Penn Tank Lines, Inc.

Transaction Details


Penn Tank Lines, Inc.


Chester Springs, PA



Penn Tank Lines, Inc.

Transaction Type:

M&A Advisory

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Penn Tank Lines, Inc. (“Penn Tank Lines”) approached Matrix during the second quarter of 2020 regarding a potential acquisition of Stardust Transportation, LLC (“Stardust”), a leading aviation gasoline and jet fuel transportation company based in Fishers, Indiana.

Over the last two decades, under the leadership of Tom Harris, Stardust has grown into one of the largest and most reliable specialty fuel transportation providers in the country. Stardust serves primarily airline, airport, and government customers throughout the Midwest, Texas, and Florida.

Penn Tank Lines targeted the acquisition of Stardust to leverage their bulk petroleum and flatbed transportation business and diversify further into aviation fuels transportation in existing and new markets.

Matrix was engaged to advise Penn Tank Lines on the valuation of the acquisition opportunity,  assist in the development of operating and financial assumptions, provide guidance on the structure and terms of the offer, negotiate the asset purchase agreement, and to assist Penn Tank Lines with securing debt financing for the transaction.

Matrix developed a comprehensive financial model to evaluate the acquisition and to analyze the projected post-acquisition performance of the consolidated company. The financial model included several unique scenarios that allowed for different operating and financial assumption sets to be utilized in order for Penn Tank Lines to easily perform sensitivity analyses and to estimate returns on debt and equity for the acquisition, which was especially important due to the uncertainty around the recovery of the aviation fuels market from COVID-19 impacts

Penn Tank Lines closed on the successful acquisition of Stardust in December 2020 and was able to secure attractive financing terms as part of the transaction.

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