The EnLink Midstream companies (EnLink), EnLink Midstream Partners, LP (NYSE: ENLK) (the Partnership or ENLK) and EnLink Midstream, LLC (NYSE: ENLC) (the General Partner or ENLC), today announced that affiliates of Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP), a leading global independent infrastructure fund manager, have entered into a definitive agreement with Devon Energy Corp. (Devon) to acquire all of Devon’s interests in EnLink Midstream Manager, LLC (Manager), ENLC, and ENLK for total cash consideration of $3.125 billion.
“Today’s announcement marks an important next step in our journey as a leading midstream company,” said Michael J. Garberding, EnLink President and Chief Executive Officer. “Our new, long- term strategic partnership with GIP will continue EnLink’s strong momentum, build upon our core strengths, and add to our robust growth outlook. GIP has significant expertise and experience in the midstream industry that will enhance and elevate our growth plans. We look forward to a prosperous partnership together. We are thankful for the ownership relationship we’ve had with Devon, and we look forward to deepening our long-term commercial relationship with them as EnLink and Devon continue to collaborate in multiple core basins. Our right plan and our right team are unchanged, and we remain committed to executing our seven growth strategies and growing value for all stakeholders.”
Upon closing of the transaction, which is expected to occur early in the third quarter of 2018, GIP will own a 100 percent equity interest in Manager, an approximate 64 percent limited partner equity interest in ENLC, and an approximate 23 percent limited partner equity interest in ENLK.
“Our investment in EnLink is a unique opportunity for us to partner with a leading energy infrastructure company with scale and a diverse portfolio of operations in leading North American crude oil and natural gas basins at an exciting time,” said Adebayo Ogunlesi, Chairman and Managing Partner of GIP. “EnLink provides critical midstream infrastructure services to Devon and a host of customers across all segments of the value chain. We look forward to building on the success that EnLink has achieved and are confident in our ability to further EnLink’s growth trajectory. We are pleased to invest with EnLink’s established management team as they pursue execution of their strategic long- term growth plan.”
Through its long-term commercial contracts with Devon, EnLink will continue to maintain a strong commercial relationship with Devon while the companies work alongside each other to maximize returns in the STACK, redevelop the Barnett Shale, and team on new potential opportunities, such as crude gathering in the Delaware Basin. In connection with the transaction, Devon has agreed to extend certain, existing, fixed-fee gathering and processing contracts related to the Bridgeport and Cana plants with EnLink through 2029.
“We are proud of the success that Devon and EnLink jointly achieved and look forward to maintaining and expanding our strategic commercial relationship going forward,” said Dave Hager, Devon President and Chief Executive Officer. “EnLink remains a preferred midstream partner for us, and we will continue to pursue mutually beneficial ways to grow our respective businesses.”
Devon’s agreement to divest of its interests in EnLink is part of its previously announced portfolio simplification initiatives and its 2020 strategic plan.
The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions.