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SteelPath January MLP update and news

The master
limited partnership (MLP) sector saw a series of acquisitions take place in
December, from Blackstone reaching an agreement with Tallgrass Energy to Energy
Transfer closing on the SemGroup acquisition. The events marked a strong month
for midstream equities which outperformed the broader market in December.

MLP market

Midstream MLPs, as measured by the Alerian MLP Index (AMZ),
ended December up 8.5% on a price basis and total return basis. The AMZ’s
results outperformed the S&P 500 Index’s 3.0% total return for the month.
The best performing midstream subsector for December was the Gathering and
Processing group, while the Propane subsector underperformed, on average.

For the year, the AMZ was down 2.0% on a price basis,
resulting in a 6.3% total return gain once distributions are considered. This
compares to the S&P 500 Index’s 28.9% and 31.5% price and total returns,
respectively. The Compression group produced the best average total return for
2019, while the Gathering and Processing subsector was the weakest.

MLP yield spreads, as measured by the AMZ yield relative to
the 10-Year U.S. Treasury Bond, narrowed by 101 basis points (bps) over the
month, exiting the period at 726 basis points (bps). This compares to the
trailing five-year average spread of 556 bps and the average spread since 2000
of approximately 383 bps. The AMZ indicated distribution yield at month-end was

Midstream MLPs and affiliates raised no new marketed equity
(common or preferred, excluding at-the-market programs) and $500 million of
marketed debt during the month. MLPs and affiliates announced no asset
acquisitions over the month.

Spot West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil exited the month
at $61.06 per barrel, up 10.7% over the period and 34.5% higher year-over-year.
Spot natural gas prices ended December at $2.09 per million British thermal
units (MMbtu), down 15.0% over the month and 34.4% lower than December 2018.
Natural gas liquids (NGL) pricing at Mont Belvieu exited the month at $20.76
per barrel, 13.0% lower than the end of November and 13.8% lower than the
year-ago period.


equity keeps buying midstream.
Blackstone (NYSE: BX) reached
a formal agreement with Tallgrass Energy (NYSE: TGE) to acquire the remaining shares
of TGE that it did not already own, which takes the company private at $22.45/unit
or a 15% premium to the initial offer and a 22.75% premium to the closing price
the day before the announcement. Additionally, private equity firms KKR and
AIMCo acquired 65% of the Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project from TC Energy (NYSE:
TRP) in exchange for reimbursement of a portion of project costs already
incurred plus additional payments through the remainder of the project’s
construction and operation.

buys shares from Antero.
Antero Midstream (NYSE: AM) announced an
arrangement with its producer affiliate, Antero Resources (NYSE: AR), in which
AM will repurchase and retire$100 million worth of AM shares held by AR. The
arrangement is expected to reduce AM’s dividend burden in 2020 by close to $25
million. Additionally, AM and AR agreed on an incentive program whereby AM will
provide AR rebates of certain midstream fees provided specified volume growth
targets are achieved through 2023. And finally, AM announced a reduced 2020
capital expenditure budget of $300 million from $325 million thanks to a more
efficient drilling plan at AR.

Transfer closes SemGroup acquisition.
Energy Transfer (NYSE: ET)
closed the previously announced acquisition of SemGroup (NYSE: SEMG) for total
consideration, including the assumption of approximately $5 billion of debt.
The acquisition is expected to significantly strengthen ET’s crude oil transportation,
terminalling, and export capabilities with the addition of SemGroup owned
Houston Fuel Oil Terminal (HFOTCO), a crude oil terminal on the Houston Ship
Channel with 18.2 million barrels of crude oil storage capacity, five
deep-water ship docks, and seven barge docks. HFOTCO is supported by stable
take-or-pay cash flows from diverse, primarily investment grade customers. To
enhance this optionality, ET also announced plans to construct a new crude oil
pipeline, the Ted Collins Pipeline, that will connect the HFOTCO to Energy
Transfer’s Nederland Terminal. This acquisition also expands ET’s crude oil and
NGL infrastructure by adding crude oil gathering assets in the DJ Basin in
Colorado and the Anadarko Basin in Oklahoma and Kansas, as well as crude oil
and natural gas liquids pipelines connecting the DJ Basin and Anadarko Basin
with crude oil terminals in Cushing, Oklahoma.

of the month

Over the last year, midstream management insiders invested
approximately $283 million to acquire additional equity stakes in their
companies. As midstream public market prices continued to decline during the
fourth quarter of 2019, insiders purchased approximately $133 million of
company stock, or 47% of the total monies invested over the year. Insider
buying is often seen as a positive sign of a company’s business and financial
prospects because management insiders hold the most intimate knowledge of the
day-to-day operations.

Figure 1: Midstream insider buying (in $millions)

Name Ticker 1 year 3 month
Kinder Morgan KMI 157.9 29.2
Enterprise Products
EPD 52.3 51.9
Energy Transfer LP ET 46.7 46.6
Equitrans Midstream
ETRN 9.2 0.1
Western Midstream
Partners LP
WES 3.5 1.5
MPLX LP MPLX 3.2 0.0
Plains GP Holdings LP PAGP 2.4 2.4
Targa Resources Corp. TRGP 2.0 0.0
Williams Companies
WMB 1.5 0.0
EnLink Midstream LLC ENLC 1.5 0.0
Phillips 66 Partners
PSXP 0.6 0.0
Altus Midstream
ALTM 0.6 0.1
Cheniere Energy Inc. LNG 0.5 0.5
ONEOK Inc. OKE 0.5 0.5
Magellan Midstream
Partners LP
MMP 0.3 0.0
DCP Midstream LP DCP 0.1 0.0
Blueknight Energy
Partners LP
BKEP 0.1 0.1
Shell Midstream
Partners LP
SHLX 0.1 0.0
Total 282.9 132.8

Source: Bloomberg, company filings.

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All data sourced from Bloomberg L.P. as of 12/31/2019 unless
otherwise indicated


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