DENVER–(BUSINESS WIRE)–MarkWest Energy Partners, L.P. (the “Partnership”) (NYSE: MWE) today announced that it has filed a definitive proxy statement and prospectus with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission regarding the pending merger pursuant to which the Partnership would become a wholly owned subsidiary of MPLX LP (“MPLX”) (NYSE: MPLX). A special meeting of the common unitholders has been set to approve the previously announced Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of July 11, 2015, by and among the Partnership, MPLX, MPLX GP LLC, the general partner of MPLX, Sapphire Holdco LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of MPLX, and, for certain limited purposes, Marathon Petroleum Corporation.
The Partnership’s special meeting of common unitholders will be held on Tuesday, December 1, 2015, at 9:00 a.m. Mountain Standard Time at the Partnership’s offices at 1515 Arapahoe Street, Tower 1, Suite 1600, Denver, Colorado 80202. The Partnership urges unitholders to submit their proxy as promptly as possible, either by telephone, via the internet or by marking, signing and dating the proxy card that will be provided to unitholders along with the proxy statement and prospectus.
All holders of record of the Partnership’s common units as of the close of business on October 5, 2015 will be entitled to receive notice of the special meeting and to vote their common units either in person or by proxy at the special meeting. A proxy statement and prospectus for the special meeting will be mailed to the common unitholders of the Partnership on or about October 30, 2015.
MarkWest Energy Partners, L.P. is a master limited partnership that owns and operates midstream services related businesses. MarkWest has a leading presence in many natural gas resource plays including the Marcellus Shale, Utica Shale, Huron/Berea Shale, Haynesville Shale, Woodford Shale and Granite Wash formation where it provides midstream services to its producer customers.
Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This communication includes “forward-looking statements.” All statements other than statements of historical facts included or incorporated herein may constitute forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. These statements may include statements regarding the proposed acquisition of the Partnership by MPLX, the expected timetable for completing the transaction, benefits and synergies of the transaction, future opportunities for the combined company and any other statements regarding the Partnership’s and MPLX’s future operations, anticipated business levels, future earnings and distributions, planned activities, anticipated growth, market opportunities, strategies and competition. All such forward-looking statements involve estimates and assumptions that are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in such statements. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include: factors relating to the satisfaction of the conditions to the proposed transaction, including regulatory approvals and the required approval of the Partnership’s unitholders; the parties’ ability to meet expectations regarding the timing and tax treatment of the proposed transaction; the possibility that the combined company may be unable to achieve expected synergies and operating efficiencies in connection with the transaction within the expected time-frames or at all; the integration of the Partnership being more difficult, time-consuming or costly than expected; the effect of any changes resulting from the proposed transaction in customer, supplier and other business relationships; general market perception of the proposed transaction; exposure to lawsuits and contingencies associated with MPLX; the ability to attract and retain key personnel; prevailing market conditions; changes in the economic and financial conditions of the Partnership and MPLX; uncertainties and matters beyond the control of management; and the other risks discussed in the periodic reports filed with the SEC, including the Partnership’s and MPLX’s Annual Reports on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014 and the Partnership’s and MPLX’s Reports on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2015. These risks, as well as other risks associated with the Partnership, MPLX and the proposed transaction are also more fully discussed in the proxy statement and prospectus included in the registration statement on Form S-4 filed with the SEC by MPLX and declared effective by the SEC on October 29, 2015. The Partnership has mailed the proxy statement/prospectus to its unitholders. The forward-looking statements should be considered in light of all these factors. In addition, other risks and uncertainties not presently known to the Partnership or MPLX or that the Partnership or MPLX considers immaterial could affect the accuracy of the forward-looking statements. The reader is cautioned not to rely unduly on these forward-looking statements. The Partnership and MPLX does not undertake any duty to update any forward-looking statement except as required by law.
Additional Information and Where to Find It
This communication may be deemed to be solicitation material in respect of the proposed acquisition of the Partnership by MPLX. In connection with the proposed acquisition, the Partnership and MPLX have filed relevant materials with the SEC, including MPLX’s registration statement on Form S-4 that includes a definitive proxy statement and a prospectus and was declared effective by the SEC on October 29, 2015. Investors and security holders are urged to read all relevant documents filed with the SEC, including the definitive proxy statement and prospectus, because they contain important information about the proposed transaction. Investors and security holders are able to obtain the documents free of charge at the SEC’s website, http://www.sec.gov, or for free from the Partnership by contacting Investor Relations by phone at 1-(866) 858-0482 or by email at email@example.com or for free from MPLX LP at its website, http://ir.mplx.com, or in writing at 200 E. Hardin Street, Findlay, Ohio 45840, Attention: Corporate Secretary.
Participants in Solicitation
This communication is not a solicitation of a proxy from any investor or securityholder. However, the Partnership and its directors and executive officers and certain employees may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from the holders of Partnership common units with respect to the proposed transaction. Information about the Partnership’s directors and executive officers is set forth in the proxy statement for the Partnership’s 2015 Annual Meeting of Common Unitholders, which was filed with the SEC on April 23, 2015 and the Partnership’s current reports on Form 8-K, as filed with the SEC on May 5, 2015, May 19, 2015 and June 8, 2015, and in the prospectus filed by MPLX on October 30, 2015 and the related Registration Statement on Form S-4, which was declared effective by the SEC on October 29, 2015. Information about MPLX’s directors and executive officers is available in MPLX’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on February 27, 2015 and MPLX’s current report on Form 8-K, as filed with the SEC on March 9, 2015. To the extent holdings of Partnership securities have changed since the amounts contained in the definitive proxy statement filed by the Partnership, such changes have been or will be reflected on Statements of Change in Ownership on Form 4 filed with the SEC. Investors may obtain additional information regarding the interest of such participants by reading the joint proxy statement and prospectus regarding the acquisition. These documents may be obtained free of charge from the SEC’s website http://www.sec.gov, or from the Partnership and MPLX using the contact information above.
This communication shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities, nor shall there be any sale of securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. No offer of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.