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EQT announces transformative acquisition of Equitrans Midstream

Annual synergies of $250 million with identified upside to more than $425 million.

EQT announces transformative acquisition of Equitrans Midstream

Moscow, March 11 - Neftegaz.RU. EQT Corporation (EQT) and Equitrans Midstream Corporation (Equitrans) today announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement creating a premier vertically integrated natural gas business, with an initial enterprise value over $35 billion, that is well positioned to be a globally competitive American energy leader.

The combined company will have a peer-leading cost of supply, durable free cash flow in all price environments, and significant synergy potential.

EQT President and CEO Toby Z. Rice stated:

  • Equitrans is the most strategic and transformational transaction EQT has ever pursued, and we see this as a once in a lifetime opportunity to vertically integrate one of the highest quality natural gas resource bases anywhere in the world;
  • as we enter the global era of natural gas, it is imperative for U.S. natural gas companies to evolve their business models to compete on the global stage against vertically integrated rivals;
  • we have identified multiple, high confidence near-term synergies, with significant upside from future infrastructure optimization projects that we believe will drive material value creation for shareholders over time;
  • our modern, data-driven operating model, first-hand knowledge of Equitrans' operations and successful track record integrating $9 billion of acquisitions, all of which included midstream assets, gives me tremendous confidence in EQT's ability to seamlessly combine the two companies and capture synergies.
T. Karam, Executive Chairman, Equitrans Midstream said:
  • this strategic transaction with EQT is the culmination of an exhaustive process conducted by the ETRN board to determine the best strategic path forward for our shareholders, employees, and stakeholders;
  • combining with EQT creates a premier vertically integrated natural gas business that is a game changer for the natural gas industry and Appalachian Basin;
  • the transaction delivers full and fair value to ETRN shareholders and provides the opportunity to participate in future value growth as EQT executes on its strategy;
  • we are proud of our employees who have worked hard to build one of the leading midstream companies in the Appalachian Basin;
  • and we are excited for the future with EQT.

Transaction Details

Under the terms of the merger agreement, unanimously approved by the Boards of both companies, EQT will acquire Equitrans in an all-stock transaction.
Each outstanding share of Equitrans common stock will be exchanged for 0.3504 shares of EQT common stock, representing an implied value of $12.50 per Equitrans share based on the volume weighted average price of EQT common stock for the 30 days ending on March 8, 2024.
As a result of the transaction, EQT's existing shareholders are expected to own approximately 74% of the combined company and Equitrans' shareholders are expected to own approximately 26%.

The transaction is expected to close during the fourth quarter of 2024, subject to required regulatory approvals and clearances, approval of the transaction by shareholders of both EQT and Equitrans, and other customary closing conditions.
The transaction closing is contingent on FERC authorizing MVP to commence service.
Upon the closing of the transaction, three representatives from Equitrans will join EQT's Board of Directors.
EQT's executive management team will lead the combined company with headquarters remaining in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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