Intelligent Wellhead Systems secures $35M financing from Pason and Werklund

Intelligent Wellhead Systems secures $35M financing from Pason and Werklund

Pason Systems Inc. (TSX: PSI) has agreed to invest $25 million for a minority interest in Intelligent Wellhead Systems Inc. (IWS). As part of the financing, Werklund Growth Fund L.P., an existing investor, will invest an additional $10 million in IWS.

Founded in 2011 by CEO Mitch Carlson, President Brad Martin, Calgary based Intelligent Wellhead Systems is a privately-owned oil and gas technology and service company that provides proprietary and unique surface control systems for various markets globally, including unconventional shale, subsea intervention, critical well intervention, and offshore operations.

Werklund Growth Fund L.P. is the investment vehicle of Werklund Family Office (WFO). David Werklund serves as Chairman of IWS.

photo credit: IWS

News Release

Pason Systems Inc. Announces Investment in Well Completions Technology Company

CALGARY, Oct. 2, 2019 /CNW/ – Pason Systems Inc. (“Pason”) (TSX:PSI) is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement to invest C$25 million to acquire a minority interest in Intelligent Wellhead Systems Inc. (“IWS”). IWS is a privately-owned oil and gas technology and service company that provides proprietary and unique surface control systems for various markets globally, including unconventional shale, subsea intervention, critical well intervention, and offshore operations. “Our investment in IWS represents the first truly compelling opportunity we have seen in the completions space. Building on Pason’s deep expertise in end-to-end data management and ruggedized field technologies, we couldn’t be more excited to play a role in IWS’ continued growth,” said Marcel Kessler, President and Chief Executive Officer of Pason.

The core technology on which IWS is built, the inVision System, is a proven technology that allows operators to have a digital window into the pressure control stack. This patented, non-invasive technology shows the real-time lateral position and size of tools and wireline within the pressure control stack, providing operators with the data required to enable automation and engineered safety controls. In unconventional shale, IWS’ system enables operators to frac more stages per day by decreasing swap time, speeding up wireline operations, preventing well control incidents, and providing real-time data to optimize site operations.

“We are thrilled to have Pason as a strategic investor and partner as we continue to expand our operations globally across the completions industry,” said IWS Co-Founder and CEO, Mitch Carlson. “When we thought about pursuing a strategic partnership for IWS, we wanted to align ourselves with the preeminent provider of rugged technologies deployed to remote areas, with an unparalleled reputation for outstanding customer service. With their 40-year track record as a global leader providing exceptional technology and service to the drilling industry, Pason was the ideal strategic partner for us.”

Pason has agreed to provide capital over a three-year period to support IWS and will also provide expertise in the domains critical to IWS’ growth. Over the last seven years, IWS has built an exceptional track record of business growth and commercialization. Pason would like to congratulate the founders for being nominated as finalists in the 2019 EY Entrepreneur of the Year® Awards.

Along with Pason’s C$25 million investment, Werklund Growth Fund L.P. (“WGF”) has acquired an additional C$10 million of equity in IWS. “As an early strategic investor in IWS we recognized the significance and potential of IWS’ technology,” said David Werklund, Chairman of Werklund Family Office Inc. (“WFO”). “We continue to believe in management and the IWS team’s ability to reshape and provide significant safety and efficiency gains to the industry. Our investment with Pason is another wonderful example of finding and supporting locally developed disruptive technologies that can be revolutionary on a global stage.”

Credit Suisse acted as financial advisor to WFO.

Source: Private Capital Journal

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