Regency Energy Partners LP (
) today announced plans to purchase Eagle Rock Energy Partners, L.P.’s (NASDAQ: EROC) midstream business. The acquisition, valued at approximately $1.3 billion, will complement Regency’s core gathering and processing business, and when combined with the proposed acquisition of PVR Resources, will further diversify Regency’s basin exposure in the Texas Panhandle, East Texas and South Texas.
Eagle Rock’s midstream assets include approximately 8,100 miles of gathering pipeline and over 800 MMcf/d of processing plants and its cash flows are supported by large, long-term acreage dedications. The combined system is expected to provide significant synergies, increase efficiencies on Regency’s current system, and enhance services for its customers.
“This acquisition represents another attractive growth opportunity for Regency and is very strategic to our plans to increase our scale and expand our basin diversity in liquids-rich areas,” said Mike Bradley, president and chief executive officer of Regency. “When combined with the proposed acquisition of PVR Partners, our expanded footprint will strengthen Regency's position as a midstream provider in the Mid-Continent region and provide additional growth opportunities.”
“We expect this acquisition to be immediately accretive to our distributable cash flow per common unit and we also expect that this acquisition will be accretive to distributable cash flow per common unit on a pro forma basis with the pending acquisition of PVR Partners, L.P. As a result, we believe this transaction supports our objective of creating unitholder value through long-term cash distribution growth,” continued Bradley.
In light of the expected cash flow accretion from the Eagle Rock transaction, Regency management expects to recommend to its board of directors distribution increases that would represent a growth rate of 6-8% for full-year 2014. The recommended increases are subject to board approval based on Regency’s future operating results, including the performance of the acquired business.