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EX-99.1 - EX-99.1 - Copano Energy, L.L.C.a13-3973_1ex99d1.htm




Washington, D.C. 20549






Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934


Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): January 30, 2013 (January 29, 2013)



(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)







(State or Other Jurisdiction of
Incorporation or Organization)


(Commission File Number)


(I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)


1200 Smith Street, Suite 2300
Houston, Texas



(Address of Principal Executive


(Zip Code)


Registrant’s Telephone Number, including Area Code: (713) 621-9547


Not Applicable.

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)


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Item 8.01                                           Other Events


On January 29, 2013, Copano Energy, L.L.C. (“Copano”) and Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P. (“KMP”) issued a joint press release announcing the execution of an Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of January 29, 2013, among KMP, Kinder Morgan G.P., Inc., the general partner of KMP, Javelina Merger Sub LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of KMP, and Copano.  The full text of the press release is filed as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and is incorporated herein by reference.




KMP plans to file with the SEC a Registration Statement on Form S-4 in connection with the transaction.  KMP and Copano plan to file with the SEC and Copano plans to mail to its unitholders a Proxy Statement/Prospectus in connection with the transaction. The Registration Statement and the Proxy Statement/Prospectus will contain important information about KMP, Copano, the transaction and related matters.  INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THE REGISTRATION STATEMENT AND THE PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS CAREFULLY WHEN THEY ARE AVAILABLE.


Investors and security holders will be able to obtain free copies of the Registration Statement and the Proxy Statement/Prospectus and other documents filed with the SEC by KMP and Copano through the web site maintained by the SEC at or by phone, email or written request by contacting the investor relations department of KMP or Copano at the following:














1001 Louisiana Street, Suite 1000


1200 Smith Street, Suite 2300



Houston, Texas 77002


Houston, Texas 77002



Attention: Investor Relations


Attention: Investor Relations



(713) 369-9490


(713) 621-9547





KMP and Copano, and their respective directors and executive officers, may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies in respect of the transactions contemplated by the Merger Agreement.  Information regarding the directors and executive officers of KMP’s general partner and Kinder Morgan Management, LLC, the delegate of KMP’s general partner, is contained in KMP’s Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011, which has been filed with the SEC.  Information regarding Copano’s directors and executive officers is contained in Copano’s Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011 and its proxy statement filed on April 5, 2012, which are filed with the SEC.  A more complete description will be available in the Registration Statement and the Proxy Statement/Prospectus






Statements in this document regarding the proposed transaction between KMP and Copano, the expected timetable for completing the proposed transaction, future financial and operating results, benefits and synergies of the proposed transaction, future opportunities for the combined company and any other statements about KMP or Copano management’s future expectations, beliefs, goals, plans or prospects constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Any statements that are not statements of historical fact (including statements containing the words “believes,” “plans,” “anticipates,” “expects,” “estimates” and similar expressions) should also be considered to be forward-looking statements.  There are a number of important factors that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements, including: the ability to consummate the proposed transaction; the ability to obtain requisite regulatory and unitholder approval and the satisfaction of the other conditions to the consummation of the proposed transaction; the ability of KMP to successfully integrate Copano’s operations and employees and realize anticipated synergies and cost savings; the potential impact of the announcement or consummation of the proposed transaction on relationships, including with employees, suppliers, customers and competitors; the ability to achieve revenue growth; price volatility and market demand for natural gas and natural gas liquids; higher construction costs or project delays due to inflation, limited availability of required resources or the effects of environmental, legal or other uncertainties; the ability of the combined company to continue to obtain new sources of natural gas supply; 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 attract new natural gas supplies and the availability of downstream transportation systems and other facilities for natural gas and NGLs; the effects of government regulations and policies and of the pace of deregulation of retail natural gas; national, international, regional and local economic or competitive conditions and developments; capital and credit markets conditions; interest rates; the political and economic stability of oil producing nations; energy markets, including changes in the price of certain commodities; weather, alternative energy sources, conservation and technological advances that may affect price trends and demand; business and regulatory or legal decisions; the timing and success of business development efforts; acts of nature, accidents, sabotage, terrorism or other similar acts causing damage greater than the insurance coverage limits of the combined company; and the other factors and financial, operational and legal risks or uncertainties described in KMP’s and Copano’s Annual Reports on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011 and their most recent quarterly report filed with the SEC.  KMP and Copano disclaim any intention or obligation to update any forward-looking statements as a result of developments occurring after the date of this document.


Item 9.01                                           Financial Statements and Exhibits.


99.1                                                                                           Joint Press Release dated January 29, 2013






Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.



Dated:   January 30, 2013










/s/ Douglas L. Lawing




Douglas L. Lawing




Executive Vice President, General




Counsel and Secretary






Exhibit Number








Joint Press Release dated January 29, 2013