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Must-know: Key propane distributor stats investors should follow

Key analysis: The most important trends in propane right now (Part 6 of 7)

(Continued from Part 5)

Key stats

Below are key statistics for the three major propane distributors (as of February 19, 2014).

Note that AmeriGas (APU), Ferrellgas (FGP), and Suburban Propane (SPH) are all part of a class of equities called “master limited partnerships” or “MLPs.” For more on MLPs, please refer to The Market Realist guide to master limited partnerships.

Many investors buy MLP names because they pay out a significant amount of the cash flow they generate as distributions (like a dividend), so investors buy MLPs for the current income that’s generated. APU, FGP, and SPH all currently pay out around an 8% distribution yield.

To read about how investing in propane distributors compares to investing in MLP ETFs and high yield bond ETFs, please continue on to the next part of this series.

Continue to Part 7

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