I’ve been unemployed for exactly 4 years today!
I guess I’ve become fixated on dates and anniversaries this week. That probably continues until my 30th birthday in a few weeks. Anyway, I haven’t had any W-2 income in exactly 4 years. So, I guess I am included in that big U-6 number of 16.2% below. I get paid in distributions from the company I own, but no salary or guaranteed payments. I wonder if there are more people like me in the U.S. now than there were before the recession. On the plus side for job creation, in the past 4 years since becoming an entrepreneur, I have helped create more than 25 full time jobs, through Curbstone, but also through my investments in FC Tampa Bay. That feels good, almost as good as being unemployed.
Speaking of jobs, the unemployment report that came out last Friday seemed to weigh on the market this week. MLPs did ok this week, with a 0.8% drop, compared with 2.0% decline for the S&P500.
It was a very active week for MLP announcements:
- VNR announced the acquisition of ENP – VNR already owned the GP and some L.P. units, this deal will clean that structure chart up a bit. ENP unitholders will get 0.75 VNR units for each ENP unit, which values ENP units at $21.94, or almost a 1% premium, but a 4.4% premium to the price back in March when ENP’s GP was acquired. There were a number of complaints lodged by unitholders and their legal counsel throughout the week given the scant takeout premium.
- XTEX announced a joint venture deal with APA to build a new gas processing facility in the Permian Basin for $85mm.
- Oiltanking Partners priced its IPO at $21.50 (6.3% yield), and finished the week up 11% to $23.80 (5.6% yield).
- Bidding war for SUG continued – WMB again topped an ETE bid, this time at $44 per share. Some people on the investorvillage.com MLP message board contend that this furious bidding war implies that MLPs in general (and pipeline MLPs specifically) are very undervalued. Maybe.
- GEL issued equity in a follow on for around $200 mm at $26.50.
Pretty good start to distribution announcement season this week:
- TRGP raised dividend 6.7% quarter over quarter
- NGLS raised distribution 2.2% quarter over quarter
- PAA raised distribution 1.3% quarter over quarter
- PNG kept distribution flat
- GEL raised distribution 1.8% quarter over quarter
- CPNO kept distribution flat
- EPD raised distribution 1.3% quarter over quarter
- DEP raised distribution 0.5% quarter over quarter
Earnings kick off Monday with KMP reporting first, as usual. Stay tuned…
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