The consideration in the Offer will be based upon NOK 47.50 per share of Songa Offshore, representing a 37.0% premium to Songa Offshore’s five-day average closing price of NOK 34.68 per share. The consideration implies an equity value of Songa Offshore on a fully diluted basis of approximately NOK 9.1 billion (USD $1.2 billion), and an enterprise value of approximately NOK 26.4 billion (USD $3.4 billion).
The transaction strengthens Transocean’s industry-leading position with the addition of Songa Offshore’s four “Cat-D” harsh environment, semisubmersible drilling rigs on long-term contracts with Statoil in Norway. Songa Offshore’s fleet also includes three additional semisubmersible drilling rigs. The transaction is expected to be accretive on an EBITDA, Operating Cash Flow, and Net Debt / EBITDA basis, and the Company anticipates annual expense synergies of approximately USD $40 million.
The combined company will operate a fleet of 51 mobile offshore drilling units with backlog of USD $14.3 billion consisting of 30 ultra-deepwater floaters, 11 harsh environment floaters, three deepwater floaters and seven midwater floaters. Additionally, Transocean has four ultra-deepwater drillships under construction, including two contracted with Shell for ten years each. Consistent with Transocean’s strategy of recycling older less capable rigs, Transocean anticipates re-ranking the combined fleet, which may result in additional rigs being recycled.
Jeremy D. Thigpen, President and Chief Executive Officer of Transocean said: “Songa Offshore is an excellent strategic fit for Transocean. With this combination, we add four new state-of-the-art Cat-D semisubmersible rigs to our existing fleet, further enhancing our position in the harsh environment market. We also demonstrate our continued commitment to the Norwegian market and strengthen our technical and operational presence in that region. Importantly, we add approximately USD $4.1 billion in contract backlog to our already industry-leading backlog of USD $10.2 billion, which provides us with even more visibility to future cash flows in this challenging market.”
Thigpen added, “We look forward to consummating the transaction and elevating the operational and financial performance of the combined company, creating incremental value for our customers and shareholders.”
Frederik Wilhelm Mohn, Chairman of Songa Offshore, said: "The combination of Songa Offshore and Transocean is a strategic fit. The combined company will have an unparalleled backlog backed by strong counterparties. By adding Songa Offshore's four Cat-D rigs to Transocean's existing harsh environment fleet, the combined company will be the leader within this segment which is showing signs of recovery."
The transaction is recommended by Songa Offshore’s board of directors and certain members of the senior management team, in addition to Songa Offshore shareholders Perestroika AS (“Perestroika”), funds beneficially owned by Asia Research & Capital Management Ltd., and York Capital Management Global Advisors, LLC, which collectively beneficially own 76.6% of Songa Offshore’s outstanding shares on a fully diluted basis and have all executed irrevocable pre-acceptance agreements pursuant to which they will agree to accept the Offer. These pre-acceptances cannot be withdrawn as a result of a superior offer from a third party. The remaining Songa Offshore shareholders have the option to accept the consideration as described below in Additional Transaction Elements.
Additionally, assuming the cash for equity component described below is fully exercised by the remaining shareholders the transaction will have the estimated values described below.
Total transaction value of approximately USD $3.4 billion, including premium, comprises:
• USD $1.7 billion net assumed Songa Offshore debt
• USD $660 million estimated Transocean Inc. convertible bond
• USD $540 million estimated Transocean Ltd. equity
• USD $480 million estimated Transocean cash
As part of the transaction, Songa Offshore’s legacy fleet loan, and a portion of its unsecured bonds including the associated swaps are expected to be retired with cash. Songa Offshore’s remaining unsecured bonds and Perestroika’s shareholder loan will be satisfied with convertible bonds issued by Transocean Inc., as described below. The Songa Offshore Cat-D secured credit facilities will be assumed by Transocean, or refinanced as determined at a future date.
Additional Transaction Elements
Terms of the Offer to Songa Offshore shareholders:
• Songa Offshore shareholders will receive consideration comprised of 50% Transocean Ltd. newly issued shares and 50% in convertible bonds exchangeable into new shares in Transocean Ltd.
• The exchange ratio is equal to 0.7145 times, based on the Transocean Reference Price of USD $8.39 per share and a USD/NOK exchange ratio of 7.9239 as per close August 14, 2017.
• Cash Option - Each Songa Offshore shareholder may elect to tender up to 2,631 Songa Offshore shares under the Offer for cash of NOK 47.50 per share, i.e. up to a total of NOK 125,000 in cash per Songa Offshore shareholder.
Terms of Transocean Inc.’s convertible bond:
• Senior unsecured
• Issued at par
• Matures five years from issue
• Coupon of 0.5% per annum paid semi-annually
• Exchangeable into shares in Transocean Ltd.
• The Reference Price is USD $8.39 per share
• The Exchange Price will be set at a 22.5% premium to the underlying Reference Price
• Non-callable for the life of the instrument
No changes to Transocean’s executive management team or corporate structure are anticipated as a result of the combination. The Company will remain headquartered in Zug, Switzerland, with significant operating presence in Houston, Texas, Aberdeen, Scotland and Stavanger, Norway. The combined company’s board of directors following the completion of the acquisition will include Frederik Wilhelm Mohn, Chairman of the Board of Songa Offshore and owner of Perestroika AS, Songa Offshore’s largest shareholder.
As part of the transaction, Transocean intends to establish a harsh environment center of excellence in Norway to the extent practical and commercially viable, which could support other harsh environment markets.
Timing and Conditions
Upon Transocean acquiring at least 90% of the shares in Songa Offshore on a fully diluted basis through the Offer, it intends to make a compulsory acquisition of the remaining shares and to propose at a general shareholders meeting of Songa Offshore that an application be filed with the Oslo Stock Exchange to de-list the Songa Offshore shares.
Transocean expects to close the transactions contemplated by the Offer during the fourth quarter of 2017.
The Offer will not be made in any jurisdiction in which it would not be in compliance with the laws of such jurisdiction or where the making of the Offer would require filings, approvals or actions that are unduly onerous. This press release does not in itself constitute an offer.
As will be detailed and specified in the offer document when it becomes available, completion of the Offer will be conditional upon the satisfaction or waiver of customary conditions, including without limitation: (i) Transocean receiving acceptances for a minimum of 90 percent of the voting shares of Songa Offshore on a fully diluted basis, (ii) necessary regulatory approvals, (iii) completion of due diligence of Songa Offshore without material findings, and (iv) Transocean extraordinary general meeting approval.
The Offer is not subject to any financing conditions.
Clarksons Platou Securities AS is acting as financial advisor to Transocean. King & Spalding is acting as legal advisor to Transocean with respect to U.S. law, and Wikborg Rein is acting as legal advisor to Transocean with respect to Norwegian law.
Conference Call Information
Transocean will conduct a teleconference call to discuss this transaction at 9:00 a.m. EDT, 3:00 p.m. CEST, on Tuesday, August 15, 2017. To participate, dial +1 719-457-2600 and refer to confirmation code 2635806 approximately five to 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time of the call.
The teleconference will be simulcast in a listen-only mode over the internet and can be accessed at: www.deepwater.com, by selecting Investors, News, and Webcasts. Supplemental materials that may be referenced during the teleconference will be posted to Transocean’s website and can be found on the Investor Relations home page.
A replay of the conference call will be available after 12 p.m. EDT, 6 p.m. CEST, on August 15, 2017. The replay, which will be archived for approximately 30 days, can be accessed at +1 719-457-0820 passcode 2635806 and PIN 9876. The replay will also be available on the company’s website.
Transocean is a leading international provider of offshore contract drilling services for oil and gas wells. The Company specializes in technically demanding sectors of the global offshore drilling business with a particular focus on deepwater and harsh environment drilling services, and believes that it operates one of the most versatile offshore drilling fleets in the world.
Transocean owns or has partial ownership interests in, and operates a fleet of 44 mobile offshore drilling units consisting of 30 ultra-deepwater floaters, seven harsh environment floaters, three deepwater floaters and four midwater floaters. In addition, Transocean has four ultra-deepwater drillships under construction or under contract to be constructed. The Company also operates two high-specification jackups that were under drilling contracts when the rigs were sold, and the Company continues to operate these jackups until completion or novation of the drilling contracts.
About Songa Offshore
Songa Offshore is an international midwater drilling contractor with a strong presence in the harsh environment North Atlantic basin. Its fleet consists of seven midwater semisubmersibles and hold position as Statoil’s largest drilling service provider. With a robust management system, Songa Offshore has proven itself to be a focused midwater expert providing safe and cost efficient operations. Songa Offshore prides itself on working in the most challenging environments and under the most stringent regulatory regimes. Songa Offshore strives to be an employer of choice by recognizing the potential in people and investing in their development. Songa Offshore recognizes that having competent and passionate employees on our team is critical to our clients receiving safe and efficient drilling services.
Transocean Ltd. press release