Dominion Gas

In May 2007 Graphite Capital led the management buy-out of Dominion Gas, the UK’s leading supplier of gases and gas cylinders to offshore oil and gas customers.

Dominion supplies specialist gases used for diving, welding and testing by offshore oil and gas customers. The gases are analysed and mixed on site in the company’s own laboratory and supplied to customers in specially designed containers and cylinders. Dominion has a resilient business model, underpinned by specialist infrastructure and expertise, and enjoys strong relationships with leading global subsea contractors and operators.

With Graphite’s support, in September 2007 Dominion acquired its major Aberdeen competitor, Global Gas Supplies, creating the dominant gas provider in the Aberdeen market. In October 2008 the group acquired Argon Isotank, which rents chemical tanks for use in drilling and maintaining wells.

Key Business Achievements

Developed the group internationally by expanding nascent operations in Norway and Singapore and by opening a new base in Ghana

Introduced new products such as a proprietary mobile gas filling plant capable of rapid deployment to remote locations

Added new services, including container rental, through the establishment of a new JV

Grew the Argon Isotank acquisition by increasing its fleet from 55 tanks to 251 and by introducing the sale of chemicals

Secured helium supply in a tight market through a new long-term supply contract with a leading US gas company

Replaced legacy systems with a group-wide ERP system

2.3 x

Return on Graphite's Investment

Business Exit

In May 2013 Dominion Gas was sold to Praxair, Inc., generating a multiple of 2.3 times cost.