June 15, 2012
CE Franklin Ltd. (NASDAQ: CFK; TSX: CFT)
") announced today that, further to the previously announced statutory plan of arrangement (the "
") with NOCL Holding B.V. ("
") and NOV Distributions Services ULC ("
"), both of which are indirect subsidiaries of National Oilwell Varco, Inc., the interim order has been granted by the Court of Queen's Bench of
"). The granting of the Interim Order was a condition to the completion of the Arrangement.
Further, the management information circular and proxy statement (the "
") will be filed with securities regulators in
the United States
and will be accessible on the SEDAR website (
) and the Securities Exchange and Commission's website (
June 18, 2012.
Holders of Common Shares of record as of
June 13, 2012
will receive a paper copy of the Circular by mail.
The special meeting of the shareholders of CE Franklin will be held on
July 16, 2012
at the offices of CE Franklin, 1800, 635 - 8
. All shareholders are encouraged to vote in person or by proxy. Details on how to vote are contained in the Circular.
As previously announced on
May 30, 2012
, pursuant to the Arrangement, NOCL and NDS have agreed to acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares in the capital of CE Franklin for consideration of
per Common Share.
About CE Franklin
For more than 75 years, CE Franklin has been a leading supplier of products and services to the energy industry. CE Franklin distributes pipe, valves, flanges, fittings, production equipment, tubular products and other general oilfield supplies to oil and gas producers in
as well as to the oil sands, refining, heavy oil, petrochemical, forestry and mining industries. These products are distributed through its 39 branches, which are situated in towns and cities serving particular oil and gas fields of the western Canadian sedimentary basin.
National Oilwell Varco is a worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and sale of equipment and components used in oil and gas drilling and production operations, the provision of oilfield services, and supply chain integration services to the upstream oil and gas industry.