SeaDrill – Completion of the $2.9 billion sale agreement with SapuraKencana SDRL
Seadrill (SDRL) is set to seal a proposed $2.9B deal to sell its tender rig business to Malaysian JV partner SapuraKencana Petroleum after finalizing details of the cash and shares transaction. An earlier agreement on a merger of the two companies’ existing tender rig business now has SapuraKencana taking on capital commitments plus outstanding debt of $780M as part of the acquisition price.
Seadrill and SapuraKencana have today entered into a conditional sale and purchase agreement in relation to the proposed transaction. SapuraKencana will acquire all the tender rigs in Seadrill’s fleet except for the West Vencedor, T15, and T16. These three rigs are either owned or planned to be owned by Seadrill Partners LLC. Seadrill will in a transition period in co-operation with SapuraKencana retain the management of all tender rigs that are in operation outside Asia.
The agreed acquisition price is for an enterprise value of US$2.9 billion and includes future capital commitments for newbuildings T17, T18, and West Esperanza. Seadrill will furthermore continue to manage and supervise the construction of the current new building program on behalf of SapuraKencana. In addition, the enterprise value includes all the debt in the tender rig business which is estimated at US$780 million as of February 6, 2013. Seadrill has agreed to pay US$75 million to SapuraKencana at closing to compensate for cash flow from the tender rig business from February 8, 2013 to closing, netted off for lost interest income.
The transaction is expected to close by the end of April 2013.
John Fredriksen, Chairman, President and Director of Seadrill says in a comment, “We are pleased to have reached an agreement with our long term partner, SapuraKencana, regarding the sale of our tender rig fleet. We look forward to support the integration of the tender rig fleet and are excited to start a new phase of our long and profitable relationship. Seadrill is as a large shareholder of SapuraKencana and is excited to contribute building SapuraKencana into the leading offshore service provider in South East Asia. Seadrill will as stated before use the net proceeds from the transaction to continue to aggressively grow our modern ultra deep water and jack up exposure.”
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