HitecVision AS First six months 2015

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HitecVision AS


HitecVision AS – First six months 2015

HitecVision is a leading investor in the international oil and gas industry, and the largest private equity investor in Europe to specialize exclusively in this industry. From its offices in Stavanger, Oslo and Houston, HitecVision invests in mid-size companies across the whole oil and gas sector in Europe and North America, including oilfield services and technology companies and exploration and production (E&P) companies. The staff of 60 is largely drawn from the oil industry itself, combining the company’s over 25 years of investment history in this industry with the staff’s operational know-how and experience to create value in the portfolio companies.

Over the last 25 years, HitecVision has invested in, established or acquired over 150 companies (including add-ons) and exited more than 100 of these. HitecVision currently advises five private equity funds with a total committed capital base of USD 5 billion, drawn from an institutional investor base that comprises leading European and American institutions, pension funds, fund-of-funds, sovereign wealth funds, endowments and family offices.


The backdrop for this report is the decline in the

oil price over the last year, and the

corresponding industry downturn, which is

affecting our activities in several ways. On the

one hand, most of the Funds’ portfolio

companies are feeling the impact of the downturn

– although to a varying degree. The growth

challenges of recent years have in many cases

been replaced by challenges related to

down-scaling and right-sizing of companies, combined

with increased margin pressure. Our focus in this

situation is on operational issues to help the

companies adjust to the new situation and regain

profitability at lower volumes, as well as

structural and financial issues.

On the other hand, the new situation opens

interesting opportunities, both investment

opportunities for the funds, and business and

acquisition opportunities for the portfolio

companies, and we are also focusing on these.

The current industry climate is not conducive to

exit activities. Nevertheless, in the first half of

the year, we have exited two companies: Fund

IV company Seabox AS was sold to National

Oilwell Varco in April, and Agility Contracting AS,

a subsidiary of Fund V portfolio company Agility

Group, was sold to NLI, also in April.

We have also added the fourth new platform

investment to Fund VII: Houston based

Underwater Integrity Systems, a buy and build

platform aiming to consolidate small and mid-size

providers of subsea asset integrity products and


Further key events are provided on the next page.


HitecVision’s revenues for the first six months of

2015 were NOK 152.5 million, against NOK

130.5 million for the corresponding period in

2014. Net income after tax was NOK 40.1 million,

against NOK 38.8 million for the first six months

of 2014.

HitecVision paid out dividends of NOK 156

million in May.


Due to the long term nature of fund advisory

agreements, a significant part of the company’s

revenues is fairly transparent for several years to

come. HitecVision also has a strong balance

sheet with an equity ratio of 78%, enabling it to

meet its investment obligations in relation to the



As at 18


August 2015, HitecVision had 180

registered shareholders. The HitecVision share is

listed on the A list of Norwegian Over The

Counter (NOTC) market, organized by the

Norwegian Securities Dealers Association.

HitecVision publishes annual and half year




Fund VII

Key data:

Final closing: 3rd April 2014 Committed capital: 1900 MUSD HitecVision committed capital: 62.5 MUSD Fund maturity: 2014 - 2024

Fund VII is in the early stages of its investment

period. The Fund made its fourth platform

investment through the start-up of

Houston-based Underwater Integrity Systems, in March.

The Fund is targeting a portfolio of up to 14

platform investments, primarily within the North

Sea region and North America. Equity

investments per portfolio company is expected to

range from USD 50 million to USD 300 million.

The Fund expects to make a number of add-on

acquisitions to several of the portfolio companies.

In addition to the founding of UIS, key events

during the first half year include the acquisition

and delisting of Rocksource ASA (subsequently

renamed PURE E&P AS); and CapeOmega’s

acquisition of Noreco’s holding in the Oselvar


Fund VI

Key data:

Final closing: 2nd December 2011 Committed capital: 1546 MUSD HitecVision committed capital: 11.6 MUSD Fund maturity: 2011 - 2021

Fund VI is fully invested, i.e. it is closed for new

direct investments, and the remaining capital will

be used for add-on and follow-on investments in

the existing 11 portfolio companies.

Our main activities regarding this portfolio are

focused on growing the companies organically

and through acquisitions. Key events during the

first half include completion of the merger of

three portfolio companies to form the new Global

Maritime Group; Flux Group’s acquisition of Vest

Ventil, and Offshore Merchant Partners’

sale-and-leaseback transaction with PGS.

HitecVision Asset Solutions

Key data:

Final closing: 2nd June 2010 Committed capital: 420 MUSD HitecVision committed capital: 15.8 MUSD Fund maturity: 2010 – 2018

Fund HVAS is fully invested and the remaining

capital will be used for follow-on investments in

the remaining two portfolio companies. A key

event in the first half is Atlantica Beta’s

completion of its first well for Petrobras, offshore


Fund V

Key data:

Final closing: 10th March 2008 Committed capital: 816 MUSD HitecVision committed capital: 8.2 MUSD Fund maturity: 2007 – 2017

Fund V is fully invested, i.e. it is closed for new

direct investments, and the remaining capital will

be used for add-on and follow-on investments in

the existing portfolio companies. Following a

number of realisations, the Fund has five

remaining portfolio companies.

Our main activities regarding this portfolio are

focused on growing the companies organically

and through acquisitions, and improving their

performance. Some of the companies have

matured to a degree where they may be

preparing for exits.

Key events in the first half of 2015 include Agility

Group’s sale of Agility Contracting.

Fund IV

Key data:

Final closing: 31st May 2006 Total committed capital: 300 MUSD HitecVision committed capital: 9.8 MUSD Fund maturity: 2006 – 2018

Fund IV is fully invested, and the remaining

capital will be used for add-on and follow-on

investments in the existing portfolio companies.

Following a number of exits, the company has

three remaining portfolio companies.

Our main activities regarding these companies

are related to preparing them for exits, and in the

first half of the year, Seabox AS was sold to

National Oilwell. Other key events include

Apply’s NOK 2 billion contract to build the living

quarters for the Johan Sverdrup field, and the

acquisition of IT provider Network Scenario, now


Stavanger, 27th August 2015

The Board of HitecVision AS



HitecVision Group

(all figures in NOK 1,000)





Operating revenue

123 482

227 695

111 415

Income from associated companies

29 057

200 838

19 098

Total revenues

152 539

428 533

130 513

Operating expenses

104 334

188 150

85 502

Depreciation & amortisation

2 136

3 093

1 099

Net operating income

46 069

237 290

43 911

Net financial income/-loss




Net income before taxes

45 638

237 541

43 847

Income tax

(5 517)

(7 124)

(5 082)

Net income

40 120

230 417

38 766


Tangible fixed assets

13 360

15 281

8 460

Financial fixed assets

259 529

340 252

200 484

Long term receivables

39 148

45 799

52 377

Short term receivables

7 421

16 621

7 997

Cash and deposits

44 735

18 847

16 818

Total assets

364 192

436 799

286 137


284 193

237 686

201 378

Deferred tax liability

9 289

11 085

9 566

Current liabilities to financial institutions

39 158


20 466

Tax payable

2 930


3 203

Dividend payable


156 480

-Other current liabilities

28 622

31 548

51 524

Total equity and liabilities

364 192

436 799

286 137




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CapeOmega is a start-up E&P company focusing on increased value creation in mature oil and gas fields on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. The plan is to build a late-life E&P company and achieve operational excellence through the use of state of the art technology and learning from repeated late life

operations. Pure E&P


Pure E&P (formerly Rocksource), is a Norwegian exploration focused E&P company pursuing growth opportunities on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS). The company was established through the acquisition of Rocksource ASA, which was listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange.

Underwater Integrity Solutions


Underwater Integrity Solutions, located in Houston, is a recently established buy-and-build platform within the subsea asset integrity market, focused on bundling asset-light service offerings. UIS will focus on acquiring companies that provide engineering, data management, inspection, maintenance and bespoke repair of subsea assets.



Spike Exploration


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Global Maritime


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Axis Offshore is a provider of high specification offshore Accommodation & Support Vessels (floatels) servicing the offshore oil & gas industry. The company is a joint venture between Danish shipowner J. Lauritzen A/S and HitecVision. Axis Offshore owns and operates the high-specification ASV mono-hull Dan Swift, which is currently on charter to Petrobras in Brazil, and has two high-specification DP3 semi-submersible ASVs under construction.

Momek Group


Momek Group, headquartered in Mo i Rana, is one of the largest industrial contractors in Northern Norway, providing services to the oil & gas, mining and process industries. Momek Group operates through three divisions: Fabrication; Maintenance and Modification; and Civil.

Suretank Group


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Energy Drilling


Energy Drilling is a tender drilling company offering cost-effective solutions to the offshore drilling market. The company is led by a management team with considerable experience from the tender drilling market and has one unit in operations on long term contract, one unit recently delivered, and one under construction.

Offshore Merchant Partners


Offshore Merchant Partners is an alternative finance and asset management company targeting the offshore oil and gas industry. The company focuses on deal structuring, financing and management of offshore assets, and aims to be the advisor of dedicated pools of capital to be invested in mobile offshore oil and gas assets with long dated return profiles.


www.deepwell.no DeepWell is a well intervention company primarily providing cased hole wireline

services to oil companies. The company is headquartered in and has its operational base outside of Haugesund, Norway.

Aquamarine Subsea


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Flux Group


Flux Group is a buy and build platform consolidating small and mid-size providers of products and related services in the oil & gas value chain. Over the past year, Flux has established attractive positions in valves and piping.


Ocean Installer


Ocean Installer AS is a subsea service provider within the Subsea construction, Umbilicals, Risers and Flowlines (SURF) segment. The company performs full Engineering Procurement Construction and Installation (“EPCI”) SURF work, based on leased vessels. Ocean Installer is based in Stavanger and operates in several geographic markets globally.

Atlantica Tender Drilling


Houston-based Atlantica Tender Drilling Ltd designs, fabricates and operates safe and efficient tender drilling units. Atlantica Tender Drilling Ltd has designed and built two tender drilling rigs, where one is in operation off the coast of West Africa and one offshore Brazil, while two more tender drilling rigs are under construction for delivery in 2015 and 2016.


Troms Offshore Supply


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Axon Energy Products


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Align is a group of colompanies providing process and safety-critical products and solutions as well as services that maintain lifecycle-long performance. Align has a strong position and extensive experience in selected niche markets within the Norwegian oil and gas industry and selected international markets.

Core Energy


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Teresoft is Norwegian supplier of drilling and well performance software and solutions, and consists of the companies eDrilling, Oiltec and Trade Tech. Partly exited:

Agility Group


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Merrick Systems


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Pioneering the offshore communications industry, Tampnet has developed a high capacity, resilient and low latency communication network of fiber backbone cables and radio links, serving the Norwegian and the UK offshore oil and gas sector. The Fund realized its investment in 2012 through a sale of the company to EQT Infrastructure.



Naxys was a supplier of advanced subsea acoustic sensor products and systems which developed into a world leading subsea monitoring company with unique products for subsea leak detection and condition monitoring. The Fund realized its investment in 2012 through a sale of the company to GE.



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Aarbakke Group


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Partly exited:



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Subsea Technology Group



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managing IT solutions for businesses in the oil and gas industry. The Fund realized parts of its investment in 2011 through a sale of the company’s former subsidiaries Bennex and Poseidon to Siemens, and in 2015 through the sale of subsidiary Seabox to NOV.


Noble Denton Holding


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Vector is an internationally recognized manufacturer of proprietary pipe connection and sealing solutions and subsea applications. Vector has manufacturing facilities in Norway and Wales, and distribution centers worldwide. The Fund realized its investment in 2012 through a sale of the company to the Freudenberg Group. Icarus supplies piping materials and manufactured valves to the oil, -petrochemical and chemical industries for extreme service conditions. The Fund realized its investment in 2013 through a sale of the company to its management. Technor


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