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Financial woes fuel busy year for refining deals
Fuel Fix ^ | March 21, 2012 | Simone Sebastian

Posted on 03/21/2012 1:31:15 PM PDT by thackney

Last year was a tough one for refining, as companies shrunk in size or bailed on the financially challenged industry all together, according to an IHS Herold report released Wednesday.

The value of deals involving refining assets surged to $6 billion in 2011, a 50 percent increase over 2010, the report found. Transactions in the retail/marketing subsector, which includes fueling stations, tripled during that time. Meanwhile, petrochemical deals rose from $10 billion to about $13 billion in 2011.

The busy year was fueled by a few large moves by major oil companies that exited the refining business. Philadelphia-based Sunoco announced last fall that it would shed its refineries. Marathon Oil completed the spinoff of its refining arm in June and ConocoPhillips announced last year that it would similarly divest from its refineries.

“Faced with the prospect of low margins, decreasing fuel demand in the U.S., overcapacity, aging, inflexible facilities and increasing environmental regulation, integrated oil companies have had to reevaluate their downstream business strategies,” said Cynthia Pross, IHS senior analyst for M&A research, in a written statement. “For some, the refining business no longer makes economic sense. For others, it is an opportunity to acquire assets at favorable prices.”

Energy Transfer Equity Partners’ sale of its propane distribution arm contributed to a nine-fold increase the value of transactions in that subsector, according to the report.

The high value of refining transactions was aided by the the merger of Holly Corp. and Frontier Oil, which was announced in February.

The IHS Herold 2011 Global Downstream M&A Review tracks mergers and acquisitions in refining, petrochemical, terminals and other downstream assets worldwide.

In 2011, refiners struggled against rising prices for crude oil, which they buy to refine into gasoline, diesel and other fuels. Three East Coast refineries, responsible for about half of the region’s refining capacity, have shut down or are slated to close in part because high crude prices have made them uneconomical.

“We expect refiners to continue to face challenges through 2012 and beyond,” Pross said.

TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: energy; refinery

1 posted on 03/21/2012 1:31:29 PM PDT by thackney
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To: Tubac414

Thought you would find this interesting.

2 posted on 03/21/2012 1:40:27 PM PDT by marktwain
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To: marktwain

Left unsaid is just why refiners cannot make a profit. they will keep cutting capacity until they can make a profit and then all hell will break loose because they will be greedy.

How many Freepers support refiners exporting their products to the highest bidder?

3 posted on 03/21/2012 2:16:14 PM PDT by FreedomNotSafety
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To: FreedomNotSafety

We now have a bit of surplus refining capacity, even with the few shutdowns.

I’m amazed at the Freepers who want us to stop exporting the surplus, so we can close a couple more refineries and lose more job.

4 posted on 03/21/2012 2:19:40 PM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: thackney

Let’s see refiners import oil, a no no all that importing, and then they sell our gasoline to those damn foreigners. Cant we just keep it all here? It is not right that we have to pay high prices or they will sell it over there.

Do I need a sarcasm warning?

5 posted on 03/21/2012 2:27:07 PM PDT by FreedomNotSafety
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To: FreedomNotSafety
and then they sell our gasoline to those damn foreigners

I really hate it when they sell our gasoline to foreigners. I mean, like they paid for it or something.

6 posted on 03/21/2012 2:31:14 PM PDT by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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To: thackney

The blame for high gas prices falls squarely on the DemonRat party and the RINOs. The market is beating the Socialists like baby seals as always. Invest in guillotines. A few heads rolling will get things fixed pronto.

7 posted on 03/21/2012 3:51:58 PM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Throw the bums out who vote yes on the bailout)
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