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Syntroleum reaches sale agreement

Syntroleum Corp. will sell the bulk of its assets to Iowa-based biofuel producer Renewable Energy Group Inc. if its shareholders sign off on the deal.
BY JAY F. MARKS jmarks@opubco.com Modified: December 18, 2013 at 9:57 pm •  Published: December 18, 2013
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Renewable fuel maker Syntroleum Corp. has agreed to sell the bulk of its assets and liabilities to an Iowa-based biofuel producer.

Syntroleum's shareholders will be asked to approve the deal with Renewable Energy Group Inc. at a special meeting in March.

Syntroleum would receive nearly 3.8 million shares of Renewable Energy Group stock in the deal. That figure could be reduced if the aggregate market value of the stock exceeds $49 million.

Renewable Energy Group's stock closed at $11.10 a share Wednesday, making the deal worth about $42.1 million.

If the sale goes through, Syntroleum shareholders will receive 0.3809 shares of Renewable Energy Group stock for each share they own.

Shareholders stand to gain 90 cents a share over Wednesday's closing price of $3.33, despite Syntroleum's 35 percent rise in the first day of trading since the deal was announced. Its stock closed at $2.46 on Tuesday.

CEO Gary Roth said the deal, which was announced late Tuesday afternoon, is the culmination of a comprehensive review of how Syntroleum could increase its value for shareholders. The company will be liquidated and dissolved after the asset sale.

“We are extremely pleased to have found a great partner in REG and to provide our stockholders with the opportunity to participate in a company with significant upside potential,” Roth said. “We are confident that REG's multi-feedstock business model and the combination of our strong management teams will drive increased value for Syntroleum's stockholders and is the best path forward for Syntroleum.

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