Williams Partners L.P. Announces Common Units Public Offering

Dec 13, 2010, 16:14 ET from Williams Partners L.P.

TULSA, Okla., Dec. 13, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Williams Partners L.P. (NYSE: WPZ) today announced a public offering of 7.5 million of its common units, representing limited-partner interests. The units will be offered by Williams Partners pursuant to an effective shelf registration statement on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Williams Partners expects to use the net proceeds from the common unit public offering for general partnership purposes.  These uses are expected to include the repayment of $200 million of borrowings under the partnership's credit facility, as well as the funding of a portion of the consideration for the acquisition of Cabot Oil & Gas' midstream assets in Susquehanna County, Pa.   The acquisition of Cabot's midstream assets was announced on Nov. 18 and is expected to be completed before the end of 2010.

The borrowings under the partnership's credit facility have been used to fund a portion of the cash consideration of the acquisition of Williams' (NYSE: WMB) midstream assets in the Piceance Basin, which was completed on Nov. 19, and for general partnership purposes.

Williams Partners is expected to grant the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 1,125,000 common units to cover over-allotments, if any.

Williams will make a cash contribution to Williams Partners in order to maintain its 2-percent general-partner interest in the partnership.   As a result of the offering, Williams' limited-partner interest in the partnership will be reduced from its current level of approximately 75 percent to approximately 73 percent.  It will be reduced further if the underwriters exercise their over-allotment option.

Barclays Capital, Citi, BofA Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, and J.P. Morgan are acting as joint book-running managers.  In addition, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs & Co., RBC Capital Markets, UBS Investment Bank, and Wells Fargo Securities have been named as co-managing underwriters.

This news release is neither an offer to sell nor a solicitation of an offer to buy any of these securities and shall not constitute an offer, solicitation or sale in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale is unlawful. A copy of the preliminary prospectus supplement and related base prospectus may be obtained on the SEC website at www.sec.gov or from any of the underwriters, including:

Barclays Capital

c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions

1155 Long Island Avenue

Edgewood, NY 11717

Toll-free: 1-888-603-5847

E-mail: Barclaysprospectus@broadridge.com

Citi

Attention: Prospectus Delivery Department

Brooklyn Army Terminal

140 58th Street, 8th floor

Brooklyn, NY 11220

Toll free: 800-831-9146

E-mail: batprospectusdept@citi.com

BofA Merrill Lynch

4 World Financial Center

New York, NY 10080

Attn: Prospectus Department

E-mail: dg.prospectus_requests@baml.com

Morgan Stanley

Attn: Prospectus Department

180 Varick Street, 2nd Floor

New York, NY 10014

E-mail: prospectus@morganstanley.com

Phone: 866-718-1649

J.P. Morgan

c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions

1155 Long Island Avenue

Edgewood, NY 11717

Telephone: (866) 803-9204

About Williams Partners L.P. (NYSE: WPZ)

Williams Partners L.P. is a leading diversified master limited partnership focused on natural gas transportation; gathering, treating, and processing; storage; natural gas liquid (NGL) fractionation; and oil transportation. The partnership owns interests in three major interstate natural gas pipelines that, combined, deliver 12 percent of the natural gas consumed in the United States. The partnership's gathering and processing assets include large-scale operations in the U.S. Rocky Mountains and both onshore and offshore along the Gulf of Mexico. Williams (NYSE: WMB) owns approximately 77 percent of Williams Partners, including the general-partner interest. More information is available at www.williamslp.com. Go to http://www.b2i.us/irpass.asp?BzID=1296&to=ea&s=0 or http://www.b2i.us/irpass.asp?BzID=630&to=ea&s=0 to join our email list.

Portions of this document may constitute "forward-looking statements" as defined by federal law. Although the partnership believes any such statements are based on reasonable assumptions, there is no assurance that actual outcomes will not be materially different. Any such statements are made in reliance on the "safe harbor" protections provided under the Private Securities Reform Act of 1995. Additional information about issues that could lead to material changes in performance is contained in the partnership's annual reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Jeff Pounds (918) 573-3332

INVESTOR CONTACT:

Sharna Reingold (918) 573-2078

SOURCE Williams Partners L.P.



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