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ISS, Glass Lewis and Egan-Jones Recommend Approval of Targa Resources Corp.’s Acquisition of Targa Resources Partners LP

Special Meetings for Vote Scheduled for February 12, 2016

HOUSTON, Feb. 01, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Targa Resources Corp. (NYSE:TRGP) (“TRC” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that three leading proxy voting advisory firms, Institutional Shareholder Services, Inc. (“ISS”), Glass, Lewis & Co. (“Glass Lewis”) and Egan-Jones Proxy Services (“Egan-Jones”), have recommended that their clients vote in favor of the proposals related to TRC acquiring all of the outstanding common units of  Targa Resources Partners LP (NYSE:NGLS) ("TRP" or the "Partnership") that it does not already own.

The Board of Directors of TRC, the Conflicts Committee of the Board of Directors of the general partner of TRP and the Board of Directors of the General Partner of TRP unanimously approved the merger agreement. Stockholder and unitholder voting related to the merger is currently underway, and the special meetings for TRC stockholders and TRP common unitholders will be held on February 12, 2016. Subject to the voting approvals, and certain other customary closing conditions, the merger is expected to close on February 17, 2016.

“We are very pleased that ISS, Glass Lewis and Egan-Jones have affirmatively recommended in favor of the transaction,” said Joe Bob Perkins, Chief Executive Officer of TRC and of the general partner of TRP. “The transaction provides immediate and long-term benefits to Targa’s investors, and best positions Targa to manage successfully through the current commodity price environment with an improved coverage and credit profile, simplified structure and lower cost of capital. We encourage all our shareholders and unitholders to vote, and look forward to closing the transaction on February 17th.”

Stockholders and unitholders requiring additional assistance to vote can contact TRC and TRP’s proxy solicitor, D.F. King & Co, Inc. at 877-478-5044.

Additional Information and Where to Find It

In connection with TRC’s proposed transaction to acquire all of the outstanding common units of the Partnership not already owned by TRC, TRC has filed with the SEC a registration statement on Form S-4 that includes a joint proxy statement of TRP and TRC and a prospectus of TRC (the "joint proxy statement/prospectus"). In connection with the proposed transaction, TRC has mailed the definitive joint proxy statement/prospectus to its shareholders, and TRP has mailed the definitive joint proxy statement/prospectus to its unitholders.


This communication does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities or a solicitation of any vote or approval.

A free copy of the joint proxy statement/prospectus and other filings containing information about TRC and TRP may be obtained at the SEC's Internet site at www.sec.gov. In addition, the documents filed with the SEC by TRC and TRP may be obtained free of charge by directing such request to: Targa Resources, Attention: Investor Relations, 1000 Louisiana, Suite 4300, Houston, Texas 77002 or emailing [email protected] or calling (713) 584-1133. These documents may also be obtained for free from TRC's and TRP's investor relations website at www.targaresources.com.

Participants in Solicitation Relating to the Merger

TRC and TRP and their respective directors, executive officers and other members of their management and employees may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from the TRC shareholders or TRP unitholders in respect of the proposed transaction that is described in the joint proxy statement/prospectus. Information regarding TRC's directors and executive officers is contained in TRC's definitive proxy statement dated March 26, 2015, which has been filed with the SEC. Information regarding directors and executive officers of TRP's general partner is contained in TRP's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014, which has been filed with the SEC.

A more complete description is available in the registration statement and the joint proxy statement/prospectus.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this communication are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, including, without limitation, statements regarding the expected benefits of the proposed transaction to TRC and TRP and their stockholders and unitholders, respectively, the anticipated completion of the proposed transaction or the timing thereof, the expected future growth, dividends, distributions of the combined company, and plans and objectives of management for future operations. All statements, other than statements of historical facts, included in this communication that address activities, events or developments that TRC or TRP expects, believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future, are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements rely on a number of assumptions concerning future events and are subject to a number of uncertainties, factors and risks, many of which are outside the control of TRC and TRP, which could cause results to differ materially from those expected by management of TRC and TRP. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, weather, political, economic and market conditions, including a decline in the price and market demand for natural gas, natural gas liquids and crude oil, the timing and success of business development efforts; and other uncertainties. These and other applicable uncertainties, factors and risks are described more fully in TRC's and TRP's filings with the SEC, including the Annual Reports on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K. Neither TRC nor TRP undertakes an obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

About Targa Resources Corp. and Targa Resources Partners LP

Targa Resources Corp. is a publicly traded Delaware corporation that owns a 2% general partner interest (which the Company holds through its 100% ownership interest in the general partner of the Partnership), all of the outstanding incentive distribution rights and a portion of the outstanding limited partner interests in Targa Resources Partners LP.

Targa Resources Partners LP is a publicly traded Delaware limited partnership formed in October 2006 by its parent, Targa Resources Corp., to own, operate, acquire and develop a diversified portfolio of complementary midstream energy assets. The Partnership is a leading provider of midstream natural gas and natural gas liquid services in the United States. In addition, the Partnership provides crude oil gathering and crude oil and petroleum product terminaling services. The Partnership is engaged in the business of gathering, compressing, treating, processing and selling natural gas; storing, fractionating, treating, transporting, terminaling and selling NGLs and NGL products, including services to LPG exporters; gathering, storing, and terminaling crude oil; and storing and terminaling petroleum products. The Partnership reports its operations in two divisions: (i) Gathering and Processing, consisting of two reportable segments - (a) Field Gathering and Processing and (b) Coastal Gathering and Processing; and (ii) Logistics and Marketing, consisting of two reportable segments - (a) Logistics Assets and (b) Marketing and Distribution. The financial results of the Partnership's commodity hedging activities are reported in Other.

The principal executive offices of Targa Resources Corp. and Targa Resources Partners LP are located at 1000 Louisiana, Suite 4300, Houston, TX 77002 and their telephone number is 713-584-1000.  For more information please go to www.targaresources.com.

Contact investor relations by phone at (713) 584-1133.

Jennifer Kneale
Vice President – Finance

Matthew Meloy
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

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Source: GlobeNewswire (February 1, 2016 - 6:15 PM EST)

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