The FINANCIAL — Total has signed an agreement to sell its service station network and commercial sales, supply and logistics assets located in Turkey to Demirören for €325 million (around $356 million). The transaction is subject to the customary approvals.
“The transaction is yet another illustration of the Group’s strategy of actively managing our asset portfolio,” commented Philippe Boisseau, Member of Total’s Executive Committee and President of Marketing & Services. “After operating in Turkey for several years, we conducted an in-depth review of our position and the competitive environment. We concluded that it would be difficult to attain a large enough retail market share to achieve the level of profitability expected for our operations worldwide.”
Total will, however, maintain a petroleum product marketing presence in Turkey through its lubricant activities, including a blending plant in Menemen and odorless LPG operations. The two businesses will be transferred to a separate company prior to completion of the sale, according to Total.
As the sale was being finalized, Total paid particular attention to Demirören’s ability and commitment to support the growth of the divested assets and to respect the Group’s human resources policies.
Until the transaction closes within the next few months, Total Oil Türkiye will continue to operate its activities in liaison with the buyer and in strict compliance with applicable regulations, especially antitrust regulations.