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LONDON, UK / ACCESSWIRE / November 29, 2017 / Active-Investors issued a free report on Civeo Corp. (NYSE: CVEO), which is readily accessible upon registration at www.active-investors.com/registration-sg/?symbol=CVEO as the Company's latest news hit the wire. On November 27, 2017, the Company announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire Noralta Lodge Ltd, a premier, Alberta-based provider of remote accommodations to the Canadian oil sands region. The transaction is valued approximately C$367 million ($289 million USD) subject to adjustments at closing. The deal combines two major workforce accommodation providers in the Canadian oil sands region. Sign up now for our free research reports at:


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Management Comments

Commenting on the acquisition of Noralta, Bradley J. Dodson, President and CEO of Civeo, said:

"It will enhance our catering and facilities management capabilities and will give us greater opportunities to optimize occupancy for our customers across more locations with wider accommodation options. This transaction combines the two Companies' operational strengths, facilities, and commitment to exceptional service, and strengthens our position as partner of choice for our customers."

Corey Smith, President and CEO of Noralta, added:

"This deal uniquely positions the combined Company to deliver customer-facing, full-service lodging solutions through a network of leading First Nation and community partnerships. Sharing a commitment to the oil sands region, Noralta and Civeo bring complementary expertise together, creating an enhanced service offering that will effectively meet the evolving needs of our customer base."

Details of the agreement

As per the terms of the acquisition agreement, Civeo will acquire 100% equity of Noralta for approximately C$367 million, on a cash-free, debt-free basis, subject to adjustment at closing. Out of the total, Civeo will pay C$210 million ($165 million) in cash and balance via 32.8 million Civeo's shares valued at $2.10 per share paid to Noralta's equity shareholders. Noralta's equity shareholders will be unable to sell any Civeo's shares for an 18-month period after the close of the transaction as per the terms of the agreement. Noralta's shareholders who have non-voting convertible preferred equity with 2% dividend rate will initially be convertible into 29.3 million Civeo's common shares. The preferred equity shareholders will have the right to convert their holdings into Civeo's shares only after two years of the closing of the transaction at 3.30 per share. This price represents a premium of 64% of Civeo's share price at the closing on November 24, 2017. However, Civeo holds the right to convert the preferred equity into Civeo's shares or redeem the entire preferred equity by paying cash including the dividend portion, at any point after the close of the transaction.

The issue of Civeo's shares as part of the agreement, will need Civeo's shareholders' approval. The transaction is expected to close in Q2 2018 and is subject to regulatory approvals and other closing conditions. Civeo plans to finance the cash portion of the transaction using a mix of cash in hand and existing revolving credit facility.

Once the transaction is completed, Noralta's shareholders will be allowed to nominate one director to the Civeo's Board.

Benefits of the deal

The transaction is expected to be accretive to the Company's cash flows and increase its operating cash flow by approximately 75% for the 12-month period ending on September 30, 2017. Civeo will also be able to reduce its debts from 4.4 times on standalone basis to 3.2 times on a pro forma combined basis. Civeo will also benefit from Noralta's ongoing contracts with two major oil sands producers which contribute to annual revenues up to C$130 million for the contract period. The transaction is expected to result in annual synergies of C$10 million by 2019 from various operational and corporate efficiencies. For the twelve-month period ending on August 31, 2017, Noralta's revenue was C$155 million, net income was C$32 million, and EBITDA came in at C$71 million.

Apart from the financial benefits, Civeo will also gain by expanding its portfolio of workforce accommodation offerings at multiple complementary locations and a majority of these would be premium private rooms. The acquisition is in-line with Civeo's strategy of making strategic acquisitions of operator-owned accommodation facilities, including investing in customer-facing technologies, and focusing on disciplined growth opportunities. The acquisition will allow the combined Company to have a stronger balance sheet due to increased cash flows and reduced debts. The existing contracts that Noralta has with two major oil sands producers are expected to have need for more accommodations even after contract period given the growth of their oil sands resources.

About Civeo Corp.

Houston, Texas based Civeo is a global workforce accommodation specialist with prominent market positions in the Canadian oil sands and the Australian natural resource regions. The Company offers a wide range of housing solutions for hundreds of thousands of workers on a long-term as well as temporary basis along with catering, facility management, water systems, and logistics services. Civeo has over 23,000 rooms across the 19 lodges owned by it in Canada and Australia

About Noralta Lodge

Alberta, Canada based Noralta is premier provider of remote accommodations to the Canadian oil sands region. It offers full service open lodge accommodations, facilities management services, and turnkey solutions. It has a total of 7,900 rooms out of which over 5,700 rooms are owned by it. These rooms are in eleven lodges located across Northern Alberta.

Stock Performance Snapshot

November 28, 2017 - At Tuesday's closing bell, Civeo's stock climbed 2.02%, ending the trading session at $2.02.

Volume traded for the day: 1.16 million shares, which was above the 3-month average volume of 842.48 thousand shares.

Stock performance in the last month – up 3.06%; previous three-month period – up 2.54%; past six-month period – up 8.60%; and last twelve-month - up 12.85%

After yesterday's close, Civeo's market cap was at $264.52 million.

The stock is part of the Services sector, categorized under the Business Services industry. This sector was up 0.9% at the end of the session.


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