Mergers & Acquisitions

Global Partners' Latest Deal a Strategic 'Plus'

Northeastern MLP adds 22 convenience stores to its growing portfolio

WALTHAM, Mass. -- Looking to grow in new markets, Global Partners LP has expanded its gas station and convenience-store network to western Massachusetts with the addition of 22 retail sites through long-term leases with O’Connell Oil Associates Inc.

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As reported in a McLane/CSP Daily News Flash, the convenience stores are located in the Pittsfield and Springfield, Mass., areas, and are branded under the Convenience Plus banner and market Mobil- or Shell-branded gasoline.

Founded in 1925 and based in Pittsfield, O’Connell Oil Associates also has offices in North Adams and Northampton. It operates 29 Convenience Plus stores, seven gas stations, a wholesale gasoline business, and full-service commercial and residential plumbing, heating and air-conditioning departments, according to the company’s website.

“The addition of these locations complements our strategy to cost-efficiently broaden our retail footprint in attractive markets," said Eric Slifka, president and CEO of Waltham, Mass.-based Global Partners. "We look forward to serving new customers in western Massachusetts.”

Along with the leased sites, Global has entered into fuel supply-only contracts for three other O’Connell Oil locations in the area.

In early 2015, Global Partners completed two major deals that accelerated its growth strategy.

The first was the acquisition of independent petroleum marketer Warren Equities Inc., Providence, R.I., from The Warren Alpert Foundation for approximately $381 million. The acquisition expanded Global Partners' portfolio with the addition of 147 company-operated Xtra Mart convenience stores and related fuel operations, 53 commission agent locations and fuel-supply rights for approximately 320 dealers.

Second, Global Partners entered into an agreement with Capitol Petroleum Group, Springfield, Va., to purchase a portfolio of 97 primarily Mobil- and Exxon-branded owned or leased retail gas stations and seven dealer supply contracts in New York City and Prince George’s County, Md., for total consideration, subject to closing adjustments, of $156 million.

A publicly traded master limited partnership (MLP), Global Partners is a midstream logistics and marketing company that owns, controls or has access to one of the largest terminal networks of petroleum products and renewable fuels in the Northeast. It also is one of the largest distributors of gasoline, distillates, residual oil and renewable fuels to wholesalers, retailers and commercial customers in New England and New York. The company is engaged in the transportation of crude oil and other products by rail from the midcontinental United States and Canada to the East and West coasts for distribution to refiners and others. With approximately 1,600 locations, primarily in the Northeast, Global Partners also is one of the largest independent owners, suppliers and operators of gas stations and convenience stores.

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