(CGG)Compagnie Generale de
Geophysique acquired approximately
60 percent of the share capital (4,066,650 shares) of Exploration Resources ASA ("Exploration Resources") on August 29, 2005. CGG did not previously own any shares in Exploration Resources.
Exploration Resources is listed on Oslo B0rs under the ticker code
"EXRE". CGG is a leading supplier of geophysical products and services to the
worldwide oil and gas industry. Its shares are listed on the Eurolist of
Euronext Paris SA and the New York Stock Exchange (under the form of American
All shares were acquired at a purchase price of NOK 340 per share.
CGG will make a mandatory cash offer for all remaining shares in
Exploration Resources in accordance with the provisions of the Norwegian
Securities Act. The offer price will be NOK 340 per share.
The offer price represents a premium of 8.3 percent to the closing price
of NOK 314 for the shares of Exploration Resources on August 26, 2005, and a
premium of approximately 34.4 percent to the average trading price over the
The employees, the assets and the technological base of Exploration
Resources and its subsidiary Multiwave are perfectly complementary with
CGG's. The Group expects no redundancies as a result of this transaction. In
particular, the Exploration Resources organization in Bergen will be
maintained and further developed as a competence center within CGG.
CGG Chairman and CEO Robert Brunck comments: "The step we have now taken
through this acquisition of approximately 60 percent of the share capital of
Exploration Resources falls clearly within the strategy followed by the Group
for many years to consolidate the seismic sector. It will allow us to raise
our fleet to a level equivalent to the current market leaders, at a time when
the seismic sector is entering a growth cycle, which I believe to be strong
and lasting, and it will also enable us to reinforce significantly our
position in the emerging business of sea-bed activities. In this respect, I
take great interest in the technological collaboration existing between
Multiwave and the University of Bergen, which we intend to pursue and
strengthen. The Group has been present in Norway for many years, a country in
which most of the technology and marine seismic acquisition capacity in the
world originated. In the near future, should the conditions be favorable, we
might as well contemplate the listing of our securities on the Oslo Stock
Exchange. Accordingly, this acquisition constitutes an important strategic
step for CGG and, I am convinced it will create value for our shareholders".