AltaGas to buy Semco Energy for $1.14 billion

CALGARY – (Source) AltaGas Ltd said Wednesday it has agreed to buy privately held Continental Energy Systems LLC’s Semco Energy Inc unit for $1.14 billion, adding natural-gas distribution and storage assets in Michigan and Alaska to its Canadian distribution and gas-processing businesses.

AltaGas said in a release that the purchase comes as it aims to expand into the northern United States, and will boost its earnings and cash flow by more than 10 percent.

In the deal, the company will acquire a Michigan gas-distribution business with 286,000 customers as well as a regulated storage facility with 4.9 billion cubic feet of capacity and a half share in 12.8 bcf unregulated storage facility.

It said it will also operate Alaska’s gas distributor with 132,000 residential customers and 11 bcf of gas storage currently under construction.

To help pay for the purchase, AltaGas will issue 12.1 million subscription receipts for C$29 each to raise gross proceeds of C$350 million ($350 million).

If demand warrants, the issue’s underwriters, a group led by BMO Capital Markets, RBC Capital Markets and TD Securities, have the option to buy a further 1.8 million receipts, boosting gross proceeds to C$403 million.

The proceeds will be held in escrow until regulators approve the acquisition.

AltaGas shares were halted on the Toronto Stock Exchange prior to the announcement. They were last up 10 Canadian cents at C$30.38.

Calgary Herald: AltaGas to buy Semco Energy for $1.14 billion

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