C.A.T. oil AG (O2C, ISIN: AT0000A00Y78), a provider of oil and gas field services in Russia and Kazakhstan, will invest €390 million from 2014 to 2016, with €300 million dedicated to bringing onstream new operating capacity and €90 million for maintenance.
The approved investment program suggests that, by the end of 2016, the company’s operating capacities will increase by 33% for fracturing, 55% for sidetracking, and 170% for drilling compared to the end of 2013.
The company will finance this investment program through a combination of operating cash and long-term debt. Upon C.A.T. oil AG’s request, the company’s majority shareholder, C.A.T. Holding (Cyprus) Ltd., has expressed its consent to enlarge and extend, until November 2018, the existing committed credit line of €100 million on an arm’s-length basis, thus demonstrating its full commitment going forward. Despite significant investments in the next three years, C.A.T. oil reportedly foresees modest leverage, staying below its internal guidelines for the Debt-to-EBITDA ratio of less than 2.0 times.