Wed, Apr. 20, 10:33 AM
- With the chances of a Halliburton (HAL -0.4%) takeover dimming as the Justice Department files suit, Baker Hughes (BHI -0.1%) ought to consider a merger of equals with National Oilwell Varco (NOV -2.4%) as “the best route to value creation over the next cycle,” according to J.P. Morgan analyst Sean Meakim.
- A BHI-NOV merger would be more than a marriage of convenience, Meakim says, adding that “neither side needs a transaction from a balance sheet perspective, but each could benefit strategically” and a deal would not face significant regulatory hurdles.
- The agreement between BHI and HAL is scheduled to expire on April 30, but Meakim points out that the merger deal is not dead, and HAL likely will to fight hard to find a path to deal completion and avoid the $3.5B breakup fee.
- The firm rates BHI at Neutral with a $36 price target.
- Now read Why shares of National Oilwell Varco will likely go down
Sep. 4, 2015, 12:23 PM
- Sclumberger’s (NYSE:SLB) purchase of Cameron International (NYSE:CAM) should easily close, with optimism growing that Halliburton's (NYSE:HAL) bid for Baker Hughes (NYSE:BHI) also will close, and the deals mean more oil company M&A is on the way, FBR Capital analyst Thomas Curran believes.
- The wave of heavyweight deals likely is not over yet, Curran says, seeing Weatherford (NYSE:WFT) as the highest probability takeout with the broadest set of plausible strategic suitors; National Oilwell Varco (NYSE:NOV) is viewed as having a high likelihood of entering into a big deal, although probably as an acquirer, and FMC Tech (NYSE:FTI) could puruse a full combination with Technip, its 50/50% JV partner in Forsys Subsea.
Aug. 26, 2015, 3:25 PM
- Analysts say Schlumberger’s (SLB -4.2%) acquisition of Cameron International (CAM +41.7%) is not particularly surprising, given SLB's two years of experience working alongside CAM through their OneSubsea joint venture and track record of soaking up JV partners.
- The combination effectively allows the two companies to extract the type of cost savings found at OneSubsea across the rest of their businesses; SLB thinks it can find pretax benefits of $600M in the second year after the deal, most of which will come from cost-cutting.
- Citigroup says the deal will firmly establish SLB as the dominant and most diversified oilfield service provider, with total estimated revenues for the combined entity of $46B in 2015, a figure the prospective Halliburton (HAL +2.3%) and Baker Hughes (BHI +2.5%) combo cannot match.
- SLB is making a strategic bet on a recovery in deepwater drilling, even if not in 2016, Tudor Pickering says; with 7M-plus bbl/day of global oil production coming from deepwater reservoirs, it makes sense that offshore activity eventually will rebound.
- The deal is not likely to touch off an M&A wave in the oilfield services industry because the global crude slump has strained the finances of many companies, leaving few able to make such a move, says Edward Jones analyst Rob Desai.
- But several potential acquisition targets in the services industry are higher: OII +8.3%, DRQ +7.4%, FTI +6.5%, NOV +4.1%, FET +3%.
Apr. 23, 2015, 5:49 PM
- At least a half-dozen major industrial companies - including GE, Caterpillar (NYSE:CAT) Siemens (OTCPK:SIEGY), Honeywell (NYSE:HON), Dover (NYSE:DOV), Danaher (NYSE:DHR) and Emerson Electric (NYSE:EMR) - are said to be weighing offers for oilfield services assets worth $5B-$10B that Halliburton (NYSE:HAL) is preparing to sell ahead of its pending merger with Baker Hughes (NYSE:BHI), Bloomberg reports.
- HAL reportedly will send offering materials to those companies, as well as P-E firms and rival oilfield services providers, in the coming weeks; first up likely will be the drill bits unit and another that uses data to track and steer the direction of drills.
- These companies could own an edge over oilfield services companies that analysts have pegged as logical bidders for HAL’s castoffs - such as National Oilwell Varco (NYSE:NOV) and Superior Energy Services (NYSE:SPN) - because HAL might not want to give any more market share to companies that already offer the same services, preferring to sell to new players entering the market.
Nov. 18, 2014, 6:48 PM
- Halliburton’s (NYSE:HAL) $34.6B buyout of Baker Hughes (NYSE:BHI) has caused HAL shares to plunge 12% since the deal was announced Monday, the worst two-day performance for an acquirer’s stock this year; on average, a company announcing a deal has seen its stock pop 3.1% on the news.
- But analysts say the deal may present game-changing opportunities for a few small and mid-cap oilfield services firms with enough cash on hand to buy a chunk of HAL's expected divestments without diluting their stock or damaging their credit rating.
- Tudor Pickering Holt's Jeff Tillery speculates that Forum Energy Technologies (NYSE:FET), National Oilwell Varco (NYSE:NOV) and GE would be interested in HAL's manufacturing businesses that may come up for bid, while Superior Energy Services (NYSE:SPN) and Frank's International (NYSE:FI) might want certain services-oriented businesses.
- Weatherford (NYSE:WFT) would seem like a logical buyer of some assets and could make it happen with a mix of cash and stock, but RBC's Kurt Hallead thinks HAL might not want to cooperate with a company that could essentially become what Baker Hughes was.
Nov. 17, 2014, 3:59 PM
- In the wake of Halliburton's (NYSE:HAL) $34.6B offer for Baker Hughes (NYSE:BHI), it appears the next hot sector for M&A action is energy: More consolidation is likely, given the weakness for stocks in the oilfield services subsector, low interest rates, and as a drop in demand for oil increases cutthroat pricing competition.
- Speculation is running rampant as investors try to figure out who is next in an industry that is sure to undergo some more consolidation; some names identified as possible candidates include Kodiak Oil and Gas (NYSE:KOG), Marathon Oil (NYSE:MRO), Northern Oil and Gas (NYSEMKT:NOG), Anadarko Petroleum (NYSE:APC), Pioneer Natural Resources (NYSE:PXD).
- GE could go after National Oilwell Varco (NYSE:NOV) to show it is serious about the energy industry after last year’s purchase of pumpmaker Lufkin, Royal Bank of Canada says, and Oppenheimer says even BP could be an acquisition candidate.
- But Morgan Stanley does not see offshore drillers getting in on the action, as larger players like Diamond Offshore (NYSE:DO), Transocean (NYSE:RIG) and Seadrill (NYSE:SDRL) are still addressing dividend concerns while smaller companies such as Atwood Oceanics (NYSE:ATW) and Pacific Drilling (NYSE:PACD) still trade close to replacement value.
Nov. 14, 2014, 12:48 PM
- Oil services companies are mostly higher as Halliburton (HAL +1.7%) is indeed in talks to buy Baker Hughes (BHI +0.5%), a deal that would provide a jolt to oilfield services companies contending with falling oil prices: SLB +0.4%, OIS +1.2%, SPN +2.3%, CAM +0.2%, FTI -0.3%, NOV -0.6%.
- Sterne Agee analyst Stephen Gengaro calls a potential HAL-BHI combo a “HAL of a Frac-ing Deal," seeing several positives for HAL including strengthening its relatively weak position in artificial lift and production chemicals which are critical to enhancing HAL’s mature field strategy, enabling it to leverage its unparalleled U.S. pressure pumping logistics chain to enhance the efficiency of BHI’s operations, and providing the opportunity for significant cost savings which likely would total $600M-$750M or more.
- While antitrust concerns could force some divestitures, Gengaro does not believe it would prevent a deal from happening.
- Other potentially attractive M&A targets among oil services companies could include Dril-Quip (DRQ +0.7%), Frank’s International (FI +2.6%) and Oceaneering (OII -0.2%), Simmons & Co. says.
May 7, 2013, 10:54 AM
Dresser-Rand (DRC +3.8%) is turning into a takeover target for potential buyers such as Siemens (SI), National Oilwell Varco (NOV) and Cameron (CAM), Bloomberg writes. GE’s decision to buy Lufkin this year at the highest multiple to profit on record signaled an appetite for takeovers in the oilfield equipment industry, and DRC could be next on the list as the number of takeout candidates in the space diminishes.| May 7, 2013, 10:54 AM | 1 Comment
Feb. 19, 2013, 3:44 PM
National Oilwell Varco (NOV +0.2%) receives antitrust approval for its acquisition of Robbins & Myers (RBN +0.7%), clearing the way for the $2.5B deal to close on Wednesday. The companies say they also received a letter from the Canadian antitrust officials stating they didn't plan to take any action in the matter.| Feb. 19, 2013, 3:44 PM
Dec. 7, 2012, 5:56 PM
Oct. 10, 2012, 8:18 AM
National Oilwell Varco (NOV) and Robbins & Myers (RBN) receive a request from the Justice Department for further information and documents related to their proposed $2.5B merger. The DOJ request is in line with its oversight duties under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act.| Oct. 10, 2012, 8:18 AM
Aug. 22, 2012, 5:08 PMConditions are ripe for large oilfield service and equipment companies - think HAL, SLB, NOV, CAM, FTI - to continue to snap up smaller firms and assets, Barclays says, citing new regulations encouraging high-specification equipment, operator demand for equipment capable of increasing efficiencies, and the ongoing build-out in offshore markets. (also) | Aug. 22, 2012, 5:08 PM | 1 Comment
Aug. 21, 2012, 2:52 PMStock investors have reacted in a subdued way to recent deals (I, II, III) for oilfield services firms that should boost the earnings of buyers, including National Oilwell Varco (NOV), FMC Tech (FTI) and Chicago Bridge & Iron (CBI), Tudor Pickering analysts say. Most of the targets, such as Pure Energy, have “healthy” exposure to North America, which analysts say investors "still view skeptically." | Aug. 21, 2012, 2:52 PM
Aug. 9, 2012, 11:57 AM
National Oilwell Varco's (NOV +0.7%) $2.5B deal to purchase Robbins & Myers (RBN +27.3%) is the sixth deal NOV has made this year alone, pushing its total M&A spending past $4B. Analysts largely applaud the latest deal, calling the price reasonable and saying the two companies fit together well; they expect the deal to boost NOV’s earnings next year.| Aug. 9, 2012, 11:57 AM
May 30, 2012, 5:29 PM
National Oilwell Varco (NOV) agrees to acquire oil and gas equipment distributor CE Franklin (CFK) for ~C$240M. The C$12.75/share price is a 36% premium to the volume weighted average price over the 20-day period prior to April 17, when CFK said it was reviewing strategic alternatives.| May 30, 2012, 5:29 PM
May 25, 2012, 3:13 PM