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March 11, 2013
06:04 EDTTSO, MPC, VLOFederal ethanol mandate means higher costs for oil refiners, WSJ reports
The cost of complying with a federal mandate to use corn ethanol in fuel has increased sharply in the past few months, putting a squeeze on oil refiners, reports the Wall Street Journal. The price of each credit that refiners need under the law was over $1.00 on Friday, up from just a few cents last year. The new expenses "will have an impact on refinery margins," said Tom Kloza, chief oil analyst with the Oil Price Information Service. Reference Link
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November 25, 2015
07:36 EDTMPCMarathon Petroleum price target raised to $70 from $60 at Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer expects Marathon to generate free cash flow of $1.6B this year and $0.7B next year, before acquisitions and share repurchases. The firm says the company's valuation is attractive, and it keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
November 23, 2015
16:09 EDTTSOTesoro to acquire Flint Hills Resources' marketing/logistics assets in Alaska
Tesoro through its affiliate Tesoro Alaska Company, has agreed to acquire Flint Hills Resources' wholesale marketing and logistics assets in Anchorage and Fairbanks, Alaska. "This investment represents our commitment to efficiently and reliably serve customers in the state of Alaska," said Greg Goff, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Tesoro Corporation. "We have been a part of the Alaska community since 1969, and over the last five years we have invested more than $300 million dollars in our Alaska operations. We look forward to continuing our operations in the state. "This transaction includes: all FHR wholesale fuel marketing contracts in Alaska; an Anchorage terminal with 580,000 barrels of total in-service storage capacity, a truck rack, and rail loading capability; a Fairbanks airport terminal that includes 22,500 barrels of in-service jet fuel storage and truck rack; and a multi-year terminalling agreement at FHR's North Pole terminal, which will provide efficient rail offload capabilities and provide Tesoro access to Alaska's Interior. The former FHR North Pole refinery is not part of this acquisition.This transaction also improves Tesoro's ability to serve customers from its existing Anchorage terminal, as a result of Tesoro gaining access to rail loading capabilities located at the FHR Anchorage terminal. This extends Tesoro's ability to efficiently and reliably serve the Alaska interior. Tesoro expects to offer qualified third parties access to the FHR Anchorage terminal. The transaction is expected to close within 60 days, pending completion of transition, planning and required consents and approvals.
November 17, 2015
06:32 EDTMPCMPLX and MarkWest combination receives further cash consideration from Marathon
MPLX (MPLX) and MarkWest Energy (MWE) announced that, in connection with the anticipated combination of MPLX and MarkWest, Marathon Petroleum (MPC) has agreed to further increase the amount of the one-time cash consideration payable to MarkWest common unitholders to $6.20 per unit, up from the cash consideration previously announced on Nov. 10, 2015, of approximately $5.21 per unit. This cash consideration represents a significant enhancement to the initial July 13, 2015, offer which was approximately $3.37 per unit. Under the revised terms of the merger agreement announced today, which represents the best and final offer, MarkWest common unitholders will receive approximately $1.28 billion in total cash consideration and 1.09 MPLX common units per MarkWest common unit, for a total consideration of approximately $51.74 per MarkWest common unit, based on the closing price of MPLX's common units on Nov. 16, 2015. Three of MarkWest's largest unitholders, Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors, L.P., Tortoise Capital Advisors, L.L.C., and, as previously announced, The Energy & Minerals Group, which cumulatively represent more than 15 percent of MarkWest's outstanding units entitled to vote, have all entered into voting agreements to vote in favor of the transaction. The merger is also recommended by each of the boards of MPC, MPLX and MarkWest, and the executive management of both partnerships strongly support the transaction and its revised terms. The combination will create one of the largest master limited partnerships, which is expected to generate a mid-20 percent compound annual distribution growth rate through 2019. The transaction is subject to approval by MarkWest unitholders and other customary closing conditions and, subject to the satisfaction of those conditions, is expected to close in December 2015. The date of the special meeting of MarkWest common unitholders is Dec. 1, 2015. MarkWest unitholders of record as of Oct. 5, 2015, will be entitled to vote on approval of the merger and the associated proposals.

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