Affiliate of Lehigh Gas Corp. Selected as Uni-Marts Stalking Horse
BALTIMORE, MD – August 17, 2009 – Matrix Capital Markets Group, Inc. (“Matrix”) announced today that Kwik Pik, LLC (“Kwik Pik”), an affiliate of Lehigh Gas Corporation, has been selected as the Stalking Horse Bidder in the Uni- Marts Bankruptcy Asset Sale. A motion to approve Kwik Pik as the Stalking Horse has been filed in the Delaware District of The U.S. Bankruptcy Court (“Court”). A hearing to approve the motion is scheduled for September 3, 2009. Additionally, the last date for submitting bids has been extended to September 16, 2009 with a live auction to follow a week later on September 23, 2009.
The Kwik Pik Agreement (“Agreement”) provides for a purchase price of $10 million for the Ohio assets and $6.7 million for the assets located in Pennsylvania and New York. The Sale Procedures in this case allow bidders to bid on the entire company, groups of assets and on individual stores. Under the Agreement approximately seventy (70) of the assets in Pennsylvania and New York will be offered to individual store buyers if offers meet certain value requirements without any “all or none” restrictions. Tom Kelso, a managing director of Matrix, elaborated, “The Kwik Pik Agreement provides the Debtor with a high degree of flexibility that provides the opportunity to truly maximize the value of the assets in an auction process where single assets and smaller groups of assets are available for sale.”
Asset Purchase Agreements for single assets and smaller groups of assets are available for prospective buyers through Matrix. Only qualified bidders, those that have fulfilled the Bid Requirements as defined in the Court approved Auction Procedures and submitted offers by the bid deadline of September 16, 2009, will be invited to attend the auction on September 23, 2009.
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