SOURCE: El Paso Corporation

May 22, 2008 19:03 ET

El Paso Corporation Announces Pricing of Public Offering of $600 Million of 7.25% Senior Notes Due 2018

HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwire - May 22, 2008) - El Paso Corporation (NYSE: EP) (El Paso) announced today that it has priced its public offering of $600 million of senior notes due June 1, 2018 with a coupon of 7.25%. El Paso expects closing to occur on May 30, 2008. The notes are being offered under El Paso's shelf registration statement.

Net proceeds from the offering will be approximately $595 million. El Paso plans to use the net proceeds from the sale of the notes for general corporate purposes, including the repayment of debt maturing during the remainder of 2008. Pending the use of the proceeds for other purposes, El Paso intends to apply the net proceeds to reduce outstanding borrowings under El Paso's revolving credit facility and under the revolving credit facility of El Paso's subsidiary, El Paso Exploration & Production Company.

Upon issuance, the notes will be senior unsecured obligations of El Paso and will rank equally in right of payment with other existing and future unsecured senior indebtedness of El Paso. The notes will not be guaranteed by any of El Paso's subsidiaries or unconsolidated affiliates.

The offering is being made only by means of a prospectus and related prospectus supplement, a copy of which may be obtained from Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. at 60 Wall Street, New York, New York 10005, (800) 503-4611.

This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of any offer to buy such securities nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state.

El Paso Corporation provides natural gas and related energy products in a safe, efficient, and dependable manner. El Paso owns North America's largest interstate natural gas pipeline system and one of North America's largest independent natural gas producers.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All forward-looking statements are based on assumptions that El Paso believes to be reasonable. However, actual results almost always vary from assumed facts and the differences can be material, depending upon the circumstances. As a result, you should not place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. The words "believe," "expect," "estimate," "anticipate" and similar expressions will generally identify forward-looking statements. All of El Paso's forward-looking statements, whether written or oral, are expressly qualified by these cautionary statements and any other cautionary statements that may accompany such forward-looking statements. In addition, El Paso disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this release.

With this in mind, you should consider the risks discussed under the caption "Risk Factors" in the offering memorandum, El Paso's Annual and Quarterly Reports on Forms 10-K and 10-Q and in the other documents El Paso files with the SEC from time to time, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statement made by El Paso or on El Paso's behalf.

Contact Information

  • Contacts
    Investor and Public Relations
    Bruce L. Connery
    Vice President
    Office: (713) 420-5855

    Media Relations
    Bill Baerg
    Manager
    Office: (713) 420-2906