Thursday, July 15, 2010

Taking Advantage of the Oil Refining Slump

Thomas O’Malley, a 68-year-old investor, has made billions for himself and his backers as an investor in oil refineries — those twinkling jungle gyms of pipes and tanks and columns that turn crude oil into useful products like gasoline.

This is O’Malley’s playground. He has probably bought and sold more refineries than any man alive. He knows them like an old chef knows the inside of his kitchen.

O’Malley got rich by following a reliable formula. He bought refineries when they were cheap — castoffs, unloved by Big Oil — trading for less than the cost to build them. Later, he sold them for billions.

For example, in the aftermath of the 1987 crash, he picked up a 26% stake in Tosco, then a tiny refinery. O’Malley eventually turned Tosco into the largest independent refiner in America. He sold it to Phillips Petroleum (now ConocoPhillips) for $7 billion. (more)

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