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Oceaneering expands subsea tech offering with USD 230m C&C acquisition

04th February 2015

Oceaneering International has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire C&C Technologies, Inc. (C&C), a privately-held global provider of survey services, for approximately USD 230m in cash

Oceaneering International has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire C&C Technologies, Inc. (C&C), a privately-held global provider of survey services, for approximately USD 230m in cash
Oceaneering expects the acquired business to generate USD 20m to USD 30m of EBITDA, before integration costs, and to be accretive to earnings

"We are pleased to have entered into an agreement to acquire C&C, as we believe this transaction is a unique opportunity to strategically expand our service line capabilities and underwater service offerings,” said Kevin McEvoy, Oceaneering president and chief executive officer.

Headquartered in Lafayette, Louisiana, C&C is a leading provider of ocean-bottom mapping services in deepwater, utilising customised autonomous underwater vehicles and provides marine construction surveys for both surface and subsea assets, as well as satellite-based positioning services for drilling rigs and seismic and construction vessels.

C&C also provides land and near-shore survey services along the US Gulf Coast and in Mexico, and performs shallow water conventional geophysical surveys in the US Gulf of Mexico.

The transaction is anticipated to be completed in early April 2015, subject to customary closing conditions.  In the 12 months following closing, Oceaneering expects the acquired business to generate USD 20m to USD 30m of EBITDA, before integration costs, and to be accretive to earnings.  Oceaneering plans to include C&C's financial results in its Subsea Projects segment.

 “C&C's services are used in all of the major phases of an offshore field life cycle, particularly in exploration and development, and are highly complementary with Oceaneering's products, services, capabilities and areas of expertise,” added McEvoy. “Benefits we anticipate include:  increased use of our remotely operated vehicles and vessels to support survey services; enhancement of our ability to secure subsea asset integrity work on pipelines, including x-ray and ultrasonic inspections, which could pull through additional demand for tooling and pipeline repair systems; and increased demand for our video and data solutions service.

"We are looking forward to the contributions that the more than 550 C&C personnel will make to our operations and growth.  In addition, we expect to achieve cost savings and revenue synergies as we integrate C&C's operations and bring its services to new markets by leveraging our extensive international footprint."

Oceaneering also announced that Thomas Chance, co-founder and president of C&C, has agreed to remain with the company for at least a year, to facilitate a smooth transition.  He will assist in assimilating C&C's business into Oceaneering and developing a plan for growth that takes advantage of Oceaneering's existing service line capabilities to provide integrated solutions for customers.

Oceaneering expects to issue 2014 year-end earnings on February 11, 2015 and will update its overall 2015 outlook at that time.

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