Williams Board “Unanimously” Committed to Selling to ETE

Apparently somebody has been whispering nasty rumors that Williams isn’t really all that committed to completing a sale of themselves to Energy Transfer Equity (ETE). After six months of wooing Williams, ETE got tired of being rebuffed and went public with their bid to buy out Williams, one of the northeast’s biggest midstream companies (see Energy Transfer Makes “Indecent Proposal” to Buy Williams for $48B). In the end Williams caved and decided to sell, but they did it too late. By the time they accepted ETE’s offer in September, the market (and stock prices) in the oil/gas sector had already started a downward spiral, and Williams ended up getting $10 billion less than originally proposed (see Williams Accepts ETE’s “Indecent Proposal” – Price Went Down $10B). It’s now January and the deal is still not closed. And apparently somebody has either been telling tales out of school, or simply spreading nasty rumors, because the entire board of Williams voted, unanimously, to tell the world they really do want to sell. Really. Williams felt compelled to issue a press release stating as much…

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