Leading Maritime VSAT specialist to be acquired by global maritime market leader

Ålesund, 31st of March 2011
Ship Equip International AS (“Ship Equipâ€) and Inmarsat plc (LSE: ISAT.L) today announces an agreement for Inmarsat, to acquire Ship Equip for a total consideration of NOK 900 million.
Inmarsat is the world’s leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services. Ship Equip, based in Ålesund, Norway, is a leading provider of VSAT maritime communications services to the shipping, offshore oil & gas and fishing markets.
Ship Equip’s expertise in developing and deploying VSAT communications solutions to key verticals in the maritime market, coupled with its worldwide committed capacity arrangements and installed base of over 850 vessels (as at December 2010), have made it a leader in the evolving VSAT maritime communications market.
“We are excited to be joining forces with Inmarsat, and we are convinced the combination will be the perfect platform for reaching the next level in satellite broadband maritime services,” said Ivar Nesset, CEO of Ship Equip. “This transaction will enhance Ship Equip’s standing as one of the largest providers of satellite broadband maritime communications solutions and provide an exciting long-term service proposition for our customers.”
James Parm, President and CEO of Stratos, commented: “We are delighted to welcome Ship Equip and their management team into the Inmarsat group. Ship Equip is ideally positioned to support the evolution of certain segments of the maritime market to higher speed services – especially those to be offered by Inmarsat’s revolutionary Global XpressTM programme after its planned launch in 2013.
Ship Equip is the perfect partner for Inmarsat, bringing a large installed base of maritime VSAT customers, who we expect to be in the forefront of the transition to Global Xpress services, and a management team with extensive knowledge of VSAT operations and customers, to help us ensure that Global Xpress is a compelling proposition for the maritime community. This acquisition demonstrates our clear determination to prepare the way for a fast and successful take up of Ka-band services via Inmarsat Global Xpress.’’
Ship Equip is to be acquired by Inmarsat Solutions and will operate as a separate subsidiary alongside Inmarsat’s Stratos and Segovia businesses. Closing of the transaction is subject to certain regulatory approvals which are expected to be completed in a matter of weeks. Inmarsat expects to finance the transaction from current available liquidity. UBS acted as sole financial advisor to Ship Equip. About Inmarsat Inmarsat plc (LSE: ISAT) is the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services.
Since 1979, Inmarsat has been providing reliable voice and high-speed data communications to governments, enterprises and other organizations, with a range of services that can be used on land, at sea or in the air. The company’s services are delivered through a global network of more than 400 distribution partners and service providers operating in 100 countries. For the year ended 31 December 2010, Inmarsat plc had total revenue of US$1,172 million (2009: US$1,038 million) with an EBITDA of US$696 million (2009: US$594 million). For more information, please visit www.inmarsat.com.
About Ship Equip: The Ship Equip Group is the leading provider of VSAT-based maritime communications services worldwide. The C-band and Ku-band solution SEVSAT together with TVRO from Ship Equip give ships world-wide cost efficient solutions for internet, telephony and television. Ship Equip has installed more than 2,500 stabilized antennas all over the world, and has extensive experience in supporting the equipment in demanding maritime conditions. The head office is situated in Ålesund, Norway, with offices in Athens, Cologne, Dubai, Houston, Oslo, Reykjavik, Rotterdam, Shanghai and Singapore. For more about Ship Equip contact: Information Manager Arnfinn Oksavik Tel: +47-70172428 / +47-90686931 Or see: www.ship-equip.com
By Professional Mariner Staff