(1) SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES
(a) Nature of business
TransMontaigne Partners LLC (“we,” “us,” “our,” “the Company”) provides integrated terminaling, storage, transportation and related services for companies engaged in the trading, distribution and marketing of light refined petroleum products, heavy refined petroleum products, crude oil, chemicals, fertilizers and other liquid products. We conduct our operations in the United States along the Gulf Coast, in the Midwest, in Houston and Brownsville, Texas, along the Mississippi and Ohio rivers, in the Southeast and along the West Coast.
We were originally formed as TransMontaigne Partners L.P. (“the Partnership”) in February 2005 as a Delaware limited partnership. Through February 26, 2019, the Partnership’s common units were listed and publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “TLP”. The Partnership was controlled by a general partner, TransMontaigne GP L.L.C. (“TransMontaigne GP”), which was an indirect, controlled subsidiary of ArcLight Energy Partners Fund VI, L.P. (“ArcLight”). TransMontaigne GP also held the Partnership’s incentive distribution rights, which were non-voting limited partner interests with the rights set forth in the First Amended and Restated Agreement of Limited Partnership of the Partnership, dated as of May 27, 2005, as amended from time to time.
On February 26, 2019, an affiliate of ArcLight completed its acquisition of all of the Partnership’s outstanding publicly traded common units not already held by ArcLight and its affiliates by way of our merger (the “Merger”) with a wholly owned subsidiary of TLP Finance Holdings, LLC (“TLP Finance”), an indirect controlled subsidiary of Arclight. At the effective time of the Merger, each of the Partnership’s general partner units issued and outstanding immediately prior to the acquisition effective time was converted into (i)(a) one Partnership common unit, and (b) in aggregate, a non-economic general partner interest in the Partnership, (ii) each of the Partnership’s incentive distribution rights issued and outstanding immediately prior to the acquisition effective time was converted into 100 Partnership common units, (iii) our general partner distributed its common units in the Partnership (the “Transferred GP Units”) to TLP Acquisition Holdings, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company (“TLP Holdings”), and TLP Holdings contributed the Transferred GP Units to TLP Finance, (iv) the Partnership converted into the Company (a Delaware limited liability company) pursuant to Section 17-219 of the Delaware Limited Partnership Act and changed its name to “TransMontaigne Partners LLC”, and all of our common units owned by TLP Finance were converted into limited liability company interests (“member interest”), (v) the non-economic interest in the Company owned by our general partner was automatically cancelled and ceased to exist and our general partner merged with and into the Company with the Company surviving, and (vi) the Company became 100% owned by TLP Finance (the transactions described in the foregoing clauses (i) through (vi), collectively with the Merger, the “Take-Private Transaction”).
As a result of the Take-Private Transaction, our common units ceased to be publicly traded, and our common units are no longer listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Our 6.125% senior notes due in 2026 remain outstanding, and we are voluntarily filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission pursuant to the covenants contained in those notes.
Effective June 1, 2019, TLP Finance contributed all of the issued and outstanding equity of its wholly-owned subsidiary, TLP Management Services LLC (“TMS” and such interest, the “TMS Interest”) to the Company, and the Company immediately contributed the TMS Interest to its 100% owned operating company subsidiary TransMontaigne Operating Company L.P. (the “TMS Contribution”). Prior to the TMS Contribution, we had no employees and all of our management and operational activities were provided by TMS. Further, TMS provided all payroll programs and maintained all employee benefits programs on behalf of our Company with respect to applicable TMS employees (as well as on behalf of certain other Arclight affiliates). As a result of the TMS Contribution, we have assumed the employees and operational activities previously provided by TMS, except for our executive officers as further described below. The TMS Contribution has been recorded at carryover basis as a reorganization of entities under common control. As such, prior periods include the assets, liabilities, and results of operations of TMS for all periods presented.