Transocean and GlobalSantaFe expect that prior to Nov. 27, 2007, the OFT will announce its decision whether the merger raises competitive issues that could, in the absence of appropriate undertakings by the parties, warrant a reference to the Competition Commission of the United Kingdom (Competition Commission) for further review. There can be no assurance at this time (a) as to whether the OFT will refer the merger to the Competition Commission, (b) concerning the timing of any such referral decision or (c) as to whether any divestitures or other undertakings will be required by the OFT in order to avoid such a referral or by the Competition Commission in the event the merger is referred.
Transocean Inc. is the world's largest offshore drilling contractor with a fleet of 81 mobile offshore drilling units. The company's mobile offshore drilling fleet, consisting of a large number of high-specification deepwater and harsh environment drilling units, is considered one of the most modern and versatile in the world due to its emphasis on technically demanding segments of the offshore drilling business. The company's fleet consists of 33 High-Specification Floaters (semisubmersibles and drillships), 19 Other Floaters, 25 Jackups and other assets utilized in the support of offshore drilling activities worldwide. The company also has six High-Specification Drillships under construction. With a current equity market capitalization in excess of $34 billion, Transocean Inc.'s ordinary shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "RIG."
GlobalSantaFe is one of the largest offshore oil and gas drilling contractors and the leading provider of drilling management services worldwide. The company owns or operates a contract drilling fleet of 37 premium jackup rigs; six heavy-duty, harsh environment jackups; 11 semisubmersibles and three dynamically positioned, ultra-deepwater drillships, as well as two semisubmersibles owned by third parties and operated under a joint venture agreement. In addition, it is scheduled to take delivery of a new ultra-deepwater semisubmersible in 2009 and a new ultra-deepwater drillship in 2010.
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