Martin Midstream Partners (MMLP) to Divest Corpus Christi Terminalling Assets for Net Proceeds of $93M
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Martin Midstream Partners L.P. (NASDAQ: MMLP) announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement with NuStar Logistics, L.P. to sell certain of its terminalling assets located in Corpus Christi, Texas for gross consideration of $107 million plus the reimbursement of certain capital expenditures and prepaid items (the “Transaction”). The Partnership is selling its 900,000 barrel crude oil storage terminal commonly known as the Corpus Christi crude terminal, its refined product barge terminal, certain pipelines and related easements as well as dockage and trans-loading assets (collectively known as the “Assets”). MMLP expects to receive net proceeds of approximately $93 million after transaction fees and expenses, in addition to certain cash payments previously received by the Partnership in conjunction with its mandated relocation of certain dockage assets.
The Transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including antitrust approval. The Partnership expects to close the Transaction prior to year-end 2016. Simmons & Company International served as exclusive financial advisor to MMLP on the Transaction.
Concurrent with the announced disposition of the Assets, the Partnership also announced it has declared a quarterly cash distribution of $0.50 per unit, or $2.00 per unit on an annualized basis, for the quarter ended September 30, 2016. The quarterly distribution represents a reduction of approximately 38.5% from the distribution paid following the second quarter 2016. The distribution is payable on November 14, 2016 to common unitholders of record as of the close of business on November 7, 2016. The ex-dividend date for the cash distribution is November 3, 2016.
Ruben Martin, President and Chief Executive Officer of Martin Midstream GP LLC said, “This sale of assets is a significant positive event for the Partnership and a necessary first step to ultimately returning MMLP to a growth trajectory. While these assets have historically performed well for the Partnership, they are not critical to its success moving forward. Given our focus on reduction of leverage, we feel this asset sale and distribution right-sizing are prudent moves for the Partnership at this time. Together, these two actions should provide a sound catalyst to reducing our currently elevated cost of capital by de-levering and improving increased distribution coverage to our unitholders. Looking ahead, we anticipate that these efforts will improve the balance sheet and result in estimated distribution coverage of at least 1.20 times in 2017 and 2018.”
Martin Midstream Partners plans to publicly release its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2016 after the market closes on Wednesday, October 26, 2016. An investors conference call to review the third quarter results will be held on Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. Central Time. The conference call can be accessed by calling (877) 878-2695. An audio replay of the conference call will be available by calling (855) 859-2056 from 11:00 a.m. Central Time on October 27, 2016 through 10:59 p.m. Central Time on November 7, 2016. The access code for the conference call and the audio replay is Conference ID No. 94610525. The audio replay of the conference call will also be archived on Martin Midstream Partners’ website at www.martinmidstream.com.
During the conference call, management will discuss certain non-generally accepted accounting principle financial measures for which reconciliations to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures will be provided in Martin Midstream Partners’ announcement concerning its financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2016 which will be available on the investor relations page of Martin Midstream Partners’ website.
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