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Daewoo posts loss for Q3 as oil prices hit orders

LACK OF WORK?Offshore drilling projects face hiring issues, which raises the possibility that orders may be delayed, adding to the problems of shipbuilders


Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co, the world’s No. 2 shipbuilder, posted its second straight quarterly loss as a slump in oil prices affected its offshore operations.

The third-quarter loss was 1.35 trillion won (US$1.2 billion), compared with a 35.5 billion-won profit a year earlier, the company said in a regulatory filing yesterday.

That is wider than the average 95.2 billion won loss from eight analyst estimates compiled by Bloomberg.

In the second quarter, Daewoo Shipbuilding posted a loss of 2.3 trillion won, its biggest ever.

Customers increasingly are asking global shipyards to delay delivery of ships and offshore rigs as weaker economic growth and sluggish oil prices make it difficult for them to pay for the projects. Creditors of Daewoo Shipbuilding tomorrow plan to announce how much money they will lend to the shipyard to help improve its cash flow.

“Daewoo Shipbuilding appears to be getting over its biggest challenge,” Seoul-based Yuanta Securities Korea analyst Lee Jae-won said. “The real task for the shipyard will be to meet its reform plans. Fourth-quarter earnings could be far better than the third quarter’s.”

Daewoo Shipbuilding, Samsung Heavy Industries Co and Hyundai Heavy Industries Co, the world’s three biggest shipyards, moved toward building floating facilities for drilling and production when the global financial crisis hit ship orders. Now they are pulling back from that business after the drop in oil prices since last year prompted companies such as Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Petroleo Brasileiro SA to cut spending.

Daewoo Shipbuilding’s results reflected losses from a contract that was canceled in August after an unnamed client in the Americas failed to make payment on a drill ship under construction.

The company yesterday also said that two drill ships it is building will be delivered a year later than originally agreed.

“The company reflected additional losses the creditors found in their due diligence, as well as loss from its overseas subsidiaries,” Daewoo Shipbuilding said in an e-mailed statement. “Earnings should start to improve in the fourth quarter if the creditors provide funds as planned.”

Daewoo Shipbuilding’s operating loss in the third quarter was 1.22 trillion won, compared with a 135 billion won profit a year earlier.

That exceeded analysts’ estimate for a 93.6 billion-won loss on average, according to Bloomberg data. Sales fell 25 percent to 3.16 trillion won.

Daewoo Shipbuilding is not the only shipyard feeling the heat. Samsung Heavy has accepted requests from customers to defer deliveries of six drill ships, while a Hyundai Heavy client canceled an order for a semi-submersible rig.

Some offshore projects under construction have yet to be hired for any drilling or production jobs when they are delivered to their owners, raising the possibility that more orders could be delayed, according to Shinyoung Securities Co in Seoul.

Results for the other members of the “big three” shipbuilders were mixed.

Samsung Heavy on Monday reported third-quarter net income of 53.7 billion won and said its business appeared to have turned a corner.

Also on Monday, Hyundai Heavy posted a net loss of 434.1 billion won for the quarter.

Daewoo Shipbuilding is the worst-performing stock on the KOSPI 200 index this year, as project delays have forced it to take on more debt. The shipbuilder is selling non-core assets, reducing its operational presence at a money-losing Romanian shipyard and cutting its workforce to help raise cash.

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