DCP Midstream Partners Completes Acquisition of Gas Supply Resources
DENVER, Nov. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- DCP Midstream Partners, LP (NYSE: DPM)(the Partnership) has completed its previously announced acquisition of Gas Supply Resources (GSR) from Duke Energy Field Services (DEFS), the parent of the Partnership's general partner for approximately $77 million, subject to standard closing adjustments. The purchase price consists of cash from debt drawn on the Partnership's existing credit facility and approximately 200,000 partnership units.
GSR is the largest wholesale propane logistics company in the northeastern U.S., with six owned rail terminals, one leased marine terminal, access to several open-access pipeline terminals and 475,000 barrels of storage capacity. Also included in the purchase price is the cost of a new wholesale propane pipeline terminal under construction in Midland, Pa., anticipated to be completed during the fourth quarter. The Partnership will provide the capital remaining to be spent to complete the Midland terminal, resulting in the total purchase price of approximately $77 million. The Midland terminal will provide better propane supply and logistics for this geographic region, with good transportation access and 2.3 million gallons of total storage capability.
GSR's diverse propane supply portfolio, significant storage capabilities, and multiple terminal locations allow it, as a wholesaler, to provide reliable supplies during peak demand periods. These characteristics also make GSR a premier base load wholesale propane supplier in the northeastern U.S. and reduce its exposure to unfavorable weather patterns. "We are excited to complete the acquisition of GSR, a business with multiple organic growth opportunities that provides immediate accretion to our unitholders," said Jim Mogg, chairman of the board of directors of the Partnership's general partner. "GSR's business model allows us to mitigate commodity risk by tying the index-based propane purchase and sale prices of our contracts to generate fee-like earnings."
The acquisition is forecasted to add approximately $8.5 million to the Partnership's 2007 EBITDA. DEFS will continue to operate the GSR assets on behalf of the Partnership after the transaction closes.
NON-GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION
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EBITDA is used as a supplemental performance measure by our management and by external users of our financial statements, such as investors, commercial banks, research analysts and others, to assess:
* financial performance of our assets without regard to financing
methods, capital structure or historical cost basis;
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* viability of acquisitions and capital expenditure projects and the overall rates of return on alternative investment opportunities.
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures: Forecasted ($ in millions) 2007 ============================================ Net Income $3.0 Add: Interest Expense 4.3 Depreciation and Amortization 1.2 EBITDA $8.5
DCP Midstream Partners, LP (NYSE: DPM) is a midstream master limited partnership that gathers, treats, compresses, processes, transports and markets natural gas and produces, transports and markets natural gas liquids. DCP Midstream Partners, LP is managed by its general partner, DCP Midstream GP, LLC, which is wholly owned by Duke Energy Field Services, a joint venture between Duke Energy and ConocoPhillips. For more information, visit the DCP Midstream Partners, LP Web site at http://www.dcppartners.com.
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