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Baker Hughes and GE merge to create fullstream company

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Baker Hughes, a GE company (BHGE) announced that the transaction combining GE’s oil and gas business with Baker Hughes is complete. The new company is the first and only to bring together industry-leading equipment, services and digital solutions across the entire spectrum of oil and gas development.

Starting now, BHGE will help its customers acquire, transport and refine hydrocarbons more efficiently, productively and safely, with a smaller environmental footprint and at lower cost per barrel. BHGE is focused on:

  • Providing a fullstream offering. No other company brings together capabilities across the full value chain of oil and gas activities – from upstream to midstream to downstream. This portfolio positions BHGE to create new sources of value, improving productivity and project economics through integrated equipment and service offerings.
  • Combining physical and digital to increase reliability and uptime. Applying digital and advanced technologies to oil and gas could bring approximately five percent productivity improvements across the entire industry. BHGE will use cloud-based software, advanced manufacturing and brilliant factory solutions to help its customers capture some of this opportunity – reducing risk and improving productivity in their operations as well as its own.
  • Creating new ways to win. BHGE’s leading technology and access to the ‘GE Store’ of knowledge, experience and research mean that it can bring new solutions to market faster. It deepens its competitive advantage through its long-standing local partnerships, creative business models, and access to financing.
  • Building on heritage to create a world-class culture. BHGE brings together over 125 years of experienced talent in the industry with a mindset of continuous improvement to serve customers in over 120 countries. Both Baker Hughes and GE have world recognised commitments to integrity, innovation, simplification and diversity, and BHGE recommits to these principles.

Lorenzo Simonelli, President and CEO of BHGE, said: “Disruptive change is the oil and gas industry’s new normal. We created BHGE because oil and gas customers need to withstand volatility, work smarter and bring energy to more people. Our offering is further differentiated from any other in the industry across the value stream and enables and assists our customers in driving productivity, while minimising costs and risks.”

Simonelli continued: “BHGE has proven technologies and experience with the spirit of a startup, and our leadership team looks forward to quickly demonstrating the strengths of the new company. Our focus is on integrating our businesses quickly and seamlessly so we can drive long-term value for all of our stakeholders.”

Jeffrey Immelt, Chairman and CEO of GE, said: “BHGE can help our customers be more productive in any cycle, especially today’s. It’s a smart deal for our combined customers, shareholders and employees. Lorenzo and his team are world-class leaders and will focus on accelerating the Company’s capability to extend the digital framework in ways oil and gas customers have never seen before. The completion of the transaction marks a new era in the industry, and I am extremely proud of our team’s focus, dedication and diligence, which resulted in the completion of this combination in just eight months.”

The integration of the Russian businesses will be completed upon receipt of Russian regulatory approval.

Set up for success

BHGE’s global organisation is designed to achieve business continuity, minimise disruption and meet and exceed performance objectives. It brings global scale and tailors its capabilities for the local needs of its customers. In numbers, that breaks down to:

  • Approximately 70 000 people.
  • Operations in more than 120 countries.
  • Four product companies – Oilfield Services, Oilfield Equipment, Turbomachinery and Process Solutions, and Digital Solutions – and 24 product lines and segments.
  • Dual headquarters in Houston (Texas) and London (UK).

Its highly experienced executive team, which has drawn on the talent and expertise inherent in both predecessor businesses, is well positioned to guide and support the organisation for success. As previously announced, GE Chairman Jeff Immelt is serving as Chairman of the Board of Directors of BHGE, and Martin Craighead, former Chairman and CEO at Baker Hughes, is Vice Chairman of the Board.

Stock exchange trading

Class A common stock of BHGE will begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the symbol BHGE on the opening of the NYSE on 5 July 2017. In connection with the completion of the transaction, the shares of common stock of Baker Hughes Incorporated (BHI) will continue to trade on the NYSE until the close of the NYSE on 3 July 2017, at which point BHI will be delisted from the NYSE.

Stockholders of Baker Hughes immediately prior to the closing of the transaction will receive one share of Class A common stock of BHGE and will also be entitled to a special one time cash dividend of US$17.50 per share (to be paid on 6 July 2017). Following the closing of the transaction and during the NYSE trading day on 3 July 2017, Baker Hughes will be quoted on the NYSE with the value of the special one time cash dividend of US$17.50 per share. As a result, a person who purchases one share of common stock of Baker Hughes after the closing of the transaction on 3 July 2017 would be purchasing the right to receive one share of Class A common stock of BHGE and the right to receive the special one time cash dividend of US$17.50. Conversely, a person who sells one share of common stock of Baker Hughes on or prior to 3 July 2017 would be selling such rights and would not receive the special one time cash dividend of US$17.50 with respect to such share.

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