Tag Archives: MUR

It’s Not A Sprint- Speedway To Remain Part Of Marathon Petroleum(MPC) With Elliott’s Support

In January, under pressure from Elliott Management, Marathon Petroleum(MPC) announced a formal review of the company’s strategic options for its Speedway business.  At the time, it seemed that a spinoff was both Elliott’s goal and a likely outcome of the review process. After all, the industry has seen several petroleum companies spin off their convenience store divisions. Marathon… Read More »

Hess’ Retail Spinoff Saga Ends With Sale of Downstream Assets to Marathon Petroleum

We didn’t really cover this saga, but last year Hess Corporation (HES) was embroiled in a heated proxy battle with Paul Singer’s Elliott Management. The fund argued (and put together a nice presentation) that the company was poorly managed, had lousy governance (too many cronies on the board) and was undervalued on a sum of the parts basis.… Read More »

California Spinning! Occidental Petroleum To Spin Off California Assets

After Murphy Oil (MUR) announced a spinoff in late 2012, Deutsche Bank analyst Paul Sankey had a few ideas for whom the next spinoff candidates in the energy space might be. His top picks? Hess Corporation (HES) and Occidental Petroleum (OXY). Congrats Mr. Sankey, you deserve a nice pat on the bac,k because not one, but both companies… Read More »

Murphy Oil Completes Spinoff Of Murphy USA

Murphy USA(MUSA) completed its first day of trading yesterday following its spinoff from Murphy Oil(MUR). The business, which is primarily Murphy’s retail gas station network, will be led by R. Andrew Clyde. Former parent Murphy Oil has new leadership as well, with the retiring Steven Cosse being replaced by Roger Jenkins. The spinoff, which was completed after the… Read More »

Murphy Oil Will Remain In The S&P 500 While Murphy USA Will Enter S&P MidCap 400

Murphy Oil (MUR) is currently a member of the S&P 500 and will remain so even after the spinoff of its retail business, Murphy USA. The new company will end up a little further down the chain though and will replace Strayer Education (STRA) in the S&P MidCap 400 index upon completion of the spin. Strayer will be booted… Read More »

Murphy USA Spinoff Approved And Set For End Of August

Murphy Oil’s (MUR) board of directors formally approved the spinoff of its US retail marketing business, Murphy USA Inc, recently. The distribution is expected to be tax free and is set for August 30th to shareholders of record on August 21st. The new company will trade on the NYSE under the ticker ‘MUSA’ and MUR shareholders will receive… Read More »

Murphy Oil USA Turns To Outsider To Lead Its Downstream Spin

After deciding to pursue a spinoff, one of the next big decisions facing a company is figuring out who will lead the new company. After all, one of the ‘value drivers’ of a spin is highly focused management…but that only helps if they know what they are doing. That is why most companies just end up promoting from… Read More »

Murphy Oil USA Deal With Walmart Bodes Well For Upcoming Spin From Murphy Oil

Spinoffs take awhile to execute and the world doesn’t just pause for these companies. Murphy Oil USA, the downstream arm of Murphy Oil (MUR) set to be spun out next year, announced that it entered into an agreement with Wal-Mart (WMT) to open up over 200 new locations at existing Walmart stores. The program is expected to be… Read More »

Murphy Oil Gives In – Will Spin Off Downstream Assets

After close to a year of deliberation, Murphy Oil (MUR) announced that its board of directors approved the spin off of its downstream subsidiary, Murphy Oil USA. The transaction is expected to be completed in 2013 and is a continuation of the process started earlier this year when Murphy announced that it was ‘considering its strategic options’ for its retail unit. As a… Read More »

Valero To Give The Heave Ho To Retail Unit

While releasing its Q2 earnings, Valero Energy (VLO) also dropped news of its plans to separate retail unit. While Valero is best known for its refining business, the company also operates over 6,000 retail and branded wholesale outlets. According to CapIQ, for the FYE 2011 the retail segment generated $11.7b of revenues and $381m of EBIT, small potatoes… Read More »

Murphy Oil Considering Following Downstream Spin Trend

‘Everyone else is doing it’. Unfortunately, that line never worked for me as a child [it was always met with something like ‘if everyone else was jumping off a bridge…’ or ‘well, you are part of this family’], but apparently it is the new motto for integrated energy companies. Many players in the space appear to be operating… Read More »