Wed, Aug. 12, 5:59 PM
- ONEOK Partners (NYSE:OKS) agrees to sell ~21.5M common units representing limited partner interests at a price of $30.17/unit in a private placement to parent company ONEOK (NYSE:OKE).
- OKS also will sell ~3.3M common units at the same price to funds managed by Kayne Anderson.
- To pay for its purchase, OKE plans to sell $500M of senior notes.
- OKS -3.1%, OKE -1.9% AH.
Tue, Aug. 11, 10:25 AM
- Credit Suisse upgrades the MLP sector to Overweight following the recent sharp selloff, saying reversion to mean yield ranges suggest a total return outlook of more than 40%.
- The firm notes that the overwhelming majority of distributions have been made, and MLPs are tracking to 7.8% Y/Y growth (excluding upstream and coal), above last year and at the high end of its 5%-8% forecast range for this year.
- Credit Suisse says its top picks in the group are Genesis Energy (NYSE:GEL), Tallgrass Energy Partners (NYSE:TEP) and Energy Transfer Equity (NYSE:ETE).
- The firm also says defensive names with low commodity exposure make the most sense going forward and have held up best in the current bear market, including pipeline-oriented MLPs such as Spectra Energy (NYSE:SE) and Kinder Morgan (NYSE:KMI), and the just-upgraded ONEOK Partners (NYSE:OKS) and Magellan Midstream (NYSE:MMP).
- Small cap Midcoast Energy Partners (NYSE:MEP) is vastly oversold, the firm says, noting it has garnered parental support for 2.5 years.
- Also viewed favorably: WES, CNNX, ENLK, EQM, PBFX, PSXP, WNRL, VLP
- ETFs: AMLP, AMJ, KYN, MLPL, YMLP, TYG, SRV, KYE, CEM, MLPI, NML, FEN, NTG, MLPA, KMF, EMLP, FMO, MLPN, SRF, FEI, JMF, CBA, MLPG, MLPX, GMZ, EMO, MLPS, MLPY, TTP, CTR
Mon, Aug. 10, 12:59 PM
- ONEOK Partners (OKS +1.9%) is upgraded to Outperform from Neutral with a $48 price target, raised from $45, at Credit Suisse, which believes that the worst is over for the company.
- OKS' Q2 EBITDA of $387M and distributed cash flow of $277M came in higher than estimates, and raised EBITDA and DCF estimates for 2015 by a respective 3% to $1.6B and by 4% to $1,15B; Credit Suisse expects coverage to stabilize at ~1.05x for the remainder of the year and distribution growth to resume in Q2 2016.
- The firm also upgrades Magellan Midstream Partners (MMP +6.7%)to Outperform from Neutral, with an $89 price target after MMP raised its 2015 distributable cash flow guidance by $10M to $880M and reiterated its distribution growth of 15% in 2015 and at least 10% in 2016.
Wed, Aug. 5, 5:42 PM
- ONEOK (OKE, OKS) CEO Terry Spencer says the company is on track to connect more than 700 wells in the Williston shale basin in North Dakota this year and expects to connect more than 600 in 2016.
- Spencer says OKE connected more than 260 new wells in the Williston during Q2, bringing its YTD total to more than 560 new connections.
- "We expect Williston Basin volume in the third quarter to reach ~650M cf/day as we continue to bring on additional field infrastructure," the CEO says.
- Spencer made the comments during a conference call a day after the release of the companies' Q2 earnings (I, II).
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Mon, Jul. 13, 6:57 PM
- U.S. midstream MLPs rallied today following the news that MarkWest Energy (NYSE:MWE) was acquired by MPLX (NYSE:MPLX), as the deal is seen as a validation of the long-term demand potential for U.S. natural gas liquids infrastructure despite current depressed prices.
- Among today's gainers in the group: GEL +3.7%, DPM +3.3%, OKS +2.6%, NGLS +2.5%.
- SunTrust's Tristan Richardson believes the deal is particularly bullish for Enterprise Products Partners (NYSE:EPD), since speaks to the long term potential for the NGL market and the buildout of NGL infrastructure to new sources of market demand, where EPD is a leader with significant organic growth opportunities.
- MPLX fell 14.5% today, as investors worry that adding a nat gas company to MPLX, which had been growing rapidly, could hurt growth and add more volatility to earnings; however, many analysts believe the deal is a safe bet for MPLX because the company is diversifying its sources of income to help it survive the ups and downs of the commodity cycles.
Mon, Jun. 22, 3:30 PM
- Williams Cos. (WMB +23.8%) must either show its ability to stand on its own merit or accept a better takeout offer, analysts say after the company rejected a $48B buyout bid from Energy Transfer Equity (ETE -3.8%).
- Analysts suggest that given the limited number of potential buyers, ETE stands a good chance of eventual success, perhaps after raising its offer; Raymond James analyst Darren Horowitz, for one, expects a higher offer to come in, since pipelines remain a coveted, high-value infrastructure that is attractive to own even though oil and gas prices have plunged.
- Jefferies' Christopher Sighinolfi says disclosing the bid was a "defensive move" by WMB, and says he is waiting to learn of WMB's timetable for completing its strategic review.
- Argus says WMB management has demonstrated its ability to create shareholder value through both acquisitions and divestitures; the firm believes that the rejection of ETE's all-stock offer is prudent, and that ETE will need to raise its offer if it wishes to pursue the deal (Briefing.com).
- While WMB surges, Williams Partners (WPZ -6.9%) is sharply lower, since ETE's offer was contingent on the termination of WMB's pending absorption of WPZ.
- Analysts say other companies that run big pipelines may be merger candidates, including Oneok (OKE, OKS) and regional specialists such as Targa Resources (TRGP, NGLS).
Mon, May 18, 5:51 PM
- While Deutsche Bank starts coverage of several energy MLPs with Buy ratings, the firm initiates ONEOK (NYSE:OKE) and ONEOK Partners (NYSE:OKS) at Sell with respective $43 and $38 price targets, citing the risk of another guidance cut at the company.
- Deutsche Bank says the commodity downturn has highlighted OKE’s commodity sensitivity, resulting in breaking the track record of 22 consecutive quarterly distribution increases and an outlook of sub-1x coverage for 2015.
- Without an improvement in prices, OKS is positioned to come in at the low end of current guidance of 3%-5% distribution/unit growth, with the risk of a further guidance cut to nominal or no growth going into 2016, the firm says.
Tue, May 5, 4:22 PM
Wed, Apr. 1, 4:35 PM
- ONEOK Partners (OKS, OKE) says it is forming a 50-50 joint venture with a subsidiary of Mexico's Fermaca Infrastructure to construct a pipeline that will transport natural gas from the Permian Basin in west Texas to Mexico.
- The first phase of the project for 170MM cf/day of available capacity is scheduled for completion by Q1 2016; final completion is expected by 2019 and will increase available capacity on the pipeline to 640MM cf/day.
- OKS will manage project construction and become operator of the pipeline upon completion; the project is estimated to cost $450M-$500M.
Wed, Feb. 25, 11:59 AM
- ONEOK Partners (OKS +0.7%) is downgraded to Neutral from Outperform with a $48 price target at Credit Suisse following the recent uptick in OKS shares and the continuing weak commodity price backdrop.
- The firm says OKS' reduced guidance appears realistic in light of ongoing uncertainty in commodity prices, but guidance cuts were more draconian than expected, particularly the 57% capex cuts for 2015 to ~$1.2B.
- Credit Suisse says the deep capex cuts slows its distribution growth outlook on the assumption that the suspended plants are pushed back about a year.
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Dec. 10, 2014, 7:15 PM
- Some energy limited partnerships - pipeline operators or wholesale distributors, with less risky business models than oil E&P companies - have escaped much of the carnage in energy stocks and may make attractive investments, MarketWatch's Philip Van Doorn writes.
- These 12 energy LPs, most of which fell today amid the energy sector rout, actually have posted gains since Nov. 1: TCP, EEQ, EEP, DM, BPL, SHLX, SGU, BIP, SRLP, APU, SEP, SPH.
- Credit Suisse analyst John Edwards recently said many energy LPs look oversold; his top picks in the sector include EEP as well as NGLS, GEL, OKS, CNNX, PAA, BWP and AM.
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