Onshore News: More info on Fugro's Aquisition of Thales
Posted on 03.01.2004 - 06:51 EST in ONSHORE NEWS by admin
Acquisition of Thales GeoSolutions strengthens Fugro’s position as a global player in the oil and gas
Fugro N.V. announces that it has reached agreement with Thales S.A. to acquire its subsidiary Thales GeoSolutions for EUR
147.5 million. The acquisition is effective as of today (19 November 2003). It is expected that the acquisition
will be earnings enhancing to Fugro as of 2004.
The combination of Fugro’s global network with that of Thales Geosolutions will lead to substantial efficiencies and
synergies and will permit it to become a more efficient competitor and to provide more competitive and efficient services
to its clients. Thales GeoSolutions will bring new technology and talented and experienced people into the Fugro
organisation and thus will accelerate technical developments and R&D projects. This will allow the combined entity to
remain at the forefront of the survey and geotechnical markets. The acquisition will also lead to overhead cost reductions
in areas such as marketing and administration and will improve the efficiency rate of the available equipment to the
extent of approximately EUR 30 million annually.
Furthermore, the acquisition of Thales Geosolutions will further extend Fugro’s global footprint, particularly in Latin
America and China. In line with the strategy to have a strong worldwide and balanced position in all its activities, the
acquired operations reinforce Fugro’s position in the offshore survey, positioning and offshore geotechnical market
The combined organisation will continue its overall growth strategy.
Fugro expects to achieve full integration of the two organisations within six months. An amount of EUR 25 million has been
reserved for all integration related costs. Fugro expects that the integration will result in a reduction of approximately
10% of the current staff of 4,050 people in the combined offshore activities. During the integration process, Fugro will
investigate the possibility of divesting certain non-core fixed assets of Thales GeoSolutions.
Thales GeoSolutions has 1,800 experienced staff around the world and estimated turnover of EUR 210 million in 2003, based
on average exchange rates. The offshore survey and offshore geotechnical activities of Fugro employ 2,250 people and are
expected to generate a turnover of approximately EUR 350 million in 2003, based on average exchange rates.
The acquisition price is EUR 147.5 million free of debt and will be paid in cash. An additional EUR 25 million will be
reserved for integration costs. Fugro will finance the acquisition through a EUR 200 million loan facility and does not
intend to issue shares. The coupon is EURIBOR (2.217% as of 14 November 2003) plus 70 basispoints and the loan has a
maturity of two years. There are no redemption obligations during the first year. Further possible add-on acquisitions
will be financed from the operational cash flow.
Profile Thales GeoSolutions
Thales GeoSolutions is a global provider of offshore services supporting activities throughout the life of field
operations in the oil and gas industry. These services span from delivering preliminary seismic surveys through to
engineering, rig positioning, pipeline inspections, subsea intervention tasks and aiding in the decommissioning of fields.
The company operates from over 30 locations in all the major offshore exploration areas worldwide. Over the first half
year of 2003, ending 30 June 2003, Thales GeoSolutions reported Income from Operations of -/- EUR 10 million pre