We can't expect them to pay full market price. There is always a block/liquidity discount. What they discount it from might be interesting. I'd almost prefer they place the equity with institutions so it's a more arms-length transaction. As it is, the banks giving a "fairness" opinion have an incentive to lowball the value to gain favor with management. If it went to institutions, at least management would be trying to get the best price for us.
I'd hope that the market better realizes the value over the next week and xtxi trades up so the discount puts the equity in the range of $75, even though goldman sandbagged it today (7% yield on the increased dividend and 15% discount rate for the fastest growing gp? ridiculous, but they still said it was worth at least $19/share and admitted it was extremely conservative).
Was it clear to anyone whether they'd be issuing xtex units now to fund the capex of 2007-2009? That scales up the total cost associated with cheif to $634 from $480, but would require more xtxi shares issued now to buy more subordinated xtex units. I would think they'd delay that issuance until needed, but didn't see anything on it in the docs.
Last, even though we would prefer xtxi finance the deal a little differently, Davis and company are doing a great job to increase value for us and haven't had conflicts up to this point that i can remember, so on the whole i'm very satisfied.