Global Industries, Ltd. has signed a definitive purchase agreement to acquire ETPM, SA, a leading international offshore construction company wholly-owned by Groupe GTM, the construction affiliate of French utility Suez Lyonnaise des Eaux
. The combined company will be the largest offshore construction company in market capitalization with combined 1998 revenues of approximately $1.3 billion.
ETPM provides a full range of turnkey services, including design, procurement, fabrication, installation and commissioning of offshore platforms and pipelines. ETPM will be combined with Global's current international operations to create a new International Division. Pierre Laborie, ETPM's current president and COO, will head the new division.
Under the terms of the transaction, Global will pay Groupe GTM $265 million in cash for the outstanding stock of ETPM and enter into a lease purchase of Groupe GTM's interest in two vessels providing for annual fees and a purchase of such interest in January 2002 for $25 million.
In addition, Global will assume ETPM's liabilities (approximately $2 million in debt and capital lease obligations as of June 30, 1999).
"This is an extremely significant acquisition for Global because it strengthens our deepwater position by doubling our dynamically-positioned fleet from three to six vessels and by positioning us as a leader in FPSO technology and development," said William J. Doré, chairman and CEO. "This transaction also provides us with cutting-edge automatic welding technology, which is critical in pipelay productivity, and extends Global's presence to all the major offshore construction markets worldwide."