Enbridge Increases Dividend by 12%; Strong Outlook for Growth
CALGARY, ALBERTA -- (Marketwire) -- 12/06/12 -- Enbridge Inc. (TSX: ENB) (NYSE: ENB) today announced that its Board of Directors has declared a quarterly dividend of $0.315 per common share, payable on March 1, 2013 to shareholders of record on February 15, 2013. The dividend reflects a 12% increase from the prior quarterly rate. Enbridge (EEP) also announced a guidance range for 2013 adjusted earnings of $1.74 to $1.90 per share.
"During 2012 we have built a strong foundation for the future of Enbridge and its stakeholders," said Al Monaco, President and Chief Executive Officer, Enbridge Inc. "The most important area of progress has been the continued implementation of our Operational Risk Management Plan in support of our highest priority - the safe, reliable and environmentally responsible operation of our business. At the same time, in response to evolving North American energy fundamentals and the needs of our customers for access to new markets, we've received customer support for another $14 billion of attractive investment opportunities. This brings us to a total of $26 billion of commercially secured growth investment over 2012 to 2016. We are on schedule and on budget with substantially all of these projects, and we are well advanced with the external funding we'll require to supplement our growing internal cash flow.
"The additional opportunities we've secured since our Enbridge Day investor conference in October reinforce the likelihood of exceeding the 10% plus EPS growth rate potential we discussed at that time. They also enhance the prospects that we will be successful in extending our industry leading growth rate well beyond the middle of the decade. Nearer term, as our guidance range indicates, 2013 will be another strong year for earnings growth, and we are comfortable with another substantial dividend increase given these prospects."
Enbridge's Board of Directors also declared the following quarterly dividends for Enbridge Inc. Preferred Shares. All dividends are payable on March 1, 2013 to shareholders of record on February 15, 2013:
Preferred Shares, Series A $0.34375 Preferred Shares, Series B $0.25 Preferred Shares, Series D $0.25 Preferred Shares, Series F $0.25 Preferred Shares, Series H $0.25 Preferred Shares, Series J US$0.25 Preferred Shares, Series L US$0.25 Preferred Shares, Series N $0.25 Preferred Shares, Series P $0.25 Preferred Shares, Series R(1) $0.2356 (1) This is the first dividend declared for Preferred Shares, Series R which were issued Dec. 5, 2012. The regular quarterly dividend payable on the Series R preferred shares, which will take effect on the June 1, 2013 dividend payment, is $0.25 per share.
Enbridge Inc. will host a webcast conference call to discuss its 2013 Guidance as follows:
Event: Enbridge Inc. 2013 Guidance Conference Call
Date: Thursday, December 6, 2012
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About Enbridge Inc.
Enbridge Inc. is a North American leader in delivering energy and one of the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations. As a transporter of energy, Enbridge operates, in Canada and the U.S., the world's longest crude oil and liquids transportation system. The Company also has a significant and growing involvement in natural gas gathering, transmission and midstream businesses, and an increasing involvement in power transmission. As a distributor of energy, Enbridge owns and operates Canada's largest natural gas distribution company, and provides distribution services in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and New York State. As a generator of energy, Enbridge has interests in close to 1,000 megawatts of renewable and alternative energy generating capacity and is expanding its interests in wind and solar energy, geothermal and hybrid fuel cells. Enbridge employs more than 10,000 people, primarily in Canada and the U.S. and is ranked as one of Canada's Greenest Employers and one of Canada's Top 100 Employers for 2013. Enbridge is included on the 2012/2013 Dow Jones Sustainability World Index and the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index and is also a constituent of the 2012/2013 FTSE4Good Index Series. Enbridge's common shares trade on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges under the symbol ENB. For more information, visit www.enbridge.com.
Certain information provided in this news release constitutes forward-looking statements. The words "anticipate", "expect", "project", "estimate", "forecast" and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. Although Enbridge believes that these statements are based on information and assumptions which are current, reasonable and complete, these statements are necessarily subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties pertaining to operating performance, regulatory parameters, weather, economic conditions and commodity prices. You can find a discussion of those risks and uncertainties in our Canadian securities filings and American SEC filings. While Enbridge makes these forward-looking statements in good faith, should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary significantly from those expected. Except as may be required by applicable securities laws, Enbridge assumes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements made herein or otherwise, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
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