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Vitol Acquires Petrol Ofisi for €1.368 Billion

Austrian oil company OMV reached an agreement last Friday for the sale of its Turkish fuel and lubricant supply and distribution company OMV Petrol Ofisi A.S. to VIP Turkey Enerji A.S., a subsidiary of Vitol Investment Partnership Ltd. The transaction is effected via a sale of 100% of the shares of OMV's Turkish holding company OMV Petrol Ofisi Holding A.S. The total purchase price of the transaction amounts to EUR 1,368 million. The execution and implementation of the transaction has already been approved by the Supervisory Board of OMV. The transaction is still subject to the signing of the relevant transaction documentation by the parties.

Based on the total purchase price of EUR 1,368 million, OMV will record a further impairment of EUR 186 million in its Q4/2016 financial accounts. This booking is in addition to the impairment of EUR 148 million recorded as of 31 December 2016 when OMV reclassified OMV Petrol Ofisi A.S. as "asset held for sale".

Upon closing of the transaction, a negative foreign exchange rate effect of approximately EUR 1.1 billion has to be recorded in OMV group net income. This stems from the negative development of the Turkish Lira against the Euro since the acquisition of OMV Petrol Ofisi A.S in 2010. This does not affect OMV Group equity since corresponding currency exchange translation effects were directly charged to OMV group equity in prior periods.

The transaction is subject to conditions, including the relevant regulatory approvals, and is anticipated to close in Q3 2017 at the latest.

According to its website, OMV Petrol Ofisi markets a full line of automotive, industrial, mining, agriculture, transportation, construction and marine lubricants with its nearly 300 different products and carries out its lubricant and grease production at its factory in Derince - Kocaeli, which has a yearly production capacity of 140,000 tons.

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