Ridgeline to Purchase Assets of Lakeland Processing Company
Ridgeline Completes New Facility for Industrial Waste Water Treatment
CALGARY, April 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - Ridgeline Energy Services Inc. (TSX-V: RLE; OTCQX: RGDEF) ("Ridgeline" or the "Company"), an energy services and water treatment company, has finalized a Management Agreement ("MA"), an Asset Purchase Agreement ("APA") and Lease Agreement ("LA") with an option to purchase with the Lakeland Processing Company ("Lakeland") located in Santa Fe Springs, California. This follows a previously announced (September 13, 2011) Development Agreement at this facility.
Lakeland is an existing waste water treatment facility holding an annual conditional use permit from the City of Santa Fe Springs. Lakeland accepts and processes non-hazardous waste water from over 130 commercial and industrial operations in the Los Angeles market. Currently, Lakeland maintains one of the largest discharge permits among service providers supporting the Los Angeles County Sanitation District ("LACSD").
The Management Agreement will transition the day to day operating of the facility from Lakeland to Ridgeline immediately. Lakeland has operated a waste water facility at the Santa Fe Springs site for almost a decade and the site has been in continuous use since 1934. All billing and revenue (currently about $ 3,000,000.00 annually) will immediately transfer to Ridgeline.
Ridgeline has recently constructed one of its Single Train commercial units at the site and will begin operating this within the month. The APA will close subject to further due diligence and the City of Santa Fe Springs approving the transfer of the conditional use permit from Lakeland to Ridgeline.
The purchase price of assets is US$ 3,000,000.00 of which US$ 2,000,000.00 will be cash and US$ 1,000,000.00 in stock of the company.
Ridgeline, subject to the APA closing has also signed a Lease Agreement for five years with a provision to extend up to ten years. The Lease Agreement also has an option to purchase the land for a fixed price of US$ 13,000,000.00 for +/- 17 acres associated with the operating business. The option to purchase is for 3 years. As a condition of the Lease Agreement, all lease payments will be credited to the purchase, should Ridgeline exercise its option to purchase.
Lakeland is considered a pretreatment facility prior to releasing wastewater to the Los Angeles County Sanitation District ("LACSD"). The discharge allowance is presently at 75,000,000 gallons per year. Lakeland's current treatment process is limited and predominantly involves the use of chemical additives. Ridgeline's technology as tested over the past seven months at this facility has demonstrated significant improvement. Ridgeline's water treatment technology has the ability to reduce the level of contaminants discharged which will enable the Company to treat much larger volumes of water under LACSD permit limits. The new water treatment technology is expected to allow Ridgeline to increase discharge rates in excess of 200,000,000 to 300,000,000 gallons per year. In addition the Santa Fe Springs site allows access to produced water and drilling fluid treatment from the Los Angeles basin and off shore platforms along the California coast.
Ridgeline will continue working under a management agreement until all the conditions to closing are met. Based on the Company's market research sales volumes are expected to grow rapidly. Ridgeline will install additional capacity in step with the growth of sales.
Immediate benefits for Ridgeline are a steady high margin revenue business in the industrial waste water market and additional opportunities within the energy services industry in California. Ridgeline's market analysis has identified numerous other commercial and industrial waste water generators and haulers in the area that would benefit from disposal at this site. Interest from current and potential customers has been strong.
Additionally, environmental benefits to the community should result from an improved quality of water discharged and a reduction in truck traffic as long trucking hauls will not be required to dispose of the water.
Ridgeline has been having much success with the ability to cost effectively treat waste water generated in oil and gas production. The company is excited about this milestone in the application of its technology in the commercial and industrial waste water market
The acquisition of an existing waste water treatment operation is an exciting conclusion to nearly one year's work both on site and with over 130 customers in southern California. This acquisition will immediately and substantially grow Ridgeline's revenue run rate, providing for significant operating margins over our stand alone energy services installations
About Ridgeline Energy Services Inc.
Ridgeline Energy Services Inc. is an energy services and water treatment company. The Company is applying proprietary technology to treat the large volumes of contaminated water generated by oil and gas production. The Company is working with energy majors in the application of its technology for the recycle and reuse of; produced and hydraulic stimulation flowback water; enhanced recovery chemical flood water; and oil sands process water. As well the Company is applying its technology in the testing and treatment of commercial and industrial waste water. Through its environmental consulting and remediation subsidiaries, Ridgeline Environment Inc. and Ridgeline GreenFill Inc., the Company has built a reputation as an established provider of environmental services to North America's oil and gas industry. The Company trades on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol "RLE" and the OTCQX as "RGDEF". Additional information is available on the Company's website at: www.ridgelinecanada.com.
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