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Siemens to acquire Dresser-Rand for US$ 7.6 billion

LNG Industry,

Dresser-Rand Group Inc. has entered into a definitive merger agreement with Siemens under which Siemens will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Dresser-Rand common stock for US$ 83.00 per share in cash.

The transaction is valued at approximately US$ 7.6 billion, including the assumption of debt.

‘Oil and gas business’

Siemens intends to operate Dresser-Rand as the company's oil and gas business retaining the Dresser-Rand brand name and its executive leadership team. In addition, Siemens intends to maintain a significant presence in Houston, which will be the headquarters location of the oil and gas business of Siemens.

Commenting on the acquisition, Siemens President and CEO, Joe Kaeser, stated: "As the premium brand in the global energy infrastructure markets, Dresser-Rand is a perfect fit for the Siemens portfolio. The combined activities will create a world-class provider for the growing oil and gas markets. With this Dresser-Rand will become 'The oil and gas' company within Siemens and fit right into our Siemens Vision 2020."

Maximise value

"After a thorough and competitive process, we are pleased to have reached this agreement with Siemens as it maximises value and delivers significant benefits to all Dresser-Rand stakeholders," added Vincent R. Volpe Jr., Dresser-Rand's President and CEO. "Dresser-Rand shareholders will receive immediate and certain all-cash consideration for their shares at an attractive premium to the Company's unaffected share price."

Volpe added: "Given the vision Siemens has for Dresser-Rand as its oil and gas company, and its expressed wishes to build Dresser-Rand's product and service portfolio with some of the existing Siemens offerings that have previously been marketed separately into the oil and gas space, it is clear that this is a transaction that should create value for clients, as well as for both sets of shareholders, that would not have otherwise been achieved had Dresser-Rand not become part of the Siemens group.

“We are excited about the opportunity to continue on our journey to become the premier supplier of high speed rotating equipment and solutions for this industry and believe that the enhancements in offerings available to us in the form of the existing products and services from the Siemens group will serve as an accelerator for technological innovation, profitable growth and extended opportunities for our employees and the communities around the globe in which we operate. Simply stated, we see this as a unique opportunity to better serve our clients, employees and shareholders and are pleased to have Dresser-Rand placed in the central role for Siemens as it develops its position in oil and gas."

Technology innovation

"Our aim is to become the leading rotating equipment and process system integrator for the oil and gas industry. Dresser-Rand has strong presence in oil and gas, a reputation for technology leadership and innovation, and a talented and experienced leadership team. Our intention is to leverage these strengths by maintaining the existing company and brand name and selectively moving complementary products and services from the existing Siemens portfolio into Dresser-Rand enabling us to offer a much broader range of products, services and solutions to meet our customers' needs," concluded Lisa Davis, member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG.

The transaction is expected to close in the summer of 2015 and is subject to Dresser-Rand shareholder approval, regulatory approval, and other customary closing conditions.

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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