Shell Midstream Partners prices IPO at $23/unit

October 29
1:40 AM 2014

Shell Midstream Partners LP IPO-SHLX.N, a master limited partnership formed by Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSa.L), priced its enlarged initial public offering of 40 million units at $23 per unit, above its expected price range of $19-$21 per unit.

The company's IPO raised about $920 million, valuing the company at up to $1.56 billion. It had planned to sell 37.5 million units.

Shell Midstream owns stakes in four onshore and offshore pipelines in Texas and Louisiana.

This includes a 43 percent stake in a crude oil pipeline connecting Houston to Houma, a 28.6 percent stake in a pipeline to the offshore Mars field in the Gulf of Mexico, and a 49 percent stake in a refined products pipeline linked to four Louisiana refineries.

The MLP structure allows companies to raise money in the stock market while having income taxed only at the unit holder level, avoiding corporate income taxes.

MLPs that hold midstream assets such as pipelines and storage facilities have found favor with investors since they distribute most of their earnings to shareholders.

Barclays and Citigroup are among the lead underwriters for the IPO.

Shell Midstream is expected to debut on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "SHLX" on Wednesday.

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