News Costain Buys Oil And Gas Engineer

Costain has acquired a 75% of the share capital of ClerkMaxwell, an Aberdeen-based front-end engineering and operations support services provider operating in the upstream oil & gas sector.

In addition, the group has simultaneously entered into a call option, which will provide Costain with the ability to acquire the remaining 25% of the share capital exercisable between 26 April and 31 May 2011.

Purchase price for 100% of the shares is an initial £3.2m, plus possible later payments, based on performance over the next three years.

For the year ended 31 December 2010, ClerkMaxwell reported EBITDA of £400,000 and pre-tax profit of £300,000 on revenues of £4m. It has gross assets of £1.1m and is being acquired on a debt and cash free basis.

The majority of ClerkMaxwell is being acquired from its senior management team and a private individual investor. The call option to acquire the remaining stake is between Costain and Meteor Investments.

ClerkMaxwell, all of whose senior management team and workforce of 50 people will remain with the business, will be integrated into the Costain’s Energy & Process division providing Costain with a full hydrocarbons value chain capability from upstream oil & gas, gas processing, LNG, gas storage through to downstream. The transaction also provides both companies with access to a larger and broader customer base.

Commenting on the acquisition, Andrew Wyllie, chief executive of Costain, said:
“We are delighted to have acquired ClerkMaxwell. It is absolutely in-line with our strategy of broadening our existing front-end consultancy, project delivery and operations and maintenance offering through a combination of organic development and acquisitions. ClerkMaxwell is a fast growing business and will add complementary capabilities to our existing operations in the oil and gas sector, enhancing the full-service offering we can provide to our blue-chip customers.”

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John Wilson, managing director of ClerkMaxwell, said:
“Costain is the perfect home for ClerkMaxwell. We will bring additional skills and reach to an already strong oil and gas capability and Costain’s established customer base will provide a major opportunity for us to realise our ambition of becoming a market-leading provider of value adding, front end engineering services.”

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