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HAMILTON, Bermuda, Jan. 28, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- North Atlantic Drilling Ltd. ("North Atlantic Drilling"), our majority owned subsidiary, announced today that it has priced its initial public offering of 13,513,514 common shares at $9.25 per share. North Atlantic Drilling has granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to 2,027,027 additional common shares. At the request of the Company, the underwriters have agreed to sell us up to 10% of the common shares to be offered and sold in this offering, excluding common shares that may be sold pursuant to the underwriters' option to purchase additional common shares. The net proceeds of this public offering are expected to be used for general corporate purposes and working capital.
The Company's common shares are expected to commence trading on January 29, 2014 on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "NADL." The offering is expected to close on February 3, 3014, subject to customary conditions.
Concurrently with the pricing of the initial public offering, North Atlantic Drilling plans to offer to exchange all of the unregistered common shares that it previously issued in its prior equity private placements, other than the common shares owned by affiliates of North Atlantic Drilling, for common shares that have been registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, which is referred to as the Exchange Offer. North Atlantic Drilling has filed a registration statement on Form F-4 (File No. 333-185395) to register the common shares to be offered by North Atlantic Drilling in the Exchange Offer. North Atlantic Drilling expects such registration statement to become effective concurrently with the registration statement related to the initial public offering.
Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC is acting as the lead book-running manager for the initial public offering. Barclays Capital Inc., Goldman, Sachs & Co. and RS Platou Markets AS are acting as joint book-running managers for the offering. DNB Markets and Scotiabank / Howard Weil are acting as co-managers for the offering. RS Platou Markets AS is not a U.S. registered broker-dealer and, therefore, intends to participate in the offering outside of the United States and, to the extent that the offering of any common shares by RS Platou Markets AS is within the United States, RS Platou Markets AS will offer to and place common shares with investors through RS Platou Markets, Inc., an affiliated U.S. registered broker-dealer. The activities of RS Platou Markets AS in the United States will be only to the extent permitted by Rule 15a-6 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.