El Paso Corp. (ticker: EP, exchange: New York Stock Exchange (.N))
News Release -
El Paso Corporation Closes Sale of Australian Pipeline Assets
HOUSTON, TEXAS, June 2, 2004—El Paso Corporation (NYSE:EP) announced today that it closed the sale of its one-third interest in a portion of its Australian pipeline holdings to Hastings Funds Management on June 2, 2004. The assets sold include 1,180 miles of pipelines in South Australia, Queensland, and Western Australia. El Paso received approximately $48 million for its share in the equity of these assets.
This sale supports El Paso's recently announced long-range plan to reduce the company's debt, net of cash, to approximately $15 billion by year-end 2005. To date the company has announced or closed approximately $3.5 billion of the $3.3 to $3.9 billion of asset sales targeted under the plan. An asset sales tracker that shows all of the announced and completed assets sales is posted at www.elpaso.com under Investor Resources.
El Paso Corporation provides natural gas and related energy products in a safe, efficient, dependable manner. The company owns North America's largest natural gas pipeline system and one of North America's largest independent natural gas producers. For more information, visit www.elpaso.com.
This release includes forward-looking statements and projections, made in reliance on the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The company has made every reasonable effort to ensure that the information and assumptions on which these statements and projections are based are current, reasonable, and complete. However, a variety of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the projections, anticipated results or other expectations expressed in this release, including, without limitation, the ability to implement and achieve our objectives in the long-range plan; the timing of the completion of the internal review of the reserve revisions, and the extent and time periods involved in any potential restatement of prior years' financial results; potential impact of any restatement of financial results on our access to capital (including borrowings under credit arrangements); changes in reserves estimates based upon internal and third party reserve analyses; the uncertainties associated with the outcome of governmental investigations; the outcome of litigation including shareholder derivative and class actions related to the reserve revision and potential restatement; and other factors described in the company's (and its affiliates') Securities and Exchange Commission filings. While the company makes these statements and projections in good faith, neither the company nor its management can guarantee that anticipated future results will be achieved. Reference must be made to those filings for additional important factors that may affect actual results. The company assumes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements made herein or any other forward-looking statements made by the company, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.