Under the terms of the agreement, Remington stockholders, will receive in the merger $27.00 in cash and 0.436 shares of Cal Dive common stock for each Remington share they own. This represents a transaction value of approximately $46.33 per share, based on the closing price of Cal Dive shares on Friday, January 20, 2006. At closing the total net cost to Cal Dive will be reduced by the approximate $2 per share of cash Remington is expected to have on its balance sheet at that time.
The acquisition is conditioned upon, among other things, the approval of Remington stockholders and customary regulatory approvals. The transaction is expected to be completed in the second quarter.
Remington is a best in class generator of prospective oil and gas properties in the Gulf of Mexico with an increasing focus on the deepwater. As of the end of 2005 Remington had around 280 bcfe of proved reserves (unaudited) and identified prospects with risked reserves of over 1,100 bcfe. Remington has around thirty highly skilled and specialized personnel at their base office in Dallas, Texas. This office will be maintained and all key management and operations personnel will become employees of Cal Dive at closing of the transaction.
Owen Kratz, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "The acquisition of Remington is the next key step in the evolution of Cal Dive's unique production contracting based business model. Access to both deepwater hydrocarbon prospects and the available means to exploit them, as an operator, should lead to the continuation of our differentiated long term earnings growth."
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