Phillips 66 Partners LP (NYSE: PSXP) ("Phillips 66 Partners" or the "Partnership") has reached agreement with Phillips 66 (NYSE: PSX) to acquire its 50% interest in the Liberty Pipeline project for approximately $75 million. Phillips 66 Partners plans to fund the transaction through a combination of cash on hand and the revolving credit facility. The transaction is expected to close on March 2, 2020, with an effective date of March 1, 2020.
"The Liberty Pipeline is a great addition to the Phillips 66 Partners portfolio," said Greg Garland, Phillips 66 Partners' chairman and CEO. "It is a strong organic project and continues our strategy of growing PSXP with stable fee-based cash flows, supported by long-term volume commitments. Phillips 66 Partners is well positioned to execute this pipeline project on the heels of successfully starting up the Gray Oak Pipeline. We remain committed to maintaining a strong financial position and disciplined capital allocation, investing in projects with attractive returns and delivering growing distributions to unitholders."
The 24-inch Liberty Pipeline will provide crude oil transportation service from the Rockies and Bakken production areas to Cushing, Oklahoma. The pipeline is underpinned with long-term volume commitments. Service on the pipeline is targeted to commence in the first half of 2021. The cost of the pipeline is expected to be approximately $1.6 billion, on a gross basis, or $800 million net to the Partnership.
The purchase price to be paid by the Partnership reflects the reimbursement of project costs incurred by Phillips 66 prior to the effective date of the transaction. The terms of the transaction were approved by the board of directors of the general partner of Phillips 66 Partners, based on the approval and recommendation of its conflicts committee comprised solely of independent directors. The conflicts committee engaged Evercore to act as its financial advisor and Vinson & Elkins, L.L.P. to act as its legal counsel.
About Phillips 66 Partners
Headquartered in Houston, Phillips 66 Partners is a growth-oriented master limited partnership formed by Phillips 66 to own, operate, develop and acquire primarily fee-based crude oil, refined petroleum products and natural gas liquids pipelines, terminals and other midstream assets. For more information, visit www.phillips66partners.com.
This news release contains certain forward-looking statements as defined under the federal securities laws. Words and phrases such as "is anticipated," "is estimated," "is expected," "is planned," "is scheduled," "is targeted," "believes," "continues," "intends," "will," "would," "objectives," "goals," "projects," "efforts," "strategies" and similar expressions are used to identify such forward-looking statements. However, the absence of these words does not mean that a statement is not forward-looking. Although Phillips 66 Partners believes that expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, no assurance can be given that such expectations will prove to be correct. In addition, these statements are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and other assumptions that are difficult to predict and may be beyond Phillips 66 Partners' control. If one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or if underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from what Phillips 66 Partners anticipated, estimated, projected or expected. The key risk factors that may have a direct bearing on the forward-looking statements are the accuracy of our assumptions used to estimate the benefits to be realized from the acquisition, our ability to successfully execute the pipeline project, and other factors as described in the filings that Phillips 66 Partners makes with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In light of these risks, uncertainties and assumptions, the events described in the forward-looking statements might not occur or might occur to a different extent or at a different time than as described. All forward-looking statements in this release are made as of the date hereof and Phillips 66 Partners undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.