8-K 1 v207249_8k.htm Unassociated Document

Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported):      December 29, 2010   
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
(Commission File
(I.R.S. Employer Identification
5075 Westheimer
Suite 890
Houston, Texas
(Address of principal executive offices)
(Zip Code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code:  (713) 369-0550
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Item 5.02.  Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers. 

Effective December 29, 2010, the Compensation Committee (the “Committee”) of the Board of Directors of Allis-Chalmers Energy Inc. (the “Company” or “Allis-Chalmers”) approved the acceleration of the vesting of 244,383 shares of time-based restricted stock and 544,000 shares of performance-based restricted stock previously granted to Company employees, including 153,500 shares of time-based restricted stock and 429,000 shares of performance-based restricted stock previously granted to executive officers. Prior to the acceleration of vesting, the restricted stock granted to such employees had been scheduled to vest on several dates over the next five years, subject to continued employment of the employee grantees, and in the case of performance-based awards, achievement of certain performance goals. In connection with the acceleration, the Company withheld a portion of each employee’s vested shares to cover federal income tax withholding obligations.

The Committee’s decision to accelerate the vesting of the restricted stock was made as part of tax planning measures implemented for the benefit of the Company and the employee holders of the restricted stock. The Committee considered several factors in making this decision, including but not limited to, the anticipated effect of the accelerated vesting on the Company’s financial results and the expected acceleration of all unvested equity awards during the first quarter of 2011 after stockholder approval, and upon closing, of the Company’s pending merger, pursuant to the Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated August 12, 2010, by and among the Company, Seawell Limited and Wellco Sub Company.

The following table sets forth the number of shares of time-based restricted stock and performance-based restricted stock, the vesting of which was accelerated, for each of the Company’s executive officers:

Restricted Stock
Restricted Stock
Victor M. Perez
Chief Financial Officer
    45,000       140,000  
Theodore F. Pound
General Counsel and Secretary
    50,000       100,000  
Mark C. Patterson
Senior Vice President—Rental Services
    43,500       75,000  
Terrence P. Keane
Senior Vice President—Oilfield Services
    15,000       80,000  
Bruce Sauers
Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer

Item 8.01 Other Events.
The information contained in Item 5.02 above is incorporated herein by reference.
Forward-Looking Statements

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Additional Information and Where to Find It

This communication does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities or a solicitation of any vote or approval. The publication or distribution of this communication may, in some countries, be restricted by law or regulation. Accordingly, persons who come into possession of this document should inform themselves of and observe these restrictions. To the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, Seawell Limited, Allis-Chalmers and their respective affiliates disclaim any responsibility or liability for the violation of such restrictions by any person. In connection with the proposed merger between Seawell and Allis-Chalmers, Seawell will file with the SEC a Registration Statement on Form F-4 that will include a proxy statement of Allis-Chalmers that also constitutes a prospectus of Seawell. Seawell and Allis-Chalmers will mail the proxy statement/prospectus to the Allis-Chalmers stockholders. Seawell and Allis-Chalmers urge investors and stockholders to read the proxy statement / prospectus regarding the proposed merger when it becomes available, as well as other documents filed with the SEC, because they will contain important information. You may obtain copies of all documents filed with the SEC regarding this transaction, free of charge, at the SEC’s website (www.sec.gov). You may also obtain these documents, free of charge, from Seawell’s website (www.seawellcorp.com) under the tab “Investors.” You may also obtain these documents, free of charge, from Allis-Chalmers’ website (www.alchenergy.com) under the tab “For Investors” and then under the heading “SEC Filings.”



Participants In The Merger Solicitation

Seawell Limited, Allis-Chalmers and their respective directors, executive officers and certain other members of management and employees may be soliciting proxies from Allis-Chalmers stockholders in favor of the merger and related matters. Information regarding the persons, who may, under the rules of the SEC, is deemed participants in the solicitation of Allis-Chalmers stockholders in connection with the proposed merger will be set forth in the proxy statement/prospectus when it is filed with the SEC. You can find information about Allis-Chalmers’ executive officers and directors in its definitive proxy statement filed with the SEC on April 30, 2010. Additional information about Seawell’s executive officers and directors and Allis-Chalmers’ executive officers and directors can be found in the above-referenced Registration Statement on Form F-4 when it becomes available. You can obtain free copies of these documents from Seawell and Allis-Chalmers using the contact information above.


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
Date:  January 5, 2011
/s/ Theodore F. Pound III
Theodore F. Pound III
General Counsel and Secretary