Calgary, Alberta August 29, 2016: High Arctic Energy Services Inc. (“High Arctic” or the “Corporation”) (TSX:HWO) is pleased to announce that it has entered into an asset purchase agreement to acquire all of the operating assets and business operations of Tervita Corporation’s (“Tervita”) Production Services Division (the “PS Division”) for an aggregate purchase price of $42.8 million, payable in cash (the “Transaction”).
Through this Transaction, High Arctic adds to its Canadian business operations a fleet of 68 marketed service rigs and related support equipment, a surface equipment rentals division and an engineering services division which provides solutions to assist in the management of abandonment and compliance programs. In addition, this Transaction provides High Arctic with seven new operational bases located in key basins in Alberta, five of which are owned.
Michael Binnion, High Arctic’s Chairman, said “With a 37-year history, Tervita and its predecessor, Concord Well Servicing, is one of the largest and preeminent leaders in western Canada’s well servicing industry. Tervita’s strong operational and safety performance has allowed it to achieve industry leading utilization with some of Canada’s largest oil and gas exploration and production companies. This transaction diversifies our revenue base and provides us with immediate critical mass in the Canadian well servicing industry. We are excited about the operational synergies and future growth opportunities this broader platform provides.”
With approximately $64.0 million generated in revenue on a trailing twelve month basis, ending June 30, 2016, the PS Division adds significant growth to High Arctic’s Canadian business operations and provides a platform for future growth.
Tervita’s PS Division management team along with the combined team of approximately 300 experienced and trained personnel will join High Arctic and will continue to operate the business post-closing, ensuring continuity of quality service for the PS Division’s customers.
Through this Transaction, High Arctic adds immediate growth to the Corporation’s Canadian operations and is an important and measured step forward in adding diversification to its geographic business operations. With 68 marketed rigs, Tervita’s PS Division operates the third largest marketed well servicing fleet in Canada (source: CAODC) and through its strong operational and safety performance has achieved industry leading utilization with some of the industry’s largest exploration and production companies.
The combination of Tervita’s PS Division with High Arctic’s existing snubbing, N2 and rentals business in Canada will provide High Arctic a strong foundation to support future growth by leveraging off the following transaction benefits:
- Scale – Third largest marketed well servicing fleet in Canada and the second most active as measured by total hours of operation in 2015 and the first half of 2016 (source: CAODC), provides for efficient and cost effective operations.
- Expanded Customer Base – The addition of the PS Division and its long-term relationships with a number of the industry’s top-tier exploration and production companies further enhances High Arctic’s customer base.
- Industry Leading Safety Performance – Safety is a cornerstone of High Arctic’s business and the addition of the PS Division’s industry leading safety performance further strengthens High Arctic’s safety culture which is sought by the industry’s leading exploration and production companies.
- Leverage to Production – Revenues are closely tied to production and the optimization of existing wells, which provides more stable activity levels.
- Expanded Service Offering – Ability to provide additional service solutions to High Arctic’s customers.
- Geographic Coverage – The addition of seven new operating bases, five of which are owned, provides High Arctic with coverage across many of the key operating basins in Alberta and British Columbia.
- Diversification – Provides High Arctic with additional leverage to Canadian oil and gas activity and in particular long-term established heavy oil projects.
High Arctic is acquiring the PS Division (excluding working capital) for $42.8 million. The transaction is being completed with High Arctic’s existing cash and debt facility resources, with no current equity dilution to High Arctic’s existing shareholders. Pro forma the transaction, High Arctic will maintain an attractive balance sheet with minimal net debt.
The Transaction is subject to customary commercial closing conditions and is expected to close on or about August 31, 2016. PillarFour Capital Inc. is acting as exclusive financial advisor to High Arctic with respect to the Transaction.
Tim Braun has informed the Corporation of his intent to retire. As a result, combined with the timing of the above acquisition, the decision was made to proceed immediately to appoint Thomas Alford as interim President and CEO. Mr. Alford brings over 35 years of experience in well servicing in Western Canada, having formerly been the President and CEO of IROC Energy Services and Bonus Resource Services Corp. Mr. Alford will remain on High Arctic’s board.
Michael Binnion, Chairman of High Arctic’s board of directors said “We would like to thank Tim for his dedication and efforts in growing the drilling operations in our Papua New Guinea business over the last two years. Additionally we are excited about Tom agreeing to take on the interim President and CEO role and capitalizing on the potential growth that the Tervita transaction provides us.”
High Arctic will be holding a conference call on August 29, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. MST to further discuss the transaction. To access the conference call by telephone dial:
1-866-225-0198 or 1-416-340-2218.
The conference call will be available for replay two hours after the call ends at 1-800-408-3053 and entering passcode 4945994. It will remain available until September 6, 2016. An audio recording of the call will also be available within 24 hours on the Corporation’s website at www.haes.ca.
About High Arctic
High Arctic is a publicly traded corporation listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol “HWO”. The Corporation’s principal focus is to provide drilling and specialized well completion services, equipment rentals and other services to the oil and gas industry.
High Arctic’s largest operation is in Papua New Guinea where it provides drilling and specialized well completion services and supplies rig matting, camps and drilling support equipment on a rental basis. The Canadian operation will provide well servicing, well abandonment, snubbing, and nitrogen services, and equipment on a rental basis to a large number of oil and natural gas exploration and production companies operating in Western Canada.
For more information, please contact:
Interim President & CEO
Phone: (587) 318-3826
Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (587) 318-2218