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English Español Alimentation Couche-Tard, CrossAmerica exchange US locations

Alimentation Couche-Tard transferred to CrossAmerica 56 company‑operated sites. In exchange, CrossAmerica gave Couche-Tard the real property for 19 company-operated locations currently leased and operated by Couche-Tard.



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Author: PetrolPlaza Correspondent Pablo Plaza

Alimentation Couche‑Tard Inc., through Circle K Stores Inc., its wholly‑owned subsidiary, and CrossAmerica Partners LP announced an exchange of assets that is the second in a series of transactions under an Asset Exchange Agreement executed in December 2018.

As part of this second transaction, Couche-Tard transferred to CrossAmerica 56 (51 fee and 5 leased) U.S. company-operated convenience and fuel retail stores having an aggregate value of approximately US$50.2 million. In exchange, CrossAmerica transferred to Couche-Tard assets having an aggregate value of approximately US$51.4 million. These CrossAmerica assets include the real property for 19 master lease properties.

Previous expectations were that the exchange of assets would occur in a series of transactions over a period of up to 24 months. However, it is now anticipated that the remaining exchange of assets will be completed in a series of transactions by no later than the end of the first quarter of calendar year 2020 with most being completed before the end of 2019. The closing of each asset exchange transaction is subject to closing conditions set forth in the Asset Exchange Agreement. It continues to be expected that there will be no additional funding required as part of these transactions. CrossAmerica also expects these transactions will be accretive to distributable cash flow.

"We are very pleased with the process we have established to make this a smooth and fast transaction, and continue to collaborate with Alimentation Couche-Tard for future ones. I am very proud of our team as we are implementing the process at a faster pace than we anticipated and expect to have the majority of the remaining sites exchanged by year-end," said Gerardo Valencia, CEO and President of CrossAmerica.

In December 2018, Couche-Tard announced that it agreed to transfer to CrossAmerica 192 (162 fee and 30 leased) U.S. company-operated convenience and fuel retail stores having an aggregate value of approximately US$184.5 million in exchange for assets having an aggregate value of approximately US$184.5 million. These assets include the real property for 56 U.S. company-operated convenience and fuel retail stores currently leased and operated by Couche-Tard pursuant to a master lease that CrossAmerica previously purchased jointly with or from CST Brands Inc., and 17 company-operated convenience and fuel retail stores currently operated by CrossAmerica located in the U.S. Upper Midwest.

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