MLPs are publicly traded partnerships that combine the tax benefits of a limited partnership with the liquidity of common stock. They must derive at least 90% of their income from qualifying sources, including energy and natural resource activities, real estate income, and/or income from commodity investments.
In general, MLPs consist of 1) General Partners, who manage the daily operations, often have ownership stakes in Limited Partners, and may have incentive distribution rights and 2) Limited Partners, who provide capital and are entitled to quarterly cash distributions.
Many focus on energy-related industries and natural resources, with a major emphasis on oil and gas midstream companies; these businesses tend to consist of gathering systems, pipelines, and storage facilities that concentrate on transporting or refining raw fuel for a fee, rather than discovering or extracting it. MLPs typically pay out the majority of their operating cash flow in the form of quarterly distributions.
Focuses on attractive growth prospects, strong business models, stable distribution yields, and management teams able to successfully deploy capital
pass-through of the tax advantages of MLP holdings
These are derived from:
protected by high barriers to entry, inflation adjustments and highly regulated environments, as well as the tendency of certain large infrastructure assets, such as pipelines, to operate with little direct competition.
by 8%1, even through the recent recession. Organic growth and expansion through acquisition have also been durable and stable over the past 12 months, and this trend may continue.
MLP investors enjoy two main tax advantages:
The tax liability passes to its individual investors, who will be responsible for paying tax on their portion of earnings. MLP investors, therefore, avoid the double taxation imposed on corporate shareholders.
return of capital, so taxes due on that portion of income may be deferred until the MLP is sold.
MLPs offer exposure to physical assets, whose value tends to outpace inflation. Additionally, many have regulated periodic income adjustments tied to the Producer Price Index or the Consumer Price Index (CPI). Over time, distribution growth has exceeded CPI.
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