Forum Energy Technologies Announces Sale of Interest in Ashtead Technology
August 21, 2019 at 6:50 AM EDT

HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 21, 2019-- Forum Energy Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: FET) announced today that its subsidiaries have entered into a definitive agreement to sell their aggregate 40% interest in Ashtead Technology, a subsea rentals company. Total consideration for Forum’s interest and the settlement of a Forum GBP 3 million loan to Ashtead will be $47.8 million. Forum will receive approximately $39 million in cash proceeds at close and a new approximately GBP 7 million loan with a three year maturity. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter. The buyers of Forum’s interest are Buckthorn Partners and other investors that currently own the majority of the equity interests in Ashtead.

Cris Gaut, Forum’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “The significant proceeds from this transaction will be used to further reduce debt, accelerating Forum’s debt reduction strategy. Over the last three quarters, Forum’s strong free cash flow generation has allowed us to reduce our net debt by approximately $54 million, and we expect this momentum to continue in the second half of 2019.

“Ashtead has performed well and grown rapidly since its merger with Forum’s subsea rentals product offering early last year. We wish Ashtead, its employees and its shareholders continued success.”

Ashtead Technology is a global leader in the provision of technically advanced subsea solutions, sensors, tools and systems. In addition to providing a comprehensive range of subsea survey, inspection, mechanical and ROV tooling equipment, Ashtead offers technical consultancy and custom-built solutions throughout the asset lifecycle, across the oil and gas and renewable energy sectors. Ashtead Technology employs in excess of 160 people across its global hubs in Aberdeen, Abu Dhabi, Broussard, Halifax, Houma, Houston, London and Singapore.

Forum became an investor in 2018 when it contributed its Forum Subsea Rentals products in exchange for a 40% equity interest in Ashtead. Ashtead contributed approximately $2.5 million of equity income excluding basis difference amortization to Forum’s results in the last twelve months ended June 2019.

Forum Energy Technologies is a global oilfield products company, serving the drilling, downhole, subsea, completions and production sectors of the oil and natural gas industry. The Company’s products include highly engineered capital equipment as well as products that are consumed in the drilling, well construction, production and transportation of oil and natural gas. Forum is headquartered in Houston, TX with manufacturing and distribution facilities strategically located around the globe. For more information, please visit

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Source: Forum Energy Technologies, Inc.

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