Shares jump as oil services firm Wood Group sets out extra cost-savings from £5bn Amec Foster Wheeler merger

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Wood Group agreed a £2.2bn takeover deal for Amec Foster Wheeler last month (Source: Getty)

Oil services group John Wood Group today increased its cost-saving estimates for its merger with Amec Foster Wheeler, sending its shares up four per cent.

Wood Group, which agreed the terms of a £5bn merger with Amec last month, initially said synergies would total £110m a year.

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The company today upgraded the figure by £40m to £150m “as a result of further ongoing analysis of existing information and integration planning”.

Wood Group, which under the deal would acquire Amec for £2.2bn, expects to make the savings by reducing operating costs, cutting management roles and consolidating offices.

After increasing its cost-savings estimates, Wood Group’s shares jumped four per cent to 788p, up from 752p before the deal was announced. FTSE 250-listed Amec’s shares also bounced more than three per cent to 552p today, having been at 489p before the deal was agreed.

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Under the terms of the deal, Amec Foster Wheeler shareholders will receive 0.75 new Wood Group shares for each of their shares.

The company has ascribed a value of £5.64 per Amec Foster Wheeler share, representing a 28.7 per cent premium on a 30-day average of £4.53, or a 15.3 per cent premium based on Friday’s closing price, £4.83.

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