Williams’ Transco Pipeline Floats New IOUs to Raise $1 Billion

Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company (Transco), is a pipeline that runs from Pennsylvania to the Texas Gulf Coast. Transco is a wholly owned subsidiary of Williams Partners L.P., and Williams Partners is part of Williams. Williams, including Transco, is about to become part of Energy Transfer Equity (see Williams Board “Unanimously” Committed to Selling to ETE). In a pair of announcements yesterday, Williams revealed that Transco will float new notes (also known as private debt, what we call IOUs). Transco will use the money they raise from these new IOUs to pay off $200 million of existing IOUs coming due in 2016. New debt to replace old debt. That’s what the first announcement revealed. The second announcement said not only do they want to pay off that $200 million coming due this year, they actually want to raise $1 billion (!) and the new IOUs will be due and payable in 2026–ten years from now. So what do they plan to do with the other $800 million not used to pay off old debt?…

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