Columbia Pipeline Sells 20M Shares More Than Forecast, Nets $1.4B

Whoa, we didn’t see this one coming! It seems there’s a big appetite on the part of investors for midstream (i.e. pipeline) companies. MDN told you just last week that Columbia Pipeline Group was floating 51 million shares of new stock, with an option to add another 10 million shares–at a price of $17.50 per share (see Columbia Pipeline’s 51M Share/Stock Offering Aims to Raise $892.5M). We estimated if they sold the 51 million shares they were aiming to sell, they’d bring in $892.5 million. But what’s this? Columbia reports they actually sold 71.5 million shares, and after expenses, they brought in $1.4 billion!! What it means is that Columbia won’t have to borrow any money until 2017 at the earliest…

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