TULSA, Okla., Jan. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The board of directors of the general partner of ONEOK Partners, L.P. (NYSE: OKS) today increased the partnership's quarterly cash distribution 2.5 cents to 71 cents per unit from 68.5 cents per unit, effective for the fourth quarter 2012, resulting in an annualized cash distribution of $2.84 per unit. The distribution is payable Feb. 14, 2013, to unitholders of record as of Jan. 31, 2013.
"This distribution increase is consistent with our strategy of delivering value to our unitholders and is a result of completed growth projects from our ongoing capital-investment program that continue to generate higher earnings and distributable cash flow," said John W. Gibson, chairman and chief executive officer of ONEOK Partners.
In September 2012, ONEOK Partners indicated that it expects to increase its distribution by 2.5 cents per unit per quarter for the remainder of 2012 and 2 cents per unit per quarter in 2013, and achieve an average annual distribution increase of 10 to 15 percent between 2012 and 2015 while maintaining a minimum annual coverage ratio of 1.05 times, subject to approval by the board of directors of the general partner.
ONEOK Partners has increased its distribution by approximately 78 percent since April 2006, when a wholly owned subsidiary of ONEOK, Inc. (NYSE: OKE) became the sole general partner.
ONEOK Partners, L.P. (pronounced ONE-OAK) (NYSE: OKS) is one of the largest publicly traded master limited partnerships, and is a leader in the gathering, processing, storage and transportation of natural gas in the U.S. and owns one of the nation's premier natural gas liquids (NGL) systems, connecting NGL supply in the Mid-Continent and Rocky Mountain regions with key market centers. Its general partner is a wholly owned subsidiary of ONEOK, Inc. (NYSE: OKE), a diversified energy company, which owns 43.4 percent of the overall partnership interest. ONEOK is one of the largest natural gas distributors in the United States, and its energy services operation focuses primarily on marketing natural gas and related services throughout the U.S.
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This news release serves as qualified notice to nominees as provided for under Treasury Regulation Sections 1.1446-4(b)(4) and (d). Please note that ONEOK Partners, L.P.'s quarterly cash distributions are treated as partnership distributions for federal income tax purposes and that 100 percent of these distributions to foreign investors are attributable to income that is effectively connected with a United States trade or business. Accordingly, all of ONEOK Partners, L.P.'s distributions to foreign investors are subject to federal income tax withholding at the highest effective tax rate for individuals or corporations, as applicable. Nominees, and not ONEOK Partners, L.P., are treated as withholding agents responsible for withholding on the distributions received by them on behalf of foreign investors.
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