8-K 1 d729369d8k.htm 8-K 8-K





Washington, D.C. 20549







Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

April 18, 2019 (April 17, 2019)

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported)




(Exact name of Registrant as specified in its charter)




Delaware   1-31219   73-1493906

(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation)

  (Commission File Number)  

(IRS Employer

Identification No.)

8111 Westchester Drive, Suite 600,

Dallas, Texas 75225

(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)

(214) 981-0700

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)



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Item 1.01

Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.

On April 17, 2019 Energy Transfer Operating, L.P. (the “Partnership”) entered into an Underwriting Agreement (the “Underwriting Agreement”) with Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated, Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, RBC Capital Markets, LLC and Wells Fargo Securities, LLC (the “Underwriters”), with respect to the issuance and sale in an underwritten public offering (the “Offering”) by the Partnership of 28,000,000 of its 7.600% Series E Fixed-to-Floating Rate Cumulative Redeemable Perpetual Preferred Units representing limited partner interests in the Partnership (the “Series E Preferred Units”) at a price to the public of $25.00 per unit. Pursuant to the Underwriting Agreement, the Partnership has also granted the Underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to 4,200,000 additional Series E Preferred Units.

The Offering was registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), pursuant to a Registration Statement on Form S-3 (File No. 333-221411) of the Partnership, which became effective on November 8, 2017, as amended by Post-Effective Amendment No. 1 thereto and as supplemented by the Prospectus Supplement dated April 17, 2019 relating to the Series E Preferred Units, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”) pursuant to Rule 424(b) of the Securities Act on April 17, 2019. The Offering is expected to close on April 25, 2019, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions.

The Underwriting Agreement contains customary representations, warranties and agreements by the Partnership, and customary conditions to closing, indemnification obligations of the Partnership and the Underwriters, including for liabilities under the Securities Act, other obligations of the parties and termination provisions.

The Underwriters may, from time to time, engage in transactions with and perform services for the Partnership and its affiliates in the ordinary course of business. Affiliates of each of the Underwriters are lenders under the Partnership’s revolving credit facility and, accordingly, may receive a portion of the net proceeds from the Offering.

The foregoing description of the Underwriting Agreement is not complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of the Underwriting Agreement, which is attached as Exhibit 1.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and incorporated into this Item 1.01 by reference.


Item 9.01.

Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d) Exhibits.




Description of the Exhibit

1.1    Underwriting Agreement, dated as of April 17, 2019, between Energy Transfer Operating, L.P., Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated, Morgan Stanley  & Co. LLC, RBC Capital Markets, LLC and Wells Fargo Securities, LLC.


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.


    By:   Energy Transfer Partners GP, L.P.
      its General Partner
    By:   Energy Transfer Partners, L.L.C.
      its General Partner
Date: April 18, 2019     By:   /s/ Thomas E. Long
      Thomas E. Long
      Chief Financial Officer