Berry Corporation (bry) Positioned to Be a Leader in California’s Well Abandonment and Fugitive Emission Reduction Efforts

DALLAS, Oct. 04, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Berry Corporation (bry) (NASDAQ: BRY) (“bry” or the “Company”) today announced the acquisition of Basic Energy Services’ (“Basic”) California operations, which includes the legacy C&J Well Services (“C&J”) operations acquired by Basic in March 2020. The acquisition officially closed on October 1, 2021. The acquired businesses will operate as C&J Well Services, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of bry.  

The acquisition creates a strategic growth opportunity for bry. It is a synergistic fit with the Company’s strategy to work with the State of California’s energy transition goals to reduce fugitive emissions from orphan and idle wells, including methane and CO2. The market potential for these services is currently estimated at approximately $6 billion.

Bry’s chairman and chief executive officer Trem Smith stated, “bry recognizes the oil and gas industry’s role in the energy transition and is determined to be part of the solution. Basic and C&J’s collective 74-year history of profitable operations now constitutes one of the largest rig servicing and well abandonment providers in California with one of the best safety records in the service industry. We are proud to add these services and this group of talented people, which will operate as C&J Well Services, to our portfolio. Our winning bid of approximately $43 million, subject to certain closing adjustments, equates to approximately 1.2 times legacy C&J’s three-year average EBITDA, as well as management’s projected 2021 EBITDA.  

“We are excited to have C&J Well Services as part of the bry portfolio and will avail their capabilities to support California’s goals for the energy transition. Together, we believe the new team is well positioned to be a leader in these efforts,” Smith concluded.

Bry is committed to supporting C&J Well Services’ customers and workforce and ensuring a seamless transition. Jack Renshaw will continue to lead this business as President of C&J Well Services, LLC, a newly formed company established as an independent entity from bry’s E&P operations.

About bry

Bry is a publicly traded (NASDAQ: BRY) western United States independent upstream energy company with a focus on the conventional, long-lived oil reserves in the San Joaquin basin of California. More information can be found at the Company’s website at

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