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Expro to Enhance Well Construction and Well Intervention & Integrity Offerings With Acquisition of Aberdeen Scotland-based Coretrax

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Expro (NYSE: XPRO) announces the acquisition of Coretrax for $210 million, combining technology solutions for well construction and intervention. The deal includes cash and newly issued shares, targeting cost synergies and expanding global operations.
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The acquisition of Coretrax by Expro for a total consideration of approximately $210 million marks a significant strategic move in the energy services sector. The transaction multiples, at roughly 4.7x Coretrax's estimated 2024 Adjusted EBITDA, fall within a reasonable range for the industry, suggesting a balanced valuation. The financial structuring, with at least $75 million in cash and the remainder in newly issued shares, indicates Expro's confidence in leveraging its stock to finance acquisitions while maintaining liquidity.

From a financial perspective, the targeted $10 million of annual run-rate cost synergies within 18 months could improve Expro's operating margins and potentially enhance shareholder value. Investors should monitor the realization of these synergies closely, as they are critical for justifying the acquisition cost and achieving the expected returns.

Expro's acquisition of Coretrax is poised to expand its global footprint, particularly in the North and Latin America, Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa and Middle East and North Africa regions. This diversification can provide resilience against regional market volatility and offers growth opportunities in new territories. The integration of Coretrax's technology with Expro's services could position the combined entity as a provider of comprehensive well construction and intervention solutions, potentially increasing their market share.

Furthermore, Coretrax's 'best-in-class' expandables business is a significant addition to Expro's portfolio. The ability to deploy these solutions across different conveyance systems enhances operational flexibility and could be a differentiating factor when bidding for contracts. The strategic fit and complementary technologies may enable Expro to offer more competitive and innovative solutions, which could attract new clients and strengthen relationships with existing ones.

The strategic acquisition by Expro reflects the ongoing consolidation trend within the energy services industry, aimed at enhancing technological capabilities and optimizing service offerings. Coretrax's performance drilling tools and wellbore cleanup solutions are integral to improving drilling efficiency and extending the life of wells, which are key concerns for energy producers, especially in a context of cost management and environmental considerations.

The emphasis on technology-enabled solutions is in line with the industry's push towards digitalization and efficiency. Expro's ability to leverage Coretrax's innovative tools, such as the DAV-MX downhole circulation tool and HyPR Holesaver, could lead to safer and more cost-effective operations. This could be particularly beneficial in the current climate of fluctuating oil prices, where operational efficiency and cost reduction are paramount.

HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Expro (NYSE: XPRO), a leading provider of energy services, today announced it had entered into a definitive agreement (subject to customary closing conditions and working capital adjustments) to acquire Coretrax, a technology leader in performance drilling tools and wellbore cleanup, well integrity and production optimization solutions, from an investment group led by Buckthorn Partners.

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Total consideration to be paid at closing is approximately $210 million, including at least $75 million of cash and up to 6.75 million newly issued Expro common shares. The cash component of the proposed transaction may be increased at Expro’s election, and the notional value of any equity consideration will be unitized based on Expro’s thirty trading day volume weighted average price (“VWAP”) prior to closing, which is expected to occur in the second quarter of 2024. Excluding possible cost and revenue synergies, total consideration is approximately 4.7x Coretrax’s estimated 2024 Adjusted EBITDA. Expro is targeting up to $10 million of annual run-rate cost synergies to be achieved in the first 18 months.

The acquisition of Coretrax will enable Expro to expand its portfolio of cost-effective, technology-enabled Well Construction and Well Intervention & Integrity solutions, particularly across the North and Latin America (NLA), Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa (ESSA) and Middle East and North Africa (MENA) regions. Building on Coretrax’s successful 15-year history, the acquisition will accelerate the availability of the company’s innovative, high value-adding tools by leveraging Expro’s global operating footprint.

Within Well Construction, the combination of Coretrax’s field proven technology offering with Expro’s existing drilling optimization portfolio provides a comprehensive solutions toolbox. These solutions include the DAV-MX downhole circulation tool, the HyPR Holesaver hydraulic pipe recovery system, and the Activated Drilling Scrapper (ADS) debris recovery system. Within Well Intervention & Integrity, Coretrax’s brings its best-in-class expandables business, which includes the only expandables solution that can be deployed on any of three conveyance systems (coil tubing, wireline or drill pipe).

Michael Jardon, Expro Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are thrilled to announce our proposed acquisition of Coretrax, and look forward to welcoming John Fraser and his teammates to the Expro family. Coretrax has a complementary offering to Expro with little overlap and will bolster the portfolio of technology-enabled services and solutions offered through our Well Construction and Well Intervention & Integrity product lines, adding significant value to our clients from innovative technologies that reduce risk and cost, optimize drilling efficiency, extend the life of existing well stock, and optimize production.

“The integration of Coretrax’s leading technologies will strengthen our foothold in ESSA and MENA where both companies have strong, established positions, and is expected to open new avenues for growth in NLA and Asia-Pacific. We look forward to leveraging the complementary capabilities and customer relationships of Expro and Coretrax to deliver additional value to our customers and other stakeholders."

John Fraser, CEO at Coretrax said: “I’m excited about the opportunities the acquisition brings for Coretrax and our team. The synergies between our respective technology portfolios will enable us to grow our market share while significantly increasing our capabilities to tackle the most complex well challenges. We are proud of the innovation-led approach, strong customer base and performance history that we developed over the last 15 years, and we look forward to joining forces with Expro to create greater value for our customers globally.”

Wells Fargo Securities, LLC is serving as financial advisor to Expro and CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP is acting as legal counsel on the transaction.

Evercore is serving as financial advisor, Blackwoods is acting as legal counsel to Coretrax, and Sidley Austin is acting as legal counsel to Buckthorn Partners on the transaction.

Notes to Editors:

Expro

Working for clients across the entire well life cycle, Expro is a leading provider of energy services, offering cost-effective, innovative solutions and what the Company considers to be best-in-class safety and service quality. The Company’s extensive portfolio of capabilities spans well construction, well flow management, subsea well access, and well intervention and integrity solutions.

With roots dating to 1938, Expro has approximately 8,000 employees and provides services and solutions to leading exploration and production companies in both onshore and offshore environments in approximately 60 countries.

For more information, please visit expro.com and connect with Expro on X (formerly Twitter) @ExproGroup and LinkedIn @Expro.

Coretrax

Headquartered in Aberdeen, UK, Coretrax operates globally with over 50 technologies and an intellectual property portfolio of 280+ patents across the full lifecycle of the well. These technology-enabled services provide cost-effective, high impact, safe solutions to the customer. Coretrax employs approximately 320 people across 11 global locations.

For more information visit coretrax.com

Buckthorn

Buckthorn Partners is a UK investment company focused on acquiring and growing energy products and services businesses involved in the energy transition. Since 2014 Buckthorn has made 18 investments across six platforms, providing portfolio companies with industry experience, a broad industry network, primary capital, M&A expertise and strategic advice. Working in partnership with experienced management teams, Buckthorn helps build successful companies both organically and through M&A.

SPECIAL NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This press release, and oral statements made from time to time by representatives of Expro Group Holdings N.V. (“the Company”), may contain certain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding, among other things, the estimates and projections regarding the outcome and benefits of the proposed Coretrax acquisition, Coretrax’s estimated Adjusted EBITDA for 2024, the Company’s ability to achieve the anticipated synergies as a result of the proposed Coretrax acquisition, the timing of the closing of the proposed Coretrax acquisition and the Company’s future business strategy and prospects for growth, and are indicated by words or phrases such as “anticipate,” “outlook,” “estimate,” “expect,” “project,” “believe,” “envision,” “goal,” “target,” “can,” “will,” and similar words or phrases. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from the future results, performance or achievements expressed in or implied by such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based largely on the Company’s expectations and judgments and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, many of which are unforeseeable and beyond our control. The factors that could cause actual results, performance or achievements to materially differ include, among others the risk factors identified in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, Form 10-Q and Form 8-K reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, historical practice, or otherwise.

The Company is not able to provide a reconciliation of Coretrax’s forward-looking Adjusted EBITDA to the most directly comparable measure in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles without unreasonable effort because of the inherent difficulty in forecasting and quantifying certain amounts necessary for such a reconciliation, including net income (loss).

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The total consideration for acquiring Coretrax by Expro is approximately $210 million.

The expected closing of the acquisition deal between Expro and Coretrax is in the second quarter of 2024.

Expro aims to expand its portfolio in North and Latin America (NLA), Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa (ESSA), and Middle East and North Africa (MENA) regions through the acquisition of Coretrax.

Expro will benefit from Coretrax's technology solutions such as the DAV-MX downhole circulation tool, HyPR Holesaver hydraulic pipe recovery system, and Activated Drilling Scrapper (ADS) debris recovery system.

Expro plans to achieve up to $10 million of annual run-rate cost synergies in the first 18 months after acquiring Coretrax.
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expro’s mission is well flow management. we provide services and products that measure, improve, control and process flow from high-value oil and gas wells, from exploration and appraisal through to mature field production optimisation and enhancement. with a specific focus on offshore, deepwater and other technically challenging environments, we provide a range of mission critical services across three key areas: - well test & appraisal services - subsea, completion & intervention services - production services for more information, please visit: www.exprogroup.com/about-us