A subsidiary of Plains All American Pipeline LP (PAA) will pay $220 million for Vulcan Capital‘s 50% interest in PAA Natural Gas Storage, the companies said. The purchase price includes $90 million cash, 1.9 million PAA common units valued at $90 million and deferred contingent cash consideration up to $40 million. The transaction is expected to close Thursday. The transaction will give PAA 100% of the natural gas storage business and related operating entities, which will be accounted for on a consolidated basis. At closing PAA will repay the joint venture’s outstanding project finance debt using joint venture cash and borrowings under its revolving credit facility. As of June 30 the joint venture had approximately $450 million of debt and approximately $52 million of cash. PAA management intends to recommend to its board of directors an increase in the partnership’s quarterly distribution level to 92 cents/unit effective with the November distribution.
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