WES - Western Midstream Partners, LP

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23.40
+0.05 (+0.21%)
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Previous Close23.35
Open23.24
Bid23.44 x 800
Ask23.54 x 1200
Day's Range23.18 - 23.52
52 Week Range21.92 - 35.75
Volume28,826
Avg. Volume1,517,947
Market Cap10.6B
Beta (3Y Monthly)0.99
PE Ratio (TTM)15.16
EPS (TTM)1.54
Earnings DateOct 28, 2019 - Nov 1, 2019
Forward Dividend & Yield2.47 (10.47%)
Ex-Dividend Date2019-07-30
1y Target Est30.75
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  • Elliott's Marathon Fight Spells Trouble for MLPs
    Bloomberg

    Elliott's Marathon Fight Spells Trouble for MLPs

    (Bloomberg Opinion) -- As the fight for Marathon Petroleum Corp.’s future intensifies, collateral damage looms for an already battle-scarred asset class: master limited partnerships.Elliott Management Corp.’s call for splitting Marathon in three has garnered support from a couple of other shareholders now pushing CEO Gary Heminger to step down. Marathon’s board says it stands behind Heminger, but the persistent discount in the stock versus its sum-of-the-parts value should keep the issue of a corporate overhaul alive. While the future of retail arm Speedway looks like the most contentious area, Elliott’s suggestion of converting Marathon’s MLP, called MPLX LP, into a regular C-Corp and spinning it off looks less controversial.Such conversions have become commonplace. Problems with governance, debt, tax reform and general energy exposure have crushed MLP valuations, eroding their main reason for existing, namely as a cheap source of capital. MPLX now sports a distribution yield of about 9.5%. Converting to a C-Corp, as many others have done, would open up a wider pool of investors.That could be great for MPLX; less so for MLPs.I wrote here back in May about the shrinking MLP pool. Since then, a few partnerships have disappeared, including Andeavor Logistics LP, which was bought by MPLX. Meanwhile, Tallgrass Energy LP has received a buyout offer (of sorts), and Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd. should disappear by the end of the year. Plus, with Occidental Petroleum Corp. trying to pay off the debt from its acquisition of Anadarko Petroleum Corp., Western Midstream Partners LP also could be exiting the scene.Here are updated charts breaking down 83 North American energy infrastructure companies (not including utilities) into their respective groups, weighted by market cap and free float. The dominance of the C-Corps is pretty clear: An MPLX conversion would have a big impact. With a market cap of roughly $30 billion(1), MPLX represents about 11% of North American energy partnerships’ aggregate value. It’s also the largest member of the Alerian MLP Index. Assume MPLX converts and is spun off, plus Buckeye Partners LP(2), Tallgrass, Kinder Morgan Canada and Western Midstream all disappear. Under that scenario, C-Corps would jump from about 62% of the aggregate free float of energy infrastructure firms to more than two-thirds. Meanwhile, outside of C-Corps and the big four, we would be left with a long tail of 61 companies with a combined free float of just $48 billion, averaging less than $800 million each.And the dwindling ranks of the Alerian MLP index would thin further; MPLX, Tallgrass and Western Midstream account for a fifth of its weighting. The relative weighting of smaller partnerships with lower-quality midstream assets would increase. For example, all else equal, Genesis Energy LP, which houses everything from soda-ash production to pipelines to shipping, could enter the top 10 of the index’s holdings.A vicious cycle is at work here. As generalist investors have withdrawn, so MLP valuations have remained subdued despite some recovery in energy prices and continued growth in U.S. physical energy flows. This, along with governance concerns, persuades more partnerships to either sell out or give up on the structure, reducing the pool of available investments, which in turn leads to investment mandates and specialist funds migrating away.Earlier this month, large pension funds in Iowa and Oklahoma effectively eliminated asset allocations to MLPs, with Teachers’ Retirement System of Oklahoma noting a number of drawbacks, including an “extremely small universe of securities relative to other asset classes.” In his latest weekly roundup of the sector, Hinds Howard at CBRE Clarion Securities noted that after a year of trying to deal with weak performance and growing concentration, institutions are “throwing in the towel,” with allocations “being diverted to listed infrastructure strategies, private equity or just plain old global equities.” He adds:MLPs have lost the special designation as a separate allocation within real assets that the sector has enjoyed over the years. That fund flow headwind is the biggest impediment to midstream performance [for] the rest of 2019, especially if oil prices are going to remain a headwind.Of course, even if MLPs are shrinking in importance, the hard assets they own remain and can be invested in under other structures. BP Capital Fund Advisors LLC is touting the catchily named UBS E-TRACS NYSE Pickens Core Midstream Index ETN, which includes allocations to C-Corps, with a recent report subtitled: “Is your midstream exchange traded product still relevant?” Some funds have taken an holistic approach to energy infrastructure for years, notably the First Trust North American Energy Infrastructure Fund, which mixes partnerships with C-Corps and even utilities, and the Voya CBRE Global Infrastructure Fund, which extends beyond energy-related infrastructure.Looking at the relative performance, it isn’t hard to see why. And as more MLP constituents either change identity or leave altogether, more institutional money will follow.\- With graphics by Elaine He (1) All data are as at the market close on September 26, 2019.(2) IFM Investors agreed to buy Buckeye for $11.1 billion (including assumed debt) in May 2019, with completion expected by the end of the year.To contact the author of this story: Liam Denning at ldenning1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Mark Gongloff at mgongloff1@bloomberg.netThis 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.

  • NextEra Energy Partners to Buy Meade Pipeline for $1.37B
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    NextEra Energy Partners to Buy Meade Pipeline for $1.37B

    NextEra Energy Partners' (NEP) decision to acquire Meade Pipeline will enable it to enjoy the benefits from rising demand for the transportation of natural gas in the Central Penn Line.

  • Magellan (MMP) to Expand Saddlehorn Capacity to 290,000BPD
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    Magellan (MMP) to Expand Saddlehorn Capacity to 290,000BPD

    Owing to volume growth demanded by the shippers during a July open season, Magellan Midstream Partners (MMP) decides to expand the size of its Saddlehorn pipeline by 100,000 bpd.

  • Plains All American to Expand Saddlehorn Pipeline's Capacity
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    Plains All American to Expand Saddlehorn Pipeline's Capacity

    Plains All American Pipeline (PAA) is likely to benefit from capacity expansion of the Saddlehorn Pipeline.

  • PR Newswire

    Saddlehorn Pipeline to Further Expand Following Increased Volume Commitments

    TULSA, Okla. , Aug. 29, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Saddlehorn Pipeline Company, LLC ("Saddlehorn") announced today a further expansion of the Saddlehorn pipeline. Following a successful open season ...

  • PR Newswire

    Cushing® Asset Management and Swank Capital Announce Rebalancing of The Cushing® Energy Supply Chain Index

    DALLAS , Aug. 23, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Cushing ® Asset Management, LP, and Swank Capital, LLC, announce today the upcoming rebalancing of The Cushing ® Energy Supply Chain Index (the "Index") ...

  • PR Newswire

    Cushing® Asset Management and Swank Capital Announce Rebalancing of The Cushing® Energy Supply Chain Index

    DALLAS , Aug. 23, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Cushing ® Asset Management, LP, and Swank Capital, LLC, announce today the upcoming rebalancing of The Cushing ® Energy Supply Chain Index (the "Index") ...

  • PR Newswire

    Cushing® Asset Management and Swank Capital Announce Rebalancing of The Cushing® Utility Index

    DALLAS , Aug. 23, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Cushing ® Asset Management, LP, and Swank Capital, LLC, announce today the upcoming rebalancing of The Cushing ® Utility Index (the "Index") as part of ...

  • PR Newswire

    Cushing® Asset Management and Swank Capital Announce Rebalancing of The Cushing® Transportation Index

    DALLAS , Aug. 23, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Cushing ® Asset Management, LP, and Swank Capital, LLC, announce today the upcoming rebalancing of The Cushing ® Transportation Index (the "Index") as part ...

  • PR Newswire

    Cushing® Asset Management and Swank Capital Announce Rebalancing of The Cushing® Energy Index

    DALLAS , Aug. 23, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Cushing ® Asset Management, LP, and Swank Capital, LLC, announce today the upcoming rebalancing of The Cushing ® Energy Index (the "Index") as part of normal ...

  • PR Newswire

    Alerian Reports June 30, 2019 Index Linked Product Positions

    DALLAS , Aug. 9, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Alerian reported, as of June 28, 2019 , total products directly tied to and tracking the Alerian indices was $13.7 billion . Exchange traded funds, exchange traded ...

  • PR Newswire

    Western Midstream Names New Chief Executive And Chief Operating Officers

    ANNOUNCES NEW BOARD OF DIRECTOR APPOINTMENTS HOUSTON , Aug. 8, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Western Midstream Partners, LP (NYSE:WES) ("WES") announced senior management changes. Effective today, ...

  • Oxy and the MLPs Get Struck by Lightning
    Bloomberg

    Oxy and the MLPs Get Struck by Lightning

    (Bloomberg Opinion) -- Relying on master limited partnerships in recent years has been great for insomnia – as in, causing it. Two MLPs (and one ex-MLP) hosting earnings calls Wednesday morning showed why.Western Midstream Partners LP went first. It was not one of those great-quarter-guys calls, what with the company missing estimates by a mile and also cutting guidance. Having dropped as much as 16% in early trading, the units later stabilized (in an ICU sort of a way) at just 12.5% lower as the morning wore on. The company blamed most of the guidance cut on lower volumes running through its pipes as Permian-basin producers took an unusual amount of downtime, due in part to a lot of “weather-related” factors such as lightning strikes.It doesn’t help that this all comes less than a year after Western Midstream bought a big slug of assets from parent Anadarko Petroleum Corp., collapsed its corporate structure with promises of raising distributions by 6%-8% in 2019 (now 5%-6%), and changed its CEO. Plus majority unitholder Anadarko is due to soon be part of Occidental Petroleum Corp. And Oxy is expected to sell much (or all) of the stake in Western Midstream to help pay down the resulting debt. In short, now is an especially inauspicious time for lightning to strike the earnings outlook.Oxy, of course, will soon join the ranks of those relying on MLPs because of the Anadarko deal. The value of its pro-forma stake in Western Midstream just dropped by roughly $1 billion in a matter of hours. Granted, offloading some or all of the MLP still makes a lot of sense, as it would let Oxy deconsolidate $7.1 billion of net debt on Anadarko’s balance sheet. But a billion dollars is a billion dollars, and Oxy can use every single one as it strives to justify the deal. It was one of only a handful of oil stocks down on a generally bullish morning for the E&P sector.It didn’t help that Enterprise Products Partners LP, the biggest MLP by market cap, hosted its own call soon after Western Midstream’s. Asked directly whether Enterprise was also seeing the impact of weather issues on its clients in the Permian basin, the answer was no (so Western Midstream was really unlucky, it seems). What’s more – and a hat-tip here to Hinds Howard, midstream portfolio manager at CBRE Clarion Securities, for pointing this out – CFO Randy Fowler dismissed a question about M&A by noting organic expansion offered better growth for less capital. None of this suggests Enterprise is champing at the bit to buy any stake in Western Midstream at a high price.More broadly, it also didn’t help that Enterprise just reported its seventh quarter of better-than-expected earnings in a row. The resulting 3% gain Wednesday morning took its units to their highest level in almost five years – that innocent early fall of 2014 before oil prices crashed and MLPs entered the meat grinder.How can good news from Enterprise be bad news? Because of this:In the intervening five years, Enterprise raised its annualized distributions by 23% while also reducing its leverage at a time when many of peers  slashed payouts to protect balance sheets. Yet, now offering a yield of almost 6%, it trades at a 10% discount to the S&P 500 on Ebitda multiples versus a 74% premium five years ago. Enterprise is a good company in a neighborhood – MLPville – most folks now just want to avoid. It also happens to be a very large resident, making it tough for individual fund managers to keep loading up (see this).As if to drive this point home, ex-MLP Oneok Inc. also fired up its webcast Wednesday. At just under 8%, it beat earnings estimates by almost exactly the same margin as Enterprise. Yet Oneok’s stock jumped by almost 5% – taking it not to where it was five years ago, but close to its recent all-time high. At almost 14 times Ebitda, it trades at a 15% premium to the market, having been re-rated sharply upward in mid-2017, when it ditched its MLP structure in favor of a regular C-Corp.The latter is a more bustling neighborhood these days, offering a bigger pool of capital on cheaper terms (in return for better liquidity and governance). Barring the equivalent of a lightning strike, that fundamental advantage over MLPs isn’t likely to change soon.To contact the author of this story: Liam Denning at ldenning1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Mark Gongloff at mgongloff1@bloomberg.netThis 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.

  • GlobeNewswire

    DCP Midstream Announces Expanded DJ Basin Natural Gas Processing Capacity via Capital Efficient Long-Term Offload Agreement

    Today, DCP Midstream, LP (DCP) announced that it has signed a long-term agreement with Western Midstream Partners, LP (WES) that will provide DCP with up to 225 million cubic feet per day of incremental processing capacity at Western’s DJ Basin gas processing complex, which includes the Latham II plant that is presently under construction. The facility will be well-integrated, with natural gas liquids takeaway via DCP’s DJ Southern Hills extension, as well as the Front Range pipeline, and residue gas takeaway via the Cheyenne Connector. This project will increase DCP’s total natural gas processing and bypass capacity in the DJ Basin to approximately 1.5 billion cubic feet per day.

  • PR Newswire

    Western Midstream Announces Second-Quarter 2019 Results

    ANNOUNCES UPDATED 2019 OUTLOOK AND NEW DJ COMMERCIAL CONTRACT HOUSTON , July 30, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Western Midstream Partners, LP (NYSE: WES) ("WES" or the "Partnership") today announced ...

  • PR Newswire

    Western Midstream Announces Second Quarter 2019 Distribution And Schedules Earnings Conference Call

    HOUSTON , July 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Western Midstream Partners, LP (NYSE: WES) ("WES" or the "Partnership") announced today that the board of directors of its general partner declared ...

  • GuruFocus.com

    C V Starr & Co Inc Buys Western Midstream Partners LP, Sells Western Midstream Partners LP

    New York, NY, based Investment company C V Starr & Co Inc (current portfolio) buys Western Midstream Partners LP, sells Western Midstream Partners LP during the 3-months ended 2019Q2, according to the most recent filings of the investment company, C V Starr & Co Inc. Continue reading...

  • Analyzing MLPs With Solid Total Return Potential
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    Analyzing MLPs With Solid Total Return Potential

    Energy Transfer (ET) offers an estimated upside of more than 43%. The company has a median target price of $21.1.

  • Sunoco (SUN) Hits 52-Week High: What's Behind the Uptrend?
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    Sunoco (SUN) Hits 52-Week High: What's Behind the Uptrend?

    Being one of the largest motor fuel distributors in the wholesale market in terms of volume, Sunoco (SUN) is likely to maintain share price momentum on the back of multiple tailwinds.

  • PR Newswire

    Saddlehorn Pipeline to Expand and Add New Ft. Laramie Origin, Launches Open Season

    TULSA, Okla. , July 1, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Saddlehorn Pipeline Company, LLC ("Saddlehorn") announced today a capital-efficient expansion of the Saddlehorn pipeline and a new Ft. Laramie, Wyoming ...

  • Occidental's $9 Billion Invitation to Carl Icahn
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    Occidental's $9 Billion Invitation to Carl Icahn

    (Bloomberg Opinion) -- That Carl Icahn: Give him an inch and he’ll take four board seats. Try to, anyway.Late on Wednesday, the veteran corporate gadfly filed a preliminary proxy statement on Occidental Petroleum Corp. He wants to gather together a fifth of the company’s stockholders of record to force the board to fix a date to determine who can participate in a consent solicitation, akin to a virtual shareholder meeting. Get that done, and Icahn wants to nominate four new directors and ease what he regards as onerous by-laws that make it hard for shareholders to shake things up at Oxy.Icahn’s beef with Oxy is that it overpaid for Anadarko Petroleum Corp. and took expensive financing from Warren Buffett in order to avoid letting its own shareholders have a say. He has a point. Oxy raised its bid (against itself) when Brent crude was still above $70 a barrel, and taking Berkshire Hathaway Inc.’s $10 billion was aimed squarely at avoiding a vote by Oxy’s own investors. In that context, even the opener to Oxy’s boilerplate response to Icahn’s filing rings a little hollow:We maintain an open dialogue with all our shareholders and welcome constructive input toward our shared goal of maximizing long-term value. Icahn’s real opening, however, is what the Anadarko saga has done to Oxy’s stock, the worst-performing large-cap U.S. oil and gas producer this year. Relative to the Energy Select Sector SPDR Fund, Oxy is down about 19% since April 11, just before Chevron Corp.’s rival offer for Anadarko became public. That translates to more than $9 billion of value lost because of a deal touting billions in annual synergies:Worse, Chevron’s discipline, in keeping with the investor zeitgeist, has been rewarded: Its value has risen by more than $10 billion in relative terms. Whether or not Icahn can pull off his tricky maneuver against the board, his presence and special brand of rhetoric will keep the spotlight on all this. Oxy is rumored to be marketing some of Anadarko’s stake in its pipelines business, Western Midstream Partners LP, which would let it realize some cash and deconsolidate the subsidiary’s debt. Given the relative complexity of the deal – reportedly selling part of a stake in a listed entity – and Oxy’s clear motivation to reduce its pro-forma leverage, the company will have its work cut out to realize full value. Not doing so, however, would add to the sense that winning Anadarko has exacted a heavy cost in capital terms. And one motivated shareholder, in particular, will be watching very closely.To contact the author of this story: Liam Denning at ldenning1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Mark Gongloff at mgongloff1@bloomberg.netThis 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.

  • Why Buffett Is Betting $10 Billion on Occidental in the Anadarko Bidding War
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    Why Buffett Is Betting $10 Billion on Occidental in the Anadarko Bidding War

    The deal would give Berkshire added exposure to energy along with $800 million in yearly dividend payouts.