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Odfjell Drilling Ltd. (“Odfjell Drilling” or the “Company”, OSE: ODL) is
contemplating spinning off its Well Services and Energy segments (the “Spin
Off”) into a newly established company, Odfjell Technology Ltd. (“OTL” or
“Odfjell Technology”), and to list the shares in OTL on the Oslo Stock Exchange
The Spin Off enables all parts of the business to think beyond their existing
core activities, capabilities, markets, and competitive environment to evolve
and strengthen their position to meet the needs of customers in the energy
transition phase and towards the anticipated increasing activity levels in the
global oil & gas industry.
During the last years’ downturn in oil & gas, the Company and OTL’s component
parts have through this cycle delivered resilient operational and financial
performance. Combined with the favourable underlying drivers and market outlook
for both companies, the Spin Off is part of the Company’s strategy to create
further shareholder value. With an inherent commitment in the Company to
safeguard the environment and pursue adjacent opportunities within energy
transition, the Spin Off will enable increased focus in OTL on innovation and
development of new services, technologies and products required in the energy
transition, offering reduced emissions for customers through e.g., increased
drilling efficiencies and by applying new technology. In addition, OTL will seek
to further expand into green ventures, such as the current investment in Odfjell
Oceanwind. OTL will seek to leverage its industrial heritage, specialist
competence and long relationships from the offshore oil & gas industry to serve
new energy markets in marine environment with mission critical equipment and
The Spin Off businesses comprise of the Company’s current Well Services and
Energy segments. The Energy segment consists of platform drilling and
engineering & projects, as well as a 21% ownership in Odfjell Oceanwind, a
company focused on developing mobile offshore wind units providing flexible
energy solutions to offshore infrastructure. Prior to executing the Spin Off,
an internal reorganisation will be carried out and the relevant Well Services
and Energy companies will become subsidiaries of OTL. Subject to completion of
the Spin Off, the management of Odfjell Technology is expected to consist of
Simen Lieungh (CEO), Jone Torstensen (CFO), George Taggart (EVP Well Services)
and Elisabeth Haram (EVP Drilling Operations and Engineering), and the initial
board of directors is expected to consist of Helene Odfjell, Alasdair Shiach,
Susanne Munch Thore and one additional director to be announced at a later
Following the Spin Off, Odfjell Drilling will continue to be the leading harsh
environment offshore drilling company, providing superior and robust operational
performance building long term client relationships in complex operational
environments. Furthermore, Odfjell Drilling and Odfjell Technology will
collaborate closely through strategic frame agreements to provide fully
integrated services as valued by its clients. Odfjell Drilling has four fully
owned high specification harsh environment semi-submersible drilling units,
Deepsea Atlantic, Deepsea Stavanger, Deepsea Aberdeen and Deepsea Nordkapp. In
addition, and on the back of the strong operational track record and marketing
excellence in securing work, Odfjell Drilling now has a total of three harsh
environment semi-submersible drilling units under marketing and management
services, namely Deepsea Yantai, West Mira and West Bollsta. With an improving
offshore drilling market, the contemplated Spin Off will simplify the corporate
and capital structure, increase management focus, and allow for additional
strategic flexibility whilst evaluating accretive growth opportunities.
Simen Lieungh, CEO of Odfjell Drilling AS, commented:
“Odfjell Drilling has through our people and assets demonstrated a strong track
record for delivering safe, efficient and high-quality operations to our
clients. Splitting the MODU and services segments into two groups, allows us
greater flexibility to proactively respond to the changes and opportunities
facing the industry. We strongly believe that the timing for this is good as the
company is financially healthy and prepared to stand alone as two separate
entities. Increased management focus within Odfjell Technology Ltd will further
allow those segments to think beyond their existing core services and evolve for
the future. We are excited about this next chapter in the Odfjell Drilling story
and the possibilities it will bring.”
In connection with the Spin Off, Odfjell Technology intends to issue 4-year,
senior secured bonds (the “Bond Issue”) through a private placement. The net
proceeds from the Bond Issue will, together with a new USD 25 million super
senior revolving credit facility, be used to carry out the internal
reorganisation and to repay the existing USD 150 million credit facility related
to the Well Services and Energy segments.
The shares in Odfjell Technology, in its entirety, are expected to be
distributed to the shareholders in the Company and admitted for trading on the
Oslo Stock Exchange in Q1 2022 subject to certain conditions. These include a
successful Bond Issue and other customary closing conditions ; the Oslo Stock
Exchange approving the Listing ; and Odfjell Technology satisfying the relevant
conditions for such Listing (including the publication of a listing prospectus
to be approved by the Norwegian Financial Supervisory Authority). It is not
contemplated to carry out any public offering of shares in Odfjell Technology in
connection with the Listing. No assurance can currently be given that the Spin
Off and the Listing will be completed.
Global investor call
Odfjell Drilling will hold an investor call on the Spin Off at 15:00 p.m. CET
today, and open for Q&A. Participants must register in advance to DNB Markets
Corporate Access on firstname.lastname@example.org, to receive the link and dial-in details to join.
Following a successful Bond Issue, the Company will engage DNB Markets and
Danske Bank, Norwegian Branch as joint global coordinators (the “Joint Global
Coordinators”) in relation to the Spin Off and Listing.
Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS is acting as legal counsel to the Company and
Odfjell Technology in connection with the Spin Off and the Listing.
Further announcements relating to the Listing and Bond Issue will be made as
applicable and in due course.
For further queries, please contact:
Gillian Basson, Corporate Secretary
+44 (0)7796 547889
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
31 January 2022
Odfjell Drilling Ltd.
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announcement was published by Gillian Basson, Corporate Secretary, Odfjell
Drilling Ltd. on 31 January 2022 at 07:30 (CET).
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