The Road Ahead for Baker Hughes – Post Halliburton Deal

Baker Hughes logoYesterday MDN brought you the news that the Halliburton buyout of Baker Hughes is now officially dead (see Obama DOJ Kills Halliburton/Baker Hughes Merger, Deal “Terminated”). So what’s ahead for Baker Hughes? First up is that they will get a $3.5 billion (with a “b”) payment from Halliburton tomorrow. At least, they’re supposed to. Baker Hughes says they will use $1.5 billion of the money to buy back company stock, and the other $1 billion to pay off certain debts. The company will also “rationalize” (i.e. downsize/cut) certain segments of its business–like the onshore pressure pumping business. You have to wade through lots of euphemisms and management gobbledygook speak, but here’s the Baker Hughes “path to the future” statement they issued yesterday…

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