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Feb 21, 2020
MLPs Hit 52-Week Low
Enterprise valuation is paramount. In June 2015, Valuentum released its bearish case to Barron's on Kinder Morgan and the MLPs. This was no small call. Since then, on a price basis, the MLP ETF (AMLP) is down more than 50%, while the S&P (SPY) is up roughly 60% (orange line). Read more about this story in Value Trap.
Feb 7, 2020
GasLog MLP Family Highlights Problems with Flawed Model
Image Source: GasLog Ltd - 2018 Analyst Day Presentation. We’ve written about it many times in the past and we’re writing about it again: the master limited partnership (‘MLP’) model is fundamentally broken. Equity holders in this arrangement have little to no say over how the family of companies are run, and management is often beholden to no one. Only by converting to a C-Corp can this arrangement be rectified. Recently, the LP GasLog Partners cut its per unit distribution by 78% sequentially after reporting fourth quarter and full year earnings for 2019. Now the LP’s distribution stands at $0.50 per unit on an annualized basis. Equity holders got crushed on February 6, 2020, with GLOG ending down 9% and GLOP falling by a whopping 49%. This follows two other high profile cuts recently, at Alliance Resource Partners and Martin Midstream Partners.
Jan 24, 2020
Dividend Increases/Decreases for the Week Ending January 24
Let's take a look at companies that raised/lowered their dividend this week.
Nov 13, 2019
Chesapeake Energy’s Pain Indicates Nothing “Safe” About Energy MLP Distributions
Image Source: Valuentum slide deck, December 2015. Valuentum released its bearish case on MLPs in June 2015.  Summary There is nothing "safe" in the stock market, and given the track record of the distributions of pipeline MLPs, there is nothing "safe" about pipeline MLP distributions. The MLP business model continues to be phased out, a trend that we anticipated when we made our bearish call on the group in June 2015. Chesapeake Energy's pain is a yet another reminder of the pipeline MLP group's exposure to energy resource pricing through the health (or rather ill-health) of its customer base. We continue to encourage pipeline operators to disclose free cash flow (cash flow from operations less all gross capital spending) prominently in press releases, alongside other industry-specific metrics. Investors of Chesapeake could get completely wiped out in a Chesapeake bankruptcy, and this could have implications across the pipeline MLP arena.
Oct 25, 2019
Dividend Increases/Decreases for the Week Ending October 25
Let's take a look at companies that raised/lowered their dividend this week.
Aug 7, 2019
Tallgrass Energy’s Growth Runway Shorter Than Expected
Image Source: Tallgrass Energy LP -- IR Presentation. We parted with Tallgrass as we see greater opportunities in other midstream firms and different parts of the high-yield universe, such as Enterprise Products Partners, which have stronger growth runways and assets that better cater to the ever-evolving needs of North America’s oil & gas industry. Recent weakness in TGE indicates the market is losing faith in Tallgrass’ growth trajectory and its future free cash flows.
Jul 26, 2019
Dividend Increases/Decreases for the Week Ending July 26
Let's take a look at companies that raised/lowered their dividend this week.
Apr 26, 2019
Dividend Increases/Decreases for the Week Ending April 26
Let's take a look at companies that raised/lowered their dividend this week.
Apr 14, 2019
Chevron Joins the Ranks of Exxon Mobil and Shell After Buying Anadarko
Image Source: Chevron Corporation – IR presentation. Chevron is buying Anadarko. Chevron will have to show that the projected operational synergies and related capital intensity reductions actually materialize through this acquisition, as execution risk is very material in the oil & gas world. We will be monitoring the industry as further consolidation is possible with interest rates remaining low for the time being and in light of oil prices moving sharply higher since January.
Feb 17, 2019
S&P Global: "Enterprise's shift on cash flow reflects 'metamorphosis' of US pipeline firms"
S&P Global: "While several major U.S. energy pipeline companies spent 2018 shedding cash-leaking habits and forging a more conventional financial structure as stocks languished, adopting reporting practices that are more accessible to the investing public could be a gradual process for the industry, if it takes flight at all."


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