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Investing Topics: Liquefied Natural Gas

Upstream Takeover Targets

Some of the biggest winners from mergers and acquisitions activity in the US upstream space have been the acquirers. Deal flow will continue to focus on assets and private-equity outfits monetizing their investments. We prefer names with solid balance sheets and exposure to franchise assets with low production costs; these names will continue to take market share, outperform their and grow their inventories of potential drilling locations.

Natural Gas: Impressive Rally, But Wait for the Production Response

Much of the recent upside in natural-gas prices reflects the unusually hot summer weather, expectations for a cold winter and modest supply growth, as oil and gas producers have curbed their drilling and completion activity in prolific US shale plays. However, our intermediate- to long-term outlooks for gas supply and demand remain unchanged: Expect the price of the thermal fuel to continue two fluctuate primarily with winter demand. And don’t bet on a sustainable breakout unless a new Ice Age (not another installment of the children’s movie franchise) cometh.

IPO Analysis: Exmar Energy Partners LP (NYSE: XMLP)

Exmar Energy Partners LP publicly filed its initial F-1 registration statement on Sept. 24, 2014, roughly 10 months after confidentially pre-filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Here’s our in-depth analysis of this master limited partnership and its growth prospects.

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.

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