

Corporate Profile

SBM Offshore N.V. is a listed holding company that is headquartered in Amsterdam. It holds direct and indirect interests in other companies that collectively with SBM Offshore N.V. form the SBM Offshore Group (“the Company”).

SBM Offshore provides floating production solutions to the offshore energy industry, over the full product life-cycle. The Company is market leading in leased floating production systems with multiple units currently in operation and has unrivalled operational experience in this field. The Company’s main activities are the design, supply, installation, operation and the life extension of Floating Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessels. These are either owned and operated by SBM Offshore and leased to its clients or supplied on a turnkey sale basis.

As of December 31, 2016, Group companies employ approximately 4,750 people worldwide. Full time company employees totaling c. 4,250 are spread over five regional centers, ten operational shore bases and the offshore fleet of vessels. A further 500 are working for the joint ventures with several construction yards. For further information, please visit our website at

The companies in which SBM Offshore N.V. directly and indirectly owns investments are separate entities. In this communication “SBM Offshore” is sometimes used for convenience where references are made to SBM Offshore N.V. and its subsidiaries in general, or where no useful purpose is served by identifying the particular company or companies.

The Management Board
Amsterdam, the Netherlands, December 22, 2017


Financial Calendar Date Year
Full-Year 2017 Earnings – Press Release February 8 2018
Annual General Meeting of Shareholders April 11 2018
Trading Update 1Q 2018 – Press Release May 9 2018
Half-Year 2018 Earnings – Press Release August 9 2018
Trading Update 3Q 2018 – Press Release November 15 2018

Note:  date in bold was changed from May 10, 2018 before market opening to May 9, 2018 as communicated in the press release of November 8, 2017.

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