By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Energy Weekly News -- ONEOK, Inc. (NYSE: OKE) announced it has completed its separation of the company's natural gas distribution business into a stand-alone, publicly traded company called ONE Gas, Inc. (NYSE: OGS).
ONEOK shareholders of record at the close of business on Jan. 21, 2014, retained their shares of ONEOK stock and received one share of ONE Gas stock tax free (except for cash received in lieu of fractional shares as described below) for every four shares of ONEOK stock owned. No fractional shares of ONE Gas stock were issued; however, shareholders entitled to receive a fractional share of ONE Gas stock in the distribution will receive the cash value of that fractional share instead.
ONE Gas shares were distributed following the close of business on Jan. 31, 2014.
ONE Gas common stock will begin "regular-way" trading under the symbol "OGS" on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) today, Feb. 3, 2014, when markets open. ONEOK will continue to trade on the NYSE under the ticker symbol "OKE."
Terry K. Spencer is now president and chief executive officer of ONEOK and ONEOK Partners, and a member of the ONEOK board of directors; he remains on the ONEOK Partners board. Spencer joined ONEOK in 2001 and has held positions of increasing responsibility, including most recently as president of ONEOK and ONEOK Partners.
Spencer succeeds John W. Gibson who retired after more than seven years as chief executive officer of ONEOK and ONEOK Partners and almost 14 years with the company, and becomes non-executive chairman of ONEOK, ONEOK Partners, L.P. (NYSE: OKS) and ONE Gas.
"ONEOK - through its ownership of the general partner and limited partner interests in ONEOK Partners - will continue to pursue value-creating growth opportunities to benefit its shareholders," said Terry K. Spencer, ONEOK president and chief executive officer. "Our new structure as a pure-play general partner will enable us to significantly increase the dividend paid to shareholders, as evidenced by our December 2013 announcement that our 2014 dividend declared is expected to increase 53 percent, compared with 2013," Spencer said.
ONEOK continues to hold its interests in ONEOK Partners, L.P., which include the sole general partner and limited partner interests that together represent 41.2 percent of the outstanding partnership interests, as of Dec. 31, 2013. No material impact to ONEOK Partners is expected as a result of this transaction.
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