Polarcus announces non-cash impairment charges impacting Q4 2015

Reference is made to the stock exchange release issued on 6 January 2016 in which Polarcus Limited (“Polarcus” or the “Company”) (OSE: PLCS) announced a restructuring plan with support from key stakeholders. Furthermore, the Company announced that it had received a request for information regarding impairment of vessels and seismic equipment from The Financial Supervisory Authority of Norway (“Finanstilsynet”).

The Company has now completed its impairment review using a value in use test based on discounted cash flows. As a result, the Company will record non-cash charges of approximately USD 242 million that will materially impact the Financial Statements for the fourth quarter 2015 and is related to the following two asset classes:

  • An impairment of intangible assets of approximately USD 27 million.
  • An impairment of the carrying value of the vessels and seismic equipment of approximately USD 215 million.

The impairments are driven by the weak market fundamentals with falling day rates. The impairment charges are expected to be mostly offset by accounting gains in the first quarter 2016 arising from the implementation of the restructuring plan.

The Company will issue its fourth quarter 2015 Financial Statements on 29 February 2016.



Tom Henrik Sundby, CFO
+971 50 708 6480

Hans-Peter Burlid, VP Finance & Investor Relations
+971 50 559 8175


About Polarcus

Polarcus (OSE: PLCS) is an innovative marine geophysical company with a pioneering environmental agenda, delivering high-end towed streamer data acquisition and imaging services from Pole to Pole. Polarcus operates a fleet of high performance 3D seismic vessels incorporating leading-edge maritime technologies for improved safety and efficiency. Polarcus offers contract seismic surveys and multi-client projects with advanced onboard processing solutions and employs nearly 500 professionals worldwide. The Company’s principal office is in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. For more information, visit www.polarcus.com



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