EQT Sells WV Pipeline Gathering System to Itself for $1B

We’re always somewhat amused by these stories. Sometimes a company will spin off a division into its own company–a subsidiary–and later transfer or “sell” certain assets to the subsidiary. On paper the subsidiary is its own company with its own set of investors, its own board, and its own management. But the primary investor with controlling interest remains the mother company. For all practical purposes, the subsidiary IS the same company as the mother company. Midstream companies tend to do this with some regularity. Back in 2012 we noted that Kinder Morgan did it (see Kinder Morgan Sells Tennessee Pipeline to Itself). This week it’s EQT–selling its Northern West Virginia Marcellus Gathering System, along with a “preferred interest” in another EQT subsidiary, for $1.05 billion to the company’s pipeline subsidiary, EQT Midstream Partners…

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