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Peter Staas is managing editor of the Capitalist Times and Energy & Income Advisor. He earned a BA from the State University of New York at Binghamton and co-authored a textbook about real estate valuation models that’s used by federal bank examiners. Peter Staas also served as managing editor of Personal Finance, MLP Profits and The Energy Strategist, where he honed his understanding of global energy markets under the tutelage of investing experts Elliott Gue and Roger Conrad.

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GasLog Partners LP: A Virtuous Cycle

The creation of GasLog Partners LP provides GasLog with a cost-effective means of recycling capital to fund additional growth opportunities. This virtuous cycle involves GasLog selling LNG carriers in its fleet to GasLog Partners at prices that are accretive to the MLP’s distributable cash flow. The parent then redeploys some of the proceeds into ordering or acquiring new vessels that can be dropped down to the MLP once they obtain longer-term contracts.

Four Takeaways from the Year’s Biggest Acquisition in the Energy Patch

On June 16, 2014, Williams Companies announced an agreement to acquire Global Infrastructure Partners’ 50 percent general-partner interest and 27 percent equity interest in Access Midstream Partners LP for $5.995 billion. We examine four key takeaways from this deal for MLP investors. 

Mighty Marcellus Shale Overwhelms Takeaway Capacity

The Marcellus Shale is a prolific, gas-producing formation in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, where robust drilling activity has driven huge production growth. But rising output has started to overwhelm local demand, pressuring smaller operators and increasing demand for new takeaway capacity.

06/18/14: Three Portfolio Holdings (WMB, WPZ and ACMP) Walk into a Deal

Model Portfolio holding Williams Companies (NYSE: WMB) on June 16 announced an agreement to acquire Global Infrastructure Partners’ 50 percent general-partner interest and 27 percent equity interest in MLP Portfolio holding Access Midstream Partners LP (NYSE: ACMP) for $5.995 billion. At the same time, a second transaction was proposed: the merger of Williams Partners LP (NYSE: WPZ) and Access Midstream Partners.

The Art of Bottom Fishing

With an eye toward value and capital preservation, we prefer to focus on potential turnaround stories where distribution growth has slowed or stalled, but the payout doesn’t appear to be under threat. At the same time, management must have a credible plan to restore the MLP’s fortunes and exceed the market’s low expectations. 

Profitable Trend: Horizontal Drilling Picks up Steam in Permian Basin

The Bakken Shale, the Eagle Ford Shale and the Marcellus Shale may get all the press, as output from these plays continues to grow. But the Permian Basin–an area in west Texas that’s been in production for more than a century–appears poised for a breakout this year.

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