Breitburn Energy Partners LP (NASDAQ:BBEP) and QR Energy, LP (NYSE: QRE) today announced that they have received notification of early termination of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended, in connection with Breitburn’s proposed merger with QR Energy, thereby satisfying a condition to the closing of the transaction. The transaction is subject to other regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions, including the approval of QR Energy unitholders, and is expected to close in late 2014 or early 2015.
As previously announced on July 24, 2014, Breitburn and QR Energy entered into a definitive merger agreement pursuant to which Breitburn will acquire QR Energy in a unit-for-unit exchange implying a transaction value of approximately $3.0 billion, including QR Energy’s existing net debt and outstanding Class C Convertible Preferred Units. This combination will result in Breitburn becoming the largest, oil-weighted upstream oil and gas master limited partnership with a pro forma enterprise value of approximately $7.8 billion and current average daily production of approximately 57,300 boe/d.
About Breitburn Energy Partners LP
Breitburn Energy Partners LP is a publicly-traded independent oil and gas master limited partnership focused on the acquisition, exploitation, development and production of oil and gas properties throughout the United States. Breitburn’s producing and non-producing crude oil and natural gas reserves are located in Michigan, Oklahoma, Texas, Wyoming, California, Florida, Indiana and Kentucky. See www.breitburn.com for more information.About QR Energy QR Energy is a publicly traded partnership engaged in the acquisition, production and development of onshore crude oil and natural gas properties in the United States. QR Energy is headquartered in Houston, Texas. For more information, visit QR Energy’s website at www.qrenergylp.com. Additional Information about the Proposed Transactions and Where to Find It In connection with the proposed transactions, Breitburn intends to file with the SEC a registration statement on Form S-4 that will include a prospectus of Breitburn and a proxy statement of QR Energy. Each of Breitburn and QR Energy also plan to file other relevant documents with the SEC regarding the proposed transactions. INVESTORS ARE URGED TO READ THE PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS AND OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED WITH THE SEC IF AND WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION. You may obtain a free copy of the proxy statement/prospectus (if and when it becomes available) and other relevant documents filed by Breitburn and QR Energy with the SEC at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. You may also obtain these documents by contacting Breitburn Investor Relations in writing at 515 S. Flower Street, Suite 4800, Los Angeles, CA, 90071, or via e-mail by using the “Contact Form” located at the Investor Relations tab at www.breitburn.com or by calling (213) 225-0390; or by contacting QR Energy Investor Relations in writing at 1401 McKinney Street, Suite 2400, Houston, TX 77010, or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (713) 452-2990. Participants in the Solicitation Breitburn and QR Energy and their respective directors and executive officers and other members of management and employees may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies in respect of the proposed transactions. Information about Breitburn’s directors and executive officers is available in Breitburn’s proxy statement dated April 25, 2014, for its 2014 Annual Meeting of Unitholders. Information about QR Energy’s directors and executive officers is available in QR Energy’s proxy statement dated February 3, 2014, for its Special Meeting of Unitholders held on March 10, 2014. Other information regarding the participants in the proxy solicitations and a description of their direct and indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, will be contained in the proxy statement/prospectus and other relevant materials to be filed with the SEC regarding the proposed transactions when they become available. Investors should read the proxy statement/prospectus carefully when it becomes available before making any voting or investment decisions. You may obtain free copies of these documents from Breitburn or QR Energy using the sources indicated above.