This excerpt taken from the MRO 10-K filed Feb 29, 2008.
27. Sale of Minority Interests in EGHoldings
In connection with the formation of EGHoldings, GEPetrol was given certain contractual rights that gave GEPetrol the option to purchase and resell a 13 percent interest in EGHoldings held by Marathon to a third party. On July 25, 2005, GEPetrol exercised these rights and reimbursed Marathon for its actual costs incurred up to the date of closing, plus an additional specified rate of return. Marathon and GEPetrol entered into agreements under which Mitsui and a subsidiary of Marubeni acquired 8.5 percent and 6.5 percent interests in EGHoldings. As part of these agreements, Marathon sold a 2 percent interest in EGHoldings to Mitsui for its actual costs incurred up to the date of closing, plus a specified rate of return, as well as a premium and future consideration based upon the performance of EGHoldings. Following the transaction, Marathon held a 60 percent interest in EGHoldings, GEPetrol held a 25 percent interest and Mitsui and Marubeni held the remaining interests.
During 2005, Marathon received net proceeds of $163 million in connection with the transactions and recorded a gain, which is included in other income.