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RigNet Completes Acquisition Of Inmarsat's Energy Broadband Business

HOUSTON, Feb. 3, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- RigNet, Inc. (Nasdaq:RNET), a leading global provider of managed remote communications solutions to the oil and gas industry, today announced that it has completed a strategic transaction with Inmarsat plc (LSE:ISAT.L), the leading provider of global mobile satellite services (MSS), involving the sale of substantially all of Inmarsat's Energy Broadband business to RigNet and the appointment of RigNet as a Value Added Reseller of Inmarsat's Global Xpress ® (GX) service and as a Distribution Partner for Inmarsat's L-band services to the energy sector worldwide.

RigNet has acquired Inmarsat's Energy Broadband business for $25.0 million in cash. Under the terms of the deal, Inmarsat sold to RigNet substantially all of its energy broadband assets, which include: microwave and WiMAX networks in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico and the North Sea serving drillers, producers and energy vessel owners; VSAT interests in the United Kingdom, U.S. and Canada; an M2M SCADA VSAT network in the continental U.S. serving the pipeline industry; a telecommunications systems integration business operating worldwide; and a global L-band MSS retail energy business. The energy business includes assets, employees, contracts and working capital.  Inmarsat's energy interests in Russia have been excluded from the transaction.

In addition, RigNet has agreed to become a Value Added Reseller of Inmarsat's GX satellite communications network services and also a distribution partner for its L-band services to the energy sector.  RigNet has agreed, under certain conditions, to a significant purchase of capacity from the high-throughput GX network during the five years after it becomes operational.

The business being acquired had estimated revenues of $68.0 million in 2012, and is expected to have an annual growth rate of five percent through 2014.  The Company expects the acquired business to contribute EBITDA of $5.0 million, before synergies, for the period February 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014 and achieve an EBITDA contribution margin range of 8-10 percent on a run-rate basis within the first year of closing. As RigNet integrates the operations, it anticipates that it will incur $2-3 million of integration expenses through 2014. Based upon past history, annual capital expenditures for success-based opportunities and maintenance have averaged $4-5 million for the acquired business. RigNet expects that it will make additional capital investments of $4 million in 2014 to continue the network upgrade projects in the acquired business that are currently underway. RigNet has financed the transaction through its existing credit facility.

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