Sunoco Logistics Partners (SXL) Acquires Vitol's Permian Basin Crude Platform
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Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. (NYSE: SXL) and the Vitol Group today announced the Partnership’s strategic acquisition of Vitol’s Permian Basin crude oil system. The Partnership entered into an agreement with Vitol Inc. to purchase an integrated crude oil business in West Texas for approximately $760 million plus working capital (the “Acquisition”). The Acquisition provides the Partnership with an approximately two million barrel crude oil terminal in Midland, Texas, a crude oil gathering and mainline pipeline system in the Midland Basin, including a significant acreage dedication from an investment grade Permian producer, and crude oil inventories related to Vitol’s crude oil purchasing and marketing business in West Texas. The Acquisition includes the purchase of a 50 percent interest in SunVit Pipeline LLC (“SunVit”) which results in the Partnership owning all of the membership interests in SunVit. SunVit connects the Midland terminal to the Partnership’s Permian Express 2 pipeline, a key takeaway to bring Permian crude oil to multiple markets. The Acquisition is expected to close in the fourth quarter 2016, subject to certain closing conditions and regulatory approval.
In connection with the acquisition of Vitol’s integrated crude oil business in West Texas, Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. (NYSE: ETP) and Energy Transfer Equity, L.P. (NYSE: ETE), as the owners of Sunoco Partners, LLC, the Partnership’s general partner, have agreed to reduce the incentive distributions the general partner receives from the Partnership by a total of $60 million over a two-year period. The reduction will be recognized evenly over eight quarters beginning with the quarterly cash distribution paid for the third quarter 2016.
"We are pleased to announce this strategic crude oil acquisition," said Michael J. Hennigan, President and Chief Executive Officer for Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. "The addition of the Vitol system is an excellent synergistic fit to our growing crude platform in the Permian Basin. The Permian Basin is the most prolific of all of the US shale areas with strong growth expectations. The Vitol pipeline assets are located in what we believe are the three best counties in the Midland Basin. Adding a 2 million barrel terminal in Midland is very complimentary to our Permian strategy.”
On the General Partner’s financial relief, Hennigan said, “We appreciate Energy Transfer’s support on this acquisition. They share our vision of the substantial growth opportunities from production in the Permian basin. Their financial assistance via incentive distribution relief provides us with expected accretive economics for this strategic acquisition. Long-term, with Energy Transfer’s growing crude gathering presence in West Texas combined with our extensive mainline crude platform and gathering assets, we expect growth opportunities for our partnerships in this very competitive region.”
Mike Loya, Head of the Americas for Vitol added, “We have had a good working relationship with Sunoco Logistics, including our SunVit JV. Sunoco Logistics has a strong strategic position in West Texas and we are confident that they will provide excellent service to customers of the Vitol system. We wish Sunoco Logistics well in the further development of the business.”
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