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ICA's Commentary: Energy Transfer LP (ET) to acquire Crestwood Equity Partners (CEQP)


InfraCap Commentary on Energy Transfer Aquiring Crestwood Energy

August 16, 2023 – Energy Transfer LP (NYSE: ET) announced it has executed a definitive merger agreement under which it will acquire all outstanding units of Crestwood Equity Partners LP in an all-stock transaction valued at approximately $7.1 billion.


As of 8/15, the 2.07 exchange ratio represented no premium to CEQP’s previous closing price. However, the CEQP debt and preferred securities will transition from a BB rated issuer to a BBB- rated issuer under Energy Transfer. Additionally, S&P put CEQP’s issuer and preferred credit rating on “watch positive” while also upgrading ET to BBB after the announcement. We therefore expect the CEQP 9 ¼ convertible preferred to trade higher and yield closer to that of the outstanding ET preferred securities.


Per public holdings, as of August 16, 2023, Infrastructure Capital Advisors, LLC (“ICA”) beneficially holds Crestwood Equity Partners LP 9.25% Preferred Partnership Units in the Virtus InfraCap U.S. Preferred Stock ETF (PFFA) and the InfraCap MLP ETF (AMZA), which represents 3.8% and 0.50% of each portfolio respectively. ICA also beneficially holds a position in Crestwood Equity Partners LP common stock in the InfraCap MLP ETF (AMZA), which represents 6.3% of its portfolio.



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