NCS Multistage to Acquire Spectrum Tracer Services, Adding Tracer Diagnostics Capabilities


HOUSTON, Aug. 30, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- NCS Multistage Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:NCSM) announced today that it has agreed, through a merger agreement, to acquire Spectrum Tracer Services, LLC, a leading provider of chemical and radioactive tracer diagnostics technologies used by oil and gas operators to assess completion performance, evaluate well production, and optimize field development strategies.

In making the announcement, Robert Nipper, NCS’s Chief Executive Officer, said, “Spectrum’s differentiated tracer diagnostics services fully align with our commitment to help customers optimize their oil and natural gas well completions and field development strategies. Adding tracer diagnostics to our leading pinpoint fracturing technology and our Anderson Thompson Reservoir Strategies business further strengthens our ability to provide our customers with actionable data and analysis to optimize their completions strategies.”

Nipper also addressed the two companies’ respective market strengths and the potential for accelerating growth opportunities, saying, "Both companies serve the completions segment of the oil and natural gas industry, primarily in North America. Spectrum has a very strong U.S. market presence, which provides us the opportunity to accelerate the growth of our U.S. market share in multistage hydraulic fracturing. At the same time, our significant market share in Canada should provide growth opportunities for Spectrum’s services in that market.”

Steve Faurot, Spectrum’s President and a founder of the company, stated, "Joining the NCS family is a great step for our company. Over the past seven years, our team has successfully demonstrated the value of tracer diagnostics services to our customers and has led advancements within our industry. We look forward to joining with NCS, as part of a broader platform that will support further innovation and maximize our growth opportunities."

The merger consideration of $80 million, on a cash-free, debt-free basis, will be comprised of approximately $73 million of cash and approximately 0.4 million NCS shares, subject to certain other adjustments. An earn-out provision could provide up to $12.5 million in additional cash consideration if certain financial performance measures related to Spectrum’s operations are achieved. NCS expects the transaction to close, subject to satisfaction or waiver of certain customary closing conditions, on August 31, 2017, and expects the transaction to be accretive to EPS in the first year.

Vinson & Elkins, L.L.P. provided legal advice to NCS. Simmons & Company International, Energy Specialists of Piper Jaffray & Co., acted as exclusive financial advisor and Johnson & Jones, P.C. acted as legal advisor to Spectrum in the transaction.

About NCS Multistage

NCS Multistage Holdings, Inc. is a leading provider of highly engineered products and support services that facilitate the optimization of oil and natural gas well completions and field development strategies. The Company provides products and services to exploration and production companies for use in horizontal wells in unconventional oil and natural gas formations throughout North America and in selected international markets, including Argentina, China and Russia. The Company’s common stock is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol “NCSM”. Additional information is available on the Company’s website,

About Spectrum Tracer Services

Spectrum Tracer Services, LLC is a downhole chemical and radioactive (“RA”) tracer technology company specializing in well completion diagnostics and reservoir characterization. Spectrum’s fracture fluid identifier tracers (“FFITM”), oil-soluble tracers (“OSTTM”) and Natural Gas Tracers (“NTTM”), enable efficient, cost-effective downhole diagnostics, providing oil and gas operators with critical data to efficiently optimize reservoir development and production. Spectrum provides its services throughout North America. For more information about Spectrum, visit

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