Mon, Jun. 22, 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).
Wed, May 13, 3:49 PM
- Energy MLPs are trading with mixed results, which is not in line with an analyst's expectation that several names in the space may be outperformers today after Williams Cos. (WMB +6.2%) agreed to buy Williams Partners (WPZ +22.7%).
- In an earlier note to investors, Credit Suisse named Plains GP Holdings (PAGP +1%), Targa Resources (TRGP +1.1%), NuStar GP Holdings (NSH -0.1%) and Western Gas Equity (WGP -0.7%) as MLPs that could climb on the news.
- Meanwhile, Wells Fargo says the deal is positive, since it reduces the WMB's cost of capital, will immediately increase its profits, and enhances its dividend growth outlook.
- Among major energy MLPs: EPD -1.5%, ETP +0.9%, PAA +0.2%, EEP -0.2%, MWE +2.2%, MMP -0.3%.
Oct. 13, 2014, 7:58 AM
- Targa Resources Partners (NYSE:NGLS) and Targa Resources (NYSE:TRGP) agree to acquire Atlas Pipeline Partners (NYSE:APL) and Atlas Energy (NYSE:ATLS) for $5.8B, including $1.8B of debt.
- Prior to Targa's acquisition of ATLS, ATLS will spin off its non-midstream assets; after giving effect to the spinoff, ATLS assets will solely comprise its general partner and incentive distribution rights interests in APL and 5.8M APL common units.
- The combination creates one of the largest diversified MLPs on an enterprise value basis, bringing Atlas' positions in the Woodford/SCOOP, Mississippi Lime and Eagle Ford and additional Permian assets to Targa's existing Permian, Bakken, Barnett and Louisiana Gulf coast operations.
- ATLS +14.1%, APL +12.8% premarket.
Jun. 20, 2014, 7:20 AM
- Targa Resources (TRGP) confirmed high-level preliminary discussions on a sale to Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), but says the talks ended without any deal. There are no assurances talks could resume.
- TRGP -13.7%, NGLS -9.1%, RGP +1%, ETE +0.5% premarket.
- Source: Press Release
- Previously: Bloomberg: Energy Transfer near deal to buy Targa Resources
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