TechnipFMC estimates $280M settlement for global anticorruption investigations
TechnipFMC said in its earnings release, "As previously disclosed, we are cooperating with the U.S., Brazilian, and French authorities in their investigations of potential violations of anticorruption laws relating to historical projects in Brazil, Equatorial Guinea, and Ghana, and Unaoil contracts. We have been informed that these authorities have been coordinating their investigations, which could result in a global resolution. These matters have progressed to a point where a probable estimate of the aggregate settlement amount with all authorities is $280 million for which we have taken a provision in the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2018. These matters involve negotiations with law enforcement authorities in three separate jurisdictions, and there is no certainty that a global settlement will be reached or that settlement will not exceed the provision."