Pembina Pipeline Corporation To Acquire Vantage Pipeline And An Interest In Associated Assets For US$650 Million

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Pembina Pipeline Corporation ("Pembina" or "the Company") (TSX: PPL; NYSE: PBA) is pleased to announce that it has entered into agreements to acquire the Vantage pipeline system ("Vantage") and Mistral Midstream Inc.'s ("Mistral") interest in the Saskatchewan Ethane Extraction Plant ("SEEP") for total consideration of US$650 million, subject to traditional closing adjustments, ("the Transaction") from certain entities affiliated with Riverstone Holdings LLC (the "Seller").

Transaction Highlights

Vantage is a recently constructed, approximately 700 kilometre ("km"), 40,000 barrel per day ("bpd"), high vapour pressure pipeline that originates in Tioga, North Dakota and terminates near Empress, Alberta. Vantage provides long-term, fee-for-service cash flow and strategic access to the prolific and growing North Dakota Bakken play for future natural gas liquids ("NGL") opportunities. Key Transaction highlights include:

Geographic Diversification: The Transaction provides geographic diversification of Pembina's pipeline and midstream infrastructure, providing access to a new and prolific resource play in North Dakota.

Committed Volumes: Vantage is underpinned by a long-term, take-or-pay transportation contract.

Expansion Opportunities: Vantage is sized to reach an ultimate capacity of approximately 60,000 bpd through modest capital investment via the addition of two quarter point pump stations.

Cash Flow Per Share Accretion: The Transaction is expected to be neutral to cash flow per share in 2015 and accretive in 2016 on the basis of minimum volumes currently under contract and a full year contribution from SEEP. Pembina foresees the potential for significant accretion as additional volumes are secured.
"I am very happy to announce our agreement to acquire Vantage and SEEP," said Mick Dilger, Pembina's President and Chief Executive Officer. "We have watched the development of these assets with great interest as they represent an excellent opportunity to expand our footprint into one of the most promising hydrocarbon plays in North America and, as such, the Transaction is a low-risk, logical step-out for Pembina. We are excited to add this infrastructure to our leading portfolio of pipeline assets. Not only will the Transaction augment our fee-for-service cash flow stream, but we expect opportunities associated with both Vantage and SEEP to result in long-term shareholder value."

Description of Acquired Assets under the Transaction

Vantage links a growing supply of ethane from the prolific North Dakota Bakken play to the petrochemical market in Alberta. It originates from a large-scale gas plant in Tioga, North Dakota extending northwest, through Saskatchewan and terminating near Empress, Alberta, where it is connected to the Alberta Ethane Gathering System ("AEGS") pipeline.

As part of the Transaction, Pembina is also acquiring pipeline infrastructure from Mistral and Mistral's interest in SEEP, a development-stage, 60 million cubic feet per day ("MMcf/d") (54 MMcf/d net to Pembina) deep cut gas processing facility that is centrally located to service the southeast Saskatchewan Bakken region. The pipeline infrastructure includes an approximately 105 km, four inch ethane pipeline and an approximately 75 km gas gathering pipeline, both of which are currently under construction. SEEP will receive liquids-rich gas produced from the Viewfield and the Flat Lake gas plants and from TransGas' local system. The facility is underpinned by both a long-term ethane sales agreement and a long-term, fee-for-service processing agreement. SEEP is expected to produce approximately 4,500 bpd of ethane and will connect into Vantage through a pipeline lateral that is also currently under construction. Pembina expects SEEP and the associated pipeline lateral to be in-service in mid-2015.

Pembina anticipates incurring additional capital expenditures of approximately C$100 million (net to Pembina) prior to the end of 2015 in connection with the Transaction in order to complete the construction of SEEP and the associated gathering and delivery system.

Stuart Taylor, Pembina's Senior Vice President, NGL & Natural Gas Facilities commented: "SEEP and its associated pipeline infrastructure are very attractive to Pembina. With these assets, we'll be making a low-risk entry into the prolific Bakken play in Saskatchewan and we'll be adding another fee-for-service gas plant to our portfolio."

Transaction Details

Pembina will acquire all the issued and outstanding shares of Vantage Pipeline Canada ULC, Vantage Pipeline US LP and Mistral and repay Vantage's bank indebtedness of approximately US$224 million at closing. Pembina intends to use cash of US$395 million and US$255 million in common shares to fund the Transaction. The Company expects to fund a portion of the cash consideration with a bought-deal preferred share issuance and existing credit capacity. The US$255 million common share portion will result in 5.61 million shares being issued to the Seller.

The Transaction is subject to regulatory approvals (including approval of the National Energy Board and under the Competition Act (Canada) and the Canada Transportation Act) and other customary closing conditions, including the approval of the Toronto Stock Exchange. The Transaction will have an effective date of August 1, 2014, and is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2014.


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