Inventory Financing Agreement
The Partnership has entered into a Supply and Offtake Agreement and other associated agreements (together the “Supply and Offtake Agreement”), with J. Aron & Company (“J. Aron”). Pursuant to the Supply and Offtake Agreement, (i) J. Aron agreed to sell to us, and we agreed to buy from J. Aron, at market prices, crude oil for processing at the Big Spring refinery and (ii) we agreed to sell to J. Aron, and J. Aron agreed to buy from us, at market prices, certain refined products produced at the Big Spring refinery.
The Supply and Offtake Agreement also provided for the sale, at market prices, of our crude oil and certain refined product inventories to J. Aron, the lease to J. Aron of crude oil and refined product storage facilities, and to identify prospective purchasers of refined products on J. Aron’s behalf. The Supply and Offtake Agreement was amended in February 2013 and has an initial term that expires in May 2019. J. Aron may elect to terminate the Supply and Offtake Agreement prior to the expiration of the initial term beginning in May 2016 and upon each anniversary thereof, on six months prior notice. We may elect to terminate in May 2018 on six months prior notice.
Following the expiration or termination of the Supply and Offtake Agreement, we are obligated to purchase the crude oil and refined product inventories then owned by J. Aron and located at the Big Spring refinery.
At December 31, 2013 and 2012, we had current receivables of $11,640 and current payables of $16,038, respectively, to J. Aron for sales and purchases, non-current liabilities related to the original financing of $24,482 and $31,842, respectively, and a consignment inventory receivable representing a deposit paid to J. Aron of $6,290 and $6,290, respectively.
Additionally, we had current payables of $263 at December 31, 2013 and current receivables of $4,136 at December 31, 2012 for forward commitments related to month-end consignment inventory target levels differing from projected levels and the associated pricing with these inventory level differences.