Energy Transfer Partners to Acquire Susser
The first of a multi-step action plan for the overall retail business
Ultimate intention to create a stand-alone diversified retail business
Significant commercial/operational synergies
Benefits from future growth via built in drop downs and external opportunities
Transaction is accretive to DCF per unit for ETP while expected to be credit ratings neutral
Level of cash flow accretion is expected to increase as the overall action plan is executed
DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. (NYSE:ETP) today announced that it has
entered into a definitive merger agreement whereby ETP plans to acquire Susser Holdings Corporation
(NYSE:SUSS) in a unit and cash transaction valued at a total consideration of approximately $1.8 billion. By
acquiring Susser Holdings, ETP will own the general partner (GP) interest and the incentive distribution rights
(IDRs) in Susser Petroleum Partners LP (NYSE:SUSP), approximately 11 million SUSP common units
(representing approximately 50.2 % of SUSP’s outstanding units), and SUSS’ existing retail operations,
consisting of 630 convenience store locations.
Under the terms of the merger agreement, which has been unanimously approved by the Boards of Directors of
ETP and SUSS, the shareholders of Susser Holdings will have the option to elect to receive either $80.25 in
cash or 1.4506 ETP common units, or a combination of both, for each share held. The shareholder election is
subject to proration to ensure that aggregate cash paid and common units issued will each represent 50% of the
aggregate merger consideration. Given the capital appreciation embedded in the stock price of Susser Holdings,
the receipt of ETP units on a tax deferred basis should be attractive to long-term Susser shareholders.
ETP has entered into a support agreement with shareholders representing 10% of the outstanding Susser
Holdings’ shares, pursuant to which such shareholders have agreed to vote their shares in favor of the merger
and to elect to receive 100% ETP common units as their consideration, subject to the same pro ration as all
other shareholders.
Susser Holdings has achieved a remarkable track record of sustained earnings growth and currently operates
630 retail convenience stores that sell either nationally or regionally branded gasoline or sell gasoline under the
“Stripes” brand. Through these retail stores and its fuel distribution network, Susser Holdings is also one of the
largest non-refiner suppliers of motor fuel in Texas with 1.6 billion gallons sold in 2013. The focus of Susser
Holdings in Texas and its neighboring states has allowed it to capitalize on the strong Texas economy, as well
as the demographic changes occurring in these markets.
“The combination with Energy Transfer Partners and Sunoco is the right next step for Susser Holdings and
delivers significant value for Susser Holdings shareholders. This transaction also enables our shareholders who
elect ETP units to participate in the future growth of the retail business,” said Sam L. Susser, Chairman and
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CEO of Susser.
Bob Owens, CEO and President of Sunoco, Inc., added, “The combination of Susser and our Sunoco retail
business creates a platform to build a best in class and unique business that is well diversified by both
geography and product lines.”
The addition of Susser to the Sunoco network of more than 5,000 retail stores, primarily on the East Coast,
broadens Sunoco's geographic footprint by giving it an exceptional base in Texas and the surrounding states.
The pro-forma business will have tremendous fuel and retail capabilities that are expected to generate sustained
earnings growth over time.
Overall, synergy opportunities are expected to exceed $70 million annually from fuel, merchandising and
improved "buying power” reflecting economies of scale. Those commercial and operational synergies are
expected to be realized within 6 - 12 months post-closing. Additional savings are likely as systems and
processes from both businesses are consolidated.
Multi-Step Action Plan
Our overall retail business strategy is expected to take place in several steps. The first step is for ETP to acquire
SUSS and on closing, to migrate the SUSP GP/IDRs directly to ETP.
Post-closing, it is ETP’s intention to drop down to SUSP, in a synchronized series of drop downs, all of the
combined retail businesses. The consideration for the drop downs is expected to be a combination of SUSP
units and cash. The cash proceeds to ETP from drop downs will provide for further deleveraging and capital for
new growth. This drop down plan also establishes a means to allow ETP to completely segregate the combined
retail business into SUSP, with its own access to capital and balance sheet. Any drop downs would require
approvals of the Board of Directors of SUSP and ETP.
In addition to the drop downs, ETP expects the SUSP IDR cash flow it receives to continue to grow as SUSP
cash flows grow through organic growth, acquisitions and expected synergies. ETP then anticipates that it
would propose to Energy Transfer Equity, L.P. (NYSE: ETE) that ETP transfer to ETE the GP/IDRs of SUSP
in exchange for ETP units currently held by ETE. Any transfer of the GP/IDRs of SUSP to ETE in exchange
for ETP units held by ETE would be subject to the approval of the Board of Directors of each of ETE and ETP.
Strategic Rationale
The creation of a strong and diversified stand-alone retail business that provides significant value and
synergy opportunities and a platform for future growth.
The anticipated Sunoco and SUSS drop downs into SUSP gives the overall retail business its own
identity, tremendous scale, geographic and cash flow diversification, while eventually separating it from
Transaction is immediately accretive to distributable cash flow for ETP and is expected to be credit
ratings neutral.
Each additional step in the overall action plan is expected to be incrementally cash flow accretive to ETP.
Bob Owens, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sunoco, Inc. will serve as the President and CEO of the
combined businesses, reporting to Kelcy Warren, Chairman and CEO of ETP. Sam L. Susser will continue as
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Chairman of SUSP.
The management team will combine members from both organizations to prepare for and execute the
integration of the combined businesses.
Other Transaction Details
The transaction has been unanimously approved by the Board of Directors of each ETP and Susser Holdings
and is expected to close in the third quarter of 2014, subject to approval of the shareholders of Susser Holdings
and customary regulatory approvals.
SUSP will continue to be traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) as a separate publicly traded
master limited partnership (MLP) and maintain its current headquarters in Houston, Texas.
In conjunction with the transaction, ETE has agreed to relinquish its right to $35 million of annual incentive
distributions from ETP to which it would otherwise be entitled. Such relinquishment will continue for a period
ending on the earlier of 10 years or the date of the exchange of the SUSP GP/IDRs to ETE.
Barclays and Credit Suisse acted as financial advisors, Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC delivered a fairness opinion
to the Board of ETP. Vinson & Elkins acted as legal counsel to ETP, and Bingham McCutchen acted as tax
counsel to ETP. BofA Merrill Lynch acted as financial advisor and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP acted as
legal counsel to Susser.
Conference Call Details
Energy Transfer and Susser will hold a joint conference call to discuss the merger April 28, 2014, at 8:00a.m.,
Central Time (9:00a.m., Eastern Time).
The dial-in number for the call is (800) 510-0146 in the United States, or +1(617) 614-3449 outside the United
States, passcode 29204479. A live webcast of the call may be accessed on the investor relations page of Energy
Transfer’s website at or Sussers’s website at The call will be
available for replay from 04/28/2014 1:00p.m., Central Time – 05/05/2014 11:59p.m., Central Time by dialing
(888) 286-8010, passcode 61684778. A replay of the broadcast will also be available on Energy Transfer’s and
Susser’s websites.
Additional Information
In connection with the transaction, ETP and SUSS will file a joint proxy statement / prospectus and other
documents with the SEC. Investors and security holders are urged to carefully read the definitive joint proxy
statement / prospectus when it becomes available because it will contain important information regarding ETP,
SUSS, and the transaction.
A definitive joint proxy statement / prospectus will be sent to stockholders of Susser seeking their approval of
the transaction. Investors and security holders may obtain a free copy of the definitive joint proxy statement /
prospectus (when available) and other documents filed by ETP and SUSS with the SEC at the SEC's website, The definitive joint proxy statement / prospectus (when available) and such other documents
relating to ETP may also be obtained free of charge by directing a request to Energy Transfer Partners, L.P.,
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Attn: Investor Relations, 3738 Oak Lawn Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75219, or from ETP's website, The definitive joint proxy statement / prospectus (when available) and such other
documents relating to SUSS may also be obtained free of charge by directing a request to Susser Holdings
Corporation, Attn: Investor Relations, 4525 Ayers St. Corpus Christi, Texas 78415, or from SUSS's website,
ETP, SUSS and their respective directors and executive officers may, under the rules of the SEC, be deemed to
be "participants" in the solicitation of proxies in connection with the proposed transaction. Information
regarding directors and executive officers of ETE’s general partner is contained in ETE’s Form 10-K for the
year ended December 31, 2013, which has been filed with the SEC. Information regarding directors and
executive officers of ETP’s general partner is contained in ETP’s Form 10-K for the year ended December 31,
2013, which has been filed with the SEC. Information regarding Susser’s directors and executive officers is
contained in Susser’s definitive proxy statement dated April 14, 2014, which is filed with the SEC. A more
complete description will be available in the registration statement and the proxy statement/prospectus.
Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. (NYSE: ETP) is a master limited partnership owning and operating one of
the largest and most diversified portfolios of energy assets in the United States. ETP currently owns and
operates approximately 35,000 miles of natural gas and natural gas liquids pipelines. ETP owns 100% of
Panhandle Eastern Pipe Line Company, LP (the successor of Southern Union Company) and Sunoco, Inc., and
a 70% interest in Lone Star NGL LLC, a joint venture that owns and operates natural gas liquids storage,
fractionation and transportation assets. ETP also owns the general partner, 100% of the incentive distribution
rights, and approximately 33.5 million common units in Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. (NYSE: SXL), which
operates a geographically diverse portfolio of crude oil and refined products pipelines, terminalling and crude
oil acquisition and marketing assets. ETP’s general partner is owned by ETE. For more information, visit the
Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. web site at
Susser Holdings Corporation (NYSE: SUSS) is a third-generation family led business based in Corpus
Christi, Texas, that operates 630 convenience stores in Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma, with 583 under the
Stripes® banner and 47 under the Sac-N-Pac banner. Restaurant service is available in approximately 400 of its
stores, primarily under the proprietary Laredo Taco Company® brand. Susser Holdings also is majority owner
and owns the general partner of Susser Petroleum Partners LP. For more information, visit the Susser Holdings
Corporation website at
Susser Petroleum Partners LP (NYSE: SUSP) distributes approximately 1.6 billion gallons of motor fuel
annually to Stripes® stores, independently operated consignment locations, convenience stores and retail fuel
outlets operated by independent operators and other commercial customers in Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma
and Louisiana.
Forward-Looking Statements
This press release may include certain statements concerning expectations for the future that are forward-
looking statements as defined by federal law. Such forward-looking statements are subject to a variety of
known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors that are difficult to predict and many of which are
beyond management’s control , including the ability to consummate the proposed transaction; the ability to
obtain the requisite regulatory approvals, Susser shareholder approval and the satisfaction of other conditions to
consummation of the transaction; the ability of ETP to successfully integrate Susser’s operations and
employees; the ability to realize anticipated synergies and cost savings; the potential impact of announcement
of the transaction or consummation of the transaction on relationships, including with employees, suppliers,
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customers and competitors; and the ability to achieve revenue growth. An extensive list of factors that can
affect future results are discussed in ETP’s Annual Reports on Form 10-K and other documents filed from time
to time with the SEC Commission. The Partnerships undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-
looking statement to reflect new information or events.
The information contained in this press release is available on our website at
Energy Transfer Partners, L.P.
Investor Relations:
Brent Ratliff, 214-981-0700
Media Relations:
Vicki Granado, 214-498-9272
Susser Holdings Corporation
Investor Relations:
Mary E. Sullivan, 361-693-3743
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
E.V. (Chip) Bonner, Jr., 361-693-3735
Executive Vice President & General Counsel
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