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Shell completes sale of downstream businesses in Greece to Motor Oil Hellas
The sale includes Shell’s retail, commercial fuels, bitumen, chemicals, supply and distribution, and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) businesses, as well as a lubricants oil blending plant. The purchase price is €245.6million (around $300million). With the completion of the agreement Shell Hellas A.E.’s company name will change to Coral A.E.
“The decision to sell our downstream businesses in Greece follows a comprehensive strategic review”, said Shell Downstream Director Mark Williams. ”It fits with our drive to simplify our global downstream portfolio and concentrate on larger, integrated assets in growth markets.”
Motor Oil’s Executive Vice Chairman, Mr. Ioannis V. Vardinoyannis, said: "The acquisition of Shell in Greece, a leading company with a top position in our country and an internationally recognised brand, is a strategic success for us. As leaders in refining and trading of oil products, Motor Oil has now further enhanced its position in the marketing of fuels and chemicals. At this point the Motor Oil Group owns an extensive network of retail stations and a wide range of quality products, allowing us to meet the needs of the most demanding Greek consumer.”
The deal also includes the creation of a marketing joint venture (MJV) between Shell and Motor Oil Hellas for the trade of aviation fuels under the company name Shell & MOH Aviation Fuels A.E. The Shell retail network of around 700 retail stations, as well as the new aviation joint venture, will retain the Shell brand and products through trademark licensing agreements. The LPG business will continue to operate under its new name, Coral Gas S.A.
This agreement was approved by the Hellenic Competition Commission on 11 June 2010.
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Motor Oil Hellas (MOH) is a leading company in the oil refining sector which supplies the markets it serves with an extensive range of reliable energy products. MOH is listed on the Athens Exchange and is included in the general index (ATHEX Composite Index), the high cap index (FTSE/ATHEX 20) and the international market index (FTSE/ATHEX International). The company is also included in the Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) Small Cap index. Enquiries for Motor Oil Hellas can be directed to Petros Tzannetakis +30 210 8094162 or at firstname.lastname@example.org or Vasia Klapsi on +30 210 9476132 or at Vasia.email@example.com, or visit the websites www.moh.gr and www.coralenergy.gr.
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