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Not so long ago, master limited partnerships (MLPs) were the darlings of energy investors.
It's easy to see why: They paid high dividends, employed reliable, transparent business models, and they even enjoyed some unique tax advantages.
They were simply one of the very best energy investments you could make.
Then the oil and natural gas bear started. This once red-hot class of shares froze over like a Siberian winter – quickly and brutally.
But as it turns out, that fall was only temporary. A select few MLPs are about to come roaring back in a big way, and I'm going to show you how to play them…
Why These Plays Were Extremely Profitable
Now, my Energy Advantage subscribers have received several midstream service provider recommendations from me over the years.
In large part, I made these high-profit recommendations on the basis of the unique "tollkeeper" position provided to MLPs. While a few of these gravitated upstream to include field operations or downstream to emphasize processing and distribution, they most often would include holdings primarily comprised of pipeline, storage, terminal, gathering, initial processing, and similar midstream service assets in both crude oil and natural gas.
For regular investors, however, there were initially some healthy twofold benefits.The MLP business model itself was what initially drove the development of these holdings. This corporate structure has the advantage of eliminating a corporate tax level and moving all tax implications from corporate profits and losses directly to the personal tax returns of the general partners.
First, the underlying partnerships provided some heady upside at the outset. That enhanced the overall value of the assembled assets, but gave no immediate profit to holders of common stock (i.e., regular investors), at least, until the second benefit hit.
Once the general partners decided to spin off a portion of the MLP to retail investment, usually making up to 80% of the holding available for common trade and retaining 20% for the original partners, things began moving noticeably.
Not only would the combined assets in the MLP holding tend to enhance the common stock value now trading on the secondary market, but there was another attractive plus…
This Sparked an MLP Feeding Frenzy
About the Author
Dr. Kent Moors is an internationally recognized expert in oil and natural gas policy, risk assessment, and emerging market economic development. He serves as an advisor to many U.S. governors and foreign governments. Kent details his latest global travels in his free Oil & Energy Investor e-letter. He makes specific investment recommendations in his newsletter, the Energy Advantage. For more active investors, he issues shorter-term trades in his Energy Inner Circle.