PBF Energy to Purchase the Chalmette Refinery and Related Logistics Assets

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-PBF Energy Inc. (NYSE: PBF) announced today that its subsidiary has signed a definitive agreement to purchase Chalmette Refining, LLC, consisting of the 189,000 barrel per day Chalmette Refinery and related logistics assets, from ExxonMobil and PDV Chalmette, LLC. With the acquisition PBF will increase its total throughput capacity to over 725,000 barrels per day. The purchase price for the assets is $322 million, plus working capital including inventory to be valued at closing. PBF Energy does not expect to issue equity to finance any portion of this transaction. The transaction is expected to be approximately 20% accretive to 2016 consensus earnings in the first year of operation and is expected to close prior to year-end 2015, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals.

“The acquisition of the Chalmette Refinery, and its associated logistics assets, represents a significant step in the strategic growth of PBF Energy and PBF Logistics. Upon completion, we will have increased our refining capacity by 35 percent and added meaningful Gulf Coast assets to our businesses. We will have operations in the Gulf Coast, Mid-Continent and East Coast and have diversified and increased our commercial footprint and flexibility,” said Tom Nimbley, PBF Energy’s Chief Executive Officer. “We are committed to the continued safe and environmentally responsible operations of the facility and look forward to welcoming Chalmette’s well-trained and professional workforce to the PBF family.”

PBF’s Executive Chairman Tom O’Malley commented, “The PBF management team that the board has put in place has a proven track record of purchasing and integrating accretive acquisitions and chose the right opportunity in Chalmette to build on that track record at an attractive cost per complexity barrel.”

The Chalmette Refinery, located outside of New Orleans, Louisiana, is a 189,000 barrel per day, dual-train coking refinery with a Nelson Complexity of 12.7 and is capable of processing both light and heavy crude oil. The facility is strategically positioned on the Gulf Coast with strong logistics connectivity that offers flexible raw material sourcing and product distribution opportunities, including the potential to export products.

In addition to refining assets, the transaction includes 100 percent ownership of the MOEM Pipeline, providing access to the Empire Terminal, as well as the CAM Connection Pipeline, providing access to the LOOP facility through a third party pipeline. The transaction also includes 80 percent ownership in each of the Collins Pipeline Company and T&M Terminal Company, both located in Collins, Mississippi, which provide a significant clean products outlet for the refinery via the Plantation and Colonial Pipelines. Also included in the transaction are a marine terminal capable of importing waterborne feedstocks and loading or exporting finished products; a clean products truck rack which provides access to local markets; and a crude and product storage facility with approximately 7.5 million barrels of shell capacity. PBF estimates the acquired MLP-qualifying pre-tax earnings from the logistics assets of Chalmette Refining, LLC, to be at least $30 million.


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