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Rival Downhole Tools acquires operating assets of Hunting Energy Services

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Hunting PLC and Rival Downhole Tools LC have announced that Rival has acquired the operating assets of Hunting Energy Services (Drilling Tools), Inc. (HESDT), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hunting, in exchange for Hunting securing a minority equity interest in Rival.

Neil Fletcher, CEO 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 US$25 million. The addition of Hunting’s drilling tool business will enable us to not only serve the US 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 US 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 US 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. Rival’s Board of Managers will be expanded with Hunting appointing a Board Manager to oversee its rights and obligations as a minority equity holder.

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