CenterPoint Energy to Sell Miller Pipeline, Minnesota Ltd. to PowerTeam Services

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CenterPoint Energy Inc. has agreed to sell Miller Pipeline and Minnesota Ltd. to PowerTeam Services LLC for $850 million in cash. The companies announced the deal Feb. 3.

PowerTeam is an integrated infrastructure services provider based in Atlanta, Georgia. The transaction is subject to customary purchase price adjustments. Net proceeds of the sale will be used to repay a portion of outstanding CenterPoint Energy debt.

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“The sale is a key achievement in our ongoing strategic focus to strengthen our balance sheet and improve our business risk profile and earnings quality pursuant to increased relative contribution of our core utility businesses,” said Scott Prochazka, president and CEO of CenterPoint Energy. “Post-transaction, we expect our utility earnings contribution to increase to greater than 80 percent over the next few years.

“With PowerTeam, we believe we have found the right company to continue growing the businesses of Miller Pipeline and Minnesota Ltd. and position them for long-term success,” Prochazka added.

Miller Pipeline and Minnesota Limited (collectively known as “MVerge”), which represent CenterPoint Energy’s Infrastructure Services business segment, are two of the premier natural gas distribution and transmission pipeline contractors in the United States, providing services to customers in 35 states. In 2019, the companies were acquired by CenterPoint Energy in the CenterPoint Energy-Vectren Corp. merger. Miller Pipeline is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, and employs more than 3,500 people. Minnesota Ltd. is based in Big Lake, Minnesota, with peak employment of more than 1,400 employees.

“PowerTeam’s combination with Miller Pipeline and Minnesota Ltd. creates a powerful platform with nationwide scale to continue to safely and reliably serve customers, provide enhanced career opportunities for employees and capitalize on significant growth opportunities in the utility and energy infrastructure industry,” said Brian Palmer, CEO of PowerTeam, who will serve as CEO of the combined company. “Our highly complementary businesses have a shared set of values and a diverse customer base and geographic presence that will serve as the foundation for our continued growth. Together, we will focus on continuing to deliver top-notch safety, execution, quality and professionalism to our customers across the United States.”

Doug Banning, current CEO of MVerge, will continue to oversee Miller Pipeline and Minnesota Ltd.

“This is an exciting development for everyone at Miller Pipeline and Minnesota Ltd.,” Banning said. “PowerTeam shares our goal of being the best in the industry and recognizes the talent that our organization brings. By combining two industry leaders, we believe our employees and customers will see significant benefits.”

The sale is anticipated to be completed in the second quarter of 2020, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions, including the expiration or termination of the Hart-Scott-Rodino waiting period.

J.P. Morgan is serving as exclusive financial advisor to CenterPoint Energy. Latham & Watkins LLP is acting as legal counsel to CenterPoint Energy. Credit Suisse, UBS Investment Bank, and Harris Williams are serving as financial advisors to PowerTeam, and Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is serving as legal counsel to PowerTeam.

 

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