Calumet Specialty Products Partners Acquires Crude Oil Logistics Assets

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Acquired seven crude oil loading facilities and related assets.

Calumet Specialty Products Partners LP (Nasdaq: CLMT), a leading independent producer of specialty hydrocarbon and fuel products, has acquired seven crude oil loading facilities and related assets in North Dakota and Montana from Murphy Oil USA Inc. The transaction closed on August 9, 2013. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

With the acquisition of these loading facilities, all of which are connected at junction points along Enbridge's North Dakota pipeline system, Calumet will be positioned to source increased volumes of crude oil directly from local producers in North Dakota and Montana while continuing to supplement its feedstock procurement through third-party marketing relationships. By purchasing increased volumes of feedstock directly from producers, Calumet expects to enjoy more favorable economics on select portions of the crude oil it purchases, over the longer term.

As part of this acquisition, Calumet also assumes line space on the Enbridge system previously held by Murphy. Calumet will have the ability to transport crude oil directly from the point of lease, into Calumet's newly acquired crude loading facilities and then into the Enbridge system where it can be routed to Calumet's refineries and/or third party customers. As part of this transaction, Calumet and Murphy jointly consented to terminate an existing crude oil supply agreement wherein Murphy supplies Calumet's Superior, Wisconsin refinery with up to 10,000 barrels per day of crude oil.

"This acquisition expands our growing portfolio of crude oil logistics assets, while positioning us to purchase increased volumes of price-advantaged feedstock directly from producers that operate in some of the major shale plays encompassing our refineries," stated Jennifer Straumins, president and COO of Calumet Specialty Products Partners LP. "We believe the execution of a vertical integration strategy – one that puts us closer to our crude oil suppliers and customers – represents a long-term competitive advantage for the partnership."

Calumet is based in Indianapolis, Ind. and has eleven facilities located in northwest Louisiana, northwest Wisconsin, northern Montana, western Pennsylvania, Texas and eastern Missouri.