Total acquires majority interest in AIMCo-backed Savanna

Total Energy Services Inc (TSX: TOT) acquired a majority (51.6 percent) of the outstanding common shares of Savanna Energy Services Corp (TSX: SVY), a Calgary contract drilling and oilfield services company. The deal, which was not solicited, comes on the heels of Savanna’s agreement earlier this month to be acquired by Western Energy Services Corp for about $533 million, including debt. Total said the combination of the two companies creates an energy services company “with a strong market position in four business segments.” Savanna last year raised debt and equity funding from Alberta Investment Management Corp (AIMCo).


Total Energy Services Inc. Provides Update Regarding its Acquisition of Savanna Energy Services Corp.

CALGARY, ALBERTA–(Marketwired – March 27, 2017) – Total Energy Services Inc. (“Total Energy”) (TSX:TOT) is pleased to confirm that on March 24, 2017 it acquired a majority of the outstanding common shares of Savanna Energy Services Corp. (“Savanna”). The process for Total Energy to acquire additional common shares of Savanna is now underway and further updates will be provided by Total Energy as appropriate. Total Energy appreciates and respects the trust and confidence demonstrated by Savanna shareholders.

The board of directors and senior management of Total Energy will look to immediately engage with their counterparts at Savanna in an effort to facilitate an efficient and cooperative transition, in the best interests of Savanna, its shareholders and other stakeholders. Total Energy welcomes the opportunity to engage with Savanna stakeholders, including employees, First Nations partners, customers, lenders, suppliers and others at an early opportunity. Interested stakeholders are encouraged to contact Daniel Halyk, President and CEO of Total Energy, or William Kosich, Vice President, Drilling Services, of Total Energy with any questions or concerns.

The combination of Total Energy and Savanna will result in a diversified, financially solid energy services company with a strong market position in four business segments: Contract Drilling Services; Rentals and Transportation Services; Well Servicing and Compression and Process Services. With a leading market presence in Canada and growing international operations, particularly in the United States and Australia where each of Total Energy and Savanna currently conduct business, Total Energy expects that it will be well positioned to continue to provide its shareholders with industry leading returns on their equity following completion of the acquisition of Savanna.

Savanna shareholders who have not yet tendered to Total Energy’s offer to purchase the outstanding common shares of Savanna (the “Total Offer”) are encouraged to deposit their Savanna common shares under the Total Offer as soon as possible. After giving effect to the extension of the Total Offer announced on March 25, 2017, the Total Offer is now scheduled to expire at 12:00 PM (Pacific time) on April 7, 2017. If Savanna shareholders have any questions regarding the Total Offer or how to tender their Savanna common shares, they should contact Laurel Hill Advisory Group (“Laurel Hill”) at 1-877-452-7184 (Toll Free in North America) or 1-416-304-0211 (Collect Outside North America) or by email at

About Total Energy
Total Energy is a growth oriented energy services corporation involved in contract drilling services (Chinook Drilling), rentals and transportation services (Total Oilfield Rentals) and the fabrication, sale, rental and servicing of natural gas compression (Bidell Gas Compression) and process equipment (Spectrum Process Systems).

The Toronto Stock Exchange has neither approved nor disapproved of the information contained herein.

This news release shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of the applicable securities in any jurisdiction in which such an offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to the registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction.

Total Energy has filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) a Registration Statement (the “Registration Statement”), which includes the Original Offer and Circular, the First Notice of Change, the Second Notice of Variation and the Notice of Extension, relating to its offer to Savanna Shareholders. TOTAL URGES INVESTORS AND SECURITYHOLDERS TO READ THE REGISTRATION STATEMENT, THE ORIGINAL OFFER AND CIRCULAR, THE FIRST NOTICE OF CHANGE, THE SECOND NOTICE OF CHANGE AND THE NOTICE OF EXTENSION (WHEN IT BECOMES AVAILABLE) AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS TO BE FILED WITH THE SEC AND CANADIAN SECURITIES REGULATORY AUTHORITIES, BECAUSE THEY CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION. Investors may obtain a free copy of the Original Offer and Circular, the First Notice of Change, the Second Notice of Variation and the Notice of Extension (when it becomes available) and other documents filed by Total Energy with the Canadian securities regulators at (under the issuer profile for Savanna) and with the SEC at the SEC’s website at The Original Offer and Circular, the First Notice of Change, the Second Notice of Variation and the Notice of Extension (when it becomes available) and other documents may also be obtained free of charge from Total Energy’s website at or upon request made to Total Energy at 2550, 300 – 5th Avenue S.W., Calgary, Alberta T2P 3C4.

Securityholders should be aware that Total Energy may purchase Savanna common shares otherwise than under the Offer, such as in open market purchases.

Total Energy Services Inc.
(403) 216-3939
(403) 234-8731 (FAX)

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