SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF
THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): December 13, 2016
SPECTRA ENERGY CORP
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)
|(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation)||(Commission File Number)||(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)|
5400 Westheimer Court
Houston, Texas 77056
(Address of principal executive offices)
Registrants telephone number, including area code: 713-627-5400
Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:
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|Item 8.01.||Other Events.|
On December 13, 2016, Spectra Energy Corp (the Company) announced that it has entered into a timing agreement with the United States Federal Trade Commission (the FTC) pursuant to which the Company has agreed (i) not to consummate the proposed combination of the Company and Enbridge Inc. (Enbridge) prior to 45 days after both the Company and Enbridge have substantially complied with the FTCs November 2, 2016 request for additional information and documentary material relating to such transaction (the Second Request), unless the Company and Enbridge have received written prior notice that the FTC has closed its investigation, and (ii) not to certify compliance with the Second Request before January 10, 2017. Enbridge also entered into a timing agreement with the FTC on the same terms. The Company and Enbridge are continuing to work closely and cooperatively with the FTC in its review of the proposed combination.
This communication includes certain forward looking statements and information (FLI) to provide Enbridge and Spectra Energys shareholders and potential investors with information about Enbridge, Spectra Energy and their respective subsidiaries and affiliates, including each companys managements respective assessment of Enbridge, Spectra Energy and their respective subsidiaries future plans and operations, which FLI may not be appropriate for other purposes. FLI is typically identified by words such as anticipate, expect, project, estimate, forecast, plan, intend, target, believe, likely and similar words suggesting future outcomes or statements regarding an outlook. All statements other than statements of historical fact may be FLI. In particular, this document contains FLI pertaining to, but not limited to, information with respect to the proposed transaction jointly announced by Enbridge and Spectra Energy on September 6, 2016.
Although we believe that the FLI is reasonable based on the information available today and processes used to prepare it, such statements are not guarantees of future performance and you are cautioned against placing undue reliance on FLI. By its nature, FLI involves a variety of assumptions, which are based upon factors that may be difficult to predict and that may involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties and other factors which may cause actual results, levels of activity and achievements to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these FLI, including, but not limited to, the following: the timing and completion of the transaction, including receipt of regulatory and shareholder approvals and the satisfaction of other conditions precedent; interloper risk; the realization of anticipated benefits and synergies of the transaction and the timing thereof; the success of integration plans; the focus of management time and attention on the transaction and other disruptions arising from the transaction; estimated future dividends; financial strength and flexibility; debt and equity market conditions, including the ability to access capital markets on favorable terms or at all; cost of debt and equity capital; potential changes in the Enbridge share price which may negatively impact the value of consideration offered to Spectra Energy shareholders; expected supply and demand for crude oil, natural gas, natural gas liquids and renewable energy; prices of crude oil, natural gas, natural gas liquids and renewable energy; economic and competitive conditions; expected exchange rates; inflation; interest rates; tax rates and changes; completion of growth projects; anticipated in-service dates; capital project funding; success of hedging activities; the ability of management of Enbridge, its subsidiaries and affiliates to execute key priorities, including those in connection with the transaction; availability and price of labor and construction materials; operational performance and reliability; customer, shareholder, regulatory and other stakeholder approvals and support; regulatory and legislative decisions and actions; public opinion; and weather. We caution that the foregoing list of factors is not exhaustive. Additional information about these and other assumptions, risks and uncertainties can be found in applicable filings with Canadian and U.S. securities regulators, including any proxy statement, prospectus or registration statement to be filed in connection with the transaction. Due to the interdependencies and correlation of these factors, as well as other factors, the impact of any one assumption, risk or uncertainty on FLI cannot be determined with certainty.
Except to the extent required by law, we assume no obligation to publicly update or revise any FLI, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. All FLI in this document is expressly qualified in its entirety by these cautionary statements.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE TRANSACTION AND WHERE TO FIND IT
Spectra Energy has filed a definitive proxy statement/prospectus that has been sent to the stockholders of Spectra Energy. INVESTORS AND STOCKHOLDERS OF SPECTRA ENERGY ARE URGED TO READ THE PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS, AND ANY OTHER DOCUMENTS FILED OR TO BE FILED WITH THE SEC IN CONNECTION WITH THE TRANSACTION, AS THEY CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT ENBRIDGE, SPECTRA ENERGY, THE TRANSACTION AND RELATED MATTERS. The registration statement and proxy statement/prospectus and other documents filed by Enbridge and Spectra Energy with the SEC, are available free of charge at the SECs website at www.sec.gov. In addition, investors and stockholders can obtain free copies of the proxy statement/prospectus and other documents which are filed with the SEC by Enbridge on Enbridges website at www.Enbridge.com or upon written request to Enbridges Investor Relations department, 200, 425 First St. SW, Calgary, AB T2P 3L8 or by calling 800.481.2804 within North America and 403.231.5957 from outside North America, and can obtain free copies of the proxy statement/prospectus and other documents filed with the SEC by Spectra Energy upon written request to Spectra Energy, Investor Relations, 5400 Westheimer Ct. Houston, TX 77056 or by calling 713.627.4610. You may also read and copy any reports, statements and other information filed by Spectra Energy and Enbridge with the SEC at the SEC public reference room at 100 F Street N.E., Room 1580, Washington, D.C. 20549. Please call the SEC at 800.732.0330 or visit the SECs website for further information on its public reference room.
PARTICIPANTS IN THE SOLICITATION OF PROXIES
Enbridge, Spectra Energy, certain of their respective directors and executive officers and certain other members of management and employees, under SEC rules, may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies in connection with the transaction. Information about Enbridges directors and executive officers may be found in its Management Information Circular dated March 8, 2016 available on its website at www.Enbridge.com and at www.sedar.com. Information about Spectra Energys directors, executive officers and other members of management and employees may be found in its 2015 Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on February 25, 2016, and definitive proxy statement relating to its 2016 Annual Meeting of Shareholders filed with the SEC on March 16, 2016. These documents can be obtained free of charge from the sources indicated above. Additional information regarding the interests of such potential participants in the solicitation of proxies in connection with the Transaction is included in the proxy statement/prospectus and other relevant materials filed with the SEC.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
|Dated: December 13, 2016||SPECTRA ENERGY CORP|
|By:||/s/ Reginald D. Hedgebeth|
|Name:||Reginald D. Hedgebeth|