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MLP Monthly Report: March 2020

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

Summary

News:

1) Equitrans Midstream Corporation (ETRN) will acquire all the outstanding public common units of EQM Midstream Partners, LP (EQM), at a 3% premium to the 20 day volume weighted average price as of February 26, 2020. This will simplify the structure to a single C-Corp post-merger, which is expected to close by mid-2020.

2) Shell Midstream Partners, L.P. (SHLX) has entered into an agreement with its general partner (GP) to eliminate all the incentive distribution rights (IDRs) and GP economic interest with it. In exchange for the IDRs, SHLX issued new common units valued at $2.7 billion based on the closing price as of February 28, 2020.

3) The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and its allies, led by Russia, failed to reach an agreement to further deepen the production cut to combat falling oil prices. This has escalated to a price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia, but it’s possible a production quota deal could be reached in the future.

Sources: Equitrans Midstream Corporation, Shell Midstream Partners, L.P., Reuters, CNBC.

Performance:

Midstream MLPs, as measured by the Solactive MLP Infrastructure Index, fell by 15.78% last month. The index is down by 23.61% since last February. (Source: Bloomberg)

Yield:

The current yield on MLPs stands at 11.97%. MLP yields remained higher than the broad market benchmarks for High Yield Bonds (6.23%), Fixed Rate Preferreds (5.10%), Emerging Market Bonds (4.93%), and Investment Grade Bonds (3.60%).1 MLP yield spreads versus 10-year Treasuries currently stand at 9.87%, higher than the long-term average of 4.71%.2 (Sources: Bloomberg, AltaVista Research, and Fed Reserve)

Valuations:

The Enterprise Value to EBITDA ratio (EV-to-EBITDA), which seeks to provide more color on the valuations of MLPs, fell by 0.51% last month. Since February 2019, the EV-to-EBITDA ratio has fallen by approximately 4.58%. (Source: Bloomberg).

Crude Production:

The Baker Hughes Rig Count remain unchanged at 790 rigs from last month’s count. US production of crude oil increased to 13.100 mb/d in the last week of February compared to 12.900 mb/d in January. (Source: Baker Hughes & EIA)

Global X MLP ETF MLPA As of 12/31/19

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As of 2/29/2020, EQM Midstream Partners, LP (EQM) was a holding in the Global X MLP ETF (MLPA), with a 4.03% weighting and Global X MLP and Energy Infrastructure ETF (MLPX), with a 0.42% weighting, Shell Midstream Partners, L.P. (SHLX) was a holding in the MLPA ETF, with a 5.06% weighting and Global X MLPX ETF, with a 0.61% weighting, Equitrans Midstream Corporation (ETRN) was a holding in the MLPX ETF, with a 2.47% weighting.

FOOTNOTES

1. Asset class representations are as follows, MLPs, Solactive MLP Infrastructure Index; High Yield Bonds, Bloomberg Barclays US Corporate High Yield Index; Preferreds, ICE BofA Merrill Lynch Fixed Rate Preferred Securities Index; Emerging Market Bonds, J.P. Morgan EMBI Global Core Index; Investment Grade Bonds, iBoxx USD Liquid Investment Grade Index;

2. MLPs are represented by the S&P MLP Index.

Definitions

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.

The Solactive MLP & Energy Infrastructure Index: The Solactive MLP & Energy Infrastructure Index is intended to give investors a means of tracking the performance of MLPs and energy infrastructure corporations. Midstream energy infrastructure MLPs and corporations principally own and operate assets used in energy logistics, including, but not limited to, pipelines, storage facilities and other assets used in transporting, storing, gathering, and processing natural gas, natural gas liquids, crude oil or refined products. The index limits its exposure to partnerships in order to comply with applicable tax diversification rules. Securities must be publicly traded in the United States. The index is maintained by Solactive AG.

S&P MLP Index: S&P MLP Index provides investors with exposure to the leading partnerships that trade on the NYSE and NASDAQ.  The index includes both master limited partnerships (MLPs) and publicly traded limited liability companies (LLCs), which have a similar legal structure to MLPs and share the same tax benefits

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.

ICE BofA Merrill Lynch Fixed Rate Preferred Securities Index: ICE BofA Merrill Lynch Fixed Rate Preferred Securities Index tracks the performance of fixed rate US dollar denominated preferred securities issued in the US 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.

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

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

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

Originally Posted on March 24, 2020 – MLP Monthly Report: March 2020

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MLPA 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.

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.

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