By March 16, 2016 Read More →

Trican closes sale of US fracking business

Trican will pay down debt, strengthen balance sheet to weather industry downturn caused by low oil prices


Dale Dusterhoft, CEO of Trican.

Trican Well Service Ltd. says it expects to close the sale of its United States fracking business today to Keane Group, a privately-held U.S.-based well completion services company.

As previously announced, the transaction involves the sale of all of the fracking and select related assets, and the assumption of certain liabilities, of Trican Well Service, L.P., Trican’s wholly-owned subsidiary, for a purchase price of US $200 million, or approximately CDN $267 million.

“We are very pleased to close this transaction and to finalize the amendments to our financial covenants,” said Dale Dusterhoft, CEO of Trican.

“We are very proud of the business Trican built in the United States. We believe, however, that it is critical at this time to focus on improving the profitability of our Canadian business.”

Trican has received 10 per cent of the shares of Keane Group Holdings, LLC, as well as certain economic interests in Keane that represent up to an additional 20 per cent economic participation above certain thresholds upon a Keane liquidity event.

Trican says it intends to apply the net cash proceeds from this transaction to reduce its outstanding debt. Trican’s net debt (net of cash and the hedge receivable) is expected to be approximately CDN $205 million following the paydown.

Concurrently with the closing of this transaction, the previously announced amendments to Trican’s lending agreement with its bank lenders under its RCF, as well as to Trican’s senior notes, will come into effect.


These amendments are consistent with those disclosed in the corporation’s press release from Jan. 26, including the waiving of all financial covenants until the third quarter of 2016, and relaxed financial covenants thereafter until the first quarter of 2018.

“These transactions allow us to further strengthen our balance sheet in order to weather the current economic downturn,” said Dusterhoft.

“We wish to thank all of the employees who helped us build our U.S. business, and we look forward to their continued success in the Keane organization, in which Trican will share through our continued investment in the business.”

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