SDRL - Purchase of the ultra-deepwater drillship "West Polaris"

Hamilton, Bermuda, December 30th, 2014 - Seadrill Limited ("Seadrill" or the "Company") announces it has exercised a purchase option for the West Polaris, a 6th generation Ultra-Deepwater drillship, from Ship Finance International Limited (NYSE:SFL) ("Ship Finance").
The West Polaris was acquired by Ship Finance in 2008 and subsequently bareboat chartered to Seadrill with purchase options commencing in 2012. The purchase option price is US$456 million and total consideration payable to Ship Finance is US$108 million.  The transaction will be executed as a purchase of shares in Ship Finance's asset owning subsidiary SFL West Polaris Limited, which is currently a consolidated entity in Seadrill.  Seadrill does not expect any immediate material impact to its financial statements as a result of this transaction.
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