ADES Group is a leading oil & gas drilling and production services provider in the Middle East and Africa, offering offshore and onshore contract drilling, workover and offshore production services. Since its establishment in 2002, ADES has grown to become Egypt's largest offshore drilling operator by number of rigs, with a growing presence in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Algeria and ongoing penetration into new MENA markets.
Our business model is focused on resilient sub-segments of the drilling industry and founded on a lean cost structure, which has allowed us to achieve a track record of profitable growth throughout cyclical market conditions in the oil and gas industry. We also primarily operate in regions with low extraction costs, non-harsh environments, and a predominance of legacy fields. We leverage our lean cost structure, highly-skilled workforce of more than 4,000 personnel and customer-centric approach to create real value for our clients. As a service company, the Group’s business revolves around providing tailored solutions and superior service to its clients, characterised by its commitment to global industry standards.
ADES Group's principal business activities include the provision of onshore and offshore contract drilling workover services, MOPU production services, as well as accommodation, catering and barge-based project services. The Group's key core competitive strengths lie in its responsiveness, lean cost structure, highly qualified crew and an unwavering commitment to performance and client satisfaction.
Our business model is focused on resilient sub-segments of the drilling industry and founded on a lean cost structure, which has allowed us to achieve a track record of profitable growth throughout cyclical market conditions in the oil and gas industry. We also primarily operate in regions with low extraction costs, non-harsh environments, and a predominance of legacy fields. We leverage our lean cost structure, highly-skilled workforce of more than 4,000 personnel and customer-centric approach, characterised by our commitment to global industry standards, to create real value for our clients.
From inception, ADES has built an extensive track record of operational excellence, fostered long-standing relationships with well-regarded clients, and developed a deep understanding of market dynamics. Along with strong financial standing and an impeccable health, safety and environment track record, our experience has enabled ADES obtain status as a prequalified provider with key industry operators. As of year-end 2018, we have achieved pre-qualification in several MENA markets including Egypt, Algeria, Kuwait, UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, and markets outside the MENA region such as India, Mexico, Ghana and Gulf of New Guinea. We believe that these factors, built over a 17-year operating history, combine to create significant barriers to entry for competitors.
ADES has successfully demonstrated its ability to optimise its services, particularly between onshore and offshore services in order to meet client demands, take advantage of market opportunities, and maximise the utilisation rates of our rigs. In 2018 alone, ADES acquired of more than 30 rigs, both onshore and offshore, across the MENA region, while fleet utilsation grew from 78% in 2017 to 85% in 2018. Today, our asset mix sees 60% of revenues come from offshore drilling and 40% come from onshore drilling. Throughout its acquisitions, ADES has remained prudent in its approach to debt and liquidity, maintaining a backlog to net debt of at least 2x.
ADES Group currently operates a fleet of 13 jack-up offshore drilling rigs, 34 onshore drilling rigs, a jack-up barge, and a mobile offshore production unit (“MOPU”), which includes a floating storage and offloading unit.
Onshore Drilling Rigs
Offshore Drilling Rigs
Mobile Offshore Production Unit (MOPU)
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Mr. Ayman Mamdouh Abbas
Mr. Abbas has been a member of the Company’s board since inception. He has held management positions in the oil and gas industry since 1998, when he co-founded and served as managing director and board member of the Egyptian Chinese Drilling Company (ECDC). Mr. Abbas has been chairman of ADES Group since 2003 and has played a key role in transforming the company into a regional player. He was also a board member of Advansys Systems, a group focusing on the provision of solutions for the oil and gas industry. Beyond oil and gas, Mr. Abbas has led investments in industries including real estate, trading and commercial representation, food and agriculture, and control and automation engineering. He was previously Managing Partner at Invensys for Engineering and Services Egypt, a joint venture established in 2004 with Invensys Systems (IES), an FTSE 100 company focusing on outsourcing technology and engineering services worldwide. Mr. Abbas was also managing partner of financial investment firm Compass Capital and a partner at 10 Ramadan for Pharmaceutical Industries and Diagenetic Reagents (Rameda) SAE. In 2015, he assumed the role of Chairman of the Board for Advansys Engineering Service & Consultancy.
Dr. Mohamed Farouk Abdelkhalek
Dr. Farouk has been a member of the company’s Board since inception on 22 May 2016 and has served as chief executive officer since 2012, during which time he has led the company’s expansion into new markets and services as ADES transforms into a leading global rig operator. Dr. Farouk joined the Group from Invensys Operations Management (IOM), a FTSE 100 company, where he was most recently senior vice president for global delivery and operations based in Texas. He served earlier with Invensys as Director of Invensys Global Engineering Excellence Centres in Egypt, India, China and Argentina, prior to which he was the General Manager of Invensys Engineering and Services in Egypt. He began his career in 1991 as a Project Engineer at ConiSys Egypt, a provider of control and instrumentation systems technology. Dr. Farouk holds a PhD in systems engineering and control from Case Western Reserve University of Ohio, USA. He was subsequently an associate professor of electrical engineering at Cairo University. His past directorships include service to the board Schneider Electric for Process Systems; he is currently the Non-Executive Chairman of Invensys Engineering and Services Egypt.
Mr. Walid Cherif
Independent Board Member
Mr. Cherif has been an independent director of the Company since March 2017. Mr. Cherif is the founder of the private debt business at Gulf Capital where he has headed the debt platform since he joined in 2011. Mr. Cherif has more than 22 years of experience in international finance in emerging markets. He has participated in raising more than U.S.$600 million of commitments for mezzanine and equity funds as well as structuring and executing several junior debt and structured equity transactions on the investment and divestment sides. Before joining Gulf Capital, he was the head of the NBK Capital Mezzanine Fund (a subsidiary of National Bank of Kuwait) where he made several mezzanine investments in companies operating in the Middle East and Turkey. He currently sits on the investment committee of both funds and on the board of several portfolio companies in the Middle East. Prior to joining NBK Capital in 2007, Mr. Cherif spent ten years at the International Finance Corporation – The World Bank Group in Washington, D.C., Dubai and Istanbul. Mr. Cherif holds a Master in Business Administration in Finance and International Business from George Washington University in the USA, and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the Institut Supérieur de Gestion, University of Tunis III.
Mr. Nabil Kassem
Independent Board Member
Mr. Kassem has been an independent director of the Company since March 2017. Mr. Kassem is currently the Managing Director, Private Equity, at Gulf Capital; the founder, CEO and managing partner of excellenceO2; and the executive chairman, founder and CEO of Optimind Corporation. From 2000 to 2005, Mr. Kassem was vice president of global sales for Schlumberger Oilfield Services and the vice president and general manager for the Middle East & Asia Pacific region for Schlumberger Information Solutions. He later assumed the role of VP and Managing Director at Invensys Operations Management for the MENA and Asia-Pacific regions, after which he established his industrial consulting firm, Optimind. Parallel to his work at Optimind, Mr. Kassem founded excellenceO2, an operations consultancy serving clients across a number of industries. In 2011, Mr. Kassem joined Gulf Capital in 2011 and holds a number of directorships. Mr. Kassem earned a BS in mechanical engineering from Birmingham University, an M.Eng in control systems from Sheffield University, and a diploma from Sloan School of Management.
Mr. Yasser Hashem
Independent Board Member
Mr. Hashem joined the Company’s Board of Directors as an independent member in February 2017. He has been Managing Partner of Zaki Hashem & Partners, Attorneys at Law, since 1996, where his primary areas of expertise include corporate, M&A, capital markets and telecommunications law. In more than 27 years of professional practice, Mr. Hashem has advised on corporate structure and restructuring for both foreign and domestic companies and continues to provide counsel to foreign and domestic investors on the most efficient structures through which to do business in Egypt. Mr. Hashem has been lead counsel on numerous M&A and capital market transactions, a number of which are among the largest to have taken place in Egypt in recent years. Mr. Hashem was admitted before the Egyptian Court of Cassation in 2007 and is member of the Egyptian Society of International Law and the Licensing Executive Society. He holds an LL.B. from Cairo University’s Faculty of Law.
Mr. Ulf Henriksson
Independent Board Member
Mr. Ulf Henriksson joined the Board on March 2017 as an independent member. He has demonstrated ability to lead people in challenging and complex business environments and brings to the Board experience in industrial products and markets. He was most recently the president and chief executive officer of Dematic Group, the global engineering and logistics company operating in 35 countries, where he served from April 2012 to November 2016. During his tenure at Dematic, he delivered substantial equity investors a return following their divestment to KION Group in 2016. Ulf spent six years as CEO of Invensys plc (2005 to 2011). He was also previously a Board Member of Hexagon AB from 2007 to May 2013 and a senior advisor to TPG Capital from September 2011 to December 2012.