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Enbridge (ENB) Completes Questar Gas Buyout From Dominion

Enbridge Inc. (ENBhas announced the successful completion of its acquisition of Questar Gas Company and its associated Wexpro companies from Dominion Energy, Inc. D. This strategic move marks a major expansion of Enbridge's Gas Distribution and Storage Business Unit.

Expanding Horizons

The Questar Gas utility, which will now operate under the names Enbridge Gas Utah, Enbridge Gas Wyoming, and Enbridge Gas Idaho in their respective states, already services approximately 1.2 million customers across Utah, southwestern Wyoming, and southeastern Idaho. These regions are noted for their rapidly growing economies and populations, enhancing the value and potential of the acquisition.

Questar Gas' extensive asset portfolio includes more than 21,000 miles (33,500 km) of natural gas distribution and transmission pipelines, a liquefied natural gas storage facility for improved system reliability and numerous interconnections to major interstate natural gas pipelines. The company also benefits from a cost-of-service supply agreement with Wexpro, ensuring reliability and affordability for its customers.

Strategic Growth and Stability

Michele Harradence, Enbridge's executive vice president and president of Gas Distribution and Storage Unit, conveyed her enthusiasm for the acquisition, highlighting its benefits. She emphasized that Questar Gas and Wexpro should expand the scale and scope of Enbridge's low-risk utility business model, supporting long-term dividend growth with stable cash flows. She also welcomed Questar Gas and Wexpro employees to the Enbridge family, emphasizing the company's commitment to building long-term, productive relationships with stakeholders in Utah, Wyoming and Idaho.

Prospects

Enbridge's acquisition strategy continues with the anticipated purchase of the Public Service Company of North Carolina, Incorporated (“PSNC”), pending regulatory approvals. The acquisition of PSNC, expected to close in 2024, along with the previously completed acquisition of The East Ohio Gas Company (now Enbridge Gas Ohio), should significantly bolster Enbridge's portfolio. Questar, Enbridge Gas Ohio and PSNC (in unison) are projected to contribute approximately 80% to the total annualized EBITDA from the trio of gas utilities acquired from Dominion.

Conclusion

This acquisition is a strategic move for Enbridge, enhancing its footprint in the natural gas distribution sector and promising long-term benefits for the company and its stakeholders. With a strong focus on stability and growth, Enbridge is poised to strengthen its presence and service capabilities across multiple states, ensuring reliable and affordable natural gas supply for its expanding customer base.

Zacks Rank & Key Picks

Currently, both Enbridge and Dominion carry a Zack Rank #3 (Hold).

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