Upstream/Oilfield Services: Investment Banking: Turnbridge Capital: Fairness Opinion For Private Equity Portfolio Company Merger

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Upstream/Oilfield Services: Investment Banking: Turnbridge Capital: Fairness Opinion For Private Equity Portfolio Company Merger

In March 2020, Opportune Partners LLC (“Opportune”) was engaged to act as financial advisor to the Board of Directors of Cimarron Energy Inc. (“Cimarron”) and the Board of Managers of Flare Industries, LLC (“Aereon”) (together with the “Boards”) to provide a fairness opinion.

Cimarron Energy is a leading manufacturer of engineered oil and natural gas production and processing equipment, providing separation, measurement, flowback, and environmental products, as well as field services, to oil and natural gas exploration and production and midstream companies. The company was founded in 1976 and is based in Houston, TX.

Aereon is a leading global provider of standard and highly engineered vapor recovery and combustion systems, which it manufactures and markets to upstream, midstream, and downstream customers. Founded more than 25 years ago and based in Austin, TX, Aereon’s sales are balanced between domestic and international markets, standard and custom equipment, as well as substantial aftermarket parts sales and services.

Both Cimarron and Aereon are portfolio companies of Turnbridge Capital and provide complementary product and service lines to companies in the energy industry. The management of both companies believed that significant synergies would be realized through a combination transaction. In addition to significant cost savings, the complementary products and markets provide the opportunity for cross-marketing with significant revenue uplift expected.

Turnbridge and the Boards were focused on making sure that the transaction was fair to both sides and that it didn’t favor one set of shareholders over another. The Boards determined that the best course of action was to retain a financial advisor to effectively and fully review the transactions to assist them with the ability to make a truly “informed decision” to fulfill their fiduciary duties.

Opportune acted as financial advisor to both boards by providing independent, objective analysis and substantial financial due diligence around each company, their businesses, their historical results, and their projected financial results. Opportune’s work for the Boards culminated with an opinion that the allocation of equity in the combined company among the legacy equity holders of Aereon and Cimarron in the proposed transaction was fair to each from a financial point-of-view. Opportune presented the analysis supporting the opinion to each Board in advance of their approval. While the synergies are expected to be substantial and Opportune provided information to the Boards about the potential impacts of the synergies and other potential qualitative aspects of the transaction, the Fairness Opinion analysis did not rely on them.

Opportune Partners LLC is an independent investment banking and financial advisory affiliate of Opportune LLP, a leading global energy business advisory firm.

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