Weatherford International and Baker Hughes Incorporated have announced that they have signed an agreement for the sale of Weatherford’s pipeline and specialty services business to a subsidiary of Baker Hughes for a total consideration of $250 million, including $241 million in cash and $9 million in retained working capital. The sale is part of Weatherford’s previously announced plan to divest its non-core businesses.
The purchase will effect Baker Hughes operations worldwide, including in Australia, as the combined company increases its available range of services.
“This sale is an important first step towards Weatherford’s refocus on its core businesses and becoming a leaner, more efficient and stronger company. We are pleased to have reached agreement on the sale of this business to Baker Hughes, which complements their existing process and pipeline services business. We believe that Baker Hughes is really well positioned to maximize the potential of this business,” stated Bernard J. Duroc-Danner, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Weatherford.
“The substantial demand for Baker Hughes’ process and pipeline services indicates the growing importance of midstream infrastructure in supporting the expansion and sustainability of the energy industry,” said Martin Craighead, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Baker Hughes. “The addition of Weatherford’s pipeline and specialty services not only will augment our asset assurance and integrity capabilities, but also will help us leverage our existing technologies and global supply chain network into profitable, growing markets.”
Weatherford is one of the largest multinational oilfield service companies. Weatherford’s product and service portfolio spans the lifecycle of the well, and includes formation evaluation, well construction, completion and production. The Company provides innovative solutions, technology and services to the oil and gas industry, and operates in over 100 countries currently employing more than 60,000 people worldwide.
About Baker Hughes
Baker Hughes is a leading supplier of oilfield services, products, technology and systems to the worldwide oil and natural gas industry. The company’s 60,000-plus employees today work in more than 80 countries helping customers find, evaluate, drill, produce, transport and process hydrocarbon resources.