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February 10, 2014
11:43 EDTBWP, L, AMID, SMLP, OKSBoardwalk 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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July 14, 2014
19:09 EDTAMIDAmerican Midstream Partners agrees to sell $20M of common units
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19:08 EDTAMIDAmerican Midstream to acquire DCP Midstream assets for $115M
American Midstream Partners announced the execution of a Purchase and Sale Agreement with an affiliate of DCP Midstream to acquire entities holding onshore natural gas processing and offshore natural gas gathering and transportation and oil gathering assets for consideration of approximately $115M. The acquisition is expected to be funded through the private placement of American Midstream common units. The acquisition is expected to close in August, subject to approval under Hart-Scott-Rodino and other customary closing conditions. The assets to be acquired include the Mobile Bay gas processing plant, Dauphin Island gathering and transmission system, and DCPs interest in the Main Pass Oil Gathering System. American Midstream updated its forecast for 2014 adjusted EBITDA to a range of $44M-$47M and distributable cash flow to a range of $24M-$27M. The updated 2014 forecast includes the assets to be acquired from DCP, including assumptions for costs associated with acquisition integration and company growth, and does not include other acquisitions, drop downs, or asset development projects the partnership is pursuing. Forecasted growth capital expenditures in 2014, which exclude capital for maintenance, were updated to a range of $65M-$70M to account for accelerated capital costs to accommodate faster drilling and higher throughput for the producer customer on the Lavaca natural gas gathering system that is under construction.

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