Major energy distribution firms plan mergers

Two major planned mergers have been announced that point to accelerating competition and consolidation in the natural gas, power, and energy services sectors. Sempra Energy and KN Energy Inc. have signed a definitive merger agreement that would form a major, integrated energy company with combined assets of $20 billion. Under terms of the deal, valued at $6 billion, KN will be merged into Sempra. Southern Union Co. (SU) has confirmed it submitted a merger proposal to Southwest Gas Corp.'s (SGC) board. SU said last week it was performing due diligence regarding its plans to acquire the outstanding stock of SGC for $32/ share. This merger would create the U.S.'s lar...

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