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Delek (DK) to Partially Divest Delek Logistics Partners' Units

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Delek US Holdings, Inc. (DK - Free Report) recently announced that it will sell up to 434,590 common limited partner units in Delek Logistics Partners, LP (DKL - Free Report) over the next three months in open market transactions.

The initiative aims to monetize a portion of DK's present 80% ownership in DKL and showcase the actual value of that ownership that isn't currently reflected in the stock price of DK.

Delek US Holdings established the Delek Logistics Partners, based in Brentwood, TN, to own, operate, acquire, and build crude oil and refined product logistics and marketing assets.

With the latest program, DKL unitholders will benefit from increased liquidity and float as trading volumes rise and the pool of possible investors grows.

In the future, Delek US Holdings will explore methods to monetize incremental units, with an emphasis on preserving DKL unitholders and the residual ownership share.

Founded in 2001, Delek US Holdings is an independent refiner, transporter and marketer of petroleum products. DK’s operations are organized into three reportable segments, namely Refining, Logistics and Retail.

Also, recently, DK released its capital budget for 2022, with plans to invest $250-260 million the following year. Growth in 2022 will primarily focus on expanding the Delek Permian Gathering business, which has high producer demand.

This independent energy firm chose to execute minor maintenance work at Tyler in the fourth quarter of 2021, deferring its next turnaround activity until 2023. As a result, Delek US Holdings' fourth-quarter refining throughput target is revised to 275-280 million barrels per day.

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