Picture caption: Global energy services company Proserv specialises in bespoke technology and solutions.

Market-leading energy services company Proserv has reinforced its ambitious growth plans after announcing it has signed a definitive agreement to be acquired by major US private equity investor Riverstone Holdings LLC.

Proserv will continue to operate as an independent company under the deal announced today to which Riverstone Global Energy and Power Fund V, L.P., in partnership with Proserv management, has agreed to acquire 100% of the shares of Proserv from Intervale Capital (“Intervale”), Weatherford International (“Weatherford”) and certain minority shareholders.

David Lamont, chief executive officer (CEO) at Proserv, said: “This is the start of an exciting new chapter in Proserv’s successful journey. The leadership team on behalf of the global Proserv workforce, firmly believes Riverstone is the ideal partner, not only because of their sector focus and expertise, but as importantly because of their shared values and vision for the business.

“Riverstone has an impressive track record of backing oil & gas focused companies with their high-profile portfolio including independent operators and energy service companies. The Riverstone management team clearly understands the value proposition that Proserv is delivering to our customers as well as the key market trends that underpin our ambitions.”

John Lancaster, a partner at Riverstone Holdings, said the investment is consistent with the energy and power investment specialist’s strategy of partnering with leading manufacturing and service companies that participate in technically demanding and service-intensive oil and gas operations globally:

“Proserv is a strong and emerging player in global offshore subsea services and equipment sector, where we believe capital spending and activity levels will grow over the long-term as companies like Proserv provide increasingly innovative, cost-effective solutions to offshore oil and gas producers. We look forward to working with David and his team to further build on the company’s success to date.”

Proserv was formed by Intervale Capital, a private equity firm focused on the oilfield services industry, through the integration of several specialty services businesses between 2008 and 2014.

Proserv is a global energy industry specialist with a 40-year track record in delivering bespoke solutions and services particularly in the drilling, production, subsea and marine markets. The company’s global talent pool has grown to more than 2,200 employees worldwide as a result of exceptional organic growth and a series of acquisitions. Its turnover has increased by 168% from $159m to $426m over the past three years.

Mr Lamont, who will continue as Proserv’s CEO, said: “Intervale has been a strong and supportive partner over the past seven years, working closely with the leadership team to develop and grow Proserv to be the company it is today. We are sincerely thankful for the role both Intervale and Weatherford have played in bringing the company to this significant point in our journey.”

Goldman Sachs and Simmons & Co advised both Proserv’s leadership team and Intervale throughout the transaction process. The agreement, which is subject to certain regulatory approvals, is expected to close by the end of this year. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Managing director of Simmons & Co, Nick Dalgarno, said: “We have enjoyed working with Proserv over the last five years and watched them transform over that period and emerge as a leader of the next generation of service companies. This has been driven by an exceptional management team which has delivered strong organic growth whilst integrating strategic acquisitions to position the business for the next phase of growth. Riverstone is the perfect partner to help them deliver this ambition.”


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