Copano Energy Maintains Quarterly Cash Distribution

Oct 12, 2011, 16:10 ET from Copano Energy, L.L.C.

HOUSTON, Oct. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Copano Energy, L.L.C. (NASDAQ: CPNO) announced today a cash distribution for the third quarter of 2011 of $0.575 per unit, or $2.30 per unit on an annualized basis, for all of its outstanding common units.  This distribution will be payable on November 10, 2011, to holders of record of common units at the close of business on October 31, 2011.

R. Bruce Northcutt, President and Chief Executive Officer of Copano Energy, said, "We estimate that our third quarter distribution coverage will be lower than our second quarter coverage primarily due to reduced liquids recoveries at our Houston Central complex as a result of Formosa Hydrocarbons' planned turnaround at its Point Comfort petrochemical complex, which is scheduled to be completed in mid-October.

"Eagle Ford volumes gathered and NGLs recovered should increase as the bulk of our Eagle Ford projects are completed and placed into full service during the fourth quarter, and we expect that fourth-quarter distribution coverage will improve significantly as a result," added Northcutt.

This release serves as qualified notice to nominees under Treasury Regulation Sections 1.1446-4(b)(4) and (d).  Please note that 100% of Copano's distributions to foreign investors are attributable to income that is effectively connected with a United States trade or business.  Accordingly, all of Copano's distributions to foreign investors are subject to federal income tax withholding at the highest effective tax rate for individuals or corporations, as applicable.  Nominees, and not Copano, are treated as the withholding agents responsible for withholding on the distributions received by them on behalf of foreign investors.

Houston-based Copano Energy, L.L.C. (NASDAQ: CPNO) is a midstream natural gas company with operations in Texas, Oklahoma, Wyoming and Louisiana.  Its assets include approximately 6,400 miles of active natural gas gathering and transmission pipelines, 250 miles of NGL pipelines and ten natural gas processing plants, with over one Bcf per day of combined processing capacity and 22,000 barrels per day of fractionation capacity.  For more information, please visit www.copanoenergy.com.

This press release includes "forward-looking statements," as defined by the Securities and Exchange Commission.  Statements that address activities or events that Copano believes will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements.  These statements include, but are not limited to, statements about future producer activity and Copano's total distributable cash flow and distribution coverage.  These statements are based on management's experience and perception of historical trends, current conditions, expected future developments and other factors management believes are reasonable.  Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include the following risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond Copano's control: price volatility and market demand for natural gas and natural gas liquids; Copano's ability to continue to obtain new sources of natural gas supply and retain its key customers; the impact on volumes and resulting cash flow of technological, economic and other uncertainties inherent in estimating future production, producers' ability to drill and successfully complete and attach new natural gas supplies and the availability of downstream transportation systems and other facilities for natural gas and NGLs; higher construction costs or project delays due to inflation, limited availability of required resources or the effects of environmental, legal or other uncertainties; general economic conditions; the effects of government regulations and policies; and other financial, operational and legal risks and uncertainties detailed from time to time in Copano's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Contacts:    

Carl A. Luna, Senior Vice President and CFO

Copano Energy, L.L.C.

713-621-9547

Anne Pearson / apearson@drg-l.com

Jack Lascar / jlascar@drg-l.com

DRG&L / 713-529-6600

SOURCE Copano Energy, L.L.C.



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