National Oilwell & Varco Asked to Give More Info on Merger

National-Oilwell, Inc. (NYSE:NOI) and Varco International, Inc. (NYSE:VRC) jointly announced that they have received a request for additional information from the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice regarding the proposed merger between the companies. The information request was issued under notification requirements of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended.

The effect of the second request is to extend the waiting period imposed by the HSR Act until thirty days after National Oilwell and Varco have substantially complied with the second request, unless that period is extended voluntarily by the parties or terminated sooner by the DOJ. Issuance of a second request is not unusual for a transaction of this size, and the companies intend to cooperate fully and respond promptly.

National Oilwell and Varco remain confident that the merger will proceed and still expect a closing within the originally stated time frame. The companies are evaluating the scheduling of the stockholder vote by both companies in view of the timing of the HSR process.