Element Partners invests in Calgarys’ Detechtion Technologies

Calgary-based Detechtion Technologies, a specialist in performance optimization and fleet management technology for natural gas compression fleets, has secured an undisclosed strategic investment from U.S. growth equity firm Element Partners, which is focused on opportunities in energy, environmental and industrial sectors. Concurrent with the deal, Detechtion announced the appointment of Chris Smith, the former CEO of Cygnet Software, as the company’s new president and CEO, and Gerry Conroy, as senior vice president of products and portfolio. Company founder Brian Taylor, previously president and CEO, will become chairman of the board of directors.


Detechtion Technologies Announces Strategic Investment From Element Partners

CALGARY, Alberta and HOUSTON, Nov. 21, 2013 /CNW/ – Detechtion Technologies today announced a significant investment from Element Partners, a growth equity fund focused on energy and industrial technology companies.

Detechtion Technologies is the world’s leading provider of performance optimization and fleet management technology for natural gas compression fleets. Detechtion’s flagship product, Enalysis™, provides software-based optimization and fleet monitoring services for approximately 20% of the active compression horsepower in North America and manages assets for fifteen of the top twenty-five natural gas producers on the continent. Detechtion has historically provided customers with over five times return on investment. These results are achieved through a unique value proposition of increasing natural gas throughput while simultaneously reducing fuel and maintenance costs, improving equipment uptime and reliability, and assuring environmental compliance.

Concurrent with the investment, the company is also announcing the addition of two experienced industry executives to the senior management team. Chris Smith joins as the company’s President and CEO and Gerry Conroy joins the company in the newly created role of Senior Vice President of Products and Portfolio. Company founder Brian Taylor, previously President and CEO, will become Chairman of the Board of Directors and will continue as a significant investor in the company. Andrew Miles will continue to lead the Company’s operations as Senior Vice President of Operations.

Chris Smith was formerly CEO of Cygnet Software, a software company focused on natural gas SCADA products and services. Cygnet produced strong organic growth during Chris’ leadership, prior to a strategic exit in 2011 to Weatherford International. Chris brings to Detechtion over 20 years of high-level enterprise software, services and international manufacturing experience. Chris commented on joining the company “I am delighted to be joining a proven operations leader in Detechtion Technologies. I look forward to working with our strong customer base and valuable employees to bring improved efficiency and operational excellence to field compression and fleet management.” Gerry Conroy was most recently VP of Global Products at P2 Energy Solutions, and helped grow the business to be one of the largest independent software companies focused on oil and gas. Prior to this, Gerry’s experience included roles leading corporate development efforts, as well as operational, finance, and technology roles at Conoco, Halliburton, Western Gas Resources, and Snyder Oil.

Brian Taylor commented on the transaction, “Our team has built a tremendous company over the past 15 years. We have achieved this by setting high standards for technical competence, product innovation and customer service. We are excited to team up with partners that share those values — Chris, Gerry, and the Element team will help develop Detechtion through the next stage in its evolution.”

Michael DeRosa, Managing Director with Element Partners, added, “We are thrilled to be partnering with Detechtion Technologies. We have enjoyed getting to know Brian and the Detechtion team over the past few years and have been impressed with their record of providing algorithm-based recommendations and fleet management technology to the oil and gas industry. We firmly believe that Detechtion has significant growth potential through broadening its product offering and expanding further into the US market. We look forward to working with Brian, Chris, Gerry and the Detechtion team to build on the company’s momentum.”

About Detechtion Technologies
Detechtion Technologies is the world leader in compression optimization technologies and fleet management services. Currently, Detechtion provides monitoring and optimization services for approximately 20% of active compression horsepower in North America, including client relationships with 15 of the top 25 North American independent gas producers. Through its compression training segment, Detechtion has trained over 9000 operators, mechanics, foremen, superintendents, and engineers, providing them the knowledge and tools to deliver higher levels of compressor performance and profitability to the bottom line.

About Element Partners
Element Partners is a leading growth equity firm investing in high-growth companies offering innovative products and services to the global energy, industrial, and environmental markets. Element has a long history of providing companies with the financial resources, industry contacts, and strategic insights necessary to maximize growth and shareholder return. With 125 combined years of experience, the team has successfully managed over $1.25 billion in capital commitments spanning six investment partnerships.

SOURCE Detechtion Technologies

For further information:
Gerry Conroy, gconroy@detechtion.com, Phone: (303) 578-0851

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