|Bid||0.00 x 1100|
|Ask||0.00 x 4000|
|Day's Range||30.47 - 31.05|
|52 Week Range||24.00 - 33.67|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||12.62|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||1.36 (4.46%)|
|1y Target Est||N/A|
The top midstream stocks were in the red in the week ending August 17. Weakness in crude oil prices over the last few weeks likely contributed to the fall in energy stocks last week. Read Is US Crude Oil Nearing a Bear Market? to learn more. While the Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLE) fell 3.6% last week, the Alerian MLP ETF (AMLP) fell 0.3%.
The Vanguard Group, the top institutional investor in Williams Companies (WMB), added ~850,000 shares in Q2 2018 and held more than 7.6% of the total outstanding shares as of June 30. BlackRock Institutional Trust, the second largest institutional investor in Williams, offloaded nearly 3.7 million shares during the second quarter and held a little over 5% in the energy company.
All of the analysts surveyed by Reuters covering Enterprise Products Partners (EPD) and MPLX (MPLX) are bullish on the stocks. All of the surveyed analysts have rated both of the stocks as a “buy.” In comparison, 79% of the analysts rated Williams Companies (WMB) as a “buy,” while 71% rated Kinder Morgan (KMI) as a “buy.”
Together, the top ten institutional investors in Kinder Morgan (KMI) sold net 23.5 million shares of the company in the second quarter. The sale of 30.1 million shares by Wellington Management Company was the largest position change. Fidelity Management & Research Company, not among the top ten investors, sold 19.1 million shares of Kinder Morgan. Together, the top ten investors hold 34.4% of Kinder Morgan’s outstanding shares.
The short interest in Enterprise Products Partners (EPD) fell 9.4% from 8.5 million shares on July 13 to 7.7 million shares on July 31. The short interest in Enterprise Products Partners as a percentage of its float is 0.5%. Enterprise Products Partners’ short interest ratio is ~2.0x, which shows that it might take roughly two days to cover all of the open short positions in the stock.
The net debt-to-EBITDA is a popular metric used to analyze MLPs’ leverage position. Using analyst-adjusted numbers, Kinder Morgan (KMI) has the highest net debt-to-EBITDA ratio among the four midstream companies that we’re comparing in this series—Kinder Morgan, Enterprise Products Partners (EPD), Williams Companies (WMB), and MPLX (MPLX).
Enterprise Products Partners (EPD) plans to spend $3.9 billion on capital projects in 2018, which is ~15% higher than its 2017 capital expenditure. The company’s expected spending in 2018 is the highest among the four midstream companies that we’re comparing in this series—Enterprise Products Partners, Kinder Morgan (KMI), Williams Companies (WMB), and MPLX (MPLX).
MPLX’s (MPLX) adjusted EBITDA grew 83% YoY (year-over-year) in the second quarter. The massive growth was mainly driven by earnings from assets acquired from Marathon Petroleum (MPC). Higher pipeline volumes and higher gathering, processing, and fractionation volumes also contributed to the company’s earnings during the quarter.
All of the four companies—Enterprise Products Partners (EPD), Kinder Morgan (KMI), Williams Companies (WMB), and MPLX (MPLX)—are trading at lower forward EV-to-EBITDA (enterprise value to earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortization) multiples than their respective five-year average multiples. Kinder Morgan’s forward EV-to-EBITDA multiple is the lowest among the four peers.
MPLX (MPLX) has shown consistent distribution growth over the last several years. Since its IPO in 2012, MPLX has increased distributions for 22 consecutive quarters. MPLX’s coverage ratio has remained well above one over the last several years. The company intends to maintain a coverage ratio of 1.2x or higher while growing distributions 10% for 2018. Currently, MPLX is trading at an attractive yield of 6.6%.
So far, Enterprise Products Partners (EPD) has risen ~9% in 2018. The company has outperformed its peers in the midstream sector. Other top midstream players by market capitalization, Kinder Morgan (KMI) and Williams Companies (WMB) have fallen ~5% and ~1%, respectively, during the same period. MPLX (MPLX) has risen ~4% YTD (year-to-date). The Alerian MLP ETF (AMLP) is relatively flat, while the Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLE) has risen ~3%.
Subsequent to receipt of all the required permits, Williams Companies Inc. (WMB) is likely to commence the construction of the Transco expansion project in early 2019.
The last change in the short interest score occurred more than 1 month ago and implies that there has been little change in sentiment among investors who seek to profit from falling equity prices. The current level displays a positive indicator.
The Chinese e-commerce company reported a profit per share of 0.84 renminbi and sales of 20.74 billion renminbi. Analysts polled by Reuters expected Vipshop to post earnings of 0.95 renminbi per share on revenue of 21.08 billion renminbi. The telecommunications company, which went public last October, reported earnings of 2 cents a share on revenue of $102.2 million.
83.0% of analysts rate Energy Transfer Equity (ETE) a “buy” as of August 9, and the remaining 17.0% rate it a “hold.” Peers Williams Companies (WMB) and Kinder Morgan (KMI) have “buy” ratings from 77.8% and 71.4% of analysts, respectively. Stephens recently upgraded the GP (general partner) to “overweight,” which is equivalent to a “buy” from “equal weight,” which is equivalent to “hold.”
Energy Transfer Equity (ETE) continues to trade above both its short-term (50-day) and long-term (200-day) moving average. The MLP general partner was trading 2.5% above its 50-day SMA and 8.9% above the 200-day SMA as of August 9. ETE’s peers, Williams Companies (WMB) and Plains GP Holdings (PAGP) were trading 10.5% and 14.8% above their 200-day moving average. This indicates an overall positive sentiment in the midstream energy sector.
Williams Companies (WMB) purchases all of the 256-million outstanding common units of Williams Partners in an all stock-for-unit transaction.
Energy Transfer Partners’ (ETP) total outstanding debt continued to grow during the second quarter of 2018 despite some recent debt reduction measures including asset sales. At the same time, Energy Transfer Equity (ETE) reported total outstanding debt of $44.6 billion at the consolidated level. Energy Transfer Partners’ leverage position has improved over the recent quarter despite an increase in total debt.
Moody's Investors Service (Moody's) upgraded The Williams Companies, Inc.'s (Williams) senior unsecured notes rating to Baa3 from Ba2, and assigned a Prime-3 Commercial Paper (CP) Rating to the company's new CP program. Moody's also affirmed the Baa3 ratings on Williams Partners L.P.'s (WPZ) senior unsecured notes and its stable rating outlook. Concurrently, Moody's withdrew Williams' Ba2 Corporate Family Rating, Ba2-PD Probability of Default Rating, and the SGL-2 Speculative Grade Liquidity Rating.