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Canadian Energy Services & Technology Corp. Announces Record Results for the Fourth Quarter and the Year Ended December 31, 2013 and Declares Increased Cash Dividend

CALGARY, ALBERTA -- (Marketwired) -- 03/13/14 -- Canadian Energy Services & Technology Corp. ("CES" or the "Company") (TSX: CEU)(OTCQX: CESDF) is pleased to report on its financial and operating results for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2013. Further, CES announced today that it will pay a cash dividend of $0.07 per common share on April 15, 2014 to the shareholders of record at the close of business on March 31, 2014, representing an increased dividend of $0.005 per common share or 8% to the monthly dividend. This is the ninth dividend increase implemented by CES since converting to a corporate structure on January 1, 2010.

During Q4 2013, CES continued to make significant strides in advancing its strategic vision of being a leading provider of technically advanced consumable chemical solutions throughout the full life cycle of the oilfield. The integration of JACAM with the overall business is progressing successfully. JACAM products have been introduced into Canada on both the drilling fluids side and through PureChem with very positive results. In the US, initial steps have been undertaken to support AES operations with JACAM manufactured materials and to expand JACAM's market penetration via the established AES platform. CES sees the opportunity for the unique JACAM products expanding as we move forward. From a manufacturing perspective CES is undertaking further vertical integration initiatives at the JACAM facility with the completion of the solid chemistry line expansion, the build-out of hydrogenation capabilities and the construction of an organo clay plant.

In addition to the integration initiatives and the financial contribution JACAM continues to make, CES sees other significant opportunities in the US as we continue to leverage our platform, product suite, and infrastructure. In particular, the AES Permian acquisition, completed in July 2013, has filled the last remaining geographical hole on the US map for CES. The Permian is the busiest drilling basin in North America and is continuing to transition to a horizontal drilling market. CES expects to capitalize on this opportunity through its unique product offerings, the establishment of an oil based mud plant in the Permian, and the commissioning of its new barite grinding facility in Corpus Christi which is expected to be on-line mid-year.

The Canadian business is also performing well and has positive momentum going into 2014. The fourth quarter of 2013 saw a rebound in drilling related market-share with new customer wins mainly attributable to new technologies introduced over the past year. The PureChem division continues its successful build-out across western Canada with a growing customer base and revenues.

CES generated revenue of $200.6 million during the three months ended December 31, 2013, compared to $95.0 million for the three months ended December 31, 2012, an increase of $105.6 million or 111%. Revenue for the year ended December 31, 2013 totaled $662.8 million, compared to revenues for the year ended December 31, 2012 of $471.3 million, representing an increase of $191.5 million or 41%. As detailed below, all facets of the business in Canada and the US have contributed to this revenue growth.

Revenue generated in Canada for the three months ended December 31, 2013 increased by $34.8 million or 79% compared to the three months ended December 31, 2012, from $44.2 million to $79.0 million. For the twelve month period ended December 31, 2013, revenue in Canada was $242.7 million compared to revenues of $204.6 million for the twelve month period ended December 31, 2012, representing an increase of $38.1 million or 19%. The increase in revenues for both the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2013, was primarily a result of a year-over-year shift to a higher percentage of the Company's drilling fluid systems being run in both the deep basin and the oilsands, as well as an increase in drill-bit related activity resulting from increased market share year-over-year. In addition, PureChem has also contributed significantly to the increase in revenues as it continued to build-out its production and specialty chemical sales.

Revenue generated in the US for the three months ended December 31, 2013 increased by $70.8 million or 139% compared to the three months ended December 31, 2012, from $50.8 million to $121.6 million. For the twelve month period ended December 31, 2013, revenue in the US was $420.1 million compared to revenues of $266.7 million for the twelve month period ended December 31, 2012, representing an increase of $153.4 million or 58%. This year-over-year increase for both periods is primarily a result of the JACAM Acquisition and AES Permian Acquisition, for which there are no associated revenues in the comparable periods in 2012. These acquisitions have further vertically integrated CES' business, expanded CES' product offerings across the oilfield spectrum, provided a significant platform of infrastructure and new customers across the US, and increased CES' ability to deliver technically advanced science based solutions to its customers. Also contributing to the increase in US revenues is organic growth derived from AES resulting in new work in the Rockies region, in the Eagle Ford, and in the Mid-Continent region, which has more than offset the reduced activity in the Marcellus shale region of the US.

Net income before interest, taxes, amortization, gains and losses on disposal of assets, goodwill impairment, unrealized foreign exchange gains and losses, unrealized derivative gains and losses, and stock-based compensation ("EBITDAC") for the three months ended December 31, 2013 was $36.5 million as compared to $10.1 million for the three months ended December 31, 2012, representing an increase of $26.4 million or 263%. CES recorded EBITDAC per share of $0.55 for the three months ended December 31, 2013 versus EBITDAC per share of $0.18 in 2012, an increase of 206%. For the twelve month period ended December 31, 2013, EBITDAC totalled $109.8 million as compared to $64.9 million in 2012, representing an increase of $44.9 million or 69%. Year-to-date, CES recorded EBITDAC per share of $1.73 versus EBITDAC per share of $1.17 in 2012.

Based on the financial results achieved in Q4 2013, CES is reaffirming its expected 2014 guidance that was provided on November 7, 2013. CES' expected range of consolidated gross revenue for 2014 will be approximately $760.0 million to $820.0 million and expected consolidated EBITDAC will be approximately $135.0 million to $150.0 million. The 2014 guidance reflects the positive growth CES is experiencing across all its business units.

CES' balance sheet remains strong and its financial flexibility was greatly enhanced with the successful placement in April of $225.0 million aggregate principal amount 7.375% Senior Notes, and the raising of $35.0 million of equity in the successful equity offering completed in August 2013.

CES also announced today that it will pay a cash dividend of $0.07 per common share on April 15, 2014 to the shareholders of record at the close of business on March 31, 2014, representing an increased dividend of $0.005 per common share or 8% to the monthly dividend. This is the ninth dividend increase implemented by CES since converting to a corporate structure on January 1, 2010.

CES Q4 Results Conference Call

With respect to the fourth quarter results, CES will host a conference call / webcast at 9:00 am MST (11:00 am EST) on Friday, March 14, 2014.


                  North American toll-free: 1-866-542-4270
                International / Toronto callers: 416-340-8530
           Link to Webcast: http://www.canadianenergyservices.com/

Outlook

Going forward, CES sees significant growth opportunities as a vertically integrated, full cycle provider of oilfield chemical solutions. Although revenue generated at the drill-bit and at the completions stage will remain subject to volatility, operators continue to drill more complex, deeper, and longer horizontal wells that require more chemicals and fluids in general, but also more technically advanced chemical solutions in order to be successfully drilled, cased and completed. Through both its JACAM and PureChem divisions, CES has vertically integrated manufacturing capabilities with unutilized throughput at both its Sterling, KS and Carlyle, SK plants. CES also has a full suite of technically advanced solutions of production chemicals for consumption at the wellhead or pump-jack, and specialty chemicals for the pipeline and mid-stream market. These markets are less volatile and are growing on a year-over-year basis as the volumes of produced hydrocarbons and the associated produced water increases. CES believes over time it can grow its market share within each of these sub-segments of the oilfield consumable chemical market. CES' strategy is to utilize its patented and proprietary technologies and superior execution to increase market share. CES believes that its unique value proposition in this increasingly complex operating environment makes it the premier independent provider of technically advanced consumable chemical solutions throughout the life-cycle of the oilfield in North America.

The Clear Environmental Solutions division continues to complement CES' core drilling fluids business and has maintained consistently strong results. The Environmental Services division has focused on expanding its operational base in the WCSB and is pursuing opportunities in the oil sands and horizontal drilling markets.

The EQUAL Transport division remains profitable. It is expected this business will continue to be instrumental in supporting the core businesses and be economically viable.

As challenges faced by the oil and gas industry become more complex, advanced technologies are becoming increasingly important in driving success for operators. CES will continue to invest in research and development to be a leader in technology advancements in the consumable oilfield chemical markets. With the addition of JACAM's state of the art laboratory in Sterling, Kansas, CES operates four separate lab facilities across North America which also includes, Houston, Texas; Carlyle, Saskatchewan; and Calgary, Alberta. CES also leverages third party partner relationships to drive innovation in the consumable chemicals business.

On a corporate level, CES continually assesses integrated business opportunities that will keep CES competitive and enhance profitability. However, all acquisitions must meet our stringent financial and operational metrics. CES will also closely manage its dividend levels and capital expenditures in order to preserve its financial strength, its low capital re-investment model and its strong liquidity position.

Business of CES

CES is a leading provider of technically advanced consumable chemical solutions throughout the life-cycle of the oilfield. This includes total solutions at the drill-bit, at the point of completion and stimulation, at the wellhead and pump-jack, and finally through to the pipeline and midstream market. At the drill-bit, CES' designed drilling fluids encompass the functions of cleaning the hole, stabilizing the rock drilled, controlling subsurface pressures, enhancing drilling rates, and protecting potential production zones while conserving the environment in the surrounding surface and subsurface area. At the point of completion and stimulation, CES' designed chemicals form a critical component of fracking solutions or other forms of well stimulation techniques. The shift to horizontal drilling and multi-stage fracturing with long horizontal well completions has been responsible for significant growth in the drilling fluids and completion and stimulation chemicals markets. At the wellhead and pump-jack, CES' designed production and specialty chemicals provide down-hole solutions for production and gathering infrastructure to maximize production and reduce costs of equipment maintenance. Key solutions include corrosion inhibitors, demulsifiers, H2S scavengers, paraffin control products, surfactants, scale inhibitors, biocides and other specialty products. Further, specialty chemicals are used throughout the pipeline and midstream industry to aid in hydrocarbon movement and manage transportation and processing challenges including corrosion, wax build-up and H2S.

CES operates in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin ("WCSB") and in several basins throughout the United States ("US"), with an emphasis on servicing the ongoing major resource plays. In Canada, CES operates under the trade names Canadian Energy Services, Moose Mountain Mud ("MMM"), PureChem Services ("PureChem"), Clear Environmental Solutions ("Clear"), and EQUAL Transport ("EQUAL"). In the US, CES operates under the trade names AES Drilling Fluids ("AES"), AES Drilling Fluids Permian ("AES Permian"), and JACAM Chemicals ("JACAM").

The Canadian Energy Services, MMM, AES, and AES Permian brands are focused on the design and implementation of drilling fluids systems for oil and gas producers. The JACAM and PureChem brands are vertically integrated manufacturers of advanced production and specialty chemicals for the wellhead and pump-jack, drilling related chemicals, technically advanced fluids for completions and stimulations, and chemical solutions for the pipeline and midstream markets. CES has two complimentary business segments that operate in the WCSB: Clear which provides environmental consulting and drilling fluids waste disposal services and Equal which provides its customers with trucks and trailers specifically designed to meet the demanding requirements of off-highway oilfield work.


Financial Highlights

                                  Three Months Ended        Year Ended
                                     December 31,          December 31,
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($000's, except per share
 amounts)                              2013       2012       2013       2012
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Revenue                             200,569     95,028    662,818    471,299
Gross margin                         55,060     21,401    174,786    110,167
Income before taxes                  18,112      4,193     51,893     43,890
  per share - basic                    0.27       0.07       0.82       0.79
  per share - diluted                  0.26       0.07       0.79       0.76
Net income                           12,837      2,847     37,255     27,869
  per share - basic                    0.19       0.05       0.59       0.50
  per share - diluted                  0.18       0.05       0.56       0.49
EBITDAC (1)                          36,482     10,050    109,818     64,928
  per share - basic                    0.55       0.18       1.73       1.17
  per share - diluted                  0.52       0.17       1.66       1.13
Funds Flow From Operations (1)       25,006      8,603     83,094     48,234
  per share - basic                    0.37       0.15       1.31       0.87
  per share - diluted                  0.36       0.15       1.26       0.84
Dividends declared                   12,730      9,029     44,319     33,476
  per share                            0.19       0.16       0.70       0.60
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                                  Three Months Ended        Year Ended
                                     December 31,          December 31,
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Shares Outstanding                     2013       2012       2013       2012
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End of period                    67,107,128 56,847,853 67,107,128 56,847,853
Weighted average
  - basic                        66,914,549 56,193,530 63,495,340 55,693,220
  - diluted                      69,577,834 57,792,055 66,040,287 57,395,332
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                                                    As at
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Financial Position ($000's)          December 31, 2013     December 31, 2012
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Net working capital                            197,366               114,899
Total assets                                   807,319               354,642
Long-term financial liabilities
 (2)                                           322,766                71,575
Shareholders' equity                           360,519               215,420
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Notes:
1 CES uses certain performance measures that are not recognizable under
 International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS"). These performance
 measuresinclude net income before interest, taxes, depreciation and
 amortization, gains and losses on disposal of assets, goodwill impairment,
 unrealized foreign exchange gains and losses, unrealized derivative gains
 and losses, and stock-based compensation ("EBITDAC"), and Funds Flow From
 Operations. Management believes that these measures provide supplemental
 financial information that is useful in the evaluation of CES' operations.
 Readers should be cautioned, however, that these measures should not be
 construed as alternatives to measures determined in accordance with IFRS as
 an indicator of CES' performance. CES' method of calculating these measures
 may differ from that of other organizations and, accordingly, these may not
 be comparable. Please refer to the Non-GAAP measures section of CES' MD&A
 for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2013.
2 Includes the long-term portion of Deferred Acquisition Consideration,
 drawings under the Senior Facility, the Senior Notes, vehicle and equipment
 financing, and finance leases, excluding current portions.

Cautionary Statement

Except for the historical and present factual information contained herein, the matters set forth in this news release, may constitute forward- looking information or forward-looking statements (collectively referred to as "forward-looking information") which involves known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of CES, or industry results, to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking information. When used in this MD&A, such information uses such words as "may", "would", "could", "will", "intend", "expect", "believe", "plan", "anticipate", "estimate", and other similar terminology. This information reflects CES' current expectations regarding future events and operating performance and speaks only as of the date of the MD&A. Forward-looking information involves significant risks and uncertainties, should not be read as a guarantee of future performance or results, and will not necessarily be an accurate indication of whether or not such results will be achieved. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking information, including, but not limited to, the factors discussed below. The management of CES believes the material factors, expectations and assumptions reflected in the forward-looking information and statements are reasonable but no assurance can be given that these factors, expectations and assumptions will prove to be correct. The forward-looking information and statements contained in this document speak only as of the date of the document, and CES assumes no obligation to publicly update or revise them to reflect new events or circumstances, except as may be required pursuant to applicable securities laws or regulations.

In particular, this press release contains forward-looking information pertaining to the following: future estimates as to dividend levels, including the payment of a dividend to shareholders of record on March 31, 2014; the seasonality of CES' business and anticipated reduction in exposure to the effects of spring break-up in the WCSB; the sufficiency of liquidity and capital resources to meet long-term payment obligations; management's opinion of the impact of any potential litigation or disputes; the application of critical accounting estimates and judgements; the collectability of accounts receivable; the expected range of consolidated revenue and EBTDAC; CES' ability to increase its marketshare; supply and demand for CES' products and services; industry activity levels; commodity prices; treatment under governmental regulatory and taxation regimes; expectations regarding expansion of services in Canada and the United States; development of new technologies; expectations regarding CES' growth opportunities in Canada and the United States; the effect of the JACAM Acquisition and the AES Permian Acquisition on the Corporation; expectations regarding the performance or expansion of CES' operations; expectations regarding demand for CES' services and technology; investments in research and development and technology advancements; access to debt and capital markets; and competitive conditions.

CES' actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking information as a result of the following factors: general economic conditions in Canada, the United States, and internationally; fluctuations in demand for consumable fluids and chemical oilfield services; volatility in market prices for oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids and the effect of this volatility on the demand for oilfield services generally; competition; liabilities and risks, including environmental liabilities and risks inherent in oil and natural gas operations; sourcing, pricing and availability of raw materials, consumables, component parts, equipment, suppliers, facilities, and skilled management, technical and field personnel; ability to integrate technological advances and match advances of competitors; availability of capital; uncertainties in weather and temperature affecting the duration of the oilfield service periods and the activities that can be completed; the ability to successfully integrate and achieve synergies from the Company's acquisitions; changes in legislation and the regulatory environment, including uncertainties with respect to programs to reduce greenhouse gas and other emissions and regulations restricting the use of hydraulic fracturing; reassessment and audit risk associated with the Conversion and other tax filing matters; changes to the fiscal regimes applicable to entities operating in the WCSB and the US; access to capital and the liquidity of debt markets; fluctuations in foreign exchange and interest rates, and the other factors considered under "Risk Factors" in CES' Annual Information Form for the year ended December 31, 2013 and "Risks and Uncertainties" in this MD&A.

Without limiting the foregoing, the forward-looking information contained in this press release is expressly qualified by this cautionary statement.

CES has filed its 2013 annual audited consolidated financial statements and notes thereto as at and for the year ended December 31, 2013, and accompanying management discussion and analysis in accordance with National Instrument 51-102 - Continuous Disclosure Obligations adopted by the Canadian securities regulatory authorities. Additional information about CES will be available on CES' SEDAR profile at www.sedar.com and CES' website at www.CanadianEnergyServices.com.

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