SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nuverra Environmental Solutions, Inc. (NYSE American: NES) today announced it has acquired Clearwater Solutions, a leading operator of saltwater disposal wells (SWDs) in the Marcellus and Utica Shale areas, for $41.9 million, subject to customary purchase price adjustments.
This purchase more than doubles Nuverra’s SWD capacity in the region and will add value for each of its customers with more strategically located disposal capacity. Clearwater’s disposal wells at the Clearwater Three and Clearwater Five locations offer several offloading lanes and disposal capacity of 17,500 barrels per day. Its locations are in Guernsey County, Ohio, which is in the heart of the regional oil and gas activity.
Charlie Thompson, Interim Chief Executive Officer said, “The Clearwater acquisition significantly improves our competitive position in the Northeast marketplace due to the added capacity of the new wells and logistical advantages for our trucking business. Based on recent volume statistics, Nuverra will be the second largest commercial operator of SWDs in the region. Clearwater’s 2018 forecasted normalized EBITDA is approximately $8 million before synergies. Synergies expected to be realized through integration with our trucking operations would reduce the post-synergy acquisition multiple to less than four times EBITDA.”
In connection with this transaction, Nuverra’s two largest shareholders have provided financing of $32.5 million in the form of a bridge loan that will be repaid with proceeds from a planned offering to shareholders of common stock purchase rights. The rights offering will be made available to all shareholders on a pro rata basis and bridge loan lenders have committed to purchase the shares underlying any rights that are not exercised by other holders. In addition, the Company amended its first lien term loan to extend its maturity and received an additional $10 million of term loan proceeds that funded a portion of the Clearwater purchase price and made various other modifications to give the Company additional flexibility.
Conference Call Scheduled for October 8, 2018 at 8:30 am EST
Nuverra executives will comment on the acquisition of Clearwater Solutions during a live conference call, which is scheduled to begin at 8:30 am EST on Monday, October 8, 2018. Interested parties may participate in the call by dialing 800-263-0877 and using passcode 1015683 . Please see the “Nuverra Acquires Clearwater” presentation on our Investor Website at www.ir.nuverra.com for additional details.
About Clearwater Solutions
Clearwater is a leading provider of safe, environmentally friendly disposal of waste water used by the oil and gas industry in the Marcellus and Utica Shale areas.
Nuverra Environmental Solutions, Inc. is among the largest companies in the United States dedicated to providing comprehensive, full-cycle environmental solutions to customers in the energy market. Nuverra focuses on the delivery, collection, treatment, and disposal of restricted solids, water, wastewater, waste fluids, and hydrocarbons. The Company provides its suite of environmentally compliant and sustainable solutions to customers who demand stricter environmental compliance and accountability from their service providers. Find additional information about Nuverra in documents filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) at http://www.sec.gov.
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