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Aveda Transportation and Energy Services Announces Opening of Oklahoma Branch and Closing of Increase to Senior Lending Facility

CALGARY, AB--(Marketwired - June 25, 2014) - Aveda Transportation and Energy Services Inc. ("Aveda" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE: AVE), a leading provider of oilfield hauling services and equipment rentals to the energy industry, today announces that, it has closed the increase to its asset based lending facility at $125.0 million (as previously announced on June 12, 2014). The Company also plans to expand its operational footprint by opening a new branch in Oklahoma.

The Company also announces that it has reached an agreement with a new customer operating in the Mississippian Basin in Oklahoma and Kansas to provide a minimum threshold of monthly rig moves for a one year period in the region. The minimum rig moving thresholds in this region will give Aveda a solid starting position from which to grow. Accordingly, Aveda is planning on opening a new branch in Oklahoma in the third quarter of 2014. A portion of the assets to be acquired pursuant to the acquisition of Precision Drilling Corporation's US rig moving assets (as previously announced on June 16, 2014) are expected to be allocated to this new location. The Company estimates there are approximately 260 drilling rigs operating in the planned Oklahoma branch's service region which will include Northern Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas. This branch is anticipated to generate between $12.0 and $18.0 million in revenue in 2015.

"This is another customer led opportunity for Aveda to expand its operational footprint," said Kevin Roycraft, President and CEO of Aveda. "Our growth in Texas was directly as a result of customers demanding us to expand into new markets. The opening of our Oklahoma branch demonstrates the continued faith our customers have in our ability to deliver operational excellence and perform high quality rig moves."

About Aveda Transportation and Energy Services

Aveda provides specialized transportation services and equipment required for the exploration, development and production of petroleum resources in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin and in the United States of America principally in and around the states of Texas, Pennsylvania and North Dakota. Transportation services include both the equipment necessary to move the load as well as a trained, professional driver capable of securing, moving and manipulating the load at its origin and destination. Aveda's rental operations include the rental of tanks, mats, pickers, light towers and other equipment necessary for oilfield operations.

Aveda was incorporated in 1994 as a private company to serve the oil and gas industry. In the spring of 2006 the Company went public on the TSX Venture Exchange. Aveda has major operations in Calgary, AB, Slave Lake, AB, Leduc, AB, Sylvan Lake, AB, Edson, AB, Mineral Wells, TX, Pleasanton, TX, Midland, TX, Williamsport, PA, Williston, ND, and Buckhannon, WV. Aveda is publicly traded on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol AVE. For more information on Aveda please visit www.avedaenergy.com.

This News Release contains certain forward-looking statements and forward-looking information (collectively referred to herein as "forward-looking statements") within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities laws. All statements other than statements of present or historical fact are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are often, but not always, identified by the use of words such as "anticipate", "achieve", "could", "believe", "plan", "intend", "objective", "continuous", "ongoing", "estimate", "outlook", "expect", "may", "will", "project", "should" or similar words, including negatives thereof, suggesting future outcomes. In particular, this News Release contains forward-looking statements relating to: demand for the Company's services and general industry activity level; the Company's growth opportunities; and expectation to maintain revenue and equipment utilization. Aveda believes the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable as of the date hereof but no assurance can be given that these expectations will prove to be correct and such forward-looking statements should not be unduly relied upon.

Various material factors and assumptions are typically applied in drawing conclusions or making the forecasts or projections set out in forward-looking statements. Those material factors and assumptions are based on information currently available to Aveda, including information obtained from third party industry analysts and other third party sources. In some instances, material assumptions and material factors are presented elsewhere in this News Release in connection with the forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned that the following list of material factors and assumptions is not exhaustive. Specific material factors and assumptions include, but are not limited to:

  • the completion of the acquisition of Precision Drilling Corporation's US rig moving assets announced on June 16, 2014 (the "Acquisition");
  • the performance of Aveda's businesses, including the Acquisition assets, current business and economic trends;
  • oil and natural gas commodity prices and production levels;
  • capital expenditure programs and other expenditures by Aveda and its customers;
  • the ability of Aveda to retain and hire qualified personnel;
  • the ability of Aveda to obtain parts, consumables, equipment, technology, and supplies in a timely manner to carry out its activities;
  • the ability of Aveda to maintain good working relationships with key suppliers;
  • the ability of Aveda to market its services successfully to existing and new customers;
  • the ability of Aveda to obtain timely financing on acceptable terms;
  • currency exchange and interest rates;
  • risks associated with foreign operations;
  • changes under governmental regulatory regimes and tax, environmental and other laws in Canada and the United States; and
  • a stable competitive environment.

Forward-looking statements are not a guarantee of future performance and involve a number of risks and uncertainties, some of which are described herein. Such forward-looking statements necessarily involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, which may cause Aveda's actual performance and financial results in future periods to differ materially from any projections of future performance or results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the risks identified in Aveda's annual information form and management discussion and analysis for the year ended December 31, 2013 (the "MD&A"). Any forward-looking statements are made as of the date hereof and, except as required by law, Aveda assumes no obligation to publicly update or revise such statements to reflect new information, subsequent or otherwise.

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

For more information, please contact:

Bharat Mahajan, CA
Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer
(403) 264-5769
[email protected]

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