Arcapita sells Varel to Sandvik for $740m
Manama, February 3, 2014
Arcapita, a global investment management firm headquartered in Bahrain, has signed an agreement to sell Varel International Energy Services, a leading manufacturer of drill bits for the oil and gas, and mining and industrial industries, to Sweden-based Sandvik AB.
The total transaction value of the deal is approximately $740 million, a statement said.
The closing of the transaction is subject to standard regulatory approvals and certain environmental due diligence. It is likely that the sale will be finalised within in the first six months of 2014, the statement said.
Headquartered in Texas, US, Varel conducts business in over 60 countries through its operating divisions. The company employs over 1,300 personnel and has primary manufacturing and management facilities in the US, Mexico, France, Scotland and Russia. In addition, the company has significant regional sales and service or research facilities in the US, Canada, Peru, France, the UAE, Kazakhstan, Malaysia and Australia.
Kevin Keough, a director at Arcapita, said: "Since Arcapita’s acquisition of Varel in 2007 the company has continued to expand its product offering and global presence, maintaining its status as the largest independent and fastest growing drill bit company in the world. The management team, led by CEO Jim Nixon, and with the support of Arcapita and the company’s board of directors, has done an outstanding job of building a world-class organization that has created significant value for investors."
Through a combination of organic growth and the acquisition of DHP, the company has grown sales significantly in six years.
Atif A Abdulmalik, Arcapita’s chief executive officer, added: “The Arcapita team worked closely with the management of Varel to develop and deliver a strategy that propelled the business to a market leadership position and we are delighted with this outcome. Arcapita continues to focus on maximizing value and delivering successful exits to its investors." - TradeArabia News Service