Energy Transfer Partners (ETP +0.2%) says it completed its deal to acquire Susser Holdings (NYSE:SUSS), which will ultimately bring the Stripes and Sunoco convenience stores under the same umbrella.
ETP gains ownership of more than 640 convenience stores in Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma; geographically, the deal compliments ETP's earlier acquisition of Sunoco, which has a major presence in the eastern and southeastern U.S.
Joel Greenblatt made investors fortunes at his hedge fund 30 years ago by holding a highly concentrated basket - six to eight names - of deep-value stocks, but his approach today is somewhat different: Buy more than 300 high-quality stocks trading at cheap prices and short more than 300 expensive, lower-quality names. Stocks are weighted in the portfolio depending on where they rank along that spectrum.
Greenblatt: "[My partner] and I would wake up some days and lose 15% or 20% of our net worth ... now it's more like 15 or 20 basis points."
The strategy is also available in a trio of mutual funds Greenblatt's Gotham Asset Management offers, and they now account for more than half of Gotham's $7B in AUM.
A top position last year remaining a large holding after a big run higher is Apple, thanks to "huge returns on capital" and 11% earnings yield. As for Apple's future, Greenblatt will leave that for others to debate: "I don't own just Apple. I own a bucket of companies like Apple, and over time, I know my bucket is going to work."
Susser Petroleum Partners (SUSP -1%) is downgraded to Hold from Buy with a $47 price target at Benchmark, as it is still unclear as to how much SUSP will pay for the assets of Susser Holdings and Sunoco retail and wholesale operations.
The analysts are concerned that with Energy Transfer Partners (ETP +0.9%) gaining control of SUSP, value could be transferred from SUSP unit holders to ETP unit holders, if ETP charges too much for the assets SUSP will acquire.
Under terms of the deal - unanimously approved by both boards - Susser (SUSS) owners can received either $80.25 in cash for 1.4506 ETP units for each share of Susser they own. Susser closed at $57.03 on Friday.
Susser currently operates 630 retail convenience stores (Stripes) across Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma.
Energy Transfer already has agreement from Susser shareholders representing 10% of the company to exchange their SUSS shares for ETP shares.
Overall synergies between Stripes and Sunoco are expected to exceed $70M annually, and be realized within 6-12 months post-closing.