Stephen Simpson, CFA
Thu, May 19, 3:27 PM
- FMC Technologies (FTI -4%) is sharply lower following news of its merger with oilfield services rival Technip (OTCQX:TKPPY +5.6%), which Citigroup analysts say leaves FMC shareholders “on the short end” of the deal.
- "While half of the net present value of the synergies into perpetuity outweighs the premium paid to align ownership 50/50, we believe FMC shareholders come out on the short end as they should hold a majority of the combined entity due to a superior portfolio given the higher execution risk, margin volatility and outlook uncertainty [for Technip's]s E&C and Installation segments and FMC’s exposure to shale recovery within its onshore business," Citi says.
- Other analysts are more favorable: Canaccord says the merger would make the new company the “undisputed leader” in subsea project development, and Bernstein believes the deal is a step toward solving the industry’s endemic problem of high costs.
Thu, May 19, 4:12 AM
- Lower energy prices are continuing to drive consolidation in the oil services sector, with France's Technip (OTCQX:TKPPY) announcing an all-stock merger with U.S. rival FMC Technologies (NYSE:FTI).
- "We have complementary skills, technologies and capabilities," Technip CEO Thierry Pilenko declared. "Together, TechnipFMC can add more value across Subsea, Surface and Onshore/Offshore, enabling us to accelerate our growth."
- The transaction is expected to deliver annual pretax savings of at least $400M by 2019 and boost EPS significantly.
- FTI +2.4% premarket
Dec. 10, 2015, 8:07 AM
- Technip (OTCQX:TNHPF, OTCQX:TKPPY) says it is not involved in any talks about strategic transactions, following reports that it was discussing a potential combination with FMC Technologies (NYSE:FTI).
- Reuters and Bloomberg had reported that the French oilfield services company is exploring a sale and has engaged in discussions with FMC Tech.
Dec. 9, 2015, 4:48 PM
- FMC Technologies (NYSE:FTI) +3.3% AH following reports that French oilfield services company Technip (OTCQX:TNHPF, OTCQX:TKPPY) is exploring a sale and has held talks with FMC over a possible merger.
- Negotiations between the two companies, who formed a joint venture earlier this year, are at an advanced stage and a deal reportedly could be announced before the end of this year.
- The deal could be structured as an inversion, which may allow Houston-based FMC to move its headquarters to a country with lower taxes.
- Combining FMC and Technip would bring together the largest provider of subsea equipment to the industry with Europe’s biggest oil services provider.
Dec. 15, 2014, 7:45 AM
- CGG -31% in Paris trading after Technip (OTCQX:TKPPY) says it is abandoning its pursuit of the company and will not make an offer directly to investors.
- Last month, Technip offered to acquire the French oil services company for €1.46B ($1.82B) but CGG rejected the approach.
- The proposal would have combined Technip, which provides engineering and construction services to the energy industry, with CGG, a provider of equipment and geological data processing services to the sector.
Nov. 20, 2014, 12:47 PM
- CGG (CGG -5.3%) earlier confirmed it was approached by Technip (OTCPK:TNHPF, OTCQX:TKPPY) with an unsolicited offer - which it rejected - but in the view of Goldman Sachs analyst Henry Tarr, there is not a strong strategic rationale for a deal, and possible synergies are limited.
- Diversification can, as in the Halliburton-Baker Hughes tie-up, have merit, but this deal looks more expansionist than defensive, WSJ's Helen Thomas reports, as CGG’s seismic imaging and exploration services are largely separate from the actual construction of projects.
- Technip seems to be making a long-dated bet on a recovery in activity, Sanford C. Bernstein analysts say, but with the volatile seismic cycle approaching another trough, a deal could put pressure on earnings as fleets lie idle.
Nov. 20, 2014, 7:38 AM
- Technip (OTCPK:TNHPF, OTCQX:TKPPY) says it has made a preliminary takeover offer of €1.46B ($1.83B) for smaller French oil services company CGG, which says it rejected the offer.
- Technip, which says it first approached CGG on Nov. 10, has offered €8.3/share in cash, a 27% premium over CGG’s closing share price yesterday.
- CGG -6.6% premarket after surging more than 22% late yesterday after word of the deal was reported.
Nov. 19, 2014, 3:39 PM
- French seismic surveyor CGG (CGG +24.3%) soars after Bloomberg reports it is weighing a sale of the company after being approached by Technip (OTCPK:TNHPF, OTCQX:TKPPY).
- CGG is said to have rejected an initial offer from Technip as too low, but talks are continuing.
- The French government, whose fund owns stakes in both CGG and Technip, reportedly is pushing for a combination of the companies.
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May 21, 2012, 4:53 PM
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