Halliburton (HAL) and Boots & Coots (WEL) jointly announced today that Halliburton has entered into a definitive merger agreement to acquire all of the outstanding stock of Boots & Coots in a stock and cash transaction.
“Combining the resources of both companies creates the premier intervention company across the globe.”
Marc Edwards, Halliburton’s Senior Vice President of Completion and Production, said, “Optimizing economic production levels in both mature assets and unconventional gas resources requires increasing levels of pressure control and well intervention. The combination of Halliburton’s global hydraulic workover and coiled tubing deployed technologies, together with Boots & Coots’ well intervention and pressure control services will help us improve full life cycle returns for our customers. This is a natural addition to Halliburton’s extensive completion and production enhancement portfolio, further enabling integrated project workflows with improved reservoir recoveries.”
Following completion of the transaction, a new product service line within Halliburton will be created to include Halliburton’s existing coiled tubing and hydraulic workover operations and Boots & Coots’ intervention services and pressure control business. Boots & Coots’ management will be retained to lead Halliburton’s Boots & Coots product service line with operating results reported through Halliburton’s Completion and Production reporting segment. Halliburton expects the acquisition to be accretive in the first full year of operation.
Under the merger agreement, Boots & Coots stockholders will receive $3.00 per share for each share of Boots & Coots common stock they hold, comprised of $1.73 in cash and $1.27 in Halliburton common stock, subject to election, proration features and an exchange ratio based on Halliburton’s five-day average share price prior to closing as further described in the merger agreement. The Boards of Directors of both Halliburton and Boots & Coots have approved the transaction, which is expected to close in the summer of 2010, subject to regulatory approvals, approval by Boots & Coots’ stockholders and other conditions.
“Halliburton’s legacy of innovation coupled with its integrated service capability complement Boots & Coots’ focus on delivering a complete portfolio of pressure control and well intervention services,” said Jerry Winchester, Boots & Coots President and Chief Executive Officer. “Combining the resources of both companies creates the premier intervention company across the globe.”