Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Enbridge Announces $4.3-Billion Deal with Spectra Energy Partners

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Enbridge Announces $4.3-Billion Deal with Spectra Energy Partners

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Enbridge inks Spectra Energy Partners deal

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CALGARY - Enbridge Inc. is sweetening its offer to buy all the units in Spectra Energy Partners LP it doesn't already own, raising its proposed share exchange ratio by almost 10 per cent in the all-shares transaction valued at $4.3 billion.

The move, which was expected by some analysts following a U.S. regulator's final tax policy ruling in July, means that holders of the 17 per cent of Spectra not owned by Enbridge will receive 1.111 Enbridge shares for each common unit, up from 1.0123 shares per unit offered in May.

Spectra shares rose by as much as 4.6 per cent on the New York Stock Exchange to US$39.62 on Friday morning while Enbridge fell by as much as 2.4 per cent to $45.99 on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

"We view this as a positive step towards reducing corporate complexity, but note there will be marginal dilution from the transaction ... as the increased offer is somewhat offset by elimination of distributions to the 17 per cent non-controlling interest," said analysts with Tudor Pickering Holt & Co. in a report.

As Enbridge owns 83 per cent of Spectra's shares, it already has the two-thirds majority required for unitholder approval of the transaction, which is expected to close in the fourth quarter.

It said the revised deal has unanimous support of a conflicts committee appointed by the separate Spectra board of directors.

In May, Calgary-based Enbridge launched an initiative to buy back all of its pipeline subsidiaries in the United States with shares worth $11.4 billion at the time, citing a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission decision in March to end certain tax loopholes they enjoyed.

American pipeline rivals The Williams Cos. and Cheniere Energy Inc. launched similar multibillion-dollar offers for their subsidiaries at the same time for the same reason. …

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