Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) is the nation’s second-largest master limited partnership (MLP), with a market capitalization of $19.6 billion, $39.7 billion in 2015 revenue and $8 billion in 2015 capital investments. ETP’s general partner is Energy Transfer Equity (ETE), whose once-promising merger deal with Williams bit the dust in June. ETP’s extensive holdings include several major interstate and intrastate natural gas pipelines, midstream natural gas services, and natural gas liquids (NGL) pipelines and services; it also holds approximately 27.5% of the limited partner interests and all of the general partner interest in Sunoco Logistics Partners (SXL). With ETP’s size, its huge portfolio of midstream assets, and its high-profile general partner, the MLP was an obvious choice for our Spotlight Report series. Today we summarize Part Two of our ETP Spotlight Report, which focuses on the company’s Midstream and Liquids segments.
First, a few words about Spotlight, which is a joint venture of RBN Energy and East Daley Capital Advisors. With the support of Oil & Gas Financial Analytics, Spotlight provides “deep dives” into the fundamentals that shape the outlook for midstream energy companies. In each report, we “spotlight” a midstream energy firm, typically one operating within an MLP structure, and provide a comprehensive view of the company’s assets and operations. We examine their asset structure to reveal what volumes are flowing, what rates are (and can be) charged, how they are exposed to commodity price risk, how their assets fit together, and what aspects of their operations provide competitive advantages in today’s extremely volatile energy marketplace. This report, which covers ETP’s Midstream and Liquids assets (see the first half of our ETP review here), is the fourth edition of the Spotlight Report series. For more about Spotlight, see the paragraph at the end of this blog.
With that aside, here’s a brief overview of ETP’s assets, a summary of our findings, and a few examples of the deep-dive details that helped us come to our conclusions. ETP has four major investment segments, listed below. The Interstate Transportation and Storage and Intrastate Transportation and Storage segments were highlighted in Part One of this Spotlight report. In the report released today we focus on Midstream and Liquids Transportation and Services.