Basic Energy Svces : Grey Wolf, Inc. and Basic Energy Services, Inc. Agree to Combine in 'Merger of Equals' Transaction
04/21/2008| 07:00am US/Eastern
HOUSTON, April 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grey Wolf, Inc. ("Grey Wolf")
(Amex: GW) and Basic Energy Services, Inc. ("Basic Energy Services")
(NYSE: BAS) today announced that their Boards of Directors have approved a
definitive agreement to combine the two businesses in a "merger of equals".
Based upon closing prices for each company's common stock as of April 18,
2008, the estimated enterprise value of the combined company would be
approximately $2.9 billion. The combined company will be named Grey Wolf,
Inc., have its corporate offices in Houston, establish incorporation in the
state of Delaware and trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol
Under the terms of the agreement, Grey Wolf shareholders will receive
$1.82 in cash and 0.2500 shares of new Grey Wolf for each share of Grey Wolf
they currently own. Based on this exchange ratio, each stockholder of Grey
Wolf will receive one share of new Grey Wolf for each four shares of Grey Wolf
in addition to the cash consideration. Basic Energy Services shareholders
will receive $6.70 in cash and 0.9195 shares of new Grey Wolf for each share
of Basic Energy Services they currently own. The total number of shares
outstanding of the combined company, which is reflective of the above exchange
ratios applied to both companies' respective current shares outstanding, will
be approximately 85 million shares. Pro forma net debt as of December 31,
2007 will be approximately $960 million. The combined company intends to
dedicate a substantial amount of its free cash flow to the repayment of the
debt while at the same time fully funding and implementing its significant,
value-adding growth initiatives.
The greater financial strength of the combined company will enable it to
return approximately $600 million in cash to the combined shareholder base
while retaining financial flexibility to invest for future growth. The
financing will be provided by affiliates of UBS Investment Bank and Goldman,
Sachs & Co. The cash is being issued to the two sets of shareholders
proportionate to pro forma ownership of the combined company, which will be
approximately 54% owned by current Grey Wolf shareholders and 46% owned by
current Basic Energy Services shareholders.
The combination will create an organization with approximately 7,500
personnel, providing a broad range of drilling and oilfield well services.
The combined company will have 395 well servicing and 130 drilling rigs as
well as a suite of other oilfield service assets, pro forma sales and EBITDA
of approximately $1,784 million and $632 million, respectively (for the full
year ending 12/31/07). Pro forma sales (for the full year ending 12/31/07)
would be approximately 53% from contract drilling, 19% from well servicing,
15% from fluid services and 13% from completion and remedial services.
Current Grey Wolf Chairman, President and CEO, Thomas P. Richards, who
will serve as Grey Wolf, Inc.'s Chairman following the merger, said, "This is
an exciting opportunity for our shareholders, our customers and our people.
Grey Wolf's premium land drilling rig fleet complements Basic Energy Service's
premium land-based well servicing equipment. With approximately 50% of Basic
Energy Service's business focused on oil and approximately 95% of Grey Wolf's
business focused on natural gas, this transaction results in a company with a
diversified revenue stream in terms of exposure to oil and gas opportunities,
involvement through the life of the well from drilling to production to well
abandonment and a very broad geographic coverage, all of which is consistent
with our stated strategic goal. We are confident that our valued customers
will respond positively to this merger with the combined company's enhanced
ability to satisfy their needs. Grey Wolf has an outstanding management team,
as well as operational and support staff, which when combined with Basic
Energy Services' organization, will produce a best-in-class team."
Ken Huseman, who will serve as Chief Executive Officer of Grey Wolf, Inc.
after the merger, said, "This combination achieves the goal of moving Basic
Energy Services forward in achieving a size which allows the combined company
to compete effectively for expansion opportunities anywhere in the world while
continuing to build upon the existing footprint of both companies. The
expanded operational capability of a more diversified company will produce
significant benefits for our customers and provide substantial growth
opportunities for our people. In addition, the cash consideration allows us
to provide each companies' shareholders with a meaningful financial return
without unduly limiting the growth potential for the combined entity. This is
an ideal fit for the stakeholders in both companies."
Following the merger, in addition to the executive officers listed above,
Bob Proffit, current Senior Vice President, Human Resources of Grey Wolf, will
assume the role of Senior Vice President, Administration at the combined
company and Spencer Armour, current Senior Vice President, Corporate
Development of Basic Energy Services, will remain in the same role at the
combined company. Operating level officers for both companies will continue
in their current roles.
The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2008.
Completion of the transaction is subject to shareholder approval at both Grey
Wolf and Basic Energy Services, receipt of financing proceeds, regulatory
approvals and other customary conditions. DLJ Merchant Banking Partners III,
L.P. and its affiliated funds, holders of approximately 44% of the outstanding
shares of Basic Energy Services, have entered into a voting agreement agreeing
to vote in favor of the transaction.
UBS Investment Bank is acting as exclusive financial advisor to Grey Wolf
and Goldman, Sachs & Co. is acting as exclusive financial advisor to Basic
Energy Services. Simmons & Company International provided a fairness opinion
to the Board of Grey Wolf. Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. provided a fairness
opinion to the Board of Basic Energy Services. Porter & Hedges, L.L.P. and
Gardere Wynne & Sewell, LLP are acting as legal counsel to Grey Wolf, and
Davis Polk & Wardwell and Andrews Kurth LLP are acting as legal counsel to
Basic Energy Services.
The senior management of Grey Wolf and Basic Energy Services will host a
conference call on Monday, April 21, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time.
All individuals interested in participating in the conference call should dial
(800) 761-5415 domestically or (212) 231-2900 internationally 15 minutes prior
to the starting time. The reservation number is 21381162. A replay of the
call will be available for 48 hours after the call. The telephone number for
the replay of the call is (800) 633-8284 domestically or (402) 977-9140
internationally and the access code is 21381162.
About Basic Energy Services
Founded in 1992, Basic Energy Services has grown to be the nation's third
largest well servicing rig contractor with more than 4,600 employees in 11
states. From drilling to final abandonment, Basic Energy Services provides a
range of well site services to America's oil and gas drilling and producing
companies that support the entire life cycle of a well. Headquartered in
Midland, Texas, Basic Energy Services operates in the major oil and gas
producing markets in the US including South Texas, the Texas Gulf Coast, the
Ark-La-Tex region, North Texas, the Permian Basin of West Texas, the Mid
Continent, Louisiana Inland Waters and the Rocky Mountains. For more
information about Basic Energy Services, go to
About Grey Wolf
Grey Wolf is the fourth largest provider of contract land drilling
services in the United States. It serves major and independent oil and gas
companies with a premium fleet of 121 rigs. Located in the nation's most
productive natural gas regions, it operates in South Texas, the Gulf Coast,
the Ark-La-Tex, Mississippi/Alabama, Mid Continent and Rocky Mountain areas on
both a daywork and turnkey basis. Grey Wolf also has two rigs deployed in
Mexico. Approximately 95% of the wells drilled by Grey Wolf are targeted to
natural gas. For more information about Grey Wolf, go to
Forward Looking Statements and Additional Information
This document may include statements herein that are "forward-looking
statements" as defined by the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC").
All statements, other than statements of historical fact, included herein that
address activities, events or developments that Grey Wolf or Basic Energy
Services expect, believe or anticipate will or may occur in the future are
forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are subject to
risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially,
including required approvals by stockholders and regulatory agencies, the
possibility that the anticipated benefits from the proposed mergers cannot be
fully realized, the possibility that costs or difficulties related to
integration of the two companies will be greater than expected, the impact of
competition and other risk factors included in the reports filed with the SEC
by Grey Wolf and Basic Energy Services. Readers are cautioned not to place
undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of
their dates. Except as required by law, neither Grey Wolf nor Basic Energy
Services intends to update or revise its forward-looking statements, whether
as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
Additional Information and Where to Find It
In connection with the proposed mergers, a registration statement of
Horsepower Holdings, Inc. ("Holdings"), which will include proxy statements of
Basic Energy Services and Grey Wolf and other materials, will be filed with
the Securities and Exchange Commission. INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS ARE
URGED TO CAREFULLY READ THE REGISTRATION STATEMENT AND THE PROXY
STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS AND THESE OTHER MATERIALS REGARDING THE PROPOSED
TRANSACTION WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE, BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT
INFORMATION ABOUT BASIC ENERGY SERVICES, GREY WOLF, HOLDINGS AND THE PROPOSED
TRANSACTION. Investors and security holders may obtain a free copy of the
registration statement and the proxy statement/prospectus when they are
available and other documents containing information about Basic Energy
Services and Grey Wolf, without charge, at the SEC's web site at
http://www.sec.gov, Basic Energy Service's web site at
http://www.basicenergyservices.com, and Grey Wolf's web site at
http://www.gwdrilling.com. Copies of the registration statement and the proxy
statement/prospectus and the SEC filings that will be incorporated by
reference therein may also be obtained for free by directing a request to
either Investor Relations, Basic Energy Services, Inc., (432) 620-5510 or to
Investor Relations, Grey Wolf, Inc., (713) 435-6100.
Participants in the Solicitation
Basic Energy Services and Grey Wolf and their respective directors,
officers and certain other members of management may be deemed to be
participants in the solicitation of proxies from their respective stockholders
in respect of the mergers. Information about these persons can be found in
Grey Wolf's proxy statement relating to its 2008 annual meetings of
stockholders as filed with the SEC on April 8, 2008. Information concerning
beneficial ownership of Basic Energy Services stock by its directors and
certain of its executive officers is included in its proxy statement dated
April 5, 2007 and subsequent statements of changes in beneficial ownership on
file with the SEC. Additional information about the interests of such persons
in the solicitation of proxies in respect of the merger will be included in
the registration statement and the joint proxy statement/prospectus to be
filed with the SEC in connection with the proposed transaction.
Grey Wolf, Inc.
David Wehlmann, Chief Financial Officer
Basic Energy Services, Inc.
Alan Krenek, Chief Financial Officer
DRG&E / 713-529-6600
Jack Lascar/Sheila Stuewe
GREY WOLF, INC.
10370 Richmond Avenue - Suite 600 - Houston, Texas 77042-4136
(713) 435-6100 - Fax (713) 435-6170
BASIC ENERGY SERVICES, INC.
500 W. Illinois - Suite 100 - Midland, TX 79701
(432) 620-5500 - Fax (432) 620-5501
SOURCE Basic Energy Services; Grey Wolf