Global industrial technology major Emerson has announced it would be acquiring Paradigm, a provider of software and digital systems for the oil and gas industry, in a deal estimated to be $510mn, reflecting a multiple of 13 times expected 2017 EBITDA.
Paradigm, joined with Emerson’s existing Roxar software business, creates a commendable, end-to-end exploration & production (E&P) software portfolio, with offerings spanning from seismic processing and interpretation to production modelling. Paradigm’s technology offerings strengthens Emerson’s capability to better serve its oil and gas operators in increasing efficiency, reducing costs and improving return on investment.
The acquisition is expected to close within the next 60 days, subject to various regulatory approvals.
Paradigm is headquartered in Houston and has more than 500 employees globally. The company provides digital tools that enable customers to gain deeper insight into the subsurface, reduce uncertainty and support responsible asset management.
Expanding Emerson’s E&P software and solutions enables the company to help operators achieve Top Quartile Performance on investment and operational goals within new and established reservoirs. (Top Quartile Performance is defined as achieving operations and capital performance in the top 25% of peer companies.)
“When combined with Emerson’s Roxar Software Solutions portfolio, Paradigm expands the global upstream oil and gas capability of our Plantweb digital ecosystem, creating a more comprehensive digital portfolio for our customers from exploration to production,” Mike Train, executive president of Emerson Automation Solutions, was quoted as saying in a press release.
“Our offering can now help customers better maximise the value of their existing investments and reach Top Quartile Performance,” Train said.
Interpreting data and generating high-fidelity representations of existing brownfield assets allows oil and gas companies to maximise production and avoid non-productive drilling and exploration spending. In addition, Emerson’s expanded services now enable oil and gas operators, through machine learning and cloud computing, to make decisions in the field leading to more efficient operations.
“This acquisition is a significant technology investment that meets our customers’ growing demand for an independent, global provider of E&P software solutions,” Emerson’s chairman and chief executive officer David N Farr, was quoted as saying in the press release received by arabianoilandgas.com.
“Paradigm broadens our leadership in the upstream oil and gas market by adding a range of subsurface software tools that complement our growing Automation Solutions portfolio,” Farr said.