Dover is exploring strategic alternatives for the separation of its upstream energy businesses within its Energy segment, collectively, the "Wellsite" business.
Dover's Wellsite business, including Dover Artificial Lift, Dover Energy Automation, and US Synthetic ("USS"), operates in some of the most attractive segments of the oil & gas drilling and production industry. Dover Artificial Lift is a leading provider of a full range of artificial lift equipment and solutions and includes the industry-leading brands Norris, Harbison-Fischer, Accelerated, PCS Ferguson and Oil Lift. Dover Energy Automation provides wellsite productivity software, equipment and IIoT solutions and includes the leading brands Norriseal-Wellmark, Spirit, Quartzdyne, Theta and Windrock. USS is the industry leader in the development and production of polycrystalline diamond cutters used for oil and gas exploration.
The Company is considering options which may include a tax-free spin-off, sale or other strategic combination. In 2017, the Wellsite business is expected to generate approximately $1 billion in revenue and $250 million in earnings, before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization. The Bearings & Compression and Tulsa Winch Group businesses, which are also reported within the Energy segment, are not part of the strategic review.
Robert A. Livingston, Dover's President and Chief Executive Officer says, "Today's announcement continues our strategy of streamlining our portfolio to focus and invest in our core platforms of market-leading businesses competing in attractive industrial markets that offer lower volatility and strong growth prospects".
"As a result of our strategic review, we have decided to explore options for separating the Wellsite business. Over the years our teams have built Wellsite into a great set of businesses that are leaders in their markets, differentiated by their technology, customer service and trusted brands, and that have generated high returns for our shareholders," Livingston added. "We are pleased with the performance of the business in 2017 and the momentum heading into 2018, and will leverage these strengths as we complete a review of separation alternatives to assess which option we believe will create the best long-term results for the businesses and the most value for shareholders."
Dover expects to complete its assessment of strategic separation alternatives by the end of the year. There can be no assurances as to the form and timing of any separation transaction and any final decision remains subject to approval by Dover's Board of Directors. To assist the company in evaluating the alternatives for the Wellsite business, Dover has retained Lazard and Centerview Partners as financial advisors and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP as legal counsel. PWKD13092017
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