Dresser-Rand Group Inc. a global supplier of rotating equipment and aftermarket parts and services, has announced that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement with Siemens under which Siemens will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Dresser-Rand common stock for $83.00 per share in cash.
The transaction is valued at approximately $7.6 billion, including the assumption of debt and represents a premium of 37.4 percent over Dresser-Rand’s closing share price of $60.42 on July 16, 2014, the day before speculation in the press appeared regarding interest in Dresser-Rand.
Siemens intends to operate Dresser-Rand as the company’s oil and gas business retaining the Dresser-Rand brand name and its executive leadership team. In addition, Siemens intends to maintain a significant presence in Houston, which will be the headquarters location of the oil and gas business of Siemens.
“As the premium brand in the global energy infrastructure markets, Dresser-Rand is a perfect fit for the Siemens portfolio. The combined activities will create a world-class provider for the growing oil and gas markets. With this Dresser-Rand will become ‘The oil and gas’ company within Siemens and fit right into our Siemens Vision 2020,” said Joe Kaeser, President and CEO of Siemens AG.
“After a thorough and competitive process, we are pleased to have reached this agreement with Siemens as it maximizes value and delivers significant benefits to all Dresser-Rand stakeholders,” said Vincent R. Volpe Jr., Dresser-Rand’s President and CEO. “Dresser-Rand shareholders will receive immediate and certain all-cash consideration for their shares at an attractive premium to the Company’s unaffected share price.”
Mr. Volpe added, “Given the vision Siemens has for Dresser-Rand as its oil and gas company, and its expressed wishes to build Dresser-Rand’s product and service portfolio with some of the existing Siemens offerings that have previously been marketed separately into the oil and gas space, it is clear that this is a transaction that should create value for clients, as well as for both sets of shareholders, that would not have otherwise been achieved had Dresser-Rand not become part of the Siemens group.
Volpe adds that the aim of the merger is to become the leading rotating equipment and process system integrator for the oil and gas industry.
“Our intention is to leverage these strengths by maintaining the existing company and brand name and selectively moving complementary products and services from the existing Siemens portfolio into Dresser-Rand enabling us to offer a much broader range of products, services and solutions to meet our customers’ needs,” said Lisa Davis, member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG.
Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC and Zaoui & Co. acted as financial advisors to Dresser-Rand. Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, served as legal counsel to Dresser-Rand.