NEW YORK ( The Deal) -- Spectra Energy Partners LP (SEP - Get Report) of Houston said Tuesday, Aug. 6, it agreed to buy U.S. natural gas transmission, storage and liquids assets from affiliate Spectra Energy Corp. (SE - Get Report), also of Houston, for $12.3 billion, making Spectra Energy Partners one of the country's top pipeline and storage master limited partnerships.
The price includes $2.2 billion in cash and 172 million in newly issued limited partner units and 3.5 million in newly issued general partner units worth $7.6 billion based on Spectra Energy Partners' unit price yesterday. Spectra Energy Partners also will assume about $2.5 billion of acquired asset debt.
Spectra Energy Partners said the transaction's 2014 Ebitda multiple is 9.3 times based on the volume weighted average unit price of $36.12 for the 10 days ending June 11, when Spectra Energy announced its plans for the drop-down. The entities expect to close the deal by year's end.
Analysts at Tudor Pickering Holt & Co. Securities Inc. said the deal is at a higher multiple than Spectra Energy first indicated and based on Spectra's current stock price, it works out to 10.4 times. "Robust U.S. transmission growth backlog provides growth visibility for SEP
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