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Abu Dhabi: US company to invest $86.5 million in Adnoc IPO

Issac John /Abu Dhabi
issacjohn@khaleejtimes.com Filed on September 8, 2021
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Helmerich & Payne to supply eight land rigs


The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) said its subsidiary Adnoc Drilling Company would acquire eight FlexRig land rigs from Helmerich & Payne for $86.5 million.

The rigs are expected to be delivered and commissioned in stages over a 12-month period subject to acceptance upon successful completion of a final inspection on customary terms and conditions, Adnoc said in a statement.

Following this transaction, H&P will make a $100 million cornerstone investment into Adnoc Drilling's recently announced Initial Public Offering.

The strategic alliance and rig acquisition will support Adnoc's target of reaching 5 million barrels per day (mbpd) production capacity and gas self-sufficiency for the UAE by 2030, along with plans to unlock its unconventional oil and gas resources.

"These agreements will further drive Adnoc Drilling's growth and expansion as well as enhance its rig-based operational performance by providing access to the world-class H&P FlexRig® land rig fleet and leveraging H&P's expertise and technologies."

"In addition, the alliance will support Adnoc Drilling in further driving operational excellence through maintenance efficiencies, supplementing supply-chain capabilities, and adding engineering and rig design competencies. The alliance will also deliver more competitive well completion times, greater drilling efficiencies and improved well economics," said the statement.

For H&P, these agreements help facilitate its goal of allocating capital internationally, particularly in the Mena region, by accelerating its access into the attractive and fast-growing Abu Dhabi market as a key platform for further regional expansion.

H&P's cornerstone investment in the upcoming Adnoc Drilling IPO also highlights its confidence in the attractiveness and long-term value creation potential of Adnoc's unique energy assets to leading international market participants.

Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology and Adnoc managing director and group CEO, said the alliance and value creation opportunity would provide Adnoc Drilling with access to new world-class rigs and services.

"H&P's cornerstone investment in our planned Adnoc Drilling IPO further reinforces Adnoc's continued success as a primary catalyst in attracting leading global investors and industry partners into Abu Dhabi and the UAE," said Al Jaber.

On September 6, 2021, ADNOC announced its intention to float a 7.5 per cent minority stake of Adnoc Drilling on the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange through an IPO, demonstrating the continued growth, strength and prominence of Abu Dhabi's financial marketplace. Both Adnoc and H&P will remain committed, long-term shareholders in Adnoc Drilling.

John Lindsay, H&P's president and CEO, said his company's investment in Adnoc Drilling is an additional step in the execution of its international growth strategy to allocate additional capital outside the US and serves as a testament of its belief in what Adnoc Drilling and H&P can achieve together.

"We look forward to partnering with ADNOC and ADNOC Drilling to help create a similar value proposition that we have for customers in the US and other international locations."

H&P's cornerstone investment will be at the IPO price and is subject to a three-year lock-up. As stated in the Adnoc Drilling Prospectus, like other shareholders, H&P expects to benefit from Adnoc Drilling's commitment to a robust dividend policy.

The strategic alliance and cornerstone investment announced represents a natural evolution in Adnoc's value creation plan and will provide Adnoc Drilling with a significant competitive advantage in the region, enabling it to further capitalize on its leading position as the largest national drilling company in the Middle East with 96 rigs, nearly twice the size of the next largest regional drilling

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Issac John

Editorial Director of Khaleej Times, is a well-connected Indian journalist and an economic and financial commentator. He has been in the UAE's mainstream journalism for 35 years, including 23 years with Khaleej Times. A post-graduate in English and graduate in economics, he has won over two dozen awards. Acclaimed for his authentic and insightful analysis of global and regional businesses and economic trends, he is respected for his astute understanding of the local business scene.





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