Buyout firm Warburg Pincus is considering a $3 billion sale of natural gas producer Navitas Midstream Partners LLC, people with knowledge of the matter said.
Navitas has hired investment bank Jefferies Financial Group Inc. to run an auction process, said the people, who asked not to be identified because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly. The company, which is attracting interest from other private equity firms as well as infrastructure companies, could be sold before the end of the year, the people said.
No agreement has been reached and it’s possible Warburg may keep the company.
Warburg led a $500 million line-of-equity commitment to Navitas and its management team, led by Bruce Northcutt, in 2014, according to the company’s website. Northcutt had previously been chief executive officer and president of Copano Energy LLC, a publicly traded natural gas distributor that was sold to Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP in 2013 for about $5 billion, including debt, according to Bloomberg.
Navitas, based in The Woodlands, Texas, has more than 1,600 miles of natural gas gathering pipelines, as well as cryogenic natural gas processing facilities. The company has begun construction of a new processing plant in Glasscock County near Midland, Texas.