BHI, BJ Services to Finalize DOJ Agreement in April
Baker Hughes and BJ Services Company have reached a general understanding with the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice regarding divestitures that will be required as a condition to governmental approval of the pending merger between the companies.
Pursuant to the understanding, Baker Hughes will be required after the closing to divest two stimulation vessels (the HR Hughes and Blue Ray) and certain other assets used to perform sand control services in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. The Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, Baker Hughes and BJ Services are finalizing a proposed Final Judgment. The Final Judgment must be approved by the Federal District Court in Washington, D.C. before the closing can occur. The parties do not expect that the divestiture will be material to the business or financial performance of the combined company following the merger.
The special meetings of each of the Baker Hughes' and BJ Services' stockholders will be reconvened on March 31, 2010, at 9:00 a.m. Central Daylight Time, to vote on the merger and related matters as previously announced. Baker Hughes and BJ Services expect to close the merger as soon as practicable in early April following the expected approval by their stockholders at such meetings and the Federal District Court in Washington, D.C., subject to the other closing conditions.