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MENAFN - The Peninsula - 29/04/2014
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(MENAFN - The Peninsula) With the Gulf Drilling International (GDI) becoming the wholly-owned subsidiary of Gulf International Services (GIS), after completing the acquisition of the 30 percent stake previously held by Japan Drilling Company (JDC), the GIS' future earnings are expected to grow exponentially.

Consolidated revenue and profit for the GIS group in 2014 is now projected to exceed QR3.5bn and QR900m respectively, while GDI is expected to contribute an incremental QR1.4bn of revenue and QR150m of net profit on account of the acquisition.

GIS, the largest service group in Qatar that announced the completion of the acquisition, yesterday noted the expected final cost to the group is around 160m, subject to the final audit of the accounts. With this, it will be the ending of the joint venture between the two companies that began 10 years ago, from April 30, 2014.

H E Dr Mohamed bin Saleh Al Sada, the Minister of Energy and Industry and the Chairman and Managing Director of GIS, said that the JDC buyout was a well timed investment that is expected to yield significant results for the largest services group based in Qatar. "The fundamentals of this investment are particularly strong considering the substantial value received for the consideration paid, and with GDI's ambitious growth plans starting to take hold, GIS is well positioned toreap the benefits made possible by the successful joint venture with JDC," he said.

With GIS' share of GDI's results increasing from 70 percent to a 100 percent, Ebrahim Al Mannai, Chief Coordinator, GIS, said the future earnings of GIS are expected to grow exponentially and the company's shareholders are expected to gain from the transaction.

The consideration paid for JDC's 30 percent stake was derived pursuant to terms set forth in the joint venture agreement and is based on 30 percent of GDI's net book value as of April 30, 2014. The fair market value of this interest is estimated to be significantly above its net book value, with GDI's fleet being fully utilised under favourable multiyear contracts.

The transaction is being financed by an eight-year bilateral loan agreement secured through local banks on competitive terms, and repayable on a semi-annual basis starting from 2015.

Now established as a world class drilling contractor, GDI is a dynamic company that has world-class drilling contractor capabilities while diversifying into complimentary lines of business that include jack-up accommodation and lift-boat operations. As a result, substantial growth has been achieved in a short period of time with the size of GDI's fleet set to double from nine to eighteen in just three years with the arrival of 3 more units later this year.


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