Kinder Morgan scrapping MLP structure in $44B deal

|About: Kinder Morgan, Inc. (KMI)|By:, SA News Editor

Consolidating its oil-and-gas pipeline empire into a single company, Kinder Morgan (NYSE:KMI) will purchase Kinder Morgan Energy Partners (NYSE:KMP), Kinder Morgan Management (NYSE:KMR), and El Paso Pipeline Partners (NYSE:EPB).

The MLP structure is limiting, says Richard Kinder. Combining the four companies into one unit "will allow us to further expand the reach of the kind of projects we can do."

KMP unitholders will receive 2.1931 KMI shares and $10.77 in cash for each KMP unit, or $89.98, a 12% premium to Friday's close (based on KMI's Friday close).

KMR shareholders will receive 2.4849 KMI share for each share of KMR, or $89.75, a 16.5% premium to Friday's close (based on KMI's Friday close).

EPB unitholders will receive .9451 KMI shares and $4.65 in cash for each EPB unit, or $38.79, a 15.4% premium to Friday's close (based on KMI's Friday close).

In conjunction with the deal, KMI expects a $2 annual dividend in 2015, a 16% boost to 2014's anticipated payout. The dividend is expected to grow about 10% per year through 2020.

A conference call is set for Monday morning at 8:30 ET.