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Energy Transfer Equity is an oil and gas pipeline empire built by billionaire Kelcy Warren with a spate of M&A deals (Sunoco, Southern Union) that paid off handsomely during the shale boom. At the start of the year, it had a network of around 71,000 miles of pipelines pumping natural gas, natural gas liquids, refined products, and crude oil. But Warren’s luck ran out last year with a miscalculated approach for Williams Companies, just as the oil price crash took its toll on the ‘midstream’ segment. ETE persuaded Williams to sell itself in September, but the value of both companies has tumbled since then. ETE originally agreed to pay $32.6 billion, including $6 billion in cash and the rest in ETE shares. Today, Williams is worth only $16 billion, and ETE is struggling to raise the cash after a sharp decline in its own share price. A bitter and complex legal battle has ensued. Williams, which originally refused Kelcy’s advances, is now suing to force the merger through, and to reverse an issue of convertible debt by ETE that would dilute its shareholders’ stake in the combined company.

Company Information

A partnership.
John W. McReynolds
HQ Location
Dallas, TX
Years on Global 500 List3

Energy Transfer Equity Rank History


Key Financials (last fiscal year)

($ Millions)% change
Revenues ($M)$42,126-24.4%
Profits ($M)$1,18987.8%
Assets ($M)$71,189-
Total Stockholder Equity ($M)$-932-

Profit Ratios

Profit as % of Revenues2.8%
Profits as % of Assets1.7%
Profits as % of Stockholder Equity-