HOUSTON, May 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Board of Directors of Columbia Pipeline Group, Inc. (NYSE: CPGX) ("CPG") today declared a quarterly dividend of 13.875 cents per share on CPG's common stock that is payable on August 19, 2016 to common stockholders of record as of the close of business on July 29, 2016, provided that CPG's proposed merger with TransCanada Corporation (TSX: TRP) (NYSE: TRP) ("TransCanada") does not close on or prior to the close of business on July 29, 2016. This would represent an approximately 3.7 percent increase over the prior quarter's dividend of 13.375 cents per share.
As previously announced, on March 17, 2016, CPG entered into an agreement and plan of merger with TransCanada and certain subsidiaries of TransCanada providing for the acquisition of CPG by a wholly owned subsidiary of TransCanada. The proposed merger is subject to approval by CPG's stockholders, regulatory approval and certain other customary closing conditions. CPG currently expects that the closing of the merger will occur in the second half of 2016. If the proposed merger with TransCanada closes prior to the close of business on July 29, 2016, then the dividend announced today will not be paid.
About Columbia Pipeline Group, Inc.
Columbia Pipeline Group, Inc. operates approximately 15,000 miles of strategically located interstate pipeline, gathering and processing assets extending from New York to the Gulf of Mexico, including an extensive footprint in the Marcellus and Utica shale production areas. CPG also operates one of the nation's largest underground natural gas storage systems. CPG is listed on the NYSE under the ticker symbol CPGX.
Certain statements in this release may constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the "Exchange Act") and the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 concerning CPG and the proposed merger with TransCanada. Forward-looking statements are statements other than historical facts and that frequently use words such as "anticipate," "believe," "continue," "could," "estimate," "expect," "forecast," "intend," "may," "plan," "position," "should," "strategy," "target," "will" and similar words. All such forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this release. Although CPG believes that the plans, intentions and expectations reflected in or suggested by the forward-looking statements are reasonable, there is no assurance that these plans, intentions or expectations will be achieved and such statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties. Therefore, actual outcomes and results could materially differ from what is expressed, implied or forecasted in such statements and readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such statements. CPG's business may be influenced by many factors that are difficult to predict, involve uncertainties that may materially affect actual results and are often beyond CPG's control. These factors include, but are not limited to, the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstance that could give rise to termination of the merger agreement with TransCanada; the inability to complete the proposed merger due to the failure to obtain stockholder approval for the proposed merger or the failure to satisfy other conditions to completion of the proposed merger, including that a governmental entity may prohibit, delay or refuse to grant approval for the consummation of the merger; risks related to disruption of management's attention from CPG's ongoing business operations due to the pending merger; the impact of the announcement of the proposed merger on relationships with third parties, including commercial counterparties, employees and competitors, and risks associated with the loss and ongoing replacement of key personnel; risks relating to unanticipated costs of integration in connection with the proposed merger, including operating costs, customer loss or business disruption being greater than expected; changes in general economic conditions; competitive conditions in our industry; actions taken by third-party operators, processors and transporters; the demand for natural gas storage and transportation services; our ability to successfully implement our business plan; our ability to complete internal growth projects on time and on budget; the price and availability of debt and equity financing; the availability and price of natural gas to the consumer compared with the price of alternative and competing fuels; competition from the same and alternative energy sources; energy efficiency and technology trends; operating hazards and other risks incidental to transporting, storing and gathering natural gas; natural disasters, weather-related delays, casualty losses, acts of war and terrorism and other matters beyond our control; interest rates; labor relations; large customer defaults; changes in the availability and cost of capital; changes in tax status; the effects of existing and future laws and governmental regulations; and the effects of future litigation, including litigation relating to the proposed merger with TransCanada. We caution that the foregoing list of factors is not exhaustive. Additional information about these and other factors can be found in CPG's Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2015, as amended, and CPG's other filings with the SEC, which are available at http://www.sec.gov. All forward-looking statements included in this press release are expressly qualified in their entirety by such cautionary statements. CPG expressly disclaims any obligation to update, amend or clarify any forward-looking statement to reflect events, new information or circumstances occurring after the date of this release except as required by applicable law.
Additional Information and Where to Find It
This communication may be deemed to be solicitation material in respect of the proposed acquisition of CPG by TransCanada. In connection with the proposed merger transaction, CPG filed a preliminary proxy statement with the SEC on April 8, 2016, and intends to file other relevant documents with the SEC, including a proxy statement in definitive form (which CPG expects to commence disseminating to stockholders on or about May 18, 2016). Before making any voting decision, CPG's stockholders are urged to read the DEFINITIVE proxy statement and any other documents to be filed with the SEC in connection with the proposed merger or incorporated by reference in the proxy statement WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE because they will contain important information about the proposed merger.
Investors and security holders will be able to obtain, free of charge, a copy of the definitive proxy statement (when available) and other relevant documents filed with the SEC from the SEC's website at http://www.sec.gov. In addition, the proxy statement and CPG's annual reports on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K and amendments to those reports filed or furnished pursuant to section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Exchange Act will be available free of charge through CPG's website at https://www.cpg.com/ as soon as reasonably practicable after they are electronically filed with, or furnished to, the SEC.
Participants in Solicitation
CPG and its directors and executive officers may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from the holders of CPG common stock in respect of the proposed merger. Information about the directors and executive officers of CPG can be found in CPG's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2015, filed with the SEC on February 18, 2016, as amended by Amendment No. 1 thereto on Form 10-K/A, filed with the SEC on April 7, 2016. Other information regarding the participants in the proxy solicitation and a description of their direct and indirect interests in the merger, which may be different than those of CPG's stockholders generally, will be contained in the proxy statement and other relevant materials that will be filed with the SEC in connection with the proposed merger when they become available.
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