McDermott Sticks to CBI Brushing Aside Subsea 7, Stock Jumps

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McDermott International, Inc.MDR recently announced that it will combine its operations with that of Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. CBI , which is expected to close in May 2018. The news came following a dramatic chain of events wherein McDermott was approached by Norway-based offshore oil services provider Subsea 7 S.A. SUBCY with an unsolicited, non-binding buyout proposal that was subject to the termination of the agreed-upon Chicago Bridge & Iron deal.

Subsea 7 was interested in acquiring McDermott as it would have made the merged company the leader in subsea equipment industry, with significant expansion in market share.

Stock Price Movement

The events benefited McDermott's shares, which gained 15.7% yesterday. As Subsea 7's $7 per outstanding share bid potentially threatened the deal between McDermott and Chicago Bridge & Iron, the latter's shares declined 8.3% yesterday.

Present Scenario

McDermott's board believed that the bid from Subsea 7 was undervalued. McDermott recently provided encouraging first-quarter 2018 operational update , while reaffirming its strong guidance for the whole year. Moreover, with a strong balance sheet, the company is well positioned to benefit from the deal with Chicago Bridge & Iron in the long term. Thus, McDermott ruled in favor of the $6 billion Chicago Bridge & Iron deal struck in December .

The combined company is expected to keep the name, McDermott. The present CEO of the acquirer, David Dickson, will retain the leading position in the combined company. The merged entity is expected to enjoy an integrated technology and engineering expertise, along with a cost-effective delivery structure. Moreover, offshore-focused McDermott is expected to largely benefit from the $1.86 billion all-stock deal - having $60 million termination fee - with onshore-based Chicago Bridge & Iron, as it will diversify the combined company's portfolio.


"Lummus" will be used as the brand name for Chicago Bridge & Iron's business section, which supplies its clients with associated engineering services, catalysts and engineered products, as well as proprietary process technology licenses. Along with the "Digital Twin" software platform, Lummus will be covered under McDermott Technology. The tank business of Chicago Bridge & Iron, which has provided services in more than 100 countries and built in excess of 46,000 storages, will keep its present branding.

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