Alerian Announces Chesapeake Midstream Partners Added to the Alerian MLP Index

Feb 16, 2011, 08:35 ET from Alerian

DALLAS, Feb. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Alerian announced today that Chesapeake Midstream Partners LP (NYSE: CHKM) is expected to be added to the Alerian MLP Index (NYSE: AMZ), replacing Penn Virginia GP Holdings LP (NYSE: PVG) in a special rebalancing.

Special rebalancings are triggered by corporate actions that result in the termination of trading of an index constituent on a major US exchange. Such corporate actions include, but are not limited to, mergers, delistings, and bankruptcies. Subject to unitholder approval, PVG will cease to trade on the New York Stock Exchange due to its merger with Penn Virginia Resource Partners LP (NYSE: PVR).

Chesapeake owns, operates, develops, and acquires natural gas gathering systems and other midstream energy assets. The partnership's operations are focused on the Barnett Shale, Haynesville Shale, and Mid-Continent regions of the United States.

CHKM Shares Outstanding: 138,159,387

CHKM Investable Weight Factor: 0.173341639734666

The 50 constituents of the index will be rebalanced on a float-adjusted, capitalization-weighted basis in accordance with the existing index methodology. Constituent additions to and deletions from the index do not reflect an opinion by Alerian on the investment merits of the respective securities.

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