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Investing Topics: Master Limited Partnerships

On the Prowl at the MLP Association’s Annual Investor Conference

Over the past 12 months, the difference between the top and bottom performers in the Alerian MLP Infrastructure Index amounted to about 60 percentage points. Capturing this upside requires on-the-ground intelligence, which is why we attend the MLPA Association’s annual investor conference every year.

Focus Up

Our Focus List has continued to outperform the S&P 500 Energy Index over equivalent holding periods. Note that we have dropped MPLX LP (NYSE: MPLX) from the Focus List after the stock gained more than 25 percent since early December and traded above our value-based buy target for more than a month.

On The Record: Key Quotes From Midstream MLPs’ Fourth-Quarter Earnings Calls

While reading through transcripts of master limited partnerships’ fourth-quarter earnings calls, we compiled a series of quotes from management teams that provide insight into some of the macro trends that will continue to drive returns and opportunities in the space.

Natural-Gas Pipelines: Pump up the Volumes

The best-positioned natural-gas pipelines have benefited from surging production in the Marcellus Shale as well as growing demand for the thermal fuel among utilities, thanks to ultra-low prices and the retirement of coal-fired power plants. This tailwind looks set to continue in coming years, which helps to explain the accelerating pace of merger and acquisition activity targeting these assets. But not all pipelines are created equal. We highlight some of our favorite midstream operators.

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