NICOSIA, CYPRUS -- (Marketwire) -- 04/12/12 -- Ocean Rig UDW Inc. (NASDAQ: ORIG) (the "Company" or "Ocean Rig"), a global provider of offshore deepwater drilling services, today announced that DryShips Inc.'s (NASDAQ: DRYS) previously announced public offering of Ocean Rig common shares has been upsized to 10,000,000 common shares and priced at a price to the public of $16.25 per share. All net proceeds from the sale of the common shares will be received by DryShips as the selling shareholder. Companies affiliated with our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer have agreed to purchase 1,900,000 common shares from DryShips at the public offering price.
The offering is expected to close on April 17, 2012. DryShips has also granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to 1,500,000 additional common shares.
Deutsche Bank Securities and Credit Suisse are acting as joint book-running managers for the offering, and Evercore Partners, Raymond James, Simmons & Company International, ABN AMRO, COMMERZBANK, Dahlman Rose & Company, DVB Capital Markets and Nordea Markets are acting as co-managers for the offering.
A registration statement relating to these securities was declared effective by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on April 11, 2012. This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy securities and shall not constitute an offer, solicitation or sale in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale is unlawful. The offering is being made by means of a prospectus. A final prospectus related to the offering will be filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
When available, copies of the final prospectus relating to the offering may be obtained from the offices of Deutsche Bank Securities at Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., Attention: Prospectus Department, 100 Plaza One, Floor 2, Jersey City, NJ 07311 (or at 1-800-503-4611 or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org) or Credit Suisse at Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC, Attention: Prospectus Department, One Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10010 (or at 1-800-221-1037 or by e-mail to email@example.com).
About Ocean Rig
Ocean Rig is an international offshore drilling contractor providing oilfield services for offshore oil and gas exploration, development and production drilling, and specializing in the ultra-deepwater and harsh-environment segment of the offshore drilling industry. The company owns and operates 9 offshore ultra deepwater drilling units, comprising of 2 ultra deepwater semisubmersible drilling rigs and 7 ultra deepwater drillships, 3 of which remain to be delivered to the company during 2013.
Ocean Rig's common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market where it trades under the symbol "ORIG."
Visit the Company's website at www.ocean-rig.com.
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