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AltaGas Expands its Footprint

One of this Fool’s favourite Canadian energy companies, is getting bigger, and better.

AltaGas (TSX:ALA) is acquiring a 25% stake in Petrogas Energy Corp., a privately held North American midstream company.  To “pay” for this deal, AltaGas is issuing 2.8 million shares and an undisclosed amount of cash.  In addition, AltaGas has the option to acquire an additional 25% of Petrogas later this year.

One of the things that I like most about AltaGas is the company’s savvy management team.  And when your stock is trading at a P/E in the upper-30’s, it’s awfully savvy to use it as currency and make an acquisition that improves the long-term prospects of your business.

The strategic fit here appears near perfect as Petrogas owns and operates midstream facilities in Canada and the U.S. that line-up very nicely with AltaGas’ current footprint.  Its collection of facilities, as well as its fleet of rail cars and trucking capabilities will allow the combined entity to more effectively move natural gas liquids and oil throughout the continent.

The Foolish Bottom Line

With its stable of natural gas, power and regulated utilities, AltaGas has the potential to earn shareholders a lot of money over the long-term.  This possibility however comes at a price, as indicated by the rather lofty valuation that is currently ascribed to the shares.

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Fool contributor Iain Butler doesn’t own shares in any companies mentioned.  The Motley Fool doesn’t own shares in any of the companies mentioned.

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