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Third Avenue Management Comments on Tidewater

- By Holly LaFon

During the quarter, Tidewater (NYSE:TDW), which is the world's largest operator of offshore service vessels, reached an agreement to acquire smaller peer Gulfmark Offshore and continued to contribute strongly to Fund performance. Tidewater is in prime position to consolidate a beleaguered but recovering offshore supply vessel industry owing to its net cash balance sheet and right-sized cost structure, both of which were achieved through the bankruptcy process. Shortly after the Tidewater announcement, smaller industry peer Harvey Gulf International made a competing bid for Gulfmark, which is indicative of the amount of consolidation taking place in the offshore oil services industry today. We expect the Tidewater and Gulfmark transaction to close as announced and for the combined company to continue to be in a unique position to seek consolidation opportunities to build scale, efficiency and market position into a strengthening market.

From Third Avenue Management (Trades, Portfolio)'s third-quarter 2018 shareholder letter.
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