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US engineering conglomerate General Electric (GE) is to take over number three oilfield services firm Baker Hughes, merging the latter with its GE Oil & Gas business. The newly-created firm will retain the Baker Hughes name, but will be a subsidiary of GE – “Baker Hughes, a GE company,” as the promotional material puts it. GE will own 62.5% of the new company and existing Baker Hughes shareholders 37.5% as well as receiving a $7.4bn payment.
The “new” Baker Hughes will be a “new, publicly traded company with separate investor base,” according to a joint 31 October presentation.
Looking at January to September this year, revenue of the new firm would be $16.93bn, just shy of number one Schlumberger which posted revenue of $20.70bn but ahead of Halliburton. (CONTINUED - 336 WORDS)
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