BRENTWOOD, Tenn., June 1, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Delek Logistics Partners, LP (NYSE: DKL) announced today the closing of the previously announced acquisition of 3Bear Delaware Holding – NM, LLC ("3Bear"), an indirect subsidiary of 3Bear Energy, LLC. The 3Bear operations include crude oil and gas gathering, processing and transportation businesses, as well as water disposal and recycling operations in the Delaware Basin in New Mexico. Total cash consideration is $624.7 million (excluding customary closing adjustments) and the acquisition is expected to result in an investment multiple of approximately 6.25 times preliminary forecasted 2023 EBITDA. The transaction is being funded with cash and debt financing.
3Bear has built a premier crude, gas and water gathering, processing and disposal business in the Northern Delaware Basin. 3Bear's assets are anchored by ~350,000 dedicated acres and long-term fixed fee contracts. The asset base includes approximately 485 miles of pipelines, 88 million cubic feet per day of cryogenic natural gas processing capacity, 120 MBbl of crude storage capacity and 200 MBbl/d of water disposal capacity. The acquired entity will be part of a newly formed, wholly owned subsidiary of Delek Logistics Partners, LP named "DKL Delaware Gathering Company, LLC".
Uzi Yemin, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Delek Logistics' General Partner stated, "This acquisition substantially increases our third party revenue at DKL, per our stated goals, and allows DKL to become a more diversified and less sponsor dependent entity. Additionally, 3Bear expands our product mix to natural gas and water, which will prove useful to customers within our legacy Permian gathering business. The geographic diversification into the Delaware Basin provides a broader platform for future growth and includes some of the most prolific acreage in the Permian Basin. Finally, the outlook for strong free cash flow should allow us to rapidly reduce leverage while maintaining our 5% distribution growth target for 2022."
RBC Capital Markets is serving as financial advisor and Baker Botts is serving as legal advisor to Delek Logistics on the transaction.
Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. is serving as financial advisor and Vinson & Elkins is serving as legal advisor to 3Bear on the transaction.
About Delek Logistics Partners, LP
Delek Logistics Partners, LP is a midstream energy master limited partnership headquartered in Brentwood, Tennessee. Through its owned assets and joint ventures located primarily in and around the Permian Basin, the Delaware Basin and other select areas in the Gulf Coast region and giving effect to the 3Bear acquisition, Delek Logistics Partners, LP provides gathering, pipeline and other transportation services primarily for crude oil and natural gas customers, storage, wholesale marketing and terminalling services primarily for intermediate and refined product customers, and water disposal and recycling services. Delek US Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: DK) ("Delek US") owns the general partner interest as well as a majority limited partner interest in Delek Logistics Partners, LP, and is also a significant customer.
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