News Release
March 31, 2003

TEPPCO PARTNERS, L.P. ANNOUNCES OFFERING OF UNITS

HOUSTON – TEPPCO Partners, L.P. (NYSE: TPP) today launched a public offering of 3,425,000 units representing limited partner interests, with an over-allotment option of 513,750 units. Net proceeds from the offering will be used by TEPPCO to repurchase a number of its Class B units owned by Duke Energy Transport and Trading Company, LLC (DETTCO) equal to the number of units sold by TEPPCO in the offering. DETTCO, an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Duke Energy Corporation (Duke), presently owns all the outstanding 3,916,547 Class B units. The full exercise of the over-allotment option, if exercised, will result in the repurchase of all outstanding Class B units with any remaining net proceeds from the over-allotment exercise used by TEPPCO for general partnership purposes.

 

If the offering is fully subscribed, and the over-allotment option is exercised, Duke will have a 5.6 percent ownership interest in TEPPCO units, compared with their current ownership interest of 12.3 percent, which includes the Class B units.

 

Salomon Smith Barney, as lead manager, and A.G. Edwards & Sons, Lehman Brothers, UBS Warburg and, Goldman, Sachs & Co. have been named as underwriters for the offering. A copy of a preliminary prospectus supplement and related prospectus can be obtained from any of the underwriters, including from Salomon Smith Barney Inc. at 388 Greenwich Street, New York, N.Y., 10013.

 

TEPPCO Partners, L.P. is a publicly traded master limited partnership, which conducts business through various subsidiary operating companies. TEPPCO owns and operates one of the largest common carrier pipelines of refined petroleum products and liquefied petroleum gases in the United States; owns and operates petrochemical and natural gas liquid pipelines; is engaged in crude oil transportation, storage, gathering and marketing; owns and operates natural gas gathering systems; and owns a 50-percent interest in Seaway Crude Pipeline Company, a 50-percent interest in Centennial Pipeline LLC, and an undivided ownership interest in the Basin Pipeline. Texas Eastern Products Pipeline Company, LLC, an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Duke Energy Field Services, LLC, is the general partner of TEPPCO Partners, L.P.

 

This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy the limited partnership interests described herein, nor shall there be any sale of these limited partnership interests in any state or jurisdiction in which such an offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. The offering may be made only by means of a prospectus and related prospectus supplement.

 

This news release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters discussed in this news release are forward-looking statements that involve certain risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties include, among other things, market conditions, governmental regulations and factors discussed in TEPPCO Partners, L.P. filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

 

Contact: Brenda J. Peters -- Investor Relations
Phone: 713/759-3954, toll-free: 800/659-0059
24 Hour Phone: n/a
Email: bpeters@teppco.com
Contact: Kathleen A. Sauve -- Media Relations
Phone: 713/759-3635
24 Hour Phone: 704/382-8333
Email: kasauve@teppco.com