SOURCE: El Paso Pipeline Partners

El Paso Pipeline Partners

March 10, 2011 14:41 ET

El Paso Pipeline Partners Announces Exercise of Underwriters' Option to Purchase Additional Common Units and Acquisition of Additional Interests in Southern Natural Gas Company

HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwire - March 10, 2011) - El Paso Pipeline Partners, L.P. (NYSE: EPB) today announced that the underwriters of its previously announced public offering of 12,000,000 common units have exercised in full their option to purchase an additional 1,800,000 common units at a public offering price of $34.30 per unit. The closing of the offering and over-allotment option is expected to occur on March 14, 2011. 

Also, the partnership today announced that it has elected to acquire an additional 3-percent general partner interest in Southern Natural Gas Company (SNG) from El Paso Corporation (NYSE: EP) for approximately $80 million, pursuant to the partnership's option to purchase an additional interest in connection with its previously announced acquisition of a 22-percent general partner interest in SNG. The total purchase price of the acquisition of the 25-percent general partner interest in SNG is approximately $667 million. The closing of the acquisition is expected to occur on March 14, 2011. 

Total net proceeds from the offering of the 13,800,000 common units, including the general partner's proportional capital contribution, of approximately $467 million will be used by the partnership, together with borrowings under the partnership's revolving credit facility, as consideration for the acquisition of the additional interests in SNG. Following the acquisition, El Paso Pipeline Partners will own an 85-percent general partner interest in SNG.

BofA Merrill Lynch, Barclays Capital, Citi, Credit Suisse, Morgan Stanley and Wells Fargo Securities are acting as joint book-running managers of the offering. Deutsche Bank Securities, Goldman Sachs & Co., J.P. Morgan and UBS Investment Bank are acting as co-managing underwriters of the offering. A copy of the prospectus supplement and accompanying base prospectus relating to this offering may be obtained from any of the underwriters, including:

BofA Merrill Lynch
Attn: Prospectus Department
4 World Financial Center
New York, NY 10080

Barclays Capital Inc.
c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions
1155 Long Island Avenue
Edgewood, NY 11717
Toll-free number: 1-888-603-5847

Citigroup Global Markets Inc.
Attn: Prospectus Department
Brooklyn Army Terminal
140 58th Street, 8th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11220
Toll-free number: 877-858-5407

Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC
Prospectus Department
One Madison Avenue, Level 1B
New York, NY 10010
Toll-free number: 800-221-1037

Morgan Stanley & Co. Incorporated
Attn: Prospectus Department
180 Varick Street, 2nd floor
New York, NY 10014
Toll-free number: 866-718-1649

Wells Fargo Securities, LLC
Attn: Equity Syndicate Dept.
375 Park Ave.
New York, NY 10152
Toll-free number: 800-326-5897

You may also obtain these documents for free when they are available by visiting the SEC's Web site at

This news release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy the securities described herein, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such an offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction. The offering may be made only by means of a prospectus and related prospectus supplement meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.

El Paso Pipeline Partners, L.P. is a Delaware limited partnership formed by El Paso Corporation to own and operate natural gas transportation pipelines and storage assets. El Paso Corporation currently owns a 49 percent limited partner interest and 2 percent general partner interest in the partnership. Prior to the closing of the acquisition, El Paso Pipeline Partners, L.P. owns Wyoming Interstate Company (WIC), Southern LNG Company, L.L.C. (SLNG), Elba Express Company, L.L.C. (Elba Express), a 60 percent interest in Southern Natural Gas Company (SNG), and a 58 percent interest in Colorado Interstate Gas Company (CIG). WIC and CIG are interstate pipeline systems serving the Rocky Mountain region, SLNG owns the Elba Island LNG storage and regasification terminal near Savannah, Georgia, and both Elba Express and SNG are interstate pipeline systems serving the southeastern region of the United States. 

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Statements about the offering may be forward-looking statements as defined under federal law. These forward-looking statements rely on a number of assumptions concerning future events and are subject to a number of uncertainties and factors, many of which are outside the control of El Paso Pipeline Partners, and a variety of risks that could cause results to differ materially from those expected by the management of El Paso Pipeline Partners. El Paso Pipeline Partners undertakes no obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements to reflect changed assumptions, the occurrence of unanticipated events or changes to future operating results over time.

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