MarkWest Tells Unitholders Time to Sign Proxy for Marathon Sale

vote early vote oftenIf you hold MarkWest Energy “units” (similar to shares of stock), it’s time to vote on the merger/takeover of MarkWest by Marathon Petroleum. In July, MarkWest (arguably the premier midstream company in the Marcellus/Utica), and Marathon (the fourth largest refiner in the U.S., headquartered in Ohio) announced a $20 billion deal for Marathon to buy out MarkWest (see Midstream Bombshell: MarkWest Sells Itself to Marathon Petroleum). In August, the federal government gave its blessing on the deal (see Federal Govt Approves Marathon Petroleum Buyout of MarkWest). And just last week Marathon said they expect to close on the deal “later this year”–and the end of this year ain’t all that far away (see Marathon 3Q15: Closing on MarkWest Merger “Later this Year”). Last Friday MarkWest released a statement that it’s now time for existing unitholders to sign proxy statements that approve (or not) of the merger. A big meeting will be held on December 1st at MarkWest HQ in Denver for big unitholders, including those representing smaller unitholders via proxy, to cast their vote and plant a big ole rubber stamp of approval on this deal. What? You thought the outcome was ever in doubt? Hate to burst your bubble, but it’s not. This is a done deal folks…

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