Precision Drilling Corp. is acquiring fellow Canadian player CWC Energy Services, the latest deal in a flurry of oilfield services consolidation.

Precision Drilling agreed to acquire all of CWC’s common shares in a cash-and-stock deal valued at CA$141 (US$103) million, the two Calgary-based companies announced Sept. 7.

The deal includes Precision shares valued at approximately CA$88 million, CA$14 million in cash and the assumption of CWC outstanding debt. The equity prices are based on Precision’s Sept. 1 closing price on the Toronto Stock Exchange of CA$92.58 per share.

Scooping up CWC, a contract drilling and well completions provider, will grow Precision’s fleet by 62 service rigs and seven drilling rigs in Canada; and by 11 marketed drilling rigs in the U.S.

Precision said that CWC has three Canadian drilling rigs and seven U.S. drilling rigs currently deployed for customers.

Once fully integrated, Precision anticipates realizing around CA$20 million in annual operating synergies by combining with CWC. Precision has also identified around CA$20 million in excess CWC properties it anticipates selling after closing.

“With the expected synergies and by further leveraging our scale, we believe the transaction will be accretive to earnings and provide significant cash flow to drive shareholder returns and support our debt reduction strategy,” said Precision President and CEO Kevin Neveu in a news release.

The deal is expected to close in the fourth quarter, subject to approval by CWC shareholders and regulators.

“Today we announce a strategic combination with Precision which has the size and scale that will allow for expanded opportunities for our employees, enhanced services for our customers and CWC shareholder participation in one of the leading innovative companies in our industry,” said CWC President and CEO Duncan Au in a separate news release.

Precision Drilling Expands in US, Canada with CWC Energy Services Acquisition
Precision’s Canadian operations during 2023. (Precision Drilling investor presentation)

When the company reported second-quarter earnings in July, Precision had 58 active rigs running in Canada and 43 active rigs in the U.S.

Precision Drilling Expands in US, Canada with CWC Energy Services Acquisition
Precision’s has international operations in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. (Precision Drilling investor presentation)


Precision said it remains on track to reduce its debt by CA$150 million this year—despite piling onto its debt load by adding another CA$40 million with the CWC acquisition.

The company previously committed to reducing its debt levels by CA$500 million between 2022 and 2025, with a goal of reaching a net debt-to-adjusted EBITDA ratio of less than 1x by year-end 2025.

Precision has paid down CA$100 million in debt through the first half of 2023, the company reported in second-quarter earnings. The firm anticipates its net debt-to-adjusted EBITDA ratio falling to between 1.25x and 1.5x by the end of the year.

Other players in the oilfield services space are seeking greater scale by combining. Patterson-UTI and NexTier Oilfield Solutions recently closed a $5.4 billion merger, creating one of North America’s largest services providers.

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Patterson-UTI’s contract drilling business grew to 172 super-spec drilling rigs, while its well completions segment—which will operate under the NexTier brand—has 3.3 million horsepower of hydraulic fracturing capacity.

Before closing the NexTier merger, Patterson-UTI acquired specialized drill bit provider Ulterra Drilling Technologies in a cash-and-stock deal worth $780 million.

In late August, Expro announced plans to acquire offshore services provider PRT Offshore for total consideration of $106 million.

And services provider RPC Inc. expanded its cementing business with a roughly $80 million acquisition of Spinnaker Oilwell Services LLC.