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Roger S. Conrad needs no introduction to individual and professional investors, many of whom have profited from his decades of experience uncovering the best dividend-paying stocks for accumulating sustainable wealth.

Roger built his reputation with Utility Forecaster, a publication he founded more than 20 years ago that The Hulbert Financial Digest routinely ranked as one of the best investment newsletters. He’s also a sought-after expert on master limited partnerships (MLP) and former Canadian royalty trusts.

In April 2013, Roger reunited with his long-time friend and colleague, Elliott Gue, becoming co-editor of Energy & Income Advisor, a semimonthly online newsletter that’s dedicated to uncovering the most profitable opportunities in the energy sector.

Although the masthead may have changed, readers can count on Roger to deliver the same high-quality analysis and rational assessment of the best dividend-paying utilities, MLPs and dividend-paying Canadian energy names.

Articles

There’s Deep Value in Energy

For the past five years, it’s become an all too familiar refrain for energy investors: Oil and gas prices drop, but sector stocks fall harder. Then when prices rebound, the shares lag the recovery.

The pattern has also largely held this year, despite the fact that the S&P Energy Index has consistently shown up among the top performing S&P 500 sectors. No matter how positive underlying conditions have become, many investors still favor the commodities to energy stocks.

On the other hand, it’s much harder to ignore the good news that’s increasingly flowing from American energy companies. First quarter 2019 results once again showcased the recovery up and down the energy value chain. And as highlighted in the previous issue, the macro outlook strongly suggests this will continue.

Seeking High Income Energy

The cheapest source of expansion funds is always internally generated cash. So it’s no great surprise that many energy sector management teams are still choosing to “right size” dividend distributions, rather than issue new debt and equity into what remain largely hostile capital markets.

Endangered Dividends List

Amerigas Partners’ (NYSE: APU) merger terms with general partner UGI Corp (NYSE: UGI) imply a roughly 83 percent cut in the dividend when the deal closes. That eventuality has been known by investors for two weeks and is therefore baked into the price. Therefore, while we do advise moving on from Amerigas, the MLP is now off the Endangered Dividends List.

Regulatory Risks: Real and Rising but so is Opportunity

Last November, Colorado voters defeated Proposition 112, a ballot measure that would have imposed significant new limits on oil and gas drilling. This month, the state’s senate advanced legislation that would have much the same impact, if the state house and governor give their assent as expected.

By no means will the new law end energy production in Colorado. But it will for the first time allow city and county governments to use planning and land-use powers to regulate drilling, and with a mandate to prioritize public health and the environment. At a minimum, that means more hurdles for companies to jump through before they drill or build new midstream infrastructure, at least in some jurisdictions.

As our feature article highlights, the “Centennial State” isn’t the only place in the US that’s tightening regulation of energy companies. Even Oklahoma has ramped up industry oversight in recent years, following a dramatic increase in earthquakes.

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    Elliott and Roger on May. 30, 2019

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    • Model Portfolios

      Balanced portfolios of energy stocks for aggressive and conservative investors.

    • Coverage Universe

      Our take on more than 50 energy-related equities, from upstream to downstream and everything in between.

    • MLP Ratings

      Our assessment of every energy-related master limited partnership.

    • International Coverage Universe

      Roger Conrad’s coverage of more than 70 dividend-paying energy names.

    Experts

    • Elliott H. Gue

      Founder and Chief Analyst: Capitalist Times and Energy & Income Advisor

    • Roger S. Conrad

      Founder and Chief Analyst: Capitalist Times and Energy & Income Advisor