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UNIVERSAL COMPRESSION HOLDINGS, INC.
This prospectus relates to the offer and sale from time to time of up to 7,000,000 shares of our common stock by the selling stockholders identified in this prospectus. We are registering shares of our common stock for resale by the selling stockholders. We are not selling any shares of our common stock under this prospectus and will not receive any of the proceeds from the sale of shares by the selling stockholders.
The selling stockholders may offer the shares from time to time through public or private transactions at prevailing market prices, at prices related to prevailing market prices or at other negotiated prices. The selling stockholders may sell none, some or all of the shares offered by this prospectus. We cannot predict when or in what amounts the selling stockholders may sell any of the shares offered by this prospectus.
Our common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "UCO." On April 13, 2004, the last reported sales price for our common stock on the New York Stock Exchange was $32.07 per share.
INVESTING IN OUR COMMON STOCK INVOLVES RISKS, WHICH ARE DESCRIBED IN THE "RISK FACTORS" SECTION BEGINNING ON PAGE 6 OF THIS PROSPECTUS.
Neither the Securities and Exchange Commission nor any state securities commission has approved or disapproved of these securities or determined if this prospectus is truthful or complete. Any representation to the contrary is a criminal offense.
The date of this prospectus is April 14, 2004
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|Where You Can Find More Information|
|Universal Compression Holdings, Inc.|
|Disclosure Regarding Forward-Looking Statements|
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You should rely only on the information contained or incorporated by reference in this prospectus. No one has been authorized to provide you with different information. This prospectus is not an offer of these securities in any state where an offer is not permitted. You should not assume that the information contained and incorporated by reference in this prospectus or in any prospectus supplement is accurate as of any date other than the date on the front of the document.
In this document, the terms "Universal," "company," "we," "our" and "us" refer to Universal Compression Holdings, Inc. and its subsidiaries, unless the context indicates otherwise or unless otherwise noted.
We file annual, quarterly and current reports, proxy statements and other information with the Securities and Exchange Commission (or SEC). Our SEC filings are available to the public from the SEC's Web site at http://www.sec.gov. You may also read and copy any document we file with the SEC at its public reference facilities at 450 Fifth Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20549. You can obtain copies of the documents at prescribed rates by writing to the Public Reference Section of the SEC at 450 Fifth Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20549. Please call the SEC at 1-800-SEC-0330 for further information on the operation of the public reference facilities. Our SEC filings are also available at the office of the New York Stock Exchange, Inc., 11 Wall Street, New York, New York 10005.
We have filed with the SEC a registration statement on Form S-3 covering the shares offered by this prospectus. This prospectus is only a part of the registration statement and does not contain all of the information in the registration statement. For further information on us and the common stock being offered, please review the registration statement and the exhibits that are filed with it. Statements made in this prospectus that describe documents may not necessarily be complete. We recommend that you review the documents that we have filed with the registration statement to obtain a more complete understanding of those documents.
The SEC allows us to incorporate by reference into this prospectus information that we file with the SEC (File No. 001-15843), which means that we may disclose important information to you by referring to those documents. The information incorporated by reference is an important part of the prospectus. In addition, information that we file with the SEC after the date of this prospectus will automatically update and supersede the prospectus. We incorporate by reference the documents listed
below and, except as otherwise set forth herein, any future filings that we make with the SEC under Sections 13(a), 13(c), 14 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the "Exchange Act"):
We will provide upon written or oral request without charge to each person to whom this prospectus is delivered a copy of any or all of the documents that are incorporated by reference in this prospectus (other than exhibits to those documents unless those exhibits are specifically incorporated by reference into the documents that this prospectus incorporates). Written requests for copies should be directed to Universal Compression Holdings, Inc., Investor Relations, 4444 Brittmoore Road, Houston, Texas 77041. Our telephone number is (713) 335-7000. You also may access the above filings and any future filings at www.universalcompression.com. Information on our website is not incorporated into this prospectus and is not a part of this prospectus.
We are the second largest natural gas compression services company in the world in terms of compressor fleet horsepower, with a fleet as of December 31, 2003 of approximately 7,100 compressor units comprising approximately 2.3 million horsepower. We provide a full range of contract compression services, sales, operations, maintenance and fabrication services and products to the natural gas industry, both domestically and internationally. These services and products are essential to the natural gas industry as gas must be compressed to be delivered from the wellhead to end-users.
For more information about our business, please refer to the publicly available annual, quarterly and other reports and statements we file with the SEC, as described in "Where You Can Find More Information." Our principal executive offices are located at 4444 Brittmoore Road, Houston, Texas 77041, and our telephone number at that address is (713) 335-7000.
This prospectus and our filings with the SEC incorporated by reference in this prospectus contain "forward-looking statements" intended to qualify for the safe harbors from liability established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements other than statements of historical fact included in this prospectus are forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, statements regarding future financial position, business strategy, proposed acquisitions, budgets, litigation, projected costs and plans and objectives of management for future operations. You can identify many of these statements by looking for words such as "believes," "expects," "will," "intends," "projects," "anticipates," "estimates," "continues" or similar words or the negative thereof.
Such forward-looking statements in this prospectus include, without limitation:
Such forward-looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated as of the date of this prospectus. The risks related to our business described under "Risk Factors" and elsewhere in this prospectus could cause our actual results to differ from those described in, or otherwise projected or implied by, the forward-looking statements. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, no assurance can be given that these expectations will prove to be correct. Important factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements include, among other things:
All forward-looking statements included in this prospectus are based on information available to us on the date of this prospectus. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. All subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements attributable to us or persons acting on our behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements contained throughout this prospectus.
As described in "Disclosure Regarding Forward-Looking Statements," this prospectus, and the information incorporated by reference herein, contains forward-looking statements regarding us, our business and our industry. The risk factors described below, among others, could cause our actual results to differ materially from the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements. If any of the following risks actually occur, our business, financial condition and operating results could be materially adversely affected. Additional risks not currently known to us or which we currently consider immaterial may also adversely affect us.You should carefully consider, in addition to the other information contained in, or incorporated by reference into, this prospectus and any accompanying prospectus supplement, the risks described below before deciding whether an investment in our common stock is appropriate for you.
We depend on strong demand for natural gas and a prolonged, substantial reduction in this demand could adversely affect the demand for our services and products.
Gas contract compression operations are significantly dependent upon the demand for natural gas. Demand may be affected by, among other factors, natural gas prices, weather, demand for energy and availability of alternative energy sources. Any prolonged, substantial reduction in the demand for natural gas would, in all likelihood, depress the level of production, exploration and development activity and result in a decline in the demand for our contract compression services and products. Similarly, a decrease in capital spending by our customers could result in reduced demand for our fabrication and aftermarket services businesses. These events could materially adversely affect our business, results of operations and financial condition.
Our international operations subject us to risks that are difficult to predict.
For the nine months ended December 31, 2003, we derived approximately 27% of our revenues from international operations. We intend to continue to expand our business in Latin America, Asia Pacific and, ultimately, other international markets. This may make it more difficult for us to manage our business. Reasons for this include, but are not limited to, the following:
Any of these factors could materially adversely affect our business, financial condition or results of operations.
We face significant competition that may cause us to lose market share and harm our financial performance.
The contract compression, fabrication, and aftermarket services businesses are highly competitive and there are low barriers to entry for individual projects. In addition, some of our competitors are large national and multinational companies that provide contract compression and fabrication services to third parties, some of these have greater financial and other resources than we do. If our competitors substantially increase the resources they devote to the development and marketing of competitive products and services, we may not be able to compete effectively.
We are dependent on particular suppliers and are vulnerable to product shortages and price increases.
As a consequence of having a highly standardized contract compression fleet, some of the components used in our products are obtained from a single source or a limited group of suppliers. Our reliance on these suppliers involves several risks, including price increases, inferior component quality and a potential inability to obtain an adequate supply of required components in a timely manner. The partial or complete loss of certain of these sources could have a material adverse effect on our results of operations and could damage our customer relationships. Further, a significant increase in the price of one or more of these components could have a material adverse effect on our results of operations.
Most of our domestic compressor leases have short initial terms, and we may not recoup the costs of our investment if we are unable to subsequently re-apply the compressors.
In most cases, the initial terms of our contract compression agreements with customers are short, with the most common initial term being six months and continuing on a month-to-month basis thereafter. The initial terms of our agreements are generally too short to enable us to recoup the average cost of acquiring or fabricating compressors for contract compression customers under prevailing contract compression rates. As a result, we assume substantial risk of not recovering our entire investment in the equipment we acquire or fabricate for contract compression customers. Although we historically have been successful in subsequently re-applying our compressors, we may not be able to continue to do so and a substantial number of our contract compression customers could terminate their agreements at approximately the same time. If such an event were to occur, even if we are successful in re-applying our compressors as we have been in the past, we may not be able to obtain favorable contract compression rates. This would have an adverse effect on our revenues and cash flow.
We may not be successful in implementing our business strategy, which may adversely affect our ability to finance our future growth.
Our ability to implement our business strategy successfully depends upon a number of factors including competition, availability of working capital and general economic conditions. Significant elements of our business strategy include growth of our market share and broader participation in the international market for compression services. We cannot assure you that we will succeed in implementing our strategy or be able to obtain financing for this strategy on acceptable terms. The indentures governing our senior notes, our revolving credit facility and our lease facilities substantially limit our ability to incur additional debt to finance our growth strategy.
We do not insure against all potential losses and could be seriously harmed by unexpected liabilities.
Natural gas service operations are subject to inherent risks such as equipment defects, malfunction and failures, and natural disasters that can result in uncontrollable flows of gas or well fluids, fires and explosions. These risks could expose us to substantial liability for personal injury, death, property damage, pollution and other environmental damages. Although we have obtained insurance against many of these risks, there can be no assurance that our insurance will be adequate to cover our liabilities. Further, insurance covering the risks we face or in the amounts we desire may not be available in the future or, if available, the premiums may not be commercially justifiable. If we were to incur substantial liability and such damages were not covered by insurance or were in excess of policy limits, or if we were to incur liability at a time when we are not able to obtain liability insurance, our business, results of operations and financial condition could be materially adversely affected.
The market price of our common stock is volatile.
Historically, the market price of common stock of companies engaged in the natural gas industry has been highly volatile. Similarly, the market price of our common stock has varied significantly since our initial public offering in May 2000. In particular, changes in natural gas prices or in the demand for natural gas could affect the price of our common stock.
The sale of stock by Weatherford, which currently owns approximately 44% of our common stock, may depress our stock price.
Pursuant to this prospectus, Weatherford International Ltd. (or Weatherford) may sell up to 7,000,000 of its shares of our common stock. The sale of substantial amounts of our stock owned by Weatherford in the public market, or the belief that these sales may occur, could reduce the market price of our stock, making it more difficult for us to raise funds through future offerings of our common stock and to acquire businesses using our stock as consideration. In addition, the remaining shares owned by Weatherford are subject to registration rights as well.
Weatherford's voting power may give it the ability to control the outcome of matters submitted to a vote of our stockholders.
Currently, Weatherford owns 13,750,000 shares, or approximately 44%, of our outstanding common stock. Assuming that Weatherford had sold, as of April 14, 2004, all of the shares available for sale under this prospectus, it would nonetheless have continued to beneficially own approximately 22% of the outstanding shares of our common stock as of such date. In addition to its voting power, Weatherford and its affiliates are entitled to designate three persons to serve on our board of directors for so long as they own at least 20% of our outstanding common stock. If Weatherford's ownership falls below 20%, Weatherford may designate only two directors. If Weatherford's ownership falls below 10%, it will no longer have the right to designate directors to our board.
This significant stock ownership and board representation gives Weatherford the ability to exercise substantial influence over our ownership, policies, management and affairs and significant control over actions requiring approval of our stockholders. Weatherford's interests could conflict with our other stockholders.
We do not expect to pay dividends.
We have never paid cash dividends on our common stock and we do not anticipate paying any cash dividends in the foreseeable future. In addition, the ability of our operating subsidiary, Universal Compression, Inc., to pay dividends is restricted by the revolving credit facility, the lease facilities, the indentures governing our senior notes and other financing arrangements.
We are a holding company and rely on our subsidiaries for operating income.
We are a holding company and, as such, derive all of our operating income from our operating subsidiary, Universal Compression, Inc., and its subsidiaries. We do not have any significant assets other than the stock of our operating subsidiary. Consequently, we are dependent on the earnings and cash flow of our subsidiaries to meet our obligations. Our subsidiaries are separate legal entities that are not legally obligated to make funds available to us, and in some cases may be contractually restricted from doing so. We cannot assure you that our subsidiaries will be able to, or be permitted to, pay to us amounts necessary to meet our obligations.
We are highly leveraged, a significant portion of our cash flow must be used to service our obligations and we are vulnerable to interest rate increases.
We have now and will continue to have a significant amount of debt. As of December 31, 2003, we had approximately $877.4 million in outstanding long-term debt obligations consisting primarily of $532.2 million outstanding under the seven-year term senior secured notes operating lease facility, consisting of senior notes due 2008 and term loan due 2008 (together, the "BRL lease facility"), and $175 million outstanding of 71/4% senior notes due 2010 and $167.1 million outstanding under the asset-backed securitization lease facility (the "ABS lease facility"). This amount excludes approximately $12.2 million of letters of credit, as of February 29, 2004, issued under our $125 million senior secured revolving credit facility, which we refer to as our revolving credit facility.
Our high level of debt could have important consequences to you, including the following:
As of February 29, 2004, approximately $182.2 million of our outstanding debt bears interest at floating rates. Changes in economic conditions could result in higher interest rates, thereby increasing our interest expense and reducing our funds available to make payments of interest and principal on the notes and for capital investment, operations or other purposes. Our significant leverage increases our vulnerability to general adverse economic and industry conditions.
We will require a significant amount of cash to service our debt. Our ability to generate cash depends on many factors beyond our control.
Our ability to make payments on our debt and to fund planned capital expenditures will depend on our ability to generate cash in the future. This is subject to general economic, financial, competitive, legislative, regulatory and other factors that may be beyond our control.
We cannot assure you that our business will generate sufficient cash flow from operations or that future borrowings will be available to us under our credit facilities or otherwise in an amount sufficient to enable us to pay our debt or to fund our other liquidity needs. We may need to refinance all or a portion of our debt on or before maturity. We cannot assure you that we will be able to refinance any of our debt, including our credit facilities, lease facilities, or the senior notes, on commercially reasonable terms or at all.
In addition to our current indebtedness, we may incur substantially more debt. This could further exacerbate the risks associated with our substantial debt.
We may be able to incur substantial additional debt in the future. If new debt is added to our current debt levels, the substantial risks described above would intensify.
Our credit facilities and lease facilities impose restrictions on us that may affect our ability to successfully operate our business.
Our credit facilities and lease facilities include certain covenants that, among other things, restrict our ability to:
We and our subsidiaries are also required by our credit facilities to maintain debt coverage ratios, interest coverage ratios and a specified tangible net worth. All of these covenants may restrict our ability to expand or to pursue our business strategies. Our ability to comply with these and other provisions of the indentures and the credit facilities may be affected by changes in our operating and financial performance, changes in business conditions or results of operation, adverse regulatory developments or other events beyond our control. The breach of any of these covenants could result in a default under our debt, which could cause those obligations to become due and payable. If any of our indebtedness were to be accelerated, there can be no assurance that we would be able to repay or refinance it.
Any failure to meet our debt obligations could harm our business, financial condition and results of operations.
If our cash flow and capital resources are insufficient to fund our debt obligations, we may be forced to sell assets, seek additional equity or debt capital, or restructure our debt. Our cash flow and capital resources may be insufficient for payment of interest on and principal of our debt in the future and any alternative measures may be unsuccessful or may not permit us to meet scheduled debt service obligations, which could cause us to default on our obligations and impair our liquidity.
We are exposed to exchange rate fluctuations.
Our reporting currency is the U.S. dollar. Historically, our foreign operations, including assets and liabilities and revenues and expenses, have been denominated in various currencies other than the U.S. dollar, and we expect that our foreign operations will continue to be so denominated. As a result, the U.S. dollar value of our foreign operations has varied, and will continue to vary, with exchange rate
fluctuations. In this respect, historically we have been primarily exposed to fluctuations in the exchange rate of the Argentine peso, Brazilian real, Thai baht, Mexican peso, Australian dollar and Canadian dollar against the U.S. dollar.
A decrease in the value of any of these currencies relative to the U.S. dollar could reduce our profits from foreign operations and the value of the net assets of our foreign operations when reported in U.S. dollars in our financial statements. This could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition or results of operations as reported in U.S. dollars.
In addition, fluctuations in currencies relative to currencies in which the earnings are generated may make it more difficult to perform period-to-period comparisons of our reported results of operations. For purposes of accounting, the assets and liabilities of our foreign operations, where the local currency is the functional currency, are translated using period-end exchange rates, and the revenues and expenses of our foreign operations are translated using average exchange rates during each period.
Although we attempt to match costs and revenues in local currencies, we anticipate that there may be instances in which costs and revenues will not be matched with respect to currency denomination. As a result, to the extent we continue our expansion on a global basis, we expect that increasing portions of our revenues, costs, assets and liabilities will be subject to fluctuations in foreign currency valuations. We may experience economic loss and a negative impact on earnings or net assets solely as a result of foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations. Further, the markets in which we operate could restrict the removal or conversion of the local or foreign currency, resulting in our inability to hedge against these risks.
We intend to continue to make substantial capital investments to implement our business strategy, which may reduce funds available for other operations.
We anticipate that we will continue to make substantial capital investments to expand and maintain our contract compression fleet. Capital expenditures for the nine months ended December 31, 2003 were $68.5 million consisting of $39.9 million for fleet additions, $20.5 million for compressor overhauls, $4.1 million for service trucks and $4.0 million for machinery, equpment, information technology equipment and other items. We expect to spend between $90 and $100 million on capital expenditures during fiscal year 2004, approximately $30 million of which would be used for maintenance capital expenditures for the compression fleet. Historically, we have financed these investments through internally generated funds, debt offerings, our revolving credit facility and our lease facilities. These significant capital investments require cash that we could otherwise apply to other business needs. However, if we do not incur these expenditures while our competitors make substantial fleet investments, our market share may decline and our business may be adversely affected. In addition, if we are unable to generate sufficient cash internally or obtain alternative sources of capital to fund our proposed capital expenditures, it could materially adversely affect our results of operations, financial condition and growth.
Our ability to manage our business effectively will be weakened if we lose key personnel.
We depend on the continuing efforts of our executive officers and senior management. The departure of any of our key personnel could have a material adverse effect on our business, operating results and financial condition. We do not maintain key man life insurance coverage with respect to our executive officers or key management personnel. We are not aware of the upcoming retirement of any of our executive officers or senior management personnel. In addition, we believe that our success depends on our ability to attract and retain additional qualified employees. If we fail to recruit other skilled personnel, we could be unable to compete effectively.
We are subject to substantial environmental regulation, and changes in these regulations could increase our costs or liabilities.
We are subject to stringent and complex foreign, federal, state and local laws and regulatory standards, including laws and regulations regarding the discharge of materials into the environment, emission controls and other environmental protection and occupational health and safety concerns. Environmental laws and regulations may, in certain circumstances, impose strict liability for environmental contamination, rendering us liable for remediation costs, natural resource damages and other damages as a result of our conduct that was lawful at the time it occurred or the conduct of, or conditions caused by, prior owners or operators or other third parties. In addition, where contamination may be present, it is not uncommon for neighboring land owners and other third parties to file claims for personal injury, property damage and recovery of response costs. Remediation costs and other damages arising as a result of environmental laws and regulations, and costs associated with new information, changes in existing environmental laws and regulations or the adoption of new environmental laws and regulations could be substantial and could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition or results of operations. Moreover, failure to comply with these environmental laws and regulations may result in the imposition of administrative, civil and criminal penalties.
We routinely deal with natural gas, oil and other petroleum products. As a result of our fabrication and aftermarket services operations, we generate, manage and dispose of or recycle hazardous wastes and substances such as solvents, thinner, waste paint, waste oil, washdown wastes and sandblast material. Although it is our policy to use generally accepted operating and disposal practices in accordance with applicable environmental laws and regulations, hydrocarbons or other hazardous substances or wastes may have been disposed or released on, under or from properties owned, leased or operated by us or on or under other locations where such substances or wastes have been taken for disposal. These properties may be subject to investigatory, remediation and monitoring requirements under foreign, federal, state and local environmental laws and regulations.
We believe that our operations are in substantial compliance with applicable environmental laws and regulations. Nevertheless, the modification or interpretation of existing environmental laws or regulations, the more vigorous enforcement of existing environmental laws or regulations, or the adoption of new environmental laws or regulations may also negatively impact oil and natural gas exploration and production companies, which in turn could have a material adverse effect on us and other similarly situated service companies.
Future terrorist attacks or responses thereto could adversely affect our company.
The impact that future events arising as a result of the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001, or any terrorist attacks that may occur in the future, including military or police activities in the United States, Iraq or other foreign countries, future terrorist activities or threats of such activities, political unrest and instability, riots and protests, could have on the United States economy, the global economy, global financial markets and our business cannot currently be determined with any accuracy.
A third party could be prevented from acquiring control of us because of the anti-takeover provisions in our charter and bylaws.
There are provisions in our restated certificate of incorporation and bylaws that may make it more difficult for a third party to acquire control of us, even if a change in control would result in the purchase of your shares at a premium to the market price or would otherwise be beneficial to you. For example, our restated certificate of incorporation authorizes our board of directors to issue preferred stock without stockholder approval. If our board of directors elects to issue preferred stock, it could be
more difficult for a third party to acquire us. In addition, provisions of our restated certificate of incorporation, such as a staggered board of directors and limitations on the removal of directors, no stockholder action by written consent and limitations on stockholder proposals at meetings of stockholders, could make it more difficult for a third party to acquire control of us. Delaware corporation law may also discourage takeover attempts that have not been approved by our board of directors.
We will not receive any of the proceeds from the sale of the shares of common stock offered by the selling stockholders. All sales of the common stock will be by or for the account of the selling stockholders listed in this prospectus.
This prospectus is part of a registration statement that we filed pursuant to registration rights granted to the selling stockholders under an agreement we entered into in connection with our acquisition of Weatherford Global Compression Services, L.P. in February 2001. In connection with the Weatherford Global acquisition, we entered into a registration rights agreement with WEUS Holding, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Weatherford International, Inc. In connection with the June 26, 2002 restructuring of Weatherford International, Inc., WEUS Holding's rights under the registration rights agreement were transferred to Weatherford International Ltd. On March 23, 2004, the registration rights agreement was amended and restated.
Pursuant to the terms of the amended and restated registration rights agreement, the selling stockholders have the right to require us to file a registration statement under the Securities Act of 1933 so that they may sell the shares of our common stock that they own. Under the agreement and subject to certain exceptions and limitations, we are not obligated to file more than one registration statement for the selling stockholders within a 180 day period, and we are not obligated to make more than three registrations at their request (now two, after giving effect to the inclusion of shares in this prospectus). The selling stockholders also have the right to include their shares in certain other registration statements we file involving our common stock. In addition, we will pay all expenses of registering the shares under the Securities Act of 1933, including all registration and filing fees, printing expenses and the fees and disbursements of our counsel and accountants. We are also obligated to reimburse selling stockholders for the reasonable fees and disbursements of their counsel. The amended and restated registration rights agreement also provides that we will indemnify the selling stockholders against certain civil liabilities, including liabilities under the Securities Act of 1933. The selling stockholders will pay all discounts, brokerage fees, commissions and expenses for any shares that are registered and that they sell. We expect to withdraw registration of any unsold shares approximately one year from date set forth on the cover of this prospectus.
Also in connection with our acquisition of Weatherford Global, WEUS Holding was granted the right to designate three members to our board of directors for so long as it owns at least 20% of our outstanding common stock. In connection with the June 26, 2002 restructuring of Weatherford International, Inc., WEUS Holding's right to designate members to our board was transferred to Weatherford International Ltd. If Weatherford International Ltd.'s ownership of our common stock falls below 20%, it may designate only two directors, and if its ownership falls below 10%, it may no longer designate directors to our board. Weatherford International Ltd.'s current designees to our board, including through WEUS Holding's previous designations, are Mr. Uriel E. Dutton, Ms. Lisa W. Rodriguez and Mr. Bernard J. Duroc-Danner.
The following table sets forth information provided by the selling stockholder about the ownership of common stock of the selling stockholder before and after the offering covered by this prospectus.
||Shares Beneficially Owned Prior
to the Offering(2)
||Shares Beneficially Owned
After the Offering(3)
||Number of Shares
|Weatherford International Ltd.(1)||13,750,000||44.2||%||7,000,000||6,750,000||21.7||%|
The shares of common stock covered by this prospectus may be offered and sold from time to time by the selling stockholders. The term "selling stockholders" includes donees, pledgees, transferees or other successors-in-interest selling shares received after the date of this prospectus from a selling stockholder as a gift, pledge, stockholder distribution or other non-sale related transfer. The selling stockholders will act independently of us in making decisions with respect to the timing, manner and size of each sale.
The shares offered by this prospectus are subject to restrictions under the amended and restated registration rights agreement referred to above under "Selling Stockholders." Subject to those restrictions, sales of shares by the selling stockholders referred to in this prospectus may be made from time to time in one or more transactions on the New York Stock Exchange, in the over-the-counter market or any other exchange or quotation system on which shares of our common stock may be listed or quoted, in negotiated transactions or in a combination of any such methods of sale. Sales may be at fixed prices that may be changed, at market prices prevailing at the time of sale, at prices related to such prevailing market prices or at negotiated prices. The shares may be offered directly to purchasers or to or through underwriters or agents designated from time to time or to or through brokers or dealers, or through any combination of these methods of sale.
The methods by which the shares may be sold include:
In addition, sales not covered by this prospectus may also be made by the selling stockholders pursuant to Rule 144 or another applicable exemption under the Securities Act of 1933.
From time to time Weatherford International Ltd. may distribute a portion or all of its shares to its stockholders. In the event of such a distribution, and to the extent these stockholders intend to use this prospectus to sell any of such shares, if required these stockholders will be identified in a supplement to this prospectus filed with the SEC. Furthermore, to the extent required, this prospectus also may be amended or supplemented from time to time to describe a specific plan of distribution or any material arrangement that a selling stockholder has entered into for the sale of shares, including the details of any underwritten distribution.
In connection with distributions of shares or otherwise, the selling stockholders may enter into hedging transactions with broker-dealers or other agents. In connection with such transactions, broker-dealers or other agents may engage in short sales of shares in the course of hedging the positions they assume with the selling stockholders. The selling stockholders may also sell shares short and redeliver the shares to close out such short positions. The selling stockholders may also enter into option or
other transactions with broker-dealers or other financial institutions that require the delivery to such broker-dealer or other financial institution of shares offered by this prospectus, which shares such broker-dealer or other financial institution may resell pursuant to this prospectus (as supplemented or amended to reflect such transaction). The selling stockholders may also pledge or grant a security interest in shares and, upon a default in the performance of the secured obligation, such pledgee or secured party may effect sales of the pledged shares pursuant to this prospectus (as supplemented or amended to reflect such transaction).
In effecting sales, broker-dealers or agents engaged by the selling stockholders may arrange for other broker-dealers to participate. Broker-dealers, underwriters or agents may receive commissions, discounts or concessions from the selling stockholders and/or purchasers of the shares for whom they may act as agents.
In offering the shares covered by this prospectus, the selling stockholders and any broker-dealers, underwriters or agents who execute sales for the selling stockholders may be deemed to be "underwriters" within the meaning of the Securities Act of 1933 in connection with such sales. Any profits realized by the selling stockholders and the compensation of any broker-dealer, underwriter or agent may be deemed to be underwriting discounts and commissions. No underwriter, broker-dealer or agent has been engaged by us in connection with the distribution of the shares.
To comply with the securities laws of certain states, if applicable, the shares must be sold in such jurisdictions only through registered or licensed brokers or dealers. In addition, in certain states the shares may not be sold unless they have been registered or qualified for sale in the applicable state or an exemption from the registration or qualification requirement is available and is complied with.
The selling stockholders and any other person participating in a distribution of the shares covered by this prospectus will be subject to the applicable provisions of the Exchange Act and the rules and regulations thereunder. Regulation M of the Exchange Act may limit the timing of purchases and sales of shares by the selling stockholders and any other person. In addition, Regulation M may restrict the ability of any person engaged in the distribution of the shares to engage in market-making activities with respect to our common stock for a period of up to five business days before the distribution.
We have agreed to indemnify and hold harmless, among others, the selling stockholders and the directors, officers and controlling persons of each of them against specified liabilities that arise, under the Securities Act in connection with the sale of shares covered by this prospectus.
The validity of the common stock offered in this prosepectus will be passed upon for us by Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP, Houston, Texas.
The financial statements and the related financial statement schedule as of March 31, 2003 and 2002, and for each of the three years in the period ended March 31, 2003, incorporated by reference in this prospectus have been audited by Deloitte & Touche LLP, independent auditors, as stated in their report, which is incorporated by reference herein, and has been so incorporated in reliance upon the reports of such firm given upon their authority as experts in accounting and auditing.