Dresser-Rand to merge with Siemens

Siemens will soon acquire rotating equipment solution specialist Dresser-Rand Group.

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 (TX), which will be the headquarters location of the oil and gas business of Siemens.

“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,” said Joe Kaeser, President and CEO of Siemens AG.

“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,” said 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.”

“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.”

“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,” said 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 in the U.S., Europe, and certain other jurisdictions, and other customary closing conditions. Under the terms of the merger agreement, Siemens has committed to take all necessary steps from a regulatory perspective to ensure that the transaction will be completed.

Dresser-Rand supplies rotating equipment solutions to the worldwide oil, gas, petrochemical and process industries.

Siemens works in electronics and electrical engineering, operating in the fields of industry, energy and healthcare as well as providing infrastructure solutions, primarily for cities and metropolitan areas.

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