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Seadrill Limited sells the semi-submersible rigs West Leo and West Sirius to Seadrill Partners LLC


Published Dec 4, 2013
Seadrill - West Leo-2

Seadrill Limited has entered into an agreement with Seadrill Partners (Seadrill Partners) pursuant to which the Company will sell to (i) Seadrill Operating LP, the Company's 70% owned subsidiary (Seadrill Operating), all of the ownership interests in the entities that own and operate the semi-submersible drilling rig, the West Leo (the "Leo Dropdown"), and (ii) Seadrill Capricorn Holdings LLC, the Company's 49% owned subsidiary (Capricorn Holdings), all of the ownership interests in the entities that own and operate the semi-submersible drilling rig, the West Sirius (the "Sirius Dropdown").

The Leo Acquisition and the Sirius Acquisition (collectively, the "Dropdowns") will be accomplished through a series of purchases, contributions and assumptions of debt. The Dropdowns are subject to the satisfaction of certain closing conditions.

Financing of the Acquisitions

The implied purchase price of the Leo Dropdown is $1.250 billion, including working capital. The Seadrill Partners' portion of the purchase price for the Leo Dropdown will be $229.4 million. In addition, a subsidiary of Seadrill Operating intends to enter into a $485.5 million intercompany loan agreement with the Company (the "Leo Loan Agreement"), which will require it to make payments of principal and interest under the credit facility that Seadrill used, in part, to construct the West Leo.

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