Sunoco Logistics Partners To Buy Eagle Point Tank Farm And East Boston Terminal

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Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. (NYSE: SXL) announced today that it has reached an agreement with Sunoco, Inc. (NYSE: SUN) to purchase the Eagle Point tank farm and related assets, located in Westville, N.J., for approximately $100 million in deferred distribution units. Sunoco Logistics anticipates additional capital spending of approximately $90 million to provide for operational flexibility and to meet regulatory requirements.

In a separate transaction, Sunoco Logistics announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to purchase a refined products terminal located in East Boston, Massachusetts from ConocoPhillips for $56 million plus the fair market value of inventory. This transaction is expected to be financed with borrowings under Sunoco Logistics’ revolving credit facilities pending more permanent financing. Both transactions are subject to customary closing conditions and are expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2011

Eagle Point Tank Farm Purchase
“The sale of the Eagle Point storage assets to Sunoco Logistics unlocks value for Sunoco shareholders. At the same time, it demonstrates Sunoco’s commitment as General Partner to supporting the growth of Sunoco Logistics,” said Lynn L. Elsenhans, chairman and chief executive officer of Sunoco, Inc. and Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P.

“As the market for transportation fuels continues to evolve, Sunoco Logistics’ ability to aggregate various types of fuel components, provide advanced blending services at the terminal level, and get products to market becomes even more valuable.”

The Eagle Point tank farm consists of approximately five million barrels of active storage for clean products and dark oils, with the potential to expand storage capacity in the future.

“Together with our existing pipeline connectivity, dock space, and refined products rack at Eagle Point, the tank farm establishes this location as a major terminal operation on the East Coast with import/export capabilities and room to grow,” said Michael J. Hennigan, president and chief operating officer of Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P.

The deferred distribution units used to finance this
transaction represent a new class of units on which no distributions are paid. This new class of units converts to SXL common LP units on the one-year anniversary of their issuance. Financing the transaction with deferred distribution units makes the acquisition immediately accretive to SXL unit holders and provides additional balance sheet flexibility to Sunoco Logistics.

The sale of the Eagle Point tank farm and related assets excludes the idled refinery processing units and still-operational 225 megawatt cogeneration facility. Sunoco, Inc. is pursuing the sale of both the processing units and co-generation facility.

East Boston Terminal Purchase
The East Boston terminal, with storage capacity of approximately 1.2 million barrels, is the sole service provider of Logan International Airport under a long-term contract. The terminal’s truck rack services local markets.

“This terminal acquisition enables us to expand our geographic and customer base as we enter the New England terminal market,” said Elsenhans. “This acquisition will continue to grow our ratable cash flow.”

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