18 March 2020
Varel International Energy Services announces multi-million-dollar investment from Blue Water Energy
- Varel to use investment to regain status as one of world’s leading international O&G suppliers
- India & Middle East targeted as key growth markets
- Derek Nixon succeeds Guillermo Aponte as President and new CEO; Former CEO Jim Nixon returns as Non-Executive Chairman
- Derek Nixon, new CEO of VIES, said: “Partnering with Blue Water Energy gives us the impetus to really drive growth across the company. Our aim is to restore Varel to the top of the industry.”
Varel International Energy Services, the international supplier to the Oil & Gas industry, has announced a multi-million-dollar investment from Blue Water Energy, the international private equity firm that specialises in the energy sector.
Varel International Energy Services (VIES) is the parent company of Varel, the global supplier of drilling solutions focused on the Oil & Gas industry, and Downhole Products (DHP), which specialises in well construction and well completions. It is headquartered in Houston, Texas, with premises also in Mexico, Scotland, France, Russia and Saudi Arabia.
Varel will use the investment from Blue Water Energy to drive growth in the medium term, with the aim of regaining its status as one of the world’s leading international Oil & Gas suppliers
A revised strategy will see Varel explore potential international growth prospects, including M&A opportunities, in the completions products market, as the number of wells and the length of projects continues to grow worldwide. VIES will also look to consolidate the highly fragmented completions market, particularly in the US, India and the Middle East.
Derek Nixon becomes the new Chief Executive Officer and President of VIES and will oversee the company’s new direction. Derek has been with VIES for 12 years and is currently Vice President of DHP. Derek joined Varel as a Field Salesman in 2006, later becoming Regional Manager before moving across to DHP in 2014. He became Vice President of DHP in 2016.
The deal also sees Jim Nixon, who previously spent 16 years as CEO of Varel before leaving in 2014, return as Non-Executive Chairman.
Derek Nixon, CEO of VIES, said: “Partnering with Blue Water Energy gives us the impetus to really drive growth across the company. Our aim is to restore Varel to the top of the industry.”
“The new leadership team and I are extremely motivated to take the company in a new direction. The business will be built around customer’s needs, quality products and exceptional performance.”
“There will inevitably be a shift in strategy as we look to take full advantage of international growth opportunities, especially in India and the Middle East. We have a very open attitude to the future of the company, including being acquisitive in those markets.”
Discussing his succeeding Guillermo Aponte, Derek Nixon said: “It is a great honor to follow Guillermo and become the new President and CEO for Varel and I wish him all the best for the future. I am excited about this opportunity and to bring back the entrepreneurial spirit and grow the business. We are going to go back to basics – putting the customer first and delivering quality products.”
Blue Water Energy, which has over $2.5bn under management across two funds, sees its portfolio grow to 23 companies as a result of the acquisition.
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About Varel & DHP
Varel is a global supplier of drilling solutions focusing on drill bits, Downhole Products for well construction and well completion. The key customer segment is in the Oil and Gas sector. The manufacturing sites are located in Houston (USA), Matamoros (Mexico), Aberdeen (Scotland), Tarbes (France), and Kurgan (Russia). The head office is based in Houston, Texas, USA.
VIES is the parent company of both DHP and Varel International. VIES is currently comprised of Varel Oil & Gas Drill Bits and Downhole Products.
In 2020, Blue Water Energy and its co-investor, the privately owned Nixon Energy Investments acquired Varel International Energy Services and Downhole Products. Sandvik remains a minority owner of 30% of the company and hold a position on the board.
About Blue Water Energy
Blue Water Energy is a specialist international private equity firm focused on the middle-market energy sector. Its team of experienced investment and operating professionals applies a distinctive ‘buy and build’ strategy to drive value creation across an existing portfolio of 22 companies around the world.
Based in London, Blue Water Energy today has $2.5bn under management across two funds as it continues to build on its global track record of value-adding investment.