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Kinder Morgan, Inc. Increases Quarterly Dividend To $0.37 Per Share

Outlook

As previously announced, KMI expects to declare dividends of $1.57 per share for 2013, a 16 percent increase over its 2012 budget target of $1.35 and a 12 percent increase over its 2012 declared dividend of $1.40 per share. Growth in 2013 is expected to be driven by continued strong performance at KMP, along with contributions from EPB and the natural gas assets that KMI acquired in the El Paso Corporation transaction.

The boards of directors of the Kinder Morgan companies approved the 2013 budgets at the January board meeting, and the budgets will be discussed in detail during the company’s annual analyst conference on Jan. 30, 2013, in Houston. The conference starts at 8 a.m. CT and will be webcast live.

Other News

  • In 2013, KMI expects to sell (drop down) its 50 percent membership interest in Gulf LNG to EPB, and its 50 percent stakes in El Paso Natural Gas pipeline and midstream assets to KMP.
  • The Federal Trade Commission approved the previously announced sale of former KMP assets to Tallgrass Energy Partners (closed in November 2012), which was a regulatory requirement for KMI to complete the El Paso Corporation acquisition. KMP sold Kinder Morgan Interstate Gas Transmission (KMIGT), Trailblazer Pipeline Company, the Casper-Douglas natural gas processing and West Frenchie Draw treating facilities in Wyoming, and the company’s 50 percent interest in the Rockies Express Pipeline (REX) to Tallgrass for approximately $1.8 billion in cash. Including the proportionate amount of REX debt, this amount is equivalent to a value of $3.3 billion.

Upcoming Organizational Changes

With the final distribution of KMI shares from the sponsor investors to management in December 2012 (which wrapped up the KMI management-led buyout), Richard D. Kinder will continue as chairman and CEO of Kinder Morgan, but certain members of our corporate and business unit management have indicated their intention to retire or take a different role in the organization. In each case, the position will be filled by a long-time Kinder Morgan employee. The transition will be largely complete by the end of the first quarter of 2013, and each person who is retiring has indicated his willingness to work beyond the first quarter as necessary to ensure a smooth transition. The key changes are as follows:

  • Park Shaper, president of Kinder Morgan, will be retiring as president of Kinder Morgan, but will remain a member of the KMI board. He will resign from the boards of directors of KMR and the general partners of EPB and KMP effective March 31, 2013. “Park has been with Kinder Morgan since the early days and has contributed an extraordinary amount to our success over the years,” Kinder said. “I am delighted that he will continue to be involved as a member of the KMI board.” Shaper stated, “My 13 years at Kinder Morgan have been an incredible opportunity for me, and I have truly enjoyed and benefited from working alongside Rich, Steve Kean and all of the remarkable Kinder Morgan employees. The time is right for me to spend more time with my family, and I look forward to continuing to serve on the KMI board.”
  • Steve Kean, currently executive vice president and COO and a member of the boards of directors of KMI and the general partner of EPB, will become president and COO of Kinder Morgan effective March 31, 2013. Kean has also been elected to the boards of directors of KMR and the general partner of KMP effective March 31, 2013. Kean has been with Kinder Morgan for 11 years, the last six as COO. He has also served as president of the Texas Intrastate Pipeline Group and as president of Natural Gas Pipelines. Kinder and Kean will comprise the Office of the Chairman of Kinder Morgan.
  • Jeff Armstrong, president of Kinder Morgan Terminals, will become vice president of corporate strategy for Kinder Morgan. “We are seeing an unprecedented number of opportunities in North American energy that cut across business unit lines,” Kinder said. “Jeff is ideally suited to help us identify ways to coordinate our efforts across Kinder Morgan and look for opportunities to extend our business model to new, related lines of business.” Armstrong will be succeeded as president of the Terminals business segment by John Schlosser. Schlosser is currently vice president of business development for Terminals and has been with Kinder Morgan (including his time with a predecessor company) since 1999.
  • Tom Bannigan, president of Products Pipelines, is retiring and will be succeeded by Ron McClain, currently vice president of operations and engineering for the Products Pipelines group. McClain has been with Kinder Morgan (or predecessor companies) for more than 30 years and has headed operations and engineering for Products Pipelines since 2005. He previously was vice president of engineering for Natural Gas Pipelines.
  • Tim Bradley, president of Kinder Morgan CO 2, is retiring and will be succeeded by Jim Wuerth, who is currently vice president of finance and accounting for the CO 2 segment. Wuerth has been with Kinder Morgan (including his time with a predecessor company) for more than 30 years.
  • Joe Listengart, vice president and general counsel, will be stepping down from his current position and will be succeeded by Dave DeVeau, currently vice president and deputy general counsel. DeVeau has been with Kinder Morgan since 2001 and has been deputy general counsel since 2006. Listengart will continue working for the company, assisting as needed on significant transactions and other matters. Adam Forman, vice president and deputy general counsel, will assume the additional role of corporate secretary for the Kinder Morgan entities, reporting to DeVeau.
  • David Kinder, vice president of Corporate Development and treasurer, will be retiring and will be succeeded by Dax Sanders as vice president of Corporate Development. Sanders has been with the company in a variety of senior commercial and financial roles over the last 12 years (including Corporate Development), with the exception of a two-year period while he earned his MBA at Harvard Business School.
  • Kim Dang, vice president and CFO, will continue as CFO and will also assume responsibility for treasury and investor relations. Dang has been with the company for 11 years, the last six as CFO, and has served in senior roles in finance, accounting and investor relations. David Michels, currently vice president of finance, will become vice president of finance and investor relations for Kinder Morgan and CFO of EPB, reporting to Dang. Also reporting to Dang will be Anthony Ashley. Currently director of finance, Ashley will become vice president and treasurer for Kinder Morgan.
  • In addition to Rich Kinder, Kean, Dang and Armstrong, the other members of the senior management team that are staying with Kinder Morgan include Tom Martin, president of Natural Gas Pipelines, along with his entire senior commercial management team; Ian Anderson, president of Kinder Morgan Canada; and Jim Street, vice president of Human Resources and Administration.

Rich Kinder stated, “I am grateful for the tremendous contributions over the years from Park, Tom, Tim, Joe and David, and I sincerely appreciate their commitment to ensure a smooth transition. Though it is always difficult to see talented people leave the organization, I am pleased that all of those who are being promoted are very capable, have long tenures with Kinder Morgan and are enthusiastic about their new roles. I am very optimistic about the future of Kinder Morgan, especially considering the approximately $12 billion in growth projects we have identified, and believe this team will continue to deliver value to our unitholders and shareholders.”

Stock quotes in this article: EPB, KMI, KMP, KMR 

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