Transocean to acquire Ocean Rig for $2.7B including debt
Transocean (RIG) and Ocean Rig UDW Inc. (ORIG) announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Transocean will acquire Ocean Rig in a cash and stock transaction valued at approximately $2.7B, inclusive of Ocean Rig’s net debt..
The transaction consideration is comprised of 1.6128 newly issued shares of Transocean plus $12.75 in cash for each share of Ocean Rig’s common stock, for a total implied value of $32.28 per Ocean Rig share, based on the closing price on August 31, 2018.
This represents a 20.4% premium to Ocean Rig’s ten-day volume weighted average share price.
The transaction has been unanimously approved by the board of directors of each company.
Transocean intends to fund the cash portion of the transaction consideration through a combination of cash on hand and fully committed financing provided by Citi.
The merger is not subject to any financing condition. Upon completion of the merger, Transocean’s and Ocean Rig’s shareholders will own approximately 79% and approximately 21%, respectively, of the combined company.
No changes to Transocean’s board of directors, executive management team, or corporate structure are anticipated as a result of the acquisition.
The Company will remain headquartered in Steinhausen, Switzerland, with significant operating presence in Houston, Texas, Aberdeen, Scotland and Stavanger, Norway.
The transaction, which is expected to be completed during the first quarter of 2019, is subject to the approval of both Transocean and Ocean Rig shareholders and the satisfaction of customary closing conditions, including applicable regulatory approvals.
The merger is not subject to any financing condition.
Also, consistent with the Company’s strategy of recycling less competitive rigs, Transocean will retire two of its floaters, the ultra-deepwater drillship C.R. Luigs and the midwater floater Songa Delta.
The rigs will be classified as held for sale and will be recycled in an environmentally responsible manner. Both floaters are currently stacked.
Transocean anticipates re-ranking the combined fleet, which may result in additional rigs being recycled.
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