US East Coast Bunker Business Taken Over by Aegian Marine

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Bunker barge: Image courtesy of Aegean Marine

Greek-based Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc. has entered into an agreement to acquire the U.S. East Coast bunkering business of Hess Corporation.

Hess Corporation is currently the leading marketer of marine fuels along the U.S. East Coast. The Hess bunkering operation and associated assets supply the heavily trafficked ports of New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Norfolk and Charleston, and include approximately 250,000 cubic meters of leased tank storage. Over the last three years, these bunkering operations averaged 1.8 million metric tons in annual sales.

This transaction, for a purchase price of $30 million, plus an amount to be paid for inventory, is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to be completed during the fourth quarter of 2013, marking Aegean's entry into supplying customers in the U.S. but also enables Aegean to meaningfully expand its global full-service marine fuel platform and increase its exposure to U.S. clients worldwide, including  leading cruise lines.

E. Nikolas Tavlarios, President of Aegean Marine Petroleum Network, commented, "We are pleased to further diversify our geographic mix by capitalizing on this attractive, accretive opportunity for U.S. East Coast expansion. Hess Corporation has built a tremendous network and we are excited to apply our expertise and capabilities to these established operations. This transaction will require minimal start-up costs and is fully-aligned with our objective of strategically expanding our global presence while leveraging our existing infrastructure to increase revenues. We are confident that these operations will strengthen our business portfolio, bolster our customer reach, and create meaningful value for our shareholders."

About Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc.
The company is an international marine fuel logistics company that markets and physically supplies refined marine fuel and lubricants to ships in port and at sea.

Currently, Aegean has a global presence in 21 markets, including Vancouver, Montreal, Mexico, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Gibraltar, U.K., Northern Europe, Piraeus, Patras, the United Arab Emirates, Singapore, Morocco, the Antwerp-Rotterdam-Amsterdam (ARA) region, Las Palmas, Tenerife, Panama, Hong Kong, Barcelona and Algeciras, Spain. The Company has also entered into a strategic alliance to extend its global reach to China. To learn more about Aegean, visit http://www.ampni.com

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