SAN DIEGO, July 1, 2010 – Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE) today announced that it and The Royal Bank of Scotland Group (RBS) have completed the sale of select operations of their RBS Sempra Commodities joint venture to J.P. Morgan, the investment banking arm of JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM).
The purchase price was $1.6 billion. Sempra Energy’s total share of the proceeds is expected to be approximately $1 billion, including $134 million in distributions Sempra Energy received in April 2010 related to the sold businesses.
Through the transaction, J.P. Morgan has acquired RBS Sempra Commodities’ global metals and oil businesses, and European natural gas and power businesses. An active sales process is underway for RBS Sempra Commodities’ remaining North American natural gas and power businesses.
The transaction received approvals from relevant regulators in the U.S., U.K., European Union, Switzerland, Canada, Japan and Turkey.
RBS and Sempra Energy continue to discuss previously announced proposed amendments to their partnership agreement.
Sempra Energy, based in San Diego, is a Fortune 500 energy services holding company with 2009 revenues of more than $8 billion. The Sempra Energy companies’ 13,800 employees serve about 29 million consumers worldwide.
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Sempra Pipelines & Storage, Sempra Generation, Sempra LNG and RBS Sempra Commodities dba Sempra Energy Solutions and Sempra Energy Trading are not the same companies as the utility, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) or Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas), and Sempra Pipelines & Storage, Sempra Generation, Sempra LNG and RBS Sempra Commodities dba Sempra Energy Solutions and Sempra Energy Trading are not regulated by the California Public Utilities Commission.