September 01, 2015 17:15 ET
CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - Sept. 1, 2015) - Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB) (NYSE:ENB) ("Enbridge" or the "Company") today announced it has closed the transfer of its Canadian Liquids Pipeline Business and certain Canadian renewable energy assets (the "Transaction") to Enbridge Income Fund (the "Fund") for consideration of $30.4 billion plus additional incentive rights, as set out in the terms of an agreement announced June 19, 2015.
The Transaction is a key component of Enbridge's Financial Strategy Optimization introduced in December of last year, which included an increase to the Company's targeted dividend payout. It advances the Company's sponsored vehicle strategy and supports Enbridge's previously announced 33 percent dividend increase in 2015 and expected annual average dividend per share growth of 14 to 16 percent from 2016 through 2018. The Transaction is expected to provide Enbridge with an alternate source of funding for its $44-billion enterprise-wide growth capital program and enhance its competitiveness in the pursuit of new organic growth opportunities and asset acquisitions.
"The close of the Transaction marks a significant achievement for Enbridge," said President and Chief Executive Officer Al Monaco. "Our sponsored vehicle strategy is expected to further enhance the value of our industry leading capital program by providing access to diversified sources of low-cost funding. The strategy is also expected to improve our competitiveness to pursue new investment opportunities as well as position us to extend our industry leading growth rate beyond 2018."
The Transaction, which was approved by the shareholders of Enbridge Income Fund Holdings Inc. (TSX: ENF) at a meeting held on August 20, 2015, also transforms the Fund. Through a substantial increase in scale and scope, the Fund is now positioned as a premier Canadian energy infrastructure investment vehicle with a highly visible and secure growth capital program. Enbridge Income Fund Holdings Inc., the vehicle through which public investors can participate in the Fund's growth, announced a 10 percent annual dividend per share increase today, and expects an additional 10 percent increase at the beginning of 2016 and each year thereafter through 2019.
"While the drop down changes how we hold our liquids assets, our commercial strategies and approach to business remain the same, including our number one priority - the safety and reliability of our systems," said Mr. Monaco.
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 more than 1,600 megawatts of net renewable and alternative generating capacity, and continues to expand into wind, solar and geothermal power. Enbridge employs more than 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, visit www.enbridge.com.
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