Enbridge Inc. (“Enbridge” or “the Company”) (ENB) (ENB) today announced that its Board of Directors has declared a quarterly dividend of $0.53 per common share, payable on March 1, 2016 to shareholders of record on February 16, 2016. The dividend reflects a 14 percent increase from the prior quarterly rate, marking the twenty-first consecutive year of increased dividends for the Company.
“The core of our shareholder value proposition is our reliable business model, which continues to deliver strong and predictable results and dividend growth,” said Al Monaco, President and Chief Executive Officer. “The 14 percent dividend increase reflects the confidence we have in our outlook, underpinned by the strength of our businesses, an industry leading growth program and our sound financial position. Over the last two years, we have increased our dividend by over 50 percent while maintaining strong available cash flow coverage.”
Enbridge also announced a guidance range for 2016 available cash flow from operations (“ACFFO”) per share of $3.80 to $4.50. The growth in the Company’s ACFFO per share guidance range for 2016 reflects growth from its existing businesses and the successful execution of its capital program. This includes projects brought on in 2015 such as the Mainline Expansion Program, the Edmonton-to-Hardisty Pipeline, the Line 9 Reversal and the Woodland Pipeline Expansion. In addition, the Company provided a guidance range for 2016 Adjusted Earnings Before Interest and Taxes (“EBIT”) of $4.4 billion to $4.8 billion enterprise-wide.
Mr. Monaco continued, “We are entering 2016 well positioned to execute on our five-year strategic plan. Our plan includes a $38 billion growth program, $25 billion of which is commercially secured and in execution. It is expected to generate compound average annual ACFFO per share growth of 15 to18 percent through 2019 and annual average dividend per share growth of 14 to 16 percent.”
“In this challenging commodity price environment, we remain focused on reliable and safe operations, which, together with disciplined cost management and providing access to the best markets, ensures cost effective transportation for our customers. Looking forward, we are positive on the strong longer-term energy fundamentals supporting each of our businesses, which provide significant opportunities to both extend and diversify growth well beyond 2019.”
On December 2, 2015, the Enbridge Board of Directors declared the following quarterly dividends. All dividends are payable on March 1, 2016 to shareholders of record on February 16, 2016.
|Preference Shares, Series A||$0.34375|
|Preference Shares, Series B||$0.25|
|Preference Shares, Series D||$0.25|
|Preference Shares, Series F||$0.25|
|Preference Shares, Series H||$0.25|
|Preference Shares, Series J||US$0.25|
|Preference Shares, Series L||US$0.25|
|Preference Shares, Series N||$0.25|
|Preference Shares, Series P||$0.25|
|Preference Shares, Series R||$0.25|
|Preference Shares, Series 1||US$0.25|
|Preference Shares, Series 3||$0.25|
|Preference Shares, Series 5||US$0.275|
|Preference Shares, Series 7||$0.275|
|Preference Shares, Series 9||$0.275|
|Preference Shares, Series 11||$0.275|
|Preference Shares, Series 13||$0.275|
|Preference Shares, Series 15||$0.275|
Enbridge will hold a conference call on Thursday, December 3, 2015, at 6:30 a.m. Mountain Time (8:30 a.m. Eastern Time) to discuss its 2016 guidance. Analysts, members of the media and other interested parties can access the call toll-free at 1-800-447-0521 from within North America and outside North America at 1-847-413-3238, using the access code of 41209869#. The call will be audio webcast live at http://edge.media-server.com/m/p/n8twjkiu. A webcast replay and podcast will be available approximately two hours after the conclusion of the event and a transcript will be posted to the website within 24 hours. The replay will be available toll-free at 1-888-843-7419 within North America and outside North America at 1-630-652-3042 (access code 41209869#) until December 10, 2015.
The conference call will begin with presentations by the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer and the Chief Financial Officer, followed by a question and answer period for investment analysts. A question and answer period for members of the media will then immediately follow.
About Enbridge Inc.
Enbridge Inc., a Canadian company, exists to fuel people’s quality of life, and has done so for more than 65 years. A North American leader in delivering energy, Enbridge has been ranked on the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations index for the past seven years. Enbridge operates the world’s longest crude oil and liquids transportation system across Canada and the U.S., and has a significant and growing involvement in natural gas gathering, transmission and midstream business, as well as an increasing involvement in power transmission. Enbridge owns and operates Canada’s largest natural gas distribution company, serving residential, commercial, and industrial customers in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and New York State. Enbridge has interests in nearly 2,000 megawatts of net renewable and alternative generating capacity, and continues to expand into wind, solar and geothermal power. Enbridge employs nearly 11,000 people, primarily in Canada and the U.S., and is ranked as one of Canada’s Top Employers for 2015. Enbridge’s common shares trade on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges under the symbol ENB. For more information, visitwww.enbridge.com.