Vancouver/Fraser Valley -MAY 25 UPDATE – Financial Green Light.
Kinder Morgan says it will proceed with its $7.4-billion Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.
The catch is the money. Kinder Morgan must secure financing for the project through its IPO or Initial Public Offering.
The Texas-based company and its indirect subsidiary Kinder Morgan Canada, announced on Thursday its final investment decision on the project. That works Kinder Morgan offering 102.9 million shares at a price of $17 per share in an effort to raise $1.75 billion.
The public offering is set to close May 31.
While the political climate from the recent Provincial Election is not the greatest, in a statement for the media, Kinder Morgan Canada President Ian Anderson said the dominoes have fallen into place.
Those are the execution planning, Federal and Provincial Approvals and the blessing of the NEB National Energy Board.
The company is now ready to commence construction this fall. It is expected that the Fraser Valley will see thousands of construction jobs (directly and support) however maintenance jobs after construction is complete may only be in the hundreds.
The Green Party and the NDP have gone on record, vowing to crush the pipeline project.
The WaterWealth Project issued this statement to FVN:
Kinder Morgan’s final investment decision was expected as they were running up against deadlines with shipper agreements and soon also the deadline in their agreement with the province of BC.
What is concerning is a rather loose relationship with the facts. Many in Chilliwack were misled by full-sized four-page colour fliers the company delivered door to door that included the statement “Other route locations are no longer under consideration” shortly before the start of the NEB detailed route process.
Now while that detailed route process is underway, and in fact delayed by over a month by the company fumbling its responsibilities in the process, we see a Kinder Morgan press release announcing their final investment decision on the project with Kinder Morgan Canada President Ian Anderson quoted saying “Our execution planning is complete, our approvals are in hand, and we are now ready to commence construction activities this fall”.
In fact the pipeline route is not approved. Nearly 400 statements of opposition have been filed with the NEB to date. Pending approval by the NEB of the company’s plan to correct the errors they made earlier in the process, written statements may still be filed as late as July 6, after which there will be hearings. The NEB Act says that the board will not approve the route of a pipeline until it has considered all written statements and representations at public hearings “to determine the best possible detailed route of the pipeline”.
In all likelihood segments of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project route, such as in Chilliwack where 188 statements of opposition were filed including from the City, the Chamber of Commerce and First Nations, will be rejected by the NEB. It is concerning that Mr Anderson’s statement about approvals may mislead investors considering the company’s IPO.
The Kinder Morgan Media Release:
Houston, Texas -(BUSINESS WIRE)–Kinder Morgan, Inc., (NYSE: KMI), today announced 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.
“Upon the completion of the IPO, we will have secured satisfactory financing for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project. We are excited to be moving forward on this tremendous project which is expected to benefit KMI and KML as well as our Trans Mountain shippers and Canada,” said Steve Kean, Kinder Morgan chief executive officer. “The KML IPO is one of the largest ever in Canada and provides Canadian investors the opportunity to invest in a leading integrated midstream set of western Canadian assets. We are very pleased to price the Offering and excited about the future growth opportunities that this platform enables. The Offering also strengthens KMI’s balance sheet and strengthens our ability to return value to shareholders.”
“Our execution planning is complete, our approvals are in hand, and we are now ready to commence construction activities this fall generating thousands of direct jobs for Canadians, including significant benefits to Indigenous communities in Alberta and British Columbia,” said Ian Anderson, president of Kinder Morgan Canada Limited.
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 percent 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.
The securities of KML have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933 (the Securities Act) or the securities laws of any state or other jurisdiction of the United States. Accordingly, these securities may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration under the Securities Act or an exemption from registration, and in each case in compliance with the applicable securities laws of any state or other jurisdiction of the United States. In particular, this press release is not an offer of securities for sale in the United States.
About Kinder Morgan, Inc. (KMI)
Kinder Morgan, Inc. (NYSE: KMI) is one of the largest energy infrastructure companies in North America. It owns an interest in or operates approximately 84,000 miles of pipelines and 155 terminals. KMI’s pipelines transport natural gas, refined petroleum products, crude oil, condensate, CO2 and other products, and its terminals transload and store petroleum products, ethanol and chemicals, and handle such products as steel, coal and petroleum coke. It is also a leading producer of CO2 that we and others use for enhanced oil recovery projects primarily in the Permian basin. For more information please visit www.kindermorgan.com.
About Kinder Morgan Canada Limited (KML)
Kinder Morgan Canada Limited will operate the Business, comprised of a number of pipeline systems and terminal facilities including the Trans Mountain pipeline, the Cochin pipeline, the Puget Sound and Trans Mountain Jet Fuel pipelines, the Westridge marine and Vancouver Wharves terminals in British Columbia as well as various crude oil loading facilities in Edmonton, Alberta.
The Trans Mountain pipeline currently transports approximately 300,000 barrels per day (bpd) of crude oil and refined petroleum products from the oil sands in Alberta to Vancouver, British Columbia and Washington state. On Nov. 29, 2016, the Government of Canada granted approval for the $7.4 billion Trans Mountain Expansion Project, to increase the nominal capacity of the system to 890,000 bpd. The expanded pipeline is expected to be completed in 2019.
Important Information Relating to Forward-Looking Statements
In the interests of providing potential investors with information regarding KMI and KML, including management’s assessment of KMI’s and KML’s future plans for the Business, certain statements contained in this news release are forward-looking statements or information within the meaning of applicable securities legislation, collectively referred to herein as “forward-looking statements.” Forward-looking statements in this news release include, but are not limited to: the expected future activities of KML following closing of the Offering, KMI’s expected ownership level in KML following closing of the Offering, expectations that applicable regulatory approvals will be obtained, the success of the Offering, and expected timing of closing of the Offering. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, as there can be no assurance that the plans, intentions or expectations upon which they are based will occur.
By their nature, forward-looking statements involve numerous assumptions, known and unknown risks and uncertainties, both general and specific, that contribute to the possibility that the predictions, forecasts, projections and other forward-looking statements will not occur, which may cause the Business’ actual performance and financial results in future periods to differ materially from any estimates or projections of future performance or results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. There can be no assurance that KML will ultimately complete the Offering, the size of the retained interest that KMI would hold initially or in the future in KML, and other arrangements that would exist between KMI and KML. Closing of the Offering is subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including without limitation, those relating to due diligence, favourable market conditions, stock exchange and regulatory approvals, and approval by KMI’s and KML’s boards of directors. Although KMI believes that the expectations represented by such forward-looking statements are reasonable, there can be no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. Potential investors are cautioned that the foregoing list of important factors is not exhaustive. In addition, assumptions relating to such forward-looking statements generally include KMI’s current expectations and projections made in light of, and generally consistent with, its historical experience and its perception of historical trends, all of which are subject to the risk factors identified elsewhere in this news release or in the preliminary prospectus, including assumptions related to receipt of all required regulatory approvals and completion of the Offering. Furthermore, the forward-looking statements contained in this news release are made as of the date hereof and, except as required by law, KMI and KML undertake no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. The forward-looking statements contained in this news release are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement.
JANUARY 12 UPDATE – Kinder Morgan Canada welcomed the Province of British Columbia’s announcement that the Trans Mountain Expansion Project has received its environmental certificate from the Environmental Assessment Office, subject to 37 Conditions, and has met the Requirements for British Columbia to Consider Support for Heavy Oil Pipelines (B.C.’s 5 Conditions). The provincial certificate is another important milestone needed for the Project following the National Energy Board and Government of Canada’s recent approval of the Project.
The pipeline travels from Edmonton through BC, down through the Fraser Valley and onto the Burnaby refinery plant.
“Trans Mountain shares the values and priorities of safety, environmental protection and prosperity for communities that B.C.’s 5 Conditions represent. The Province has been clear from the very beginning and today’s announcement is the culmination of many years of work to demonstrate to British Columbians that our Project meets both the regulatory requirements and the B.C. Government’s Conditions to move forward,” said Ian Anderson, President of Kinder Morgan Canada. “We believe this represents a positive outcome for our company, customers and for British Columbians and all Canadians who will benefit from the construction and operation of an expanded pipeline.”
In a negotiated commitment, Trans Mountain has agreed to contribute a minimum of $25 million to a maximum of $50 million each year depending on shipments in excess of contracted volumes, over the 20-year life of the Project. Proceeds will be dedicated to a newly formed B.C. Clean Communities Program to be accessed by communities for local projects that protect, sustain and restore B.C.’s natural and coastal environments.
Trans Mountain has also committed to a “British Columbians first” policy for hiring and contracting work within B.C., giving qualified and competitive B.C. companies the first opportunity at the jobs building, operating and maintaining the pipeline system. The Project is expected to generate a total of more than 800,000 person years of employment over the life of the Project, including an anticipated workforce of the equivalent of more than 15,000 jobs per year during construction each year between 2017 and 2019.
In addition to contribution to the B.C. Clean Communities Program, the Project is delivering to British Columbians over 20 years:
- $5.7 billion to the Province of British Columbia in economic contributions from Project development, operations, higher netbacks and increased investment in BC’s oil and gas industry
- More than doubling local government taxes along the pipeline, including more than an additional $23.2 million each year to communities in B.C.
- Agreements with 51 Aboriginal communities (41 communities in B.C. worth more than $350 million)
Next steps will include a final investment decision by the Kinder Morgan Board of Directors. Trans Mountain is planning to begin construction in September 2017, with an in-service date for the twinned pipeline system expected in late 2019.