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Kinder Morgan Energy Partners announces pipeline acquisitions worth approximately US$ 6.22 billion

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Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P. has announced that it will acquire 100% of Tennessee Gas Pipeline (TGP) and a 50% interest in El Paso Natural Gas (EPNG) pipeline from Kinder Morgan, Inc (KMI). for approximately US$ 6.22 billion, including around US$ 1.8 billion in assumed debt at TGP and approximately US$ 560 million of proportional debt at EPNG. The transaction, which is expected to close this month and be effective from 1st August, was approved by the independent members of the boards of directors of both KMI and Kinder Morgan Management, LLC following the receipt by each board of separate fairness opinions from different investment banks.

The company previously announced that KMI would offer to sell (drop down) these assets to KMP to more than replace cash flow from certain assets KMP is divesting, pursuant to an agreement KMI reached with the Federal Trade Commission in order to complete the El Paso Corporation acquisition. KMP expects to complete the divestiture process during Q3, 2012. It is anticipated that the combination of the divestitures and the dropdowns will be slightly accretive to KMP’s distributable cash flow in 2012 and nicely accretive thereafter.

“We are delighted to announce the drop down of two premier natural gas pipelines, which will generate substantial, stable cash flow to KMP and its unit holders for many years to come,” said Kinder Morgan Chairman and CEO Richard D. Kinder.

“TGP serves the Northeast and has access to the growing Marcellus and Utica shale plays, while EPNG serves much of the West, including southern California, Arizona and northern Mexico. A number of expansion projects are already underway on both of these pipeline systems and we are pursuing additional opportunities. This is a great transaction for both KMI and KMP. KMP is purchasing world-class assets with tremendous growth opportunities at an attractive price, and KMI is reducing its debt outstanding and continuing to participate in the cash flows from the assets through its general and limited partner interests in KMP.”

KMP is purchasing the assets at about eight times 2012 EBITDA and expects that the purchase price will be an even lower multiple of 2013 EBITDA, given the full-year benefit of cost savings and expansion projects. KMP plans to fund 10% of the transaction value, net of debt assumed, with KMP units that will be issued to KMI at closing valued at approximately US$ 387 million. The remaining value is expected to be funded with borrowings under a new US$ 2.0 billion credit facility, and equity and debt issuances. Any issuances of equity or debt post closing of this transaction, as well as proceeds from the assets to be divested that were noted above, will be used to repay the credit facility. KMI intends to use the proceeds from the dropdown sales to reduce debt.

TGP is a 13 900 mile pipeline system with a design capacity of about 7.5 billion ft3/d. It transports natural gas from Louisiana, the Gulf of Mexico and south Texas to the northeastern US, including the metropolitan areas of New York City and Boston. EPNG is a 10 200 mile pipeline system with a design capacity of about 5.6 billion ft3/d. It transports natural gas from the San Juan, Permian and Anadarko basins to California, other western states, Texas and northern Mexico. Combined, TGP and EPNG have more than 200 billion ft3 of working natural gas storage capacity.

Adapted from press release by Cecilia Rehn.

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