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Friday, March 7, 2014

Australia's CHAMP to list Shelf Drilling on LSE, (NYSE: RIG)

Australia's CHAMP Private Equity said it plans to bypass the local share market to list Shelf Drilling Ltd, the company it formed 16 months ago to run $1 billion worth of shallow water oil rigs, on the London Stock Exchange in May. "We're in the process of moving for a listing of that business on the London Stock Exchange hopefully in mid-May," Nathaniel Childres, CHAMP managing director, told an Asian Venture Capital Journal conference on Friday.Dubai-headquartered Shelf, which CHAMP set up in 2012 to purchase 38 shallow-water drilling rigs from New York and Zurich-listed oil driller Transocean Ltd, had already produced "a very, very strong financial return", Childres said.Childres did not give a reason for pursuing a listing in the U.K. instead of Australia and did not say how much Shelf hoped to raise via an initial public offer.The planned float comes as private equity firms look to capitalise on an improvement in the market for initial public offerings.

Transocean Ltd. (Transocean) is an international provider of offshore contract drilling services for oil and gas wells. Shares of RIG traded higher by 0.31% or $0.13/share to $42.56. In the past year, the shares have traded as low as $41.31 and as high as $55.79. On average, 4521120 shares of RIG exchange hands on a given day and today's volume is recorded at 6073747.