AltaGas Acquires 25 Percent Strategic Interest in North American Integrated
CALGARY, ALBERTA -- (Marketwired) -- 09/12/13 -- AltaGas Ltd.
("AltaGas") (TSX:ALA)(TSX:ALA.PR.A)(TSX:ALA.PR.U) announced today
that it has entered into an agreement (the "Purchase Agreement") to
acquire a 25 percent strategic interest in Petrogas Energy Corp.
("Petrogas"), a privately held leading North American integrated
midstream company, for approximately 2.8 million shares of AltaGas
Ltd. priced at $35.69, the 20-day volume weighted average price, and
cash (the "Acquisition"). The Acquisition is expected to be
meaningfully accretive to earnings and cash flow per share.
"Our investment in Petrogas provides strategic alignment with a major
North American integrated midstream service provider and brings a
unique opportunity to optimize and expand our current midstream
assets, increasing our ability to move NGL's and crude oil to meet
market demands. It also brings key infrastructure needed to develop
our LPG export initiative," said David Cornhill, Chairman and CEO of
AltaGas. "Petrogas is a strong fit with our strategy of adding assets
that provide energy solutions for our customers."
Petrogas, with annual sales of over $2.7 billion and approximately
$750 million in total assets, owns and operates extensive midstream
facilities along with a logistics network consisting of over 1,500
rail cars and 24 rail and truck terminals. More specifically,
Petrogas has major terminal and storage facilities with rail access
in key energy hubs including Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, Sarnia,
Ontario, Griffith, Indiana, Conway, Kansas and Mt. Belvieu, Texas.
Combined, Petrogas touches over 100,000 bbls/d of crude oil and other
products, can store over 4 million barrels through owned and leased
storage capacity for crude and other products and has throughput
capacity for crude blending in excess of 25,000 bbls/d.
AltaGas and Petrogas have agreed to enter into a NGL marketing
arrangement whereby Petrogas will purchase the NGL produced for
AltaGas' account at AltaGas-owned processing facilities. The
arrangement is expected to increase AltaGas' access to various NGL
end use markets and improve optimization of AltaGas' natural gas
uisition is expected to close on October 1, 2013, and is
subject to customary regulatory approvals, including the approval of
the Toronto Stock Exchange. AltaGas will continue to maintain its
strong balance sheet and financial discipline and its commitment to
maintaining an investment grade credit rating.
As part of the Purchase Agreement, AltaGas has retained a conditional
option to purchase directly or indirectly up to an additional 25
percent interest in Petrogas in 2013. TD Securities Inc. is acting as
exclusive financial adviser to AltaGas with respect to the proposed
-- The Acquisition provides a unique opportunity for AltaGas to leverage
its infrastructure assets and capture synergies across business
activities, unlocking value in our NGL assets;
-- The strategic location of AltaGas' NGL facilities combined with
Petrogas' market expertise and infrastructure provide the ability to
move NGL in and out of storage and transport to market to meet customer
-- The Acquisition supports AltaGas' LPG export initiative and is expected
to provide access to additional NGL markets across North America and
-- The Acquisition enhances CNG and LNG trucking opportunities;
-- The Acquisition provides expanded growth opportunities for AltaGas; and
-- Petrogas' assets are located in Canada and throughout key energy markets
in the United States, providing a good geographic fit with AltaGas'
current portfolio of assets.
About AltaGas Ltd.
AltaGas is an energy infrastructure business with a focus on natural
gas, power and regulated utilities. AltaGas creates value by
acquiring, growing and optimizing its energy infrastructure,
including a focus on clean energy sources. For more information
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AltaGas earnings and cash flow per share; the ability to leverage
Petrogas assets and capture synergies; anticipated enhanced ability
to meet customer needs; anticipated access to additional NGL markets
with the optimization of AltaGas' facilities; and anticipated
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