National Oilwell Varco, Inc. and Ameron International Corporation announced today that they have received notice from the Department of Justice of early termination of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (HSR Act) in connection with NOV’s proposal to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Ameron common stock. The transaction remains subject to customary closing conditions, including approval by Ameron’s stockholders. A special meeting of Ameron’s stockholders will take place on Wednesday, October 5, 2011. NOV and Ameron expect the merger to close as soon as reasonably practicable after approval by Ameron’s stockholders.
Ameron is a multinational manufacturer of highly-engineered products and materials for the chemical, industrial, energy, transportation and infrastructure markets. Ameron is a leading producer of fiberglass-composite pipe for transporting oil, chemicals and corrosive fluids, and specialized materials and products used in infrastructure projects, such as poles and construction materials in Hawaii. Ameron is also a leading provider of water transmission lines and fabricated steel products, such as wind towers. Ameron operates businesses in North America, South America, Europe and Asia, has a presence through affiliated companies in the Middle East, and has approximately 2,900 employees and 25 manufacturing locations on a worldwide basis.
NOV 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.