As filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 14, 2005
Registration No. 333-
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933
NATIONAL OILWELL VARCO, INC.
(State or other jurisdiction
of incorporation or
Houston, Texas 77042
(Address, including zip code, and telephone number, including
area code, of registrants principal executive offices)
NATIONAL OILWELL VARCO, INC. EMPLOYEE STOCK PURCHASE PLAN
(Full title of Plan)
Merrill A. Miller, Jr.
President and Chief Executive Officer
10000 Richmond Avenue
Houston, Texas 77042-4200
(Name, address, including zip code, and telephone number, including area code, of agent for service)
CALCULATION OF REGISTRATION FEE
|Title of Each Class||Amount||Maximum||Aggregate||Amount of|
|of Securities to||to be||Offering Price||Offering||Registration|
|be Registered||Registered(1)(3)||Per Share (2)||Price (2)||Fee|
Common Stock, par value $0.01
|(1)||The National Oilwell Varco, Inc. Employee Stock Purchase Plan (formerly, the Varco International, Inc. Employee Stock Purchase Plan) (the Plan) authorizes the issuance of an aggregate of 715,077 shares of Common Stock, par value $0.01 per share, of National Oilwell Varco, Inc. (the Company), of which all shares are being registered hereunder.|
|(2)||Estimated solely for the purpose of calculating the registration fee pursuant to Rule 457(h) and (c) under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and represents the average of the high and low sales price of the Common Stock on the New York Stock Exchange on March 10, 2005.|
|(3)||In the event of a stock split, stock dividend, or similar transaction involving the Companys Common Stock, the number of shares registered hereby shall automatically be increased to cover the additional shares in accordance with Rule 416(a) under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.|
|Item 3. Incorporation of Documents by Reference|
|Item 4. Description of Securities|
|Item 5. Interests of Named Experts and Counsel|
|Item 6. Indemnification of Directors and Officers|
|Item 7. Exemption from Registration Claimed|
|Item 8. Exhibits|
|Item 9. Undertakings|
|POWER OF ATTORNEY|
|INDEX TO EXHIBITS|
|Opinion of Vinson & Elkins L.L.P.|
|Consent of Ernst & Young LLP|
The information called for in Part I of Form S-8 is not being filed with or included in this Form S-8 (by incorporation by reference or otherwise) in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the Commission) but will be sent or given to participants as specified by Rule 428(b)(1) promulgated under the Securities Act of 1933 as amended (the Securities Act).
Item 3. Incorporation of Documents by Reference
The following documents filed with the Commission by the Company are incorporated as of their respective dates in this Registration Statement by reference:
|A.||The Companys Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2004, filed with the Commission on March 8, 2005; and|
|B.||The description of the Companys Common Stock contained in the Registration Statement on Form 8-A filed by the Company with the Commission on October 15, 1996 to register such securities under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the Exchange Act).|
All documents filed by the Company pursuant to Sections 13(a), 13(c), 14 and 15(d) of the Exchange Act after the date of this Registration Statement and prior to the filing of a post-effective amendment which indicates that all securities offered hereby have been sold or which deregisters all securities then remaining unsold are incorporated by reference in this Registration Statement and are a part hereof from the date of filing such documents. A report on Form 8-K furnished to the Commission shall not be incorporated by reference into this Registration Statement. Any statement contained in a document incorporated or deemed to be incorporated by reference herein shall be deemed to be modified or superseded for purposes of this Registration Statement to the extent that a statement contained herein or in any other subsequently filed document which also is or is deemed to be incorporated by reference herein modifies or supersedes such statement. Any such statement so modified or superseded shall not be deemed, except as so modified or superseded, to constitute a part of this Registration Statement.
Item 4. Description of Securities
Item 5. Interests of Named Experts and Counsel
Item 6. Indemnification of Directors and Officers
Delaware law authorizes corporations to limit or eliminate the personal liability of officers and directors to corporations and their stockholders for monetary damages for breach of officers and directors fiduciary duty of care. The duty of care requires that, when acting on behalf of the corporation, officers and directors must exercise an informed business judgment based on all material information reasonably available to them. Absent the limitations authorized by Delaware law, officers and directors are accountable to corporations and their stockholders for monetary damages for conduct constituting gross negligence in the exercise of their duty of care. Delaware law enables corporations to limit available relief to equitable remedies such as injunction or rescission. The amended and restated certificate of incorporation limits the liability of officers and directors of the Company to the Company or its stockholders to the fullest extent permitted by Delaware law. Specifically, officers and directors of the Company will not be personally liable for monetary damages for breach of an officers or directors fiduciary duty in such capacity, except for liability (i) for any breach of the officers or directors duty of loyalty to the Company or its stockholders, (ii) for acts or omissions not in good faith or which involve intentional misconduct or a knowing
violation of law, (iii) for unlawful payments of dividends or unlawful stock repurchases or redemptions as provided in Section 174 of the Delaware General Corporation Law (DGCL) or (iv) for any transaction from which the officer or director derived an improper personal benefit. The inclusion of this provision in the amended and restated certificate of incorporation may have the effect of reducing the likelihood of derivative litigation against officers and directors, and may discourage or deter stockholders or management from bringing a lawsuit against officers and directors for breach of their duty of care, even though such an action, if successful, might otherwise have benefited the Company and its stockholders. Both the Companys amended and restated certificate of incorporation and bylaws provide indemnification to the Companys officers and directors and certain other persons with respect to certain matters to the maximum extent allowed by Delaware law as it exists now or may hereafter be amended. These provisions do not alter the liability of officers and directors under the U.S. federal securities laws and do not affect the right to sue (nor to recover monetary damages) under federal securities laws for violations thereof.
The Company has obtained a liability insurance policy for the officers and directors that, subject to certain limitations, terms and conditions, will insure them against losses arising from wrongful acts (as defined by the policy) in their capacity as directors or officers.
In addition, the Company has entered into agreements to indemnify its directors and certain of its officers in addition to the indemnification provided for in the amended and restated certificate of incorporation and bylaws. These agreements, among other things, indemnify the Companys directors and certain of its officers for certain expenses (including attorneys fees), judgments, fines and settlement amounts incurred by such person in any action or proceeding, including any action by or in the right of the Company, on account of services as a director or officer of the Registrant or as a director or officer of any subsidiary of the Company, or as a director or officer of any other company or enterprise that the person provides services to at the request of the Company.
Item 7. Exemption from Registration Claimed
Item 8. Exhibits
See Index to Exhibits on page 7.
Item 9. Undertakings
|(a)||The undersigned registrant hereby undertakes:|
|(1)||To file, during any period in which offers or sales are being made, a post-effective amendment to this Registration Statement:|
|(i)||To include any prospectus required by Section 10(a)(3) of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the Securities Act);|
|(ii)||To reflect in the prospectus any facts or events arising after the effective date of this Registration Statement (or the most recent post-effective amendment thereof) which, individually or in the aggregate, represent a fundamental change in the information set forth in the Registration Statement;|
|(iii)||To include any material information with respect to the plan of distribution not previously disclosed in the Registration Statement or any material change to such information in the Registration Statement;|
provided, however, that paragraphs (a)(1)(i) and (a)(1)(ii) do not apply if the information required to be included in a post-effective amendment by those paragraphs is contained in periodic reports filed with or furnished to the Commission by the Registrant pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Exchange Act that are incorporated by reference in the registration statement.
|(2)||That, for the purpose of determining any liability under the Securities Act, each such post-effective amendment shall be deemed to be a new registration statement relating to the securities offered therein, and the offering of such securities at that time shall be deemed to be the initial bona fide offering thereof.|
|(3)||To remove from registration by means of a post-effective amendment any of the securities being registered which remain unsold at the termination of the offering.|
|(b)||The undersigned registrant hereby undertakes that, for purposes of determining any liability under the Securities Act, each filing of the registrants annual report pursuant to section 13(a) or section 15(d) of the Exchange Act (and, where applicable, each filing of an employee benefit plans annual report pursuant to section 15(d) of the Exchange Act) that is incorporated by reference in this Registration Statement shall be deemed to be a new registration statement relating to the securities offered herein, and the offering of such securities at that time shall be deemed to be the initial bona fide offering thereof.|
|(c)||Insofar as indemnification for liabilities arising under the Securities Act may be permitted to directors, officers and controlling persons of the registrant pursuant to the foregoing provisions, or otherwise, the registrant has been advised that in the opinion of the Securities and Exchange Commission such indemnification is against public policy as expressed in the Securities Act and is, therefore, unenforceable. In the event that a claim for indemnification against such liabilities (other than the payment by the registrant of expenses incurred or paid by a director, officer or controlling person of the registrant in the successful defense of any action, suit or proceeding) is asserted by such director, officer or controlling person in connection with the securities being registered, the registrant will, unless in the opinion of its counsel the matter has been settled by controlling precedent, submit to a court of appropriate jurisdiction the question whether such indemnification by it is against public policy as expressed in the Securities Act and will be governed by the final adjudication of such issue.|
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the Securities Act), the Company certifies that it has reasonable grounds to believe that it meets all of the requirements for filing on Form S-8 and has duly caused this Registration Statement to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized, in the City of Houston, State of Texas, on this 11th day of March, 2005.
|National Oilwell Varco, Inc., a
|By:||/s/ John F. Lauletta|
|John F. Lauletta|
|Chairman of the Board|
|By:||/s/ Merrill A. Miller, Jr.|
|Merrill A. Miller, Jr.|
|President and Chief Executive Officer|
POWER OF ATTORNEY
KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS, that each person whose signature appears below, hereby constitutes and appoints Clay C. Williams, M. Gay Mather and Dwight W. Rettig and each of them, either one of whom may act without joinder of the other, his or her true and lawful attorneys-in-fact and agents, with full power of substitution and resubstitution, for him or her and in his or her name, place and stead, in any and all capacities, to sign any or all pre- and post-effective amendments to this Registration Statement, and to file the same, with all exhibits thereto and other documents in connection therewith, with the Securities and Exchange Commission, granting unto said attorneys-in-fact and agents, and each of them, full power and authority to do and perform each and every act and thing requisite and necessary to be done in and about the premises, as fully to all intents and purposes as he or she might or could do in person, hereby ratifying and conforming all that said attorneys-in-fact and agents, and each of them, or the substitute or substitutes of any or all of them, may lawfully do or cause to be done by virtue hereof.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act, this Registration Statement has been signed by the following persons in the capacities indicated on March 11, 2005.
|/s/ John F. Lauletta
John F. Lauletta
|Director and Chairman of the Board|
|/s/ Merrill A. Miller, Jr.
Merrill A. Miller, Jr.
Director, President and Chief Executive Officer
(Principal Executive Officer)
|/s/ Clay C. Williams
Clay C. Williams
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
(Principal Financial Officer and Principal Accounting Officer)
|/s/ Greg L. Armstrong
Greg L. Armstrong
|/s/ Robert E. Beauchamp
Robert E. Beauchamp
|/s/ Ben A. Guill
Ben A. Guill
|/s/ David D. Harrison
David D. Harrison
|/s/ Roger L. Jarvis
Roger L. Jarvis
|/s/ Eric L. Mattson
Eric L. Mattson
|/s/ Jeffery A. Smisek
Jeffery A. Smisek
|/s/ James D. Woods
James D. Woods
INDEX TO EXHIBITS
|Opinion of Vinson & Elkins L.L.P.|
|Consent of Vinson & Elkins L.L.P. (included in Exhibit 5.1)|
|Consent of Ernst & Young LLP|
|Powers of Attorney (included on signature page to this Registration Statement)|
March 14, 2005
National Oilwell Varco, Inc.
Houston, Texas 77042
Re: Registration Statement on Form S-8 of 715,077 shares of Common Stock, par value $0.01 per share, of National Oilwell Varco, Inc.
We have acted as counsel to National Oilwell Varco, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the Company), in connection with the proposed issuance of up to 715,077 shares of common stock, $0.01 par value per share (the Shares), pursuant to a registration statement on Form S-8 under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the Act), filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the Commission) on March 14, 2005 (the Registration Statement), which Shares are issuable under the National Oilwell Varco, Inc. Employee Stock Purchase Plan. This opinion is being furnished in accordance with the requirements of Item 601(b)(5) of Regulation S-K under the Act, and no opinion is expressed herein as to any matter pertaining to the contents of the Registration Statement, other than as to the validity of the Shares.
As such counsel, we have examined such matters of fact and questions of law as we have considered appropriate for purposes of this letter. With your consent, we have relied upon certificates and other assurances of officers of the Company and others as to factual matters; we have not independently verified such factual matters.
We are opining herein only as to the validity of the Shares under the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware, and we express no opinion with respect to the applicability thereto, or the effect thereon, of any other laws.
Subject to the foregoing, it is our opinion that as of the date hereof the Shares have been duly authorized by all necessary corporate action of the Company, and, upon issuance, delivery and payment therefor in the manner contemplated by the Registration Statement and the Plan, will be validly issued, fully paid and nonassessable.
We consent to your filing this opinion as an exhibit to the Registration Statement. In giving such consent, we do not thereby admit that we are in the category of persons whose consent is required under Section 7 of the Act or the rules and regulations of the Commission thereunder.
Very truly yours,
/s/ Vinson & Elkins L.L.P.
Vinson & Elkins LLP Attorneys at Law Austin Beijing Dallas
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Consent of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm
We consent to the incorporation by reference in the Registration Statement (Form S-8) pertaining to the National Oilwell Varco, Inc. Employee Stock Purchase Plan of our reports dated March 7, 2005, with respect to the consolidated financial statements and schedule of National Oilwell, Inc., predecessor company of National Oilwell Varco, Inc., included in its Annual Report (Form 10-K) for the year ended December 31, 2004, and National Oilwell, Inc. managements assessment of the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting and the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting of National Oilwell, Inc. included therein, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
/s/ ERNST & YOUNG LLP
March 8, 2005