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SemGroup Announces Acquisition of Houston Terminal


TULSA-BASED ASSET: The Tulsa-based SemGroup purchase of the Houston Fuel Oil Terminal Company is positive news for the economy of greater Tulsa.


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Tulsa-based SemGroup Corporation has announced that it has executed a definitive agreement 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 located on the U.S. Gulf Coast with pipeline connectivity to the local refining complex, deep water 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,” says 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 deepwater 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 $1.5 billion at closing, including the assumption of an estimated $785 million of existing HFOTCO debt, and issuance of between $300 million to $400 million in common shares, at SemGroup’s election, to Alinda at $32.30 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 $600 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.

Updated 06-17-2017

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