Canada’s oil and gas transportation giant Enbridge Inc. (TSX/NYSE: ENB), based in Calgary, Alberta, agreed to merge with Houston, Texas-based Spectra Energy Corp (NYSE: SE) in a stock-for-stock deal valued at C$37 billion (US$28 billion). At closing, Enbridge shareholders are expected to own 57 percent of the combined company and Spectra Energy shareholders are expected to own 43 percent. The combined company will be called Enbridge Inc.
The combination will create the largest energy infrastructure company in North America and one of the largest globally based on a pro-forma enterprise value of approximately C$165 billion (US$127 billion).
The consideration to be received by Spectra Energy shareholders, consisting of 0.984 shares of the combined company, is valued at US$40.33 per Spectra Energy share, based on the closing price of Enbridge common shares on September 2, 2016, representing an approximate 11.5 percent premium.
The deal was unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies and is expected to close in the first quarter of 2017, subject to shareholder and regulatory approvals, and other customary conditions.
“This transaction is transformational for both companies and results in unmatched scale, diversity and financial flexibility with multiple platforms for organic growth,” said Enbridhe president and CEO Al Monaco, who will continue to serve as president and chief executive of the combined company.
Greg Ebel, president and chief executive of Spectra Energy, who will become non-executive chairman of Enbridge following the closing, said, “The combination of Enbridge and Spectra Energy creates what we believe will be the best, most diversified energy infrastructure company in North America, if not the world.”
The headquarters of the combined company will be in Calgary, Alberta. Houston, Texas will be the combined company’s gas pipelines business unit center; Edmonton, Alberta will remain the business unit center for liquids pipelines, with gas distribution continuing to be based in Ontario.
On closing the Enbridge common shares to be issued in connection with the Transaction will be listed on the TSX and NYSE. Spectra Energy common stock will be delisted from the NYSE.
Credit Suisse Securities (Canada), Inc. acted as Lead Financial Advisor and delivered an opinion to Enbridge’s Board of Directors. RBC Capital Markets also acted as financial advisor to Enbridge and delivered an opinion to Enbridge’s Board of Directors. Sullivan & Cromwell LLP and McCarthy Tétrault LLP were legal advisors to Enbridge.
BMO Capital Markets and Citi acted as Joint Lead Financial Advisors to Spectra Energy’s Board of Directors. Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and Goodmans LLP acted as legal advisors to Spectra Energy and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP acted as tax counsel.
Enbridge operates the world’s longest crude oil and liquids transportation system across Canada and the U.S., and has a significant and growing involvement in natural gas gathering, transmission and midstream business, as well as an increasing involvement in power transmission. The company owns and operates Canada’s largest natural gas distribution company, serving residential, commercial, and industrial customers in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and New York State.
Enbridge has interests in nearly 2,000 megawatts of net renewable and alternative generating capacity, and continues to expand into wind, solar and geothermal power. The company employs nearly 11,000 people, primarily in Canada and the U.S., and is ranked as one of Canada’s Top Employers for 2016.
Spectra Energy is one of North America’s leading pipeline and midstream companies. Based in Houston, Texas, the company’s operations in the United States and Canada include approximately 21,000 miles of natural gas and crude oil pipelines; approximately 300 billion cubic feet of natural gas storage; 4.8 million barrels of crude oil storage; as well as natural gas gathering, processing, and local distribution operations.
Spectra Energy is the general partner of Spectra Energy Partners (NYSE: SEP), one of the largest pipeline master limited partnerships in the United States and owner of the natural gas and crude oil assets in Spectra Energy’s U.S. portfolio.
Spectra Energy also has a 50 percent ownership in DCP Midstream, the largest producer of natural gas liquids and the largest natural gas processor in the United States. Spectra Energy has served North American customers and communities for more than a century.