St. Louis-based Laclede Group Inc. will buy two of Houston-based Southern Union Co.'s utilities, Missouri Gas Energy and New England Gas Co., for $1.02 billion.
Energy Transfer Equity's takeover of pipeline operator Southern Union Co closed early this year.
The deal announced Monday also includes the assumption of about $20 million in debt, so the companies value it at nearly $1.04 billion.
Laclede, a utility holding company, expects the deal to close next summer, and start to boost earnings a year after that.
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