Energy Transfer Equity, L.P. (ETE) and Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. (ETP) announced today that ETE plans to drop down its interest in Southern Union Company (SUG) into an ETP-controlled entity, which will also include assets to be acquired in the recently announced merger between Sunoco, Inc. (SUN) and ETP.
Concurrent with the closing of the Sunoco merger, ETE will contribute its interest in SUG into an ETP-controlled entity in exchange for a 60 percent equity interest in the new entity, to be called ETP Holdco Corporation (HoldCo). In conjunction with ETE’s contribution, ETP will contribute its interest in Sunoco to HoldCo and will retain a 40 percent equity interest in HoldCo. Prior to the contribution of Sunoco to HoldCo, Sunoco’s interests in Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. (SXL) will be transferred to ETP.
“Through this transaction, we resolve the timing of ETE’s drop-down of the SUG assets, without the need for external equity or debt financing, and will enhance distribution growth prospects at both ETE and ETP,” said Kelcy Warren, ETE chairman of the board. “Furthermore, this new entity will increase ETP’s scale of operations and its ability to serve more customers in the rapidly expanding midstream marketplace.”