You don't take the MLP private because you need the MLP as a means to constantly tap the equity markets. Any time you see an MLP and the GP being bought, the GP is almost always bought by the other MLP(and essentially dissolved) and usually bought with cash. The MLP that is being acquired usually has its MLP units converted to the acquiring MLP's units. Look when KMP acquired Sante Fe Partners and its privately held GP, look at EPD's acquisition of GTM and its GP, look at VLI's acquisition of KPP and KSL(the GP), look at PAA's acquisition of PPX and its privately held GP.
As geo points out, the GP is the key to the MLP, you would shoot yourself in the foot if you took the MLP private, because that would eliminate cheap equity, furthermore, you have to have control of the GP to be able to grow the MLP.
For this reason, I suspect that if you are looking for premiums, the real premiums will come from owning a GP that is being bought, not by holding the MLP. Exceptions occur, for example, TLP has been on a tear since SemGroup and Morgan Stanley are dueling it out for control of TMG (the GP). Obviously, it favors TLP for SemGroup to win, but either way, TLP has gained.
Maybe I wasn't wasn't clear or mis-typed, but I wasn't at all suggesting that the mlp would get bought. Clearly the value is in the GP and that is what a buyer really wants, but if someone were to buy XTXI, they would be (at least to start with) get XTEX units as part of XTXI.
What I meant was they could trickle the XTEX units into the market or as a secondary to pay down debt used to purchase XTXI.
That said, I still think XTXI is the best "target" out there for the reasons in my previous posting. However, I'm not holding it as a takeover candidate, but rather as an ongoing interest as-is.
I didn't mean to stir up such a hornet's nest of controversy. I do agree that the GP would make a BETTER candidate but the article seems to imply that LP's are being considered by the financial players. With the BOD and management owning just over 20% of the $1.12B market cap, XTXI would be a prime candidate. The only problem I see is that they might have to pay for a lot of the upside to get the shares. Yorktown still owns over 2,000,000 shares and they could acquire that in an arms length transaction.