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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

FORM 8-K

 

CURRENT REPORT

Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (date of earliest event reported): December 16, 2019

 

Tallgrass Energy, LP

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

Delaware

 

001-37365

 

47-3159268

(State or Other Jurisdiction of

Incorporation or Organization)

 

(Commission

File Number)

 

(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.)

4200 W. 115th Street, Suite 350

Leawood, Kansas

 

66211

(Address of Principal Executive Offices)

 

(Zip Code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (913) 928-6060

 

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:

Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)

Soliciting material pursuant to Rule 14a-12 under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14a-12)

Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 14d-2(b) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14d-2(b)) 

Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c)) 

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

Title of each class

 

Trading

Symbol(s)

 

Name of each exchange

on which registered

Class A shares representing limited partner interests

 

TGE

 

The New York Stock Exchange

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).

Emerging growth company  

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.  

 

 


Item 7.01. Regulation FD Disclosure.

On December 16, 2019, Tallgrass Energy, LP, a Delaware limited partnership (the “Partnership”), and Blackstone Infrastructure Partners (“BIP”) issued a press release announcing that Prairie Private Acquiror LP, a Delaware limited partnership (“Buyer”), and Prairie Merger Sub LLC, a Delaware limited liability company and wholly owned subsidiary of Buyer, which are affiliates of BIP, have entered into a definitive Agreement and Plan of Merger (the “Merger Agreement”) with the Partnership and Tallgrass Energy GP, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company and the general partner of the Partnership (“TGE GP”), pursuant to which, on the terms and subject to the satisfaction or waiver of certain conditions set forth in the Merger Agreement, Buyer will merge with and into the Partnership, with the Partnership surviving the merger and continuing to exist as a Delaware limited partnership. A copy of the press release is furnished with this Form 8-K as Exhibit 99.1 and incorporated into this Item 7.01 by reference.

In accordance with General Instruction B.2 to Form 8-K, the information provided under this Item 7.01 and the information attached to this Form 8-K as Exhibit 99.1 shall be deemed to be “furnished” and shall not be deemed to be “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section, nor shall it be deemed incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act, regardless of the general incorporation language of such filing, except as expressly set forth by specific reference in such filing.

Item 8.01. Other Events.

To the extent required by applicable law, the disclosure set forth in Item 7.01 of this Form 8-K is incorporated into this Item 8.01 by reference.

Additional Information and Where to Find It

This Current Report on Form 8-K does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities or a solicitation of any vote or approval. In connection with the transactions referred to in this material, the Partnership expects to file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and mail to certain of the Partnership’s security holders a proxy statement and other relevant documents. This material is not a substitute for the proxy statement or for any other document that the Partnership may file with the SEC and send to the Partnership’s security holders in connection with the proposed transactions. INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS OF THE PARTNERSHIP ARE URGED TO READ THE PROXY STATEMENT AND OTHER DOCUMENTS FILED WITH THE SEC CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION. Investors and security holders will be able to obtain free copies of the proxy statement (when available) and other documents filed with the SEC by the Partnership through the website maintained by the SEC at http://www.sec.gov. Copies of the documents filed with the SEC by the Partnership will be available free of charge through the Partnership’s website at www.tallgrassenergy.com, in the “Investor Relations” tab near the top of the page, or by contacting the Partnership’s Investor Relations Department at (913) 928-6012.

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Participants in Solicitation

TGE GP’s and its affiliates’ directors, officers and employees may be considered participants in the solicitation of proxies with respect to the proposed transactions under the rules of the SEC. Information about the directors and executive officers of TGE GP may be found in the Partnership’s 2018 Form 10-K filed with the SEC on February 8, 2019 and any subsequent Current Reports on Form 8-K and statements of changes in beneficial ownership filed with the SEC after the filing of the Partnership’s 2018 Form 10-K. These documents can be obtained free of charge from the sources indicated above. Additional information regarding the participants in the proxy solicitations and a description of their direct and indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, will also be included in any proxy statement and other relevant materials to be filed with the SEC when they become available.

Information Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

Disclosures in this Current Report on Form 8-K contain forward-looking statements. All statements, other than statements of historical facts, included in this Current Report on Form 8-K that address activities, events or developments that management expects, believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements. Words such as “could,” “will,” “may,” “assume,” “forecast,” “position,” “predict,” “strategy,” “expect,” “intend,” “plan,” “estimate,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “project,” “budget,” “potential,” or “continue,” and similar expressions are used to identify forward-looking statements. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, forward-looking statements contained in this material include the expected consideration to be received in connection with the closing of the proposed transaction, whether the proposed transaction will be consummated before the end of the second quarter of 2020 or at all and whether any of the conditions to the Merger will be satisfied. Forward-looking statements are subject to a number of assumptions, risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the control of the Partnership and TGE GP, which may cause actual results to differ materially from those implied or expressed by the forward-looking statements, and other important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected, including those set forth in reports filed by the Partnership with the SEC.

Any forward-looking statement applies only as of the date on which such statement is made and the Partnership does not intend to correct or update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d)    Exhibits.

EXHIBIT
NUMBER

   

DESCRIPTION

         
 

99.1

   

Press release issued by Tallgrass Energy, LP, dated December 16, 2019.

         
 

104

   

Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded within the Inline XBRL document).

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SIGNATURES

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.

 

 

TALLGRASS ENERGY, LP

         

 

 

By: Tallgrass Energy GP, LLC,

 

 

        its general partner

                 

Date: December 17, 2019

 

 

    

 

By:

 

/s/ William R. Moler

 

 

 

 

William R. Moler

 

 

 

 

Chief Executive Officer

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