CGGVeritas will make a voluntary exchange tender offer for 100% of the shares of Wavefield Inseis ASA.
Wavefield is a Norwegian pure-play seismic company which operates a fleet of 8 vessels and develops geophysical equipment based on fiber optic technology. In the third quarter 2008, Wavefield revenue was $110 million, and operating income was $37 million.
The transaction strengthens CGGVeritas' high-end fleet capability with immediate access to five recently equipped high capacity 3D vessels. The additional complement of three mid 3D and 2D Wavefield vessels increases overall fleet management flexibility.
Wavefield's Optoplan seabed fiber optic technology for reservoir monitoring expands the product offering of Sercel and accelerates market entry of next generation technologies.
Wavefield backlog of $485 million represents approximately one year of its revenue.
Robert Brunck, Chairman and CEO of CGGVeritas commented, "I am very enthusiastic about the combination of Wavefield and CGGVeritas which will strengthen the technology position of both our Services and Equipment businesses in the high-end market. Based on its unique ability to lower the risks associated with finding and producing oil and gas, high-end seismic is more and more requested by our clients.
"With an expanded technology portfolio, a stronger industry position and the combined expertise, we will enhance our position as a preferred partner of our clients.
"The combination of the two companies increases our visibility further into 2009, enhances our ability to generate cash flow and provides value to our shareholders."
Anders Farestveit, Chairman of Wavefield, stated, "CGGVeritas is well placed to leverage Wavefield resources and expertise to further develop technology leadership across the full range of geophysical services and equipment. The Offer will create an even stronger global leader within the geophysical industry and provide operational and commercial synergies which will benefit both Wavefield and CGGVeritas shareholders. The global leadership position will also generate new and exciting opportunities for the employees, and allow for a further strengthening of the activity level in Norway."
The exchange offer for the entirety of the share capital of Wavefield will commence as soon as regulatory and legal conditions permit, which is currently expected to be on or about November 24, 2008. Similarly, the offer will expire as soon as regulatory and legal conditions permit, which is currently expected to be on or about December 12, 2008.
All newly issued CGGVeritas shares will be promptly listed on NYSE Euronext Paris and the New York Stock Exchange and will have equal rights in all respects as the existing CGGVeritas shares.
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