A Circle K convenience store in Chula Vista, California. Circle K stores are owned by Canada's Alimentation Couche-Tard convenience store chain.
Photograph by Sandy Huffaker — Bloomberg via Getty Images
By Reuters
August 22, 2016

Canadian convenience store operator Alimentation Couche-Tard said it would buy U.S. convenience store retailer CST Brands (cst) for about $3.67 billion, as the company looks to strengthen its U.S. operations.

Couche-Tard is offering CST Brands shareholders $48.53 per share in cash, a premium of 2.15% to the stock’s Friday close.

However, the offer represents a premium of 41.9% to CST’s closing price on March 3, the last trading day before the company said it would explore strategic alternatives.

Including debt, the deal is valued at about $4.4 billion, the company said.

 

“With this transaction we would strategically strengthen our positioning in both the “sun belt” and the east coast of North America,” Couche-Tard Chief Executive Brian Hannasch said in a statement.

Sun Belt refers to the region that stretches across the southern and southwestern portions of the United States.

Couche-Tard said it would sell some Canadian assets of CST to Parkland Fuel for about $750 million, after the deal closes, expected in early 2017.

The assets include CST’s self-service fueling stations, commercial and home energy business, and a number of company-operated stores to be determined following the Competition Bureau of Canada’s review of the transaction.

Couche-Tard said it will finance the deal with available cash, existing credit facilities and a new term loan.

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