The growth and diversification resulting from the acquisition of Sunoco is why I bought the stock. You get paid to wait in the interim. Please see below from Seeking Alpha. I have not validated what it says but have no reason to think it is not accurate....
The company's chairman and CEO signaled his confidence in the company's growth prospects by recently purchasing $9.5 million worth of stock in a related entity, Energy Transfer Equity (NYSE: ETE).
First-quarter 2012 earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) rose 14% to $536.1 million from $471.3 million a year earlier and distributable cash flow of $320.5 million readily covered the $318.6 million distribution payment. Analysts say merger benefits may drive 59% earnings growth next year and 12% growth in each of the next five years. Energy Transfer Partners pays a $3.58 annualized distribution yielding 8.2%.
The board is unduly hard on Etp, I have Royal Dutch shell and it is static also but it pays a good dividend. It has been inactive for year now, I put an order in to sell when I break even, I will keep my ETP
How can you be anything but hard on it. In the middle of a huge rally in the market this POS just goes down day after day. The div means next to nothing to me. I don't want to hold a stock that moves like this for to long. Stuck now.