Transocean Pacific Drilling Inc. Update Provided
As previously disclosed on a Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on October 24, 2007 by Transocean Inc., on October 18, 2007, a subsidiary of Transocean Ltd. (“Transocean”) acquired a 50% interest in Transocean Pacific Drilling Inc. (the “Joint Venture”), a joint venture formed to operate two ultra-deepwater drillships, theDhirubhai Deepwater KG1 and the Dhirubhai Deepwater KG2 (the “JV Rigs”). Quantum Pacific Management Limited (“Quantum”), a successor in interest to Pacific Drilling Limited, holds the remaining 50% interest in the Joint Venture.
Pursuant to a put option and registration rights agreement among Transocean, Quantum and the Joint Venture entered into in connection with the formation of the Joint Venture (the “Put Option Agreement”), Quantum has the right to exchange its interest in the Joint Venture for an amount (the “Purchase Price”) to be paid in either Transocean shares or cash, at Quantum’s election (the “Put Option”).
As previously disclosed in a news release and on a Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on February 29, 2012 by Transocean, on February 29, 2012, Quantum exercised the Put Option.
On May 6, 2012, Quantum’s election to receive the Purchase Price in shares, net of Quantum’s share of Joint Venture indebtedness (as defined in the Put Option Agreement), became irrevocable.
As determined based upon the procedure specified in the Put Option Agreement and based upon a share price of $49.69 (determined February 29, 2012), the number of shares constituting the Purchase Price will be approximately 8.7 million shares. In addition, Quantum will be paid a post-closing cash working capital payment equal to 50% of the Joint Venture’s working capital at closing. In accordance with the procedure, to determine the share proceeds the approximate $1.64 billion fair value of the Joint Venture rigs (determined on May 2, 2012) was increased by a multiple of 1.08, adjusted for Quantum’s 50% Joint Venture interest, and reduced by Quantum’s approximate $454 million share of Joint Venture indebtedness.
The closing date of the Put Option agreement has not yet been determined. The amount of Joint Venture indebtednessincluded above is as of May 6, 2012 and the ultimate number of shares constituting the Purchase Price will depend on the amount of Joint Venture indebtedness outstanding at closing.
The issuance of the shares will be made utilizing Transocean’s authorized share capital, whereby preemptive rights will be excluded, and pursuant to Section 4(2) of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and be exempt from registration with the Securities and Exchange Commission as a transaction not involving any public offering. The Put Option Agreement also grants Quantum certain registration rights with respect to such shares and restricts Quantum’s sale of such shares until the earlier of the first anniversary of the date of issuance thereof or May 29, 2013.