Energy Transfer is Buying Williams Cos. in $32.61 Billion Deal

From the San Antonio Express-News:
Energy Transfer Equity is buying pipeline operator The Williams Cos. for approximately $32.61 billion. 
The companies said Monday that the combination creates one of the five biggest energy companies in the world. 
Energy Transfer Equity LP will pay $43.50 per share, a 4.6 percent premium to Williams' Friday closing price of $41.60. Williams' shareholders can choose shares of Energy Transfer Equity affiliate Energy Transfer Corp., cash or a combination of both. 
The companies put the deal's value at about $37.7 billion, including debt and other liabilities. 
Williams' stockholders will also receive a one-time special dividend of 10 cents per share that will be paid immediately before the acquisition closes.
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