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Buckeye Partners gets regulatory nod for $10.3B sale to IFM Investors

Buckeye Partners LP secured all regulatory approvals for its all-cash sale to Australian investment manager IFM Investors Pty. Ltd. worth $10.3 billion in enterprise value.

The development comes after the holders of a majority of the pipeline company's outstanding limited partner units approved the deal on July 31, according to an Oct. 21 news release. Buckeye also received antitrust clearance in July after the 30-day waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act for the deal expired.

The transaction is now scheduled to close Nov. 1. Upon closing, Buckeye's general partner is expected to not declare or pay a cash distribution for the quarter ended Sept. 30.

In May, IFM Investors, through its IFM Global Infrastructure Fund, agreed to buy all of Buckeye's outstanding common units for $41.50 per unit, representing a 27.5% premium to Buckeye's closing price on May 9.