Sunday, February 07, 2010

Murphy Oil Spudding For Ethanol Prospects

Despite significantly weaker margins realized in 2009, Murphy Oil (MUR-$50.75) intends to add a combined 80 new gas stations to its network of Murphy USA sites, located at Wal-Mart supercenters, and its stand-alone Murphy express outlets. In 2009, the company added 26 new filling stations.

The integrated energy company derives about 69 percent of annual sales ($19 billion in 2009) from its U.S. refining and marketing operations.

Chief executive David Wood said on the recent fourth-quarter earnings call that the company was open to opportunities to expand its presence in the ethanol refining business, as the one plant Murphy Oil acquired last year only covers about a quarter of the volume needed in ethanol-blended gasoline that Murphy sells through its own retail network.
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