U.S. offshore vessel owner Seacor Marine has acquired of three fast support vessels (FSVs) in exchange for the private placement of 603,872 shares of its common stock to domestic U.S. holders affiliated with the McCall family of Louisiana.
The provider of global marine and support transportation services to offshore oil and natural gas and windfarm facilities worldwide has operated the acquired vessels for the past ten years under a revenue sharing pooling agreement along with four of its owned FSVs of similar specification.
As part of the transaction, this pooling agreement was terminated. This will eliminate a negative adjustment in recent years to Seacor Marine’s revenue and Direct Vessel Profit (DVP) that resulted from allocations of revenue among the pool participants. In each of the past two years, this negative adjustment to Seacor Marine’s revenue has been approximately $2.4 million per year, the majority of which resulted in a corresponding reduction in DVP.
With the addition of these three vessels, Seacor Marine’s fleet of large FSVs (hull length greater than 190 ft./58 meters) now consists of 20 vessels. These vessels have an average age of approximately 5.9 years and all but three of the vessels are currently contracted. Of the contracted vessels, 14 are operating internationally and three domestically.
John Gellert, Seacor Marine’s Chief Executive Officer, commented: “We are excited to expand our FSV fleet, a core asset segment for Seacor Marine. FSVs have become an integral component of the logistics chain for offshore drilling and production operations due to their speed and versatility. Further, they have weathered the industry downturn remarkably well. Our large FSV models have notably maintained high utilization rates through continued expansion into international markets. Guyana and Saudi Arabia are the latest areas of international expansion for Seacor Marine’s FSV fleet.
“This transaction represents a clear continuation of Seacor Marine’s prudent growth strategy and commitment to actively managing our fleet. Since the end of 2017, we have grown the net book value of our owned fleet by more than $100 million, raised equity and bank debt, and in separate joint ventures, acquired a modern, foreign flag supply vessel fleet built in China and expanded in Brazil through the recently announced acquisition of UP Offshore.
“On a personal note, I deeply appreciate the support provided to Seacor Marine by the McCall family. Mr. Norman McCall pioneered the development of aluminum vessels in the oilfield and our innovations in this segment would not have been possible without the contributions of him and his family.”
FSVs are aluminum hull vessels built for speed, transporting cargo and personnel at speeds up to 40 knots. Seacor Marine is a worldwide market leader in this asset category, operating 41 FSVs at December 31, 2018 in the Gulf of Mexico, Latin America, West Africa, Mediterranean and the Middle and Far East.
Six of the 41 FSVs are catamaran hull forms dedicated to passenger transport as a safe, efficient alternative to helicopters. Seacor Marine pioneered the use of catamarans in oilfield service and currently transports approximately 30,000 passengers per month on its aluminum vessels worldwide.