|Kinder Morgan, Inc. to Purchase KMP, KMR and EPB; 2015 KMI Dividend to Increase to $2 per Share|
HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 10, 2014-- Kinder Morgan, Inc. (NYSE: KMI), Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P. (NYSE: KMP), Kinder Morgan Management, LLC (NYSE: KMR) and El Paso Pipeline Partners, L.P. (NYSE: EPB) today announced that KMI will acquire all of the outstanding equity securities of KMP, KMR and EPB.
KMI has secured committed financing for the cash portion of the transaction.
"All shareholders and unitholders of the Kinder Morgan family of companies will benefit as a result of this combination," said Chairman and CEO Richard D. Kinder. "Everyone will hold a single, publicly traded security - KMI - which will have a projected dividend of $2.00 in 2015, a 16 percent increase over the anticipated 2014 dividend of $1.72. We expect to grow the dividend by approximately 10 percent each year from 2015 through 2020, with excess coverage anticipated to be greater than $2 billion over that same period. This combined entity will be the largest energy infrastructure company in North America and the third largest energy company overall with an estimated enterprise value of approximately $140 billion. Additionally, we will have a leading position in each of our business segments and operate in the rapidly growing North American energy infrastructure sector."
KMI has reviewed the proposed transaction with the rating agencies and expects the combined entity will be investment grade. The Kinder Morgan companies will put in place cross guarantees among and between the Kinder Morgan entities (with limited exceptions) to be effective on closing of the transaction in order to create a single creditor class and eliminate the structural subordination.
"This transaction dramatically simplifies the Kinder Morgan story, by transitioning from four separately traded equity securities today to one security going forward, and by eliminating the incentive distribution rights and structural subordination of debt," Kinder said. "Further, we believe that KMI will be a valuable acquisition currency and have a significantly lower hurdle for accretive investments in new energy infrastructure. In the opportunity-rich environment of today's energy infrastructure sector, we believe this transaction gives us the ability to grow KMI for years to come." The transaction also provides significant tax benefits for KMI shareholders from depreciation deductions associated with the upfront purchase and future capital expenditures.
KMP, KMR and EPB were represented in the negotiations by committees comprised exclusively of the independent members of the boards of the respective entities. The boards of all the Kinder Morgan companies have voted to recommend the transaction to their respective unitholders and shareholders. Each transaction is conditioned on the closing of the other transactions. Following unitholders and shareholder votes and standard regulatory notifications and approvals, the transaction is expected to close by the end of 2014. More information on the transaction, including the investor presentation, may be found in the Investor section of the Kinder Morgan website at www.kindermorgan.com.Block & Leviton LLP Investigates Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, El Paso Pipeline Partners LP and Kinder Morgan Management LLC for Possible Breaches of Fiduciary Duty in Connection with Their Proposed Acquisition by Kinder Morgan Inc.
7:12 PM ET, 08/10/2014 - PR Newswire
BOSTON, Aug. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Block & Leviton LLP (www.blockesq.com), a Boston-based law firm representing investors nationwide, is investigating possible breaches of fiduciary duty by the Boards of Directors of Kinder Morgan Energy Partners (NYSE: KMP), El Paso Pipeline Partners LP (NYSE: EPB) and Kinder Morgan Management LLC (NYSE: KMR) (collectively the "Companies") concerning the proposed acquisition of the Companies by Kinder Morgan Inc. ("KMI") (NYSE: KMI).
Under the terms of the proposed consolidation transactions, shareholders of the Companies will receive a mix of cash and shares of KMI, and representing premiums to investors ranging from only 12 to 16.5%, even factoring in the recent temporary drops in the stock of the Companies. These premiums are far below those received in recent similar industry transactions. The new entity's enterprise value is estimated to be approximately $140 billion, and the consolidation transactions are expected to close by the end of 2014.
Upon the consolidation, many investors will receive a smaller distribution. Many industry experts believe that the consolidation transaction is an attempt to cover up growth difficulties of the master limited partnership structure employed by KMI.
Block & Leviton's investigation seeks to determine, among other things, whether directors of the Companies breached their fiduciary duties by failing to maximize shareholder value in the potential acquisition and the process by which the directors considered and approved the transaction. Block & Leviton is also investigating potential aiding and abetting of fiduciary breaches by KMI.
Disclosure: The author is long KMR.