Nov 19 - Standard & Poor's Ratings Services said today that it assigned its
'BBB-' issue-level rating to DCP Midstream Operating L.P.'s proposed $500
million senior unsecured notes due 2018. Parent DCP Midstream Partners L.P.
(Partners; BBB-/Stable/--) guarantees the debt.
The partnership intends to use net proceeds from the notes to repay all of the
outstanding borrowings under the $140 million and the $343.5 million term
loans, which it used to partially fund the cash portions of the Mont Belvieu
fractionators and the 33.33% interest in the Eagle Ford system asset
drop-downs from parent DCP Midstream LLC (BBB/Stable/A-2). As of Sept. 30,
2012, Partners had total debt of about $1.04 billion.
Denver-based Partners is a gatherer, processor, and transporter of natural gas
and natural gas liquids, and a wholesale distributor of propane. For 2013, we
forecast that Partners will achieve a total debt to EBITDA ratio between 3.5x
and 3.75x. (For the corporate credit rating rationale, see our summary
analysis on Partners published June 25, 2012 on RatingsDirect.)
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DCP Midstream Operating L.P.
$500 mil sr unsecd notes due 2018 BBB-