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Classic Rewind: Bankruptcy Battle Looms for Ruby Pipeline

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The Daley Note: November 22, 2022

Happy Thanksgiving to our clients and readers. This season East Daley is thankful for family, friends and the energy industry, which makes all else possible. In the spirit of the season we share an old market call, flagging the bankruptcy and debt-pricing risk at Ruby Pipeline LLC. Joint asset owner Pembina Pipeline (PBA) late Friday (Nov. 18) announced a settlement agreement that would see the company pay $102 million to settle its liabilities. 

East Daley believes investors should never be surprised by a knowable market event. In October 2021 we warned clients that "we see bankruptcy as a distinct possibility for Ruby as early as April 2022 without a restructuring deal." Five months later, Ruby Pipeline filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection March 31, 2022. 

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The following Midstream Navigator, "Bankruptcy Battle Looms for Ruby Pipeline," was published by East Daley on October 18, 2021.

Ruby Pipeline Faces Uphill Struggle

Ruby Pipeline NPV

Joint 50% owners Kinder Morgan (KMI) and Pembina Pipeline (PBA) may be at risk of losing control of Ruby Pipeline as they continue negotiations with bondholders to restructure the asset’s debt. Contracts accounting for nearly 60% of Ruby’s capacity rolled off at the end of July, leaving the pipeline system in dire financial straits. We project a 65% decline in annual revenue following the contract cliff, and we see bankruptcy as a possibility for Ruby as early as April 2022 without a restructuring deal. Both KMI and PBA have already recorded significant write-downs on the book value of Ruby. However, we question whether debt markets are properly pricing the contracting risk that Ruby confronts if debtholders take ownership of the asset....

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