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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CGG is a manufacturer of geophysical equipment. It provides seismic services in data acquisition and processing, both onshore and offshore, to clients in the oil and gas exploration and production industry.
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