Agree 100% I think the problem is that revenue is generally thought of as sales a la JC Penny or other retail businesses. They do not consider when a company sells a commodity that moves up or down in price.
The companies that mine silver got great raves the quarters in 1980 or so when silver was close to 50 oz. but were panned when prices moved to a more normal area. I guess we need $5 a gallon gas, $120bbl NGLs etc to have things good.
The quarter was definately not a blowout quarter. The numbers were solid and consistent with the 1.4X coverage EPD stated as its goal some years back. I actually would have thought we would have had a bit more, but NGL prices certainly were poor.
My guess is that both Ferdie and Arb know much more about the MLP space than the authors of these financial blogs know. Materials published relentlessly by the Motly Fools and Seeking Alpha are poorly researched and written by really uninformed people. I pay no attention to them at all. Much better information is available on the IV board and in your own mind if you have invested in the MLP's for a while. Analysts offer a mixed bag. One never knows what their, or the brokerage they work for, motives are.