On July 15, Petrobras announced that SBM Offshore NV had entered into a settlement agreement with Brazilian authorities to resolve allegations stemming from the Petrobras bribery probe. Under the terms of the agreement, the Dutch drilling company, which had been accused of paying bribes to Brazilian state-owned oil company Petrobras, will be immune to new legal actions stemming from the probe. In exchange, SBM Offshore agreed to pay approximately $342 million in fines, comprising $13.2 million to the Brazilian government and $328.2 million to Petrobras, of which $179 million “represents the nominal value to be deducted from future payments owed by Petrobras to SBM based on prevailing contracts.”
According to Petrobras, the leniency agreement is the outcome of negotiations that began in March 2015. Petrobras further stated that it will resume its normal business relationship with SBM Offshore.
The agreement is the latest settlement for SBM Offshore in connection with the Petrobras bribery probe. In 2014, SBM Offshore settled with Dutch authorities. In February 2016, SBM Offshore announced that the U.S. DOJ had re-opened its investigation into the company.