VARO signs deal to acquire the business activities of SMD Beheer BV in the Netherlands


Cham, 18th September 2019 - VARO Energy (“VARO”) today announced that the company has agreed to acquire 100% of the shares in SMD Beheer BV, a company within the Calpam-group.  SMD Beheer owns and operates a terminal in Gorinchem (NL) with a total capacity of 9.000cbm, as well as a network of 19 retail service stations located in the central part of the Netherlands. The business lines which distribute lubricants and deliver fuel oil to home-based customers  are not core to VARO’s strategy and will be taken over by GP Groot.

Through this agreement, VARO will further strengthen its position as an integrated fuels and service supplier in the Netherlands, leading to better service and access to products for the company’s B2C and B2B-clients across the country.

With the addition of these 19 Calpam-branded stations, which will be renamed to Argos in the coming months, VARO will operate over 170 retail service stations across the Netherlands.

VARO CEO Roger Brown said: “With this transaction, we’re continuing to expand our customer offering in both the wholesale and end-consumer segment in the Netherlands. We optimize our presence to offer greater flexibility to our terminal clients, while we continue to get closer to the end-consumers by increasing the density of our network.”

Calpam directors Karel van Cappelle and Ron Voorham commented: “The oil distribution market is consolidating rapidly, this is the right opportunity for us to capitalize on a growth opportunity with a new partner and grow the business to the next level.”

GP Groot director Pieter Talsma added; “We have worked with VARO for many years and reached a similar agreement a few years ago when we acquired the Argos-branded home base fuels delivery and lubricants activities of VARO in the Northern part of the Netherlands. The acquisition of the Calpam lubricants and home base fuel deliveries is a logical and value adding next step in our growth strategy.”
The closing of this transaction is anticipated to take place at the end of October 2019, subject to the approval of the Dutch competition authorities.

About VARO Energy

VARO Energy refines, stores and distributes oil products for the North West European market. The company owns a refinery in Cressier, Switzerland, a minority share in the Bayernoil refinery, Southern Germany, storage facilities, distribution and marketing businesses in Benelux, France, Germany and Switzerland. VARO’s shareholders include private investment company Reggeborgh; Carlyle International Energy Partners, an advisory fund which is part of the global alternative asset manager The Carlyle Group; and international energy and commodities company Vitol.
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About SMD Beheer BV/Calpam BV

Calpam has been around for more than sixty years and originated from SHV and Chevron. During those sixty years the company developed into an independent, modern and professional supplier of fuels and lubricants, with the geographical focus on the West, Central and East Netherlands. With a wide range of fuels and lubricants, Calpam focuses primarily on the automotive, processing, contracting, agricultural and food industries.
The company is a strategic partner of Future Fuels Wholesale BV and distributor of its Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (“Blue Diesel”), a full diesel replacement (thus not an additive) produced from vegetable waste oils and therefore completely renewable.
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About GP Groot Brandstoffen en Oliehandel BV

GP Groot brandstoffen en oliehandel BV is fuel and lubricants wholesaler, operates retail service stations and provides fuel card services. Under the Texaco, Firezone, Argos and NXT brands, more than 50 manned and unmanned filling stations are supplied and operated. Together with GP Groot inzameling en recycling BV and GP Groot infra en engineering BV, GP Groot brandstoffen en oliehandel BV is one of the business units of GP Groot group. Since 1917 the family business has grown into a company of more than 900 employees. Although the activities within GP Groot group seem very diverse, they all have a common goal: working together towards a circular, energy-neutral and climate proof future.

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