By MELODIE WARNER
Murphy Oils board approved the spinoff of its US
downstream unit, Murphy Oil USA Inc., as the company intends to
focus on exploration and production
activities in the US, Canada and Malaysia.
Meanwhile, Murphy Oil reaffirmed its plan to sell the UK
downstream operations and said it will continue to review
possible options for selected assets.
Several energy companies have announced plans to split apart
recently to focus on their core operations.
Earlier this month, Murphy Oil said it was meeting with
Third Point LLC - a hedge fund run by Dan Loeb that had
accumulated a "significant stake" and had recently filed for
regulatory approval to increase that position, if it
Third Point had spelled out a four-step process for the
energy company that included a spinoff of the retail business,
selling its Canadian natural
gas assets, completely exiting the UK refining business and selling its 5%
stake in Syncrude oil sands projects.
Murphy Oil on Tuesday said it expects to complete the
spinoff of Murphy USA in 2013.
Murphy USAs business will consist of retail marketing
of petroleum products, a chain of retail gasoline stations,
seven product distribution terminals and two ethanol production
facilities in North Dakota and
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