Hiland: The Worst Deal Among MLP Consolidations

October 14, 2009

Among the many consolidations of MLPs (recall the mergers of Magellan Midstream MMP, Atlas ATLS or the pending Enterprise/Teppco EPD/TPP) one deal stands out as a particularly bad deal: the opportunistic squeeze-out of minority shareholders of Hiland Partners (HLND) and Hiland Holdings GP (HPGP) at record low prices by oil magnate Harold Hamm. Management of the two firms seems to be getting increasingly worried about obtaining sufficient votes for the buyout at the October 20 shareholder meeting, judging by the flurry of proxy solicitations that we have received. With the recent recovery in gas prices the acquisition looks priced too cheaply, and it is no wonder that shareholders are reluctant to support this bad deal.

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