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February 27, 2014
07:53 EDTMPLX, MPCMPLX acquires added interest in MPLX Pipe Line Holdings from Marathon Petroleum
MPLX LP (MPLX) announced that it has agreed to acquire an additional 13% interest in MPLX Pipe Line Holdings from a subsidiary of Marathon Petroleum (MPC) for $310M. This transaction represents MPLX's second acquisition following its initial public offering in October 2012. This acquisition will increase MPLX's interest in Pipe Line Holdings to 69% from the 56% interest it held previously. Pipe Line Holdings owns a 100% interest in Marathon Pipe Line and Ohio River Pipe Line. The acquisition price represents an approximate 10 times multiple of the assets' forecasted next twelve months earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization. The transaction is expected to close effective March 1, and be immediately accretive to distributable cash flow. MPLX intends to fund the acquisition through a combination of $40M of cash on hand and a $270M borrowing on its $500M revolving credit facility.
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July 22, 2014
09:13 EDTMPLXMPLX raises quarterly distribution by 4.6% to 34.25c per unit
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July 14, 2014
18:15 EDTMPCOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:02 EDTMPCRefiners weak after Valero Q2 guidance misses consensus estimates
Shares of select companies in the oil refinery space are weaker in after-hours trading after Valero, an independent petroleum refining and marketing company, gave second quarter guidance that was lower than consensus estimates. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Valero said it expects Q2 EPS of $1.10-$1.25 versus a consensus estimate of $1.39. PRICE ACTION: Valero shares are lower by $1.70, or 3.4%, to $48.22. OTHERS TO WATCH: Tesoro Corporation (TSO) is down by almost 1%, HollyFrontier Corporation (HFC) is down 0.6%, and Marathon Petroleum Corporation (MPC) is lower by 0.36%.
July 11, 2014
10:00 EDTMPCOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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05:56 EDTMPCMarathon Petroleum upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup
Citigroup upgraded Marathon Petroleum to Buy citing improved earnings power following the company's recent acquisitions, new initiatives in the midstream and pipeline business, and share repurchases over the last two years. Citi lowered its price target for shares to $94 from $96.

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