NYSE: KMP) today closed its previously announced acquisition of Houston based Copano Energy (NASDAQ:CPNO). KMP has acquired all of Copano’s outstanding units for a total purchase price of approximately $5 billion, including the assumption of debt. The transaction, which was approved by the Copano unitholders on April 30 (with more than 99 percent of the units that voted voting in favor of the transaction) and previously by the boards of directors of both companies, is a 100 percent unit for unit transaction with an exchange ratio of .4563 KMP units per Copano unit.
“We are delighted to complete this transaction, which will enable us to significantly expand our midstream services footprint and offer a wider array of services to our customers,” said KMP Chairman and CEO Richard D. Kinder. “We will now pursue incremental development in the Eagle Ford Shale play in South Texas, and gain entry into the Barnett Shale Combo in North Texas and the Mississippi Lime and Woodford shales in Oklahoma. The transaction is expected to be modestly accretive to KMP in 2013, given the partial year, and about $0.10 per unit accretive for at least the next five years beginning in 2014”......Read the entire Kinder Morgan press release.
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