Friday, October 26, 2012

Seadrill SDRL Reaches 64.23% Ownership in Asia Offshore Drilling

After close of trading on Oslo Børs on 25 October 2012 Seadrill Limited ("Seadrill") has acquired 12,190,858 shares of Asia Offshore Drilling Limited (the "Company", OSE: AOD). The shares were acquired at a price of US$5.0 per share (equals NOK28.71 based on the USD/NOK exchange rate set by the Norwegian Central Bank on 25 October).

Following this acquisition, Seadrill will be the owner of 25,690,958 shares in the Company, corresponding to 64.23% of the total number of outstanding shares in the Company. As a consequence, Seadrill will proceed with the launch of a mandatory cash offer for the remaining shares in the Company. Such mandatory offer will be launched as soon as practicably possible, within the time limits set out in chapter 6 of the Norwegian Securities Trading Act.

RS Platou Markets AS act as financial advisor to Seadrill in connection with the offer.

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