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February 10, 2014
11:43 EDTAMID, OKS, L, SMLP, BWPBoardwalk Pipeline hits 52-week low after slashing distribution 80%
Shares of Boardwalk Pipeline Partners (BWP), which owns and operates three interstate natural gas pipeline systems, are plunging after the partnership reported disappointing fourth quarter results and significantly lowered its quarterly distribution. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, Boardwalk Pipeline reported fourth quarter earnings per share of 8c and revenue of $312.9M, compared with analysts' consensus estimates of 31c and $320.28M, respectively. The company also lowered its quarterly distribution to 10c from over 53c per unit, citing difficult market conditions. The Partnership forecast distributable cash flow for the year ended December 31, 2014 to be approximately $400 million, reflecting a $158.6M decrease from 2013. The company said the decline in distributable cash flow was primarily due to continued, unfavorable market fundamentals negatively impacting the its existing natural gas transportation and storage revenues. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, analyst commentary on Boardwalk Pipeline was decidedly negative. Deutsche Bank downgraded the company to Sell from Hold and lowered its price target on the shares to $20 from $27. Although concerned about Boardwalk's lack of growth and margin pressure, Deutsche Bank was nonetheless surprised by the large cut in its distribution. Another firm, Credit Suisse, downgraded Boardwalk to Underperform from Neutral and lowered its target price to $20, also citing the 80% cut in the company's distribution. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Boardwalk Pipeline plunged $9.35, or nearly 39%, to $14.74 on nearly 30 times its average daily trading volume. Earlier in the session, the stock hit a fresh 52-week low of $14.51 and it's down over 45% in the past twelve months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Boardwalk Pipeline Partners is a subsidiary of Loews Corporation (L), which also reported on its consolidated results this morning. Shares of Loews are down 4% to $43.34 in late morning trading. Other midstream master limited partnerships include American Midstream Partners (AMID), Summit Midstream Partners (SMLP), and Oneok Partners (OKS).
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16:28 EDTOKSONEOK Partners initiated with a Sell at Deutsche Bank
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15:29 EDTOKSOptions with increasing volume
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09:11 EDTOKSONEOK Partners could be acquired, says BMO Capital
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May 13, 2015
11:32 EDTOKSONEOK 'most obvious' candidate to consider deal like Williams, says Wells Fargo
After Williams (WMB) announced a simplification deal with Williams Partners (WPZ) that is similar to Kinder Morgan's (KMI) rollup and Crestwood Equity's (CEQP) purchase of Crestwood Midstream (CMLP), Wells Fargo said it sees ONEOK (OKE) and ONEOK Partners (OKS) as the "most obvious" candidate likely to consider a similar deal. The firm believes other C-Corp/MLP pairs will be pushed to consider the merits of such transactions, but thinks the list of other candidates that really meet the criteria for such deals is short.

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