Longwei Petroleum to purchase Haujie fuel storage depot in China

Source: Longwei Petroleum

Longwei Petroleum Investment Holding Ltd. (NYSE:LPH) announced its plan for financing the acquisition of the assets of Haujie Petroleum Co., Ltd. The Company has entered into a letter of intent to acquire the assets of a fuel storage depot, with a 100,000 metric ton storage capacity, in northern Shanxi Province, China for RMB 700 million (approximately US $106.5 million). Longwei expects the facility to contribute approximately $300 million to revenues and $40 million to net income during the fiscal year ending June 30, 2012. 

Longwei has previously stated that it intends to finance the asset acquisition using a combination of cash on hand, bank and other financing, and working capital assets. To further clarify its plans, the Company has announced that it has increased its deposit paid from approximately US $20 million to US $32.8 million as of March 31, 2011 and will finance at least 50% of the asset acquisition through cash on hand. The balance of the 50% purchase price will be financed through either debt or equity financing. The Company has stated it will not use its common stock to finance more than US $25 million of the asset acquisition price at a per-share price of no less than US $3.00. If the Company cannot establish suitable terms for debt or equity financing, it will complete the purchase price using cash generated through operations. Longwei intends to close the asset purchase on or before June 30, 2011. 

"We are confident in our financing plans and will only issue equity on suitable terms for the Company, creating real value for our shareholders," stated Cai Yongjun, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Longwei.
The Company signed a letter of intent with Shangxi Jiangtong Chemicals Co., Ltd. ("Jiangtong") to acquire the assets of Haujie, Jiangtong's wholly-owned subsidiary, for RMB 700 million (approximately US $106.5 million). The assets of Haujie include land use rights for 98 acres of land, 100,000-tonnage fuel tanks with accessory facilities and equipment, a special transportation railway line, and a 3,000-square-meter office building. The assets are located in Xingyuan Township, Fanshi County (south of the main train station) in northern Shanxi Province, China. 

Based on an anticipated 25% minimum annual growth rate in its organic business due to increasing demand and rising prices for finished petroleum products, the Company anticipates that its Taiyuan and Gujiao facilities will contribute $625 million to revenues and $85 million to net income on an adjusted basis for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2012. On a combined basis with the newly acquired assets, total revenues for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2012 are anticipated to be approximately $925 million and net income to be $125 million, adjusted net of non-cash warrant derivative liability expense. 

"We are staying in line with our business model to expand capacity and become a dominant player in the market," stated Michael Toups, Chief Financial Officer of Longwei. "The acquisition of the assets of Haujie Petroleum nearly doubles our current storage capacity to a total of 220,000 metric tons and solidifies our footprint in the region. We are looking to replicate the success of our 2009 acquisition of the Gujiao facility, which now accounts for approximately 40% of our total revenues."

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