MLP Monthly: April 2017

by: Global X ETFs

The April MLP Monthly Report can be found here, offering insights on MLP industry news, the asset class's performance, yields, valuations, and fundamental drivers.


News: At the latest meeting of OPEC and non-OPEC members on March 26th, producers suggested extending their six-month production cut agreement through the end of 2017, although no official deal has been finalized. The MLP IPO pipeline is growing again, with Hess Midstream Partners LP expected to commence trading on April 5th. The valuation of the IPO is expected to be around $250 million. In addition, Antero Midstream GP which owns the GP interests in the natural gas MLP Antero Midstream Partners, filed for a $100 million IPO. (Source: Reuters, PE Hub, Nasdaq)

Performance: Midstream MLPs, as measured by the Solactive MLP Infrastructure Index, declined 1.46% last month partly due to lower oil prices. The index has gained 28.19% over the last one-year period. (Source: Bloomberg)

Yield: The current yield on MLPs stands at 6.85%. MLP yields remained higher than the broad market benchmarks for High Yield Bonds (5.84%), Emerging Market Bonds (5.52%), Preferreds (5.44%) and REITs (4.28%).1 MLP yield spreads versus 10-year Treasuries currently stand at 4.45%, higher than the long-term average of 3.63%. (Sources: Bloomberg, AltaVista Research, and Fed Reserve)

Valuations: The Enterprise Value to EBITDA ratio, which seeks to provide more color on the valuations of MLPs, increased in Q1 2017 compared to Q4 2016 as MLP unit prices appreciated. Since Q1 2016, the EV-to-EBITDA ratio has increased approximately 6.6%, as oil prices recovered from previous lows. In addition, from 2015 to 2016, MLP Debt to Adjusted EBITDA ratios fell -6.9% from 4.90x to 4.56x, as MLPs continue to make concerted efforts reduce leverage ratios. (Source: Bloomberg, MLPData, company financials).

Production Output: The Baker Hughes Rig Count increased by 70 rigs compared to last month. The rig count has risen by 420 rigs to 824 since its recent low point in May 2016 of 404 rigs. US production of crude oil rose to 9,199 in thousands of barrels produced per day in the last week of March from 9,032 at the end of February. (Source: Baker Hughes & EIA)

1.Asset class representations are as follows, MLPs, Solactive MLP Infrastructure Index; High Yield Bonds, Bloomberg Barclays US Corporate High Yield Index; Preferreds, BofA Merrill Lynch Fixed Rate Preferred Securities Index; Emerging Market Bonds, J.P. Morgan EMBI Global Core Index; REITs, FTSE NAREIT Composite Index; Investment Grade Bonds, iBoxx USD Liquid Investment Grade Index; Equities, S&P 500 Index; Energy, S&P 500 Energy Index; US Bonds, CBOE Exchange 10-Year Treasury Note Yield Index; Crude Oil, Generic 1st 'CL' Future and Utilities, Utilities Select Sector Index. (2) The latest quarterly EBITDA Values as of 12/30/2016 are considered for the Enterprise Product Partners LP, Nustar Energy LP, Utilities Select Sector Index and FTSE NAREIT Composite Index.

As of 03/31/2017, Antero Midstream Partners LP was a holding in the Global X MLP and Energy Infrastructure ETF (NYSEARCA:MLPX), with a 0.37% weighting and the Global X MLP ETF (NYSEARCA:MLPA), with a 2.17% weighting.

Solactive MLP Infrastructure Index: The Solactive MLP Infrastructure Index is intended to give investors a means of tracking the performance of the energy infrastructure MLP asset class in the United States. The index is composed of Midstream MLPs engaged in the transportation, storage, and processing of natural resources.

Bloomberg Barclays US Corporate High Yield Index: The Bloomberg Barclays US Corporate High Yield Bond Index measures the USD-denominated, high yield, fixed-rate corporate bond market. Securities are classified as high yield if the middle rating of Moody's, Fitch and S&P is Ba1/BB+/BB+ or below. Bonds from issuers with an emerging markets country of risk, based on Barclays EM country definition, are excluded.

BofA Merrill Lynch Fixed Rate Preferred Securities Index: BofA Merrill Lynch Fixed Rate Preferred Securities Index tracks the performance of fixed-rate U.S. dollar-denominated preferred securities issued in the U.S. domestic market.

J.P. Morgan EMBI Global Core Index: J.P. Morgan EMBI Global Core Index is a broad, diverse U.S. dollar-denominated emerging markets debt benchmark that tracks the total return of actively traded external debt instruments in emerging market countries.

FTSE NAREIT Composite index: The FTSE NAREIT Composite REIT Index is a free-float adjusted, market capitalization-weighted index of U.S. Equity and Mortgage REITs. Constituents of the Index include all tax-qualified REITs that also meet FTSE's minimum size and liquidity criteria.

iBoxx USD Liquid Investment Grade Index: The iBoxx USD Liquid Investment Grade index measures the performance of 600 highly liquid investment grade corporate bonds.

S&P 500 Index: S&P 500 Index tracks the performance of 500 leading U.S. stocks and captures approximately 80% coverage of available U.S. market capitalization. It is widely regarded as the best single gauge of large-cap U.S. equities.

S&P 500 Energy Index: The S&P 500® Energy Index comprises those companies included in the S&P 500 that are classified as members of the GICS® energy sector.

Chicago Board Options Exchange 10-Year Treasury Note Yield Index: Chicago Board Options Exchange 10-Year Treasury Note Yield Index measures 10-year treasury note yields and changes over time to the note's yield.

Utilities Select Sector Index: The Utilities Select Sector Index seeks to provide an effective representation of the utilities sector of the S&P 500 Index. The Index includes companies from the following industries: electric utilities; water utilities; multi-utilities; independent power producers and energy traders; and gas utilities.

Crude Oil: Measured based on the Generic 1st 'CL' Future, which is the nearest crude oil future to expiration.

Correlation: Correlation is a measure that shows how two securities move in relation to each other. A correlation of 1 implies that the securities will exhibit the same price movements. A correlation of 0 means the securities demonstrate completely unrelated price movements.

EBITDA: Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) is a measure of a company's operating performance. Essentially, it's a way to evaluate a company's performance without having to factor in financing decisions, accounting decisions or tax environments.

Average Spread: Average spread is the average of the excess of the MLPs yield over the 10 year treasuries yield.

Enterprise Value (NYSE:EV): EV is a measure of a company's total value, often used as a more comprehensive alternative to equity market capitalization.

Global X Management Company, LLC serves as an advisor to the Global X Funds. The Funds are distributed by SEI Investments Distribution Co. (SIDCO, 1 Freedom Valley Drive, Oaks, PA, 19456), which is not affiliated with Global X Management Company, LLC.

Investing involves risk, including possible loss of principal. In addition to the normal risks associated with investing, international investments may involve risk of capital loss from unfavorable fluctuation in currency values, from differences in generally accepted accounting principles or from economic or political instability in other nations. Investments in securities of MLPs involve risk that differ from investments in common stock including risks related to limited control and limited rights to vote on matters affecting the MLP. MLP common units and other equity securities can be affected by macro-economic and other factors affecting the stock market in general, expectations of interest rates, investor sentiment towards MLPs or the energy sector, changes in a particular issuer's financial condition, or unfavorable or unanticipated poor performance of a particular issuer (in the case of MLPs, generally measured in terms of distributable cash flow). The Fund invests in the energy industry, which entails significant risk and volatility. In addition, the Fund is non- diversified which represents a heightened risk to investors. Furthermore, the Fund invests in small and mid-capitalization companies, which pose greater risks than large companies. The Fund has a different and more complex tax structure than traditional ETFs and investors should consider carefully the significant tax implications of an investment in the Fund. Current and future holdings are subject to risk.

The fund is taxed as a regular corporation for federal income tax purposes, which differs from most investment companies. Due to its investment in MLPs, the fund will be obligated to pay applicable federal and state corporate income taxes on its taxable income as opposed to most other investment companies. The fund expects that a portion of the distributions it receives from MLPs may be treated as tax-deferred return of capital. The amount of taxes currently paid by the fund will vary depending on the amount of income and gains derived from MLP interests and such taxes will reduce an investor's return from an investment in the fund. The fund will accrue deferred income taxes for any future tax liability associated certain MLP interests. Upon the sale of an MLP security, the fund may be liable for previously deferred taxes which may increase expenses and lower the fund's NAV. The potential tax benefits from investing in MLPs depend on them being treated as partnerships for federal income tax purposes. If the MLP is deemed to be a corporation then its income would be subject to federal taxation at the entity level, reducing the amount of cash available for distribution to the fund which could result in a reduction of the fund's value. The index however is calculated without any deductions for taxes. As a result, the Fund's after tax performance could differ significantly from the index even if the pretax performance of the Fund and the performance of the index are closely correlated.

Bonds and bond funds will decrease in value as interest rates rise. High yield bonds involve greater risks of default or downgrade and are more volatile than investment grade securities, due to the speculative nature of their investments. In addition to the normal risks associated with investing, real estate and REIT investments are subject to changes in economic conditions, credit risk and interest rate fluctuations. Emerging markets involve heightened risks related to the same factors as well as increased volatility and lower trading volume. Preferred stock is subject to many of the risks associated with debt securities, including interest rate risk. In addition, preferred stock may not pay a dividend, an issuer may suspend payment of dividends on preferred stock at any time, and in certain situations an issuer may call or redeem its preferred stock or convert it to common stock.

U.S. Treasury securities are considered to be of high credit quality and are backed by the full faith and credit of the U.S. government. U.S. Treasury securities, if held to maturity, guarantee a return of principal while no other securities mentioned in this material offer such a guarantee.

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Indices are unmanaged and do not include the effect of fees, expenses or sales charges. One cannot invest directly in an index. Index data source: Solactive AG.

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