TC Energy's Portland Natural Gas Transmission System fetches $1.14 billion in sale

(UI) — TC Energy Corp. has entered into an agreement to sell its Portland Natural Gas Transmission System (PNGTS) to BlackRock and investment funds managed by Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners for $1.14 billion.

PNGTS is a 475-kilometer (295-mile) FERC-regulated natural gas transporter serving the upper New England and Atlantic Canada markets. The pipeline receives natural gas from the Trans Quebec and Maritimes (TQM) Pipeline via the Canadian Mainline. TC Energy will provide customary transition services and work jointly with the buyer to ensure a safe and orderly transition of this critical natural gas system.

The deal includes the assumption of $250 million of outstanding Senior Notes held at PNGTS. This transaction implies a valuation of approximately 11.0 times reported 2023 comparable EBITDA.

The cash proceeds will be split pro-rata according to the current PNGTS ownership interests (TC Energy 61.7 per cent, Énergir 38.3 per cent) and will be paid at closing, subject to certain customary adjustments. As part of the transaction, the buyer will assume the outstanding Senior Notes held at PNGTS and currently consolidated on TC Energy’s balance sheet. The transaction is expected to close in mid-2024, subject to the receipt of regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions.

TC Energy’s focus for 2024 remains clear. The company will continue maximizing the value of its assets through safety and operational excellence, delivering its secured capital program on time and on budget, and enhancing its balance sheet strength and financial flexibility through asset divestitures and streamlining its business through efficiency efforts. TC Energy's 2024 financial guidance and growth outlook through 2026 remain unchanged as a result of this announcement.

Barclays acted as the exclusive financial advisor to TC Energy and Énergir on the transaction, while Bracewell LLP acted as legal advisor to TC Energy.

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