Weatherford Closes Sale of Russian and Venezuelan Land Rig Operations to Rosneft for $500 Million in Cash

01 Aug 2014

ZUG, Switzerland, Aug. 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Weatherford International plc (NYSE: WFT) closed the sale of the Company's land drilling and workover operations in Russia and Venezuela to Rosneft on July 31, 2014. The consideration was $500 million in cash.

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With the conclusion of this transaction, Weatherford's remaining Russian revenue base declined from 7% of total company revenue in the first half of 2014 to 3% on a pro forma basis.

The proceeds from this sale will be utilized in full to pay down debt. Weatherford expects additional cash proceeds from other non-core divestitures during the third and fourth quarters of this year. As previously projected, the company's net debt is expected to be reduced to approximately $7 billion by year end.



About Weatherford


Weatherford is one of the largest multinational oilfield service companies. Weatherford's product and service portfolio spans the lifecycle of the well, and includes Well Construction, Formation Evaluation, Completion and Artificial Lift. The Company provides innovative solutions, technology and services to the oil and gas industry, and operates in over 100 countries.


Weatherford Contacts


Krishna Shivram     



Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer


Karen David-Green



Vice President – Investor Relations


Forward-Looking Statements

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