HC2 Buys Global Marine Systems

HC2 Holdings, Inc. has acquired Bridgehouse Marine Limited (Bridgehouse), the parent holding company of Global Marine Systems Limited (Global Marine).

HC2 Buys Global Marine Services
Global Marine’s Cable Retriever, a purpose designed, all stern working cable ship.

Global Marine is a leading provider of engineering and underwater services, responding to the subsea cable installation, maintenance and burial requirements of its customers around the world. With a fleet of vessels and specialised subsea trenching and burial equipment, the company brings a 160 year legacy in deep and shallow water cable operations. The company’s main operating offices are in Chelmsford, UK and Singapore.

Philip Falcone, HC2’s Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated: “We are acquiring the world’s most experienced undersea cable installation and maintenance services provider at a time when significant opportunities exist globally in terms of Telecoms, Oil & Gas and Offshore Power requirements for subsea cabling expertise. This investment in a truly global industry leader gives us the opportunity to support the growth plans of a proven management team.”

HC2 Buys Global Marine Services
Global Marine’s ‘Cable Innovator’, a multi-role DP2 vessel.

“I am delighted that our ambitions for Global Marine have the support of an investor that has the vision necessary to enable us to realize the substantial growth potential in the coming years,” said Ian Douglas, Chief Executive Officer of Global Marine. “Together we will have the opportunity to develop the services we offer our existing customers and to bring our leading capability and expertise to customers and markets around the world.”

The Board of Global Marine will be strengthened with the addition of Dick Fagerstal as Executive Chairman. Fagerstal brings a wealth of industry-relevant experience to the Board alongside current directors, Ian Douglas and Global Marine’s Chief Financial Officer Bill Donaldson.

HC2 Buys Global Marine Services
Global Marine’s ‘Wave Venture’, a cable lay and multi-purpose offshore vessel.

HC2 acquired Bridgehouse pursuant to a Sale and Purchase Agreement between Global Marine Holdings, LLC, a subsidiary of HC2, and the stockholders of Bridgehouse. The purchase price reflects an enterprise value of approximately $260 million, including assumed indebtedness of Global Marine, and was funded through a new senior secured credit facility provided by Jefferies Finance LLC and a sale of convertible preferred stock to DG Capital Management, LLC and another investor. The sale of preferred stock will also provide HC2 with additional working capital for general corporate purposes.

HC2 Buys Global Marine Services
Global Marine’s ‘CS Sovereign’, a multi-role DP2 vessel

Keith Hladek, HC2’s Chief Operating Officer, commented: “We are pleased with the response to our capital raise. This new capital raise will also allow HC2 to complete the tender for the remaining 30% that is outstanding of Schuff International, Inc. that the company does not already own.”

Press Release, September 23, 2014; Image: Global Marine