Western Gas Partners: An Excellent MLP With A 3.4% Yield And DJ Basin Growth Potential
Michael Fitzsimmons • 11 Comments
Michael Fitzsimmons • 11 Comments
Tue, May 3, 4:49 PM
Mon, May 2, 5:35 PM
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Fri, Apr. 22, 11:57 AM
Thu, Mar. 17, 3:27 PM
- Credit Suisse analyst John Edwards issues a dozen downgrades - and one upgrade - among MLPs following the group's recent rally, believing the severity of the oil downturn has called into question the entire MLP model.
- "The prolonged downturn has challenged the robustness assumption on account of counterparty risks and contract renegotiation risks," Edwards writes.
- Downgraded to Underperform from Neutral: Columbia Pipeline (CPGX +2.4%), Magellan Midstream Partners (MMP -0.6%), ONEOK Partners (OKS +0.8%).
- Downgraded to Neutral from Outperform: Antero Midstream Partners (AM +0.8%), Enterprise Products Partners (EPD +2.7%), Enbridge Energy Partners (EEP +3.8%), EnLink Midstream Partners (ENLC +1.7%), Kinder Morgan (KMI +0.3%), Spectra Energy LP (SEP -0.1%), VTTI Energy Partners (VTTI +1.9%), Western Gas Equity Partners (WGP -0.1%), Western Gas Partners (WES +5%).
- Upgraded to Outperform from Neutral: Enable Midstream Partners (ENBL +14.6%).
Tue, Mar. 8, 5:17 PM
- A U.S. bankruptcy judge says Sabine Oil & Gas (OTCPK:SOGCQ) can reject contracts with midstream companies it made before oil and gas prices plunged.
- But the judge says her ruling is not binding, potentially setting the stage for another legal battle over the pipeline operators' argument that the agreements cannot be broken because they are inextricably tied to the land on which Sabine operates.
- The ruling covers agreements with two companies, including an affiliate of Cheniere Energy (NYSEMKT:LNG), that gather natural gas for Sabine in specific geographic locations; Sabine has said that rejecting the contracts could save as much as $115M for the bankruptcy estate.
- Restructuring and energy experts have warned that a loss for Sabine's pipeline operators could inspire other bankrupt oil and gas producers to seek similar relief, spreading the distress that has plagued them to the midstream companies that process and transport oil and natural gas.
- Similar requests are pending in the chapter 11 cases of companies including Quicksilver Resources (OTCPK:KWKAQ) and Magnum Hunter Resources (OTCPK:MHRCQ); a Delaware judge is expected to rule on KWK's request by the end of the month.
- Pipeline stocks include: KMI, ENB, EEP, SE, SEP, WMB, ETE, ETP, OKS, PAA, PBA, MMP, CQP, BWP, BPL, WES, SXL, NS, NSH, TCP, NGL, DPM, GEL, HEP, APL, SEMG, TLLP, MMLP, TLP, SGU, BKEP
Thu, Feb. 25, 7:25 PM
- Morgan Stanley analyst Tom Abrams sees improvement in the MLP multiple compression that has weighed on the group throughout the oil downturn, and the firm expands its MLP coverage by initiating ratings on several midstream names.
- While MLP prices could yet fall to new lows, Abrams believes progress has been made in approaching a bottom; however, he says investors should continue to avoid MLPs with overly-levered balance sheets, funding issues, weak cash flows and high distribution risk.
- Initiated with an Overweight rating: BPL, PSXP, VLP, DM, CPPL.
- Initiated at Equal Weight: MMP, CPGX, EQGP, EQM, WGP, WES, NS, NSH.
- Initiated at Underweight: EEP, ENBL, EEQ, MEP.
Wed, Feb. 24, 6:34 PM
- Anadarko Petroleum (NYSE:APC) +4.3% AH after announcing it has closed or signed agreements to sell ~$1.3B worth of assets YTD, and saying it will actively pursue other sales opportunities this year.
- APC says the divestments include a $750M sale of its 100% interest in Springfield Pipeline, whose sole asset is a 50.1% stake in the Maverick Basin gathering system in south Texas, to Western Gas Partners (NYSE:WES).
- APC says it also sold future royalty income from its soda ash and coal leases in Wyoming to an unnamed party for $420M, as well as the sale of its East Chalk asset in Texas to Zarvona Energy for $105M.
Wed, Feb. 24, 4:32 PM
Tue, Feb. 23, 5:35 PM
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Sat, Feb. 20, 8:25 AM
- Moody’s says it has downgraded a total of 28 energy companies since December, including another eight yesterday.
- Anadarko Petroleum (NYSE:APC), Continental Resources (NYSE:CLR), Hess (NYSE:HES), Murphy Oil (NYSE:MUR), Southwestern Energy (NYSE:SWN) and Western Gas Partners (NYSE:WES) were cut to junk levels.
- National Fuel Gas (NYSE:NFG) and Noble Energy (NYSE:NBL) were lowered to Baa3, one notch above junk.
- Outlooks for Cimarex Energy (NYSE:XEC) and EQT Corp. (NYSE:EQT) were confirmed above junk without downgrades, while EQT Midstream (NYSE:EQM) was affirmed in junk territory but not downgraded.
- Moody's says weakness in prices for crude oil and natural gas has caused a fundamental change in the energy industry, whose ability to generate cash flow has fallen substantially - a condition Moody's believes will persist for "several years," so it is in the process of recalibrating the ratings of many energy companies to reflect the industry shift.
- More downgrades are sure to be on the way following last month's move by the ratings agency in placing the credit ratings of 120 energy companies and 55 mining companies from around the world on review for possible downgrade.
Fri, Jan. 22, 6:12 AM
Dec. 3, 2015, 2:19 PM
- An explosion at the Ramsey natural gas plant processing plant near Orla, Tex., owned by Western Gas Partners (WES -3.1%) and operated by Anadarko Petroleum (APC +0.2%) has started a massive fire, caused at least two minor injuries and has resulted in the evacuation of ~200 workers.
- APC says all lines coming in and out of the plant have been isolated, and the fire now is said to be contained in a single area.
Nov. 23, 2015, 3:00 PM
- FBR Director of Research David Hilal and team started with 250 dividend stocks tracked by the company, then narrowed it to 25 to own in a rising rate environment, and then further trimmed the list to a favored ten.
- Among the requirements: A minimum yield of 3%, an extremely safe payout with the opportunity to go higher, and stable to improving fundamentals which might drive share price appreciation in addition to the dividend.
- The highest yielder of the group is New Residential (NYSE:NRZ) at more than a 15% yield. Analyst Jessica Levi-Ribner figures the stock deserves something closer to a 9% yield given its growing book value and clear outlook into earnings and the dividend (which has been on the rise).
- The lowest yielder on the list is James River Holdings (NASDAQ:JRVR) at just over a 2% yield, but that's not counting special dividends - FBR expects the yield is nearly 9% once those are factored in.
- The rest: Blackstone Mortgage Trust (NYSE:BXMT), Peak Resorts (NASDAQ:SKIS), Great Ajax (NYSE:AJX), Hospitality Properties (NYSE:HPT), Preferred Apartments (NYSE:APTS), Western Gas Partners (NYSE:WES), National CineMedia (NASDAQ:NCMI), Physicians Realty Trust (NYSE:DOC).
Oct. 28, 2015, 5:16 PM
- Western Gas Partners (NYSE:WES): Q3 EPS of $0.77 beats by $0.36.
- Revenue of $385.1M (+7.7% Y/Y) misses by $4.62M.
Oct. 27, 2015, 5:35 PM
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Oct. 14, 2015, 5:10 PM
- Western Gas Partners (NYSE:WES) declares $0.775/share quarterly dividend, 3.3% increase from prior dividend of $0.75.
- Forward yield 5.82%
- Payable Nov. 12; for shareholders of record Nov. 2; ex-div Oct. 29.
Western Gas Partners LP operates as a limited partnership, which owns, operates, acquires and develops midstream energy assets. It engages in the business of gathering, processing, compressing, treating and transporting natural gas, condensate, natural gas liquids and crude oil. The company was... More
Sector: Basic Materials
Industry: Oil & Gas Pipelines
Country: United States
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