WALTHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Global Partners LP (NYSE: GLP) announced today that the Board of Directors of its general partner, Global GP LLC, has declared a quarterly cash distribution of $0.39375 per unit ($1.5750 per unit on an annualized basis) on all of its outstanding common units for the period from January 1 to March 31, 2020. The distribution will be paid on May 15, 2020 to unitholders of record as of the close of business on May 11, 2020. The distribution represents a decrease of 25% from the distribution of $0.5250 paid in February 2020.
“During this unprecedented period of disruption and uncertainty surrounding the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, Global is actively taking steps to respond to these dynamic conditions,” said Global Partners President and CEO Eric Slifka. “These steps include managing discretionary expenditures and capital spending and introducing numerous enhanced safety and operational measures across our businesses. As always, we are focused on the health and safety of our employees, guests and customers, as well as our neighbors and partners in the communities we serve. We believe our strategically located terminal and retail assets provide diversification that helps position Global to manage through the current industry challenges.”
Global Partners continues to evaluate market conditions and will provide an update on its operations and financial strategy and discuss 2020 guidance on its first-quarter 2020 financial results conference call on Friday, May 8, 2020.
Non-U.S. Withholding Information
This press release is intended to be a qualified notice under Treasury Regulation Section 1.1446-4(b). Brokers and nominees should treat one hundred percent (100%) of GLP’s distributions to non-U.S. investors as being attributable to income that is effectively connected with a United States trade or business. Accordingly, GLP’s distributions to non-U.S. investors are subject to federal income tax withholding at the highest applicable effective tax rate.
About Global Partners LP
With approximately 1,550 locations primarily in the Northeast, Global Partners is one of the region’s largest independent owners, suppliers and operators of gasoline stations and convenience stores. Global also owns, controls or has access to one of the largest terminal networks in New England and New York, through which it distributes gasoline, distillates, residual oil and renewable fuels to wholesalers, retailers and commercial customers. In addition, Global engages in the transportation of petroleum products and renewable fuels by rail from the mid-continental U.S. and Canada. Global, a master limited partnership, trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “GLP.” For additional information, visit www.globalp.com.
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For additional information regarding known material factors that could cause actual results to differ from the Partnership’s projected results, please see Global Partners’ filings with the SEC, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K.
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