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TORONTO/CALGARY, Alberta, May 24 (Reuters) - U.S. pipeline company Kinder Morgan Inc has priced its Canadian initial public offering at C$17 per share, according to a term sheet of the deal seen by Reuters on Wednesday.
The company’s pricing, which fell below its initially projected range of C$19 to C$22 per restricted voting share, suggests that demand from investors was not as strong as previously expected. Kinder Morgan has been looking to raise capital to fund a project to expand its Trans Mountain pipeline.
Kinder Morgan now plans to offer 102.94 million shares, raising C$1.75 billion ($1.3 billion) in gross proceeds, the term sheet, which was dated Wednesday, showed.
Kinder Morgan spokesman Dave Conover declined to comment.
The move comes during a period of political uncertainty in British Columbia, with election results in the province expected to weigh on Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion plans. The pro-pipeline Liberals failed to win a majority and voters in the province may elect a minority government that includes parties that oppose the project.
Election results are still being tallied, including a recount in three key districts. An unfriendly provincial government could pose obstacles to Trans Mountain, which runs through British Columbia, even though the federal government has approved it. ($1 = 1.3422 Canadian dollars) (Reporting by John Tilak in Toronto and Nia Williams in Calgary; Editing by Peter Cooney and Matthew Lewis)