ADES closes rig deal with Nabors

ADES International rigs; Source: ADES International

ADES International, a London-listed provider of onshore and offshore drilling and production services in the Middle East and Africa, has completed the acquisition of three offshore jack-up rigs in the Arabian Gulf from Nabors Industries. 

The initial announcement about the acquisition of these three operating rigs from subsidiaries of Nabors came in December 2017. The total purchase price of the deal with Nabors was $83 million, payable in a combination of cash and ADES shares.

ADES then in May secured a new loan from Alinma bank, one of the Saudi-based financial institutions, to finance the acquisition of three jack-ups from Nabors and other potential deals.

The acquisition closed on Tuesday, June 12, 2018, following the fulfillment of the conditions precedent agreed upon in the purchase and sale agreement (PSA), which included the renewal of two of the rigs’ expired drilling contracts, ADES informed in a statement on Wednesday.

The rigs are currently contracted by a major national oil company in the Arabian Gulf and are expected to add approximately $140 million to ADES’ backlog. They have been renamed to Admarine 655, Admarine 656 and Admarine 657.

According to ADES, Admarine 655 is currently undergoing an ABS recertification process in the shipyard, while Admarine 656 and Admarine 657 will generate revenue immediately, with their material impact expected to be weighted towards 2H 2018 earnings.

Commenting on the acquisition, Dr. Mohamed Farouk, Chief Executive Officer of ADES International Holding, said: “This transaction adds three offshore drilling rigs to our existing fleet, thereby enhancing our position in our core business and reflecting our continued commitment to the Arabian Gulf’s offshore shallow water drilling market. The acquisition brings our jack-up offshore drilling rigs to thirteen, making us one of the main players in the MENA region.”

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