Superior Plus Corp.
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Superior Plus Corp.

September 18, 2017 07:32 ET

Superior Plus Announces Acquisition of the Propane Distribution Assets of R.W. Earhart Expanding its Propane Distribution Business in the U.S.

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Sept. 18, 2017) - Superior Plus Corp. ("Superior") (TSX:SPB) is pleased to announce it has entered into an agreement to acquire substantially all of the propane distribution assets of the R.W. Earhart Company ("Earhart"), one of the largest independent propane distributors in Ohio serving residential and commercial customers for an aggregate purchase price of approximately US $38.0 million (the "Acquisition"), subject to certain adjustments. The purchase price will be funded by drawing on Superior's existing credit facility. The Acquisition is anticipated to close during the fourth quarter of 2017, subject to the satisfaction of certain customary commercial conditions.

Earhart is a well-established, leading independent propane marketer within the state of Ohio. The company is anticipated to add approximately 12,600 residential and commercial customers and 12.5 million gallons (47.3 million litres) of retail propane sales to Superior's Energy Distribution operations in the U.S.

"The acquisition of the propane distribution assets of Earhart will expand our existing propane distribution operations in the U.S. and demonstrates our commitment to grow the Energy Distribution business through the application of Superior's innovative, industry leading technology and services to propane companies acquired in Canada and the U.S.," said Luc Desjardins, Superior's President and CEO. "The Earhart acquisition is our fourth acquisition of 2017, which is at the high end of our Evolution 2020 target, and we have more opportunities available to grow both our Energy and Chemicals business through tuck-ins."

"Earhart Propane is a well-run business with a strong track record that will expand our operations into attractive new markets for Superior" said Andy Peyton, President of Superior's U.S. Refined Fuels business. "This platform includes a strong commercial propane business as well as a growing base of residential customers."

About the Corporation

Superior consists of two primary operating businesses: Energy Distribution includes the distribution of propane and distillates, and supply portfolio management; and Specialty Chemicals includes the manufacture and sale of specialty chemicals.

For further information about Superior, please visit our website at: www.superiorplus.com.

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This press release may contain forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements are based on our beliefs as well as assumptions based on information available at the time the assumption was made and on management's experience and perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments, as well as other factors deemed appropriate in the circumstances. No assurance can be given that these assumptions and expectations will prove to be correct. Forward-looking statements are not facts, but only predications and can generally be identified by the use of statements that include phrases such as "anticipate", "believe", "continue", "could", "estimate", "foresee", "grow", "expect", "plan", "intend", "forecast", "future", "guidance", "may", "predict", "project", "should", "strategy", "target", "will" or similar expressions suggesting future outcomes. Forward looking statements in this press release include the expected closing date of, and accretion from, the Acquisition.

Forward-looking information is not a guarantee of future performance and involves a number of risks and uncertainties some of which are described herein. Such forward-looking information necessarily involves known and unknown risks and uncertainties, which may cause Superior's actual results to differ materially from any projections of future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking information. These risks and uncertainties include risks related to the satisfaction of the conditions to closing of the Acquisition and performance of the businesses acquired pursuant to the Acquisition which are similar to the risks of Superior's existing Energy Distribution Business and operation risks related to Superior's other businesses including those identified in the Corporation's 2016 Annual Information Form under the heading "Risk Factors", which is available on the SEDAR website (www.sedar.com). Any forward-looking information is made as of the date hereof and, except as required by law, Superior does not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise such information to reflect new information, subsequent or otherwise.

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