Capital markets remain wide open to MLPs. Equity raised through June 30th totalled $9.5 billion. Thus far in July, there have been 3 follow on equity offerings and 1 IPO for a total of $702 million. If equity issuance continues at this pace, 2011 will be the biggest year ever for total MLP equity issuance (in total dollar terms, but probably not as a percentage of total market cap of the sector). See below for a year by year breakdown with the number of deals and total amount of equity raised.
Likewise, MLP debt issuance has totalled $13.6 billion, also on pace for a record year, see below for year by year debt issuance.
MLP M&A activity is also at record levels, on total number of deals and announced value, see below for yearly breakdown of M&A deals and value.
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