Transocean announced an all cash voluntary offer for 100 percent of the shares of Aker Drilling for NOK 26.50 per share. The Board of Directors of Aker Drilling has unanimously recommended that its shareholders accept the Offer.
On August 14, 2011, Transocean entered into an irrevocable agreement with Aker Capital AS to acquire 41 percent of the outstanding shares of Aker Drilling through (a) the purchase of 14,959,740 shares by an affiliate of Transocean, representing 4.99 percent of the outstanding shares, and (b) a pre-commitment agreement for the remaining 107,873,858 shares, representing 36.1 percent of the outstanding shares, to be purchased by Transocean pursuant to the Offer. In addition, Transocean has received irrevocable pre-commitments of 19.5 percent of the outstanding shares of Aker Drilling from other shareholders, including funds managed by TPG-Axon Capital, bringing the total irrevocable commitments to 60.5 percent of the Aker Drilling outstanding shares.
The Offer price indicates an equity market capitalization of approximately NOK 7.93 billion, or $1.43 billion, assuming an exchange rate of NOK 5.53 to USD 1.00, which represents a 62 percent premium to Aker Drilling's 30-day average price of NOK 16.39 per share. Additionally, Aker Drilling has net debt of $0.80 billion.
Aker Drilling operates two harsh environment, ultra-deepwater, sixth-generation semi-submersible rigs currently on long-term contract to Statoil and Det Norske in Norway. In 2013, Aker Drilling is expected to take delivery of two sixth-generation drillships currently under construction at the DSME shipyard in Korea. The payment obligation when the drillships are delivered is $0.90 billion.
Aker Drilling will contribute approximately $1.05 billion in firm contract backlog. The transaction is also expected to be immediately accretive to Transocean's earnings.
Steven Newman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Transocean Ltd., said, "Aker Drilling is an excellent strategic fit for Transocean. It allows us to enhance our position in Norway where we have enjoyed a long-term presence and excellent customer relationships. Aker Drilling's high-quality people and state-of-the-art offshore drilling fleet will ensure that we continue to deliver outstanding service to our customers. This transaction also demonstrates our commitment to enhancing shareholder value by continuing to invest in high-specification assets to drive long-term growth."
Timing and Conditions
The complete details of the Offer, including all terms and conditions, will be contained in an offer document to be sent to Aker Drilling shareholders subject to the review and approval by the Oslo Stock Exchange pursuant to Chapter 6 of the Norwegian Securities Trading Act.
If approved, the Offer document is expected to be sent to Aker Drilling shareholders the week of August 21, 2011. The initial duration of the Offer period will be 20 U.S. business days. In the event the conditions of the Offer are not satisfied or waived by Transocean, the Offer will expire.
The Offer will not be made in any jurisdiction in which it would not be in compliance with the laws of such jurisdiction. This notification does not in itself constitute an offer. The Offer will only be made on the basis of the Offer document and can only be accepted pursuant to the terms of that document.
The Offer will be conditional upon Transocean receiving acceptances for a minimum of two-thirds of the voting shares of Aker Drilling, and the Aker Drilling Board recommendation not being withdrawn or amended. Both of these conditions are waivable by Transocean. The Offer is not subject to any financing conditions.
Morgan Stanley and Fearnley Fonds / Fearnley Offshore are acting as financial advisors to Transocean Services and Wikborg Rein is acting as legal advisor to Transocean Services.
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