Jun. 22, 2015, 3:30 PM
- Williams Cos. (WMB +23.8%) must either show its ability to stand on its own merit or accept a better takeout offer, analysts say after the company rejected a $48B buyout bid from Energy Transfer Equity (ETE -3.8%).
- Analysts suggest that given the limited number of potential buyers, ETE stands a good chance of eventual success, perhaps after raising its offer; Raymond James analyst Darren Horowitz, for one, expects a higher offer to come in, since pipelines remain a coveted, high-value infrastructure that is attractive to own even though oil and gas prices have plunged.
- Jefferies' Christopher Sighinolfi says disclosing the bid was a "defensive move" by WMB, and says he is waiting to learn of WMB's timetable for completing its strategic review.
- Argus says WMB management has demonstrated its ability to create shareholder value through both acquisitions and divestitures; the firm believes that the rejection of ETE's all-stock offer is prudent, and that ETE will need to raise its offer if it wishes to pursue the deal (Briefing.com).
- While WMB surges, Williams Partners (WPZ -6.9%) is sharply lower, since ETE's offer was contingent on the termination of WMB's pending absorption of WPZ.
- Analysts say other companies that run big pipelines may be merger candidates, including Oneok (OKE, OKS) and regional specialists such as Targa Resources (TRGP, NGLS).
ONEOK, Inc. engages in gathering, processing, storage and transportation of natural gas. The company operates through the following segments: Natural Gas Gathering and Processing, Natural Gas Liquids and Natural Gas Pipelines. The Natural Gas Gathering and Processing segment provides... More
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Country: United States
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