MPLX 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.
Marathon Petroleum upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan JPMorgan upgraded Marathon Petroleum to Overweight with a $61 price target. The firm believes Marathon's valuation is too attractive to ignore and the weaker Q2 capture rate was transitory and risks are reflected in shares.