AltaGas Expects to Own a Significant Minority Interest Upon Close of the Initial Public Offering
CALGARY, Sept. 13, 2018 /CNW/ –
- AltaGas continues to execute on its strategy to reshape the company with a focus on Gas and U.S. Utilities
- AltaGas expects to hold approximately 37% to 45% of AltaGas Canada Inc. (“ACI”) at the close of the Initial Public Offering (“IPO”)
- Equity proceeds from the IPO, combined with the debt repayment by ACI to AltaGas, are expected to result in significant repayment of the bridge facility with total cash proceeds approaching $1 billion
- Repayment of the bridge facility is planned to be complete in the fourth quarter of 2018
- ACI will hold Canadian rate-regulated natural gas distribution utility assets and contracted wind power in Canada, as well as an approximate 10% indirect equity interest in the Northwest Hydro Facilities in British Columbia
- ACI to be led by a highly qualified, independent management team, who are expected to build on AltaGas’ proud history of growth and development
AltaGas Ltd. (AltaGas) (TSX: ALA) announced today the filing of a preliminary prospectus by ACI – a wholly owned subsidiary of AltaGas – with respect to ACI’s IPO. Upon successful completion of the IPO, AltaGas will retain a significant minority interest in ACI, as well as three nominees on ACI’s seven-member board.
“With the completion of the sale of a majority interest in ACI, combined with our previously announced asset monetizations, we will have significantly advanced the repayment of the bridge facility, as well as exceeded our asset sale target,” stated David Cornhill, Chairman and interim co-Chief Executive Officer of AltaGas.
The expected proceeds from the IPO, the sale of the non-core midstream and power assets announced earlier this week, as well as the monetization of the 35 percent interest in the Northwest Hydro Facilities in June, are expected to raise approximately CDN $2.5 billion (approximately USD $1.9 billion). After taking into effect these asset sales, AltaGas will have approximately USD $1.1 billion remaining on the bridge facility. The final planned step in the repayment of the bridge facility is expected to be term debt and hybrid securities issuances. AltaGas expects to complete all funding steps for the total repayment of the outstanding bridge facility in the fourth quarter of 2018.
AltaGas is a North American leader in the new energy economy, and began its Canadian operations with two Gas services contracts in 1994. Four years later, the company added the Utilities segment to its portfolio, followed by the entry into the Power business in 2001. AltaGas continues to be an industry leader with approximately $23 billion in assets and approximately $17 billion in enterprise value. AltaGas remains committed to having assets in all three segments of its business.
“We are moving forward boldly, reshaping the company with a focus on Gas and U.S. Utilities, as well as optimizing our operating business through our asset monetization plan, which includes the IPO of ACI,” said Mr. Cornhill. “And we are not standing still. AltaGas has a wealth of opportunities in our businesses, particularly for our Gas business in the Montney, as well as general system betterment and growth in our U.S. Utilities,” continued Mr. Cornhill.
“The assets that comprise ACI were the foundation of AltaGas’ success and growth over the past quarter century. I am confident that this established track record of operational excellence, combined with the proven senior leadership team at ACI, and the continued alignment with AltaGas, will create attractive long-term value and growth for ACI’s stakeholders,” concluded Mr. Cornhill.
The IPO is being jointly led by RBC Capital Markets, TD Securities Inc. and J.P. Morgan Securities Canada Inc. Completion of the IPO is subject to, and conditional upon, the receipt of all necessary approvals, including regulatory approvals. The IPO is expected to close in late October to early November 2018.
There can be no assurance that the IPO will be completed. An investment in the common shares of ACI is subject to a number of risks. The number of common shares offered and the marketing price of the common shares have not been determined and will be dependent upon market conditions. The preliminary prospectus contains important information relating to the IPO and remains subject to completion or amendment. For more information, potential investors should read the preliminary prospectus which is available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. The preliminary prospectus has not yet become final for the purpose of a distribution to the public. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale or acceptance of an offer to buy the common shares in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to the time a receipt for the final prospectus or other authorization is obtained from the securities commission or similar authority in such jurisdiction.
No securities regulatory authority has either approved or disapproved of the contents of this press release. This press release is not for distribution, directly or indirectly, in or into the United States (including its territories and possessions, any state of the United States and the District of Columbia) or any other jurisdiction outside Canada. This press release does not constitute or form a part of any offer or solicitation to buy or sell any securities in the United States or any other jurisdiction outside of Canada. The securities offered pursuant to the preliminary prospectus have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “U.S. Securities Act”), or any state securities laws. Accordingly, these securities may not be offered or sold within the United States unless registered under the U.S. Securities Act and applicable state securities laws or except pursuant to exemptions from the registration requirements of the U.S. Securities Act and applicable state securities laws. There will be no public offering of securities in the United States.
AltaGas is an energy infrastructure company with a focus on natural gas, power and regulated utilities. AltaGas creates value by growing and optimizing its energy infrastructure, including a focus on clean energy sources. For more information visit: www.altagas.ca.