Morgan Stanley Energy Partners, Catalyst Energy form partnership

By Morgan Stanley Energy Partners | August 21, 2018

Investment funds managed by Morgan Stanley Energy Partners, part of Morgan Stanley Investment Management, and Midland, Texas-based Catalyst Energy Services LLC, announced a strategic partnership whereby MSEP has made a majority equity investment in Catalyst to support the growth of the company’s pressure pumping and other complementary services in premier U.S. oil and gas basins. Proceeds from MSEP’s investment will be used to purchase state-of-the-art Tier IV pressure pumping equipment specifically designed to maximize pumping efficiency and meet the needs of E&P customers’ modern completion designs.

The partnership with MSEP provides the company with capital and resources to significantly expand Catalyst’s equipment fleet and service offerings. In connection with MSEP’s equity investment, the company expects to introduce new pressure pumping and pump down equipment into the Permian Basin in 3Q 2018 with additional plans to expand its service offerings and geographic footprint to support its customers.

Catalyst’s senior management team, led by Bobby Chapman and Seth Moore, has decades of operating experience in the pressure pumping business. Bobby Chapman, CEO of Catalyst, said, “Our partnership with Morgan Stanley Energy Partners provides Catalyst with a strong sponsor and the world-class resources to build an industry-leading oilfield services franchise. In light of the high demands and specifications required in today’s state-of-the-art completion techniques, we see a unique opportunity to provide our customers with the industry’s newest equipment and differentiated services that will drive efficiency in their completion operations. We are very excited to grow this business.”

John Moon, managing director and head of Morgan Stanley Energy Partners, said, “We are delighted to be partnering with Catalyst to grow the Company into a leading provider of high-end pressure pumping services. We believe this is a compelling opportunity for us to invest alongside an experienced management team to build a leading energy services business across the most attractive oil and gas basins in the United States.”

Logan Burt, executive director of Morgan Stanley Energy Partners, added, “The current operating environment requires the deployment of advanced equipment and an innovative, cost-effective approach to well completions. We are thrilled to be partnering with Bobby and Seth to deliver that differentiated service offering and grow Catalyst into an industry leader.”