Certain matters discussed in this report, excluding historical information, as well as some statements by Southern Union Company and its subsidiaries (“Southern Union” or the “Company”) in periodic press releases and some oral statements of the Company’s officials during presentations about the Company, include forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are identified as any statement that does not relate strictly to historical or current facts. Statements using words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “intend,” “project,” “plan,” “expect,” “continue,” “estimate,” “goal,” “forecast,” “may,” “will” or similar expressions help identify forward-looking statements. Although the Company believes such forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions and current expectations and projections about future events, no assurance can be given that such assumptions, expectations, or projections will prove to be correct. Forward-looking statements are subject to a variety of risks, uncertainties and assumptions. If one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or if underlying assumptions prove incorrect, the Company’s actual results may vary materially from those anticipated, projected, forecasted, estimated or expressed in forward-looking statements since many of the factors that determine these results are subject to uncertainties and risks that are difficult to predict and beyond management’s control. For additional discussion of risks, uncertainties and assumptions, see “Part I — Item 1A. Risk Factors” in the Company’s Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 1, 2013.
The following is a list of certain acronyms and terms generally used in the energy industry and throughout this document:
Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp
British thermal units
ETP’s acquisition of Citrus Corp. on March 26, 2012
Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization
United States Environmental Protection Agency
Energy Transfer Equity, L.P.
ETE’s acquisition of Southern Union on March 26, 2012
Energy Transfer Partners, L.P., a subsidiary of ETE
Energy Transfer Partners GP, L.P., the general partner of ETP
Energy Transfer Partners, L.L.C., the general partner of ETP GP
Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America
ETP Holdco Corporation
Incentive Distribution Rights
London Interbank Offer Rate
Plaza Massachusetts Acquisition, Inc.
Plaza Missouri Acquisition, Inc.
LDC Disposal Group
Southern Union’s Missouri Gas Energy and New England Gas Company divisions
Liquefied natural gas
Trunkline LNG Holdings, LLC
Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities
Sigma Acquisition Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of ETE