SOURCE: Enbridge Energy Partners, L.P.

Enbridge Energy Partners, L.P.

December 21, 2011 12:42 ET

Enbridge Energy Partners Announces Full Exercise of Over-Allotment Option

HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwire - Dec 21, 2011) - Enbridge Energy Partners, L.P. (NYSE: EEP) ("the Partnership") announced today that the underwriters have exercised their option to purchase an additional 1.275 million Class A Common Units to cover over-allotments in connection with the previously announced public offering of 8.5 million of its Class A Common Units that closed on December 7, 2011.

The Partnership expects net proceeds from the exercise of the over-allotment option to be approximately $38.1 million. The Partnership expects to use the net proceeds from the offering, including the proceeds from the exercise of the over-allotment option, to fund a portion of its capital expansion projects, for general partnership purposes or any combination of such purposes.

BofA Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Citigroup, J.P. Morgan, UBS Investment Bank, Wells Fargo Securities, and RBC Capital Markets were joint book-running managers for the offering. The offering was made pursuant to an effective shelf registration statement and prospectus filed by the Partnership with the Securities and Exchange Commission. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy the Class A Common Units described herein, nor shall there be any sale of these Class A Common Units 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 jurisdiction. Copies of the prospectus supplement and accompanying base prospectus related to the offering may be obtained from the underwriters as follows:

BofA Merrill Lynch
Attn: Prospectus Dept
4 World Financial Center
New York, NY 10080
Email: dg.prospectus_requests@baml.com

Morgan Stanley
Attn: Prospectus Dept.
180 Varick Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10014
Tel: (866) 718-1649
Email: prospectus@morganstanley.com

Citigroup
Attn: Prospectus Dept.
Brooklyn Army Terminal
140 58th Street, 8th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11220
Tel: (800) 831- 9146
Email: batprospectusdept@citi.com

J.P. Morgan
Attn: Broadridge Financial Solutions
1155 Long Island Avenue
Edgewood, NY 11717
Tel: (866) 803- 9204

UBS Investment Bank
Attn: Prospectus Dept.
229 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10171
Tel: (888) 827-7275

Wells Fargo Securities
Attn: Equity Syndicate Dept.
375 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10152
Tel: (800) 326-5897
Email: cmclientsupport@wellsfargo.com

RBC Capital Markets
Attn: Prospectus Dept.
3 World Financial Center
200 Vesey Street, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10281-8098
Tel: (877) 822-4089

PARTNERSHIP INFORMATION

Enbridge Energy Partners, L.P. owns and operates a diversified portfolio of crude oil and liquid petroleum transportation and storage assets and natural gas gathering, treatment, processing, transportation and marketing assets in the United States. Its principal crude oil system is the largest transporter of growing oil production from western Canada. The system's deliveries to refining centers and connected carriers in the United States account for approximately 13 percent of total U.S. oil imports; while deliveries to Ontario, Canada satisfy approximately 70 percent of refinery demand in that region. The Partnership's natural gas gathering, treating, processing and transmission assets, which are principally located onshore in the active U.S. Mid-Continent and Gulf Coast area, deliver approximately 2.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas daily.

Enbridge Energy Management, L.L.C. (NYSE: EEQ) manages the business and affairs of the Partnership and its sole asset is an approximate 13 percent interest in the Partnership. Enbridge Energy Company, Inc., an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Enbridge Inc. of Calgary, Alberta, (NYSE: ENB) (TSX: ENB) is the general partner and holds an approximate 23 percent interest in the Partnership.

LEGAL NOTICE

This news release includes forward-looking statements and projections, which are statements that do not relate strictly to historical or current facts. These statements frequently use the following words, variations thereon or comparable terminology: "anticipate," "believe," "continue," "estimate," "expect," "forecast," "intend," "may," "plan," "position," "projection," "strategy" or "will." Forward-looking statements involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions and are not guarantees of performance. Future actions, conditions or events and future results of operations may differ materially from those expressed in these forward-looking statements. Many of the factors that will determine these results are beyond Enbridge Partners' ability to control or predict. Specific factors that could cause actual results to differ from those in the forward-looking statements include: (1) changes in the demand for or the supply of, forecast data for, and price trends related to crude oil, liquid petroleum, natural gas and NGLs, including the rate of development of the Alberta Oil Sands; (2) Enbridge Partners' ability to successfully complete and finance expansion projects; (3) the effects of competition, in particular, by other pipeline systems; (4) shut-downs or cutbacks at facilities of Enbridge Partners or refineries, petrochemical plants, utilities or other businesses for which Enbridge Partners transports products or to whom Enbridge Partners sells products; (5) hazards and operating risks that may not be covered fully by insurance; (6) changes in or challenges to Enbridge Partners' tariff rates; and (7) changes in laws or regulations to which Enbridge Partners is subject, including compliance with environmental and operational safety regulations that may increase costs of system integrity testing and maintenance.

Reference should also be made to Enbridge Partners' filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission; including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the most recently completed fiscal year and its subsequently filed Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, for additional factors that may affect results. These filings are available to the public over the Internet at the SEC's web site (www.sec.gov) and at the Partnership's web site.

Contact Information

  • Investor Relations Contact:
    Sanjay Lad
    Toll-free: (866) EEP INFO or (866) 337-4636
    E-mail: eep@enbridge.com

    Media Contact:
    Terri Larson
    Telephone: (713) 353-6317
    E-mail: usmedia@enbridge.com