AKSO: Aker Solutions, SLB and Subsea7 announce closing of the OneSubsea joint venture
October 2, 2023 - OneSubsea's leading technology portfolio will drive improved
subsea asset performance while increasing energy efficiency and reducing CO2
emissions. Aker Solutions will own 20 percent of the new company and will
receive a total consideration of USD 700 million as part of the transaction.
Aker Solutions, SLB and Subsea7 announce today the final closing of their
previously announced subsea joint venture. The new business, which will adopt
the OneSubsea name, will drive innovation and efficiency in subsea production by
helping customers unlock reserves and reduce cycle time.
OneSubsea now comprises Aker Solutions' and SLB's subsea businesses, which
include an extensive complementary subsea production and processing technology
portfolio, world-class manufacturing scale and capacity, access to industry
-leading reservoir and digital domain expertise, unique pore-to-process
integration capabilities and strengthened R&D capabilities.
OneSubsea's field-proven subsea processing capabilities are seen by its
customers as unparalleled in enhancing reservoir recovery and enabling long tie
backs. Its unique compression technology portfolio has proven its potential to
reduce the structure and capital cost of developing new energy reserves, while
subsea projects have shown to be inherently more carbon efficient than topside
"By combining our strong and complementary competencies and technologies, we
will deliver an industry step change that will benefit our customers and
employees while significantly increasing shareholder value. For Aker Solutions,
today also marks a defining moment in our strategy. We have transitioned from
having a stand-alone subsea business to becoming a proud co-owner of a world
-leading subsea company," said Kjetel Digre, Chief Executive Officer of Aker
Mads Hjelmeland, a Norwegian national previously SLB's Director of Subsea
Production Systems, has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of OneSubsea.
"OneSubsea's extensive technology portfolio and engineering expertise enable us
to address future market trends and needs at a unique scale. In doing so, we
aim to fulfil our purpose of expanding the frontiers of subsea to drive a
sustainable energy future," said Hjelmeland. "We will accelerate innovation and
contribute to the ambition of our customers to optimize their production and
reduce emissions in their subsea operations."
OneSubsea will be headquartered in Oslo, Norway, and Houston, Texas, with 11,000
people working in all key operating regions around the world.
Aker Solutions is a 20 percent owner in the joint venture, with SLB holding 70
percent and Subsea7 holding 10 percent. In addition, Aker Solutions receives a
total consideration of USD 700 million for the sale of a 20 percent ownership in
the joint venture, with settlement as follows:
· USD 306.5 million in proceeds from SLB settled in the form of 5,057,706
shares in SLB. The shares have been settled based on the volume weighted average
price for the ten trading days ending on the fifth trading day preceding closing
of the transaction and are subject to a lock-up period of 180 days.
· USD 306.5 million in proceeds from 10 percent divestment to Subsea7. USD
153.25 million of these have been settled in cash at closing and the remaining
USD 153.25 million will be settled, with interest, at the latest on June 30,
· USD 87.5 million in proceeds from a vendor note from the JV to be paid, with
interest, to Aker Solutions with minimum 50 percent one year from closing and
the remainder within two years from closing.
Aker Solutions will recognize an accounting gain of about USD 1 billion from the
transaction in the fourth quarter 2023.
Aker Solutions has retained about USD 300 million in operational cash flow from
the subsea business from the second quarter 2022 to date. The subsea joint
venture will be an important contributor to Aker Solutions profits moving
forward through the 20 percent ownership in a larger and stronger subsea
company. The estimated synergy potential in the new joint venture is more than
USD 100 million per annum in the medium term and the joint venture will have an
attractive dividend policy.
Aker Solutions estimates 2023 revenues, excluding Subsea, to be about NOK 34
billion. This business has a solid order backlog of more than NOK 73 billion,
providing strong visibility moving forward, and is well positioned to seize
opportunities in rapidly changing energy markets.
In the third quarter, Aker Solutions will report on its three current reporting
segments. Starting from the fourth quarter 2023, Aker Solutions will report on
its two segments