If future distribution growth [as opposed to earnings growth[ is sketchy, then you are not paying attention to the right metrics.
 prior distribution growth - specifically RECENT distribution growth, is a very strong indicator of future distribution growth.
 the dcf/distribution ratio is a very strong indicator, with lower ratios leading to higher growth. If one does not have a focus on DCFs, then one is missing the right picture.
 analyst forward CAGR estimates are somewhat accurate - and I strongly believe that the average investor gives insufficient attention to that metric.
 investment in cap growth expenditures is a leading indicator of future earnings growth, with those MLPs with a higher percentage of cap growth expenditures to enterprise value having the higher potential for per unit growth.
This [the MLP sector] is a homework intensive sector. Due diligence is rewarded here. Do you research and report back to us. There are several here who will give you feedback.