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QEP Midstream Partners: 20% Near-Term Upside In A Takeout, And 40-60% Longer Term
- Tesoro Logistics recently offered to acquire QEPM for 0.2846 shares per share of QEP Midstream, a ratio that likely improves given what it paid to the parent.
- The stock trades on top of the exchange offer as the QEPM board considers the offer.
- Tesoro and QEPM are both cheap, attractive, fee-based midstream MLPs that have significant upside assuming any stability in oil prices.
QEPM Midstream: A Midstream Dropdown Story With 4%+ Yield
Fri, Jan. 23, 4:33 PM
Dec. 12, 2014, 4:38 PM
- QEP Midstream Partners (NYSE:QEPM) spiked higher into the close after a 13D filing disclosed that Tesoro (NYSE:TSO) had acquired a 56.9% active stake in the company.
- In the filing, Tesoro Logistics (NYSE:TLLP) proposes acquiring all outstanding units of QEPM not owned by QEPM or by QEP Field Services.
Nov. 5, 2014, 4:50 PM
Oct. 17, 2014, 6:06 PM
- QEP Resources (NYSE:QEP) +4.1% AH after Bloomberg reports that Williams Cos. (NYSE:WMB) is among the bidders for its Entrada Midstream natural gas pipeline unit, which could fetch ~$2.5B in a sale.
- Questar (NYSE:STR), QEP’s former parent, also is interested in Entrada, a spokesperson for the gas utility said separately today.
- Entrada and 56%-owned QEP Midstream (NYSE:QEPM) own nearly 3K miles of gas pipelines in the Rocky Mountain region, handling gas gathering and processing services for several major energy companies.
Aug. 6, 2014, 5:34 PM
May. 7, 2014, 5:54 PM
May. 7, 2014, 5:11 PM
- QEP Resources (QEP) agrees to sell 40% of its outstanding membership interest in Green River Processing to QEP Midstream Partners (QEPM) for $230M.
- At closing, Green River will own the Blacks Fork processing complex and the Emigrant Trail processing plant located in Wyoming.
- The sale comes on the heels of QEP's earlier sale of producing assets in the Midcontinent region, and moves the company further away from gas towards a focus on oil.
Feb. 25, 2014, 4:47 PM| Comment!
Feb. 24, 2014, 8:48 AM
- QEP Resources (QEP) appoints energy industry veteran William Thacker as an independent director on its board to assist in the separation of its oilfield services business into a stand-alone company.
- The board earlier this year authorized the separation of the business, including its interest in QEP Midstream Partners (QEPM), after hedge fund Jana Partners had increased its position in QEP and argued that a more drastic restructuring was needed to spark a weak share price performance.
- QEP also says it has reached an agreement with Jana to vote in favor of QEP's nominees at its 2014 annual meeting.
Dec. 3, 2013, 12:24 PM
- QEP Resources' (QEP +2.1%) announcement that it will pursue a separation of its midstream business and its interest in QEP Midstream Partners (QEPM +2%) did not specify how it would be achieved, but Sterne Agee thinks it will happen through an IPO or an outright sale of the field services company and the interest in QEPM.
- There's a lot of room for growth in the midstream limited partnership, where incentive distribution rights kick in after a distribution of $0.2875 to limited partners, Sterne says; in Q3, the partnership distributed just $0.13.
- The firm also raises its price target on QEP to $39 from $36, based on a sum-of-the-parts estimated value.
Dec. 2, 2013, 4:28 PM
- QEP Resources (QEP) +5.1% AH after announcing it will pursue a separation of its midstream business, QEP Field Services, including QEP's interest in QEP Midstream Partners (QEPM).
- QEP's board asks management to work with the company's financial and legal advisers to evaluate the shareholder value impact of various separation alternatives.
Nov. 13, 2013, 3:25 PM
- Among the many oil and gas companies that have recently captured the interest of activist investors, QEP Resources (QEP +1.2%) looks especially attractive, David Englander of Barron's writes.
- Sterne Agee's Tim Rezvan notes that at QEP's current stock price, investors are assigning "little to no value" to QEP's pipeline assets and its 60% interest in QEP Midstream (QEPM); while a full separation isn't likely to happen right away, the company may speed the process of dropping down pipeline assets to QEPM.
- Rezvan values QEP's pipeline assets at $13/share, assuming a multiple of 9x EBITDA, and thinks the E&P business is worth 5x EBITDA, or $31/share.
Oct. 22, 2013, 10:59 AM
- Gains in QEP Resources (QEP +7.8%) far outpace other energy companies after activist investor Jana Partners disclosed a big stake and offered steps it wants to see to help unlock value.
- In response, QEP says it has been considering Jana's suggestions, which included support of the IPO of QEP Midstream Partners (QEPM); Jana criticizes the way the MLP was created and wants a fuller separation of the midstream operations, arguing QEP no longer needs control of them and pointing to Devon Energy's plan to combine its midstream operations with Crosstex Energy as a model to follow.
- Sterne Agee says Jana’s “activism is not a surprise,” and believes Jana is "focused on the correct lever to unlock value - QEP’s Field Services assets not being appropriately valued in QEP Resources’ share price."
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QEP Midstream Partners LP owns, operates, acquires and develops midstream energy assets. The Company provides natural gas and crude oil gathering and transportation services in Colorado, North Dakota, Utah and Wyoming.
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