Star Gas Partners (NYSE:SGU) is a small-cap ($374 million) MLP that runs the nation's largest home heating oil distribution business, with annual sales that will approach $2 billion this year. The partnership operates in 14 Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states, and sells home heating oil to approximately 404,000 full services residential and commercial customers. Star Gas also sells home heating oil, gasoline and diesel fuel to 54,000 customers on a delivery-only basis. It installs, maintains and repairs heating and air conditioning equipment for its customers, and provides ancillary home services, including home security and plumbing, to 15,700 additional customers. The recently completed acquisition of Griffith Energy, combined with a low payout ratio should lead to higher distributions and 20%...
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