Oil and gas tech company IWS pockets $35 mln

Calgary-based Pason Systems Inc, a provider of specialized data management systems for drilling rigs, has agreed to acquire a minority stake in Intelligent Wellhead Systems Inc for $25 million. In addition to Pason’s investment, Werklund Growth Fund LP has invested $10 million in IWS. Credit Suisse acted as financial adviser to WFO. Headquartered in Calgary, IWS is an oil and gas technology and service company.


CALGARY, Oct. 2, 2019 /CNW/ – Pason Systems Inc. (“Pason”) (TSX:PSI) is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement to invest C$25 million to acquire a minority interest in Intelligent Wellhead Systems Inc. (“IWS”). IWS is a privately-owned oil and gas technology and service company that provides proprietary and unique surface control systems for various markets globally, including unconventional shale, subsea intervention, critical well intervention, and offshore operations. “Our investment in IWS represents the first truly compelling opportunity we have seen in the completions space. Building on Pason’s deep expertise in end-to-end data management and ruggedized field technologies, we couldn’t be more excited to play a role in IWS’ continued growth,” said Marcel Kessler, President and Chief Executive Officer of Pason.

The core technology on which IWS is built, the inVision System, is a proven technology that allows operators to have a digital window into the pressure control stack. This patented, non-invasive technology shows the real-time lateral position and size of tools and wireline within the pressure control stack, providing operators with the data required to enable automation and engineered safety controls. In unconventional shale, IWS’ system enables operators to frac more stages per day by decreasing swap time, speeding up wireline operations, preventing well control incidents, and providing real-time data to optimize site operations.

“We are thrilled to have Pason as a strategic investor and partner as we continue to expand our operations globally across the completions industry,” said IWS Co-Founder and CEO, Mitch Carlson. “When we thought about pursuing a strategic partnership for IWS, we wanted to align ourselves with the preeminent provider of rugged technologies deployed to remote areas, with an unparalleled reputation for outstanding customer service. With their 40-year track record as a global leader providing exceptional technology and service to the drilling industry, Pason was the ideal strategic partner for us.”

Pason has agreed to provide capital over a three-year period to support IWS and will also provide expertise in the domains critical to IWS’ growth. Over the last seven years, IWS has built an exceptional track record of business growth and commercialization. Pason would like to congratulate the founders for being nominated as finalists in the 2019 EY Entrepreneur of the Year® Awards.

Along with Pason’s C$25 million investment, Werklund Growth Fund L.P. (“WGF”) has acquired an additional C$10 million of equity in IWS. “As an early strategic investor in IWS we recognized the significance and potential of IWS’ technology,” said David Werklund, Chairman of Werklund Family Office Inc. (“WFO”). “We continue to believe in management and the IWS team’s ability to reshape and provide significant safety and efficiency gains to the industry. Our investment with Pason is another wonderful example of finding and supporting locally developed disruptive technologies that can be revolutionary on a global stage.”

Credit Suisse acted as financial advisor to WFO.

About Pason Systems Inc.
Pason is a leading global provider of specialized data management systems for drilling rigs. Our solutions, which include data acquisition, wellsite reporting, remote communications, web-based information management, and analytics, enable collaboration between the rig and the office. Pason’s common shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol PSI. For further information: For more information about Pason, visit the company’s website at www.pason.com.

About Intelligent Wellhead Systems Inc.
IWS is the first to develop, patent, and market the disruptive inVision technology for the energy industry. Their mission: to protect their clients from the negative impacts of well control incidents and increase efficiency of operations through technology advancements that facilitate new standard operating procedures and data analytics.

The company is private and backed by WGF, headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, with partnerships in Houston, Texas and throughout the Middle East, Asia and South America. For more information about IWS, visit the company’s website at www.intelligentwellheadsystems.com.

About Werklund Growth Fund L.P.
WGF is a private equity and venture capital fund managed by WFO. As one of Canada’s largest privately-owned investment funds, WGF seeks active investments in private industrial companies, disruptive and innovative technologies or special situation merchant banking opportunities.