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Acquisition Announcement: Lisbon Fuel Co.

KENT, Conn. – October 7, 2021 – Cetane Associates LLC is pleased to announce that Winthrop Fuel Co., headquartered in Winthrop, Maine, has acquired the full-service heating fuel delivery business of Lisbon Fuel Co. located in Lisbon Falls, Maine. The transaction closed on September 22, 2021.

Lisbon Fuel Co., founded in 1961, markets and sells petroleum distillates, propane, and burner services to its residential and light commercial customers in central Maine.  With its strategic bulk storage location, the company has established itself as a reliable source of heating fuel. President John Piela stated, “We are very pleased to complete this successful transaction with the  Winthrop Fuel Company. They are known for their customer service and we know they will provide the best possible service to our customers.” He also commented, “My family and I want to thank the Cetane Associates team for their significant guidance to bring us through this transaction from start to finish. They couldn’t have been more professional and helpful.”

A central Maine business since 1936, Winthrop Fuel Co. is a local, family-owned, and operated heating services business with a focus on outstanding customer service. Winthrop Fuel operates six local operations spanning from mid-coast to central Maine and the western mountains of Maine, all under the original trade names. They are known as the preferred full-service heating oil, biofuel, and propane supplier in the area. Speaking on behalf of the company, Doug Guerette, a fourth-generation family member, remarked, “We are delighted to be working with the great team at Lisbon Fuel Company. We know this acquisition will be a great addition to our growing business.  We will continue to operate the business from Lisbon Fuel’s facility, using the Lisbon Fuel name, and we look forward to being part of the local community.”

Fred Lord, Director of Cetane and transaction leader, commented, “The opportunity to work with John Piela and his daughters, Peggy and Mary, through the process of selling Lisbon Fuel was appreciated. I congratulate him and the family. We, on the Cetane team, are pleased to have helped guide this to the finish line.”

Cetane served as the sole arranger and financial advisor to Lisbon Fuel.  Cetane advised on the sale, including an initial valuation opinion, marketing the business through a confidential process, assisting in negotiating the final deal terms, and coordinating the due diligence process. The transaction was managed by team members Fred Lord and Jeff Brunner.

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