4.5.5Shareholders' Equity

For an explanation of the shareholders equity, reference is made to the Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity and note 4.3.23 Equity Attributable to Shareholders.

Legal reserve

31 December 2019

31 December 2018

Investees equity non-distributable



Capitalized development expenditure1



Translation reserve



Cash flow hedges






  • 1 Relates to the development expenditures of the Company's subsidiaries.

The 'Investees equity non-distributable' legal reserve relates mainly to non-distributable profits generated by the co-owned entities (refer to note 4.3.31 Investment in Associates and Joint Ventures and 4.3.32 Information on Non-controlling Interests). The agreed principle in the applicable shareholders’ agreements is that the shareholders shall procure that any available reserves are distributable after paying any expenses due and taking into account co-owned entity and applicable legal requirements. However, as unanimous decision of shareholders agreements in most of the co-owned entities is required to distribute the profits generated, the equity of these entities is classified as a non-distributable reserve under Dutch guidelines for financial reporting. On a regular basis the Company ensures that dividends are approved by the partners and distributed accordingly to the shareholders.

Proposed Appropriation of Result

With the approval of the Supervisory Board, it is proposed that the result shown in SBM Offshore N.V. income statement be appropriated as follows (in US$):

Appropriation of result


Profit/(Loss) attributable to shareholders


In accordance with note 4.6.1 to be transferred to the 'Retained earnings'


At the disposal of the General Meeting of Shareholders


It is proposed that US$150 million of retained earnings is distributed among the shareholders.