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Transocean Sedco Forex Merger Establishes World's Largest Offshore Driller

Transocean Offshore Inc. has completed its merger with Sedco Forex, which was spun-off from Schlumberger Limited. The resulting company, Transocean Sedco Forex Inc., is now the world's largest offshore drilling contractor and third-largest oilfield services company in terms of equity market capitalization, based on closing market prices on Dec. 30. In the merger, approximately 109.6 million ordinary shares of Transocean Offshore are being issued to stockholders of Schlumberger. The number of new shares issued is equivalent to 0.1936 shares of Transocean Sedco Forex for each outstanding Schlumberger share. Following the merger, Schlumberger stockholders hold about 52% of the approximately 210.1 million outstanding shares of Transocean Sedco Forex.

Schlumberger And Transocean Offshore Combine Forces

Schlumberger Limited and Transocean Offshore Inc. have signed a definitive merger agreement under which the offshore contract drilling business of Schlumberger (Sedco Forex Offshore) will be spun off and promptly combined with Transocean Offshore in a merger of equals. The resulting company, Transocean Sedco Forex, will be the world's largest offshore drilling company and is projected to become the fourth largest oilfield service company in terms of market capitalization. The transaction, which should close by December 31, 1999, is anticipated to be modestly dilutive to Transocean Offshore's current earnings expectations for 2000 and accretive thereafter.

Transocean Sedco Forex Inc. Reports First Quarter 2000 Results

Transocean Sedco Forex Inc announced that net income for the three months ended March 31, 2000 was $32.5 million on revenues of $300.8 million. The results include a cash settlement of $25.1 million, relating to the previously reported agreement with BP Amoco to cancel the remaining 14 months of firm contract time on the semisubmersible Transocean Amirante. Net income for the corresponding three months in 1999 was $11.3 million on revenues of $189.2 million. Operating and maintenance expense for the first quarter of 1999 included charges for severance costs and provisions for potential legal claims totaling $42 million. The December 1999 merger of Transocean Offshore Inc.

Transocean Closes R&B Falcon Merger

Transocean Sedco Forex Inc., recently announced the close of its merger with R&B Falcon Corporation, creating an offshore drilling contractor with unprecedented fleet and enhanced geographic diversity, technical expertise, financial strength and equity market liquidity. Pursuant to the merger agreement, Transcocean Sedco Forex will issue 106 million ordinary shares to R&B Falcon shareholders at the exchange ratio of 0.5 shares of Transocean Sedco Forex for each share of R&B Falcon, Following the exchange, the company's ordinary shares outstanding will total approximately 317 million. The company also announced that Victor E. Grijalva would continue to serve as the chairman of the board of directors of Transocean Sedco Forex…

Shareholders Approve Transocean Merger

At its extraordinary general meeting held Dec. 12, 2000 in Houston, Texas, holders of ordinary shares of Transocean Sedco Forex Inc. approved all proposals presented at the meeting, including those relating to the company's pending merger transaction with R&B Falcon Corporation. Shareholders approved an increase in authorized ordinary share capital, the issuance of ordinary shares in the merger, anincrease in the maximum size of the company's board of directors to 13 persons and an increase in the number of ordinary shares reserved for issuance under the company's Long-Term Incentive Plan and Employee Stock Purchase Plan. On Aug. 21…

Houghton Offshore Awarded Five-Year Contract

Houghton Offshore has entered into a five-year contract with Transocean Sedco Forex for the supply of the following fluids for Transocean Sedco Forex's global fleet of mobile offshore drilling units: water/glycol based blowout preventer (BOP) fluids, as well as motion compensator, riser tensioner, and other water-based fluids. The new contract follows Transocean's recent world record for the deepest well drilled to date using Houghton's Stack Magic 200 blowout preventor fluid (BOP). The well was drilled in 9,687 ft. (2,952 m) below sea level in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.

Singapore Yard Completes $250M Transocean Rig

Singapore's Promet Private Ltd. (PPL) Shipyard completed construction of a $250 million semi-submersible oil drilling rig for offshore drilling contractor Transocean Sedco Forex. The rig, Cajun Express, was designed by Sedco Forex. The rig will be delivered to TSF in March and used by Marathon Oil for drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.

TDI-Halter Delivers Drilling Barge To Sedco Forex

TDI-Halter, a Halter Marine Group, Inc. company, Gulfport, Miss., delivered Prisa 103, the last of the trio of newly-built drilling barges to Sedco Forex, the drilling division of Schlumberger Limited. Measuring 180 x 75 x 15 ft. (54.8 x 22.8 x 4.5 m), Prisa 101, 102 and 103 are part of an overall conceptual design approach - an approach in which Sedco Forex has permanently integrated the Well intervention structure, equipment and systems to facilitate conventional light drilling and well re-entry with coiled tubing and other well intervention operations. Joining the first two member of the trio, Prisa 103, which began the tow to Venezuela this past March, is currently deployed in the country's Lake Maracaibo for a 10-year contract with PDVSA.

Transocean Sedco Forex’s COO Retires, Management Changes

Transocean Sedco Forex Inc., announced that W. Dennis Heagney, executive vice president and chief operating officer, will retire from the company in June 2002, after 33 years of service. Heagney began his career in 1969 with The Offshore Company, a predecessor of Transocean Sedco Forex and has worked in a variety of operating and marketing roles in both the United States and International locations. The board of directors has appointed Robert L. Long as president of Transocean Sedco Forex Inc., effective immediately. Long will also assume the role of Chief Operating Officer upon the retirement of Heagney in June 2002. Long joined the company in 1975 and has held numerous operational and financial roles over his 26-year career including division engineer…

Moody's Ups Transocean Offshore

Moody's Investors Service upgraded the senior unsecured debt ratings of Transocean Offshore, Inc. to A3 from Baa1 to reflect the significant benefits that the company will likely derive from its pending merger with Sedco Forex Holdings Limited (Sedco). The rating action ends a review of Transocean's ratings initiated on July 12 in response to the company's announcement that it had signed a definitive agreement under which Sedco, the offshore contract drilling business of Schlumberger Limited, will be spun off and combined promptly with Transocean through the issuance of approximately $3.2 billion of Transocean stock and the assumption of about $435 million of debt. The combined company will be known as Transocean Sedco Forex.

Transocean Expects Steady Improvement Through 2001

Transocean Sedco Forex is a leading international provider of deepwater and harsh environment contract drilling services for oil and gas wells. The company’s active fleet consists of 12 high-specification semisubmersibles, 29 second- and third-generation semisubmersibles, two Discoverer Enterprise-class drillships, four other drillships, 17 jackup rigs and three tenders. The company has under construction one Discoverer Enterprise-class drillship and three Sedco Express- class semisubmersibles. In addition, the fleet includes one mobile offshore production unit, six swamp barges and two land drilling rigs. In January 2001, the company completed the acquisition of R&B Falcon Corp., which operates a fleet of 139 marine-based drilling rigs. On Feb.

S&P Raises Transocean Offshore Ratings

Standard & Poor's raised its ratings for Transocean Offshore Inc., renamed Transocean Sedco Forex Inc. (See chart page 2, related story page 8) At the same time, Standard & Poor's assigned to the company an 'A-1' short-term corporate credit rating, an 'A-1' rating for its $500 million commercial paper program, and a single-'A' rating for its $400 million term loan maturing December 2004. The company's ratings are removed from CreditWatch with positive implications, where they were placed on July 12, 1999, upon the announcement that un-rated Schlumberger Ltd. would spin off its marine drilling unit and combine it with Transocean. That merger was completed on Dec. 31, 1999. The outlook is stable.

TDI-Halter Delivers Three Barges

TDI-Halter, a Halter Marine Group, Inc. company, delivered Prisa 103, the last of three 180 x 75 x 15 ft. barges, to Sedco Forex, the drilling division of Schlumberger Limited. Prisa 101, 102 and 103 are part of an overall conceptual design approach, in which Sedco Forex permanently integrated the well intervention structure, equipment and systems to facilitate conventional light drilling and well re-entry with coiled tubing and other well intervention operations. This concept provides operators a cost-effective tool by utilizing specially-adapted multi-function service equipment, which is built-in to ensure flexibility, reduce overall non-productive time and optimize deployment of services by improving the logistics and reducing the running costs.

Transocean Reports GOM Incident

Transocean Sedco Forex, Inc., announced its second-generation semisubmersible drilling rig, Transocean 96, experienced an apparent anchor winch failure while under tow. An anchordropped and damaged the Poseidon Pipeline in Ship Shoal Block 332 in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. Oil was observed on the surface at the site, approximately 75 miles south of Houma, La. All appropriate government agencies were notified, and the pipelne was shut in by Equilon Pipeline Company, which operates the pipeline. Transocean Sedco Forex worked with Equilon's emergency response team and with all appropriate governmental agencies with respect to remediation efforts. The company expects insurance will substantially cover any potential liability associated with the matter.

Transocean's Third Deepwater Rig Ready to Begin Work

Transocean Sedco Forex Inc.'s ultra-deepwater drillship Discoverer Deep Seas has completed acceptance testing and has commenced a five-year contract valued at an estimated $374 million for Chevron U.S.A. Production Company in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. The Discoverer Deep Seas is the third Discoverer Enterprise-class drillship to join the Transocean Sedco Forex fleet, following the delivery of the Discoverer Spirit to Unocal in September 2000 and the Discoverer Enterprise to BP in December 1999. All three rigs are designed to drill in water depths of up to 10,000 ft. and possess the company's patented dual activity drilling process, comprised primarily of two complete drilling systems within one derrick.

Transocean Sedco Forex Gets BP Amoco Contract

An operating subsidiary of Transocean Sedco Forex Inc. has entered into a contract with BP Amoco for the semisubmersible Transocean Rather. The agreement covers one well, with a minimum duration of 120 days, plus an option to drill two additional wells in direct continuation. The drilling program is expected to commence in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico on or around April 1, 2000 and will generate an estimated $9.6 million in revenues. Also, the company said its semisubmersible Transocean Richardson has completed a drilling program in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico with Kerr-McGee Corp. and is now under contract to Anadarko Petroleum to drill two wells over an estimated 60-day duration.

Transocean Sedco Forex Reports Rig Damage

Transocean Sedco Forex Inc., the world's biggest offshore driller, said one of its rigs was damaged by a gas blowout while drilling a well offshore Indonesia for Australia's Santos Ltd. Transocean said all 92 crewmen aboard the jack-up rig Trident IX were evacuated without injury to a service vessel. It said it expected insurance to cover the cost of the damage that appeared to be limited to the drill floor area. The incident which occurred on Thursday in the Madura Straits, offshore East Java, was caused by an uncontrollable release of natural gas which subsequently ignited.

Moody's Ups Transocean Offshore

Moody's Investors Service upgraded the senior unsecured debt ratings of Transocean Offshore, Inc. to A3 from Baa1 to reflect the significant benefits that the company will likely derive from its pending merger with Sedco Forex Holdings Limited (Sedco). The rating action ends a review of Transocean's ratings initiated on July 12, 1999 in response to the company's announcement that it had signed a definitive agreement under which Sedco, the offshore contract drilling business of Schlumberger Limited, will be spun off and combined promptly with Transocean through the issuance of approximately $3.2 billion of Transocean stock and the assumption of about $435 million of debt. The combined company will be known as Transocean Sedco Forex.

Transocean Sedco Forex Reports Third Quarter 2001 Earnings

Transocean Sedco Forex Inc. announced that net income for the three months ended September 30, 2001 was $97.6 millionon revenues of $770.2 million. Net income for the quarter included a net after-tax gain totaling $7.5 million, resulting primarily from the sale of two Nigerian-based land rigs and the disposal of an inland drilling barge. Excluding the net after-tax gain, net income for the three months ended September 30, 2001 was $90.1 million. For the corresponding three months in 2000, net income was $49.3 million, and included a net after-tax gain of $7.1 million. Revenues for the three months ended September 30, 2000 were $314.5 million. For the nine months ended September 30, 2001, net income was $196.6 million, on revenues of $2,072.5 million.

Transocean Sedco Forex Reports Rescue

Transocean Sedco Forex Inc. announced that its drillship, Peregrine III, has safely rescued the nine-member crew of the survey-and-recovery vessel ALOHA, which was lost at sea about 100 nautical miles northeast of Cozumel while under way to a historical and bullion wreck. The ALOHA reported that it had lost power and was taking on water on Thursday, February 7. Also responding were a German container vessel, MV Libra Houston, and a Norwegian cruise ship, Rhapsody At Sea. The ALOHA crewmembers, including four U.S. citizens and five Filipinos, were taken aboard the Peregrine III from an ALOHA life raft. No medical problems were reported among the rescued crewmembers. The ALOHA, a dynamically positioned ROV (remotely operated vehicle) survey ship, belongs to Deepsea International (DSI).

FirstWave/Newpark Contracted for Drill Rig Upgrade

Schlumberger/Sedco Forex has contracted FirstWave/Newpark Shipbuilding for upgrades and maintenance work on the offshore semi-submersible drilling rig Bill Shoemaker. The rig was brought into Newpark Shipbuilding's East Pelican Island yard in Galveston, Texas in December 1998. The company provides repair, conversion, new construction and related services for barges, boats, ships, offshore rigs, and other vessels in the offshore and inland marine industries.

Transocean Sedco Forex Awarded Contracts

Transocean Sedco Forex Inc., announced that it has been awarded new contracts for its high-specification semisubmersible rigs Cajun Express and Sedco Express. Ocean Energy Inc. for ultra-deepwater drilling operations on the company's South Titan prospect located in approximately 6,200 feet of water in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. The contract should commence following the completion of the rig's current drilling assignment with Ocean Energy in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. Revenues to be generated over the estimated 40-day contract period could total approximately $6 million. The Sedco Express has been awarded a three-well, estimated 130-day contract from a unit of BP for drilling operations in the Eastern Mediterranean offshore the coast of Egypt in waterdepths between 2,600 feet and 3,280 feet.

S&P Raises Transocean Offshore Ratings

Standard & Poor’s raised its ratings for Transocean Offshore Inc., renamed Transocean Sedco Forex Inc. (See chart page 2, related story page 8) At the same time, Standard & Poor’s assigned to the company an ‘A-1’ short-term corporate credit rating, an ‘A-1’ rating for its $500 million commercial paper program, and a single-’A’ rating for its $400 million term loan maturing December 2004. The company’s ratings are removed from CreditWatch with positive implications, where they were placed on July 12, 1999, upon the announcement that un-rated Schlumberger Ltd. would spin off its marine drilling unit and combine it with Transocean. That merger was completed on Dec. 31, 1999. The outlook is stable.

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