|ENTERPRISE PRODUCTS PARTNERS L P filed this Form 424B5 on 02/02/2018|
adversely affect our ability to obtain financing for working capital, capital expenditures or acquisitions or to refinance existing indebtedness. If we are unable to access the capital markets on favorable terms in the future, we might be forced to seek extensions for some of our short-term debt obligations or to refinance some of our debt obligations through bank credit, as opposed to long-term public debt securities or equity securities. The price and terms upon which we might receive such extensions or additional bank credit, if at all, could be more onerous than those contained in existing debt agreements. Any such arrangements could, in turn, increase the risk that our leverage may adversely affect our future financial and operating flexibility.
Risks Related to the Notes
The notes are contractually subordinated in right of payment to substantially all of our other debt, and the indenture governing the notes does not limit the aggregate amount of indebtedness that may be issued by us.
Our obligations under the notes are contractually subordinate and junior in right of payment to all of our Senior Indebtedness. This means that we cannot make any payments on the notes until all holders of Senior Indebtedness have been paid in full, or provision has been made for such payment, if such Senior Indebtedness is in default (subject to certain exceptions for grace periods and waivers).
The indenture under which the notes will be issued does not limit the aggregate amount of Senior Indebtedness that may be issued by us. As of September 30, 2017, the aggregate principal amount of our Senior Indebtedness was approximately $21.76 billion. We conduct a significant portion of our operations through our subsidiaries and unconsolidated affiliates, and a significant amount of our assets consists of our ownership interests in such entities. At September 30, 2017, indebtedness of our consolidated subsidiaries totaled $14.9 million and that of our unconsolidated affiliates totaled $52.2 million. Therefore, our right and, hence, the right of our creditors (including holders of notes) to participate in any distribution of the assets of any subsidiary of us, whether upon liquidation, reorganization or otherwise, is structurally subordinate to the claims of creditors and preferred and preference equityholders of each subsidiary or affiliate. As of September 30, 2017, on a consolidated basis, we had approximately $24.72 billion of outstanding debt (including securities due within one year). See Capitalization.
We may elect to defer interest payments on the notes at our option for one or more periods of up to 10 consecutive years. This may affect the market price of the notes.
We may elect at our option to defer payment of all or part of the current and accrued interest otherwise due on the notes for up to 10 consecutive years, as described under Description of the NotesOption to Defer Interest Payments in this prospectus supplement. At the end of an Optional Deferral Period, if all amounts due are paid, we could start a new Optional Deferral Period of up to 10 consecutive years. During any Optional Deferral Period, interest on the notes would be deferred but would accrue additional interest at a rate equal to the interest rate then applicable to the notes, to the extent permitted by applicable law. No Optional Deferral Period may extend beyond the maturity date or redemption date, if earlier, of the notes. If we exercise this interest deferral right, the notes may trade at a price that does not fully reflect the value of accrued but unpaid interest on the notes or that is otherwise less than the price at which the notes may have been traded if we had not exercised such right. In addition, as a result of our right to defer interest payments, the market price of the notes may be more volatile than other securities that are not subject to these rights.
Holders of the notes may have to pay taxes on interest before they receive payments from us.
If we defer interest payments on the notes, a holder will be required to accrue interest income for U.S. federal income tax purposes in respect of such holders proportionate share of the accrued but unpaid interest on the notes, even if such holder normally reports income when received. As a result, a holder will be required to include the accrued interest in gross income for U.S. federal income tax purposes before receiving payment of the interest. If a holder sells its notes before the record date for the first interest payment after an