|ENTERPRISE PRODUCTS PARTNERS L P filed this Form 424B5 on 02/02/2018|
An investment in our notes involves certain risks. You should carefully consider the risks described below in addition to the risks described under Risk Factors in the accompanying prospectus, in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016, which report is incorporated by reference herein, as well as the other information contained in or incorporated by reference into this prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus before making an investment decision. If any of these risks were to materialize, our business, results of operations, cash flows and financial condition could be materially adversely affected. In that case, the value of our notes could decline, and you could lose part or all of your investment.
Risks Related to Our Business
Our debt level may limit our future financial and operating flexibility.
On an as adjusted basis after giving effect to this offering, the concurrent subordinated notes offering and the application of the net proceeds therefrom, as of September 30, 2017, Enterprise Parent had approximately $21.85 billion principal amount of consolidated senior long-term debt outstanding, $3.19 billion in principal amount of junior subordinated debt outstanding and no short-term commercial paper notes outstanding. The amount of our future debt could have significant effects on our operations, including, among other things:
Our public debt indentures currently do not limit the amount of future indebtedness that we can incur, assume or guarantee. Although our credit agreements restrict our ability to incur additional debt above certain levels, any debt we may incur in compliance with these restrictions may still be substantial.
Our credit agreements and each of the indentures related to our public debt instruments include traditional financial covenants and other restrictions. For example, Enterprise Parent is prohibited from making distributions to its partners if such distributions would cause an event of default or otherwise violate a covenant under our credit agreements. A breach of any of these restrictions by us or Enterprise Parent could permit our lenders or noteholders, as applicable, to declare all amounts outstanding under these debt agreements to be immediately due and payable and, in the case of our credit agreements, to terminate all commitments to extend further credit.
Our ability to access capital markets to raise capital on favorable terms could be affected by our debt level, when such debt matures, and by prevailing market conditions. Moreover, if the rating agencies were to downgrade our credit ratings, we could experience an increase in our borrowing costs, difficulty accessing capital markets and/or a reduction in the market price of Enterprise Parents common units. Such a development could