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Don't Miss This Buy Signal From Enterprise Product Partners


  • Enterprise Product Partners announced a unit repurchase program that appears to have gone unnoticed by the market.
  • Shares yield close to 8%.
  • Insiders are buying the stock.
  • Enterprise Product Partners is a conviction buy.
  • Friendly reminder that the company issues a K-1 tax form.
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Enterprise Product Partners (NYSE:EPD) just can’t catch a break. The company continues to report record numbers, but shares nonetheless trade at a blistering yield near 8%. The pessimism surrounding volatility in the energy markets seems to have prevented investors from recognizing the significant policy shift in capital allocation taking place at EPD. The company’s apparent newfound appreciation for share repurchases may drive strong forward returns. I rate the shares a conviction buy.

Firing On All Cylinders

EPD is one of the largest fully integrated midstream companies in North America. In simple terms, the company makes money by using its 50,000 miles of pipelines to transport natural gas, natural gas liquids, crude oil, petrochemicals, and refined products.

(Source: 2019 December Presentation)

As we can see above, EPD is strategically located primarily in the Permian Basin, arguably the most important region for energy production in the United States. It pays to have top-tier strategic positioning.

For 2019, the company reported distributable cash flow ("DCF") of $6.6 billion, an 11% increase over 2018. This covered its distribution 1.7 times - one of the highest coverage ratios in the sector. EPD attributed much of its growth to its success in adding bolt-on projects to its integrated system backed by long-term contracts with creditworthy customers. When you’re located in a high demand region, it’s easy to keep adding to your pipelines at accretive rates.

DCF per unit grew from $2.74 to $3.01 for the full year. Free cash flow (calculated after growth investments) grew from $2.00 billion to $2.47 billion, and is now almost covering the $3.8 billion in distributions. While I’d like to say that this is a standout quarter, in reality, EPD has been reporting fabulous numbers for many years, if not decades. Strong numbers aren’t unusual for the best of breed. I’m excited about something else: EPD did disclose new guidance, which, in my opinion, could be a game changer.

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