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Plains All American Pipeline

Plains is a midstream MLP involved in the transportation, terminalling, storage and gathering of crude, refined products, natural gas and natural gas liquids. Plains operates three business segments, which include Pipelines (61% of operating profit), Facilities (30%) and Supply & Logistics (9%). The company has a strong presence in the Permian and is one of the largest owners of storage capacity at the Cushing, OK trading hub, which is the delivery point for NYMEX crude oil trading. (26 Nov 2018)

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EQM: $4.6bn Mtn Valley Pipeline 70% Complete

Worth Watching: 13 Dec 2018, 8:49 AM ET - EQM (EQM:Ba1/BBB-) announced that the delayed Mountain Valley Pipeline will be 70% complete by year-end, reaffirming the $4.6bn project cost and the 4Q19 in-service date. This includes welding for 58% of the pipeline and construction work will ..

Enbridge: Analyst Day – EEP/SEP Cross Guarantees

Company Analysis: 12 Dec 2018, 5:50 AM ET - Enbridge hosted their annual analyst day in NYC to review the segment outlooks, capex needs and funding plans. Enbridge is the largest energy infrastructure company in North America with a C$140 bn EV and C$52 bn of bonds outstanding.

Pipeline MLPs: Wells Fargo Energy Conf Notes

Worth Watching: 10 Dec 2018, 2:02 PM ET - Pipeline MLPs including Enterprise, Plains, Kinder, Oneok, Magellan and Enlink presented at the Wells Fargo Pipeline, MLP and Utility conference late last week. We provide some quick takes from the webinar transcripts.  Magellan We hav ..

MLP Transcript: A Rare Alignment of Debt & Equity

Sector Analysis: 10 Dec 2018, 5:22 AM ET - This is a transcript for the MLP and Energy Infrastructure presentation from our annual US IG & Crossover Conference on December 4th.

Enbridge: C$331mn Gas Utility Sale

Worth Watching: 05 Dec 2018, 5:19 PM ET - Enbridge (ENB: Baa3/BBB+) announced the sale of their New Brunswick gas utility to Algonquin Power and Utilities Corp for C$331mn.  It's a smaller sale for ENB, but continues their trend of selling non-core assets as part of their transition t ..

Kinder: 2019 Financial Outlook

Worth Watching: 03 Dec 2018, 8:57 PM ET - Kinder (KMI:Baa3/BBB-) released their financial outlook for 2019, including adjusted EBITDA of $7.8bn, up 4% YoY and above consensus estimates of $7.65bn.  KMI will increase the dividend by 25% in 2019, but cash flows will fund the dividend an ..

EQM: Calling EQGP and $4.8bn IDR Buyout

Worth Watching: 30 Nov 2018, 2:32 PM ET - EQM Midstream (EQM: Ba1/BBB-/BBB-) has received a proposal from the newly spunoff Equitrans Midstream Corporation (ETRN) to buyout its IDRs, which is also acquiring the unowned interest in EQGP to simplify the corporate structure. We expected a ..

Williams: Selling G&P for $500mn to Aid Leverage?

Worth Watching: 29 Nov 2018, 12:07 PM ET - Williams (WMB: Baa3/BBB) is marketing their ownership in the Jackalope gas gathering and processing system for more than $500mn, according to Bloomberg. During their third quarter call, management said they were "dead serious and very anxious" ..

Oil & Gas: HY E&P Cash Flows at $50/bbl Oil

Sector Analysis: 28 Nov 2018, 4:10 AM ET - We now see HY E&P 2019 cash flows coming in 24% lower than previously expected at our new $50/WTI price deck ($65/WTI old).  We expect to see a mix of capex cuts, divestitures and incremental borrowings next year.

Midstream Energy: Impacts From Plunging Crude

Sector Analysis: 27 Nov 2018, 3:58 AM ET - We review the impact of commodity prices on midstream issuers given the recent selloff in crude. 

Oil & Gas: Slashing Oil Outlook, Downgrading E&Ps

Sector Analysis: 26 Nov 2018, 4:48 AM ET - We believe the recent 33% drop in oil prices is likely to be just the first leg of a deeper decline.  We are reducing our 2019 oil price view and recalibrating our IG and HY E&P investment recommendations to a more defensive position.

Oneok: Enters Unsecured $1.5bn Term Loan

Worth Watching: 19 Nov 2018, 9:26 PM ET - Oneok (OKE: Baa3/BBB) announced they have entered into a three-year $1.5bn term loan to repay existing debt and fund capex. In January, OKE repaid the remaining $500mn balance on their $1bn 2019 term loan that they entered into in early 2016 to ..

Pipeline MLPs: 3Q18 Retained Cash Flows

Sector Analysis: 19 Nov 2018, 5:35 AM ET - Our retained cash flow calculations are key drivers of credit quality since they cannot be manipulated like the traditional payout ratio based on distributable cash flow.

Enbridge: Reducing Subordination with Exchange

Worth Watching: 14 Nov 2018, 10:27 PM ET - Enbridge (ENB: Baa3/BBB+) announced a proposal to exchange ENF bonds for ENB bonds to further simplify their corporate structure and reduce subordination a week after closing the ENF acquisition.  The new ENB notes would have the same terms as ..

TransCanada: Analyst Day Takeaways

Company Analysis: 14 Nov 2018, 4:17 AM ET - TransCanada hosted their annual analyst day to provide details on their financial outlook, how they are funding the C$36bn capex program and review segment outlooks.  

Targa 3Q18: Increases EBITDA Outlook Through 2021

Earnings Note: 13 Nov 2018, 4:12 AM ET - Targa reported 3Q18 adjusted EBITDA of $358 mn, up 29% YoY and above consensus estimates of $342 mn, driven by increased NGL, gas and crude sales, higher NGL and crude prices and growth in fee-based processing volumes. 

TransCanada: Judge Blocks $8bn Keystone XL Pipe

Worth Watching: 12 Nov 2018, 8:53 PM ET - TransCanada  (TRP: A3/BBB+) saw another setback on their 11-year old Keystone XL pipeline project as a Federal judge has blocked construction and ordered a new review.  Judge Brian Morris of the U.S. District Court in Montana noted the State De ..

Plains 3Q18: Beats/Raises on S&L; Won’t Last in 20

Earnings Note: 06 Nov 2018, 10:11 PM ET - Plains reported 3Q18 adjusted EBITDA of $636mn, up 30% YoY and above consensus estimates of $565mn, driven by Permian and Western Canada differentials driving a $125mn improvement in S&L, as well as strong volume increases.

DCP 3Q18: Very Confident Prop 112 Won’t Pass

Earnings Note: 06 Nov 2018, 12:11 PM ET - DCP reported 3Q18 adjusted EBITDA of $309mn, up 12% YoY and above consensus estimates of $284mn, driven by stronger commodity prices, increased DJ and Eagle Ford G&P volumes and higher NGL pipeline volumes. 

Boardwalk 3Q18: EBITDA Falls on Contract Renewals

Earnings Note: 06 Nov 2018, 9:11 AM ET - Boardwalk reported 3Q18 EBITDA of $169mn, down 12% YoY, driven by contract expirations and contract renewals at lower rates, as well as lower earnings from Storage, Parking and Lending. 

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