ARKO Corp. Subsidiary GPM Investments Secures $1.15 Billion Real Property Commitment from Oak Street Real Estate Capital
Agreement shows strength of GPM’s successful growth strategy
RICHMOND, Va., April 13, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- GPM Investments, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of ARKO Corp. (Nasdaq: ARKO), extended its existing $1 billion agreement with Chicago-based real estate investment firm Oak Street Real Estate Capital, a division of Blue Owl Capital ("Oak Street") by one-year, and the extended agreement provides aggregate availability in the amount of $1.15 billion during the second year of the term.
ARKO and Oak Street extended by one year an agreement originally signed in May 2021, in which Oak Street agreed to purchase and lease real estate to GPM or its affiliates. In addition to the $253 million of real estate purchased by Oak Street under the agreement, and the $130 million of real estate expected to be purchased in the recently announced acquisition of the fleet fueling card lock and distribution assets of Quarles Petroleum, Oak Street has committed up to $1.15 billion for the second year of the term, subject to the terms and conditions of the agreement.
GPM is one of the largest convenience store chains in the United States, having executed twenty acquisitions since 2011, with 1,406 convenience stores in a unique community of brands and 1,628 wholesale sites that employ over 11,000 people in 33 states and the District of Columbia. The company recently announced its planned acquisition of Quarles Petroleum, marking its 21st acquisition, which is currently expected to close in the second quarter of 2022.
“Working with Oak Street has given us significant dealmaking flexibility,” said Arie Kotler, President and Chief Executive Officer of ARKO. “We plan to continue our highly successful acquisition model with even more creative solutions for sellers, who we believe recognize that we are an acquirer of choice because of our proven strategy of preserving strong local brands while closing deals at highly attractive multiples.”
“We have had a great experience with ARKO and are excited to enter phase two of our partnership with them,” said Marc Zahr, Founder and President of Oak Street.
To learn more about GPM stores, visit: www.gpminvestments.com. To learn more about ARKO, visit: www.arkocorp.com.
About ARKO Corp. and GPM Investments, LLC1
ARKO Corp. (Nasdaq: ARKO) owns 100% of GPM Investments, LLC and is one of the largest operators of convenience stores in the United States. Based in Richmond, VA, our highly recognizable family of community brands offers delicious prepared foods, beer, snacks, candy, hot and cold beverages, and multiple popular quick serve restaurant brands. Our high value fas REWARDS® loyalty program offers exclusive savings on merchandise and gas. We operate in three reportable segments: retail, which includes convenience stores selling fuel products and other merchandise to retail customers; wholesale, which supplies fuel to independent dealers and consignment agents; and GPM Petroleum, which sells and supplies fuel to our retail and wholesale sites.
About Blue Owl Capital Inc:
Blue Owl is a global alternative asset manager with $94.5 billion in assets under management as of December 31, 2021. Anchored by a strong permanent capital base, the firm deploys private capital across Direct Lending, GP Solutions and Real Estate strategies on behalf of Institutional and Private Wealth clients. Blue Owl's flexible, consultative approach helps position the firm as a partner of choice for businesses seeking capital solutions to support their sustained growth. The firm's management team is comprised of seasoned investment professionals averaging more than 25 years of experience building alternative investment businesses. Blue Owl employs over 350 people across nine offices globally.
Oak Street, a division of Blue Owl, is a real estate investment firm focused on acquiring properties net-leased to investment grade and creditworthy tenants. Oak Street’s investment funds currently have $15 billion of discretionary acquisition capacity and co-investment capacity to be deployed into sale-leasebacks and build-to suits. Oak Street specializes in providing flexible capital solutions to a variety of organizations including corporations, healthcare systems, universities and government entities.
For more information, please visit us at www.blueowl.com.
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Released April 13, 2022