Kinder Morgan Inc. has made a final investment decision for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project in conjunction with its indirect subsidiary, Kinder Morgan Canada Limited (KML), pricing its initial public offering (the Offering) of 102.9 million shares of common stock at a price to the public of C$17.00 per share for total gross proceeds of C$1.75 billion. The final investment decision is conditioned on the successful completion of the IPO, which is expected to take place by not later than May 31, 2017.
The Trans Mountain Expansion Project is a C$7.4 billion project (with a remaining cash spend of C$6.2 billion as of March 31, 2017) which upon completion will provide western Canadian oil producers with an additional approximately 590,000 barrels per day (resulting in total pipeline capacity of 890,000 barrels per day) of shipping capacity and tidewater access to the western United States and global markets. The project is underpinned by 15- and 20-year shipper commitments of 707,500 barrels per day, or roughly 80 percent of the capacity on the expanded pipeline, with the other 20 percent reserved for spot volumes as required by the National Energy Board. Construction on the project is expected to begin in September 2017 with completion expected in December 2019.
The final investment decision was contingent on securing financing. While the political climate was not ideal, the process proceeded at this time because the Trans Mountain Expansion Project financing contingency period, as specified in shipper agreements, concludes at the end of May.
The Offering constitutes a sale of a portion of KMI’s interest in the Canadian business of KMI (the Business). The Business is composed of: the Trans Mountain pipeline system (including related terminals assets), the Puget Sound pipeline, the Jet Fuel pipeline system, the Canadian portion of the Cochin pipeline system, the Vancouver Wharves Terminal and the North 40 Terminal; as well as three jointly controlled investments: the Edmonton Rail Terminal, the Alberta Crude Terminal and the Base Line Terminal.
KMI will use the proceeds it receives to pay down debt. As a result, KMI now expects to end the year at approximately 5.2X debt to EBITDA versus its budget of 5.4X and remains on track to announce revised dividend guidance for 2018 in the latter part of this year, consistent with the previously announced goal of returning additional value to shareholders. Upon closing of the Offering, KMI will own an approximately 70% interest in the business, which will be operated and administered by KML and its affiliates.
An amended and restated preliminary prospectus of KML containing important information relating to these securities has been filed with the securities commissions or similar authorities in each province and territory of Canada. The amended and restated prospectus of KML is still subject to completion or amendment. Copies of the amended and restated prospectus of KML are available on SEDAR at http://www.sedar.com or from the underwriters named in it. There will not be any sale or any acceptance of any offer to buy the securities until a receipt for the final prospectus has been issued.