Petrofac News 1700X397
04 December 2023

Petrofac makes Board appointment and provides business update

Petrofac Limited (“Petrofac” or “the Company”) announces that Aidan de Brunner has today joined the Company as a Non-Executive Director. Aidan brings to Petrofac over 20 years of board, management, investment and financial advisory experience gained across a variety of global businesses.

As the Group pivots to the execution of the new contracts won in 2023, Aidan will commit a significant portion of his time to supporting the Board for a limited period. He will drive engagement with finance providers, investors and other stakeholders in an active review of strategic and financial options to deliver on Petrofac’s potential following its most successful period for new awards in many years.

Strategic and financial options to strengthen balance sheet

The Board is examining a range of strategic and financial options with the objective of materially strengthening the Company’s balance sheet, securing bank guarantees and improving short-term liquidity. A key aim of this review is to protect the interests of Petrofac’s shareholders, creditors and employees while the Group continues its focus on safe and effective delivery for its clients.

Management has been making progress in organic actions to unwind working capital, collect receipts on ongoing and new contracts and to unlock long-outstanding commercial settlements. In addition, Management is considering the sale of non-core assets, and is actively engaged in discussions with financial investors to take a non-controlling position in certain other components of the business portfolio. As part of an overall plan, these transactions would result in a material improvement on the balance sheet. The Company is also exploring potential new financial options across all its classes of capital.

Business update

Operationally, as demonstrated by its backlog growth, the Group continues to deliver well for its clients, and has a healthy Group pipeline scheduled for award in the period to the end of 2024.

The full year free cash flow guidance1 provided with our interim results was based, in part, on unwinding historical working capital and collecting advance payments on the new contracts secured in 2023. While the Group has made progress in reaching contractual settlements and unwinding working capital, given delays in securing advance payment guarantees, it no longer expects to receive these advances before the year-end. Consequently, it no longer expects to meet the guidance previously provided for full year cash flow.

The Group has continued to maintain liquidity above its financial covenant2 and will provide further details in its trading update on 20 December 2023.

Update on performance guarantees

As noted in Petrofac’s H1 results, it is an industry standard contractual requirement to provide Performance Guarantees for EPC contracts. Banking and surety market appetite for the provision of these guarantees in support of the contracts won by Petrofac has reduced, resulting in delays in their provision. Petrofac remains in active discussions with its credit providers to secure the guarantees on the new contracts as well as with the clients of these new contracts. The measures being taken to strengthen the balance sheet are, in part, designed to secure future guarantees.

Group Chief Executive Tareq Kawash commented:

“Petrofac’s underlying business is robust with material growth in our backlog from approximately US$5.5 billion in new awards in new and traditional energy this year. This demonstrates our competitive strength and long-term potential. To deliver on this, we are working hard to address short-term liquidity challenges and strengthen the financial position of the Group. I am grateful for the continued efforts of our people, and the support of our clients and other stakeholders, as we work to deliver a positive future for Petrofac.”

The Chairman René Médori commented:

“The Board is fully focused on reviewing a range of strategic and financial options with the objectives of strengthening the Group’s balance sheet and protecting the interests of all our stakeholders. The appointment of Aidan de Brunner reinforces the skills and experience of the Board in support of these efforts.”

Petrofac will issue its pre-close trading update on 20 December 2023.


In accordance with Listing Rule 9.6.15, the information to be disclosed pursuant to Listing Rule 9.6.13, are that Aidan de Brunner is also a non-executive director of Babylon Holdings Limited, a company that was previously listed on the NYSE. There are no other details to be disclosed.

1 Free cash flow guidance provided with the interim results was that, at Group level, we expected cash flow to be broadly neutral in 2023.

2 The financial covenant for liquidity is that the Group’s liquidity (excluding cash held in joint operations) shall exceed US$75m at each month end.