Foraco International enters Canadian oil sands drilling market with acquisition of Northwest Sequoia Drilling


    TORONTO and MARSEILLES, France, Sept. 26 /CNW/ - Foraco International SA
(TSX: FAR) ("Foraco"), a leading global provider of diversified drilling
services, today announced it has acquired Northwest Sequoia Drilling Ltd.
("NWS"), based in Picture Butte, Alberta, for total consideration of
C$9.5 million in cash and 1,150,000 common shares of Foraco. The common shares
included in the purchase consideration were acquired by Foraco during the
second quarter of 2008. NWS specializes in rotary drilling services for
exploration, bulk sampling, and coring services to the mining and oil sands
    "The acquisition of Northwest Sequoia Drilling marks our entry into this
strong, energy related regional market and further enhances the development of
our large diameter and rotary drilling service offering throughout North
America. With a wider spectrum of services offered coupled with a broader
range of specialized drilling techniques, we intend to more aggressively
pursue energy related projects including uranium and coal. In addition to our
mineral and water drilling activities, we believe energy related projects
represent a significant growth opportunity for our company." said Daniel
Simoncini, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Foraco.
    "We expect this transaction to be accretive to our earnings per share
going forward and believe it further strengthens our platform for future
growth in North America," said Jean-Pierre Charmensat, Vice-CEO and Chief
Financial Officer. "We welcome the team from Northwest Sequoia to Foraco. They
fully support our vision of establishing Foraco as a world leading drilling
services company, offering a unique combination of global experience, local
expertise, and constant customer focus."
    NWS is currently involved in large diameter bulk sampling for diamonds in
Canada as well as oil sands evaluation core drilling in Alberta. The company
also has expertise in large diameter water and dewatering drilling. NWS is
expected to generate approximately $12 million in revenue for its fiscal year
ended October 31, 2008.
    Through the acquisition, Foraco has acquired three specialized heavy
drills rigs, plus ancillary equipment and access to highly trained and
competent management and crews. NWS' founders and senior management team have
retained interests in Foraco and will remain with Foraco supporting the
leadership of North American operations. Subsequent to the acquisition, Foraco
will have a total of 117 drill rigs.

    About Foraco

    Foraco (TSX: FAR) is a worldwide drilling service provider headquartered
in Marseille, France. The Company provides a diverse range of drilling
services to the minerals, energy, water, environmental and infrastructure
sectors. The Company currently operates 117 drilling rigs, with a presence in
18 countries across five continents. For more information about Foraco, visit

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future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such
statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ
materially from the Company's expectations are disclosed under the heading
"Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Information Form dated March 31, 2008,
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