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Investing Topics: MLPs

MLP Class of 2014, Part 3

Over the past three years, investors seeking differentiated returns have found recent initial public offerings (IPO) in the MLP space to be a fruitful hunting ground.

In 2011, two fledgling MLPs–Golar LNG Partners LP (NYSE: GMLP) and Tesoro Logistics LP (NYSE: TLLP)–cracked the list of that year’s top 10 performers. This number increased to six in 2012 and four in 2013. And thus far in 2014, IPOs that priced within the past 12 months have accounted for four of the top-performing MLPs.

Why do newly listed publicly traded partnerships tend to outperform?

MLPs often grow their distributions at an accelerated rate in their first two years as a publicly traded entity. These rising quarterly payouts, coupled with a raft of positive research reports from Wall Street analysts, tend to attract investors’ attention and drive the stock price higher.

At the same time, brokerage and financial websites often misreport recently listed MLPs’ yield until the firm has paid a full year’s worth of distributions. This quirk gives investors an opportunity to buy these stocks before the herd realizes how much the units yield.

In the past, investing in fledgling publicly traded partnerships has proved to be a winning proposition and an opportunity to find value. However, investors should be forewarned selectivity is critical to this strategy’s success.

Midstream Madness

Midstream names have regained a good chunk of their losses over the past few days, but investors still have questions about the extent to which the recent retrenchment in crude-oil prices will affect their growth prospects. We highlight our favorites.

Q2 in Review: Conservative MLP Portfolio

Our Conservative MLP Portfolio has delivered an average total return of 29.2 percent since its inception in mid-November 2013, outperforming the 23.8 percent return generated by the Alerian MLP Index. Here’s our assessment of each holding’s second-quarter results and our updated outlook for their future prospects.

More Thoughts on the Kinder Morgan Mega-Deal and Its Implications

Rather than regarding Kinder Morgan Inc.’s consolidation of its associated limited partnerships as a referendum on the MLP structure or the end of an era, investors should regard this move as a fresh start for the midstream giant–an opportunity to reshape itself to meet the demands of the marketplace and competitive environment.

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. 

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