Schlumberger to buy Cameron for $14.8bn
The two firms set up a joint venture - OneSubsea - in 2012
Schlumberger announced on Thursday it will acquire oilfield equipment maker Cameron for $14.8 billion.
The two companies will combine in a stock and cash transaction that has been unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies.
“The transaction combines two complementary technology portfolios into a “pore-to-pipeline” products and services offering to the global oil and gas industry. On a pro forma basis, the combined company had 2014 revenues of $59bn,” Schlumberger said in a statement on its website.
With the deal still subject to Cameron shareholders’ approval, regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions, the transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2016.
Goldman Sachs is acting as financial advisor for Schlumberger, while Cameron is being advised by Credit Suisse.
Under the agreement, Cameron shareholders will receive 0.716 shares of Schlumberger common stock and a cash payment of $14.44 in exchange for each Cameron share.
Based on the closing stock prices of both companies on August 25, 2015, the agreement places a value of $66.36 per Cameron share, representing a 37.0% premium to Cameron’s 20-day volume weighted average price of $48.45 per share, and a 56.3% premium to Cameron’s most recent closing stock price of $42.47 per share.
Upon closing, Cameron shareholders will own approximately 10% of Schlumberger’s outstanding shares of common stock.
Schlumberger expects to realize pre-tax synergies of approximately $300mn and $600mn in the first and second year, respectively.
Initially, the synergies are primarily related to reducing operating costs, streamlining supply chains, and improving manufacturing processes, with a growing component of revenue synergies in the second year and beyond.
Schlumberger also said it expects the combination to be accretive to earnings per share by the end of the first year after closing.
Paal Kibsgaard, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Schlumberger commented: “This agreement with Cameron opens new and broader opportunities for Schlumberger.
“At our investor conference in June 2014, we highlighted how the E&P industry must transform to deliver increased performance at a time of range-bound commodity prices.
“With oil prices now at lower levels, oilfield services companies that deliver innovative technology and greater integration while improving efficiency, which our customers increasingly demand, will outperform the market.
“We believe that the next industry technical breakthrough will be achieved through integration of Schlumberger’s reservoir and well technologies with Cameron’s leadership in surface, drilling, processing and flow control technologies.
“Deep reservoir knowledge further enabled by instrumentation, software and automation, will launch a new era of complete drilling and production system performance.
“In addition, we will achieve significant efficiency gains through lowering operating costs, streamlining supply chains, and improving manufacturing processes while leveraging the Schlumberger transformation platform.
"We look forward to welcoming the talented employees of Cameron and are pleased that they will be joining the Schlumberger team as our fourth product group.”
Jack Moore, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cameron, added, “This exciting transaction builds on our successful partnership with Schlumberger on OneSubsea and will position Cameron for its next phase of growth.
“For our shareholders, this combination provides significant value, while also enabling them to own a meaningful share of Schlumberger.
“Together, we will create a premier oilfield equipment and service company with an integrated and expanded platform to drive accelerated growth.
“By bringing together Cameron and Schlumberger, we will be uniting two great companies with successful track records, performance and value creation.
“We look forward to working closely with Schlumberger to achieve a seamless post-closing integration and long term value for all of our stakeholders.”