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Boskalis half year result 2019 tainted by offshore projects; 2019 EBITDA guidance unchanged

Papendrecht, 22 August 2019 Key Figures First Half Year 2019 Revenue: EUR 1.3 billion EBITDA: EUR 135.7 million Net profit: EUR 1.3 million Order book: EUR 4.4 billion Outlook 2019 Dredging: stable market volume Offshore Energy contracting: positive contribution from projects in second half year Offshore Energy services: reasonable volume and vessel utilization Towage: sale of equity stake in Saam Smit Towage; other joint ventures stable Salvage: strong year Profit outlook second half year: substantial improvement of the net profit relative to the first half year 2019 EBITDA guidance maintained; comparable to level last year Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) realized a net profit of EUR 1.3 million in the first half of the year (H1 2018: negative EUR 361.4 million). Revenue in the first half of the year increased 8.6% compared to the first half of last year to EUR 1.27 billion (H1 2018: EUR 1.17 billion). EBITDA in the first half of the year totaled EUR 135.7 million and the EBIT was EUR 9.1 million (H1 2018 EBITDA: EUR 167.2 million, EBIT: negative EUR 349.6 million). A strong decline of the result was caused by operational and contractual issues on a limited number of offshore projects, partly in decommissioning but mostly in offshore wind cables. In the offshore wind market circumstances have changed as a consequence of the move to zero subsidies and increased competition. This has resulted in a recent and unexpected change in the attitude of clients, which is reflected in a sharp increase in the number of disputes and protracted claim negotiations. Following a thorough review of the projects in hand, provisions of slightly more than EUR 100 million have been made on a limited number of onerous contracts. The entire order book was reviewed when determining these provisions. Boskalis is confident that in time a substantial part of these provisions will be recovered, however has not taken this into consideration in the reported figures. Extraordinary items impacted both the 2018 and 2019 half year result. In 2018, these were related to (impairment) charges of EUR 397.0 million pre tax whilst in 2019 a book profit of EUR 42.2 million is included in the earnings, relating to the sale of the Kotug Smit Towage joint venture and the sale of a vessel. The extraordinary items are accounted for at group level. Within the Dredging & Inland Infra segment, revenue increased with the strongest growth realized outside Europe. Large projects in progress in Oman, Singapore, Canada and the Indian subcontinent contributed to this. The results were virtually stable compared to the same period last year. At Offshore Energy, revenue from contracting activities increased with important contributions from the cable laying activities and seabed intervention projects such as Nord Stream 2. Within the services cluster, the developments were in line with expectations. The subsea and survey activities had a relatively busy first half year. Within heavy marine transport, revenue decreased in part due to the decision taken last year to exit the low-end transport market. The sharp decline in the division result is fully explained by provisions for onerous contracts of more than EUR 100 million. Salvage had a very good first half year with high-profile and successful salvage operations. The contribution from the Towage joint ventures decreased, which is entirely attributable to the (intended) sale of our interest in Kotug Smit Towage and Saam Smit Towage. The contribution from the remaining joint ventures was higher compared to the same period last year. The net debt position increased to EUR 419.8 million in the first half year, partly due to ongoing investments, acquisitions, the share buy-back program and the effect of an all-cash dividend. With the proceeds of the (intended) sale of our share in two harbor towage joint ventures (Kotug Smit Towage and Saam Smit Towage) combined with the operational outlook, the net debt position will improve substantially in the second half of the year. Boskalis' financial position remains strong with a solvency of 50.9%. The order book, excluding our share in the order book of associates, increased to EUR 4.36 billion at the end of the first half year (year-end 2018: EUR 4.29 billion). Peter Berdowski, CEO: “Over the past six years we have built up a strong leading position in the offshore cable market in Northwest Europe. These activities contributed well to the result in that period. We have successfully completed many projects in close and constructive cooperation with clients. Recently, however, we are being confronted with a drastically changed attitude of many of these clients. Under pressure from the disappearance of subsidies on wind farms, clients are keenly looking for ways to reduce costs. This has resulted in a considerably more tense situation in the execution of projects and an accumulation of disputes on projects and lengthy claim procedures. Although we are confident that we will be able to recover a large proportion of the outstanding claims in the future, we have prudently taken provisions on a limited number of offshore projects, whereby we reviewed the entire offshore portfolio. In order to respond better to the changed market situation, we have tightened the organization of the Offshore Energy division and in particular that of Subsea Cables. The provisions have a major impact on the earnings of the Offshore Energy division in the first half of the year resulting in a loss, despite the stable revenue and the decent occupancy of the vessels. We expect a positive contribution from the Offshore Division for the second half of the year and we see clear signs of recovery for the medium term. At Dredging & Inland Infra the picture was stable in terms of volume, vessel utilization and earnings and Salvage had a very strong first half year with high-profile projects and a strong increase in the result. Finally, we have taken major steps in the repositioning of our business portfolio this half year, on the one hand with agreements reached on the sale of our harbor towage joint ventures Kotug Smit Towage and Saam Smit Towage and on the other hand with the expansion of our position in the early cyclical survey market with the acquisition of a majority stake in the survey company Horizon." Outlook The market picture for the rest of 2019 is not fundamentally different from that in the first half year and with no further loss provisions anticipated, a strong improvement of the result is expected. At Dredging & Inland Infra we see a reasonable volume of work in the market in the short term, with the timing of new project awards being the biggest uncertainty. The emphasis for Boskalis is on maintaining utilization at a responsible level of project risk. With the current projects in hand, a reasonable part of the fleet is set to be utilized in the remainder of 2019. The picture for the Offshore Energy market has not changed and the second half year is expected to be comparable to the first half year, adjusted for the onerous contract provisions. Transport and diving will be largely dependent on the spot market. Survey is expected to have another good year with further growth, partly thanks to the addition of Horizon. For the contracting activities we expect the projects in the order book to result in a reasonable second half year. At Towage, market volumes within the remaining towage joint ventures are stable and the sale of our stake in Saam Smit Towage is expected to be completed in the second half year. Following a very strong first half year Salvage will be dependent on new emergency response assignments and settlement results from old projects, as is customary for this business. Based on the fleet planning and work in the order book and barring unforeseen circumstances, the Board of Management expects a sharp improvement in the net profit in the second half of 2019 compared to the first half year. The guidance stated earlier in 2019 that EBITDA levels will be stable relative to the approximately EUR 350 million of last year is maintained. Capital expenditure in 2019 is expected to be slightly more than EUR 250 million, excluding acquisitions, and will be financed from the company’s own cash flow. The net debt position increased temporarily to EUR 419.8 million at the end of the first half year. With the proceeds from the sof our share in Kotug Smit Towage and Saam Smit Towage and with the operational outlook, the net debt position is expected to improve substantially towards the end of the year. >>> click here for the full version of the 2019 half year report including all the financial details

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Boskalis update share buyback

Papendrecht, 19 August 2019  In the period from 12 August up to and including 16 August, Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) repurchased own shares. The repurchases took place within the framework of the share buyback program announced on 15 March 2019. Click here for a complete overview of all individual transactions. Boskalis will publish a press release every Monday for the duration of the buyback program, provided shares were repurchased in the preceding week. Interested parties can subscribe to these press releases at ir@boskalis.com . An overview of the progress of the program can be found on www.boskalis.com/sharebuyback2019 . FOR FURTHER INFORMATION Investor relations: Martijn L.D. Schuttevâer ir@boskalis.com Press: Arno Schikker press@boskalis.com T +31 786969310 This is an English translation of the Dutch press release. In the event of any disparity between the Dutch original and this translation, the Dutch text will prevail. Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. is a leading global services provider operating in the dredging, maritime infrastructure and maritime services sectors. The company provides creative and innovative all-round solutions to infrastructural challenges in the maritime, coastal and delta regions of the world. With core activities such as coastal defense, riverbank protection and land reclamation Boskalis is able to provide adaptive and mitigating solutions to combat the effects of climate change, such as extreme weather conditions and rising sea levels, as well as delivering solutions for the increasing need for space in coastal and delta regions across the world. The company facilitates the development of offshore energy infrastructure, including renewable wind energy. Boskalis is furthermore active in the construction and maintenance of ports, waterways, access channels and civil infrastructure, thus helping to facilitate trade flows and regional socio-economic development. In addition, Boskalis is a global marine salvage expert and has a number of strategic partnerships in harbor towage and terminal services (Keppel Smit Towage, Saam Smit Towage and Smit Lamnalco). With a versatile fleet of more than 800 vessels and floating equipment and 10,500 employees, including associates, Boskalis is creating new horizons around the world. This press release can also be found on our website www.boskalis.com .

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Boskalis update share buyback

Papendrecht, 12 August 2019 In the period from 5 August up to and including 9 August, Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) repurchased own shares. The repurchases took place within the framework of the share buyback program announced on 15 March 2019. Click here for a complete overview of all individual transactions. Boskalis will publish a press release every Monday for the duration of the buyback program, provided shares were repurchased in the preceding week. Interested parties can subscribe to these press releases at ir@boskalis.com . An overview of the progress of the program can be found on www.boskalis.com/sharebuyback2019 . FOR FURTHER INFORMATION Investor relations: Martijn L.D. Schuttevâer ir@boskalis.com Press: Arno Schikker press@boskalis.com T +31 786969310 This is an English translation of the Dutch press release. In the event of any disparity between the Dutch original and this translation, the Dutch text will prevail. Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. is a leading global services provider operating in the dredging, maritime infrastructure and maritime services sectors. The company provides creative and innovative all-round solutions to infrastructural challenges in the maritime, coastal and delta regions of the world. With core activities such as coastal defense, riverbank protection and land reclamation Boskalis is able to provide adaptive and mitigating solutions to combat the effects of climate change, such as extreme weather conditions and rising sea levels, as well as delivering solutions for the increasing need for space in coastal and delta regions across the world. The company facilitates the development of offshore energy infrastructure, including renewable wind energy. Boskalis is furthermore active in the construction and maintenance of ports, waterways, access channels and civil infrastructure, thus helping to facilitate trade flows and regional socio-economic development. In addition, Boskalis is a global marine salvage expert and has a number of strategic partnerships in harbor towage and terminal services (Keppel Smit Towage, Saam Smit Towage and Smit Lamnalco). With a versatile fleet of more than 800 vessels and floating equipment and 11,300 employees, including associates, Boskalis is creating new horizons around the world. This press release can also be found on our website www.boskalis.com .

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Boskalis update share buyback

Papendrecht, 5 August 2019 In the period from 29 July up to and including 2 August, Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) repurchased own shares. The repurchases took place within the framework of the share buyback program announced on 15 March 2019. Click here for a complete overview of all individual transactions. Boskalis will publish a press release every Monday for the duration of the buyback program, provided shares were repurchased in the preceding week. Interested parties can subscribe to these press releases at ir@boskalis.com . An overview of the progress of the program can be found on www.boskalis.com/sharebuyback2019 . FOR FURTHER INFORMATION Investor relations: Martijn L.D. Schuttevâer ir@boskalis.com Press: Arno Schikker press@boskalis.com T +31 786969310 This is an English translation of the Dutch press release. In the event of any disparity between the Dutch original and this translation, the Dutch text will prevail. Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. is a leading global services provider operating in the dredging, maritime infrastructure and maritime services sectors. The company provides creative and innovative all-round solutions to infrastructural challenges in the maritime, coastal and delta regions of the world. With core activities such as coastal defense, riverbank protection and land reclamation Boskalis is able to provide adaptive and mitigating solutions to combat the effects of climate change, such as extreme weather conditions and rising sea levels, as well as delivering solutions for the increasing need for space in coastal and delta regions across the world. The company facilitates the development of offshore energy infrastructure, including renewable wind energy. Boskalis is furthermore active in the construction and maintenance of ports, waterways, access channels and civil infrastructure, thus helping to facilitate trade flows and regional socio-economic development. In addition, Boskalis is a global marine salvage expert and has a number of strategic partnerships in harbor towage and terminal services (Keppel Smit Towage, Saam Smit Towage and Smit Lamnalco). With a versatile fleet of more than 800 vessels and floating equipment and 10,700 employees, including associates, Boskalis is creating new horizons around the world. This press release can also be found on our website www.boskalis.com .  

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Boskalis and Kotug complete sale of Kotug Smit Towage to Boluda

Papendrecht, 1 August 2019  Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis), together with its co-shareholder Kotug International B.V. (Kotug), have completed the sale of Kotug Smit Towage to Boluda Group (Boluda). The intended sale was announced on 4 March 2019. In line with the initial announcement, Boskalis received EUR 93.6 million in cash for its 50% equity stake in the joint venture resulting in a book gain of EUR 15 million which will be reflected in the first half year. The cash inflow will be reflected in the third quarter whilst the activities and results of Kotug Smit Towage were deconsolidated as per 1 April 2019 following the signing of the Letter of Intent. The Kotug Smit Towage joint venture between Boskalis and Kotug was formed in 2016 which at the time covered 11 ports in 4 countries (the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and the United Kingdom). Since then the joint venture has successfully expanded its presence into new ports and realized efficiency savings. The origins of Boluda go back to 1837 and their tug boat business was founded in 1920 in Valencia, Spain. Today, the family-owned company is the leading operator in the Spanish and French market and with a fleet of over 230 vessels holds an important international position in the main ports of Europe, Africa, the Indian Ocean and Latin America. The combination of Kotug Smit Towage and Boluda is highly complementary making this transaction attractive for all stakeholders.    Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. is a leading global services provider operating in the dredging, maritime infrastructure and maritime services sectors. The company provides creative and innovative all-round solutions to infrastructural challenges in the maritime, coastal and delta regions of the world. Core activities, including coastal defense, riverbank protection and land reclamation, allow Boskalis to provide adaptive and mitigating solutions to combat the impacts of climate change, sea level rise and to deliver solutions for the increasing need for space in coastal and delta regions in the world. The company facilitates the development of offshore energy infrastructure, including renewables. It is furthermore active in the construction and development and maintenance of ports, waterways, access channels and civil infrastructure, contributing to improved trade flows and the socio-economic development of a region. In addition, Boskalis is a global marine salvage expert and has a number of strategic partnerships in harbor towage and terminal services (Kotug Smit Towage, Keppel Smit Towage, Saam Smit Towage and Smit Lamnalco). With a versatile fleet of more than 900 vessels and floating equipment and 10,700 employees, including associated companies, Boskalis is building new horizons in 90 countries across six continents.

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Boskalis awarded Seabed Intervention & Shore Crossing contract for Woodside’s Scarborough export gas pipeline

Papendrecht, 30 July 2019 Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) has been awarded the contract for the seabed intervention and shore crossing activities for Woodside’s proposed Scarborough export gas pipeline in North West Australia. The contract awarded by Woodside Energy Ltd. (Woodside), in its capacity as operator of the Scarborough Joint Venture, potentially carries a value of EUR 145 million if all options are called and is subject to a final investment decision which is expected in 2020. The preparatory activities for this multidisciplinary project have commenced recently. The seabed intervention and shore crossing works are scheduled to start in March 2021 with an expected completion mid-2022. The scope of activities includes the pre-trenching of the nearshore pipeline route along a 50 kilometers section, offshore deep water excavation works, pre-lay and post-lay rock installation for pipeline and fiber optic cable crossings, the post installation burial and other protection works to ensure the stability of the pipeline. Support for the shore crossing to the onshore processing facility on the Burrup Peninsula as well as rock supply are also part of the contract. Boskalis will work to make best use of local content, based on capability and competitiveness, for the delivery of its scope of work. Boskalis will deploy a wide variety of its in-house specialist expertise and equipment including a trailing suction hopper dredger, a backhoe dredger, a dynamically positioned fallpipe vessel and rock installation vessel, survey vessels and an offshore construction vessel. The Scarborough gas field is situated approximately 375 kilometers offshore the Burrup Peninsula in North West Australia. The proposed export pipeline will transport natural gas between the Scarborough Floating Production Unit and the onshore processing plant. Woodside’s preferred development option is to process the Scarborough gas through a brownfield expansion of Pluto LNG. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION Investor relations: Martijn L.D. Schuttevâer ir@boskalis.com Press: Arno Schikker press@boskalis.com T +31 786969310 ‎ Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. is a leading global services provider operating in the dredging, maritime infrastructure and maritime services sectors. The company provides creative and innovative all-round solutions to infrastructural challenges in the maritime, coastal and delta regions of the world. With core activities such as coastal defense, riverbank protection and land reclamation Boskalis is able to provide adaptive and mitigating solutions to combat the effects of climate change, such as extreme weather conditions and rising sea levels, as well as delivering solutions for the increasing need for space in coastal and delta regions across the world. The company facilitates the development of offshore energy infrastructure, including renewable wind energy. Boskalis is furthermore active in the construction and maintenance of ports, waterways, access channels and civil infrastructure, thus helping to facilitate trade flows and regional socio-economic development. In addition, Boskalis is a global marine salvage expert and has a number of strategic partnerships in harbor towage and terminal services (Kotug Smit Towage, Keppel Smit Towage, Saam Smit Towage and Smit Lamnalco). With a versatile fleet of more than 900 vessels and floating equipment and 11,300 employees, including associates, Boskalis is creating new horizons around the world. This press release can also be found on our website www.boskalis.com .

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