Seadrill: Private Placement in North Atlantic Drilling Ltd Completed (Norway)

 

North Atlantic Drilling Ltd. (“NADL” or the “Company”) has completed the first tranche and closed the order book in the private placement of 250,000,000 new ordinary shares of US$1.00 par value at a subscription price of US$1.70, raising US$425,000,000 in gross proceeds to the Company (the “Private Placement”).

The Private Placement was closed on February 16, 2011 at 12:00 CET. The Company is pleased to announce that the offering was heavily over-subscribed.

Due to heavily over-subscriptions allocation will not finalized before Friday February 18, 2011.

The net proceeds raised will be used to part finance NADL’s acquisition of a fleet of six drilling units designed for use in harsh environment from Seadrill. Seadrill has agreed to subscribe for 750,000,000 new shares in the Company at the same subscription price as part consideration for the assets sold, such subscription taking place at closing. As such, NADL will following closing of the acquisition have issued 1 billion new shares at a subscription price of US$1.70 raising a total amount of new equity of US$1,700 mill.

Seadrill confirms its obligation to repurchase the shares issued in the Private Placement at the issue price of US$1.70 during the period from the date of issue until the later of (i) the 10th business day (Oslo time) after closing of the acquisition agreement with Seadrill and (ii) close of business Oslo time on May 13, 2011. Shareholders that wish to sell shares in the Company on this basis must do so through RS Platou Markets AS. Settlement will be made on ordinary terms for share sales in the secondary market.

The Company intends to list on the Oslo Stock Exchange within 2011.

RS Platou Markets AS, ABG Sundal Collier Norge ASA, Carnegie ASA and Fearnley Fonds ASA have acted as joint lead managers and book-runners for the Private Placement.

Source:Seadrill, February  16, 2011;

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