CALGARY, Dec. 15 /CNW/ - Pembina Pipeline Income Fund ("Pembina" or the "Fund") announced today a December 2009 cash distribution to Unitholders of 13 cents per Trust Unit, to be paid January 15, 2010 to Unitholders of record on December 31, 2009.
Pembina's proven business strategy, premium assets and growth prospects are expected to continue to produce solid, sustainable results which, based on internal projections and certain assumptions, will support the Fund's commitment 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 plans on converting 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.
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 the 2009 and 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 tax information for Canadian and U.S. investors is available at www.pembina.com under the heading "Investors" and at www.cds.ca.
For eligible investors, the Fund offers a Distribution Reinvestment and Option Unit Purchase Plan ("DRIP"), which provides Unitholders with a convenient and economical way to maximize their investment in Pembina. Further details and enrollment forms for the DRIP are available at www.pembina.com under the heading "Investors".
Pembina Pipeline Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Pembina Pipeline Income 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 "expected", "projects", "expects", "estimates", "will be", and similar expressions.
In particular, this news release contains forward-looking statements, including certain financial outlook, regarding the possible conversion of Pembina to a corporate form prior to January 1, 2011 and the ability of Pembina to maintain its current level of cash distributions to equity holders both prior to and for the foreseeable future after conversion (in the form of dividends after conversion). These forward-looking statements are being made by Pembina based on certain assumptions that Pembina has made in respect thereof as at the date of this news release. These assumptions include that favourable growth parameters continue to exist in respect of current and future projects of Pembina (including in respect of the ability to finance such projects on favourable terms); that there will be no changes to current tax laws governing the taxation of specified investment flow-through ("SIFT") entities and the treatment of distributions from such entities; that draft legislation related to the conversion of SIFT entities into corporations as introduced on July 14, 2008, will be enacted in the form proposed; and that Pembina's businesses will continue to achieve sustainable 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 annual information form for the year ended December 31, 2008 and the Fund's management's discussion and analysis for the year ended December 31, 2008, each of which can be found under the Fund's SEDAR profile 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. The purpose of the financial outlook contained herein is to give the reader an indication of the potential effects to Unitholders of a possible conversion of Pembina to corporate form. Readers should be aware the information contained in the financial outlook contained herein may not be appropriate for other purposes.
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