Weatherford and Baker Hughes Announce Sale and Purchase of Pipeline and
Specialty Services Business
GENEVA, March 24, 2014
GENEVA, March 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Weatherford International Ltd. (NYSE /
Euronext Paris / SIX: WFT) and Baker Hughes Incorporated (NYSE: BHI) announce
today that they have signed an agreement for the sale of Weatherford's
pipeline and specialty services business to a subsidiary of Baker Hughes for a
total consideration of $250 million, including $241 million in cash and $9
million in retained working capital. The sale is part of Weatherford's
previously announced plan to divest its non-core businesses.
"This sale is an important first step towards Weatherford's refocus on its
core businesses and becoming a leaner, more efficient and stronger company.
We are pleased to have reached agreement on the sale of this business to Baker
Hughes, which complements their existing process and pipeline services
business. We believe that Baker Hughes is really well positioned to maximize
the potential of this business" stated Bernard J. Duroc-Danner, Chairman,
President and Chief Executive Officer of Weatherford.
"The substantial demand for Baker Hughes' process and pipeline services
indicates the growing importance of midstream infrastructure in supporting the
expansion and sustainability of the energy industry," said Martin Craighead,
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Baker Hughes. "The addition of
Weatherford's pipeline and specialty services not only will augment our asset
assurance and integrity capabilities, but also will help us leverage our
existing technologies and global supply chain network into profitable, growing
Weatherford is one of the largest multinational oilfield service companies.
Weatherford's product and service portfolio spans the lifecycle of the well,
and includes formation evaluation, well construction, completion and
production. The Company provides innovative solutions, technology and services
to the oil and gas industry, and operates in over 100 countries currently
employing more than 60,000 people worldwide.
About Baker Hughes
Baker Hughes is a leading supplier of oilfield services, products, technology
and systems to the worldwide oil and natural gas industry. The company's
60,000-plus employees today work in more than 80 countries helping customers
find, evaluate, drill, produce, transport and process hydrocarbon resources.
Krishna Shivram +1.713.836.4610
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
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Vice President – Investor Relations
Baker Hughes Contacts
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are subject to significant risks, assumptions and uncertainties. Specifically,
statements regarding the timing of closing of the transaction described herein
assume that there will be no subsequent events or other adverse developments
after the date of this press release that affect closing. Forward-looking
statements also are affected by the risk factors described in Weatherford's
Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013, and those set
forth from time-to-time in other filings with the Securities and Exchange
Commission ("SEC"). Weatherford undertakes no obligation to correct or update
any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future
events, or otherwise, except to the extent required under federal securities
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