September 17, 2004 (Overland Park, KS) - Tortoise Energy Infrastructure Corporation (NYSE:TYG) announced today that it has successfully completed an offering of Money Market Cumulative Preferred Shares (MMP Shares) raising a total of $35 million before fees and expenses of the transaction. The MMP Shares are rated 'Aa2' and 'AA' by Moody's Investors Services, Inc. and Fitch Ratings, respectively. Lehman Brothers acted as book running manager and Stifel, Nicolaus & Company Incorporated also participated as an underwriter for the offering. Tortoise MMP Shares may only be bought or sold through an auction or in a secondary market maintained by certain broker-dealers. There is no assurance that such market will be maintained.
Following the sale of the MMP Shares, total assets of Tortoise Energy Infrastructure Corporation will be approximately $465 million. The sale of the MMP Shares completes the Company's current leverage plans.
With respect to its common stock, the Company affirmed its expectation that beginning with its November dividend, the yield will be 6.5% of the $25 initial offering price.
About Tortoise Energy
Tortoise Energy Infrastructure Corporation owns a portfolio of investments in the energy infrastructure sector, primarily pipeline and processing Master Limited Partnerships. Tortoise Energy's goal is to provide its stockholders with a high level of total return with an emphasis on current distributions to stockholders. For more complete information about Tortoise Energy, visit the Company's Web site at www.tortoiseenergy.com or contact Investor Relations at (913) 981-1020.
Tortoise Capital Advisors serves as the advisor to Tortoise Energy Infrastructure Corporation. Including Tortoise Energy, the advisor and its affiliates have approximately $840 million of energy infrastructure investment assets under management.
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