Lariat Partners has made an investment in Offen Petroleum, a provider of fuel, lubricants and logistics services in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region. No financial terms were disclosed. Stephens Inc served as financial adviser to Offen Petroleum on the transaction.
DENVER, January 10, 2018 – Lariat Partners (“Lariat”), a Denver-based private equity firm, announced today that it has made a significant investment in Offen Petroleum (“Offen” or the “Company”), a leading independent provider of fuel, lubricants, and logistics services in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region.
Offen traces its roots to the 1930s and was acquired by Bill Gallagher and Gwen Stukey in 1997. The Company has grown to over 500 million gallons annually and today serves as both a branded and unbranded wholesale fuel supplier. Offen sources and sells fuel in 12 states. In addition to fuels, Offen’s lubricants division provides products and solutions for the commercial, industrial, and passenger car segments, as well as diesel exhaust fluids used in emission controls. The Company operates a specialty logistics division that is a premier fuel carrier throughout Colorado.
“The strategic investment that Lariat Partners has made in our company will continue to fuel our growth,” states Bill Gallagher, Offen Petroleum’s CEO. “We have consistently grown over the past 20 years and this investment from Lariat will allow us to continue expanding into new markets through both greenfield locations and strategic add-on acquisitions.”
Jay Coughlon, Managing Partner at Lariat Partners, said “Offen is one of the few platforms of scale with a comprehensive team, state-of-the-art facilities, modern distribution fleet, and significant purchasing power that services Colorado and the broader Rocky Mountain region. Lariat backs strong entrepreneurs that have a proven ability to execute growth strategies. Offen’s consumable product offerings, 20-year history, strong management team, and exciting growth plans make it an ideal fit for our investment strategy. We are thrilled to partner with Bill Gallagher and his team.”
More information on Offen can be found at www.offenpetro.com.
About Lariat Partners
Denver-based Lariat Partners is a private equity firm focused on redefining the private equity experience in the lower-middle market. With its People First, Strategy Second relationship philosophy and its CORE investment strategy targeting Consolidations, Consumables and Recurring Revenue businesses, Lariat offers a differentiated approach to partnering with entrepreneurs and growing their middle market businesses. The firm targets companies across a number of industries, including Specialty Distribution, Energy & Environmental Services, Food & Agribusiness, Consumer Products and Maritime Services. For more information, visit www.lariatpartners.net
About Stephens Inc.
Stephens Inc. served as exclusive financial advisor to Offen Petroleum, Inc. in the transaction.