AltaGas Ltd. Closes $200 Million Medium-Term Note Offering
CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Oct. 17, 2011) - AltaGas Ltd. (AltaGas) (TSX:ALA) today announced that it has completed its $200 million issue of senior unsecured medium term notes. The notes carry a coupon rate of 4.55 percent and mature on January 17, 2019.
"Financial strength and flexibility is fundamental to our strategy and we are very pleased with the increasing interest in our notes despite current market volatility," said David Cornhill, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AltaGas. "This debt issuance extends our average debt term and further enhances our liquidity position going forward."
The net proceeds resulting from the issuance of notes will be used by AltaGas to reduce outstanding bank indebtedness and for general corporate purposes. The unsecured medium-term notes are rated BBB by both Standard & Poor's Rating Services and DBRS Limited.
The offering was made through a syndicate of investment dealers co-led by TD Securities Inc. and BMO Capital Markets under AltaGas' Short Form Base Shelf Prospectus dated July 15, 2010 and Prospectus Supplement dated November 22, 2010.
AltaGas is an energy infrastructure business with a focus on natural gas, power and regulated utilities. AltaGas creates value by acquiring, growing and optimizing its energy infrastructure, including a focus on renewable energy sources. For more information visit: www.altagas.ca.
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