Murphy Oil Corporation (NYSE:MUR) (the “Company” or “Murphy Oil”) announced today that its Board of Directors has approved both the spin-off of its U.S. retail marketing business and the regular quarterly dividend.
The spin-off of the U.S. retail marketing business will be achieved through the distribution of 100% of the shares of Murphy USA Inc. (“MUSA”) to holders of Murphy Oil common stock. Murphy Oil shareholders entitled to receive the distribution will receive a book-entry account statement or a credit to their brokerage account reflecting their ownership of MUSA common stock. Murphy Oil shareholders should retain their Murphy Oil stock certificates.
The distribution of MUSA shares is expected to be completed after the market close on August 30, 2013, with Murphy Oil shareholders receiving one share of MUSA common stock for every four shares of Murphy Oil common stock held at the close of business on the record date of August 21, 2013. Fractional shares of MUSA common stock will not be distributed. Any fractional share of MUSA common stock otherwise issuable to a Murphy Oil shareholder will be sold in the open market on such shareholder's behalf, and such shareholder will receive a cash payment for the fractional share based on its pro rata portion of the net cash proceeds from all sales of fractional shares.
Following the distribution of MUSA common stock on August 30, MUSA will be an independent, publicly traded company. MUSA has received approval for the listing of its common stock on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “MUSA.”Steve Cossé, President and Chief Executive Officer of Murphy Oil Corporation said, “Today’s announcement signals an exciting new beginning for both Murphy Oil Corporation and Murphy USA Inc. as separating these two businesses will allow each to unlock its own potential for growth.” Prior to the distribution, Murphy Oil expects to mail an information statement to all shareholders entitled to receive the distribution of shares of MUSA common stock. The information statement will describe MUSA, including the risks of owning MUSA common stock, and other details regarding the spin-off.