Kinder Morgan Energy Partners' Dividend Up 6%

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Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P. informs in its Q4 2014 financial report that it has increased its quarterly cash distribution per common unit to $1.38 ($5.52 annualized) payable on May 15, 2014, to unitholders of record as of April 30, 2014.

The above represents a 6 percent increase over the first quarter 2013 cash distribution per unit of $1.30 ($5.20 annualized) and is up from $1.36 per unit ($5.44 annualized) for the fourth quarter of 2013. Chairman and CEO Richard D. Kinder said: “KMP had a strong first quarter and increased the distribution for the 51st time since current management took over in February of 1997. We earned distributable cash flow before certain items of $1.55 per unit for the first quarter, which equates to coverage in excess of our distributions of $76 million. Our five business segments produced $1.569 billion in segment earnings before DD&A and certain items, a 23 percent increase over the first quarter of 2013. Growth was led by contributions from the Copano acquisition, a dropdown from Kinder Morgan, Inc. associated with the El Paso Corporation transaction, outstanding results from the....

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