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Rival acquires hunting subsidiary assets to support international expansion

Dec 20, 2020
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Hunting and Rival Downhole Tools have announced that Rival has acquired the operating assets of Hunting Energy Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hunting, in exchange for Hunting securing a minority equity interest in Rival.                                                                    

The complementary technologies, manufacturing, geographical footprints and engineering capabilities of the combined organisations - with 37 years’ experience in downhole technologies - will further establish Rival’s market position as one of the top downhole tool providers to the onshore U.S. market. In addition, the deal will provide the catalyst for future international expansion in the Middle East and, in particular in Saudi Arabia.

Neil Fletcher, Chief Executive Officer of Rival, commented:“This transaction marks a milestone in our mission to build a market leadership position and provide a complete offering in downhole tools, in our view increasing the value of our company by over $25 million. The addition of Hunting’s drilling tool business will enable us to not only serve the U.S. but also accelerate market reach and product development, leaving us ideally placed for a series of international launches in 2021 starting with the Middle East. We are securing significant annual cost synergies, coupling top tier engineering with manufacturing capabilities, and expanding our product offerings to be well positioned in the U.S. and to launch overseas. This is a big moment for Rival.”

Commenting on the transaction, Jim Johnson, Chief Executive of Hunting, said:“The combination of Hunting’s Drilling Tools assets with Rival creates a business with a larger operating footprint, with leading technology and products. The synergies identified will enable a compelling platform to operate within the competitive U.S. onshore market, while extending the customer partnerships of the combined business. The transaction also provides ongoing exposure to the drilling tools market, while allowing Hunting to refocus our capital allocation to other business opportunities.”

HESDT manufactures, owns and leases downhole tools for oil and gas operations, with facilities in Conroe and Odessa, Texas, Casper, Wyoming, and Latrobe, Pennsylvania. Rival provides downhole drilling technologies from its Midland, Texas, and Houston locations, with third-party engineering services and a company headquarters based in Houston. In addition to the Middle East, other target markets for Rival’s international expansion - with unconventional assets perfectly suited to Rival’s technologies - include Argentina and China.

Rival’s leadership team will remain in their existing roles and HESDT’s General Manager will join the expanded business.