Inter Pipeline announces acquisition of a bulk liquid storage business in Sweden
Inter Pipeline Ltd. (“Inter Pipeline”) (TSX: IPL) announced today that it has completed the acquisition of four petroleum and petrochemical storage terminals in Sweden from a subsidiary of Koninklijke Vopak N.V. (“Vopak”). The transaction involved consideration of SEK 865 million, or approximately $131 million Canadian excluding customary closing adjustments, and was funded by capacity available under Inter Pipeline’s revolving credit facility.
“This is an immediately accretive transaction that will further diversify and strengthen our European bulk liquid storage business. The acquisition increases our storage capacity in Europe by approximately 40%, while complementing Inter Pipeline’s existing storage operations in the United Kingdom, Denmark, Germany, and Ireland,” commented Christian Bayle, President and Chief Executive Officer.
The acquisition increases Inter Pipeline’s total storage capacity in Europe to approximately 27 million barrels. It strengthens Inter Pipeline’s position as a leading storage business in Europe and establishes Inter Pipeline as the largest independent bulk liquid storage provider in Scandinavia.
Inter Pipeline has acquired 100% of the shares of Vopak Sweden AB in an all cash transaction. The Swedish business, which will be renamed Inter Terminals Sweden, consists of four coastal terminals located at Göteborg, Malmo, Sodertalje and Gavle.
Key investment highlights related to the acquisition are described below:
- All four terminals are strategically located along the Baltic Sea and Danish Straits, a major petroleum trade route for marine transport vessels;
- The Göteborg terminal is the largest independent storage facility in Scandinavia’s largest port. It is pipeline connected to three local refineries, providing strategic infrastructure in support of import and export activities;
- Combined storage capacity of 7.4 million barrels across 144 well maintained tanks and five underground caverns;
- Highly complementary to Inter Pipeline’s existing terminals in Denmark, resulting in enhanced product storage and custom blending solutions for customers;
- Deep water loading and unloading access for large marine vessels including Aframax class tankers;
- Historically high utilization rates, averaging 87% over the past four years;
- High quality assets serving a diversified customer base including integrated oil companies, chemical companies and major petroleum traders;
- Approximately 93% of revenue is fixed under term storage contracts with the remaining 7% being generated from ancillary services such as throughput fees; and
- This acquisition is immediately accretive to Inter Pipeline’s funds from operations.
The Swedish terminals function as a strategic storage and blending hub for the trans-shipment of refined products as well as the inland distribution of retail petroleum and petrochemical products. Significant trade imbalances exist in Europe between refinery supply and end-user demand locations, particularly with respect to fuel oil. These structural imbalances are expected to continue into the future. Coastal terminals in Sweden are well positioned to facilitate the regional movement of petroleum products from Russia, the Baltic Rim and Europe to worldwide destinations.
The acquisition establishes Inter Pipeline as the largest independent bulk liquid storage provider in Scandinavia with combined capacity of approximately 19 million barrels in Denmark and Sweden. Existing and future customers will be offered an integrated suite of storage, custom blending and product handling services at strategic locations. Deep water drafts also provide flexibility with respect to build-bulk and break-bulk operations and ship-to-ship transfers.
The 5.7 million barrel terminal at Göteborg provides gasoline storage and blending services to supply retail fuel markets in both Sweden and Finland. In addition, the Göteborg terminal is capable of creating custom petroleum feedstock blends for export to refineries in Europe, the United States and other international locations.
The smaller terminals at Malmo, Sodertalje and Gavle primarily support the distribution of petrochemicals to local industries, provide bitumen storage services and supply jet fuel to the Arlanda international airport near Stockholm.
Cash flow in the Swedish business is supported by contracts with major integrated oil companies, petrochemical companies and oil traders with remaining terms typically ranging from one to five years. Historically, the business has experienced a very high renewal rate on contracts with its customers. Storage utilization rates averaged 94% during the first quarter of 2015.
Financial performance and accretion
Despite a challenging environment in Europe in recent years, the former Vopak Sweden storage business has delivered stable financial results. Average EBITDA recorded for the five-year period from 2010 to 2014 was approximately SEK 130 million, or $20 million Canadian. EBITDA in the first quarter of 2015 was approximately $5 million Canadian which, on an annualized basis, is in line with historical performance.
Inter Pipeline acquired the business at an attractive purchase price multiple of approximately 6.7 times average historical EBITDA. The transaction is expected to be immediately accretive to Inter Pipeline’s annual funds from operations by approximately $0.04 per share.
For further information on the Swedish business acquisition, please refer to Inter Pipeline’s website at Inter Pipeline.
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