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Schlumberger Exiting Frac Business, Hands Assets to Liberty Oilfield

Announced Date
September 01,2020
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Transaction Details: 

Liberty Oilfield Services and Schlumberger announced today an agreement for the contribution of Schlumberger’s hydraulic fracturing business (OneStim) to Liberty in exchange for a 37% equity interest in the combined company.

This deal closed on January 4, 2021.

We estimate the deal to be worth $450 miillion.   

This deal does help remove 2.2 million HHP from a very over supplied market of 16.2 million HHP, however more consolidation is needed.

The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2020.

Back in 2017, Schlumberger purchased Weatherford assets for $430 million to form OneStim.   We are not suprised at this deal since the CEO of Schlumberger said on the Q2 earnings call that they are open to all options for the frac business.  This move will see Schlumberger abondoning the highly competitive frac business.


Market Supply.

1. Removal of 2.2 million HHP from the market 16.2 million HHP to  14 million HHP.

2.  Frac market still oversupplied by 4-5 million HHP.




Investors welcomed the deal as we say the stock jump +34%.


Liberty Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Chris Wright stated, “From day one, the Liberty team has been laser focused on delivering superior returns for our customers and stockholders. The last several months have been extremely challenging for the world, the industry and the Liberty family. These times also bring opportunity. This transaction will be a transformative step forward in our journey as a company. Our expanded technology portfolio and breadth of operations will enable Liberty to further raise our already high bar for safe, innovative, efficient and ESG-conscious frac operations. I look forward to the OneStim team joining Liberty on our mission to help customers provide low-cost clean oil & gas to our country and the world.”

Schlumberger Chief Executive Officer Olivier Le Peuch commented, “I’m very proud we have reached this agreement to combine our OneStim business with a leader in North American hydraulic fracturing who shares a like-minded focus on customers, technology, people and our safety culture. This partnership provides an ideal home for our OneStim business and its employees and is in line with our capital stewardship strategy while benefiting from future market upside through our equity stake. Alongside the comprehensive suite of services and products that Schlumberger continues to offer in North America land, this partnership with Liberty will uniquely position us to leverage our technology and scale to significantly improve our customers’ performance.”

Some key transaction features, and strategic rationale, are:

  • Combination of Liberty, the most innovative and efficient frac company, with the technology and scale of Schlumberger OneStim, a significant division of the world’s leading oilfield services company
  • Financially compelling transaction with strong benefits for Liberty and Schlumberger shareholders, creating one of the largest pressure pumping companies in North America
  • 2019 combined pro-forma revenue of $5.2 billion and substantial earnings power
  • Combined pro-forma market capitalization of $1.2 billion and a robust pro forma balance sheet with no net debt and significant available liquidity
  • Expanded technology and operating capabilities will further increase E&P operator efficiencies, enhance shale asset economics and raise the bar for sustainable and environmentally conscious frac operations
  • World-class completions data and technology portfolio including the most comprehensive production and completions database, Big Data analytics, advanced software for reservoir modeling and designing optimal completions, and frac fleet automation and electrification
  • Alliance agreement will provide for future collaboration and access to the companies’ technology portfolios beyond the scope of this transaction, such as Schlumberger’s digital platform, subsurface expertise, downhole completions equipment, frac trees and flowback technology

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