Varel Acquires Downhole Products

Varel International announced today that it has acquired Aberdeen-based, Downhole Products Plc (DHP), a leader in high-end centralizers and reamer shoes utilized in the construction and completion of oil and gas wells. The acquisition was supported by Arcapita, Varel's primary investor, with financing support made possible through the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS). Additionally, as part of this acquisition, a new holding company called Varel International Energy Services (VIES) was established. This holding company owns both Downhole Products and Varel International, the world's fastest growing drill bit company.

"This acquisition demonstrates the continued growth and success we are experiencing with our new investors, Arcapita," said Jim Nixon, President and CEO of Varel International. "This transaction includes two important milestones for our company: the creation of Varel International Energy Services—our new holding company—and our first acquisition under Arcapita. Both activities have been part of our strategic growth plan. We appreciate the support given by Arcapita and RBS, our financing partner, with regards to this transaction. Their hard work and cooperation allowed us to close the transaction within a compressed timetable."

Acquisition Will Strengthen Global Sales of DHP Products

DHP was founded in 1994 by Bill Barron, Alistair Clark and Ian Kirk, who will lead the operations of Downhole Products as a separate division of Varel International Energy Services.

The company's range of patented centralizers, reamer shoes and well completion products provide significant benefits to end users, particularly in challenging extended reach wells. The new relationship with VIES will provide DHP financial and operational support, which will help accelerate growth with current and new customers, as well as increase the company's ability to deliver innovative solutions for customers responsible for well completion.

Presently, DHP has a global presence with affiliates located in Houston and Venezuela. The firm has achieved significant growth in the past few years by leveraging innovative technology with several global blue chip customers.

"As a result of the acquisition," said Nixon, "we will leverage Varel's established network of global sales and distribution resources to strengthen the usage and sales of DHP products around the world."

"We are really pleased that a company like Varel with such forward-thinking has acquired Downhole Products—this will help accelerate our growth in both existing and new market places," said Ian Kirk, one of the founders of Downhole Products. "There are many synergies between the groups that will also give rise to new innovation, job security and new employment opportunities. We look forward to exciting times ahead as a Varel International Energy Services Company."