ENERGY TRANSFER PARTNERS 8-K 2012
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): April 29, 2012
ENERGY TRANSFER PARTNERS, L.P.
(Exact name of Registrant as specified in its charter)
3738 Oak Lawn Avenue
Dallas, TX 75219
(Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)
(Registrants telephone number, including area code)
Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:
On April 29, 2012, Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. (ETP) and Sunoco, Inc. (Sunoco or the Company) entered into an Agreement and Plan of Merger (the Merger Agreement) with Energy Transfer Partners GP, L.P., the general partner of ETP (ETP GP), Sam Acquisition Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of ETP (Merger Sub), and, for certain limited purposes set forth in the Merger Agreement, Energy Transfer Equity, L.P., the indirect parent of ETP GP and ETP (ETE).
The Merger Agreement provides that, subject to the terms and conditions set forth in the Merger Agreement, Merger Sub will merge with and into Sunoco (the Merger), with Sunoco continuing as the surviving company and a wholly owned subsidiary of ETP. In the Merger, each outstanding share of Sunoco common stock (other than shares held by Sunoco in treasury and shares held directly by ETP or Merger Sub and other than shares held by subsidiaries of the parties) will be converted into the right to receive $25.00 in cash and 0.5245 of an ETP common unit representing limited partner interests in ETP (together, the Standard Merger Consideration). In lieu of receiving the Standard Merger Consideration, Sunoco shareholders may instead elect to receive, for each share of Sunoco common stock, either (a) $50.00 in cash (the Cash Election Consideration) or (b) 1.0490 ETP common units (the Unit Election Consideration); provided that the Cash Election Consideration and the Unit Election Consideration are each subject to proration to ensure that the aggregate amount of cash paid and the aggregate number of ETP common units issued in the Merger is the same that would be paid and issued if each share of Sunoco common stock had been converted into the Standard Merger Consideration.
In connection with the Merger, each option to purchase Sunoco shares that is outstanding immediately prior to the effective time of the merger will become fully vested and be converted into the right to receive an amount in cash equal to the product of the total number of shares subject to such option multiplied by the excess, if any, of $50.00 over the exercise price per Sunoco share subject to such option. Each Sunoco restricted share unit, performance share unit and award under Sunocos Leadership Recognition Plan that corresponds to Sunoco shares and that is outstanding immediately prior to the effective time of the Merger will become fully vested and be converted into the right to receive an amount in cash equal to the product of the total number of Sunoco shares subject to such awards multiplied by $50.00, or in certain circumstances, the greater of $50.00 and the highest trading price per Sunoco share as reflected in the Wall Street Journal during the 60-day period immediately prior to the effective time of the Merger.
The Merger Agreement also provides that, immediately prior to the effective time, ETP GP shall execute an amendment to the ETP partnership agreement (the Partnership Agreement Amendment) to provide for, among other things, the relinquishment of approximately $210 million of incentive distribution rights paid by ETP to ETE, the owner of ETP GP, over the first twelve fiscal quarters following the Merger (the IDR subsidy). The board of directors of Energy Transfer Partners, L.L.C. (ETP LLC), the general partner of ETP GP, has approved and adopted the Merger Agreement and Partnership Agreement Amendment.
On April 29, 2012, ETP and ETE also entered into a letter agreement pursuant to which ETE, as the sole member of ETP LLC, agreed to cause ETP GP to execute and deliver the Partnership Agreement Amendment providing for the IDR subsidy in accordance with the terms of the Merger Agreement.
The board of directors of Sunoco has approved and adopted the Merger Agreement and has agreed to recommend that Sunocos shareholders approve and adopt the Merger Agreement, subject to certain exceptions set forth in the Merger Agreement. Sunoco has also agreed not to directly or indirectly solicit competing acquisition proposals or, subject to certain exceptions with respect to unsolicited proposals, to enter into discussions concerning, or provide confidential information in connection with, any alternative business combinations. The Merger Agreement further provides that, upon termination of the Merger Agreement under certain circumstances, including in connection with the acceptance of an alternative transaction, Sunoco may be required to pay ETP a termination fee equal to $225 million.
Completion of the Merger is subject to certain customary conditions, including approval by Sunoco shareholders and receipt of required regulatory approvals.
The foregoing summary of the Merger Agreement and the transactions contemplated by the Merger Agreement does not purport to be complete and is subject to, and qualified in its entirety by, the full text of the Merger Agreement, which is filed as Exhibit 2.1 to this Form 8-K and incorporated herein by reference. The foregoing summary of the letter agreement and the transactions contemplated by the letter agreement does not purport to be complete and is subject to, and qualified in its entirety by, the full text of the letter agreement, which is filed as Exhibit 10.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and incorporated herein by reference.
The Merger Agreement, the letter agreement and the above description have been included to provide investors and security holders with information regarding the terms of the Merger Agreement and the letter agreement. They are not intended to provide any other factual information about ETP, ETE, Sunoco or their respective subsidiaries or affiliates or equityholders. The representations, warranties and covenants contained in the Merger Agreement and the letter agreement were made only for purposes of those
agreements and as of specific dates; were solely for the benefit of the parties to the Merger Agreement or the letter agreement, as applicable; and may be subject to limitations agreed upon by the parties, including being qualified by confidential disclosures made by each contracting party to the other for the purposes of allocating contractual risk between them that differ from those applicable to investors. Investors should be aware that the representations, warranties and covenants or any description thereof may not reflect the actual state of facts or condition of ETP, ETE, Sunoco, Merger Sub or any of their respective subsidiaries, affiliates, businesses, or equityholders. Moreover, information concerning the subject matter of the representations, warranties and covenants may change after the date of the Merger Agreement, which subsequent information may or may not be fully reflected in public disclosures by ETP, ETE or Sunoco. Accordingly, investors should read the representations and warranties in the Merger Agreement or the letter agreement not in isolation but only in conjunction with the other information about ETP, ETE or Sunoco and their respective subsidiaries that the respective companies include in reports, statements and other filings they make with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
The Merger Agreement also contemplates that, immediately prior to or contemporaneously with the effective time of the Merger, (i) the members of Sunoco Partners LLC will contribute their respective interests in Sunoco Partners LLC to ETP in exchange for a number of Class F Units equal to the fair market value of such interests divided by $100 and (ii) Sunoco will contribute an amount of cash and cash equivalents specified by ETP (but only to the extent that such amount is equal to less than Sunocos cash and cash equivalents less any cash to be used to pay any fees, expenses and payables of Sunoco) to ETP in exchange for a number of Class F Units equal to the amount of such cash divided by $100. The Class F Units will be issued in reliance upon an exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act of 1933 pursuant to Section 4(2) thereof.
The information set forth under Item 1.01 is incorporated into this Item 3.02 by reference.
IMPORTANT ADDITIONAL INFORMATION WILL BE FILED WITH THE SEC
In connection with the proposed business combination transaction between ETP and Sunoco, ETP plans to file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC) a registration statement on Form S-4 that will contain a proxy statement/prospectus to be mailed to the Sunoco shareholders in connection with the proposed transaction. THE REGISTRATION STATEMENT AND THE PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT ETP, SUNOCO, THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION AND RELATED MATTERS. INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THE REGISTRATION STATEMENT AND THE PROXY/PROSPECTUS CAREFULLY WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE. Investors and security holders will be able to obtain free copies of the registration statement and the proxy statement/prospectus and other documents filed with the SEC by ETP and Sunoco through the web site maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov. In addition, investors and security holders will be able to obtain free copies of the registration statement and the proxy statement/prospectus by phone, e-mail or written request by contacting the investor relations department of ETP or Sunoco at the following:
PARTICIPANTS IN THE SOLICITATION
ETP and Sunoco, and their respective directors and executive officers, may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies in respect of the proposed transactions contemplated by the merger agreement. Information regarding directors and executive officers of ETPs general partner is contained in ETPs Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011, which has been filed with the SEC. Information regarding Sunocos directors and executive officers is contained in Sunocos definitive proxy statement dated March 16, 2012, which is filed with the SEC. A more complete description will be available in the registration statement and the proxy statement/prospectus.
SAFE HARBOR FOR FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
Statements in this document regarding the proposed transaction between ETP and Sunoco, the expected timetable for completing the proposed transaction, future financial and operating results, benefits and synergies of the proposed transaction, future opportunities for the combined company, and any other statements about ETP, ETE, Sunoco Logistics Partners, L.P. (SXL) or Sunoco managements future expectations, beliefs, goals, plans or prospects constitute forward looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Any statements that are not statements of historical fact (including statements containing the words believes, plans, anticipates, expects, estimates and similar expressions) should also be considered to be forward looking statements. There are a number of important factors that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from those indicated by such forward looking statements, including: the ability to consummate the proposed transaction; the ability to obtain the requisite regulatory approvals, Sunoco shareholder approval and the satisfaction of other conditions to consummation of the transaction; the ability of ETP to successfully integrate Sunocos operations and employees; the ability to realize anticipated synergies and cost savings; the potential impact of announcement of the transaction or consummation of the transaction on relationships, including with employees, suppliers, customers and competitors; the ability to achieve revenue growth; national, international, regional and local economic, competitive and regulatory conditions and developments; technological developments; capital and credit markets conditions; inflation rates; interest rates; the political and economic stability of oil producing nations; energy markets, including changes in the price of certain commodities; weather conditions; environmental conditions; business and regulatory or legal decisions; the pace of deregulation of retail natural gas and electricity and certain agricultural products; the timing and success of business development efforts; terrorism; and the other factors described in the Annual Reports on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011 filed with the SEC by ETP, ETE, SXL and Sunoco. ETP, ETE, SXL and Sunoco disclaim any intention or obligation to update any forward looking statements as a result of developments occurring after the date of this document.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.