STAMFORD, Conn., Jan. 30, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Star Gas Partners, L.P. (the "Partnership" or "Star") (NYSE:SGU), a home energy distributor and services provider specializing in heating oil, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement under which the Partnership will acquire Griffith Energy Services, Inc. ("Griffith") of Columbia, Maryland from Central Hudson Enterprises Corporation. Griffith services customers in Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. Under the terms of the agreement, Star will acquire the equity of Griffith for $69.9 million plus working capital, which will be determined at closing. Star will purchase Griffith utilizing the Partnership's cash on hand and its recently restated and amended credit facility. The acquisition is anticipated to close during the second fiscal quarter of 2014, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approval. In commenting on this acquisition, Star Gas Partners Chief Executive Officer Steve Goldman stated, "Ever since our last major acquisition, of Champion in 2010, we have been searching for additional assets that can add scale and leverage our existing fixed cost base. Griffith does just that – providing access to approximately 50,000 residential and commercial accounts across the Mid-Atlantic region. Griffith is a 100-year-old brand that is broadly recognized as a premier fuel and service provider and ranks as a top heating oil distributor in its territories. As we have done with all our acquisitions, Star plans to operate Griffith with the company's existing staff to maintain the excellent reputation that the brand has earned over many years.We believe Griffith will be an exceptional fit with Star and look forward to working with its management team and employees in the coming months." For Griffith's fiscal year ended December 31, 2012, the company had sales of $280.4 million and sold 72.4 million gallons of petroleum products including 24.9 million gallons of home heating oil, 0.8 million gallons of propane and 47.0 million gallons of motor fuel.