Australia: Catalyst Provides Growth Capital for Bhagwan Marine Fleet

Australia: Catalyst Acquires Stake in Bhagwan Marine

Catalyst has acquired a significant shareholding in Bhagwan Marine and provided capital for future growth of the business. The transaction was led from Catalyst’s recently opened Perth office.

Bhagwan Marine is the pre-eminent service providers to the offshore Oil & Gas industry in Australia. The business has been operating in the sector since 1998 and now has a strategic presence in the key port locations in WA, NT & QLD. The  business currently operates 50 vessels and has access to the best trained and knowledgeable marine personnel in the industry.

Under the terms of the deal, Catalyst has acquired a minority interest in Bhagwan Marine and has provided growth capital to help expand & develop the vessel fleet. The Kannikoski family will remain a significant majority shareholder in the business and Loui Kannikoski will continue to lead the business as Managing Director. The transaction will significantly strengthen the company’s balance sheet and provide capital to meet the strengthening demand for vessels & marine services.

In relation to the transaction, Loui Kannikoski commented “This partnership with Catalyst will provide a step-change in the growth of our company and allow us to better meet the needs of our customers. We believe we can continue to lead  the industry and we look forward to the opportunities this transaction can bring to our customers and employees. We were particularly interested in partnering with a locally based team who we can work closely with.”

Aaron Hood, who leads Catalyst’s Perth office said, “We are very pleased to partner with the Kannikoski family in making this investment. There are numerous growth streams available to the company as the development of energy and port   infrastructure expands across Australia. We look forward to supporting Loui and his team to capitalise on these.” Managing Director of Catalyst, John Story, commented “We believe this transaction highlights our commitment to the Western  Australian market and demonstrates the benefits of having an on-ground presence. The firm now has offices in Sydney, Melbourne & Perth and we have recently completed a transaction in Brisbane. We prefer to be closer to management teams  and feel we can better add value to our portfolio companies this way.”

Offshore Energy Today Staff, February 21, 2012