Summit Midstream Partners

THE WOODLANDS, Texas, – LP (NYSE: SMLP) announced today that it has entered into agreements with TPG, a global alternative asset firm (“TPG”), for the purchase of up to $80 million of redeemable, preferred interests in Summit Permian Transmission Holdco, LLC (“Permian Holdco”), a newly created, unrestricted subsidiary of SMLP that indirectly owns SMLP’s 70% interest in Double E Pipeline, LLC (“Double E”). In connection with the transaction, TPG will fund the next $80 million of Permian Holdco’s capital calls associated with Double E. The investment by TPG will be made by TPG Energy Solutions (“TES”), the firm’s energy-specific structured equity vehicle.

Summit Midstream Partners, LP announces agreement with TPG for financing solution of Double E Pipeline - oilandgas360

Upon receipt of Double E’s Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) 7(c) certificate, which is expected in the third quarter of 2020, SMLP plans to raise a non-recourse commercial bank financing to fund the substantial majority of the SMLP’s remaining capital obligations. In total, SMLP expects that the preferred equity financing and the bank financing will cover more than 70% of SMLP’s $350 million funding obligation associated with Double E.

Permian Holdco will pay a quarterly distribution rate of 7% on the outstanding preferred units and has the option to pay this distribution in-kind during the construction period. In addition, Permian Holdco and TPG have agreed to certain features that allow Permian Holdco to issue, and TPG to purchase, up to an additional $60 million of preferred units, under the same terms and conditions.

Permian Holdco has the right to optionally redeem TPG’s preferred interests at any time in whole or in part for cash over the next seven years, subject to a predetermined redemption price.  SMLP will continue to lead the development, permitting, and construction of Double E, and will operate the pipeline upon commissioning.

Heath Deneke, President and Chief Executive Officer of SMLP commented, “We are excited to announce this new partnership with TPG, together with an attractive financing plan for Double E. TPG’s commitment to fund the next $80 million of Summit’s Double E capital commitment creates significant financial flexibility and is a credit enhancing transaction for SMLP. This transaction enables SMLP to shift a significant amount of upcoming Double E capital to third parties, thus freeing up cash in the near term to focus on strengthening SMLP’s balance sheet, while moving the project forward. Further, we have preserved our upside to Double E economics, given our option to redeem the preferred interests at any time.”

“Leveraging our expertise in the energy sector, TES seeks to provide structured capital solutions for high-quality midstream companies looking to finance the development of top tier, high growth projects,” said Christopher Ortega, Partner at TPG. “Double E is an excellent fit for this mandate. We are excited by the strategic positioning of the pipeline, its expanding blue-chip customer base, and the strong team and stakeholder group in place. We look forward to being part of the next phase of development.”

Double E is developing a 1.35 Bcf/d natural gas transmission pipeline that will provide transportation service from multiple receipt points in the Delaware Basin to various delivery points in and around the Waha Hub in Texas. Double E has secured 10-year take-or-pay volume commitments for a substantial majority of its initial throughput capacity. Double E filed its section FERC 7(c) certificate in July 2019, and estimates a third quarter of 2021 in-service date, assuming timely receipt of the requisite regulatory approvals.


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