DTE Energy (‘DTE Energy’ or ‘the Company’) has announced that the Company’s Board of Directors has unanimously authorised management to pursue a plan to spin-off the DTE Midstream business (‘Midstream’) from DTE Energy. Midstream is the Company’s non-utility natural gas pipeline, storage and gathering business. The transaction would transform DTE Energy into a predominantly pure-play regulated electric and natural gas utility. Midstream would become an independent, publicly traded company well positioned for sustainable growth. The separation transaction is not expected to have any adverse impact on DTE Energy’s utility operations, customers or customer rates.
“DTE Energy has earned a reputation as a premier company in our industry because the Board and management team have a track record of value creation through disciplined planning and strong execution. Today’s announcement is a result of a series of strategic discussions that began in the summer of 2019 to identify opportunities that enable us to unlock the significant value we have created as our utility and non-utility businesses have grown,” said Jerry Norcia, DTE Energy president and CEO.
“Through a combination of greenfield development and acquisitions, we have meaningfully increased Midstream’s scale, diversification and market reach. As a result, Midstream is now an energy industry leader with the assets, resources and capabilities to stand on its own. Separating Midstream from DTE Energy sharpens both companies’ focus on their respective strategic priorities and stakeholder needs. We believe DTE Energy and Midstream will be even better positioned to grow, thrive and deliver superior returns with this transaction,” Norcia continued.
“As a result of our employees’ hard work and accomplishments, we are able to take this step and position DTE Energy and Midstream for an even stronger future,” Norcia stated. “As we conducted our review, serving the best interest of all stakeholders was a key consideration.”
Under the separation plan, DTE Energy shareholders will retain their current shares of DTE Energy stock and receive a pro-rata dividend of shares of the new Midstream company stock in a transaction that is expected to be tax-free to DTE Energy and its shareholders for US federal income tax purposes. The actual number of Midstream shares to be distributed to DTE Energy shareholders will be determined prior to closing. DTE Energy is targeting to complete the spin-off by mid-year 2021.
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