Seadrill announces completion of the US$2.9 billion sale agreement with SapuraKencana

Monday, February 11, 2013
  • Seadrill and SapuraKencana have today entered into a conditional sale and purchase agreement in relation to the proposed transaction.
  • The transaction is expected to close by the end of April 2013.

We refer to the press release dated November 5, 2012, which announced the transaction to integrate Seadrill Limited's ("Seadrill") tender rig division into SapuraKencana Petroleum Berhad ("SapuraKencana").

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."

This article is for information and discussion purposes only and does not form a recommendation to invest or otherwise. The value of an investment may fall. The investments referred to in this article may not be suitable for all investors, and if in doubt, an investor should seek advice from a qualified investment adviser. More

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