USA: Technip Strengthens its Subsea Sector with Global Industries Acquisition

Technip announced today an agreement to acquire the entire share capital of Global Industries and reinforce its leadership in the fast-growing subsea segment of oil services. The two companies have entered into a definitive merger agreement whereby Technip will pay US$8.00 per Global Industries share. The transaction values Global Industries at US$1,073 million (€768 million at current exchange rates), including approximately US$136 million of net debt. The Board of Directors of Global Industries has unanimously approved the transaction.

The transaction price represents a 55% premium to Global Industries’ share closing price on September 9, 2011, the last day prior to announcement of the transaction. The transaction is to be funded using existing cash balances and credit facilities.

Global Industries brings to Technip its complementary subsea know-how, assets and experience, comprising 2,300 employees operating 14 vessels, including notably two newly-built leading edge S-Lay vessels, as well as strong positions in the Gulf of Mexico (US and Mexican waters), Asia-Pacific and the Middle East.

Technip’s global presence, world-class technologies, assets and services and strong project management track record will realize the full value and potential of Global Industries’ know-how, assets and experience, and broaden opportunities for Global Industries’ employees.

The acquisition of Global Industries reinforces Technip’s leadership in the fast-growing subsea market. Strong revenue synergies are expected as the acquisition will substantially increase Technip’s current capabilities and expand its addressable market by around 30% in deep-to-shore subsea infrastructure. Cost synergies are estimated to be at least US$30 million.

Given the anticipated synergies, the transaction is expected to be accretive to Technip’s earnings per share by around 5 to 7% in 2013.

The transaction is expected to close early in 2012. The management teams of Global Industries and Technip will work closely together to define the integration plan.

Thierry Pilenko, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Technip, said: “The acquisition of Global Industries reinforces Technip’s leadership in Subsea, one of our three market segments alongside Onshore and Offshore. The subsea market looks likely in 2011 to show a record amount of orders for our industry and our own backlog at end-June 2011 is above its previous peak. We see that our customers continue to firm up a substantial number of large offshore developments with Brazil, the Gulf of Mexico, West Africa and Asia Pacific leading the way to drive future growth. Our investment in Global Industries substantially expands our addressable market in subsea. Global Industries’ capabilities, know-how and experience, notably in S-Lay and Heavy Lift, add to our already unique vertically integrated range of products and services, enabling us to offer our clients greater value in the execution of complex projects from deep-to-shore. We expect that the application of Technip’s own skills in offshore and subsea developments, its commercial footprint and its project management experience will drive a rapid deployment of the Global Industries teams and assets on customer projects. The transaction is expected to meet our hurdle rate, create value for Technip’s shareholders, and raise earnings per share starting by around 5 to 7% in 2013.”

Overview of Global Industries know-how, assets and experience

Global Industries is a US-based leading solutions provider of subsea construction and pipelay, engineering, project management and support services. Global Industries has the ambition to operate in promising high value markets, from high-end shallow water to subsea EPCI, and deep-to-shore installation of infrastructures.

Global Industries’ teams have extensive experience in S-Lay technologies, and operate a fleet of 14 vessels. The fleet includes two newly-built leading edge sister ships, Global 1200 and Global 1201, both with S-Lay and Heavy Lift capabilities.

Global Industries operates in major subsea territories, with particularly experienced teams active in the Gulf of Mexico, the Middle East and Asia Pacific.

Combining the excellence of Global Industries’ teams with Technip’s capabilities will accelerate the operational deployment of Global Industries’ know-how and vessels, and enable them to quickly reach full potential.

Source:Technip ,September 12, 2011; Image: Global Industries