Analysts expected Schlumberger Ltd.’s (SLB) $14.8 billion acquisition of Cameron International Corp. (CAM) to spur oilfield service M&A activity, and so far it has─by Schlumberger and Cameron.
On Sept. 2, Schlumberger said it purchased Novatek Inc. and Novatek IP LLC, companies founded by H. Tracy Hall. Hall is the scientist who invented the first reproducible process of creating man-made diamonds. In Hall’s 2008 obituary, the Los Angeles Times wrote that Hall’s achievement was considered “on a par with converting lead into gold.”
The U.S.-based companies specialize in synthetic diamond technology primarily for the oil and gas industry. The company, founded in 1955, has won 637 patents for various drilling equipment.
The transaction will expand Schlumberger’s revenue base by more than 20%, Paal Kibsgaard, the company’s CEO and chairman, said in a press call. Schlumberger expects cost synergies of $900 million over two years.
Schlumberger Ltd. (NYSE: SLB) and Cameron (NYSE: CAM) have reached a definitive merger agreement in which the companies will combine in a stock and cash transaction, the companies said in a joint statement.
The deal is valued at $14.8 billion. The agreement was unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies.
“This agreement with Cameron opens new and broader opportunities for Schlumberger. At our investor conference in June 2014, we highlighted how the E&P industry must transform to deliver increased performance at a time of range-bound commodity prices,” Schlumberger CEO Paal Kibsgaard said. "With oil prices now at lower levels, oilfield services companies that deliver innovative technology and greater integration while improving efficiency, which our customers increasingly demand, will outperform the market.
Under the terms of the agreement, Cameron shareholders will receive 0.716 shares of Schlumberger common stock and a cash payment of $14.44 in exchange for each Cameron share, the release said.