MarkWest Energy Investors/Unitholders Approve Merger with Marathon

At a special meeting yesterday, the unitholders (i.e. shareholders) of MarkWest Energy voted to approve the merger/buyout offer from Marathon Petroleum. MarkWest will, by Friday of this week, become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ohio-based Marathon. The approval comes after both co-founders of the company, John Fox and Brian O’Neill, came out strongly against the deal (see Both MarkWest Co-Founders Strongly Against Sale to Marathon). One of their criticisms is that current MarkWest management gets a “golden parachute” from the deal–they personally make boatloads of money for selling the company. But that didn’t seem to bother investors/unitholders who obviously think MarkWest combined with Marathon is better than MarkWest on its own. Here’s the official MarkWest announcement following the vote…

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