|Bid||20.05 x 1400|
|Ask||20.07 x 1300|
|Day's Range||19.99 - 20.14|
|52 Week Range||14.28 - 25.96|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||-0.09|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||13.66|
|Earnings Date||Oct 29, 2019 - Nov 4, 2019|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||2.10 (10.61%)|
|1y Target Est||20.73|
(Bloomberg) -- Tortoise, which holds a 9.5% stake in Tallgrass Energy LP, is urging independent directors to seek a higher offer from Blackstone Infrastructure Partners, according to a person familiar with the matter.A conflicts committee made up of independent members of Tallgrass’ board is reviewing Blackstone’s offer to take the company private at a price of $19.50 for all outstanding Class A shares. Despite representing a 36% premium, the bid is attracting criticism because it followed a roughly 40% drop between Blackstone’s March move to take control and the offer announcement late last month.Tortoise is seeking a sweetened bid that would represent a slight discount to what Blackstone paid for its original stake in March, said the person, who asked not to be named because the information is not public.Representatives for Blackstone and Tortoise declined to comment. Tallgrass did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Side LettersIn agreements struck alongside Blackstone’s March deal, senior Tallgrass executives including Chief Executive Officer Dave Dehaemers were guaranteed $26.25 per share should Blackstone decide to take the rest of the company private.Those side letters garnered criticism from analysts including Morningstar Inc.’s Stephen Ellis, who said the provisions represent “a poor example of corporate governance.” Tallgrass has said that the arrangements “provide an incentive to management to retain their investment in the company and thereby ensure continued alignment between management and TGE’s equity holders.”Tallgrass has been trading above the $19.50 offer, which in some instances signals expectations of a sweetened bid. In this case, however, it may also reflect shareholders’ expectation of another 54-cent dividend. Shares were up less than 1% at $20.01 at 12:15 p.m. in New York.Pushing for an improved offer may be tricky, as Blackstone not only holds a major chunk of the Tallgrass Class A shares but also controls its general partner. Though a handful of analysts have said investors could seek a sweetener, Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. said worries over Tallgrass’ ability to recontract two major pipeline projects mean the proposed deal comes at “a notably attractive valuation for existing shareholders.”To contact the reporter on this story: Rachel Adams-Heard in Houston at firstname.lastname@example.orgTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Simon Casey at email@example.com, Joe Carroll, Christine BuurmaFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
DALLAS , Sept. 13, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Alerian announced the results of the September quarterly review for the Alerian Index Series. All changes will be implemented as of the close of business on Friday, ...
2019 has been a rotten, no-good year for energy stocks. While the stock market as a whole has prospered, energy stocks have missed the boat. The price of crude oil hasn't been particularly favorable and natural gas prices have sunk like a rock. On top of that, investors have been favoring growth while shying away from value stocks. This has left the energy sector orphaned; in fact, energy's share of the S&P 500 has fallen to its lowest level in many years.For investors willing to buy what others are selling, however, energy stocks offer many rewards here. For one, these are the stocks to buy now if you want strong dividend yields. Across the sector, leading energy firms are offering their highest dividend yields in decades. This, while rates on fixed income in general have plummeted. * 7 Best Tech Stocks to Buy Right Now Additionally, expect a wave of M&A to help reignite interest in the energy stocks. For example, Blackstone (NYSE:BX) just announced a takeover for pipeline operator Tallgrass Energy (NYSE:TGE). That led to a 35% surge for TGE stock last Wednesday. And as we'll see, that's not the only dealmaking activity going on in the sector right now. With everyone abandoning energy stocks, this could be the time to take advantage of the general pessimism.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips Energy Stocks to Buy: BP (BP)Source: AVM Images / Shutterstock.com Tallgrass wasn't the only company making headlines this week. BP (NYSE:BP) also caused a stir with its announcement that it is selling its Alaskan oil interests to Hilcorp, a privately-owned company. Hilcorp will pay BP $5.6 billion; $4 billion of that goes to BP immediately, and Hilcorp will deliver the rest gradually in coming years.It seems that BP drove a fair bargain. Its Alaskan properties produce roughly 74,000 barrels of oil a day, and have been declining in production in recent years. Figuring an average oil price in the low $50s per barrel, Alaska was generating around $1.4 billion annually for BP in revenues. Thus, it sold a mature oil field for around 4x annual revenues, even given the poor industry sentiment at the moment.Additionally, this sale helps with BP's promised transformation. BP said that it will divest $10 billion in assets as it transitions to more growth and green energy opportunities. With this deal, they have now reached more than half of their overall target.Management is delivering on its corporate strategy. The asset sales also help strengthen the balance sheet. This should give investors more confidence in BP's gigantic 6.71% dividend yield. In a market starved for yield, it's hard to think BP stock will stay unloved for too long. ExxonMobil (XOM)Source: Michael Gordon / Shutterstock.com Speaking of dividend yields, ExxonMobil (NYSE:XOM) is another income champion that the market is paying no respect right now. ExxonMobil has raised its dividend for 36 consecutive years, making it one of the few companies to manage that feat. Incredibly, it was able to keep raising its dividend even through the oil and gasoline price doldrums in the late 1990s. The great financial crisis didn't break its streak either.XOM stock is now offering a 5.1% dividend yield. That's amazing; it's the most that ExxonMobil has offered since 1990. Particularly with interest rates plunging ever lower, XOM stock is a fantastic alternative to bank CDs or government bonds yielding 2% or less.Is the dividend sustainable? Yes. In fact, ExxonMobil still has one of the highest-quality balance sheets in corporate America and is rated a sterling AA+. Even with the slump in oil and natural gas prices, ExxonMobil has still been able to cover its dividend payments out of free cash flow. * The 8 Worst Stocks to Buy Before the Trade Turmoil Cools Off And after years of lying low, XOM is pushing the accelerator. It has plans to double its earnings and cash flow over the next five years or so. While the competition has had to retrench due to the slump in energy, ExxonMobil is ready to pick up the slack. With a huge new oil field coming online soon in Guyana, ExxonMobil is prepared for the next decade and more. Throw in any recovery in oil prices, and XOM stock should soar. Suncor (SU)Source: Shutterstock A lot of investors, Americans in particular, have some faulty perceptions of the Canadian oil sands. Often disparagingly called "tar sands," oil sands -- primarily located in the province of Alberta -- are an emerging power play in global crude oil production. Many years ago, this type of production was extremely expensive and damaging to the environment. Over the years, however, operators have gotten much better on both fronts.Oil sands are now one of the cheapest sources of crude in North America. There's still another issue, however. The oil sands have huge upfront development costs to launch production. That's in stark contrast to, say, fracking another well in the Permian in Texas. Some investors have been put off on oil sands projects because of these capital costs.Here's the thing they're missing: When you drill a new well in the Permian, for example, most of the production comes within the first couple years. By year ten or so of operation, that well will be kicking out only a few barrels of oil a day. Thus, for frackers, it's a constant and expensive treadmill to keep production rolling. With the oil sands, however, once it's built, you can produce for decades at a low cost. Your production doesn't fall off a cliff -- rather you get stable sweet returns for many years.Suncor (NYSE:SU) has become the leader in this space in Canada. It has several other attractive features as well. The most important right now is that it is integrated; it has a ton of gasoline refining capacity as well. This allows Suncor to earn far higher prices for its oil than other Western Canadian operators who are dealing with a glut of oil locally.It's possible that upcoming elections will deliver a more pro-energy government in Canada, making way for more pipelines. Until then, however, Suncor, with its refining and decades of cheap oil reserves, is a standout pick for its refining edge. SU stock currently yields 4.53%, making it one of the better options in the energy stocks space. Canadian Natural Resources (CNQ)Source: Shutterstock Canadian Natural Resources (NYSE:CNQ) is another big player in oil sands, although it has oil operations around the world in addition to its Canadian holdings.The firm just made a huge power play, buying up $2.8 billion of oil sands assets from Devon Energy (NYSE:DVN). This deal appears to have been an absolute steal. Bankers estimated that Devon could fetch up to $5 billion for these assets; Canadian Natural grabbed them for barely half of that. * 7 Stocks to Buy Down 10% in the Past Week Canadian Natural doesn't have the same refining capacity as Suncor, however it has a huge asset base and nice diversity across its operations. At a $27 billion market cap, CNQ stock is also a huge player in Canada. When money comes flowing back into Canadian shares and the energy stocks in particular, CNQ stock should catch a solid bid. In the meantime, it also offers a generous 4.88% dividend yield. Enbridge (ENB)Source: Shutterstock Speaking of unloved Canadian stocks, let's turn our attention to pipeline giant Enbridge (NYSE:ENB). Enbridge is right up there with Kinder Morgan (NYSE:KMI) among the big midstream energy players. Unlike Kinder Morgan, Enbridge is not as popular with American investors; the company doesn't have the same sort of promotional management style you get from Rich Kinder. Nor has Enbridge made a history of big dividend hikes followed by painful dividend cuts.By contrast, Enbridge has built a reputation for stability, and has become a Canadian blue chip stock. ENB stock offers a current dividend yield of more than 6.5%. And unlike so many energy stocks, Enbridge offers a rock-solid yield. Even despite the difficult operating environment, the company is still able to grow its cash flow by around 5% per year, paving the way for more dividend increases in the future.Additionally, with 93% of its customers having investment-grade credit ratings, Enbridge has a quality group of clients using its pipelines and thus is largely insulated from more bankruptcies in the E&P space. Schlumberger (SLB)Source: Shutterstock Benjamin Graham, who is widely considered to be the "father of value investing" recommended an interesting strategy for profits in beaten down sectors. He said investors should look at the industry and find the biggest firm that has a strong balance sheet. That way, you know that your investment will survive the down cycle and perhaps even benefit as smaller competition goes bust. Then, when the cycle turns upward, you'll be poised to capture huge gains.With oil services, Schlumberger (NYSE:SLB) is that company today. Schlumberger has a long and storied history of shareholder value creation. Its stock soared from a split-adjusted $12 in 1995 to as high as $140 in 2014. Since then, with the plunge in oil prices, SLB stock has gotten hammered as well; it's down 75% to around $32 today. * 7 'Strong Buy' Stocks to Beat Volatility However, much of Schlumberger's competition has already gone bankrupt or is on life support at this point. Meanwhile, Schlumberger remains the global leader in its field, continues to generate profits even during these hard times, and offers a 6.3% dividend yield. When oil booms again, Schlumberger could make it all the way back to its old high of $140 per share; even this past October, it traded at $62, making the current $32 price quite a discount. Cullen/Frost Bankers (CFR)Source: Shutterstock You might be asking what a banking stock like Cullen/Frost Bankers (NYSE:CFR) is doing on a list of energy stocks to buy. That's a fair question. Cullen/Frost, however, is no ordinary bank. It's focused on the Texas economy and has substantial direct exposure to energy loans.The San Antonio-based bank, in fact, has all 134 of its branches and more than 1,300 ATMs located within Texas. On every earnings call, management devotes substantial time talking about the health of the Texas economy. Given its reliance on energy companies in Houston and fracking in West Texas, the local economy is heavily levered to oil. As a result, investors absolutely pummeled CFR stock in 2015 and 2016 when oil dropped.CFR stock plummeted from $80 to $45 during that oil crash. Despite that, Cullen/Frost's loan losses barely went up, and the bank came through unscathed. In fact, it has gone through a ton of obstacles without harm; it was the only major Texas bank to survive that state's massive bust in the 1980s oil collapse. On top of that, Cullen/Frost kept raising the dividend even during the financial crisis which took out so many banks. In 2016, after investors gave up on CFR stock, it soared back from $45 to $120 as oil prices normalized.However, with energy in retreat again, CFR has plunged back to $80 a share. At just 12x forward earnings, it is trading well below its normal valuation. The stock is also yielding more than 3.5%. It could come flying back up in a hurry -- as it did in 2017 -- once the tide turns for oil, gas, and the Texas economy.At the time of this writing, Ian Bezek owned shares of BP, CNQ, XOM, SLB, and ENB. You can reach him on Twitter at @irbezek. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Best Tech Stocks to Buy Right Now * 10 Mid-Cap Stocks to Buy * 8 Precious Metals Stocks to Mine For The post 7 Deeply Discounted Energy Stocks to Buy appeared first on InvestorPlace.
In order to privatize the plunging Tallgrass Energy (TGE) that is partially under Blackstone Group's control, the latter plans to purchase the left-over stakes worth $3.03 billion.
(Bloomberg Opinion) -- One could almost feel sorry for that decidedly unloved crowd known as pipeline operators. Except they keep finding ways to make it really hard.Tallgrass Energy LP has received a buyout offer from an investor group led by Blackstone Group Inc. This follows a deal in March in which the group took a controlling stake in Tallgrass. Things haven’t gone well since then.The biggest thing weighing on the stock is fear that Tallgrass will have to drop prices in upcoming contract negotiations for two of its major pipelines amid rising competition. That and the fact that energy stocks are just pariahs in general. Plus, while Blackstone and others made a big bet on Tallgrass earlier this year and looked likely to eventually bid for the whole thing, they aren’t exactly known for being a soft touch when it comes to pricing.The new offer is a 36% premium to where Tallgrass was trading, although that isn’t saying much given how far it had sunk. It effectively makes up just one month’s worth of lost ground.What may really crush the already despondent souls holding the other 56% of Tallgrass, however, is the knowledge that several of the company’s executives hold something akin to a get-out-of-jail-free card.I saw a reference on Twitter under an anonymous handle called @mr_skilling (it’s a parody, folks … I think) to “Management Side Letters” in a filing made by Tallgrass with the Securities and Exchange Commission in March. Among other things, these letters contain a provision that if the investor group took Tallgrass private within a one-year lockup period, then those executives – including the CEO, CFO and COO – could sell their stakes for a minimum price of $26.25 per share, a 35% premium to this week’s buyout proposal.Tallgrass notes the letters were already disclosed and reflect a “general-partner control premium” as part of the deal in March. The company also characterizes the agreements as “facilitating management’s retention of equity interests,” and thereby “ensure continued alignment between management and [Tallgrass’s] equity holders.”That last bit may prompt some narrowing of the eyes by equity holders faced with the prospect of getting paid substantially less than the executives with whom they are supposedly aligned. And while the letters were referenced in a filing that’s been out there for several months, it’s possible they could have done with a bit more airing. Stephen Ellis, an analyst at Morningstar Inc., certainly seemed taken aback, calling the letters “awful corporate governance” in a note published after the new proposal was announced. Ellis hopes the company’s conflicts committee will either reject the proposal outright or push for a higher offer (Tallgrass emphasized this independent committee would review the offer). However this turns out, it is a reminder of the governance minefield that can greet the investor who strays into energy land. While exploration and production has its fair share of egregious examples, the pipelines business has long punched above its weight when it comes to misaligned incentives and investor-unfriendly outcomes (see this and this for two real doozies). One of the ironies of Blackstone’s offer is that it sparked speculation this week about private equity jumping on bargains in a sector that generalist investors have deserted – while simultaneously reminding us why they left in the first place.To contact the author of this story: Liam Denning at firstname.lastname@example.orgTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Mark Gongloff at email@example.comThis column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board or Bloomberg LP and its owners.Liam Denning is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering energy, mining and commodities. He previously was editor of the Wall Street Journal's Heard on the Street column and wrote for the Financial Times' Lex column. He was also an investment banker.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com/opinion©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
While the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEARCA:SPY) is basically flat so far this week, there's been plenty of moves between the open and the close. In the stock market today, investors saw stocks drop lower, with major indices down about 50 basis points before reversing and closing notably higher on Wednesday.All in all, the SPY closed higher by 0.7%. However, investors were watching other key assets, including the Russell 2000. Often viewed via the iShares Russell 2000 ETF (NYSEARCA:IWM), shares jumped 1.2% on the day. Importantly though, a key level of support stood strong, allowing investors to breathe a sigh of relief.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips Russell, Oil Prices in FocusUnlike the range-bound price action we've seen in the SPY so far this month -- which continues to improve with higher lows -- investors have seen a worse development in the IWM.The ETF isn't bouncing between support and resistance. Instead, it's trending lower. On Wednesday, bulls made an important stand at $145, a key level over the past 12 months. It would be quite constructive to now see the IWM push through short-term channel resistance and the 200-day moving average.If the IWM cannot do so, it could put $145 back on the table. If it falls below this key level, it could draw in more sellers and squeeze the ETF down to channel support in the low $140s. The tricky part about this market? Headlines. Right now, all it takes is one tweet to send stocks rocketing or sinking. If that weren't the case, the charts would be much easier to trade. * 7 Tech Industry Dividend Stocks for Growth and Income Some investors are finally starting to pay attention to oil prices, but far too many are still oblivious to the commodity. Oil prices and the S&P 500 have a notable correlation and lately, oil prices have been leading stock prices. Oil's ability to hold up over $55 could bode well for stock bulls going forward. You don't have to trade oil to make it a useful indicator for equities. BitcoinWhoa, what happened to bitcoin on the day? Along with most other cryptocurrencies, it was slugged on Wednesday. At 1:50 P.M., bitcoin prices were roughly flat at $10,235. Within just minutes, prices slumped almost $700, hitting a low of $9,555.So far, there's not much of an explanation for the plunge. Was it a large seller? Did liquidity dry up momentarily? According to CryptoTrends, "Most analysts have attributed the drop to the close of the CME bitcoin futures contract, which previously has marked several pullbacks for the dominant cryptocurrency."The move caught a number of investors off-guard -- and understandably so. Despite the fall, many are still bullish on BTC prices amid the current macro backdrop. With the Federal Reserve and other global banks resorting to more easing, and a flight to non-equity assets starting, crypto-bulls are enjoying a resurgent year in their key asset.It will be interesting to see how bitcoin prices react to the equity markets' moves into year end. Movers in the Stock Market TodayShares of Blackstone (NYSE:BX) are roughly flat on the day, but Tallgrass Energy (NYSE:TGE) certainly isn't. The $5.5 billion market cap company caught a 35% boost on Wednesday after it received a bid from BX to acquire all the shares it and its affiliates do not already own at $19.50 per share. Now near $19.40, there's not much upside left.Cycling startup Peloton -- yep, that's the one -- filed to go public. According to its filing, Peloton generated an impressive $915 million in sales in its last fiscal year. However, it also racked up almost $250 million in losses. Ouch. A number of investors are worried about two things, first of which are those huge losses. Second, how will Peleton hold up in a softer economic environment? To be fair, the consumer appears relatively healthy at the moment -- no pun intended.Both Ford (NYSE:F) and General Motors (NYSE:GM) caught a boost on Wednesday. That's as auto sales dropped "just" 4.3% in China last month. According to the Wall Street Journal, it could suggest that a bottom may be around the corner in the Chinese auto market.It may not be a great catalyst -- and may not turn at all -- but investors are willing to grasp at some hope. The country has logged 13 straight months of declining auto sales, which is quite the rough patch for what had been a robust auto market for about two decades prior to the decline.Bret Kenwell is the manager and author of Future Blue Chips and is on Twitter @BretKenwell. As of this writing, Bret Kenwell did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Tech Industry Dividend Stocks for Growth and Income * 7 Stocks the Insiders Are Buying on Sale * 7 of the Worst Stocks on Wall Street The post Stock Market Today: Bitcoin Plunges, Small Caps Hold Key Level appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Tallgrass Energy LP shares soared 35% Wednesday, after the Leawood, Kansas-based energy infrastructure company said it has received a buyout offer from Blackstone Infrastructure Partners and affiliates for $19.50 a share in cash. The price offers a roughly 36% premium over Tallgrass Energy's closing price on Aug. 27, and about 12% above its volume weighted average price during the last 30 calendar days. Blackstone and other sponsors already own a 44.2% stake in Tallgrass Energy. "The Board intends to form a conflicts committee consisting of independent directors of the Board to consider the proposal," the company said in a statement. Shares have fallen 20.6% in 2019, while the S&P 500 has gained 14.5%.
(Bloomberg) -- Blackstone Infrastructure Partners is offering to buy out the remaining shares of Tallgrass Energy LP following a 40% slump since it took control of the pipeline operator earlier this year.Blackstone is offering $19.50 for all outstanding Class A shares, a 36% premium to Tuesday’s close, Tallgrass said in a statement. The take-private proposal is valued at about $3 billion, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.Blackstone’s offer is the latest example of financial players trying to privatize the slumping energy companies they control. Brookfield Business Partners LP in May made a take-private offer for Teekay Offshore Partners LP, and ArcLight Capital Partners LLC in March agreed to acquire the portion of American Midstream Partners LP it didn’t already own. The offers for these firms, structured as master limited partnerships, have come after the bidders took control of the general partner.It’s a good sign for other U.S. pipeline companies, said Hinds Howard, a portfolio manager at CBRE Clarion Securities LLC. “Valuations look a bit out of whack for some of these names the market has given up on.”Earlier this year, Blackstone and its affiliates entered into agreements to acquire Tallgrass’s general partner and a 44% economic interest in the company for $3.3 billion. Tallgrass shares have fallen 40% since that announcement was made Jan. 31. Blackstone declined to comment.While an eventual take-out was generally expected, the timing of the deal likely surprised investors who expected Blackstone to wait until Tallgrass got new or returning shippers to sign up for space on two of its key pipelines, Tudor Pickering Holt & Co. analysts said in a note to clients.The shares rose 36% to $19.52 at 9:34 a.m. in New York. Tallgrass’s 5.5% bonds due January 2028 were among top high-yield decliners Wednesday, sinking 2.875 cents on the dollar to 95 cents, according to Trace data. The debt yields 6.3%.Tallgrass operates Pony Express -- which carries oil from the Niobrara shale basin in Wyoming and Colorado to the U.S. oil hub in Cushing, Oklahoma -- and the Rockies Express gas pipeline that stretches from Colorado to Ohio. It’s also announced plans to build Seahorse oil pipeline, which would bring 800,000 barrels a day from Oklahoma to the Louisiana Gulf Coast.Tallgrass has been weighed down as competition from rival pipelines has stoked concerns that the company might have to cut its rates on Pony Express or possibly even scrap plans for Seahorse.(Updates share price and adds bonds in seventh paragraph)\--With assistance from Allison McNeely.To contact the reporters on this story: Dan Murtaugh in Singapore at firstname.lastname@example.org;Rachel Adams-Heard in Houston at email@example.comTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Ramsey Al-Rikabi at firstname.lastname@example.orgFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
Midstream energy firm Tallgrass Energy said on Tuesday it had received an offer from Blackstone Infrastructure Partners, its partners and affiliates to acquire the shares in the company that they do not already own. The latest transaction will be valued at $3.03 billion based on the number of Class A shares of 179.2 million at the end of July 31, as reported in the company's latest filing. In January, Blackstone Group LP said it would buy a controlling stake in Tallgrass for $3.3 billion.
Tallgrass Energy, LP (TGE) today announced that the board of directors of its general partner (the "Board") has received a non-binding preliminary proposal letter, dated August 27, 2019, from Blackstone Infrastructure Partners, its partners and respective affiliates (collectively, the "Sponsors") to acquire all of the outstanding Class A shares representing limited partner interests in TGE (the "Class A Shares") not already owned by the Sponsors for $19.50 per Class A Share in cash. A copy of the proposal letter is attached as Annex A to this press release. The $19.50 per Class A Share price of the proposal represents an approximate 35.9% premium over TGE's closing price on August 27, 2019, and a premium of approximately 12% to its volume weighted average price during the last 30 calendar days.
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Kinder Morgan, Inc. (KMI), through its subsidiary Hiland Crude, LLC (Hiland Crude), and Tallgrass Energy, LP (TGE), through its subsidiary Tallgrass Pony Express Pipeline, LLC (Pony Express), today announced the start of a binding joint tariff open season to solicit commitments for crude oil transportation service from Bakken origin points on the Hiland Crude system to refinery delivery points along the Pony Express system and to Cushing, OK.