Mergers & Acquisitions

SemGroup® acquires Houston Fuel Oil Terminal Company

SemGroup® acquires Houston Fuel Oil Terminal Company
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SemGroup® Corporation has agreed to acquire Houston Fuel Oil Terminal Company (HFOTCO), one of the largest oil terminals in the U.S., from investment funds managed by Alinda Capital Partners. This acquisition establishes SemGroup’s position in the premier energy market, the Houston Ship Channel.

The 16.8-million-barrel terminal is strategically located on the U.S. Gulf Coast with pipeline connectivity to the local refining complex, deepwater marine access and inbound pipeline, rail and truck receipt capabilities from all major producing basins.

The assets are located on 330 acres on the Houston Ship Channel, one of the most active trading centers for residual fuel oil and crude oil in the world. The business is fully supported by take-or-pay contracts with primarily investment-grade counterparties that have been customers for an average of 15 years.

HFOTCO is currently executing on contractually supported growth projects, including a new ship dock, a new pipeline and connections, as well as an additional 1.45 million barrels of crude oil storage, expected to be in service mid-2018.

“This is a transformational acquisition that adds tremendous stability to our business and provides a dynamic platform for growth,” said SemGroup President and CEO Carlin Conner. “Consistent with our strategy to diversify our portfolio and become more refinery facing, HFOTCO brings a well-established base of high-quality, long-tenured customers. At the same time, the terminal’s premier location on the Houston Ship Channel provides deep-water access and is well positioned to capture increasing export volumes. With the addition of HFOTCO, SemGroup will be uniquely positioned to capture the future trends in exporting crude oil and refined products resulting from the near and long-term anticipated growth in U.S. shale production.”

The total purchase consideration to acquire HFOTCO will consist of two payments. The first payment will be USD1.5 billion at closing, including the assumption of an estimated USD785 million of existing HFOTCO debt, and issuance of between USD300 million to USD400 million in common shares, at SemGroup’s election, to Alinda at USD32.30 per share. The remainder of the initial payment will be funded in cash from SemGroup’s revolving credit facility. The second payment will consist of an additional USD600 million which will be paid in cash before the end of 2018, which aligns consideration with EBITDA growth.

SemGroup will have no obligation to make the second payment, which instead will be an obligation of its acquisition subsidiaries and secured by a pledge of the equity interests in such subsidiaries. The purchase price will be subject to customary adjustments.

“We believe that adding this asset to SemGroup’s portfolio is a great way to leverage customer relationships, strengthen both businesses and create additional shareholder value,” said Chris Beale, managing partner of Alinda Capital Partners.

The acquisition is expected to close in the third quarter of 2017, subject to the receipt of certain governmental approvals and the satisfaction of other customary closing conditions.

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