Enterprise Products, Duncan Energy announce merger agreement

Source: Enterprise Products Partners L.P.

Enterprise Products Partners L.P. (NYSE:EPD) and Duncan Energy Partners L.P. (NYSE:DEP) have announced the execution of a definitive agreement that would result in a merger whereby DEP would become a wholly-owned subsidiary of EPD's operating partnership through a unit-for-unit exchange.

Under the terms of the definitive agreement, DEP unitholders would receive 1.01 EPD common units in exchange for each DEP common unit they own at closing, representing a premium of approximately 35 percent based on the closing price of DEP common units on February 22, 2011, the last trading day before EPD announced its initial proposal to acquire all of the common units of DEP owned by the public. Based on the cash distributions to be paid on May 6, 2011 by DEP and EPD, the merger would also result in a 32 percent increase in per unit cash distributions for the unitholders of DEP. 

"We are pleased to announce our agreement to combine these two partnerships, in a transaction that would be immediately accretive to Enterprise's distributable cash flow per unit, simplify our commercial activities and organizational structure as well as lower our overall cost of financing, while at the same time providing an attractive premium to DEP's public unitholders," said Michael A. Creel, president and chief executive officer of EPD's general partner. 

"We fully support the combination of these two successful partnerships," said W. Randall Fowler, president and chief executive officer of DEP's general partner. "We believe DEP unitholders will benefit from the immediate increase in the value of and the distributions on their EPD common units issued as merger consideration as well as EPD's future growth potential." 

The completion of the merger is subject to approval by a majority of the outstanding DEP common units. A wholly-owned subsidiary of Enterprise owns approximately 58 percent of DEP outstanding common units and has executed a voting agreement to vote in favor of the merger, which is sufficient to satisfy this condition. The completion of the merger is also subject to approval by the affirmative vote of a majority of the votes cast for or against the merger proposal by DEP's unitholders excluding Enterprise and its affiliates. Completion of the merger, assuming the requisite DEP unitholder vote is obtained, is expected to occur during the third quarter of 2011. No vote by EPD unitholders is required.

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