Flotek Industries, Inc., today announced that, through a wholly-owned subsidiary, the Company has signed a Definitive Agreement (the “Agreement”) to immediately acquire all of the outstanding stock of Winter Haven, Florida-based Florida Chemical Company, Inc. (“Florida Chemical”), the world’s largest processor of citrus oils and a pioneer in solvent, chemical synthesis and flavor/fragrance applications from citrus oils from facilities in Florida and Texas. Since its founding in 1942, the privately-held company has been an innovator in creating high performance, bio-based products for a variety of industries, including applications in the oil and gas business.
Under the terms of the Agreement, Flotek will pay $49.5 million in cash and 3,284,180 shares of Flotek common stock for the outstanding shares of privately-held Florida Chemical. In conjunction with the acquisition Flotek has entered into an Amended and Restated Credit Agreement with PNC Bank. Under the terms of the facility, PNC has agreed to increase the Company’s total facility to $125 million comprised of a $50 million term loan and a $75 million revolving credit facility. Flotek intends to fund the cash portion of the acquisition through the proceeds from both the term loan and revolving credit facility.
“The acquisition of Florida Chemical – a global leader in citrus chemistry in the oilfield and beyond – is a transformational opportunity for Flotek,” said John Chisholm, Flotek Chairman, President and CEO. “Not only has Florida Chemical been a key supplier and partner of Flotek for over 15 years, they have been a leading innovator of renewable and sustainable chemistry for the oilfield, industrial and consumer staple industries. Flotek intends to leverage the vast expertise of Florida Chemical’s world-class research facilities and chemists with its own research expertise to create a leading global research team in renewable and sustainable chemistries for the oilfield as well as other industrial and consumer applications. Moreover, this strategic acquisition enables Flotek to secure supply of key raw materials as well as direct control over raw material costs and inventory.”
“We are excited to join the Flotek family as this is an exciting step in the evolution of our company which was founded more than 70 years ago by my father H.E. “Bert” Schulz, who had a passion for environmental stewardship,” said Carla Hardy, chairman of the Florida Chemical board. “My brother, Paul Schulz, dedicated over two decades to leading Florida Chemical, bringing new vision and growth to the business. Continuous family involvement throughout the years, as well as the dedication of Josh Snively, our President and Chief Executive Officer, and our other talented employees, have helped bring Florida Chemical to this important point in its growth. I believe our father would be proud of our continued success and pleased with this important development in Florida Chemical’s evolution which provides the company further strength to play an expanded role in the pioneering of new applications for citrus oils around the world.”
Flotek intends to make no immediate changes to the structure and operations of Florida Chemical. Josh Snively, current President and CEO of Florida Chemical, will remain President of the wholly-owned subsidiary of Flotek.
“While Flotek and Florida Chemical can and will find ways to work smarter to create additional value in the combined entity, the combination of two incredibly talented technical and operational teams creates opportunities that are immediately accretive to Flotek shareholders,” added Chisholm. “We will immediately combine our talents to address key challenges in oil and gas chemistries, especially those that – through the application of renewable and sustainable chemistry alternatives – can have a direct, positive impact on the industry’s environmental stewardship. Flotek’s mantra has been to create oilfield applications that are both green and great. The addition of the Florida Chemical team stands in direct support of that mission.”
Florida Chemical Overview
Florida Chemical operates through two operating companies: Florida Chemical Company (“FCC”) and FC-PRO, LLC (“FC Pro”). Combined the operating companies have annual throughput of greater than 35 million pounds of citrus oil.
FCC, based in Winter Haven, Florida, has been a pioneer in citrus oil and d-limonene since its founding in 1942. FCC, the largest processor of citrus oils in the world, continues to be a leader for the citrus industry by pioneering solvent, chemical synthesis, and flavor and fragrance application from citrus oils. FCC also provides year-round inventory and logistics services for customers across a broad range of industries. FCC’s customers include multi-national consumer products and specialty chemical companies as well as major industrial concerns.
The Winter Haven campus, housed on 30 acres with 59 employees, has distillation, blending, packaging and logistics capabilities. The facility has bulk blending capacity of 10 million pounds and is used primarily for the distillation and blending for consumer product and industrial applications. In addition, FCC controls distribution space in Illinois and New Jersey with Canadian expansion planned for this year.
FC Pro, which operates from a blending and distribution facility in Waller, Texas, provides high performance, environmentally friendly chemicals for applications within the Oil and Gas industry, including the FC Pro line of innovative treatments for asphaltenes, paraffins and bitumen. Customers include exploration and production companies, oilfield service companies and midstream concerns.
The Waller facility is based on five acres and has 17 employees. The facility has blending, packaging and distribution capabilities. With bulk blending capabilities of four million pounds the facility focuses on specialty chemicals – primarily for the energy industry – and processes surfactants, pine, soy and natural esters.
About Flotek Industries, Inc.
Flotek is a global developer and distributor of innovative specialty chemicals and down-hole drilling and production equipment. Flotek manages automated bulk material handling, loading and blending facilities. It serves major and independent companies in the domestic and international oilfield service industry. Flotek Industries, Inc. is a publicly traded company headquartered in Houston, Texas, and its common shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “FTK”
About Florida Chemical Company, Inc.
Florida Chemical Company, Inc., is the largest processor of citrus oils in the world, producing large volumes of d-Limonene and Flavor and Fragrance compounds. D-Limonene, occurring in nature as the main component of citrus peel oil, is the company’s principle product. It is a very effective, biodegradable solvent and degreaser. Due to its high solvency, attractive citrus odor, versatility and GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) rating from the USDA, d-Limonene can be used safely and effectively in a wide range of cleaning and degreasing applications.
Source: Flotek Industries, Inc., press release, 2013-05-10.