The combined enterprise, including the associated master limited partnerships, Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P. (NYSE: KMP) and EPB, will represent the largest natural gas pipeline network in the United States, the largest independent transporter of petroleum products in the United States, the largest transporter of CO2 in the United States and the largest independent terminal owner/operator in the United States.
"This once in a lifetime transaction is a win-win opportunity for both companies," said Kinder Morgan Chairman and CEO Richard D. Kinder. "The El Paso assets are primarily regulated interstate natural gas pipelines that produce substantial, stable cash flow and have access to key supply regions and major consuming markets. The natural gas pipeline systems of the two companies are very complementary, as they primarily serve different supply sources and markets in the United States. The transaction is expected to produce immediate shareholder value (upon closing) through strong cash flow accretion and offers significant future growth opportunities."
The consideration to be received by the EP shareholders is valued at $26.87 per EP share based on KMI's closing price as of Oct. 14, 2011, representing a 47 percent premium to the 20-day average closing price of EP common shares and a 37 percent premium over the closing price of EP common shares on Oct. 14, 2011.
"El Paso's board and management have been highly focused on delivering value for our shareholders, and we believe that our agreement with Kinder Morgan will provide even greater value for our shareholders than we expected through the planned spin-off of our exploration and production business," said Doug Foshee, chairman, president and chief executive officer of El Paso Corp.
"We believe that natural gas is going to play an increasingly integral role in North America," said Kinder. "With the recent development of shale resources, there are now abundant domestic supplies of natural gas, which are being used increasingly to generate electricity and are environmentally friendly. If America is serious about reducing carbon emissions to benefit the environment, and reducing its dependence on foreign oil, natural gas is absolutely the best readily available option. We are delighted to be able to significantly expand our natural gas transportation footprint at a time when it seems likely that domestic natural gas supply and demand will grow at attractive rates for years to come."
The transaction is expected to be immediately accretive to dividends per share at KMI, distributions per unit at KMP, dividends per share at Kinder Morgan Management (NYSE: KMR) and distributions per unit at EPB. Part of these benefits will be driven by cost savings, which are expected to be approximately $350 million per year, or about five percent of the combined system's EBITDA.