Rice Midstream Floats Another Public Offering – Feed the Beast!

Feed the BeastOn Tuesday Rice Midstream, the pipeline subsidiary of Rice Energy (operating in the Marcellus/Utica region) announced they will offer new “units” (think shares of stock) in the company. Rice said they will float an initial 8 million units, with an option of selling an additional 1.2 million units. The company hopes to get $18.50 per unit, meaning they are looking to raise $148 – $170 million by selling off more of the company. Rice first spun the midstream division into its own company (on paper) in December 2014. They got $16.50 per unit at the time, a total of $441.6 million (see Rice Midstream IPO Falls Short of Goal by Approx. $134M). Since that time Rice has continued to sell off pieces of ownership in the midstream division. Last December Rice received a $500 million investment in the midstream company in return for an ownership stake from an unnamed investor (see Rice Energy Sells Part Ownership in Rice Midstream for $500M). In February, Rice sold an 8.5% stake in the midstream company to EIG for $375 million (see Rice Sells 8.5% Ownership of Rice Midstream to EIG for $375M). And now they’re looking for another $150 million or so. Are you getting the idea (like us) that Rice Midstream has some pretty big plans ahead? Plans that require a LOT of money…

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