Energy Transfer Equity Announces Pricing of 5.875% Senior Notes Due January
DALLAS -- November 14, 2013
Energy Transfer Equity, L.P. (NYSE: ETE) today announced that it has priced
its previously announced offering of 5.875% senior notes due January 2024 (the
“Notes”). In addition, the Company increased the size of the offering of the
Notes from $400.0 million to $450.0 million. The Notes were priced at par,
resulting in total proceeds of approximately $445.5 million (before expenses).
The Notes initially will be secured on a first-priority basis with the loans
under ETE’s senior secured revolving credit facility, ETE’s senior secured
term loan facility and the obligations under ETE’s existing 7.500% Senior
Notes due 2020 (the “2020 Notes”), by a lien on substantially all of ETE’s and
certain of ETE’s subsidiaries’ tangible and intangible assets that from time
to time secure ETE’s obligations under such indebtedness, subject to certain
exceptions and permitted liens and subject to the terms of a collateral agency
agreement. The liens securing the Notes will be released in full if liens do
not secure more than a threshold level of senior obligations (so long as liens
securing the 2020 Notes are similarly released), after which the Notes will be
unsecured. The Notes will be ETE’s senior obligations, ranking equally in
right of payment with ETE’s other existing and future unsubordinated
indebtedness and senior to any of ETE’s future subordinated indebtedness. The
offering is expected to close on December 2, 2013.
ETE intends to use the net proceeds from this offering, together with a
portion of the net proceeds from its new $1.0 billion term loan credit
facility and its new $600.0 million revolving credit facility, to fund its
previously announced tender offer (the “Tender Offer”) to purchase for cash up
to an aggregate of $600.0 million principal amount of its outstanding 2020
Notes from registered holders of the 2020 Notes, including any related fees,
expenses and accrued interest.
Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank Securities, Citigroup and Goldman, Sachs & Co.
are acting as joint global coordinators and joint book-running managers for
the offering. In addition, Barclays, BofA Merrill Lynch, Mitsubishi UFJ
Securities, Mizuho Securities, Morgan Stanley, RBC Capital Markets, RBS
Securities Inc. and UBS Investment Bank are joint book-running managers. A
copy of the preliminary prospectus supplement and prospectus relating to the
offering may be obtained from the following addresses:
Attn: Prospectus Dept.
One Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10010
Deutsche Bank Securities
Attn: Prospectus Group
60 Wall Street
New York, NY 10005
c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions
1155 Long Island Avenue
Edgewood, NY 11717
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Attn: Prospectus Dept.
200 West Street
New York, NY 10282
You may also obtain these documents for free when they are available by
visiting EDGAR on the SEC web site at www.sec.gov.
This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation
of an offer to buy the securities described herein, nor shall there be any
sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such an offer,
solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification
under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. The offering may be made
only by means of a prospectus and related prospectus supplement meeting the
requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. The
offering is made pursuant to an effective shelf registration statement and
prospectus filed by ETE with the SEC.
Energy Transfer Equity, L.P. (NYSE:ETE) is a master limited partnership which
owns the general partner and 100% of the incentive distribution rights (IDRs)
of Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. (NYSE:ETP), approximately 49.6 million ETP
common units, and approximately 50.2 million ETP Class H Units, which track
50% of the underlying economics of the general partners interest and IDRs of
Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. (NYSE: SXL). ETE also owns the general partner
and 100% of the IDRs of Regency Energy Partners LP (NYSE:RGP) and
approximately 26.3 million RGP common units. The Energy Transfer family of
companies owns more than 56,000 miles of natural gas, natural gas liquids,
refined products, and crude oil pipelines.
Statements about the offering may be forward-looking statements as defined
under federal law. These forward-looking statements rely on a number of
assumptions concerning future events and are subject to a number of
uncertainties and factors, many of which are outside the control of ETE, and a
variety of risks that could cause results to differ materially from those
expected by management of ETE. ETE undertakes no obligation to update or
revise forward-looking statements to reflect changed assumptions, the
occurrence of unanticipated events or changes to future operating results over
Brent Ratliff, 214-981-0700
Granado Communications Group
Vicki Granado, 214-599-8785
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