Morgan Stanley Infrastructure (MSI), the dedicated infrastructure investing platform of Morgan Stanley, announced today that it has agreed to sell Southern Star Central Corp. (Southern Star) to a consortium consisting of affiliates of GE Energy Financial Services and Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Southern Star, headquartered in Owensboro, Kentucky, is a FERC-regulated interstate natural gas transmission and storage system, consisting of over 5,800 miles of pipeline and 47 billion cubic feet of working gas storage capacity. The company has facilities and employees in eight states. The system serves utility, municipal, commercial, industrial and power generation customers in the U.S. Midwest with natural gas sourced in large and growing production fields in the U.S. Midcontinent and Rockies regions. MSI acquired its 100 percent interest in Southern Star through two separate negotiated transactions.
“The successful acquisition and sale of Southern Star together demonstrate Morgan Stanley Infrastructure’s strong capabilities in proprietary deal sourcing and operationally focused value creation,” said Markus Hottenrott, Chief Investment Officer of MSI. “The team’s hands-on approach played a significant role in achieving a highly positive outcome.”
“The strong working relationship between Morgan Stanley Infrastructure and Southern Star’s senior management over the past five years has served to focus the company on continued operational excellence, while at the same time seeking out new customers and markets for the system,” said John Veech, Head of Americas Investing for MSI. “As a result, we created significant value at Southern Star.”
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