CALGARY, March 16 /CNW/ - Pembina Pipeline Income Fund ("Pembina" or the "Fund") announced today a March 2010 cash distribution to Unitholders of 13 cents per Trust Unit, to be paid April 15, 2010 to Unitholders of record on March 25, 2010. In addition, Pembina announced today that it is suspending its Premium Distribution, Distribution Reinvestment and Optional Unit Purchase Plan ("DRIP") effective April 25, 2010.
Based on internal projections and certain assumptions, Pembina expects to maintain its current distribution level of 13 cents per Trust Unit per month ($1.56 per Trust Unit per year) through 2013. The Fund currently plans to convert to a corporation in 2010 and expects to distribute $1.56 per share annually to investors as a monthly dividend once the new structure is in place.
The decision to suspend the DRIP is based on the strength of Pembina's balance sheet and the Fund's view that it does not require further equity investment at this time. Pembina believes it has the ability to fund currently planned capital expenditures and may resume the DRIP in the future should it be required to fund new investing or financing activities. Accordingly, the distributions starting in respect of the April 25, 2010 record date will not be reinvested through the DRIP.
A component of the Fund's cash distributions is taxable in the hands of the Unitholder, with the remaining portion a return of capital, unless held in a tax-deferred account. Pembina estimates 75 percent of 2010 distributions will be taxable and 25 percent will be a return of capital for Canadian tax purposes. Pembina's distributions are subject to current domestic tax laws which require a withholding tax from distribution income to nonresidents of Canada. Pembina's 2009 tax information for Canadian and U.S. investors is available at www.pembina.com under the heading "Investors" and at www.cds.ca.
Pembina Pipeline Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Fund, transports crude oil and natural gas liquids produced in Western Canada, owns and operates oil sands pipelines and has a growing presence in midstream and gas services. Pembina's trust units (PIF.UN) and convertible debentures (PIF.DB.B) are traded on the TSX.
Forward-Looking Information and Statements
This news release contains certain forward-looking information and statements that are based on the Fund's and Pembina's current expectations, estimates, projections and assumptions in light of its experience and its perception of historical trends. In this news release, such forward-looking information and statements can be identified by terminology such as "to be", "believes", "expects", "plans", "estimates", "will" and similar expressions.
In particular, this news release contains forward-looking statements, including certain financial outlook regarding the planned conversion of Pembina to a corporate form not later than December 31, 2010, the ability of Pembina to maintain its current level of cash distributions through 2013, and Pembina's plans in relation to future reinstatements of the DRIP. These forward-looking statements are based on certain assumptions including: that favourable growth parameters continue to exist in respect of current and future growth projects (including the ability to finance such projects on favourable terms); there will be no changes to current tax laws governing the taxation of SIFT entities, the treatment of cash distributions from such entities, and the conversion of SIFT entities into corporations; and that Pembina's businesses will continue to achieve sustainable financial results.
These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to a number of known and unknown risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to: non-performance of agreements in accordance with their terms; the impact of competitive entities and pricing; reliance on key industry partners, alliances and agreements; the strength and operations of the oil and natural gas production industry and related commodity prices; the continuation or completion of third-party projects; regulatory environment and inability to obtain required regulatory approvals; tax laws and treatment; fluctuations in operating results; the ability of Pembina to raise sufficient capital to complete future projects and satisfy future commitments; construction delays; labour and material shortages; and certain other risks detailed from time to time in the Fund's public disclosure documents including, among other things, those detailed under the heading "Risk Factors" in the Fund's management's discussion and analysis for the year ended December 31, 2009, which can be found at www.sedar.com.
Accordingly, readers are cautioned that events or circumstances could cause results to differ materially from those predicted, forecasted or projected. Such forward-looking statements are expressly qualified by the above statements. The Fund does not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements or information contained herein, except as required by applicable laws. Management of the Fund approved the financial outlook contained herein as of the date of this news release. Readers should be aware the information contained in the financial outlook contained herein may not be appropriate for other purposes.
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