Kinder Morgan subtracts capital gains tax to cut 'net price' for Trans Mountain

Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd. says the actual price the federal government will pay for its Trans Mountain pipeline system and expansion project will be hundreds of millions of dollars less than the $4.5 billion it announced in May.
Steel pipes to be used in the construction of Kinder Morgan Canada's Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project sit on rail cars at a stockpile site in Kamloops, British Columbia, May 29, 2018. (Dennis Owen/Reuters)

Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd. says the actual price the federal government will pay for its Trans Mountain pipeline system and expansion project will be hundreds of millions of dollars less than the $4.5 billion it announced in May.

In a regulatory filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the company says it estimates it will have to pay at least $325 million in capital gains taxes to the Canadian government when the deal is concluded.

It says that reduces the "net price" to $4.175 billion.

The filing is designed to advise Kinder Morgan Canada shareholders in advance of their vote on the transaction in August. Houston-based parent company Kinder Morgan, Inc. owns about two-thirds of the shares.

The document also recounts the negotiations that led to the deal, including an initial offer by the company to give the government a five per cent equity stake in return for financial guarantees and Ottawa's counter suggestion it could buy 51 per cent of the pipeline assets.

The filing notes that once they decided on a 100 per cent sale, Kinder Morgan offered to sell for $6.5 billion and the government came back with a counter offer of $3.85 billion.

An attached report from adviser TD Securities concludes that the deal as negotiated is fair for shareholders.

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