SemGroup TO ACQUIRE HOUSTON FUEL OIL TERMINAL
SemGroup Corporation 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 strategically 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.
Chris Beale, Managing Partner of Alinda Capital Partners, commented: “The HFOTCO management team has done an excellent job of growing and diversifying a world-class terminal business. 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.”
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.
SemGroup intends to maintain HFOTCO’s workforce and anticipates that the company’s approximately 125 employees will become members of the SemGroup family upon the transaction’s close. (Source: SEM Group)