NEW YORK, March 13 Barge operator Kirby Corp
(KEX.N) has agreed to buy K-Sea Transportation Partners
KSP.N, an operator of tank barges and tugboats for refined
petroleum products, for $335.3 million in cash and stock.
Under the terms of the agreement, K-Sea's common
stockholders will have the right to receive $8.15 in cash for
each share, or $4.075 in cash plus 0.0734 of a Kirby common
stock, the two companies announced on Sunday.
The price represents a 26 percent premium to K-Sea's
closing price on Friday. The transaction is expected to close
in the second or third quarter of this year.
(Reporting by Soyoung Kim; editing by Gunna Dickson)