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Seadrill Partners Sees IPO of 8.75 Million Units Pricing at $20 to $22

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Seadrill Partners LLC estimated terms of its initial public offering at 8.75 million units at a price between $20 and $22 a piece.

The limited liability company--formed by Norwegian oil-services company Seadrill Ltd. (SDRL, SDRL.OS) to own, operate and acquire offshore drilling rigs--last month filed plans for an IPO estimated at up to $225 million.

Seadrill Partners said it will use the proceeds to buy from Seadrill Ltd. interests in Seadrill Operating LP and Seadrill Capricorn Holdings LLC, which own and operate Seadrill Partners's offshore drilling rigs.

After the planned offering, Seadrill Partners said it will own a 30% stake in Seadrill Operating and a 51% stake in Seadrill Capricorn Holdings.

The company said its drilling rigs are under long-term contracts with major oil companies, such as Chevron Corp. (CVX), Total S.A. (TOT, FP.FR), BP PLC (BP, BP.LN) and Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM), with an average remaining term of 3.1 years as of June 30, according to its regulatory filing.

Seadrill Partners said its profit rose 5.6% to $93.9 million as revenue increased 11% to $275.2 million for the six months ended June 30.

The company's units have been approved to list on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol SDLP.

Seadrill Ltd. in August reported its second-quarter earnings fell 14% as higher operating expenses masked the company's 13% rise in revenue.

Copyright (c) 2012 Dow Jones & Company, Inc.

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