Enterprise Products Partners L.P. (NYSE:EPD) announced it has executed additional long-term contracts with customers to export approximately 125 million aggregate barrels of liquefied petroleum gas (“LPG”) over a seven-year period from its terminal along the Houston Ship Channel. Including the volume associated with these agreements, Enterprise’s LPG export facility is now over 90 percent subscribed, in terms of estimated operating capacity, through 2019.
“As the U.S. has become the largest exporter of LPG in the world, our customers have come to appreciate even more our 30 years of experience and the reliability and efficiency of our dock operations,” said A.J. “Jim” Teague, chief operating officer of Enterprise’s general partner. “The value of our export terminal to customers is highlighted even further when you consider that the majority of the capacity is under contract as far out as 2022. Given the surplus of domestic LPG, Enterprise’s export terminal plays a central role in promoting continued development of U.S. energy reserves.”
Enterprise is nearing completion of a series of expansions at the terminal designed to accommodate the growing demand for export capacity. During the first quarter of 2015, the company increased its loading rate to more than 16,000 barrels per hour (“BPH”), or 9 million barrels (“MMBbls”) per month. By the end of 2015, Enterprise expects to complete the final phase, which will increase loading rates at the terminal to more than 27,000 BPH. Once the final expansion phase has been completed, Enterprise will have the capacity to load up to 16 MMBbls per month of LPG, which equates to approximately 29 vessels per month.
Enterprise Products Partners L.P. is one of the largest publicly traded partnerships and a leading North American provider of midstream energy services to producers and consumers of natural gas, NGLs, crude oil, refined products and petrochemicals. Our services include: natural gas gathering, treating, processing, transportation and storage; NGL transportation, fractionation, storage and import and export terminals; crude oil gathering, transportation, storage and terminals; petrochemical and refined products transportation, storage and terminals; and a marine transportation business that operates primarily on the United Statesinland and Intracoastal Waterway systems. The partnership’s assets include approximately 49,000 miles of pipelines; 225 million barrels of storage capacity for NGLs, crude oil, refined products and petrochemicals; and 14 billion cubic feet of natural gas storage capacity.(Original Source)
Shares of Enterprise Products Partners closed last Friday at $25.83. EPD has a 1-year high of $40.12 and a 1-year low of $22.01. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $26.82 and its 200-day moving average is $28.52.
On the ratings front, EPD has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. In a report issued on October 29, Wunderlich Securities analyst Jeffrey Birnbaum maintained a Buy rating on EPD, with a price target of $35, which represents a potential upside of 35.5% from where the stock is currently trading. Separately, on October 20, Deutsche Bank’s Greg Poole maintained a Buy rating on the stock and has a price target of $32.
According to TipRanks.com, which ranks over 7,500 financial analysts and bloggers to gauge the performance of their past recommendations, Jeffrey Birnbaum and Greg Poole have a total average return of -13.3% and 5.0% respectively. Birnbaum has a success rate of 19.0% and is ranked #3612 out of 3842 analysts, while Poole has a success rate of 56.6% and is ranked #429.
Enterprise Products Partners LP is a energy company. It provides services to producers and consumers of natural gas, natural gas liquids (NGLs), crude oil and certain petrochemicals.