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Baker Hughes prices $3.95B senior notes offer

Baker Hughes, the oil and gas unit of General Electric Co., said that it has priced an offering of $3.95 billion aggregate principal amount of its senior notes.

The company said that the senior notes consist of $1.25 billion aggregate principal amount of its 2.773% senior notes due 2022, $1.35 billion aggregate principal amount of its 3.337% senior notes due 2027 and $1.35 billion aggregate principal amount of its 4.080% senior notes due 2047.

Proceeds from the offering of the senior notes will be used to purchase all of its or its subsidiaries' outstanding 7.50% senior notes due 2018 and 6.00% senior notes due 2018 and to purchase up to $175 million in aggregate purchase price of its or its subsidiaries' outstanding 8.550% debentures due 2024 and 6.875% notes due 2029.

GE said on Nov. 13 that it is looking at exiting Baker Hughes in an effort to reduce its exposure to commodities markets.