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    Topaz Energy & Marine delivers robust performance but notes pricing pressure

    Company News // May 20, 2015
    Topaz Energy & Marine has reported its first quarter 2015 results. The company said it had "robust" performance in the Caspian and MENA regions, and a "short-term profit impact" in Africa due to market conditions and investment in its fleet.

    The company has three vessels are under construction (1 MPSV, 1 ERRV and 1 AHTSV) that are expected to enter service in 2015 and 2016.

    René Kofod-Olsen, the company's Chief Executive Officer, said: “Our businesses in the Caspian and MENA regions, responsible for 85 per cent of total revenue, delivered robust performances for the quarter whilst our Africa operations reflected the investments Topaz is making in its fleet in the region and short-term pricing pressure.

    "Although the market was challenging during the quarter as our clients responded to a lower oil price, we are already beginning to see an increase in client activity across our regions.

    "As the market adjusts, we have been prudent, conserving cash, postponing non-essential fleet upgrades and re-financing a proportion of our debt on enhanced terms whilst controlling costs across the business.

    “The favourable terms of our re-financing illustrate the strong growth opportunity of Topaz. Our model of securing medium to long term contracts, our predominant presence in the sustainable development and production phases of the oil extraction cycle and our young fleet of vessels position us very favourably in the market.

    “Our focus for the rest of the year will be on winning long-term contracts which will enable Topaz to continue delivering positive returns for our shareholders and investors as well as continued growth above our peer group benchmark.

    "Our expansion in Africa signals the opportunities open to Topaz to pursue growth in new markets. We are now fully registered in our key African markets of Nigeria and Angola, which means we are able to pursue medium-to-long term contracts rather than the spot business to which we have been restricted to date.

    "We will experience some short-term pressure in Africa as we develop our fleet, but we remain convinced of the long term offshore opportunity the market represents.

    "Our exposure to different markets means we are able to manage any short-term market pressure, underlining the strength of Topaz’s diversified portfolio. We remain positive about the prospects for growth across our regions; business activity is picking up and we are confident that our strategy and operational excellence will help to deliver a robust performance for 2015.”


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