Paris, December 15, 2008
CGGVeritas (ISIN: 0000120164 – NYSE: CGV) announced today the success of its voluntary exchange tender offer (the “Offer”) made for all the shares of Wavefield Inseis ASA (“Wavefield”) (OSE: WAVE) that closed on December 12, 2008 and declared the Offer unconditional.
90,140,114 Wavefield shares representing 69.7% of the share capital and the voting rights of Wavefield have been tendered to the Offer.
CGGVeritas announces its decision to waive the 85% threshold condition to the Offer set forth in Section 4.5 of the Offer document dated November 25, 2008 and approved by the Oslo Stock Exchange (the "Offer Document"). All other conditions to the Offer have been satisfied.
The Offer is therefore unconditional and shall be effective on the settlement date, on or about December 19, 2008.
Commenting on the news, Robert Brunck, Chairman and CEO of CGGVeritas, said: “We are very pleased by the broad support that Wavefield shareholders have shown to the strategic and industrial advantages of the proposed combination of our two companies. Together, we are now an even more robust company, and better positioned to provide a clear benefit to all shareholders, employees and customers."
On the basis of the exchange ratio of the Offer, one (1) newly issued CGGVeritas share for each seven (7) Wavefield shares, CGGVeritas will issue 12,877,160 CGGVeritas Shares, corresponding to 9.4% of the share capital and 8.9% of voting rights of CGGVeritas.
The newly issued CGGVeritas shares will be transferred to Wavefield shareholders who have tendered and delivered their Wavefield shares under the terms and conditions of the Offer, on or about December 19, 2008.
In accordance with applicable laws and regulations and as set forth in section 4.18 of the Offer Document, CGGVeritas is required to launch a mandatory offer for all remaining Wavefield shares not owned by CGGVeritas.
In the event that CGGVeritas owns more than 90% of the shares of Wavefield upon completion of the mandatory offer, CGGVeritas will launch a compulsory acquisition (“Squeeze-out”) of the remaining shares of Wavefield. Such Squeeze-out could be completed by the end of February 2009.
This document and other presentation materials are on the CGGVeritas website at: www.cggveritas.com.
CGGVeritas is a leading international pure-play geophysical company delivering a wide range of technologies, services and equipment through Sercel, to its broad base of customers mainly throughout the global oil and gas industry.
CGGVeritas is listed on Euronext Paris SA (ISIN: 0000120164) and the New York Stock Exchange (in the form of American Depositary Shares, NYSE: CGV).
This press release contains forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, statements about CGGVeritas (“the Company”) plans, strategies and prospects and the potential combination with Wavefield Inseis ASA discussed herein. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may change at any time, and, therefore, the Company’s actual results may differ materially from those that were expected. The Company based these forward-looking statements on its current assumptions, expectations and projections about future events. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, it is very difficult to predict the impact of known factors and it is impossible for us to anticipate all factors that could affect our proposed results. In particular there can be no assurance as to the consummation or timing of the acquisition or the realization of any synergies. All forward-looking statements are based upon information available to the Company as of the date of this document. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from management's expectations are disclosed in the Company’s periodic reports and registration statements filed with the SEC and the AMF. Investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements.
The Offer is made for the shares of Wavefield, a company organized under the laws of the Kingdom of Norway, and is subject to the laws of the Kingdom of Norway. The Offer is being made in reliance on the exemption from certain requirements of Regulation 14E of the U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934 provided by Rule 14d-1(c) thereunder and in reliance on the exemption from the registration requirements of the U.S. Securities Act of 1933 provided by Rule 802 thereunder. The Offer is subject to disclosure requirements and takeover laws and regulations of the Kingdom of Norway that may be quite different from those of the United States. The financial statements of Wavefield included in the Offer Document, have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards and are not comparable to the financial statements of United States companies. It may be difficult for investors to enforce their rights and any claim they may have arising under U.S. securities laws, since the Company is located in a foreign country, and some or all of its officers and directors may be residents of a foreign country. Investors may not be able to sue a foreign company or its officers or directors in a foreign court for violations of the U.S. securities laws. It may be difficult to compel a foreign company and its affiliates to subject themselves to a U.S. court's judgment. Neither the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) nor the securities commission of any state in the United States has approved or disapproved of the Offer, passed upon the merits or fairness of the Offer or passed upon the adequacy or accuracy of the disclosure in the Offer Document. Any representation to the contrary is a criminal offence in the United States.