First Reserve Announces Agreements to Acquire Refuel, Inc. Along with Expansion Acquisition, West Oil, Inc.

Source Press Release
Company First Reserve Corporation 
Tags Corporate Deals, Deals, Refining & Marketing Activities
Date February 22, 2019

Establishes a Southeastern U.S. retail fuel distribution growth platform

First Reserve, a leading global private equity investment firm exclusively focused on energy, today announced the creation of a retail fuel distribution investment platform in the Southeastern United States.  The cornerstone of the platform is an agreement to acquire Refuel, Inc. ("Refuel"), a South Carolina-based retail fuel distribution and convenience store chain with over a decade presence in this growth market.

As its first expansion acquisition for the Refuel brand, First Reserve concurrently announced an agreement to acquireWest Oil, Inc. ("West Oil"), also based in South Carolina. Together, these companies have a combined 31 sites, establishing a robust, high-quality regional footprint. 

Refuel was founded in 2008 by CEO Mark Jordan who has over 20 years' experience developing, acquiring, and operating convenience stores and gas stations.  Mr. Jordan will lead the combined platform along with CAO Travis Smith.  West Oil, Inc. was founded in 1964, operating primarily in the northeastern region of South Carolina under the proprietary Markette store and West Oil fuel brands. Both companies share a dedication to their local markets, high-quality fuels, and superior service that is expected to remain unchanged.  Further, the combined platform creates a profitable, strategically positioned portfolio from which to drive near-term growth.

Mark Jordan CEO of Refuel, stated, "The motivating force behind Refuel's brand has been a  commitment to quality and service on behalf of our customers and employees.  We have been proud to partner with and showcase local brands in our convenience stores, while providing premium, quality gas in our pumps.  I believe the West Oil acquisitionrepresents an opportunity to increase our scale and density in the attractive South Carolina market, and we welcome the West Oil employees to our thriving family. Further, I am excited to partner with First Reserve to continue to accelerate our growth strategy and deliver for our communities."

Gary Reaves and Neil Wizel, Managing Directors at First Reserve, added, "First Reserve has a history of backing experienced management teams with strong middle-market platforms to drive growth and create value for our stakeholders.  We are pleased to partner with Mark Jordan and Travis Smith to establish a new platform in what we believe is the highly fragmented retail fuel distribution sector.  Under their leadership, we believe Refuel, in part powered by the synergies of the combination with West Oil, is well-positioned for expansion in an attractive regional market."

The transactions are expected to close in the first half of 2019, subject to customary closing conditions. Financial details of the transactions were not disclosed.

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