The May MLP Monthly Report offers information on MLP industry news, the asset class’s performance, yields, valuations, and fundamental drivers.
For analysis into the midstream space, please see the latest quarterly MLP Insights.
1) OPEC+ decided to raise production targets by 432,000 barrels per day (bpd) in May. However, OPEC oil output in April increased by just 40,000 bpd from March and was short of the 254,000 increase announced under the plan as reductions in supply in Libya and Nigeria offset increases in supply in Saudi Arabia and other top producers.
2) Delek Logistics Partners, LP (DKL) has entered an agreement to acquire 3Bear Delaware Holding – NM, LLC, an indirect subsidiary of 3Bear Energy, LLC (3Bear) for USD 624.7 million in cash. The deal is expected to increase DKL’s revenue from third parties, further diversify its customer and product mix and expand its presence in the Delaware Basin.
3) Brent crude oil prices remained volatile as China’s COVID-19-related lockdowns are expected to hurt near-term demand while the European Union (EU) is working on the sixth round of sanctions against Russia, which is expected to include a ban on Russian oil imports by the end of this year. U.S. crude inventories unexpectedly rose by 1,300,000 barrels for the week, compared to an expected decline of 800,000 barrels.
Sources: Foeger, L. (2018, December 7). OPEC oil output in April barely rises as African outages weigh-survey. Reuters.; Delek Logistics. (2022, April 11). Delek Logistics Partners, LP announces acquisition of 3Bear Energy increasing its prominent position in the Permian Basin [Press release].; Williams, N. (2022, May 3). Oil slides as China lockdowns outweigh proposed EU Russia oil ban. Reuters. U.S. Energy Information Administration. (2022, April 8). Highlights: Weekly petroleum status report.
Performance: Midstream MLPs, as measured by the Solactive MLP Infrastructure Index, increased 0.29% last month. The index increased by 24.46% since last April. (Source: Bloomberg)
Yield: The current yield on MLPs stands at 7.32%. MLP yields remained higher than the broad market benchmarks for High Yield Bonds (7.05%), Emerging Market Bonds (6.31%), Fixed Rate Preferreds (5.69%) and Investment Grade Bonds (4.31%).1 MLP yield spreads versus 10-year Treasuries currently stand at 4.36%, lower than the long-term average of 5.74%.2 (Sources: Bloomberg; Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. (2022, April 30). Preformatted package: Treasury constant maturities [Data set]. Data Download Program.)
Valuations: The Enterprise Value to EBITDA ratio (EV-to-EBITDA), which seeks to provide more color on the valuations of MLPs, decreased by 1.11% last month. Since April 2021, the EV-to-EBITDA ratio is down by approximately 2.47%. (Source: Bloomberg)
Crude Production: The Baker Hughes Rig Count increased to 698 rigs, increasing by 28 rigs from last month’s count of 670 rigs. U.S. production of crude oil increased to 11.900 mb/d in the last week of April compared to March levels of 11.700 mb/d. (Sources: Baker Hughes. (2022, May 6). North America rig count.; U.S. Energy Information Administration. (2022, May 4). Petroleum and other liquids.)
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As of 04/30/2022, Delek Logistics Partners, LP (DKL) was a holding in the Global X MLPA ETF (MLPA) with a 3.98% weighting.
MLPA ETF does not have any holdings in 3Bear Energy, LLC.
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.
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 US Corporate High Yield Total Return Index: The Bloomberg 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 Bloomberg EM country definition, are excluded.
ICE BofA Fixed Rate Preferred Securities Index: The ICE BofA Fixed Rate Preferred Securities Index tracks the performance of fixed rate US dollar denominated preferred securities issued in the US domestic market.
Bloomberg EM USD Aggregate Total Return Index: The Bloomberg Emerging Markets Hard Currency Aggregate Index is a flagship hard currency Emerging Markets debt benchmark that includes USD-denominated debt from sovereign, quasi-sovereign, and corporate EM issuers.
Bloomberg US Corporate Total Return Index: The Bloomberg US Corporate Total Return Value Unhedged Index measures the investment grade, fixed-rate, taxable corporate bond market. It includes USD denominated securities publicly issued by US and non-US industrial, utility, and financial issuers.
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.
- Asset class representations are as follows, MLPs, Solactive MLP Infrastructure Index; High Yield Bonds, Bloomberg US Corporate High Yield Total Return Index; Preferreds, ICE BofA Fixed Rate Preferred Securities Index; Emerging Market Bonds, Bloomberg EM USD Aggregate Total Return Index; REITs, FTSE NAREIT All Equity REITS Index; Investment Grade Bonds, Bloomberg US Corporate Total Return Value Unhedged Index; Equities, S&P 500 Index; and Crude Oil, Generic 1st ‘CL’ Future.
- MLPs are represented by the S&P MLP Index.
Investing involves risk, including possible loss of principal. 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. MLPA is non-diversified. The Fund invests in small and mid-capitalization companies, which pose greater risks than large companies. MLPA 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.
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. 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 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. 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. 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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