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ONEOK Agrees to Purchase 8.0 Million Common Units From ONEOK Partners in Private Placement

 
 

Increases Amount in Private Placement

TULSA, Okla., Feb. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- ONEOK, Inc. (NYSE: OKE) today announced that it has agreed to purchase 8.0 million common units, for a total purchase price of $459.8 million in a private placement from ONEOK Partners, L.P. (NYSE: OKS), of which it is the sole general partner.  The private placement represents an increase of 1 million common units compared with the 7.0 million common units announced on Feb. 27, 2012. 

Additionally, ONEOK will contribute $19.4 million to maintain its 2-percent general partner interest.  The company plans to use cash on hand and short-term borrowings to fund the purchase and contribution.

This purchase will increase ONEOK's ownership interest in ONEOK Partners to 43.4 percent from 42.8 percent, assuming the over-allotment option is not exercised.

The partnership also priced a public offering of 8.0 million common units at $59.27 per unit.

ONEOK Partners expects to use the net proceeds to repay amounts outstanding under its $1.2 billion commercial paper program, to repay amounts on the maturity of its $350 million 5.9 percent senior notes due April 2012, for capital expenditures and for other general partnership purposes.

Barclays Capital, BofA Merrill Lynch, Citigroup, Morgan Stanley, UBS Investment Bank and Wells Fargo Securities are acting as joint book-running managers in the public offering. Deutsche Bank Securities, Goldman, Sachs & Co., J.P. Morgan and RBC Capital Markets are acting as senior co-managers in the public offering.  Baird, Global Hunter Securities and Stifel Nicolaus Weisel are acting as junior co-managers.

With respect to the public offering, a copy of the prospectus and prospectus supplement may be obtained from the underwriters as follows:    

Barclays Capital         
c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions
1155 Long Island Avenue
Edgewood, NY 11717
Phone: 888-603-5847
Email: Barclaysprospectus@broadridge.com

BofA Merrill Lynch
Attn: Prospectus Department
4 World Financial Center
New York, NY 10080
Email: dg.prospectus_requests@baml.com

Citigroup
Attn: Prospectus Department
Brooklyn Army Terminal
140 58th Street, 8th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11220
Phone: 800-831-9146

Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC
Attn: Prospectus Department
180 Varick Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10014
Phone: 866-718-1649
Email: prospectus@morganstanley.com

UBS Investment Bank
Attn: Prospectus Department
299 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10171
Phone: 888-827-7275

Wells Fargo Securities
Attn: Equity Syndicate Dept.
375 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10152
Phone: 800-326-5897
Email: cmclientsupport@wellsfargo.com

ONEOK, Inc. (NYSE: OKE) is a diversified energy company.  We are the general partner and own 42.8 percent of ONEOK Partners, L.P. (NYSE: OKS), one of the largest publicly traded master limited partnerships, which is a leader in the gathering, processing, storage and transportation of natural gas in the U.S. and owns one of the nation's premier natural gas liquids (NGL) systems, connecting NGL supply in the Mid-Continent and Rocky Mountain regions with key market centers.  ONEOK is among the largest natural gas distributors in the United States, serving more than two million customers in Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas.  Our energy services operation focuses primarily on marketing natural gas and related services throughout the U.S.  ONEOK is a FORTUNE 500 company and is included in Standard & Poor's (S&P) 500 Stock Index.

Some of the statements contained and incorporated in this news release are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act and Section 21E of the Exchange Act.  The forward-looking statements relate to our anticipated financial performance, liquidity, management's plans and objectives for our future operations, our business prospects, the outcome of regulatory and legal proceedings, market conditions and other matters.  We make these forward-looking statements in reliance on the safe harbor protections provided under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. 

Forward-looking statements include the items identified in the preceding paragraph, the information concerning possible or assumed future results of our operations and other statements contained or incorporated in this news release identified by words such as "anticipate," "estimate," "expect," "project," "intend," "plan," "believe," "should," "goal," "forecast," "guidance," "could," "may," "continue," "might," "potential," "scheduled," and other words and terms of similar meaning.  

One should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors may cause our actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by forward-looking statements. Those factors may affect our operations, markets, products, services and prices. These and other risks are described in greater detail in Item 1A, Risk Factors, in our Annual Report on Form 10-K. All forward-looking statements attributable to us or persons acting on our behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by these factors. Other than as required under securities laws, we undertake no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statement whether as a result of new information, subsequent events or change in circumstances, expectations or otherwise.

 

Analyst Contact:

Andrew Ziola

 

 918-588-7163

Media Contact:

Megan Washbourne

 

918-588-7572 

SOURCE ONEOK, Inc.

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