UPDATE 2-Canada's Emera to buy Teco Energy for $6.44 bln to expand in US

Fri Sep 4, 2015 6:21pm EDT
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* Teco shares jump, but remain below offer price

* Emera to have $20 bln in assets after deal (Adds background)

Sept 4 (Reuters) - Canadian energy company Emera Inc will acquire U.S. electric and gas utility holding company Teco Energy Inc for $6.44 billion to expand in the United States.

Shares of Teco, which operates in Florida and New Mexico, rose to $26.70 in extended trading on Friday, below the offer price of $27.55 per share in cash.

The deal is valued at $10.4 billion including the assumption of about $3.9 billion in debt, the companies said in a statement.

Teco had 233.6 million shares outstanding as of June 30.

Emera's total assets are expected to increase to about $20 billion from $9.89 billion after the deal, and will see it serve more than 2.4 million electric and gas customers.

A majority of those assets will be based in Florida, where Teco operates its Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas System utilities.

Currently, Emera has investments in northeastern North America and in four Caribbean countries.   Continued...