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American Securities buys Ulterra from ESCO

American Securities LLC has acquired Fort Worth, Texas-based Ulterra Drilling Technologies LP, a maker of polycrystalline diamond compact drill bits for the oil and gas industry. The seller was ESCO Corp. No financial terms were disclosed. Wells Fargo Securities provided financial advice to ESCO Corp on the transaction.


New York, July 18, 2016 – American Securities LLC, a leading U.S. private equity firm, today announced its acquisition of Ulterra Drilling Technologies, L.P. (“Ulterra” or the “Company”) in partnership with the Company’s management team. Ulterra is a leading manufacturer of polycrystalline diamond compact (“PDC”) drill bits for the oil and gas industry. The Company was owned by ESCO Corporation. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, Ulterra designs and manufactures matrix and steel PDC bits used in drilling of oil-and-gas wells, as well as downhole tools. The Company’s products are manufactured with customer- and region-specific modifications that increase drilling efficiency and reduce total drilling costs. Ulterra has a broad North American presence spanning the key U.S. and Canadian oil and gas regions. The Company also has a global footprint with operations in countries throughout the Middle-East, Africa, Latin America, and Asia-Pacific.

“We are proud of Ulterra’s reputation for excellent product performance and customer service,” said John Clunan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Ulterra. “With American Securities as our new partner, we are well positioned for the next phase of growth and development.”

“Ulterra is another example of our backing talented and hardworking management teams that have developed differentiated products,” commented Kevin Penn, a Managing Director of American Securities. “We have been impressed with the strong corporate culture at Ulterra and look forward to partnering with John and his colleagues to leverage their market-leading technology to further expand the business.”

Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP served as legal counsel to American Securities, and Baker Botts L.L.P. served as legal counsel to ESCO Corporation with respect to the transaction. Wells Fargo Securities acted as financial advisor to ESCO Corporation with respect to the transaction.

About Ulterra Drilling Technologies
Ulterra is a leading provider of premium PDC drill bits and downhole tools for the oil and gas industry. Its strength resides in the experience and wisdom obtained from industry veterans, designing high-quality, high-performance PDC bits for global markets. Its localized focus enables Ulterra to respond quickly to customers’ specific applications with the newest technology on the market.

About American Securities
American Securities is a leading U.S. private equity firm with approximately $15 billion under management. Based in New York with an office in Shanghai, American Securities invests in market-leading North American companies with annual revenues generally ranging from $200 million to $2 billion and/or $50 million to $200 million of EBITDA.