Teekay Offshore Partners L.P. (Teekay Offshore orthe Partnership) (TOO) today announced that it will complete the acquisition of the Petrojarl Knarr(Knarr) floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) unit from Teekay Corporation (Teekay) for its fully built-up cost of approximately $1.26 billion on July 1, 2015, subject to customary closing conditions. The FPSO has now completed all the required operational testing and has commenced its full charter rate under the long-term contract on the Knarr oil and gas field in the North Sea where BG Norge Limited (BG) is the operator.
The Knarr FPSO acquisition will be fully financed through the assumption of an existing $745 million long-term debt facility and $550 million of equity financings. The equity financings will also fund a portion of the initial installments of the three shuttle tanker newbuildings being constructed for the East Coast of Canada 15-year shuttle tanker contracts awarded to the Partnership in early-June 2015.
$250 million Issuance of Convertible Preferred Units
Teekay Offshore has agreed to issue $250 million of Series C Convertible Preferred units (Preferred Units) in a private placement to two strategic investors, Magnetar Capital and Triangle Peak Partners (collectively the Strategic Partners). The distribution rate for the Preferred Units is 8.6 percent per annum and the Preferred Units are convertible on a one-for-one basis at any time after 18 months into Teekay Offshore common units at a price of $23.95 per unit, which represents a premium of 15 percent above a unit price based on a volume-weighted average price mechanism. The Preferred Units will be issued in July 2015, subject to customary closing conditions.
$300 million Issuance of Common Units
Teekay Offshore has also agreed to issue $300 million of common units (and associated general partner interest) to Teekay at a price of $20.83 per unit. The issue price is based upon the same volume-weighted average price mechanism used to determine the unit price (excluding conversion premium) for the Preferred Units. The common units will be issued in mid-July 2015, subject to customary closing conditions and after the record date for Teekay Offshore’s second quarter of 2015 cash distribution. In the interim period, Teekay will provide the Partnership with short-term vendor financing for the required equity portion of the Knarr FPSO purchase price.
Arendal Spirit UMS Commences Charter Contract
The Partnership’s first Unit for Maintenance and Safety (UMS), the Arendal Spirit, recently completed the required operational testing and commenced its three-year charter contract with Petrobras in Brazil. This marks the addition of a new segment to Teekay Offshore’s offshore logistics portfolio and the world’s first UMS based on Sevan Marine ASA’s innovative cylindrical hull design.
“We are pleased to be completing the Partnership’s largest acquisition to-date, which will bring our total FPSO fleet to eight units, and to have successfully commenced the charter contract for the Partnership’s first UMS,” commented Peter Evensen, Chief Executive Officer of Teekay Offshore GP LLC. Mr. Evensen continued, “TheKnarr FPSO will further strengthen our leading position in the harsh weather FPSO segment in the North Sea and highlights our strategic partnership with BG, who now represents one of the Partnership’s largest customers. Based on the stable fee-based cash flow to be contributed by the Knarr FPSO and the Arendal Spirit UMS, management has recommended to the Partnership’s Board of Directors a distribution increase of four percent commencing in the third quarter, payable in November 2015. In addition, the combination of the KnarrFPSO and the Arendal Spirit UMS cash flows and the associated equity financings are expected to strengthen both the Partnership’s balance sheet and its cash distribution coverage ratio.”
Mr. Evensen added, “Our Sponsor, Teekay, and the Strategic Partners have demonstrated their long-term confidence in Teekay Offshore with their substantial equity investments.” Mr. Evensen continued, “With the Partnership’s existing growth pipeline of $2.4 billion, new growth projects that the Partnership is currently pursuing, and the potential for on-the-water acquisitions, we expect to continue growing the Partnership’s distributable cash flow to provide long-term value creation for our unitholders.”
The Conflicts Committee of the Partnership’s general partner’s board of directors approved the terms of the Knarr FPSO acquisition from, and the common unit issuance to, Teekay.
About Teekay Offshore Partners L.P.
Teekay Offshore Partners L.P. is an international provider of marine transportation, oil production, storage, long-distance towing and offshore installation, and maintenance and safety services to the offshore oil industry focusing on the growing deepwater offshore oil regions of the North Sea, Brazil and East Coast Canada. Teekay Offshore is structured as a publicly-traded master limited partnership (MLP) with consolidated assets of approximately $5.5 billion, comprised of 64 offshore assets, including shuttle tankers, floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) units, floating storage and offtake (FSO) units, units for maintenance and safety (UMS), long-distance towing and offshore installation vessels and conventional tankers. The majority of Teekay Offshore’s fleet is employed on medium-term, stable contracts.
Teekay Offshore’s common units trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “TOO”.