Not only does this acquisition add additional terminal sites to Kinder Morgan's portfolio, but one of the terminals it's acquiring is in Houston, immediately adjacent to the company's Galena Park Terminal complex. That enables the company to expand its presence in the region by just moving its fence, so to speak.
However, the other important aspect of the deal is the embedded growth it's acquiring. This comes in two forms. First, one of the terminals it's acquiring in North Carolina isn't currently operating, so once that facility is up and running, it will add to Kinder Morgan's income stream. On top of that, the company picked up an undeveloped site at Perth Amboy in New Jersey that has waterfront access. This site--which is close to the key New York City market--can be developed in the future to serve the region's growing demand for energy.
Building a bigger backlog
A lot of Kinder Morgan's recent deals have taken this two-step approach of being immediately accretive to earnings while also adding incremental future growth potential. The Bakken midstream deal, for example, came with built-in growth from a pipeline that's currently under construction. Another example is a deal the company made in late 2013, when it bought two Jones Act Tanker companies that controlled a dozen vessels. However, at the time of the deal, just seven were in service; the other five were under construction. That said, the seven that were operational brought in enough cash flow to make the deal immediately accretive, while the new vessels would provide a further boost to the company as they entered service.
Source: Kinder Morgan.
By acquiring assets with built-in growth opportunities, Kinder Morgan is able to add to its backlog of visible growth opportunities as well as its so-called shadow backlog of potential projects. This really provides it with a lot of visibility to raise its dividend in the future, as it knows where a bulk of its future growth will come from since it has ample growth outside of any future acquisitions.
Kinder Morgan continues to be very strategic when it makes an acquisition. It's looking not just to move the needle a little bit right off the bat, but also seek upside to move the needle in the years ahead. This dual approach to growth should help ensure Kinder Morgan's growth doesn't begin to slow.
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