Expro and Frank’s to combine to create a leading full-cycle service provider

Source: press release, 11 March 2021

Expro Chief Executive Officer, Mike Jardon
Expro Chief Executive Officer, Mike Jardon (photo: Expro)

Expro Group, a privately held international energy services company with market leadership in well access and well flow optimisation, and Frank’s International, a global oil services company that provides a broad range of highly engineered drilling and completions solutions and services, have announced a definitive agreement under which the companies will combine in an all-stock transaction. Upon the closing of the transaction, Expro shareholders will own approximately 65% of the combined entity, with Frank’s shareholders owning approximately 35%.

The combination brings together two companies with decades of market leadership, best-in-class safety and service quality performance, exceptional talent and global capabilities in well construction, well flow management, subsea well access, well intervention and production services. With a broad range of complementary, highly specialised equipment and services, the combined company will provide customers with cost-effective, innovative solutions across the well lifecycle, driving a stable, diverse revenue mix. The combined company will have a strong, debt-free balance sheet, robust order backlog, more than USD 1 billion of pro forma annual revenue as well as an ability to generate through-cycle free cash flow and growth.

“This transaction unites two established industry players to create a leading service provider with an extensive portfolio of capabilities across the well lifecycle,” says Mike Jardon, Chief Executive Officer of Expro. “Together, Expro and Frank’s will be better positioned to support our customers around the world and navigate industry cyclicality. This business combination also allows us to rationalise facilities and other support costs, optimise business processes, capitalise on profitable growth opportunities and create value for shareholders of both companies, particularly as the environment for international projects continues to improve.”

Jardon continues, “We expect the combined company’s scale, debt-free balance sheet and cash flow outlook will allow us to accelerate growth. This will be achieved through an enhanced ability to deliver integrated customer solutions and increased investments in digitalisation, autonomous operations and other technologies. The combination of Expro and Frank’s also allows us to advance our commitment to a lower carbon future, which is underpinned by our goals to maximise efficiency and improve our products and services to help the Company and its customers lower emissions. Finally, this transaction will unite two of the premier teams in the industry, and better allow us to attract, retain and develop the best workforce. We look forward to combining the strengths of our businesses and teams and building upon both companies’ proud track records of providing safe, reliable and cost-effective solutions and best-in-class service quality to Expro’s and Frank’s many customers.”

“Expro and Frank’s share complementary cultures, values and competencies – all of which support a smooth integration for our customers and employees,” says Mike Kearney, Chairman, President and CEO of Frank’s. “After undertaking a thorough process to consider a range of strategic alternatives, we are confident that this transaction presents a compelling opportunity for Frank’s shareholders to benefit from value creation led by returns-focused growth. The combination brings scale, improved profitability and free cash flow and, together, we will be better positioned for the industry recovery, of which we are in the early stages. We are extremely proud of Frank’s history and the talented individuals of Frank’s who helped build and sustain our great company. We expect this combination to create career development and advancement opportunities for many of our employees as part of a more balanced and stronger combined organisation.”

Upon closing of the transaction, Expro Chief Executive Officer, Mike Jardon, will become Chief Executive Officer of the combined company and will be a member of the Board of Directors. Mike Kearney, Frank’s Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, will serve as Chairman of the combined company. Quinn Fanning will serve as Chief Financial Officer of the combined company, and the remainder of the new leadership team is expected to include representatives of both companies.

In addition to Mike Kearney and Mike Jardon, the remainder of the combined company’s nine-member Board of Directors will comprise five additional directors appointed by Expro and two additional directors appointed by Frank’s.

The combined company will be operationally headquartered in Houston, Texas, and will maintain a significant operating presence in Lafayette, Louisiana, Aberdeen, Scotland and other key locations around the world. The principal executive office of the combined company will remain in the Netherlands.