Tue, Aug. 25, 6:45 PM
- Rose Rock Midstream (NYSE:RRMS) is downgraded to Hold from Buy with a $35 price target, cut from $57, by the MLP analyst team at U.S. Capital Advisors, which also reduces its price target for Semgroup (NYSE:SEMG) to $60 from $84.
- The firm says dropdowns are a major part of the RRMS story, as it struggles to see how SEMG can make accretive dropdowns into RRMS without taking meaningful asset writedowns; it also expects the White Cliffs pipeline to face margin and/or volume pressure once the new DJ Basin pipelines come online in 2016.
- The firm also cuts price targets on 11 other stocks: KMI, MMP, CPPL, SMLP, PAA, PAGP, SE, WPZ, NGLS, TRGP, NFG.
- Top picks include EPD, CQP, TEP and RMP.
Tue, Aug. 4, 9:26 AM
Wed, Jul. 29, 7:27 PM
- Energy MLPs have been "whipsawed not just by fundamentally driven factors but also perhaps by more technically oriented trading," Wunderlich's Jeff Birnbaum writes, but despite a challenging backdrop, he still expects Q2 throughput trends generally will meet estimates and does not expect major guidance revisions for H2.
- Birnbaum's top picks are are Enterprise Products Partners (NYSE:EPD), Magellan Midstream Partners (NYSE:MMP) and Western Gas Partners (NYSE:WES); on EPD, he expects “solid” distribution coverage and says recent transactions will “create a slimmer, more integrated and growth-oriented asset base and better position the balance sheet for additional M&A.”
- He cuts price targets for American Midstream Partners (NYSE:AMID) and DCP Midstream Partners (NYSE:DPM) but keeps Buy ratings on both, and rates Targa Resource Partners (NYSE:NGLS) and Targa Resources (NYSE:TRGP) at Hold and thinks Q2 results may disappoint, but says the units are not expensive and may become an acquisition target in the future.
Tue, Jul. 21, 5:18 PM
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).
Wed, May 13, 3:49 PM
- Energy MLPs are trading with mixed results, which is not in line with an analyst's expectation that several names in the space may be outperformers today after Williams Cos. (WMB +6.2%) agreed to buy Williams Partners (WPZ +22.7%).
- In an earlier note to investors, Credit Suisse named Plains GP Holdings (PAGP +1%), Targa Resources (TRGP +1.1%), NuStar GP Holdings (NSH -0.1%) and Western Gas Equity (WGP -0.7%) as MLPs that could climb on the news.
- Meanwhile, Wells Fargo says the deal is positive, since it reduces the WMB's cost of capital, will immediately increase its profits, and enhances its dividend growth outlook.
- Among major energy MLPs: EPD -1.5%, ETP +0.9%, PAA +0.2%, EEP -0.2%, MWE +2.2%, MMP -0.3%.
Thu, May 7, 2:22 AM
Tue, May 5, 3:39 PM
- Targa Resources Partners (NGLS, TRGP) is working closely with Noble Group as the commodity trader evaluates whether to go ahead with a deal to support a Targa-built condensate splitter, a new terminal or both in Texas, Targa CEO Joe Bob Perkins said in today's earnings conference call.
- Noble agreed a year ago to support a new $115M, 35K bbl/day splitter at Targa's Channelview terminal on the Houston Ship Channel, but Noble has since come under scrutiny for its accounting methods; earlier this year, Targa and Noble renegotiated their deal to allow for the splitter, new storage at its other ship channel terminal, or both.
- In today's call, Perkins said the projects remained under consideration and Targa expected Noble to decide on one or both later this year.
- Earlier: Targa Resources Partners misses by $0.05, misses on revenue
Tue, Apr. 21, 10:32 PM
Wed, Mar. 11, 4:57 PM
- Targa Resources (NYSE:TRGP) -3.1% AH after announcing a public offering of 3.25M common shares, with an underwriters option to purchase up to an additional 487.5K shares.
- TRGP plans to use the proceeds to repay a portion of the outstanding borrowings under its credit facility, to make a $53M capital contribution to Targa Resources Partners (NYSE:NGLS) to maintain its 2% general partnership interest and for general corporate purposes.
Fri, Feb. 13, 7:04 AM
Mon, Feb. 2, 5:35 PM
Wed, Jan. 21, 6:20 PM
- The energy analyst team at Credit Suisse today cut price targets on 10 top MLPs even while upgrading Energy Transfer Partners, expecting the group to remain broadly under pressure in the near term until crude oil prices find a floor and despite positive valuation indicators based on yield spreads.
- Credit Suisse expects crude to bottom some time later in Q1, most likely in March as refineries are in full turnaround season, undercutting crude oil demand; the debate is how long crude takes to rebound off the lows.
- The firm applied price target cuts for BBEP, DPM, ENLC, [ETP, [EVEP]], MWE, MEP, NGLS, TRGP and RGP.
Wed, Jan. 21, 5:32 PM
Nov. 28, 2014, 7:48 AM
- The oil market will need to balance via slower U.S. shale growth and OPEC cuts at some later date (their next meeting is on June 5), says Goldman's Brian Singer, maintaining his team's WTI oil price outlook of $70-$75 per barrel for next year.
- Among the energy sub-sectors, refiners and pipelines continue as favorites, and five of Goldman's eleven energy and utilities stocks on the Americas Conviction Buy list are from midstream/refining: KMI, MWE, PAGP, TRGP, TSO (all are lower premarket on oil's tumble).
- Not buyers of oil services and E&P names, Goldman nevertheless does have favorites in these areas: CRR, BAS, RIG.
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