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13 Sep 2010
Approximately $1.9 billion of debt securities affected
New York, September 13, 2010 -- Moody's Investors Service assigned a Ba3 rating to Inergy,
L.P.'s (NRGY) proposed $600 million senior
unsecured notes offering. The outlook is stable.
..Issuer: Inergy, L.P.
....Senior Unsecured Regular Bond/Debenture,
Downgraded to LGD4, 66% from LGD4, 65%
..Issuer: Inergy, L.P.
....Senior Unsecured Regular Bond/Debenture,
Assigned Ba3, LGD4, 66%
Proceeds from the new notes offering will be used to partially fund the
acquisition of Tres Palacios. The $725 million total consideration
for Tres Palacios is also being funded by approximately $400 million
of new common units issued by Inergy. The issuance of these notes
was contemplated by Moody's when Inergy announced its acquisition
of Tres Palacios on September 7, 2010.
The Tres Palacios acquisition is in-line with Inergy's strategic
plans to grow its midstream business, with a focus on the higher
margin, less volatile natural gas storage business. This
acquisition will enhance Inergy's overall cash flow stability and
position Inergy as one of the largest independent natural gas storage
operator in the United States.
Given the amount of equity being raised to fund the acquisition,
Inergy's overall leverage profile will remain in-line with
current levels with the expectation it will improve into 2011.
The outlook and ratings would be pressured if leverage rises from current
levels and remains above 4.0x for an extended period. Conversely,
a positive outlook or upgrade would be considered if the company continues
to improve its business profile and brings leverage to well under 3.5x
on a sustainable basis.
The last rating action on NRGY was on August 24, 2010 when we upgraded
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was Midstream Energy Companies & Partnerships rating methodology published
in September 2007. Other methodologies and factors that may have
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on Moody's website.
NRGY, headquartered in Kansas City, MO, is a publicly
traded master limited partnership (MLP) that owns and operates one of
the largest geographically diverse retail and wholesale propane supply,
marketing, and distribution businesses in the United States.
NRGY also owns and operates a natural gas storage facility located approximately
150 miles northwest of New York City and a natural gas liquids business
located near Bakersfield, California.
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Moody's rates Inergy's new notes Ba3
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